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“Evening in Paradise” – Poem Analysis

In our Literature class we’ve been analzying the poem “Evening in Paradise” from Paradise Lost by John Milton. With our Professor, Patricia Chujman, we created THIS slideshare in which we hace to answer some questiones. Here are mine!

“EVENING IN PARADISE”

TASK 1

“The first 12 lines show an analogy between Evening and Paradise” Account for this.

“Now glowed the firmament with living Saphirs; […] Rising in clouded majesty” This extract shows how the author describes the evening with majestic words such as “saphirs” and “majesty”, words proper of a paradise.

 

TASK 2

Semantic field: “Day/Night – Nature – Jewels”. Quote to prove this.

  • Twilight
  • Silence
  • night
  • repose
  • rest
  • heaven
  • God
  • light
  • noon
  • lie
  • sapphires
  • birds
  • nests
  • beast
  • grassy

TASK 3

Find at least three literary devices and explain the imapct on the reader. Why are they used?

  1. Enjambent is used to catch the reader’s attention, to keep him trapped and following the poem until the end.
  2. There is a very powerful analogy  in the poem. There is an analogy between sleep and death. The poet is using the “night”, the “rest”, “noon” to explain a greater thing, heaven, death and afterlife. This is made because sometimes, to explain such a great and complex topic as death, it’s better to use analogies with normal, daily thing such as sleeping.
  3. Personification is also used in the poem. “Silence was now pleased.”. In this line we can see that there is a personification. SIlence is givene human characteristics, silence cannot be pleased. 

TASK 4

Is the scene just protrayed as a peaceful natural scene? Could this also be a funeral scene? Account for your answers.

In my opinion, it can be seen from both point of views, since an analogy is made. The peacful natural scene could be sleeping, that could also be accositaed with death. But, now, it depends on what do you think when you think about a funeral scene. Aren’t funerals natural scenes? I think that they completely are because we are all surely going to die so it’s natural. Aren’t funerals peaceful? In my opinion they also are, maybe the person that died was suffering from a horrible disease and now she is in rest, finally tranquil.

It all depends on you.

 

 

 

Essay on “The Yellow Wallpaper” – Corrections + Conclusion

For our literature class our teacher ,Cecilia Lasa, asked us to think an essay statement based on the short story we’ve been reading, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Then, we had to write it pairs. I did mine with Bautista Olaizola. Then, we had to publish our essays on our blogs. I published mine, and then Ceci made some corrections and suggested some tips on writing conclusions. This is the second version of our essay, hope you like it 🙂

Literature Essay

“The woman of the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” metonymically represents the woman at the late nineteenth century” How far do you agree with this statement? Explain.

In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the protagonist is shown as a victim. She is not only a victim because of her husband’s apathy of her illness. She is a victim of the repressing society in which she lived in. This is a characteristic of many women in the Victorian society. That is why we can claim that this character metonymically represents women in Victorian society, since metonymy is a figure. Throughout the entire story, the author makes a critic to the society, but indirectly, using metonymy.

Firstly, metonymically means a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of an object or concept for that of another to which it is related. Secondly, the woman in the late nineteenth century could not express themselves or do things like writing or going out of their houses alone. The protagonist of this story could not write because of her illness that was a nervous depression, this was what his husband, John, told her. Her husband did not allow the narrator to write because he thinks it is worst for her, “he hates to have me write a word” the protagonist cannot write in front of her husband. Also, at that time science was very important so the narrator thinks that her husband is always right, “What is one to do?” , this is when she is talking about what her husband tells her and that she does not agree with it but she feels he is right because of his profession. The protagonist of the story represents and carries almost all the features women were expected to have at the late nineteenth century.

Also, the woman at that time didn’t have the same rights as men. A further evidence of this is when the woman doesn’t like her room and says “But John would not hear of it, she feels her husband won’t consider her opinion. Then, her husband is not the only one that does not let her write; John’s sister in law does not let her write too, she is hired as a housekeeper. Then, John does not take seriously what her wife says about the wallpaper, “He laughs at me so about this wallpaper”, he does not care what the narrator says.

Women at the late nineteenth century suffered from being underappreciated and did not have a voice in society. In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” this can be clearly seen. Women were so utterly underappreciated that they did not have a voice in their own homes. The protagonist of the story is acting as a criticism to society through these acts.

Reaching the end of the story, the topics of what women were allowed to do is challenged. When the protagonist can finally express herself without repression, is when she is free “here I can creep smoothly on the floor”, in this quotation the use of the word “I” represents a lot, she can finally make her own decisions by herself. When she can finally be free, it is seen as a mad woman “I had to creep over him every time”, here the use of the “I” is also important but most importantly, what her state represents. She is like in trance, “moaning” and “creeping on the floor” like crazy people. The fact that this woman could finally express herself, talk by herself and make her own decisions was as crazy as her state. In the ending, the woman is finally able to break these conceptions and expectations for women. She is metonymically representing the repression and hatred women in the late nineteenth century felt, but did not express. If women at those times expressed they would be seen as crazy. This is what the story is trying to convey to the readers.

In conclusion, the narrator of the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” metonymically represents woman at those times because she cannot express herself and also cannot do what she wants to. Also, she does not have the same rights as John or any men, like it was expected at those times, so when she can finally have the same rights, she is shown as a crazy woman. The protagonist is finally breaking free from the oppressive society, as the women at the late nineteenth century would have liked to do.

To the evening star – Presentation

In our Literature class, our teacher, Ceci Lasa, asked us to complete an assignment. We had to get in groups and prepare an oral presentation about a poem she selected. My group, Luna Perez Muniz, Joaquin Venini, Gonzalo Vazquez Avila and I, had to analyze the poem “To the evening star” by William Blake.

Other groups also analyzed it, and their analysis contributed to the whole understanding of the poem. In my opinion, I think it was great idea since we analzyed it from different point of views and perspectives. I hope you enjoy our presentation!

PRESENTATION

 

Essay on “The Yellow Wallpaper”

For our literature class our teacher ,Cecilia Lasa, asked us to think an essay statement based on the short story we’ve been reading, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Then, we had to write it pairs. I did mine with Bautista Olaizola. I hope you like it 🙂

the_yellow_wallpaper_by_cxsankh

Catalina Rela and Bautista Olaizola

Literature Essay

“The woman of the story “The Yellow Wallpaper”  metonymically represents the woman at those times (late nineteenth century)” How far do you agree with this statement? Explain.

 

  In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the protagonist is shown as a victim. She isn’t only a victim because of her husband’s apathy of her illness. She is a victim of the repressing and desparating society in which she lived in. Throughout the entire story, the author makes a critic to the society, but indirectly, using metonymy.

 Firstly, metonymically means a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of an object or concept for that of another to which it is related. Secondly, the woman in the late nineteenth century couldn’t express themselves or do things like writing, express themselves or going out of there houses alone. The protagonist of this story couldn’t write because of her illness that was a nervous depression, this was what his husband, John, told her. Her husband didn’t allow the narrator to write because he thinks it is worst for her, “he hates to have me write a word” the protagonist can’t write in front of her husband. Also, at that time science was very important so the narrator thinks that her husband is always right, “What is one to do?” , this is when she is talking about what her husband tells her and that she doesn’t agree with it but she feels he is right because of his profession.

   Also, the woman at that time didn’t have the same rights as men. A further evidence of this is when the woman doesn’t like her room and says “But John would not hear of it”, she feels her husband won’t consider her opinion. Then, her husband is not the only one that doesn’t let her write, John’s sister in law doesn’t let her write too, she is hired as a housekeeper. Then, John doesn’t take seriously what her wife says about the wallpaper, “He laughs at me so about this wallpaper”, he doesn’t care what the narrator says. Reaching the end of the story, these topic of what women were allowed to do is challenged. When the protagonist can finally express herself without repression, is when she is free “here I can creep smoothly on the floor”, in this quotation the use of the word “I” represents a lot, she can finally make her own decisions by herself. When she can finally be free, it’s seen as a mad woman “I had to creep over him every time”, here the use of the I is also important but most importantly, what her state represents. She is like in trance, “moaning” and “creeping on the floor” like crazy people. The fact that this woman could finally express herself, talk by herself and make her own decisions, was as crazy as her state.

 In conclusion, the narrator of the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” metonymically represents woman at those times because she can’t express herself and also can’t do what she wants to. Also, she doesn’t have the same rights as John or any men, like it was expected at those times, so when she can finally have the same rights, she’s shown as a crazy woman.

Sandpiper

This is a video which summarises the story, Sandpiper.

This is a presentation that makes a deeper analysis on the story.

 

This is my personal conclusion on the story:

I liked the general topic of the story, but what I didn’t like about it is the sadness it transmitted. While I was reading the story I felt really sad and sorry for the portagonist. I could place myself in the position of beign physically on a location and physcologically in another one. like the protagonist. I liked the symbolism of the sanpiper and what it meant in the story, her drifting and coming back from her memories and old good times.

A Different History

After reading the poem “A Different History” in Literature class, we had to watch a presentation and answer the questions to reflect and think about.

What is being compared in the poem?

Comparison is made between Greek and Indian gods: ‘[Pan] simply emigrated / to India’, and ‘Here [in India], the gods roam freely’.

What is the attitude towards books?

Next the poem focuses on the reverential attitude towards books in a country where ‘every tree is sacred’. Books symbolize identities, ideologies, knowledge, power, language.

Is there a change of mood in the poem?

A clear shift in mood comes at the start of the second section with the first rhetorical question which takes us to the heart of what the poem is about: ‘Which language / has not been the oppressor’s tongue?’

Do you feel that a particular point has been clarified by the tone of voice in which Bhatt reads the poem?

Yes, the tone Sujata uses while she is reading the poem is very depressing, and sad. She is making clear the point that she is serious about the topics she is discussing.

How does Bhatt use words and phrases to convey how sacred trees and books are?

She uses very striking language to convey this. She repeats the word “sin” four times, and then she uses words such as “rude”, “shove”, “slam” and “toss”.

Continuum

After reading the poem “Continuum” in Literature class, we had to watch a presentation and answer the questions to reflect and think about.


 

  1. Why did the poet entitled the poem, “Continuum”? What does he mean by this use of the term?

In my opinion, the poem is entitled as “Continuum” because it’s a continuity. The poem is about a writer who cannot find inspiration to write a poem, so it’s like ironic “I am talking about myself”.  Here I found more analysis related to the relationship between the poem and the title: http://www.enotes.com/homework-help/how-does-poem-continuum-by-allen-curnow-relate-its-362393

  1. What is the role of irony in the poem?

We can identify irony because it’s a poem about a writer writing a poem about not knowing what to write about. And when he gets inspirited, he writes about his feelings, and we can clearly identify the blurriness in his mind.

  1. Are there examples of personification?

Yes, I could identify personification in the moon. The moon is personified in stanza 1, lines 1-2 “The moon rolls over the roof and falls behind my house”. This moon represents loneliness.

  1. Is the tone the same throughout the poem?

In my opinion it is. The tones of this poem are: gloomy, dazzled, confused, tormented, lonely, frustrated, dark, reflective, blurred and blind.

  1. What is the extended metaphor and what is its significance?

That while he is looking for inspiration to write a poem, he’s writing a poem.

  1. What is the effect of enjambment in the poem?

Enjambment is present in this entire poem. We have to read the entire poem to understand its meaning.

  1. Explore the meaning in the final sentence/stanza.

The writer finally found his inspiration, so he picks up his “tools” (pen, paper) and goes to sleep.

 

The Woodspurge and A Birthday

In literature we had to compare the poems written by the brothers; Gabriel Rosetti “The Woodspurge” and Christina Rosetti “A birthday”.

  • Atmosphere: The atmosphere of a birthday is a very joyful and cheerful one. The atmosphere of the woodspurge is depressing and obscure.
  • Tones: A birthday: happy, glad, idyllic and distressed. The woodspurge: full of grief, depressing, sad and hopeless.
  • Theme: A birthday: love. The woodspurge: expressing sadness.