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McGill University
English (Arts)
ENGL 345
Nathalie Cooke

"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 - pauses - 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 "The Raven" - theme of horror - descent into insanity - repetition - 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 "Siren Song" - 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 - volta - 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 Midterm Break - Irish poet - his brother was killed in an accident when he was 14 - chose this poem
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