English 173A: American Poetry 1900-1945
English 173A: American Poetry 1900-1945
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Date Created: 04/02/14
4214 Robert Frost 1 0 First 20 years of his poetic life were tough A lot of the poems we read now were from when he was 19 20 21but didn39t publish a book until about age 40 0 After publication he became instantly famous His books sold many copies he won Pulitzer prizeshis high point was a poetry reading at President Kennedy39s inauguration 0 He was extremely famous in the 6039s and died around 3963 Biography of his life paints him as the most terrible person to have ever iveda master of egoism 0 Easy to look at his poetry as superficial However once Frost became this loathed man his poetry gained a new depth However many of the biographical aspects are ambiguous Ambiguity over the treatment of his wife amp affair with his secretary Family also had a hard time Children depressed and unhappily marriedone killed himself 0 Frost made a big deal about being a New Englander Titles of poems amp books tell this as well as his scenery He comes off as traditional stylistically and as far as subject Nothing contemporary added To choose traditional is a difficult complicated thing He said free verse was like playing tennis with no net Frost39s theory of being able to know what a sentence says without knowing the meaning of the words thanks to how they are said ie meter Rhythm amp Meter difference between something like iambic pentameter and the actual stress of the words Into My Own Sounds like a sonnet14 lines and a couplet Not Shakespearian It39s written all in couplets which sonnets are not Tends to reverse the first foot of an iambic line quotOne of my wishesquotstress going across the words Interesting when most are monosyllabic Line 13 An interesting transgression A difference in rhythm and meter n pentameter quotnotquot is unstressed but it kind of needs to be There are multiple quotnot39squot Very negative poem Always an opposition of some kind Sounds like a 12 year old boy running away from home but he doesn39t want to escape homehe wants to make people come after him quotGo into the gloomquot go quotnto My Ownquot Not a cheery thing Mowin Another non sonnet Weird loopy rhyme scheme Often broken into the octave and sestet It kind of breaks like this with the semicolon following quotfay or elfquot Back to back quotitquot quotWhat was it it whisperedquot Something we would say out loud but it isn39t poetic A colloquialism Poem about what the scythe says but not quotsayingquot it Like onomatopoeia ie Squeak Poetry coming from work songs This could be for that It also sets up a rhythm Another parallel placing hay into rows just like the lines of the poem Companion to Tuft of Flowers That39s about a mower who left flowers behind Here he says quotnot 4214 without feeblepainted spikes of flowersquot feels a lot like the term quotflowery anguagequot which poems are allowed to have Reluctance Format looks different Indentations line up rhyme scheme Actually a weird oneABCBDB quotFemininequot rhyme Mono or disyllable and ending unaccented Every unrhymed line sounds like an endand then it comes back Expresses therefore to express reluctance to reach the end Reach exceeds your grasp
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