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Escape: Robert Graves

Poetry Museum 2013
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Juwayriyah Qureshi

on 11 February 2013

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Juwayriyah Qureshi Escape A Poem by Robert Graves Escape welcome to poetry museum! Sent to War: childhood Born: July 24, 1895
Wimbledon, England
Alfred Pervical Graves -wrote "Father O'Flynn"
Amalie Graves -taught Biblical literature
Rebellious
University Of Oxford Elegy
Returned to life ROBERT VON RANKE GRAVES Royal Welch Fusiliers
of the British army Trench War-Fare Battle of Somme
Casualties: 58,000 british troops killed Siegfreeed Sassoon
War Poet family photo Robert, with his mother, father, and 4 other siblings Battle photos ALLUSIONS: Cerberus stands and grins above me now,

Wearing three heads—lion, and lynx, and sow.

“Quick, a revolver! But my Webley’s gone,Stolen!…

No bombs … no knife…. The crowd swarms on,

Bellows, hurls stones…. Not even a honeyed sop

…Nothing…. Good Cerberus!… Good dog!… but stop!

Stay!… A great luminous thought … I do believe

There’s still some morphia that I bought on leave.”

Then swiftly Cerberus’ wide mouths I cram

With army biscuit smeared with ration jam;

And sleep lurks in the luscious plum and apple.

He crunches, swallows, stiffens, seems to grapple

With the all-powerful poppy … then a snore,

A crash; the beast blocks up the corridor

With monstrous hairy carcase, red and dun—

Too late! for I’ve sped through.O Life! O Sun! …but I was dead, an hour or more.

I woke when I’d already passed the door

That Cerberus guards, and half-way down the road

To Lethe, as an old Greek signpost showed.

Above me, on my stretcher swinging by,

I saw new stars in the subterrene sky:

A Cross, a Rose in bloom, a Cage with bars,

And a barbed Arrow feathered in fine stars.

I felt the vapours of forgetfulness

Float in my nostrils. Oh, may Heaven bless

Dear Lady Proserpine, who saw me wake,

And, stooping over me, for Henna’s sake

Cleared my poor buzzing head and sent me back

Breathless, with leaping heart along the track.

After me roared and clattered angry hosts

Of demons, heroes, and policeman-ghosts.

“Life! life! I can’t be dead! I won’t be dead!

Damned if I’ll die for any one!” I said…. Why does he use this? Rhyme Scheme:
AABB but I was dead, an hour or
more.

I woke when I’d already passed the
door

That Cerberus guards, and half-way down the road

To Lethe, as an old Greek signpost
showed.
Also called: Dipodic Meter Monosyllabic
Marching rhythm
Contrasts imagery Enjambmenet
"I felt the vapours of forgetfulness

Float in my nostrils . Oh, may Heaven bless

Dear Lady Proserpine, who saw me wake," Cerberus: Lethe: Lady Proserpine: Morphia: 3 headed dog
guards gate to Underworld
prevent those who have crossed the Styx from escaping DICTION: Connect to theme: CREATES THE MOOD with tone words: “buzzing”
“breathless”
“clattered”
“morphia’’ anxious
lost
scrambling
confused Adds to the frightening atmosphere powerful presence of death
escaping death's grip
Reaching for the light (life) APOSTROPHE "Dear lady Proserpine, who saw me wake" "stiffens"
"grapple"
"monstrous hairy carcase" MYTHOLOGICAL CLASSIC "Cerberus stands and
grins above me now" one of the 5 rivers of Hades
Un-mindfulness
Hypnos Cave "To Lethe, as an old Greek signpost showed" Zeus & Demeter
Queen of
Underworld
Helps Grave escape Morpheus
Morphine
Escaping... something nonhuman
addressed as if it were alive
Able to reply (Proserpine
is not really
there) Rhyme Scheme changes
last 3 lines


With monstrous hairy carcase,
red and dun—

Too late! for I’ve sped through.

O Life! O Sun! Ellipsis & Paradox OXYMORON &
ASYNDETON: Subterrene sky: Sky of underworld
Cross: Christanity
Rose: Country
Cage: Journey to escape current imprisonment
Arrow: his wound I saw new stars in the subterrene sky:

A Cross, a Rose in bloom, a Cage with bars

And a barbed Arrow, feathered in fine stars GREEK "...but I was dead an hour or more."
"I woke when I'd already passed the door" SYMBOLS: "O Life, O sun" "O Life, O Sun" "O Life!
O Sun!"
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