Analysis of Famous Poems

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The Love Song, is an examination of the tortured psyche of the prototypical modern man; educated, eloquent, neurotic, and emotionally stilted. Prufrock who is the poems speaker seems to be addressing a potential lover, with whom he would like to force the moment to its crisis by somehow consummating their relationship. The title, ‘Love Song’ is ironic since the eponymous character is isolated, timid, anti-heroic, middle aged, and unromantic. A natural tendency is to assume that Prufrock is T. S. Eliot, even though Eliot was 27 years old when the poem was first published.

The pronouns of the ‘Let us go then, you and I’ are sometimes interpreted as two different parts of Prufrock’s personality. One that urges him to take action and participate in events and the other, a feckless dilettante who fears involvement and rejection, which explain his lack of involvement as he is afraid to be rejected by others. Prufrock’s ‘song’ is a similar confession of a soul in torment, though Prufrock’s sins are errors of omission and inaction rather than of commission.

If hesitation, inadequacy, and a lack of self-assertiveness are mortal sins, Prufrock deserves a place in Hell among those who fail to do either good evil; or maybe Eliot considers him a purveyor of false counsel, this is the mentality of the writer through the entire poem. He thinks that he deserves a life in hell for everything he has done in his life.

Hughes, Langston, “The Weary Blues” et la, pp. 526-527.

Has someone ever told you that the music you listen to “isn’t music”? Well, that happened to alot of African American artists and art fans in the 1920s . Sometimes people take down African artists because a white art critic didn’t think that Africa had a tradition of Great Art. Other times, people just thought art had too many rules, and you couldn’t just go around breaking those rules. You can almost hear them say, “Why it would be anarchy…art with no rules?!” Monocles would fall into champagne glasses all over America and Europe. But in the early 1900s , all the rules seemed to be changing- so why not in poetry too? In this poem the writer was defending not just African people, but art itself. He was trying to communicate or make others understand that no matter the race, if you talent you can express yourself through art.

Hughes, Langston, “Harlem” Gardner et la, pp. 528.

In this poem the speaker is wondering what could happen to a deferred dream. At the same time he’s wondering if the dreams could last for a long time, or if they die when the sun is going down. The poem is essentially trying to make us understand what happens when you have abandoned a dream or forget to work on it. He started asking some questions and giving ideas of what could happen. He writes, “ Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun”? He is asking if is possible that a dream could dry quickly like a raisin does with the intensity of the sun. He wonders if it dries up like like a raisin in the sun, or if it oozes like a wound and the runs. It might smell like rotten meat or develop a sugary crust, It mights just sag like a heavy load, or it might explode. He is wondering where all those dream goes, once they are forgotten.

Hughes, Langston. “Theme for English B” Gardner et la, pp. 524-525.

Hughes begins his poem with a teacher telling a student to go home and write a paper in which everything he says is true. The speaker begins to wonder if writing is as simple, and easy as the teacher says it is. The student started by describing his age and color. He said he was born and schooled in Winston-Salem, and Durham, and finally attended college in Harlem. He writes that he is the only student of color in his class, he also writes that at his young age it is difficult to know what is true. He believes that the truth is what he hears, sees, and feels in Harlem. He described that he likes to read, eat, drink, sleep, work, learn, be in love with this description he is trying to tell that, just because I am colored does not mean I don’t like same things as other races. He concludes by expressing how white men have more freedom than people of color. Somehow the speaker express himself or feel less worth it than white people.

Marlowe, Christopher. “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” Gardner et al, pp.424.

Christopher Marlowe was inspired by a pure, and true love in this poem. In a poetic voice he is inviting his loved one to come with him and live together all the good experiences of life. He is offering her a peaceful and extraordinary love, which nowadays looks like it does not exist. The Shepherd is proposing to his beloved by portraying the perfect and ideal future they can live. This includes a life of leisure, watching the shepherds tend their flocks and listening to birds sing from hilltops. In other words he is promising her an eternal spring.

Ralegh, Walter. “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” Gardner et al, pp. 425.

Ralegh writes a response to “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”. The poem begins by describing something impossible, “If all the world and love were young”. As I said before the poet is promising his loved one an eternal spring, which is why I believe he started the poem like that. In other words, Ralegh responds that such promises could only remain valid if the world could also stay young. The world staying young is impossible because everything has its time. The concepts of time and change are the responses to the poem. It suggests that nothing stays the same forever, and there will come a day where your promises could not be real anymore. Time can not be held in a box, and change is inevitable.

Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet 116” Gardner et la, pp. 427.

Shakespeare is known for his romantic poems and stories, and this sonnet will not be the exception. In this sonnet, he defines love by using comparisons, metaphors and personification. The theme of the sonnet is definitely true love because of all his attempts to define it. He describes what love means, and why it is so essential in the life of humans. In this poem, Shakespeare is talking like a teeneger would in front of his first love. He look many ways or metaphor to define what is love, but even when he does not give a clear explanation, the reader get his idea, by understanding his attempts to explain what real and true love is. When he says “Love is not love”, I believe he means love is more than just a word or an explanation. Loves is a feeling that cannot be touch or seen just fee. In order to know what real love is you must experience the feeling of being loved, and to love someone else.

Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet 18” Gardner et la, pp. 427.

In this next sonnet Shakespeare is comparing someone or something with the summer. He makes some opposing comparisons because he says that summer doesn’t long for much time. Although we know summer doesn’t last forever he could be talking about the sensation of summer, the warm environment. He also says, but your eternal summer will never fade, nor will you lose possession of your beauty, nor shall death. This poem might be written for a person who was about to die, because he also says, once you are captured in my eternal verses, as long as there is someone alive and have eyes to see, this poem will keep you alive. What he is trying to say is no matter how old you get, as soon as you read my versus your happiness and those moments when we were young and happy will come back.

“The Waste Land” College Reading and Composition ll; English 102, Instructor Rauch, Fall 2018, Los Angeles Pierce College. Handout. Pp 1-9.

Like “Prufrock,” this section of The Waste Land can be seen as modified dramatic monologue. The four speakers in this section are frantic in their need to speak and to find audience, but they find themselves surrounded by dead people and thwarted by outside circumstances, like wars. Because the sections are so shorts and the situations very confusing, the effects is not one overwhelming impression of a single character. Instead, the reader is left with the feeling of being trapped in a crowd, unable to find a familiar face. “Winter keep us warm, covering. Earth in forgetful snow, feeding a little life with dried tubers. Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee with a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade, and went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarderten”. This part of the poem sound like a contradiction or a wish, because winter is not warm, and they way he wish it could keep us warm is getting us together.

“Call to Creation” College Reading and Composition II English 102, Instructor Rauch, Fall 2018, Los Angeles Pierce College. Handout.1

This is a call, as the poem says, to those who are creators of themselves in a selfish way. This poem is for those who do not think about what others could be suffering. This poem was published in 1931, when China was devastated. The poem was a call of emergency, an awakening for those people that were living comfortable while others were suffering the consequences of a disaster. The speaker is saying babies are crying because they are hungry, don’t you think you can help a little bit. He recalled saying look at the rich man lying, and the poor China dying. This is an interesting poem because it reveals how the art of writing can be used to make others think about the ways in which they can help others.

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