Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 30 Sylvia Plath: Metaphors

Here is a mystery presented by the dark mistress herself. She is to poetry as Shirley Jackson was to prose, a dark and eloquent presenter of the bleak realities of life as a woman in the 20th century (though I … Continue reading

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May 29 Richard Wilbur: A Simile For Her Smile

I have come to the section in the textbook’s chapter “Figures of Speech” where the author talks about similes and metaphors. The chapter started talking out by talking about how a figure of speech is using one thing to describe … Continue reading

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May 28 Jon Stallworthy: Sindhi Woman

This is another poem dedicated to a beautiful woman, but it also reflects on the nature of beauty itself. What makes this woman beautiful, the poem asks. She is described in a beautiful term as compared to the cloth on … Continue reading

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May 27 Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day (a couple more thoughts)

I thought that I would write a bit more on the Shakespeare, Moss “Summer’s Day” because it has been pre-occupying my thoughts. First off, I misinterpreted some of Shakespeare’s lines in his poem, because I was thinking that he was … Continue reading

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May 23 Howard Moss: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?

Same poem, different year. It’s kind of funny to hear Shakespeare translated into, er, modern, American English. Not quite as epoch, not quite as beautiful or special and the “translation” is fast and loose. If you could sum up the … Continue reading

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May 22 William Shakespeare: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?

You knew that I was coming to him eventually, right? If it’s a literary blog (especially about literature in the English language), it will eventually come to him. You’ll recite something from one of his plays, or one of his … Continue reading

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May 21 Lord Alfred Tennyson: The Eagle

I’m back! In a trip that was equal parts misery (airport delays, traveling with my mother and sister) and equal parts joy (seeing all of my relatives, seeing parts of the country I never get to see, celebrating life and … Continue reading

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