By Allan Burns
This targeted poetry source bargains interpretations of 250 poems, representing the paintings of 86 poets from a large spectrum of ancient, modern, ethnic, and canonical writers. association of this quantity allows easy accessibility to details on poetry for clients' person reasons. the most element of the consultant includes narrative essays on 21 alphabetically prepared subject matters that recur during the wealthy historical past of yank poetry.In every one part, the explications of person poems are prepared chronologically to track the evolution of a specific topic through the years. Educators instructing thematic devices will locate proper essays right here applicable as both heritage presentation, dialogue principles, or pupil assignments. Following every one access, the poems are indexed with information regarding the anthologies within which they are came across. many of the abbreviations used right here correspond to the codes utilized in The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthology, primary to such a lot librarians. This advisor is perfect for librarians and lecturers who have to determine and find poems on a given topic, and for college students and fanatics of poetry who desire to improve their figuring out of the thematic meanings of poems.
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Such a figure seems to stand for the poet. ” More overtly scathing, Robinson Jeffers’s “Shine, Perishing Republic” (1924) qualifies as a jeremiad, or a prophetic denunciation in the spirit of Jeremiah from the Old Testament. The poem, cast in long, flowing free-verse lines, masquerades as a bit of serious advice to the poet’s sons. It first takes to task American civilization for its vulgarity and imperialism, noting that protest against such forces is utterly futile, only “a bubble in the molten mass” that will pop and disappear without effect.
Wallace Stevens’s “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock” (1923) appears, on the surface, to be a somewhat enigmatic poem. ” Contrasts structure the poem: plain, white nightgowns versus elaborate, colorful nightgowns, and dreams people are not having about animals versus the exotic dream of the sailor. The first term of each pair can be taken as a symbol for drab, unimaginative responses to life, whereas the second term represents the opposite. Reduced to a basic idea, or shorn of its charm, the poem seems to assert that reality—or at least the reality of our culture and culturally mediated experience—is mundane without the poetic imagination to quicken it with color and life.
Plath herself conceived of this poem as a dramatic monologue, spoken by a girl whose father actually is a Nazi. In other words, Plath’s archetypal imagination amplifies and transforms the memory of Otto. ” Plath does, however, incorporate some authentic biographical details, such as the father’s Polish origin and gangrenous toe. The father figure has made the speaker’s life miserable; she likens her experience to living in a black shoe for thirty years (which was Plath’s own age at the time the poem was written—but note that she later plays more loosely with chronology when she has the speaker say that her father died when she was ten).