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Monday, May 5, 2014

"GRIDLOCK"

Title
of poem means
Back From Vacation- John Updike  This title is very literal.  The poem is about people getting back from vacation.
Paraphrase
parts of the Poem
This poem is very literal, it doesn't need paraphrasing.
Connotation
of some of the words – changing literal meaning to implied or associated values
"Gray days clicked shut around them," the time repetition and work is back now that vacation is over.  "The world is so small,"  people only see a little bit of the world so it seems small.
Attitude
What is the attitude of the author, characters or yourself?
The attitude is objective and matter-of-fact.  The speaker wants to show that travel is good,but so is routine.  It's not a terrible thing to go back to work, but broadening your horizons through travel and acknowledging it will build character.
Shift
At first we think or feel one way – then there is a shift:  identify the shifts and explain them
The second stanza provides a shift from the sorrows of returning home, to all of the amazing things that happened while away.
Title revisited
Any new insights on meaning or significance of title?
No new insights.
Theme
There is more to be discovered outside of your personal world.




Title
of poem means
A Crazed Girl- W. B. Yeats  The title immediately gets readers thinking about stereotypes and what about this girl could make her crazy.  This particular girl is seen as crazy because she doesn't follow social norms.
Paraphrase
parts of the Poem
The first two lines depict a girl dancing along the sea shore singing random lyrics and not caring what the world around her thinks.  The second stanza shows her as reckless and adventurous.
Connotation
of some of the words – changing literal meaning to implied or associated values
"Hiding amid the cargo of a steamship," her strange personality is hidden among the many people in the world, though she stands out alone, she does not stand out in a crowd.
Attitude
What is the attitude of the author, characters or yourself?
The attitude is concerned and critical and we get this from the speakers interpretation and explanation of the girl.
Shift
At first we think or feel one way – then there is a shift:  identify the shifts and explain them
The shift begins in the end of the third stanza, "A beautiful lofty thing, or a thing heroically lost, heroically found."  The author transitions from indignation to almost concerned admiration.
Title revisited
Any new insights on meaning or significance of title?
This girl is not crazy for the sake of the literal meaning, but for the sake of being different in the eyes of the reader.
Theme
Love lost is not the end of the world.


Title
of poem means
Hope- Emily Dickinson     The title in its simplicity evokes an emotion that all readers have in common.  Immediately when seen, everyone can relate to the word hope.
Paraphrase
parts of the Poem
She compares hope to a bird basically saying that you can ask and demand so much from it, but it will never ask for anything in return.
Connotation
of some of the words – changing literal meaning to implied or associated values
"Hope is a thing with feathers."-a Bird.  Perches- lies within.  The storm- unfulfilled desires.  "Never asked a crumb of me."- does so much and withstands so much torture, but never asks for a dingle thing in return.
Attitude
What is the attitude of the author, characters or yourself?
The attitude is lighthearted and passionate.  The speaker is talking about something that she loves in a gentle manner to convey her concern about the neglection of hope.
Shift
At first we think or feel one way – then there is a shift:  identify the shifts and explain them
"And sore much be the storm." is the first transition as Dickinson speaks of hope in an admiring way and tries to spread her admiration to the readers.  This line shifts to show readers how hope is being neglected.  The other shift occurs at the lines, "Yet never, in extremity, it asked a crumb of me."  This transition elicits even more sympathy toward hope because it's that final kick for readers to understand what Dickinson was saying.
Title revisited
Any new insights on meaning or significance of title?
The title set a precedence for readers to know what Dickinson was going to be talking about before they even began reading the poem.  The writing not once mentions the word hope in the text because it is assumed that readers will make the connection with the title.
Theme
Appreciate hope.

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