Making of Modern Poetry Exam
ALL THE POEMS!
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Of Modern poetry by Wallace Stevens
"face the men of the time and to meet the women of the time"
-has to find new ways of being on stage,
-theatre imagery: theatre has changed, poetry must too
-"the poem of the act of the mind"
-"in an emotion as of two people"
Poetry by Marianne Moore
-a place for the genuine, things that are useful
-animal imagery, business documents
-"literalists of the imagination
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot
-yellow fog/streets that follow like a tedious argument
-how should I presume?
-that is not what i meant at all
Preludes by T.S. Eliot
-urban winter evening: smell of steak, withered leaves,
-morning: faint stale smells of beer, muddy feet, masquerades
-the thousand sordid images, sparrows in the gutters
-curled the papers from your hair
-his soul stretched tight across the skies
Prufrock's Pervigilium by T.S. Eliot
-"shall I say i have gone at dusk"
-takes place outside (vs inside love song)
-"evening fought itself awake"
-"and when the midnight turned and writhed in fever"
-" my Madness singing"
ends with "i have seen the world roll up into a ball / then suddenly dissolve and fall away;
Portrait of a Lady by T.S. Eliot
-inside: four wax candles in the darkened room
-conversation about chopin, violins, preludes
-"you do not know how much they mean to me, my friends"
-talks about friendship
-lilacs in her room,
-"my buried life" "you have no achilles' heel"
-smell of hyacinths.
-are these ideas right or wrong?
-saying goodbye "why we have no developed into friends" "you will write"
-"now that we talk of dying, and should I have the right to smile: ending
Rhapsody on A Windy Night by T.S. Eliot
-The street lamp talks
-talks about what time it is
-lunar synthesis, the moon,female smells
-the last twist of the knife
Portrait d'une Femme by Ezra Pound
-our sargasso sea
-Sea imagery: spars, bright ships, fished, sea-hoard
-one dull man
-pregnant with mandrakes
-nothing that's quite your own. yet this is you.
A Pact by Ezra Pound
-grown child/pig-headed father
The River Merchant's wife: a letter by Ezra Pound
-"at fourteen I married my Lord you
-the leaves fall early, butterflies are yellow with aug
-i will come out to meet you as far as Cho-Fu-Sa by Rihaku
Lament of the Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound
-the wind blows full of sand
-desolate castle, the sky, the wide desert
-destruction, questions: who has?
-"we guardsmen fed to the tigers"
Au View Jardin by Richard Aldington
-happy in the gardens, water lilies
-pale yellow grasses
Beauty Thou Hast Hurt Me Overmuch by Richard Aldington
-the light is a wound to me
-toothed wind of the seas
-o beautiful sorrow
The River by Richard Aldington
-"a floating leaf"
-"fragile leaves and rushes"
-says he must depart
IV By F.S. Flint
-he gazes at stars and is overwhelmed and afraid
-"fold over the hollow wheree all the pain was.
The Swan by F.S.Flint
-colours: blue and mauve, lilac, silver, copper,
-"it bears a white rose of flame"
In a Garden by Amy Lowell
-gushing from the mouths of stone men
-description of water
-ferns, fountains, water
-"and I wished for night and you"
-Swimming pool, bathing
I hear an Army by James Joyce
-description of army, thunder of horses
-cry in the night, he hears their whirling laughter
-a blinding flame: clanging
-"my heart, have you no wisdom thus to despair"
Liu Ch'E by Ezra Pound
-rustling of silk is discountinued
-rejoicer of the herat
-a wet leaf
Fan piece for her Imperial Lord by Ezra Pound
expressing loss through image of fan of white silk
Sunsets by Richard Aldington
the white body of the evening
Brooding Grief by D.H. Lawrence
-a yellow leaf hops like a frog
-of leaves and lamps and traffic mingled before me
Sea Rose by H.D.
-Rose is harsh
-single on a stem
-acrid fragrance hardened in a leaf
Sea Lily by H.D.
-slashed and torn reed
-lily is destroyed
-furrows it with hard edge like flint
-"you are lifted up"
Evening by H.D.
-light moves from ridge to ridge, flower to flower
-petals reach inward
-blue tips, bluer heart, shadow seeks shadwo
-leaf and leaf shadow are lost
Sheltered Garden by H.D.
-first person "I have had enough"
-ordered garden "border on border" speaker wants to escape
-wishes for taste of bark, coarse weeds
-fruit under cover that needs light
-garden is smothering, restrictive, ungenerative
-melon, pears, frost, dead grass
-beauty without stregth, chokes out life
-to find a new beauty in some terrible wind-tortured place
Sea Poppies by H.D.
-fruit on the sand
-treasure, sea imagery
-red: fire upon leaf
-asks what meadow yields a leaf as bright as the ?
Garden by H.D.
-Rose is hard, cut in rock, scrape
-asks wind to cut the heat
Sea Violet by H.D.
-fragile, amoung the torn shells, your grasp is frail
-contrasted with "the greater blue violets"
-but you catch the light frost a star edges with its fire
Orchard by H.D.
-first pear as it fell
-Speaker falls prostrate crying, she is undone by the beauty
-talks to "god of the orchard"
-brings an offering of pomegrantes, figs, quinces
Sea Gods by H.D.
-Anaphora of "they say"
-broken sea imagery
-but she brings violets, "we bring violets" all different sorts of violets
-Anaphora: "you will come" you will
-"you will break the lie of men's thoughts and cherish and shelter us"
Storm by H.D.
-talks about what the storm does " you crash over the trees"
Sea Iris by H.D
-brittle flower, fortunate one
-wind in our nostrils
-you are painted blue, have they slipped gold under you?
Hermes of the Ways by H.D.
-The hard sand breaks
-Hermes: facing three ways, dubious
- apples are hard, too small
-"but you have waited where sea grass tangles with shore-grass
Oread by Sea Rose
-pines on our rocks
-hurl your green
Li Po and Lao Tse Come to Nebraska by Carl Sandburg
-imagist parody set on farm
-eggs, "throw away your last hope rather than undersell
-uses trad. imagery of cherry blossom and lilacs but "as long as your arm"
-fat steers, sagging corn-fed flanks
Fire Flowers by Carl Sandburg
-descriptions of fire flowers interspersed with italics about workers rights: eight hour day
-"stalks of fire, it melts into crying chrysanthemums"
-" lavender ladders of smoke talk! Such language!
Helen by H.D.
-talks about how Greece hates, reviles
-white face/white hands
white ash amid funereal cypresses
-she is wan and white
Fragment Sixty-Eight by H.D.
-Talks about how she envies "your chance of death"
-describes a violent (sexual?) relationship with death yet still envies your death
-says beauty has slain her enough
-talks about how death can't hurt her "after your embrace"
-"what can death mar in me that you have not?"
-what can death send me that you have not?
-'the goddess has slain me"
To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time by William Butler Yeats
-address poem to rose
-druid, fergus, eternal beauty wandering on her way
-"come near, come near, come near"
-"sing of old Eri and the ancient ways"
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Years
-long lines, rhymed
-wants to go live in a small cabin, in a bee-loud glade
-he'll fine peace there "evening full of the linnet's wings"
-hears lake water lapping even on the pavements grey
Who Goes with Fergus? by William Butler Yeats
-young man, don't brood
-love's bitter mystery
-"and all disheveled wandering stars'
Adam's Curse by William Butler Yeats
-speaker sits with "that beautiful mild woman" and talks about poetry
-poetry and beauty takes work, everyone thinks poets are idle
-young and mild and low
-"we must labour to be beautiful
-they talk of love and the moon "worn as if it had been a shell / washed by time's waters" hollow moon
-he speaks to "you" "to love you in the old high way of love"
No Second Troy by William Butler Yeats
-about his friend the revolutionary
-she taught ignorant men "most violent ways
-beauty like a tightened bow
-being high and solitary and most stern
The Fascination of What's Difficult by William Butler Yeats
-the FoWD "has dried the sap"
- curses the theatre: plays that have to be set up in fifty ways
-"i'll find the stable and pull out the bold"
September 1913 by William Butler Yeats
-half pence, prayer
-romantic Ireland's dead and gone
-"it's with O-leary in the grave"
-wild geese, Edward Fitzgerald died,
-wishes they could turn the years and call the exiles, but "they're dead and gone"
Easter 1916 by William Butler Yeats
-easter rising: nationalists revolted against the british government
-polite meaningless words
-'a terrible beauty is born"
-talks about a woman and how her days were spent.
-talks about ordinary people who have been transformed
-"hearts with one purpose along... enchanted to a stone"
-"minute by minute'
-sacrifice can make your heart hard.
-talks about how the revolution changes people even after death
The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats
-turning and turning, things fall apart,
-in the sands of the desert a shape with lion body and the head of a man
-twenty centuries of stony sleep
A Prayer for my Daughter by William Butler Yeats
-the storm is howling but his child sleeps
-walks and prays for his young child
-wants her to have beauty but not in a way that she'll lose kindness
-talks about Helen
-"a flourishing hidden tree"
-thinks she shouldn't be opinionated
-Ceramony and custom
Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats
A Swan has sex with Leda
-feathered glory, loins, agamemnon dead
-"before the indifferent beak could let her drop?'
Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats
-no country for old men
-describes country "the young in one another's arms" sensual music, monuments of unageing intellect
-aged man, tattered coat singing school
-talks to sages, asks them to "consume my heart away; sick with desire" artifice of eternity
-wants a body made of hammered gold
-to sing "of what is past, or passing, or to come"
Byzantium by William Butler Yeats
-darker image of Byzantium
-all that man is, all mere complexities
-talks about images "more image than a shade" a mouth with no moisture and no breath
-death in life
-flames begotten of flames
-"dying into a dance, an agony of trance"
The Young Housewife by William Carlos Williams
-speaker passes in his car, housewife is in neglige
-she comes to the curb to call the ice-man
-mocking imagism: i compare her to a fallen leaf
-drives over dried leaves
Tract by William Carlos WIlliams
-tells "my townspeople" how to perform a funeral
-the hearse shouldn't be black, "knock the glass out"
-sit openly to the weather
-go now, i think you are ready
Portrait of a Lady by William Carlos Williams
-your thighs are appletrees
-describes a lady as an exaggerated landscape
-what sort of man was Fragonard?
-"i said petals from an apple tree"
Queen-Ann's-Lace by William Carlos WIlliams
-"her body is not so white as anemone petals"
-describes her body as a field of wild crrot taking the field by force
-no question of whiteness
-a hand's span of herwhiteness
-a tiny purple blemish
-a pious wish to whiteness gone over
The Widow's lament in Springtime by William Carlos WIlliams
-sorrow is in my own yard
-masses of flowers
-talks about husband, son
-"sink into the marsh near them
The Great Figure by WIlliam Carlos Williams
-number 5 on fire engine moving through the dark city
Spring and All by William Carlos Williams
-the road to the contagious hospital
-dead brown leaves, leafless vines, lifeless in appearance, sluggish
-enter the new world naked, cold uncertain
-stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf
-one by one objects are defined
-plants are rooted and begin to awaken
The Farmer by William Carlos Williams
-farmer paces fields thinking about harvest
-black orchards darkened by the march clouds leaving room for thought
-"the artist figure of the farmer, composing antagonist"
The Red wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams
-wheel barrow, rain, chickens
This is Just to Say by WIlliam Carlos Williams
-he ate the plus you were saving for breakfast
The Dance by William Carlos Williams
-Brueghel's - The kermess
-describes how dancers go round, with bagpipes, fiddles
-swinging their butts, shanks
Mending Wall by Robert Frost
-"something there is that doesn't love a wall
-describes how nature tries to get rid of the wall, breaks it,
-no one sees the gap made
-neighbor and frost mend the wall
-apple orchard and pine don't really need a wall
-he moves in darkness
After Apple-picking by Robert Frost
-ladder is still leaning against tree
-things he hasn't done
-"i cannot rub the strangeness from my sight"
-I am overtired
0long sleep, or just some human sleep
The Wood-Pile by Robert Frost
-walking in the frozen swamp
-foot goes through hard snow
-"i was just far from home
-bird flies by,thinks Frost wants his tail feather like "one who takes everything said as personal to himself.
-pile of wood,abandoned, even though it was a cord of maple, cut and split
-wonders how someone could in turning to fresh taks forget his wood
-"to warm the frozen swam .. with the slow smokeless burning of decay"
The Road not Taken by Robert Frost
-traveller looking down 2 roads
-kept the first road for another day.
-took the one less travelled by
An Old Man's Winter Night by Robert Frost
-old man inside
-emptyrooms, creaking room, age
-stood at a loss
-scared the cellar
-the outer night has famliar sounds
-one aged man can't keep a house, or if he can, it's thus he does it of a winter night
The Oven Bird by Robert Frost
-singer everyone has heard
-bird says leaves are old, mid-summer is to spring
-talks about how early petal fall is past, that highway dust is over all
-the question that he frames in all but words
Birches by Robert Frost
-Frost images a boy swinging the birches, but doesn't bend them down to stay like the ice
-boy too far from town to learn baeball
-rides trees over and over
-climbing carefully, like filling a cup
-he dreams of going back there when I'm weary of considerations
-wants to get away from earth "earths the right place for love"
For Once, Then, Something by Robert Frost
-describes kneeling at wells and looking down, never seeing past his reflection in the water
-once:thinks he sees past, something white, uncertain
-asks what the whiteness was: truth? a pebble of quartz?
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
-ssays he thinks he knows who the woods belong to
-little horse thinks its queer
-horse gives his harness bells a shake
"miles to go before i sleep"
Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost
-rhyme aba aba
"but not to call me back or say goodbye"
-luminary clock against the sky
Design by Robert Frost
-Finds a spider: dimpled fat and white on a white heal all, like a white piece of cloth
-like the ingreients of a witches broth
-suggests that the spider killing the moth means we have a malevolent creator
The Gift Outright by Robert Frost
-"the land was ours before we were the land's"
-talks about history of new england, possessing, withholding
-salvation in surrender
-unstoried, artless, unenhanced such as she was, such as she would become
First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-candle burns at both ends, gives a lovely light
Recuerdo by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-"we were very tired we were very merry"
-ate appel and pear
sun rose dripping
-give a "shawl-covered head" all their money but our subway fares
I, Being born a woman and distressed by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-distressed by all the needs andn otions of my kind
-feel a certain zest to bear your body's weight upon my breast
-my stout blood against my staggering brain
-"i find this frenzy insufficient reason for conversatio n when we meet again"
Love is Not All by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-describes all the practical things that love is not
-"many a man is making friends with death even as i speak for lack of love alone
-wonders if she would trade 'your love' or "the memory of this night" for food or peace "i do not think I would"
Witch-Wife by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-neither pink nor pale
-fairy tale, valentine
-her voice is a string of coloured beads
-she will never be mine
If I should Learn, in some quite casual way by Edna st. Vincent Millay
-describes learning of "your" death from a paper in a subway train,
-learned how "a hurrying man, who happened to be you" had happened to be killed
-wouldn't cry but would read "where to store furs and how to treat the hair
BlueBeard by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-speaks to someone who trespassed, opened a door
-no treasure, no cauldron, no heads of women slain
-empty comfortless room
-you profaned me when you crept unto the threshold of this room
-"This now is yours. I seek another place
I think I should have loved you presently by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-would have been earnest, honest, all my pretty follies flung aside
-shorn of pride, naked
-she becoems "a ghost in marble of a girl you knew" who would have loved you
III: Oh think not I am faithful to a vow by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-she's faithless except to love's self
-only staying with him cuz he's lovely
-she only stays because he feeds and nourishes her
-"so wanton, light and false, my love are you, I am most faithless when I most am true"
Not with libations, but with shouts and laughter by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-coloured moths of love,
-they bound "about our irreligious brows" with myrtle
-celebrate in "love's sacred g rove"
-the god doesn't speak but speaker fears that their bodies will break in his flame and become a sacrifice
-"whence flee forever a woman and a man
Only until this cigarette is ended by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-"a litte moment at the end of all"
-in a moment with jazzy music, she remembers a vision of you, the dream is done
-"but in your day this moment is the sun / upon a hill, after the sun has set"
When I too long have looked upon your face by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-a brightness unobscured, has a terrible beauty not to be endured
-she turns from his light "a silly , dazzled ting deprived of sight"
-daily life= narrow room
-must become "accustomed to the dark"
I know I am but Summer to your heart by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-she isn't the full four seasons. she doesn't have autumn "golden fruits" or "wise and wintery things"
-she must "steal forth with silent drums"
-fears that if she doesn't leave he will grow tired of her and look for "summer" somwhere else
Oh, oh you will be sorry for that word! by Edna St. Vincent Millay
-wants him to give back her book. says he thought it was "a big book for such a little head"
-says she'll never again tell hi what she thinks "i shall be sweet and crafty, soft and sly"
-"I shall be gone and you may whistle for me."
The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls by e.e. Cummings
-talks about the church
-knitting for people they don't know who
-have comfortable minds "are invariably interested in so many things
-moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy
Next to of course god america i by E.E. Cummings
-land of the pilgrims,
-strange syntax ends "and drank rabidly a glass of water
-repetition by jingo by gee by gosh
-satiriacal: the heroic happy dead who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughte
My sweet old etcetera by E.E. Cummings
-no one can tell him why they're fighting the war
-his sister Isabel makes hundreds of socks
-mother hopes he'll die bravely
-he's lying dreaming in mud
goodbye Betty, don't remember me by E.E. Cummings
-tells his girl to have a good time with the "tall tight boys"
-tells her to be beautiful, have roses on her breasts
-"proving to death that love is so and so"
My girl's tall with long hard eyes by E.E. Cummings
-has a long hard body filled with surprises
-uses legs to "heave and twine" about him
It may not always be so; and i say by E.E. Cummings
-if his love is with another man he will go and wish the other man all happiness
-then he'll hear one bird 'sing terribly"
It is funny you will be dead one day by E.E. Cummings
-everything about her will be dead, even her lust
-wonders if she'll prefer the rain and wind to him
Let's live suddenly without thinking by E.E. Cummings
-honest trees, a moon, organized hills
-Let's live like the light that kills
-makes their lips something red, something tall
My love is building a building by E.E. Cummings
-he builds a prison around his love
-a magic tower,
-when farmer death crumbles things he'll not be able to get at his love
-"where the surrounded smile hangs breathless"
I have found what you are like by E.E. Cummings
-says his love is like the rain, who feathers fields,
-"the coolness of your smile is stirring in my arms"
-would rather, more than anything have your kiss
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
-don't die easily
-wise men, good men, wildmen, grave men,
One Art by Elizabeth Bishop
-art of lising isn't hard to master
-lost door keys, the hour badly psent
-none of them will bring disaster
-lost cities, realms, rivers, a continent
-may look like disaster
Gerontion by T.S. Eliot
-an old man in a dry mouth being read to by a boy
-describes how he was neither at the hot gates, nor fought in the warm marsh
-Antwerp, Brussels, London. THe goat coughs at night
-signs are taken for wonders, Christ the tiger
-Hakagawa, Titians, Madame de Tornquist
-after such knowledge, what forgiveness? HIstory
-history gives: gives too late
-unnatural vices are fathered by our heroism
-tiger springs, we have not reached conclusion
-i would meet you upon this honestly
-"to lose beauty in terror, terror in inquisition"
-I hae lost my sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch
-protract the profit of their chilled delirium
-will the weevil delay?
-tenants of the house
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
-April is the cruellest month
-memories of his cousin Marie on a sled in the mountains
-roots, broken images,red rock
-mix of languages
-a crowd flowed over London Bridge
-the chair she sat in, perfumes, the change of philomel
-My nerves are bad to-night. speak think
-Hurry up please it's time
-the brown land, the fisher king
-by the waters of Leman
-the young man Carbuncular
-the river sweats, my feet are at moorgate and my heart under my feet
-Phlebas the Phoenician dies, a current picked his bones
-we who were livign are now dying, here is no water but only rock.
-talks about presence of water
-I sat upon the shore fishing, with the arid plain behind me
Repression of War Experience by Siegfried Sassoon
-light the candles, moth blunders into flame
-soldiers go bad from thoughts that come back to scare them
-asks why it won't rain?
-talks about books, they're so wise/ have wisdom
-ghosts of old men with ugly souls in the trees
-you're quiet at home, you'd never think there was a war going on
-he's going crazy because of all the guns
Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon
-everyone burst out singing
-feels delight like prisoned birds must find in freedom
-my heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Break of Day in the Trenches by Isaac Rosenberg
-in the trenches darkness crumbles away. same old druid time
-a queer sardonic rat with cosmopolitan sympathies
-plucks a poppy
-the shrieking iron and flame hurled through heavens
-the poppy is safe in his ears
Dead Man's Dump by Isaac Rosenberg
-rusty freight on shattered track like crowns of thorns
-cart lurches over head bodies but the bodies are not hurt
-earth finally has gotten the bodies
-who hurled them out? who hurled?
-no one saw their spirits leave
-drained the wild honey of their youth
-we seem immortal
-the air is loud with death, the dark air spurts with fire
-a man's brains splattered on a stretcher-bearer's face.
-dead and the older dead
-describes dead bodies, some recently died
rushing wheels grazed his dead face
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
-describes a forced march
-Gas attack: as under a green sea, I saw him drowning: guttering choking, drowning
-says that if you could pace behind the wagon that we flung him in, you would not tell with such high zest "dulce et decorum est / pro patria mori"
Exposure by Wilfred Owen
-our brains ache, iced east wind
-worried by silence, but nothing happens
-they're watching, they hear the wind
-what are we doing here?
-war lasts, rain soaks and clouds sag
-flights of bullets steak the silence. snow
-they are freezing: we turn back to our dying"
-frost fastens on this mud and us
-all their eyes are ice
The Fish by Marianne Moore
-injured fan, barnacles,
-describes the fish, then the wter drives a wedge
-physical signs of abuse: dynamite grooves, burns
-it can live on what cannot revive its youth. the sea grows old in it
To a Snail by Marianne Moore
-compression is the first grace of style
-a knowledge of principles, a method of conclusions
The Steeple-Jack by Marianne Moore
-Durer would have seen a reason for living in a town like this
-describes town with sweet sea air, water etched with waves
-seagulls, the sea is the purple of the peacock's neck
-it is a priviledge to see so much confusion
-catalog of flowers
-college student named Ambrose
-it could not be dangerous to be living in a town like this
-star stands for hope
The Pangolin by Marianne Moore
-another armoured animal: scales
-Leonardo's da vinci's replica
-walks so he can save the claws for digging
-keeps the fragile grace of the buzzard westminster abbey vine
-rolls himself into a ball
-compact like the furled fringed frill on the hat-brim of Gargallo's hollow iron head
-useful tail, looks like an artichoke
-to explain grace requires a curious hand
-a sailboat was the first machine: models of exactness
-humour saves a few steps
-again the sun! anew each day; and new and new and new
The Paper Nautilus by Marianne Moore
-authorities who are shaped
-she constructs a thin glass shell, souvenir of hope,
-doesn't eat until the eggs are hatched
-as hercules, bitten by a crab loyal
-ionic chiton folds
-as if they knew love is the only fortress strong enough to trust to
The Jerboa by Marianne Moore
-A Roman hired an artist, to make a cone
-others could build and make colossi, use slaves
-these people liked small things,
-imperialists apropriated animals
-interesting stanza shape (like fish by marianne moore)
-king and queens
-pharoh's rat,the rust backed mongoose: pleasure for the rat
-it should mean untouched: sand brown jumping rat
-desert does not make hardship for Jerboa
-describes body of Jerboa
"it honours the sand by assuming its colour; closed upper paws seeming one with the fur in its flight from a danger"
-tail as third toe: smooth working Chippendale claw
Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock by Wallace Stevens
-the houses are haunted by white night-gowns
-people are not going to dream of baboons
-Tigers in red weather
Domination of Black by Wallace Stevens
-at night by the fire,
-colours repeat themselves in leaves, bushes,
-colours of peacocks tails were like leaves
-turning in the wind
-i remembered the cry of the peacock
Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird by Wallace Stevens
-talks about blackbirds
The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens
-mind of winter
-you must have been cold a long time to see winter landscape and not hear misery in the wind
-nothing himself, beholds / nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
The Emperor of Ice Cream by Wallace Stevens
-roller of big cigars
-whip curds in the kitchen
-let be be finale of seem
-corpse under sheet: horny feet protrude
The Idea of Order at Key West by Wallace Stevens
-she sang beyound the genius of the sea
-mimic motion: her song is connected to the sea
-connection between water and song: the sea was not a mask
-her voice creating landscape: single artificer of the world
-there never was a world for her / except the one she sang and, singing made.
Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens
-coffee and oranges
-she dreams a little: hold hush of ancient sacrifice
-dreaming feet over the seas, to silent palestine
-why should she give her bounty to the dead?
-shall she find divinity in ordinary things
-summer/winter branches are the measures for her soul
-jove in the clouds had his inhuman birth
-tals about blood, the blood of paradise
-sky was friendlier, different then
-lets birds test the reality of misty fields
-no haunt of prphecyy, no chimera
-her desire for june and evening
-even in her contentment I need bliss. death is the mother of beauty. talks about how death makes things beautiful
-no change of death in paradise? is everything unchanging?
-a ring of men shall chant in orgy their devotion to the sun. not as a god: the d w upon their feet shall manifest
- she hears a voice: the tomb in Palestine is not a porch of spirits
-ambiguous undulations as they sink: pigeons
The Motive for Metaphor by Wallace Stevens
-autumn: everything is half dead
-the half-colours of quarter-things
-desiring the exhilierations of changes: shrinking from the weight of primary noon, the ABC of being
-the shapr flash, the vital arrogant , fatal,dominant X
Anecdote of the Jar by Wallace Stevens
the jar in tennessee effects its surroundings
-it took dominion everywhere
lullaby by w.h Auden
-"lay your sleeping head, my love, human on my faithless arm
-the entirely beautiful
-soul and body have no bounds: to lovers as they lie upon her tolerant enchanted slope
-Venus: universal love and hope
-hermit's sensual ecstasy
-certainty, fiedlity on the stroke of midnight pass
-all shall be paid but not a whisper, thought , kiss be lost
-beauty dies at midnight
-find the moral world enough
-nights of insult let you pass/ watched by every human love
Spain by W.H Auden
-Anaphora of yesterday
-"our day is our loss, o show us history, the operator, the organizer
-private nocturnal terror: the city state of the sponge (other fantastic typies of city"
-I'm not the mover, i'm spain
-Anaphora "I am"
-many have heard it
-our thoughts have bodies: the menacing shapes of our fever are precise and alive.
-Anaphora of To-morrow.
-Today the struggle, today the deliberate increase in the chances of death
-the stars are dead. the animals will not look
-may say alas but cannot help nor pardon
As I walked out one evening by Wallace Stevens
-talks about things that are overflowing boundaries
-Clocks in the city talks about you cannot conquer time.
-injunction to restrict yourself: water, mirror, window.
-beggars raffle the banknotes giant/jack, lily white boy
-speaker is there after lovers are gone and clocks stopped chiming
Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden
-the old masters: suffering, human position
-while waiting for the birth, children skating on a pond, dreadful martyrdom
torturer's horse/doggy life
-Brueghel's Icarus: no one paid attention to the fact that a boy was falling out of the sky (not the ship)
In memory of W.B. Yeats by W.H. Auden
-describes how the world was wintery when Yeats died
-talks about yeat's bodyas places.
-words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living
-brokers, poor, each in his cell: think of this day
-you were silly like us: poetry makes nothing happen
- section aabb irish vessel, talks about time, all the dogs of Europe bark, still persuade us to rejoice.
-teach the free man how to praise
September 1 1939 by W.H. Auden
-day of Germany's invasion of Poland and breakout of WWII
-in a dive, hopes expire of a low dishonest decade, odour of death
-talks about sources of disaster: those to whom evil is done / do evil in return
-the world proclaims strength of collective man but is undermined by international wrong
-people cling to things being normal
-we don't engage with the world because the normal heart "craves to be loved alone"
-who can speak for the dumb?
-"we must love one another of die"
-claims he wants to "show an affirming flame"
In Praise of Limestone by W.H. Auden
-limestone dissoles, forms a landscape for the inconstant ones
-water carves down stone
-valley makes things smaller: their eyes have never looked into infinite space
-the best and worst never stayed her e long but sought immoderate soils where the beauty was not so external
-the sun, the sun
-gamins pursuing the scientist
-our greatest comfort is music which can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell.
-connects faultless love with limestone landscape
Stories of Snow by P.K. Page
-tropical setting: vegetable rain. leaves as large as hands, fleshy chins
-contrasted with white vision: imaginary snowstorm. holland, cross rozen lakes in search of swans.
-the colour with its complement and go through to the area behind the eyes / where siletn unrefractive whiteness lies
LandLady by P.K. Page
-impersonal as trains
-palm the secret of their skulls
The Permanent tourists by P.K. Page
-tourists enter foreign cities
-memorials, statues, never enter the entire event
-search for heroes: small boy, stolid queen, forgotten politician
-nude in any cafe
-call all memorial stone into their passive eyes
Portrait of Marina by P.K. Page
-the sea in the distance is like art: prussian, wool,
-one pale spinster daughter
-father wanted her to be a water woman, rich with bells
-the ocean is like broken mirrors
-migraines: pain forever putting forth new shoots; candelabra
- in her head too many mirrors dizzied her
-the wave breaks/turns into gelatin: Marina never knows the actual up close sea
-for her the sea was Father's Fearful sea. harsh with sea serpents
-lay off shore full fathom five
Little Girls by P.K. Page
-rediscovery of the worlrd
-emotion blows through them
-older the become round and hard, want castles on thee shore.
-their young selves: like a caul
Young Girls by P.K. Page
-giggle, cannot be stopped
-they are like fish, porpoises, water
-blood/weeping: partially amphibious: hearing bells
-earth becomes their natural element
After Rain by P.K. Page
-snails, lace, whimsy
-shame in all these images. The garden is pimeval
-o choir him, birds
-images preventing whole from tolling
The Stenographers by P.K. Page
-military language: bivouac, white flag
-monday to saturday
-paper "winter of paper" hit keys, draft, carbon, pencil
-they are stagnent at noon
-their life is difficult
-the pin men of madness in marathon trim rae round the trak of the stadium pupil
Photos of a Salt Mine by P.K. Page
-mine looks innocent, white looks like snow: salt's lovely ice
-lovers, children, a feathered creature
-the photographs: innocence has acted like a filter
-dante's version of a nether hell
"the black inferno of the rock: the filter here, not innocene but guilt"
The Walls do not fall by H.D.
-describes a war scene: rails gone, ruin: stone papyrus
-ruins, bombs have opened things up.
-inspiration stalks us through gloom
-pomeii has nothing to teach us: pressure on heart, lungs, the brain
-wewonder "what saved us? what for?
-evil/ill/dev-ill all doing better than Good
SIsis, aset or Astarte
-it bears healing: the sceptre, the rod of power.
-strategies for survival: the shell fish: it limits its orbit, hides in a shell: unlocks the portals, it opens to the tide-flow
-at invasion fo the limitless, infinite water can not crack me
-"be firm in your own small static limited orbit"
-I escaped, I explored
-erect serpent. Secret wisdom "poets are useless"
-they say give us books.
-we fight for life. what good are your scribblings?
-in the beginning was the word
Tribute to the Angels by H.D
-Spirit. re-writes Revelation
-The lady figure: focuses on what we expect and what we see.
-two line stanzas
-Your holy ghost was an apple-tree
-"you have carved her tall and unmistaable"
-she is the vestal from the days of numa
-"she carries a book but it is not the tome of ancient wisdom"
-"the blank pages of the unwritten volume of the new"
-talks about different forms of writin: rune, pen, brush, colour
The Cantos by Ezra Pound
-begins with free translation of opening of the Odyssey. he summons up sprits from the underworld
-talks to Robert Browning.
-sea voyage. Naxos, Tyro, Grecian faces
-retells story from ovid where god hides on boat. sailors don't recognize him and vines and grape-leaves take over he boat. also beasts
-"he has a god in him, though I do not know which god."
-false marble, panelled wood,
-seeking a buried beauty. beer bottle on the staue's pediment
-"thin husks I had known as men. dry casques of departed locusts speaking a shell of speech"
-the words rattle: shells given out by shells
-The slough of unamiable liars, stupidities
pus, vermin, maggors, crab-lie
The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes
-enumerates different rivers: nile, Euphrates,mississippi, soul is deep like river.
Theme for English B by Langston Hughes
-talks about gowing up in states, Harlem,
-Harmelm "i hear you" also hears New York.
-suggests being coloured doesn't make him not like the same things as others
-wonders if page is coloured
-they are American "sometimes perhaps you don't want to be a part of me"
-"you're older and white and somewhat more free"
Harlem by Langston Hughes
-wonders what happens to a dream deferred: dry up, fester or explode?
Who but the Lord? by Langston Hughes
-sees the Law, speaker images being dead
-asks the lord to save him but Law beats living hell out of me
-asks why God doesn't protect him from police brutality
Harlem Dancer by Claude McKay
-describes the body of the dancer as she sways to blended flutes.
-a proudly-swaying palm
-everyone devoured her shape with eager, passionate gaze.
-"i knew her self was not in that strange place"
If We Must Die by Claude McKay
-wants to die nobly, not like hogs chased by hungry dogs
-then monsters will have to honour them though dead
-"pressed to the wall, dying but fighting back"
America by claude McKay
-America feeds him 'bread of bitterness" and takes away his breath of life.
-mixed feelings: "loves this cultured hell"
-stands within her walls: gazes darkly
-like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.
The White City by Claude McKay
-thinks about hating the city
-dark passion "makes my heaven in the white world's hell"
-sees the city through a mist: strident trains, towers vapor-kissed, the dens.
"are sweet like wanton loves because I hate"
Yet Do I marvel by Countee Cullen
-imagines that God is well meaning and could answer why the mole is blind, why humans die, why tantalus is baited by fickle fruit.
-wonders why he would make a poet black "and bid him sing"
Heritage by countee Cullen
-questions where his heritage should be found
-Africa? imagines writing of the jungle: great drums, jungle herds, "dark blood dammed within"
-Africa is as unfamiliar as a book you skim. he doesn't remember Afria's creatures,
-he belongs to Jesus Christ so Heathen gods are naught to me.
-wishes Jesus were black. "dark despairing features"
-a human creed
-"not yet has my heart or head
in the least way realized
they and I are civilized"
Howl by Allen Ginsberg
-best minds destroyed
-long long lines
-Anaphora of Who
-images of the best minds decaying, being restricted "drear light of zoo"
-"the hydrogen jukebox"
-cigarettes, boxcars, visionary indian angels
-the absolute heart of the poem of life
A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsburg
-shopping for images : neon fruit supermarket
-what peaches and what penumbras?
-who killed the pork chop?
-"dreaming of the lost America of love"
-"dear father, grey beard, loney old courage-teacher"
-boat disappear on the black waters of Lethe
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