01:790:340 Study Guide - Quiz Guide: Burning Deck PressExam
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359:201 Principles of Literary Study: Poetry 9/19/19
Assignment, due in class Monday 9/23
First read Felicia Dorothea Hemans’s poem “Casabianca” (course reader, pp. 6–7).
1. This poem is about an incident that took place in a 1798 naval battle, in the course of the
Napoleonic Wars. In a few sentences, gloss (summarize) the action of the poem. What happens?
what’s the story?
Then read the following poem, written 120 years later. Find one metaphor in the Bishop poem,
and identify its tenor and its vehicle. In a few sentences, reflect on how Bishop’s poem uses
metaphor to reflect on Hemans’s poem. How does Bishop make use of the earlier poem, and
Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)
Love’s the boy stood on the burning deck
trying to recite “The boy stood on
the burning deck.” Love’s the son
stood stammering elocution
while the poor ship in flames went down.
Love’s the obstinate boy, the ship,
even the swimming sailors, who
would like a schoolroom platform, too,
or an excuse to stay
on deck. And love’s the burning boy. (1946)
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