"I do not love you"
- originally in spanish, not as flowing as it is in English
- focus on the repetition and the metaphor of growing
"Let America be America Again"
- frustrated by the fact that the land would not be the land of equality it was intended to be
- pay attention to the refrain
- different voices
- repetition > lists
- turning point at "yet"
- holy shit, this bitch is good
"Triolet for Ken"
- think about how they'd work if said in a different order
- could they stand alone? how would that change the meaning?
- the nightmare comes, there is no happy music, dreams
"The Cry From an Indian Wife"
- keep in mind the hesitation
- dramatic monologue; meant to be recited
- some repetition: is it important?
- compassion for both sides
"Gertrude Talks Back"
- direct response to Hamlet's sexist belittling
- Act 3, Scene 4: 1.18, 1.29, 1.35, 1.54, 1.63, 1.90, 1.185
- rebuttal to Hamlet's comments
"The City - invocation of Tartarus
- theme of horror
- descent into insanity
- progressively gets louder
- gets quicker when it gets louder
- more pleading, then it turns angry
"Five Ways to Kill a Man"
- cumbersome ways, famous ways (jesus, crusades, WWI, bombing)
- very sarcastic... the fifth way is to leave him in the 20th C
- the siren doesn't want to be there
- some tell stories
- there is narrative
- incremental repetition despite the fact that it's telling a story
- the way the poems spoke to the individual experiences
- feminist poems
- twist at the very end
- discrepancy between past and present
- dramatic monologue was the heart of today
- context= tension between repetition and movement
Negro Speaks of Rivers
- river comes to be associated with the slave market - so he's known rivers, thus he's known hardships and such
- he knows what these people have gone through
- he understands the suffering
The Second Coming
- written after the second world war
- circling in the poem
- "the second coming" is repeated, but that's it. it's a poem about circles and repetition, but they didn't
use any of the traditional repetitious forms
- part of a symbolic language: the fearful part of this poem is an apocalyptic vision, so any fixed, circular
form wouldn't allow this to be driven forward.
In Flanders Fields
- rememberence day
- after the war as well
- kept it broken into the standard three parts
- slower in the beginning, and speeding up later in the poem as the torch is being passed on and we
need to continue that
- repetition gives a sense of pride and the elegiac nature of the poem: it creates tension
- was not done incredibly agressively
Tears in Heaven
- song, but recited as a poem
- difference between speaking it and how it sounds sung: you have to work out how you're going to deal
with your repeated lines. are you going to say them the same way, or are you going to change it?
- Eric Clapton felt very responsible for the death of his son
- Irish poet
- his brother was killed in an accident when he was 14 - chose this poem