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Poetry Analysis Project
Transcript of Poetry Analysis Project
He was born on April 13, 1939 in County Derry, Northern Ireland
He was the eldest of the nine children
His father worked and own a small farm as a cattle herder.
Heaney wrote "The Follower" to retell his childhood experience with his father, and the strong bond they had with each other.
Heaney's poems first came to public attention in the mid-1960s when he was recognized as constructing something of a "Northern School" within Irish writing.
He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.
On June 6, 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry.
He is currently living. Theme Striving for perfection; Admiring one's hard work and dedication; Following in the footsteps of someone you admire; Building a strong, loving relationship. Emily Bronte was born on July 30, 1818 in Thornton, Yorkshire.
She was the fifth child out of the six children.
She is mostly famous for being the author of Wuthering Heights.
In May 1846, she contributed 21 poems in a book of Poems established by her and her sister.
Her pen name was "Ellis Bell."
She was known to be a Romantic poet.
She died on December 19, 1848. Theme: Never forgetting your true love; Moving on from the past. Paraphrase/Thesis: The speaker has been mourning over her dead lover for 15 years. As time passes by, she is beginning to move on, but fears of forgetting him. Thinking about him causes her more grief and emotional suffering and hinders her to move on with her life. She claims that she will never love anyone the same as she has loved him. paradox personification anaphora imagery alliteration "All my life's bliss from thy dear life was given-
All my life's bliss is in the grave with thee"
Lines 19-20 "My thoughts no longer hover over the mountains." Line 5- 6 rapturous pain, divinest anguish These two contradictory ideas demonstrate the speaker's attempt to not think about the sad thoughts of her deceased lover. Her memories cause her profound pain that it is difficult for her to overcome these emotions and thoughts. Lines 30-31 Follower: My father worked with a horse plough,
His shoulders globed like a full sail strung
Between the shafts and the furrow.
The horses strained at his clicking tongue.
An expert. He would set the wing
And fit the bright-pointed sock.
The sod rolled over without breaking.
At the headrig, with a single pluck.
Of reins, the sweating team turned round
And back into the land. His eye
Narrowed and angled at the ground,
Mapping the furrow exactly.
I stumbled in his hobnailed wake,
Fell sometimes on the polished sod;
Sometimes he rode me on his back
Dipping and rising to his plod.
I wanted to grow up and plough,
To close one eye, stiffen my arm.
All I ever did was follow
In his broad shadow around the farm.
I was a nuisance, tripping, falling,
Yapping always. But today
It is my father who keeps stumbling
Behind me, and will not go away. This personification demonstrates how the speaker is moving on from her emotional pain. It shows how her thoughts are not continually grieving over her love. Cold in the earth -- and fifteen wild Decembers,
From those brown hills, have melted into spring This imagery illustrates a scene of the seasonal cycle. It shows how faithful she is in remaining to her love and how long time has passed by of her remembering her love. The use of anaphora in lines 19-20 emphasizes how the speaker gave all her happiness and joy in life to her lover. She said that her happiness comes from his love, and that when he died, her happiness also died with him. "Remembrance"
Cold in the earth -- and the deep snow piled above thee,
Far, far removed, cold in the dreary grave!
Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee,
Severed at last by Time's all-severing wave?
Now, when alone, do my thoughts no longer hover
Over the mountains, on that northern shore,
Resting their wings where heath and fern leaves cover
Thy noble heart forever, ever more?
Cold in the earth -- and fifteen wild Decembers,
From those brown hills, have melted into spring;
Faithful, indeed, is the spirit that remembers
After such years of change and suffering!
Sweet Love of youth, forgive, if I forget thee, While the world's tide is bearing me along; Other desires and other hopes beset me, Hopes which obscure, but cannot do thee wrong! No later light has lightened up my heaven,
No second morn has ever shone for me;
All my life's bliss from thy dear life was given,
All my life's bliss is in the grave with thee.
But, when the days of golden dreams had perished,
And even Despair was powerless to destroy,
Then did I learn how existence could be cherished,
Strengthened, and fed without the aid of joy.
Then did I check the tears of useless passion --
Weaned my young soul from yearning after thine;
Sternly denied its burning wish to hasten
Down to that tomb already more than mine.
And, even yet, I dare not let it languish,
Dare not indulge in memory's rapturous pain;
Once drinking deep of that divinest anguish,
How could I seek the empty world again? "Remembrance" continued..... Once drinking deep of that Dare not indulge in memory's No later light has lightened up my heaven Line 17 The alliteration used in "Remembrance," creates a light, soft tone to express the speaker's feelings. She is saying that no one else has gave her as much joy than her deceased lover. Structure Rhyme scheme: It consist of a "ABAB" rhyme scheme. Work Cited His shoulders globed like a full sail strung (Line 2). It is my father who keeps stumbling/Behind me, and will not go away (Lines 23-24). I was a nuisance, tripping, falling,/Yapping always (Lines 21-22). Compare/Contrast Both poems contain significant imagery.
Both poems have some positive and negative themes.
Both poems have different writing styles and use various diction according to author's background. Bronte was a Romantic poet, while Heaney was more of a modern poet. "D.N. Aloysius." : Remembrance -Emily Bronte. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
"Emily Bronte Biography." Emily Bronte Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
"Heaney Poems Analysis." Heaney Poems Analysis. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
"Homepages at WMU." Homepages at WMU. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
"JAVIER DÃAZ SORIA â GRUPO A." Follower. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
http://tx.english-ch.com/teacher/jun/father-son-walking.jpg I was a nuisance.....But today/It is my father who keeps stumbling/Behind me, and will not go away (Line 21, 23-24). Structure: The poem is divided into six quatrains, and the rhyme scheme of each stanza could be defined as a kind of "abab" scheme. Paraphrase/Thesis: The son is describing the work of his father, and how he is so skilled at what he does. The son admires his father, and wants to be like his father in the future. Throughout the poem, a strong father and son relationship is shown, which demonstrates their closeness and love for each other. He would set the wing And fit the bright-pointed sock./The sod rolled over without breaking/At the headrig, with a single pluck (Lines 5-8). It is ironic how the father usually keeps the son from stumbling, but now the son is helping the father not to stumble. This links to the strong bond between the son and father. The triple verbs demonstrates how the boy was a nuisance, and shows his need for his father to discipline and train him. Also, it demonstrates a strong relationship between the father and son. This imagery allow the readers to imagine the work of the father, and shows the father's dedication and skills in his work. It also demonstrates how he strives for perfection. This simile compares the father's shoulders to that of a sail strung. This demonstrates his strength and hard work, and how much effort he puts in his work. The shift allows the readers to see it from the son's perspective when he is an adult. It shows that the father is always there for the son, even at his old age. It is an elegy because it is describing the lost of a loved one. It is an English sonnet written in quatrains.