Semester 2 Final: English 1H: Poets and Poems

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The Eagle
Poet: Alfred Tennyson
Time: 19th Century
Speaker: observing eagle from afar
Tone: awestruck
Summary: with power comes isolation
Quote(s): “He watches from his mountain walls, and like a thunderbolt he falls”
Poet: William Shakespeare
Time: 16th Century
Speaker: observing winter day
Tone: pensive, observant
Summary: the ugly and beauty to the winter season
Quote(s): “When blood is nipped and ways be foul, then nightly sings the starting owl”
Dulce et Decorum Est
Poet: Wilfred Owen
Time: 20th Century
Speaker: describing unseen horrors of war
Tone: hauntingly real
Summary: provides access to horrors of war that were not known before hand
Quote(s): “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory, the old lie”
There is no Frigate like a Book
Poet: Emily Dickinson
Time: 19th Century
Speaker: an avid reader, touched by literature
Tone: reverent
Summary: the secret romanticism and solace behind literature
Quote(s): “How frugal is the Chariot that bears the Human soul”
When my love swears that she is made of truth
Poet: William Shakespeare
Time: 16th Century
Speaker: older man in a relationship
Tone: uncertainty, despair and self-deception (cuckold)
Summary: a relationship based on lies which neither partner attempts to change
Quote(s): “On both sides thus is simple truth supprest”
Poet: Sylvia Plath
Time: 20th Century
Speaker: a mirror
Tone: sterile, indifferent
Summary: those too weak to carry the burden of their insecurities will eventually be consumed by them
Quote(s): “In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman rises toward her day after day”
The world is too much with us
Poet: William Wordsworth
Time: 18th Century
Speaker: older man who wants to be in touch with nature; critical of society.
Tone: reminiscent, frustrated, morose
Summary: how during industrialization, humanity was not fazed by being out of touch with natural world
Quote(s): “We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!”
“For this, for everything, we are out of tune; it moves us not. –Great God!”
I wandered lonely as a cloud
Poet: William Wordsworth
Time: 18th Century
Speaker: a daydreamer, Wordsworth himself
Tone: aloof, whimsical, reminiscent
Summary: One can find other worlds when in solitude
Quote(s): “I gazed–and gazed– but little thought what wealth the show to me had brought”
“And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils”
The Tiger
Poet: William Blake
Time: 18th Century
Speaker: observer or tiger/philosopher
Tone: questioning, horrified
Summary: how is our God so benevolent?
Quote(s): “What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy fearful symmetry?”
“And what a shoulder, and what art, could twist the sinews of thy heart?”
The Sick Rose
Poet: William Blake
Time: 18th Century
Speaker: observer of urbanized society
Tone: cautionary, foreboding, provocative
Summary: how STI’s were easily transmitted in early urbanization. Or love affair.
Quote(s): “O Rose, thou art sick!”
“And his dark secret love does thy life destroy”
On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
Poet: John Keats
Time: 19th Century
Speaker: Keats himself
Tone: awestruck
Summary: talking about how is perspective on literature changed after he read this work
Quote(s): “Yet did I never breathe its pure serene till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold”
“Much have I traveled in the realms of gold, and many goodly states and kingdoms seen”
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Poet: John Keats
Time: 19th Century
Speaker: Keats himself
Tone: reminiscent, longing
Summary: marveling at this urn, and how it’s story will live on when we are all gone.
Quote(s): “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter”
“When old age shall this generation waste, thou shalt remain”
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty”
Poet: Langston Hughes
Time: 2oth Century
Speaker: young mixed -race man
Tone: regret, empathetic
Summary: he cannot identify with either white or black community (painful understanding)
Quote(s): “”I wonder where I’m gonna die, being neither white nor black”
“If ever I curse my white old man I take my curses back”
Kubla Khan
Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Time: 19th Century
Speaker: omniscient third-person narrator
Tone: marveling, imagining
Summary: story of what Heaven for dead Mongol warriors would look like
Quote(s): “”In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree”
“Through cavers measureless to man down to a sunless sea”
My heart leaps up when I behold
Poet: William Wordsworth
Time: 18th Century
Speaker: observing rainbow
Tone: appreciative, reverent
Summary: thankful for the wealth that the simplicity of nature brought to him for so many years
Quote(s): “So it was when my life began; so it is now I am a man; so be it when I shall grow old, or let me die!”
When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Poet: Walt Whitman
Time: 19th Century
Speaker: a less educated man sitting in on a lecture
Tone: confused, bothered, relieved, eye-opening
Summary: how without fancy lectures and ideas, the complexity of the universe, left unsaid, can be understood by anyone.
Quote(s): “Looked up in perfect silence at the stars”
” When I was shown the charts, and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them”
A Noiseless Patient Spider
Poet: Walt Whitman
Time: 19th Century
Speaker: man talking to own soul
Tone: pensive, apologetic, hopeful
Summary: hopes that his soul will finds it path eventually
Quote(s): “”It launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them”
“Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul”
Had I the Choice
Poet: Walt Whitman
Time: 19th Century
Speaker: admirer of poetry/poet who wants to be great, Whitman himself
Tone: wistful, admiration
Summary: how many artist wish to become great in the end
Quote(s): “Or breathe one breath of yours upon my verse, and leave its odor there”
“These, O sea, all these I’d gladly barter”
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Poet: Dylan Thomas
Time: 20th Century
Speaker: son who wants his dying father to put up a fight
Tone:regretful, pleading
Summary: that at some point in our lives, when we’re too late, we will regret the thing that we never did
Quote(s): “Curse. bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray”
“Though wise old men at their end know dark is right, because their words had forked no lightning”
Richard Cory
Poet: Edwin Arlington
Time: 20th Century
Speaker: street person/group of poor that knew him
Tone: jealous, angry
Summary: jealous of him in life, angry at him in death
Quote(s): “He was a gentleman from sole to crown”
“So on we worked, and waited for the light, and went without the meat, and cursed the bread; and Richard Cory, one calm summer night, went home and put a bullet through his head”
Ballad of Birmingham
Poet: Dudley Randall
Time: 20th Century
Speaker: mother and daughter/omniscient third-person narrator
Tone: looming, slow fall to chaos, ironic
Summary: the sorrow that came from the bombings in this area to both communities
Quote(s): “The mother smiled to know her child was in the sacred place, but that smile was the last to come across her face”
“For the dogs are fierce and wild, and clubs and hoses, guns and jails aren’t good for a little child”
Barbie Doll
Poet: Marge Piercy
Time: 20th Century
Speaker: omniscient third person narrator
Tone: ironic, sarcastic, sympathetic to girl, sarcastic
Summary: from birth to death women are judged and told to change
Quote(s): “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said: you have a great big nose and fat legs”
“Consummation at last. To every woman a happy ending”

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