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Lecture 5

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Daniel Tysdal

Lecture 5 The Narrative and Meditative Impulses The Narrative Poem - Telling a story  event A leads to event B - TENSE is important to help pay attention to deepr idea The Meditative Poem - Meditating on experiencing - TAKES important  dream deferred, metaphors give a different take Stanley Kunitz’s “The Portrait” - Tells a story of his memory of the events after his father’s suicide - Piece of life: endurance of death of father - Old man thinking of past suicide - Depicts the violence of suicide and its effects and endurance - To document letting the father go - Enjambment in first line, gives sense of shock - Deepest cabinet = metaphore - Heart  cabinet - Contrast  long lipped stranger, brave moustache, and deep brown eyes - I could hear him - I can feel my cheek still burn  tactile imagery - Last two lines were change in tense - The Portrait, double meaning portrait found and poem itself is portrait of the pain Stewart Cole’s “Eulogy for the Quick” - Quick  something that has life “The Quick and the Dead” - Someone passed him and struck him in terms of presence and what he heard, ends where story began - All on the move , every now and then catch a glimpse - Quick as the living  encounter of passing by - Enjambment in the first line , enjambments quickly pushing over - Outerform vs Innerform. Outerform is more objective, meter, stanzas. Innerform is more subjective form. - Attempts to turn what is partial into something that is whole  2 parts composite and fragment The Miracles of Metaphors - Proceeds to an identification that is complete Classifying Poems - Three different approaches to classifying poems: o Outer and inner forms  Outer Form  Stanzas and fixed form, what type of stanza is this?  Rhyme: What is the rhyming scheme?  Metre: What is the metre? What type of line? o Speech act  No mater what you can apologize for when you apologize  speech act = apology o Content genres Chidiock Tichborne’s “Tichborne’s Elegy” - Last line of each stanza is repeated “And now I live and now my life is done’ o Refrain - ‘I’ and ‘My’ used a lot  disturbance of what my or I is - Inner Form o Poet creates subjectively  poem by poem basis  Find the fault lines - I am alive and I am dead, circling around the idea - No enjambment  circling or p
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