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ELA: Analysis of Rhapsody on a Windy Night
Terms in this set (14)
Why did this poem have times in the beginning of stanzas?
It represented his isolation never ending and decaying continues; time keeps going on in an isolated world
What kind of figure of speech is lines 8-9?:
"Every street lamp that I pass
Beats like a fatalistic drum"
Simile and personification
What does the third stanza envoke?
A feeling that the world is falling apart
What does the line "a crowd of twisted things" mean?
Worn out pieces of the world
What do the lines "as if the world gave up the secret of its skeleton" mean?
This is due to a decaying condition
What do the lines "a broken spring in a factory yard, rust that clings to the form that the strength has left" represent?
Degradation of a human after a horrible situation
What do the lines "I could see nothing behind that child's eye. I have seen eyes in the street trying to peer through lighted shutters" mean?
The eyes are isolated from the outside world; the person is separated from the context with the shutters
What does the crab symbolize?
What is the shell of the crab used to do?
Hide from the world
What does the stick represent?
In the lines, "and a crab one afternoon in a pool, an old crab with barnacles on his back, gripped the end of a stick which I held him" mean?
The speaker is not close to the crab; the crab grabs the stick because he is yearning for a relationship; the stick separates them
What does the smell of the paper rose symbolize?
The past love that has been lost; the paper rose symbolizes the lack of love and passion
What do the lines "the bed is open; the tooth-brush hangs on the wall, put your shoes at the door, sleep, prepare for life" mean?
He has returned home and is still alone, isolated as forever
What does the last line "the last twist of the knife" mean?
The fatal death wound; he killed himself
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