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Poems "Crazy Time" and "Composed upon Westminster Bridge"

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Transcript of Poems "Crazy Time" and "Composed upon Westminster Bridge"

Miriam Waddington;

Born:
Miriam Dworkin
23 December 1917
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died:
3 March 2004 (aged 86)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Citizenship;
Canadian

Notable work(s):
Driving Home: Poems New and Selected
When the birds riot
and the airplanes walk,
when the busy sit,
and the silent talk;

When the rains blow
and the winds pour,
when the sky is a land
and the sea its shore,

When shells grow snails
and worms eat toads,
when winters chase summers on upside-down roads,

We'll sit by our fires
and warm our hands,
and tell old tales
of bygone lands.
Crazy Time
Structure
Crazy Time is composed of four quatrains.

These are no quatrains in Composed upon Westminster Bridge.

Figurative Language
“Figurative language, as a part of natural language, has an immediate effect on the way how we look at the world just as literal language.” -dictionary definition
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!
Compare & Contrast
Poems "Crazy Time" and "Composed upon Westminster Bridge"
By William Wordsworth
By Miriam Waddington
Rhyme Scheme
Crazy Time is a ballad sonnet with the following rhyme scheme:
A B C B D E F E G H I H J K J K


Composed upon Westminster Bridge is an Italian sonnet
with the following rhyme scheme:
A B B A A B B A C D C D C D


Poet Miriam Waddington uses figurative language of juxtaposition: in the first three quatrains, every two lines have the sentence pattern of “When the …and the”. There is also figurative language of personification in every line of the first three quatrains. For example, on the second line of the first quatrain, Waddington gives the airplane a human action: “and the airplanes walk”. Furthermore, Waddington used figurative language of oxymoron, such as “silent talk” in the first line of the third quatrain.

Poet William Wordsworth also uses figurative language of personification. He uses sleep, a human action, to describe the houses where all the lights inside are turned off: “the very houses seem asleep”. He also uses figurative language of imagery as he makes the invisible air able to be seen: “All bright and glittering in the smokeless air”.
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
Theme
The theme of Crazy Time is “time”. Throughout the forth quatrain, we can understand that Waddington has a deep feeling about how time always passes. Form this theme, we can see that Waddington hopes the unrealistic time will become true.


The theme of Composed upon Westminster Bridge is “beauty of London”. Wordsworth uses the point of view of Westminster Bridge to describe one morning in London. He expressed his love of London through this poem.

Similarity
Time is mentioned in both of the poems. In Crazy Time, Waddington describes a nonexistent time. In Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Wordsworth describes morning time in London.

There is a graceful tone in Composed upon Westminster Bridge. The graceful description of London by Wordsworth makes us feel the beauty of London. However, there is a sad tone in Crazy Time. The last quatrain describes a time of people meeting together and telling old stories. However, we all know that these stories will not be told because the events described in the poem are an impossibility.

Tone
Conclusion
I better appreciate Composed upon Westminster Bridge than Crazy Time. The content in Composed upon Westminster Bridge makes more sense and is more realistic than Crazy Time. More importantly, I like the writing style of Wordsworth more than Waddington, because Wordsworth's use of language is more exquisite.
Millions of skyscrapers block the sky,
They rise into the air with their glass and steel.
Standing on the top of Oriental Pearl, one might feel
A sense of surprise, and a desire to fly.
When the night falls, neon lights shine nearby,
Which makes the night multicolored, having more appeal,
And the beautiful scenery of Bund looks surreal.
On the Nanjing road, a sea of people gathers by
The stores and restaurants; also much noise can be heard.
Every corner of the street, a symbol of vitality;
Every crowd on the avenue, a moving herd.
Shanghai, it is hard to well describe your specialty,
With any single word!

Shanghai
This is my own poem. It has a theme of Shanghai which describes Shanghai's important features. The tone is exciting, as you will feel excited about how Shanghai is well known and very different from other cities. The rhyme scheme of this poem is the same as an Italian sonnet: A, B, B, A, A, B, B, A, C, D, C, D, C, D
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