13 Matching Annotations
  1. Jan 2016
    1. where my former student in a fuschia robe and curlers sits by a lighted make-up mirror.

      So he is now having a relationship with his past student? hmmm okay then

    1. the softness of my body

      Earlier in the poem she said there wasn't any softness about her so does she mean softness in a different way or...?

    2. Not a softness anywhere about me, 

      When she says this does she mean there is nothing immature or childlike about her? Is she a structured woman now? Because when I think about softness I think of a baby or child, because they don't have any sharp bone structures.

    1. I'd like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over.

      This reminds me of reincarnation.

    1. But limped on, blood-shod.

      It ironic yet positive the way it is said

    2. Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

      It sounds as if they are retreating or returning from a defeat of war. Broken and without dignity.

  2. Dec 2015
    1. I imagine he took the insults in and made of them a place to live;

      The way I perceived this makes me kind of sad. Since he is a homosexual and he is called all types of names he has accepted and assumed that those names describe him so he settles within them and considers himself a "faggot" or "queer". He gives into the stereotype instead of breaking free of it.

  3. Nov 2015
    1. airy cages quelled,   Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,   All felled, felled, are all felled

      There is a great mixture of Epanalepsis, assonance and Asyndeton in these lines. And really all throughout the passage. (Epanalepsis: repeating a word at the end of the clause with the same one that began the clause)

    1. Th

      "Th" is an assonance used throughout the passage

    2. They that have power to hurt and will do none, That do not do the thing they most do show, Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,

      In my understanding this all seems a very ironic apostrophe. They have the ability to hurt but they won't, they won't do the thing they mostly show, I'm somewhat confused but that's how I see it.

    1. nor

      He uses this anaphora to create an emphasis on the fact that not stone, earth or the sea could sway "their power". He also uses nor in other parts of the passage.

    1. I think on thee, and then my state

      This could almost be looked at as a selfless act because he doesn't think about himself immediately as most people would

    1. Despite of wrinkles, this thy golden time.

      This mainly shows irony, saying that even though you are wrinkled and old you are at your prime and it is your time to shine really.