26 Matching Annotations
  1. Oct 2016
    1. Saint Mary Woolnoth

    2. Margate Sands

      On holiday at Margate Beach.

    3. dried tubers.

      Merely surviving on the little bits of life that still exist during the winter. Feeding on mainly potatoes and whatever else can be found.

    4. old man with wrinkled dugs

      The term which is repeated often, "jugs" is the same as "dugs" in it's reference to female breasts. This once again touches upon not only Apollo's clairvoyant prophet, but the concept of life and nourishment.

    5. Unreal

      This word is mentioned three times within the poem, pointing out how reality is often presented in a fictitious light and at times, can be truly hard to fathom.

    6. rose and fell

      Rising and falling again, like the sun each day, Eliot is reflecting upon life's many instances of change.

    7. C.i.f. London

      C.i.f. means "cost, insurance, freight"

    8. O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag

      A comparison of the old to the new. How can the modern poet compare themselves to the genius that has come before their time? How can one even access a piece of their thought process?

    9. Son of man

      In Christian scripture, Jesus often refers to himself as the "Son of man." This shows his humanity, rather than solely identifying his divinity.

  2. Sep 2016
    1. Rose

      Does this have anything to do with the "Jack Rose" that was mentioned beforehand? Is this individual a lover, a friend, or merely a figment of Stein's imagination?

    2. Leave

      Stein repeats this a few times to emphasize dramatic effect. What exactly is leaving us? What is the dichotomy between the mass or the pass?

    3. Egg

      Why egg? Does this have something to do with birth?

    1. Drink

      The flood is nothing more than the pain we all loathe and yet at the same time thirst for. Drinking to it is only a revelation of one's self.

    1. Chandlerville

      A village with the population of 553 at the 2010 census. I imagine it was much smaller during Masters' lifetime.

    2. mites

      The word "tick" and its repetition within this piece reminded me of a parasitic entity. Tick may be seen as a word attributing more to the piece than just rhythm, it can be observed as something like "mites"- sucking out the blood of those who create and therefore permeate change.

    1. As I lie and listen, and cannot understand

      The water, a reflection of one's self, speaks a language so emotional and raw that the ego finds it hard to fully comprehend.

    1. faith

      There has always been a present dichotomy between science and religion. However, I think the future itself and having faith in it, is essentially the same as believing in a higher power- trusting the great beyond.

    2. dynamos

      Invented by Michael Faraday in 1831-1832, the operating principle of electromagnetic generators would later be known as Faraday's Law of Induction.

    3. Langley, with the ease of a great master of experiment, threw out of the field every exhibit that did not reveal a new application of force, and naturally threw out, to begin with, almost the whole art exhibit.

      Langley's actions very much remind me of Levine's poetic progression of time. Out with the old and in with the new. The concept of modernity frightened many, as it still does today, but truly is imperative to the growth of mankind.

  3. Aug 2016
    1. From pig balls, From the ferocity of pig driven to holiness, From the furred ear and the full jowl come The repose of the hung belly

      The term"pig balls" made me think of tossing the "pig skin." America's encouragement of consumerism has truly turned us into pigs-"The repose of the hung belly."

    2. Earth is eating trees, fence posts, Gutted cars, earth is calling in her little ones, “Come home, Come home!”

      Upon first reading this, I thought of Earth reciting a sort of death chant. Though we first began as part of the Earth, mother nature is sending a vengeful invitation for all of humanity to fall. Due to our consistent abuse, we shall die and therefore decompose, becoming apart of the Earth once again.

    3. West Virginia to Kiss My Ass

      Is "Kiss My Ass" referring to a sardonic goodbye or to a place that is far worse than West Virginia could ever be?

    4. Out of the gray hills

      I picture clouds of smoke ruining an otherwise lovely view of the countryside.

    5. They Lion

      Levine's use of "They" rather than "The" or "Their" emphasizes a lack of formal education but also seems to highlight a tone of separation- us versus them. Who are "they"? "They" infers this idea of "the system". "They Lion" is the power possessed by those at the top and as it continues to grow, so does the nature of corruption within society.

    6. Out of burlap sacks, out of bearing butter, Out of black bean and wet slate bread,

      An introduction to the industrial lifestyle. These two lines made me feel as if I was being spoon fed remnants of the past.