Month: September 2019

“Musee des Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden: Summary, Analysis and Solved Questions

“Musée des Beaux Arts” was composed in 1938, published under the title “Palais des beaux arts” in a newspaper in 1939, and included in the volume Another Time in 1940. It was written after Auden had spent time in Brussels, Belgium. The title refers to the museum that the poet visited while he was there, and the painting mentioned in the poem was hanging during the time of his visit.

Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas : Questions and Summary

Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night By Dylan Thomas Central Idea:‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ was published in 1951. It is a personal poem written for the poet’s own father, who lay dying. The poet wants his father not to give in but to struggle against impending death. The poem …

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“The Emperor of Ice Cream” by Wallace Stevens : Summary and Questions 1

“The Emperor of Ice Cream” by Wallace Stevens : Summary and Questions

“The Emperor of Ice Cream” by Wallace Stevens Vocabulary concupiscent – lusty; full of desire protrude – stick out affix – fasten Summary The Emperor of Ice Cream is one of the most famous poems written by the American poet Wallace Stevens. Published first in 1923, it is almost nonsensical at first glance. Slowly some …

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“Fog” by Carl Sandburg :  Summary and Questions 2

“Fog” by Carl Sandburg : Summary and Questions

“Fog” by Carl Sandburg Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. Vocabulary Fog– It is a thick cloud of tiny water droplets present in the atmosphere, especially in winter. haunches – hips and thighs Harbour – dock, Port Summary of …

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Questions and Summary of “Poetry” by Marianne Moore

“Poetry” by Marianne Moore Vocabulary dilate – grow wider; expand derivative – unoriginal insolence – rudeness; arrogance 1. While Moore does not use meter in this poem, she does impose a strict form on it. How is the form achieved? The form is achieved with the use of indentations, in the same place for each …

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“The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” by Ezra Pound: Questions and Summary

“The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” by Ezra Pound Vocabulary 1.River Merchant: a trader from ancient Asian culture 2. Look Out (Chinese culture): A widow would “look” to find a new husband after the death of her spouse 3. Eddies: whirlpools 4. Cho-fu-Sa: a town some 100 miles walking distance from where the speaker lives 1. …

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“anyone lived in a pretty how town” by e.e. cummings : Questions and Summary

“anyone lived in a pretty how town” by e.e. cummings 1. Who is “anyone”? Describe “anyone”’s relations to “noone.” Anyone is a man who is different than anyone else in the town, and so he is hated. Anyone is loved by noone, as the line, “anyone’s any was all to her,” suggests. 2. What tense …

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“First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay : Summary and Questions

“First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay Vocabulary renascence – rebirth 1. Is the candle of the poem literal or figurative? Why do you think the author begins the poem with such a common cliché? The candle is figurative. Answers may vary. Example: Millay might have wanted a rhyme for “Friends”. However, the cliche does …

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“The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams : Summary and Questions

“The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams 1. Although we would call this a free verse poem, each strophe is precisely arranged in the same way as the others. What “form” do the strophes take? The strophes each consist of two lines: the first with three words, the latter with one. 2. Why do you …

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“Anthem For Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen : Questions and Summary

“Anthem For Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen. Vocabulary orisons – prayers shires – counties pallor – paleness pall – a cover for a coffin 1. What does the simile, “who die as cattle” suggest about the death of the young soldiers? The comparison of the soldiers to dying cattle suggest the number of casualties, as …

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