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Notes Week 1 ENGL 2030

by: John Aldridge

Notes Week 1 ENGL 2030 ENGL-2030

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This document contains a brief overview of the poems assigned to us by Professor Cox.
The Experience of Literature
Bene Cox
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Date Created: 08/25/16
ENGL-2030 Observation of assigned text week 1. The Second Coming - Yeats The title, The Second Coming, is obviously a reference to the book of Revelation in the Bible. In line 9 of the poem Yeats writes “Surely some revelation is at hand;” and later mentioning that the spirit of the world troubles his sight. Take a look at the time the poem was written in 1919. What was happening in the world that would cause Yeats to reference the possible end of the world in his writing? Sailing to Byzantium - Yeats In this poem Yeats speaks of growing old and retiring to Byzantium, leaving his homeland calling it “no country for old men” in the first line. Byzantium, an ancient Greek city rich with history is the birthplace of Homerus, a poet that has been known as “The Younger Homer”. My Papas Waltz - Roethke Roethke’s poem is likely about dancing with his drunk father after he was finished working or doing something that got his hands dirty. Though it’s pretty clear the mother isn’t pleased about how rough the father is when playing/dancing, Roethke seems to have a good relationship with his father. Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night - Thomas The poem speaks of the dying of different kinds of men telling them “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”. At the end of the poem the reader finds that they are the father of the writer. Elegy for My Father, Who is Not Dead - Hudgins Hudgins writes of expecting news of his father’s death at any moment. He knows his father is ready to die because of how he speaks greatly of the afterlife as if he wants it to come soon. His father expects to see his son again. Hudgins, however, is not as keen on dying saying that he is not ready and his father may be expecting something that won’t happen. To a Daughter Leaving Home - Pastan The poem is written from a parent’s perspective. The daughter learning to ride the bicycle can be compared to herself at a later date when she decides to leave home. As she moves further away she becomes more “breakable”. Parents will always worry about their children. Behind Grandmas House - Soto The poem starts out with great imagery of the writer playing in the yard, pretending, and causing a ruckus. His fun is eventually cut short by grandma.


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