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Poetry Analysis Thread

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mud Flaps, May 26, 2004.


  1. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    I am studying for an English exam tommorow. For those of you who don't know me, I study too much. I have already studied too much for this exam, so I have decided to open up an OT thread to help me study.

    The exam tommorow is English 10; more specifically British Poetry and Prose from the Late Age of Reason period (i.e. Swift, Pope, and Johnson) to the Early Modern period (i.e. Thomas, Owen, etc.)

    Let's start out with some Yeats:


    Meter: Dactylic
    Rhyme: Masculin
    Notes:
    -Gyre: Something to do with the symbolism of Yeats' religion.
    -Byzantium: the city later called Constantinople and later Istanbul.
    Analysis: The poet is old. The first paragraph means that Byzantium is no place for old men, as it is too full of life. Old men like to take it slow and not be caught up in young, "sensual music". "An aged man is but a poltry thing", for every "tatter", for every imperfection of his look, he needs to be that more creative on the inside to create beauty. After all, he is old and will soon die. His immortal soul is attatched to a dying animal, himself. And with that, he wants to be immortalized as a work of art; a beautiful unnatural vase or other thing that will be beautiful forever.

    This sound good? Anyone else have anything to add or correct?
     
  2. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    Should I try another one or what? Someone post! Post a poem or prose if you want. Do something!
     
  3. Sonorous

    Sonorous

    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    your analysis seems adequate, though im not your english teacher.
     
  4. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    Can anyone make anything of this little one by Dylan Thomas?

     
  5. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    i really thought this thread was gonna be where we post our poetry and other TBers analyze it...
     
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    so much depends
    upon

    a red wheel
    barrow

    glazed with rain
    water

    beside the white
    chickens.
     
  7. Sonorous

    Sonorous

    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    whoa, thats deep man.
     
  8. Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan
    Of tan with henna hackles, halt!

    $20 to whoever can figure out what that's from!! (nah, not really...)
     
  9. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    I took the exam today, so I don't need any more help. But if anyone wants to use this thread for anything else, feel free.
     
  10. i will defenstrate
    this thread of poetry to
    pits of haiku DOOM
     
  11. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    It's all about being an underappreciated bass player. I have printed this out and I will tack it to my cabinet at rehearsal tonight.
    DD
     
  12. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Hungry in church
    Ate all the communion bread
    MMM! Sacrilegious!
     
  13. monkeys in tube socks
    fling poop at robots from mars
    lemurs save the day!
     
  14. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Boxers are plaid shorts
    But why is it that briefs aren't?
    A conspiracy?

    (I think "breifs aren't" is two syllables?)
     
  15. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    My slippers await
    Bunny fur enfolds my foot
    Bestiality?
     
  16. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I awoke with a
    rash on my naughty bits, I
    think she lied to me.
     
  17. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    You guys must think you're really clever with the poems with the sexual connotations.

    Still, William Butler Yeats schools you:

    Who gets it?!
     
  18. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Yeats takes everyone back to school.

    If y'all like poetry with sexual connotations, then you might wanna read some Anglo Saxon poetry by, say Guthrum. he wrote a mean rhyme.
     
  19. sigh. i must be the only writer in the world who thinks yeats is overrated. i have a weird love/hate thing with all the hallowed irish poets, i guess.
     
  20. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Not so. I think almost everyone is overrated.