16 Matching Annotations
  1. Jan 2016
    1. As others saw—I could not bring

      This seems to be yet another poem about isolation and feeling "alone". When thinking about the others poem we have read about feeling alone, this one is similar in the way that he feels as though he has nobody to understand him or to talk to him. I feel like a lot of us have felt like this at least some point in our life. The way to overcome this is to reach out to others, and find that "common spring".

    1. -

      I feel like this punctuation is very interesting because not only do we rarely see it at the end of the line, the dash is now being used in the middle of the line and in between only a couple of words. This is too clearly break the sentence up, but why?

    1. Voices of

      Voices of is the example in this poem of words repeating.

    2. Twenty-eight young

      In a lot of the poems, sentences begin with the same words. This poem begins with twenty-eight young men in the first three sentences and ends with they do not know in the last two sentences.

    1. I agree to take a snake-dog, maybe an electric eel, but when I feel its sharp teeth in my shoulder,

      The way that this poem is structured is very intriguing. Why do you think different stanzas are indented in different places? Is there meant to be some sort of poem or meaning?

    1. I had a thought for no one’s but your ears:   

      I find it interesting that the rhyme picks up in the next stanza, I don't think I have ever seen this before.

    1. Gas! GAS! Quick, boys

      The exclamation mark and capitalized word give a clear depiction of what is going on in the scene. It gives us a better understanding of what these men are going through.

  2. Dec 2015
    1. Grateful for their tour of the pharmacy, the first-grade class has drawn these pictures, each self-portrait taped to the window-glass, faces wide to the street, round and available, with parallel lines for hair.

      The beginning of the poem is very casual, and reminds me of a story. It sets a different tone than expected.

    1. A place to go to in his own direction

      I often feel this thought in my own life. I feel like I want to be going in "my own direction" and not the direction that people want me to go in.

    1. above

      I like how the poet is using a book as a symbol in the poem. It reminds me of what we talked about in class of how all poetry represents poetry.

    2. The literary device of repetition helps emphasize the point and let the reader understand the image.

    1. :

      I talked about the colon in my poem analysis on sonnet 18. I find it interesting that this poem uses the colon as well. I think the colon is very useful when listing example to help support the poet's argument.

    1. A free bird leaps on the back of the wind    and floats downstream    till the current ends and dips his wing

      The first 4 lines have a nice rhyme scheme but the last three lines go off of the rhyme scheme.

    1. sweet-fowl, song-fowl

      Is this an example of anaphora? I like how Hopkins used different adjectives to describe the bird. It gave me a good visual. It is used again at the end of the stanza with the word nest.

    1.   The sweet especial scene,      Rural scene, a rural scene,      Sweet especial rural scene.

      The repetitiveness of the word scene really emphasizes what Hopkins is trying to say. I also like how this came at the end of the poem, leaving the reader with a clear conclusion of the "scene" he was trying to depict.