ENGL 115-19; Wednesday, 3/23/11
Edna St. Vincent Millay: “The Spring and the Fall”
The first stanza describes the generally happy beginning of a love story. Where do you find the first hint of an unhappy ending?
In the 10th line of the poem, it is said that "the rooks went up with a raucous trill".This shows that an unhappy ending is coming because the rooks already symbolize the bad condition.Moreover,it continues "He laughed at all I dared to praise,and broke my heart,in little ways."
Wilfred Owen: “Anthem for Doomed Youth”
How would you characterize the speaker’s state of mind?
This poem points ironically to the speaker himselfvwho died when he was only 25.Owen was a young officer in the trech warfare of 1917-1918.He was shot,a week before the end of the First World War as he led his men acriss the canal.The butchery of war horrified Owen and he reflected his fears and emotions to his poem.
Dylan Thomas: “Fern Hill”
What is the poem about? What are your thoughts about how the poet expresses this?
The speaker is a man looking back his childhood.The speaker was young and the place where he frolicked was in a natural,country setting.The first verse paragraph introduces the speaker and his take on his memory of how he was back in those days of his youth. The second paragraph the speaker introduces the concept of time, which he personifies, claiming that it was time that allowed him to enjoy his regal activities as a young farmboy. Dylan Thomas has fashioned a remarkable drama, portraying his youth and the farm where he spent it. His colorful language use describes the setting in such as way that it communicates true feeling without becoming sentimental in it execution and in its discovery. This poet is a skilled craftsman.
John Keats: “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
What do you think the urn may stand for in the first three stanzas? In the third stanza, is the speaker caught up in the urn’s world or is he sharply aware of...