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Poetry journals for the following poems: 1. A Certain Lady by Dorothy Parker 2. Alzheimer's by Kelly Cherry 3. My Father's Song by Simon J. Ortiz 4. The Ruined Maid by Thomas Hardy 5. Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden. 6. To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell 7. Channel Firing by Thomas Hardy 8. I Knew a Woman by Theodore Roethke 9. We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar 10. Mr Flood's Party by E.A. Robinson

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Name NameCourseProfessorDate Poetry Journals I A Certain Lady by Dorothy Parker In her witty and satirical poem A Certain Lady Dorothy Parker writes Oh I can laugh and listen when we meet And you bring tales of fresh adventuring Of ladies delicately indiscreet Of lingering hands and gently whispered things And you are pleased with me and strive anew To sing me sagas of your late delights Thus do you want me -- marveling gay and true Parker\'s take on romance is

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This is perhaps a metaphor for the beautyand curvature of the female body. Life isuncertain, unpredictable, ephemeral, and fleeing, and at any moment tragedymay strike any one of us and render us as lonely and helpless as poor EbenFlood. Thestanza above confirms the distinction between the life of a kept woman andthe life of a farm maid. And you are pleased with me, and strive anew To sing me sagas of your late delights. The sickle is a curved device used for cutting grain or othertypes of agricultural product. The poet states that the lives of men areuncertain and are always susceptible to unknown events and unforeseentragedies. Name 4 IV: "The Ruined Maid" by Thomas Hardy In his poem "The Ruined Maid", Thomas Hardy hints at the disparitiesand moral hypocrisy of Victorian society: - "Your hands were like paws then, your face blue and bleak But now I'm bewitched by your delicate cheek, And your little gloves fit as on any la-dy!" - "We never do work when we're ruined," said she.The story behind the poem is revealed through dialog between the two womenwho both originally were farm maid. We haven't the slightest conception of the countless sacrificesthat parents make for their children. Much likethe suitcase rattles as the old man's mind rattles; its contents seem tomimic the disparate and scattered memories that fill his mind. Name 9 IX: "We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar" Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask" is a powerful piece which discusses thesuffering of slaves. In Shakespeare's "Sonnet 136" he writes: "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. Name 2 II: "Alzheimer's" by Kelly Cherry In her poem "Alzheimer's", Kelly Cherry uses powerful imagery toportray the tragic reality of an aging gentleman whose mind is beingravaged by Alzheimer's disease: "He stands at the door, a crazy old man Back from the hospital, his mind rattling like the suitcase, swinging from his hand, That contains shaving cream, a piggy bank, A book he sometimes pretends to read, His clothes."The suitcase functions as a metaphor for the old man's life. The poem is a reminder that life is uncertain. Name 5 V: "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden In his poem, "Those Winter Sundays", Robert Hayden writes a beautifuland eloquent stanza that captures one of the most tragic ironies of thehuman experience: "Speaking indifferently to him, who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes[pic] as well. This trope would be used repeatedly by other authorssuch as W.E.B. Theshaving cream and the clothing are obviously more pragmatic things to havein ones suitcase. Name 7 VII: "Chanel Firing" by Thomas Hardy In his poem "Chanel Firing", Thomas Hardy writes: "And many a skeleton shook his head. For this reason the Parsoncomments that he wished that he had indulged in some of the more carnalpleasures of life, such as drinking beer and smoking, rather than spendingforty years preaching. It is not what hisfather is saying to him at the moment that he remembers, but rather thesensations, the feeling and the timbre of his father's voice, the heat ofthe earth and the cool of the shade and the state of the natural world thatstand out in the poets mind the most as he writes. White slave owners were in factnot wise at all in terms of what slaves were secretly doing in order toescape and survive slavery. The woman in thepoem instructs the man on how to offer her physical and sensualsatisfaction. The man she speaks of her in herpoem speaks rather indiscreetly if not overly about his exploits with otherwomen, and rather unfortunately (if not ironically) has absolutely noawareness of who his audience is. Whereas they assumed that the slave song wasreflective of the slave's contentment with being condemned to abdominaltreatment and back-breaking labor, the slave song was oftentimes embeddedwith messages of sadness and secret information, such as the spiritual"Follow the Drinking Gourd" which actually directed slaves to follow theNorth Star toward various stops on the underground railroad and freedom innorthern states. Name 1 X: "Mr. OrtizIn his poem, "My Father's Song" Simon J. Flood's Party" by Edward Arlington Robinson One of the most obvious features of Mr. Flood's Party is the title ofthe main character, Eben Flood. However, the piggy bank seems to function as a hazyreminder of old man's youth that has slipped away from him and the book asymbol of when he had time for pursuits of intellect and pleasure, whichare now a low priority in light of his memory problems. No one ever expresses gratitude for the bigcontributions his father made for the family, such as breaking his backevery day to support them, or the smaller expressions of love, such asbuilding a fire or polishing a pair of shoes. If we reasonably assume that the grey haired woman welcominghim at the door is his wife we know that he has at least been married andpossibly has children. This is undoubtedly a play on words, meantto signify the word "ebb" and "flow" which describe the many highs and lowsin Mr. Flood's life. For thatmatter, religion in itself is ridiculous. For all of his efforts, nothing in the world haschanged at all. The keptwomen is referred to by the word "ruined", which is an extremely strongword and reflective of the way that society views her moral validity nowthat she has chosen to live a certain lifestyle, which is an example ofhypocrisy in its highest form because it is the moral rigidity andclassicism of society itself that has forced her into the lifestyle thatshe is leading. The kept woman has fine skin and delicate handsunlike the farm maid because she is no longer engaging in any hard labor.This is confirmed by the kept woman when she replies, "We never do workwhen we're ruined." However, the poem does an excellent job of critiquingthe strict moral and social boundaries that women were faced with duringthe Victorian era. Shavingcream, a piggy bank, a book he doesn't really read, and some clothing. We know from other details in the poem that he morethan likely owns his home and has made several home improvements; however,his life has been forced by to a screeching halt by his disease. DuBois and others to explain a sort-of double consciousnessexperienced by African-Americans as they attempted, in vain, to fit into asociety where they were marginalized and brutalized. He equates their effortson earth as misguided and useless as the dead themselves, who slumbereternally beneath the ground only to be awoken by the thunder of cannonsand guns that are a reflective of a world of men "as mad as hatters." Name 8 VIII: "I Knew a Woman" by Theodore RothkeIn his ode to a beautiful and sensual woman, Theodore Rothke writes: "How well her wishes went! One of the women has become a keptwoman and is now parading around the town in fine clothing and jewelry. At his age hishe has lived a lifetime that has undoubtedly been filled with memories andexperiences. Hardy concludesthat war for the sake of religion is nonsensical and ridiculous. The poet offers a variety of sensualimages of the natural world, including the moistness of the clod, thesoftness, the coolness and the warmth of the sand, and the feeling of thetiny pink animals that he caresses in his father's hand. Eben Flood has seen many things break during his lifetime, andwe get the sense that he the events that have brought him to a lonely placein his life were tragic. He also adds that for all the warring that men do in the name of"Christ", they are foolishly mislead and mistaken. I remember the very softness of cool and warm sand and tiny alive mice and my father saying things."Rather than simply reflecting upon the loss of his father, or expressingsadness and longing to see his father again, the poet does a remarkable jobat highlighting those things that make the Native American experience asreflected in literature and poetry unique - the Native American's closeconnection with the natural world. Name 6 VI: "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew MarvellIn his poem, "To His Coy Mistress", Andrew Marvell employs what is perhapsone of those most witty, yet one of the most distasteful stanzas everwritten: "Thy beauty shall no more be found, Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound My echoing song; then worms shall try That long preserv'd virginity"There doesn't seem to be anything romantic or poetic about the image ofworms chomping on various bits of the female anatomy, but it wouldn't bethe first time that a poet used particularly foul images to convey a validpoint. Although the farm maid has managed to keep her moraldignity, we see that her physical body has been ravaged by her toils andthat she lacks the delicate skin and hands of the kept woman. Robinson writes: "Then, as a mother lays her sleeping child Down tenderly, fearing it may awake, He set the jug down slowly at his feet With trembling care, knowing that most things break; And only when assured that on firm earth It stood, as the uncertain lives of men Assuredly did not, he paced away, And with his hand extended paused again"The people have marginalized Eben Flood and view him only as a drunk and afailure, but no one ever stops to consider the events in his life thatcontributed to his outcome. It is obvious that as anadult when Hayden looked back in retrospect and contemplated the manysacrifices that his father made for him and his family that he did sowithout any recognition or appreciation from any of his children; thus,loving others, such as your family, is often a lonely virtue becauseoftentimes the things that we do for others out of love are notreciprocated. Thus do you want me -- marveling, gay, and true."Parker's take on romance is a rather cynical one, and speaks volume of herfaith in the emotional capacity of men. That the male is represented as a rakefollowing behind the woman seems fitting with his adoring role where he isliterally raking in her essences. Of the many images that the poet uses throughout the poem todescribe the female's sensual body, the sickle is perhaps one of the mostpoignant. Hayden's poem is just a smallsnapshot of the many sacrifices that his father made for his family, suchas going out in the middle of a cold winter's morning with aching bones tostart a fire for his family. "Instead of preaching forty year," My neighbour Parson Thirdly said, "I wish I had stuck to pipes and beer."The dead, who have been awaken by the firing of navel cannons across thechannel and assume that judgment day has arrived, lament when they realizethat man's propensity to engage in war for the sake of religion has notreally changed from their century to the current century. Dating as far back as Thomas Jefferson's"Notes on the State of Virginia" where he penned an offensive and pseudo-scientific study of the African-American physique and psyche is apronounced and obvious misunderstanding and misrepresentations of theAfrican-American by the White slave-owner. Itis nothing like the firmness and consistency of earth and nature. We took them to the edge of the field and put them in the shade of a sand moist clod. What did I know, what did I know of love's austere and lonely offices"The universe of a child or even a teenager is often a very small sphere,and when we are younger we have the most difficult time connecting with ourelders. Parker's lament seems half the cause ofher waning belief in fairytale romances and half because of her duty toremain that "marveling, gay" woman who acts as both a captive and torturedaudience. Even God himself concludes that "Judgment Day" might neverhappen, and the men on earth should be thankful that it has not becausebecause of their essentially wicked nature they would all be condemned tohell. Name 3 III: "My Father's Song" by Simon J. Name 1NameCourseProfessorDate Poetry Journals I: "A Certain Lady" by Dorothy Parker In her witty and satirical poem "A Certain Lady", Dorothy Parker writes: "Oh, I can laugh and listen, when we meet And you bring tales of fresh adventuring Of ladies delicately indiscreet, Of lingering hands, and gently whispered things. Ortiz, a Native American writer,reflects a strong connection to nature: "Very gently, he scooped tiny pink animals into the palm of his hand and told me to touch them. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks"In Shakespeare's case, he was attempting to make a point about theridiculousness of the tenants of courtly love, and inverting the traditionof comparing women to inanimate objects to include things that areunpleasant and downright unappetizing in order to remind his audience thatreal women "tread upon the ground" In Marvell's case, his poem reminds usthat life is ephemeral and high-faluten ideas of modesty and chasteness areoften impractical. She stroked my chin, She taught me Turn, and Counter-turn, and Stand; She taught me Touch, that undulant white skin; I nibbled, meekly from her proffered hand; She was the sickle; I, poor I, the rake, Coming behind her for her pretty sake (But what prodigious mowing we did make).When the poet speaks of how this sensual woman taught him how to turn,counter-turn, and stand, several interpretations come to mind; however,most fitting seems to be the comparison of love and love-making to a dancebetween the man and the woman. He writes: "Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Turning and counterturning is reminiscent ofthe turning and undulation of bodies, as if they are dancing, and standingmay or may not be a metaphor for the erect male genitals. Nay, let them only see us, while We wear the mask."Dunbar's lines are particularly interesting when taken in context withhistorical events that occurred during the time of slavery in America, suchas the Underground Railroad.

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