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"I am" by John Clare
Transcript of "I am" by John Clare
About the Author
- The group has said that the speaker of the poem represents the lower class. In the Victorian age, the lower class felt lost and forgotten/abandon in the shadows.
“And yet I am! and live with shadows tost”
In the last stanza, we read the speaker wanting to go to a place where there is no troubles, it is implied that he does not want to a happy life, he wants to die and be in peace. Peace meant hope, the lower class hoped for a better life where they did not have struggles and lived a good life.
- In "I Am" the speaker of the poem uses the words "I Am" to reaffirm his existence. He has been forgotten and abandoned, but despite all of this he is still alive. Despite the sadness that has overcome him and the tragedy that fell upon him, he was still alive. And yet, the speaker wants something more. He speaks of a land where he belongs and does not have to constantly reaffirm his existence to be noticed, a land where he can finally rest in peace. To the speaker death and peace are one and the same.
Euphemism- word, phrase expression used to substitute one that is too harsh when referring to something unpleasant, embarrassing or offensive.
-Passed away instead of died.
-Batting for the other side instead of saying homosexual
-Blowing chunks instead of vomiting
-Appearance deficit instead of saying ugly
-Break wind instead of saying fart
analysis of a poem
"I am" by John Clare
By: Scarlet, Akua, Jhenifer, Harry, Kathryn,
Nancy and Kendra
I am: yet what I am none cares or knows,
My friends forsake me like a memory lost;
I am the self-consumer of my woes,
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shades in love and death's oblivion lost;
And yet I am! and live with shadows tost
Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life nor joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life's esteems;
And e'en the dearest-- that I loved the best--
Are strange --nay, rather stranger than the rest.
I long for scenes where man has never trod;
A place where woman never smil'd or wept;
There to abide with my creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept:
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie;
The grass below--above the vaulted sky.
-The implicit meaning (how it relates to the Victorian era)
-The explicit meaning what you derive from the text
-How the literary technique is used and how it develops the meaning of the poem
And Another Slide on our Analysis
How euphemism is used in the poem: third stanza says "there to abide with my creator, God, and sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept..." the speaker indirectly states his wish for death in a way that is less harsh by saying "with my creator." This shows that the speaker is not necessarily suicidal but wishes for death because death for him is the way he can be at peace.