To Read a Poem by Donald Hall

By Donald Hall

To learn a Poem starts off the examine of poetry via studying complete poems, emphasizing the aim of analyzing isn't the research of components however the knowing of wholes. For a fuller definition of petry's parts, later chapters be aware of components. decisions are usually glossy or modern, supplementing them with biographical notes on all poets. To learn a Poem may also help scholars learn poetry with intelligence, gusto, and discrimination.

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Here is the stanza as Haines actually wrote it: How boring and flat the lines become! There can be little attention to pauses within lines, because the critic would break the line wherever there might be a pause. There is no tension; music and sense become identical, which results in the disappearance of music. His eyes are blind with April, his breath distilled of butterflies and bees, and in his beard the maggot sings. We must develop a sense of the poetic line, if we are to take pleasure in poetry.

10 The ponderous beast went down With a crack of a broken shaft. And the night drew through the trees In one long invidious draft. The most unquestioning pair That ever accepted fate And the least disposed to ascribe Any more than we had to to hate, 20 l We assumed that the man himself Or someone he had to obey Wanted us to get down And walk the rest of the way. -Robert Frost r '1'1 ! I Questions 1'1 I' 1. Do you take this action literally? " 2. Are there natural symbols here? Traditional or conventional symbols?

In the second part of this stanza, Hardy reverts to the may be form of pOSSibility, making the metaphor that is the high point of the poem: "the fair girl . . " Her molecules promenade through the stem to the blossom. In the metaphor, the rose has doors or portals, like a house or church, and the pretty young woman in the shape of her molecules walks through the door. So far the tone has been simple. Hardy told us a certainty followed by fancies and probabilities. We walk beside an old man though a churchyard, where he ruminates on the persistence of matter translated from one organ­ ism to another.

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