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'Come, come,' Father Shawn gave an impatient shrug, 'I don't ask you to spin some ridiculous fable Of gilded harps or gnawing fire simply tell After your life's end, what just epilogue God ordained to follow up your days. Is it such trouble To satisfy the questions of a curious old fool '
If this, or thoughts of such a weighty charge Make you resolve to keep yourself at large, For want of better opportunity, A school must your next sanctuary be. Go, wed some grammar-bridewell, and a wife, And there beat Greek, and Latin for your life With birchen sceptre there command at will,
You could not do a worse thing for your life. Why, if the nights seem tedious take a wife Or rather truly, if your point be rest, Lettuce and cowslip wine probatum est. But talk with Celsus, Celsus will advise Hartshorn, or something that shall close your eyes. Or if you needs must write, write Caesar's praise You'll gain at least a knighthood, or the bays.
Considering Rukeyser's association with the labor movement of the early 20th century, the midcentury Civil Rights movement, and the late 20th-century women's liberation movement, Kenneth rexroth identifies her as simply a poet of liberty (qtd. in Kertesz xii). In The Life of Poetry (1949), Rukeyser writes of poetry as a liberating practice, saying that the total imaginative experience which is the end of Art will apply to your life and it is more than likely to lead you to thought or action, that is, you are likely to want to go further into the world, further into yourself, toward further experience (26). Poetry, for Rukeyser, becomes a form of social activism, and her strongest work from The Trial (1935) to The Gates is in direct response to social injustice.
Gill sees this work as marking an end to one phase in Wordsworth's life as a poet, with the Ecclesiastical Sketches begun shortly thereafter marking a new beginning 14 in any event, it was a new opportunity for Wordsworth to construct himself as a poet, and, since there was a thirteen-year silence after 1822, this burst of activity in essence defined Wordsworth as he came to be widely recognized as the future Poet Laureate.15
This is what you shall do Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, reexamine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. (10)
Shakespeare (1599) This sonnet, part of William Shakespeare's procreation sonnet set, is organized into two sections by its rhyme and its content, and although it follows the standard English sonnet form of three quatrains followed by a couplet, its syntax is more true to the Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet structure. The first dozen lines, with three sets of alternative rhymes, establish that the speaker is worried about time and death. Indeed, this is the first sonnet in which the subject pronoun I governs the action. The last two lines give an answer, though it may not be seem very romantic. The speaker finds neither a spiritual nor an emotional answer only creating new life can challenge time. Repetition of images of time and alliteration within the lines unifies the sonnet into a cohesive message.
The following three stanzas, which deal with the Immaculate Conception itself, contain a great deal of religious symbolism. Dew was a common medieval symbol for the Holy Ghost, and April signifies the rebirth and regeneration that occur in springtime, and, correspondingly, the new beginning for humankind that Christ's birth brought about. Throughout the three stanzas, the dew falls in three different places. Just as Christ is characterized as dew in these lines, Mary is symbolized in turn as the grass, the flower, and the spray. The grass might refer to Mary's humility the flower was a medieval symbol for virginity, and Mary was often associated in medieval literature with the rose the spray can be taken as a reference to the outcome of the union between the human and divine. The spray seems to refer to the rod of Jesse a flowering branch symbolically representing the birth of Christ to Mary. More than just three different representations of Mary, these symbols are also steps in a...
Baca's poetry is filled with tension between thematic opposites. In his first major collection, Immigrants in Our Own Land (1979), prison threatens, but doesn't succeed in canceling, the life of the spirit. Place again becomes an important protagonist in Martin & Meditations on the South Valley (1987), wherein the barrio and the culture found there are celebrated as the foundation for a new life. Metaphors of the South Valley and the Chicano experience are warmly contrasted with the world of the comfortably fortunate, expressed through images of the Heights Worth is determined in the Valley by age and durability ( Meditations on the South Valley 1987 ).
A symbolism in the linked pattern of the images themselves. The butterfly is bronze, its metallic appearance analogous to the metallic clinking of the cowbells and to the golden stones into which the horse droppings are transformed. This metallic imagery suggests permanence and value, but Wright does not seek to transform the natural world into emblems ofartistic creation as Yeats does in his Byzantium poems. Both the butterfly and the horse droppings remain essentially part of nature the butterfly is in green shadow, suggesting the potential for generation, and the droppings indicate a process of decay that is itself productive of new life.
This tension between a nativist aesthetic and the opportunities provided by Europe, along with the challenge offered by European modernist achievement, is built in to the argument and the circumstances of publication of Spring and All. A volume arguing for a new beginning in American poetry, it was published in Paris in a limited edition of 300 copies. The publisher was Robert McAlmon, just a couple of years earlier Williams's collaborator on a poetry journal that they had co-founded to promote American writing before McAlmon joined the exodus to Paris. The journal's title, Contact, signified their commitment to the cause of US writing in the US, and gave the name to McAlmon's Paris publishing company. or often both. Thus the prose moves through a series of discussions and assertions about, in addition to modern painting, such topics as the relationship of poetry to prose, the relationship of nature to art, the role of what Williams called the imagination, and the writing of...
Jonson retains focus on water imagery as a symbol of grief and death, rather than as the traditional symbol of new life or rebirth. He later incorporates into Cynthia's Revels aspects of the medieval masque in order to focus on the price of sin, reflected by Narcissus's punishment for his pride.
By referencing the duplicity of woman in proposing the veil as something that both reveals and hides, Butler emphasizes dishonesty as a theme. He continues to prove his satiric prowess with topics other than the Knight and his ilk in a parody of the classics. As many ancient writers had, the speaker greets the dawn, saying, The sun had long since in the lap Of Thetis taken out his nap, alluding to the goddess who gave birth, with a human, to the great Greek warrior Achilles. However, Butler immediately undercuts any signs of serious design when he uses figurative language in a decidedly undesirable metaphor, writing, And, like a lobster boiled, the morn From black to red began to turn. He inverts the normal symbolism of morning as new life by alluding to death, both in the boiling alive of the lobster and the use of red, a traditional symbol for blood. In addition, the night is described as black, a traditional symbol of death. In part III Butler reveals an unflattering view of...
Dying and reviving god who was regarded as the incarnation of the land's fertility. Though critics have differed as to how closely The Waste Land is based on these mythic structures, Eliot's poem loosely follows the narrative of a quest for renewed life. The king is dead, and the land lies in a state of infertile desert only when the king is healed or resurrected can the spring return, bringing with it the rain needed to sustain life. The poem moves from the desire for death (represented by the Cumaean Sibyl in the epigraph) to the beginnings of new life at the end. Eliot had not yet embraced Christianity at this point, and although the poem contains elements of Christian symbology (the Grail itself, as well as allusions to the New Testament, Dante's Purgatorio, and St. Augustine's Confessions), its final turn is not toward a Christian resurrection but toward an alternative form of spirituality based on the teachings of the Hindu Upanishads.
The persona begins by recalling When first thou didst entice to thee my heart, referring to an initial service brave to God. He recalls enormous joys, drawn from his own stock of natural delights, Augmented with thy gracious benefits. He continues to discuss the benefit he derived from thy furniture so fine, meaning all the trappings of a life publicly dedicated to service. The speaker felt the glorious household-stuff . . . entwine, with the verb entwine connoting, despite the upbeat tone, a trap, like that of a spider's web. Still, the speaker earned his wages in a world of mirth. As the third stanza opens, the persona asks the rhetorical question What pleasures could I want, whose King I served Where joys my fellows were, meaning he lived constantly with joy and lacked nothing. Herbert makes clear that his speaker confused service to God with that to an earthly king, complete with royal trappings. However, his statements become an argument of sorts, as he claims he did not realize...
While Crashaw continues to impress upon listeners the fact that the natural order of the universe shifted with Christ's appearance, he also remains true to doctrine by emphasizing Christ has always been present. He calls on the image of the phoenix, a mythological bird that destroyed itself by fire every five hundred years in order to be reborn. The phoenix remained a traditional symbol of Christ, who not only reportedly arose from the dead but also promised new life to all men through redemption of their sins. The child made his own bed ere he was born. Crashaw likely had in mind the powerful opening of the Gospel according to John in the King James (1611) translation of the Bible. It celebrates the beginning of the world, using the Word as a metaphor for Christ, the first line reading, In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God. The passage continues three lines later, In him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in...
Chatterton begins by inviting readers, o sing unto my roundelay O drop the briny tear with me, so that the audience joins in the song as well as the grieving of its persona. Although readers are invited to sing, the voice continues, Dance no more at holyday, Like a running river be, indicating that the song will not be one of celebration, as no dancing accompanies it. The comparison to a river is the first of many strong images that imbue the poem with a haunting and active quality. The dead man is compared to a dark winter night, with dark a traditional symbol of death, as is winter. The winter reference is reemphasized in the next line with the phrase summer snow, a paradox that represents nature's fracture of its natural order in the death of one too young to die. The lover's face is red as the morning light, where morning should represent a new beginning, but cold he lies in the grave below the willow tree, itself a figure of mourning with its branches that bend to the ground.
There overtook me and drew me in To his downhill, early-morning stride, And set me five miles on my road Better than if he had had me ride, A man with a swinging bag for load And half the bag wound round his hand. We talked like barking above the din Of water we walked along beside. And for my telling him where I'd been And where I lived in mountain land To be coming home the way I was, He told me a little about himself. He came from higher up in the pass Where the grist of the new-beginning brooks Is blocks split off the mountain mass And hopeless grist enough it looks Ever to grind to soil for grass. (The way it is will do for moss.) There he had built his stolen shack. It had to be a stolen shack Because of the fears of fire and loss That trouble the sleep of lumber folk Visions of half the world burned black
Th ere overtook me and drew me in To his down-hill, early-morning stride, And set me five miles on my road Better than if he had had me ride, A man with a swinging bag for load And half the bag wound round his hand. We talked like barking above the din Of water we walked along beside. And for my telling him where I'd been And where I lived in mountain land To be coming home the way I was, He told me a little about himself. He came from higher up in the pass Where the grist of the new-beginning brooks Is blocks split off the mountain mass And hopeless grist enough it looks Ever to grind to soil for grass. (The way it is will do for moss.) There he had built his stolen shack. It had to be a stolen shack Because of the fears of fire and loss That trouble the sleep of lumber folk Visions of half the world burned black And the sun shrunken yellow in smoke. We know who when they come to town Bring berries under the wagon seat, Or a basket of eggs between their feet What this man brought in...
These goals are conflated in his 1965 poem The Situation in the West, Followed by a Holy Proposal, in which he declares blessed be the fruit of transcopulation and blessed be the fucking world with no more nations. In Ferlinghetti's work there is a real hope in the strength of human energy, real Wild Dreams of a New Beginning (1988). His literary body of work includes his novel Her (1960) a collection of short plays titled Routines (1964) travel writings from journeys to Italy, France, and Mexico translations of French and Italian poetry and a dozen books of his own little charleychaplin man poetry, as he termed it in the poem Constantly risking absurdity (1958), starting with Pictures of the Gone World (1955) through to How to Paint Sunlight (2001).
Warrior-bard.3 While poetic self-representation as glorifiers of war can be traced back at least as far as Homer, in late eighteenth-century Russia and Europe the bardic tradition gained new life from the ballad revival, with its focus on minstrels, as well as from James Macpherson's very popular Ossian poems.4 As late as 1919 one literary historian of Russia's Golden Age hypothesized that all professional epic-lyric poetry originates in battle songs and stories (Verkhovskii, Poety pushkinskoi pory, in Poety pushkinskoi pory, 16-17). In addition, men poets represented themselves in explicitly sexual terms as seducers of women or in sexual relationships with desirable female muses or muse surrogates.5 Women poets, in contrast, had few mythic or historical models from which to create female images of the poet. The two most eminent women poets known at this time were the classical Greeks Sappho and Corinna, whose work only survives in fragments.6 Women poets avoided using Sappho as a...
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