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Annotation for "I am Waiting"

"I am Waiting" Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Oliver Rios

on 11 March 2011

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Transcript of Annotation for "I am Waiting"

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder
and I am waiting for someone
to really discover America
and wail
and I am waiting
for the discovery
Of a new symbolic western frontier
and I am waiting
for the American Eagle
to really spread its wings
and straighten up and fly right
and I am waiting for the Age of Anxiety
to drop dead
and I am waiting
for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe
for anarchy
and I am waiting for the final withering away
of all governments
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the second coming
And I am waiting
For a religious revival
To sweep thru the state of Arizona
And I am waiting
For the grapes of wrath to stored
And I am waiting
For them to prove
That God is really American
And I am waiting
To see God on television
Piped into church altars
If they can find
The right channel
To tune it in on
And I am waiting
for the last supper to be served again
and a strange new appetizer
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for my number to be called
and I am waiting
for the Salvation Army to take over
and I am waiting
for the meek to be blessed
and inherit the earth
without taxes
and I am waiting
for forests and animals
to reclaim the earth as theirs
and I am waiting
for a way to be devised
to destroy all nationalisms
without killing anybody
and I am waiting
for linnets and planets to fall like rain
and I am waiting for lovers and weepers
to lie down together again
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the great divide to be crossed
and I anxiously waiting
For the secret of eternal life to be discovered
By an obscure practitioner
and I am waiting
for the storms of life
to be over
and I am waiting to set sail for happiness
and I am waiting
for a reconstructed Mayflower
to reach America
with its picture story and TV rights
sold in advance to the natives
and I am waiting
for the lost music to sound again
in the Lost Continent
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the day
that maketh all things clear
and I am waiting for retribution
for what America did to Tom Sawyer
and I am waiting
for the American Boy
to take off Beauty's clothes
and get on top of her
and I am waiting
for Alice in Wonderland
to retransmit to me
her total dream of innocence
and I am waiting
for Childe Roland to come
to the final darkest tower
and I am waiting for Aphrodite
to grow live arms
at a final disarmament conference
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting
to get some intimations
of immortality
by recollecting my early childhood
and I am waiting
for the green mornings to come again
for some strains of unpremeditated art
to shake my typewriter
and I am waiting to write
the great indelible poem
and I am waiting
for the last long rapture
and I am perpetually waiting
for the fleeting lovers on the Grecian Urn
to catch each other at last
and embrace
and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder "I am Waiting"
By: Lawrence Ferlinghetti allusion metaphor euphemism repetition simile imagery symbolism hyperbole Annotated by: Oliver Rios Literary Terms
Magic Circle Allusion to the long poem "Age of Anxiety" by W. H. Auden which talks about the search of identity by the population during the industrial era and war. Allusion to "Alice in Wonderland", a novel by the English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson which talks about human logic and values, disguised in a surreal story with fantastic characters. "The Grapes of Wrath" is a novel written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck. The plot is set during the Great Depression and the harsh life in the country. Allusion to "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain which narrates the story of a young boy who has great characteristics and human values. Constant references to The Bilble.
This poem plays a lot with religion as a way to see a solution to the whole crisis and problems in the world. The poet uses these religious ideas to state that he wants a rebirth of consciousness over what is happening in the world. God and Religion The poet refers to the Rapture and the Second Comming because he wants the world, life, everything to start from scratch to see if the next time we don't make as much mistakes and people finally wake up from the sin that keeps our eyes shut to reality. Constant repetition of I am waiting, to emphasize the purpose and meaning of this poem. As if more than waiting, craving for something to happen.
(highlighted in pink) The poem makes a lot of allusions to very famous and widely known works such as novels and poems to reflect the idea of how life reality is tough, and to prove a personal point of view using nonfiction and fantastical compositions. Lawrence Ferlinghetti clearly uses these symbols to state that there needs to be moral change in the world, but he doesn't only analyze it at a realistic level, he goes ahead and also approaches this claim by looking at it from a religious point of view, as if he was saying that the rebirth of thoughts has to happen either one way or another, but it is necessary. There are a bunch of metaphors in this poem, I will briefly explain them one by one. He doesn't want to kill anybody, but he wants to destroy the regime and tear countries appart. This poem features lots of imagery appealing to the senses of sight, hear, and taste. The poem has loads of exaggeration that highlights the agressive tone of the poem. This device is used in this poem to show in an obvious way how the poet claims for destruction and rebirth of ideals. During the next slides, I will guide you through this magnificent poem by dividing it in eight different literary elements and explaining each bit by bit for full comprehension. Enjoy! This is a metaphor saying that America has to be free of private persuasion. Strong line that talks about how faith has brought America together in a common belief. As if God was on their side. The poet simply wants suffering to end. He wants the problems to be solved and the doubt of life to be answered. He wants all problems to be solved and love to rule over the world. Why fight if we can be friends. He wants life to give him a second chance He wants nothing more than world peace I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder
and I am waiting for someone
to really discover America
and wail
and I am waiting
for the discovery
Of a new symbolic western frontier
and I am waiting
for the American Eagle
to really spread its wings
and straighten up and fly right
and I am waiting for the Age of Anxiety
to drop dead
and I am waiting
for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe
for anarchy
and I am waiting for the final withering away
of all governments
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the second coming
And I am waiting
For a religious revival
To sweep thru the state of Arizona
And I am waiting
For the grapes of wrath to stored
And I am waiting
For them to prove
That God is really American
And I am waiting
To see God on television
Piped into church altars
If they can find
The right channel
To tune it in on
And I am waiting
for the last supper to be served again
and a strange new appetizer
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for my number to be called
and I am waiting
for the Salvation Army to take over
and I am waiting
for the meek to be blessed
and inherit the earth
without taxes
and I am waiting
for forests and animals
to reclaim the earth as theirs
and I am waiting
for a way to be devised
to destroy all nationalisms
without killing anybody
and I am waiting
for linnets and planets to fall like rain
and I am waiting for lovers and weepers
to lie down together again
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the great divide to be crossed
and I anxiously waiting
For the secret of eternal life to be discovered
By an obscure practitioner
and I am waiting
for the storms of life
to be over
and I am waiting to set sail for happiness
and I am waiting
for a reconstructed Mayflower
to reach America
with its picture story and TV rights
sold in advance to the natives
and I am waiting
for the lost music to sound again
in the Lost Continent
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting for the day
that maketh all things clear
and I am waiting for retribution
for what America did to Tom Sawyer
and I am waiting
for the American Boy
to take off Beauty's clothes
and get on top of her
and I am waiting
for Alice in Wonderland
to retransmit to me
her total dream of innocence
and I am waiting
for Childe Roland to come
to the final darkest tower
and I am waiting for Aphrodite
to grow live arms
at a final disarmament conference
in a new rebirth of wonder


I am waiting
to get some intimations
of immortality
by recollecting my early childhood
and I am waiting
for the green mornings to come again
for some strains of unpremeditated art
to shake my typewriter
and I am waiting to write
the great indelible poem
and I am waiting
for the last long rapture
and I am perpetually waiting
for the fleeting lovers on the Grecian Urn
to catch each other at last
and embrace
and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder
Original Poem Annotated Version I hoped you enjoyed :)
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