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Go to the Ant
Transcript of Go to the Ant
By : Adam Hamdan
Irving Peter Layton was born on March 12 , 1912, He was born to Jewish parents in the Romanian town of Tirgul Neamt. He was a Romanian-born Canadian, poet . He was known for tell "it like it is" style.
Go to the Ant by Irving Layton
I'm watching an ant
push an object
five times its weight & size,
some white dead thing
it holds onto for dear life
and won't drop for an instant
fate in the form
of my foot
could smear it
and all its sober virtues
on the stony rubble
my shadow falls on
and I hald-raise my foot
to bring it down
But instead finally
black ant and object
wondering as I do
whether that natural creature
was telling me something
I was too old to learn
or perhaps didn't care to know
Go to the ant
Layton had limited educational
opportunities, with no high school
diploma, and also due to limited
finances, he enrolled in MacDonald
College. Layton's work had provided the bolt of lightning that was needed to split open the thin skin of conservatism and complacency.
" Fate in the form of my foot"
-Fate isn't actually the foot. The foot represents something powerful that can change ones life/fate
"some white dead thing" is an interpretation of the ants hopes and dreams
Ant represents something stronger
Even though your hopes and dreams may be taken away, you should always try your best to pursue it through learning from your past mistakes and the determination of others.
Reason behind the poem
The reason to this poem is to send the readers a life lesson. The ant is a representation of the poet. The poet Irving Layton poem is based on an experienced from his past life. " Fate in the form of my foot." This shows us that the narrator had the power to kill the ant. " but instead finally hop across it." This shows us that the narrator had had his dreams crushed and he did not want to do the same to the ant.
The poem is long and narrow.
Line six and seven in stanza one are indented
- "such determination"
- "such tenaciousness"
This is written like this to emphasize the meaning of the ant and to reveal characterization that the narrator has picked up on.
" Fate in the form of my foot"
Gives emphasis on the authors ideal
Provides serious yet reflective tone.
Dark Imagery, Personification, Foreshadowing
" On the stony rubble my shadow falls on.."
This is setting the gloomy atmosphere
Emphasizes the role of the shadow
Shadow over the ant symbolizes the decent of the foot, the ant may be killed.
His family immigrated to Montreal in 1913, and was forced to live in a cockroach-infested tenement in the St. Urbain Street ‘ghetto’. Layton and his older brothers and sisters faced daily struggles not only with poverty but also with the many French Canadians who were uncomfortable with the growing numbers of Jewish newcomers.
At thirteen years of age, after the death of his father in 1925 and after graduating from Alexandra Elementary School, Layton became a businessman
Layton’s early literary influences included the poets Tennyson, Walter Scott, Wordsworth, Byron, and Shelly; the novelists Austen and George Eliot; the essayists Bacon, Goldsmith, Johnson, Addison, and Swift; and, of course, Shakespeare and Darwin.
During his studies at Baron Byng, he was expelled because of anti-semitism
It was a powerful expression towards divisiveness and prejudices that the government purposed.
The march included many groups including the jewish.