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Charles Simic English 12

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Lori Hassel

on 25 February 2013

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Transcript of Charles Simic English 12

Charles Simic By: Adrienne Nordhill and Lori Hassel The imagery allows the reader to picture the progression of light as it turns to darkness which represents the couples increasing unhappiness.
The imagery creates a increasingly dark tone throughout the poem that is used to represent both day itself as well as the couple’s relationship.
The eventual burning out of the candle on the starless cloud covered night represents the end of the couples relationship. Imagery/Tone of Clouds Gathering The poem is about reminiscing of a past relationship. It depicts the progression of unhappiness in the relationship. It shows how what seems right is not always right. Meaning of Clouds Gathering "Charles Simic." - Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2013. Work Cited Talks about a man that has an ideal life with a child and a dog but he’s ashamed and hides his possessions, but then they leave and find a place where they are appreciated. The man did not realize what he had when he had it. Meaning of Read Your Fate A world's disappearing.
Little street,
You were too narrow,
Too much in the shade already.

You had only one dog,
One lone child.
You hid your biggest mirror,
Your undressed lovers.

Someone carted them off
In an open truck.
They were still naked, travelling
On their sofa

Over a darkening plain,
Some unknown Kansas or Nebraska
With a storm brewing.
The woman opening a red umbrella

In the truck. The boy
And the dog running after them,
As if after a rooster
With its head chopped off. Read Your Fate Imagery- The representation through language of sense experience

Tone- The writer or speaker’s attitude towards the subject, the audience, or herself or himself; the emotional coloring or emotional meaning, of a work.

Total Meaning- The total experience communicated by a poem. It includes all those dimensions of experience by which a poem communicates- sensuous, emotional, imaginative, and intellectual- and it can be communicated in no other words than those of the world itself. Types of Devices Born in 1938 in Europe during World War II.
Growing up in Eastern Europe during the war greatly affected his poetic works.
Although his work is often grim, an ironic sense of humor is often present
Simic's work is easily categorized as either:
Surreal, metaphysical bent
Realistic portraits of violence and despair Charles Simic The imagery in the beginning of the poem is vague as it describes a person not content with their life.
Toward the end of the poem the imagery is more detailed and represents the reality of the mans life.
This imagery creates an empty tone. This tones allows us to see why the person is unable to appreciate the worth of their life. Imagery/Tone of Read Your Fate It seemed the kind of life we wanted.
Wild strawberries and cream in the morning.
Sunlight in every room.
The two of us walking by the sea naked.

Some evenings, however, we found ourselves
Unsure of what comes next.
Like tragic actors in a theater on fire,
With birds circling over our heads,
The dark pines strangely still,
Each rock we stepped on bloodied by the sunset.

We were back on our terrace sipping wine.
Why always this hint of an unhappy ending?
Clouds of almost human appearance
Gathering on the horizon, but the rest lovely
With the air so mild and the sea untroubled.

The night suddenly upon us, a starless night.
You lighting a candle, carrying it naked
Into our bedroom and blowing it out quickly.
The dark pines and grasses strangely still. Clouds Gathering
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