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Sand From the Gobi Desert by Lorna Crozier

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Transcript of Sand From the Gobi Desert by Lorna Crozier

Sand From the Gobi Desert
Lorna Crozier
Another would send her, if she could, the
rare flakes of
snow
Just now
the salt from a woman's
tears
settles finely its
invisible

kiss
Themes:

Subject:


Background Information:
Whetstone (2005)
Joy, loss, family & marriage
Structure/Style:
Free verse
25 lines
12 sentences
no distinct chronological order
no rhyme scheme
Empathy
Community
Connections
Memories/Experiences
Journey/ Destination
Sand
from the Gobi Desert blow
s
acro
ss

S
a
s
katchewan,


becomes the
i
rr
itation
i
n an eye.
S
o
s
ay the
s
cientist
s
who


s
eparate the
s
ma
ll
est po
ll
en from its wings of grit,


identify the origin and name. You have to
w
onder
w
here
Hyperbole
Symbol
-Memories
-Multitude
Gobi Desert
Northern China & Mongolia
Setting
Imagery
Allusion
Sibilance
The fact that Crozier mentions that the
sand blows from the Gobi Desert, in China/ Mongolia to Saskatchewan, in Canada, which, yet an exaggeration, emphasizes the extent of the travels of the sand, presenting a global perspective, which is a recurring idea in 'Sand From the Gobi Desert'.
VOWEL REPETITION
"irritation in an eye..."
CONSONANCE
Vowel repetition usually
results in a soothing mood,
however, in this context, this comfort contrasts/juxtaposes with the irritation and agony.
Asyndeton
Speeds up the rhythm
Leaves room for deduction
Places emphasis on this particular line/ idea
P
LLEN
Symbol: Sand-like
'll' highlights the minuteness of the pollen grains
ALLITERATION
Emphasis on 'wonder' and 'fascination' (tone)
the
dust
from these fields ends up: Zimbabwe, Fiji,

on the
row of shoes outside a
mosque

in Istanbul,
on the
green rise of a belly in the Jade Museum in Angkor Wat
?

And what of our breath,
grey hair
freed from a comb, the torn

threads of shadows
?
WORLDWIDE
Blue Mosque
-Allusion
-Global: Religion
Anaphora
Punctuation
Uncertainty?
Hesitation?
Persuasion?
Allusion
Tactile Imagery
Situational Irony
tone shift
on my u
pp
er li
p
. She's been crying in Paris on the street that means
Middle of the Day though it's night there, and she doesn't want
the day to come.
Would it comfort her to know another, halfway round the world,
can taste her grief?
falling here
before the sunrise
, snow that barely fleeces the brown
back of what's
too dry to be a field of wheat, and winter's almost passed. Snow
on her lashes.
TONE
NARRATIVE
3rd person to 1st person
certain
omniscient
isolated
empathetic
contemplative
sentimental
sincere
What of apple blo
ss
om
s
, my father'
s
a
sh
e
s
,
s
mall
s
crap
s
of
s
adne
ss
that slip out of reach
?
Is it comforting to know the
wind
never travels empty
?
A sparrow in the
A
lhambra's
a
rabesques
rides the laughter spilling from our kitchen, the smell of garlic
makes the
d
ust
d
elicious where and where it falls.
Sparrow: Metaphor & Symbolism
Symbol: joy, inclusion, community
simplicity, protection
WORKS CITED
"Alhambra." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2014.
"Angkor Wat." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Nov. 2014. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.
"Arabesque." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.
"Lorna Crozier's Poems." Lorna Crozier's Poems. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.
Miller, Howard. "Lorna Crozier: Silence into Language." AV9 :: Howard Miller. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.
Petrov, Mikhail Platonovich. "Gobi (desert, Asia)." Encyclopedia Britannica. N.p., 15 Apr. 2014. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.
"Sparrow Meaning - Sparrow Meanings." www.whats-your-sign.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.
"Whetstone." Barnes & Noble. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.


JUXTAPOSITION
{Sibilance} Sinister
INQUISITIVE TONE
QUESTIONING
Calat Alhambra (Alhambra Palace)
Granada,
Spain
Arabesque
architecture
Overall Ideas/ Themes
Central Assertion
JUXTAPOSITION
fallible
limited
knowledge
Comforting vs.
Cumbersome
METAPHOR
Real time
Enjambment
Tears: Symbol
Pain, suffering -> Empathy
->Memories &
experiences
Synesthesia: Visual & tactile imagery
[Consonance]
"Milieu de la Journèe"
Allusion
SETTING
Situational Irony &
Juxtaposition
Visual Imagery
Enjambment
Visual Imagery
Juxtaposition
Setting & Imagery
Visual Imagery
Visual Imagery
Inclusion
Community
Connections with reader
Everyone's interconnected some how
Across races and religions: find some common ground
Empathy
Inanimate objects (sand, wind, snow)
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