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Count that day lost

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monika kimel

on 1 March 2016

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Transcript of Count that day lost

Mary Ann Evans
Used a pen name so she would be taken seriously.
Wanted to escape stereotypes of being a female poet.
Wanted to be known for something other than her editing and critiques.
Lived from Nov. 22, 1819 - Dec. 22 1880
One of the leading writers of the Victorian Era.
English novelist, journalist, translator, and poet.
Married to George Henry Lewes, then John Cross.
Wasn't usual for women to have an education during this time period, but her father put her through schooling because she wasn't considered physically beautiful, didn't have a good chance of marriage, and was very intelligent.
Literary Criticism & Analysis
If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went --
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay --
If, through it all
You've nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face--
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost --
Then count that day as worse than lost.
Critic: F.W.H Myers
“Taking as her text the three words which have been used so often as the inspiring trumpet-calls of men,—the words of God, Immorality, and Duty,—[she] pronounced, with terrible earnestness, how inconceivable was the first, how unbelievable the second, and yet how peremptory and absolute the third.”
This relates to "Count That Day Lost" in which duty and morals are the two most important factors.

Count That Day Lost
Do what is right; Eliot gives two choices, the good and the bad thing to do
Her poem explains the consequences of picking the worthless day and the rewards of picking the worthwhile day
Poetic Devices
Didactic: the poem is intended to teach a lesson
Straightforward moral advice
Uses rhyming to convey her point
Rhyme scheme: A, A, B, C, C, B, D, D
Simile: "One glance most kind/ That fell like sunshine where it went"
Count that day lost
"Count That Day Lost"
Opening two lines directly address the reader to catch their attention
Didactic; trying to teach a lesson
Condescending; the author implies that she's wiser than the reader
Count That Day Lost
Count That Day Lost
A day spent helping others is a day well spent
Even if you only complete one tiny act of kindness, the day isn't lost because you brought joy to someone
If at the end of the day you realize you did nothing to help others, you missed an opportunity to be a better person and your day was wasted.
Tone con't
Forceful; the emphasis on verbs and use of listing make it seem as though the author is commanding you to believe her
1st stanza - hopeful, encouraging, worthwhile
2nd stanza - cynical, worthless
Title= suspense
Poem is to the point
"Set of sun" can be seen as end of day, or the conclusion to one's life.
Repetition of "you" throughout to always address reader
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