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Need Poem Themes! Plz help!
Posted by: gladiator (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 14, 2006 08:26PM

Hi, I need poem themes for the following poems;

The Sound of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My Heart Leaps Up by William Wordsworth

The Last Ride Together by Robert Browning

and Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

Asap! semester exams are next week! ty ty


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Re: Need Poem Themes! Plz help!
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 14, 2006 08:40PM

Robert Browning
The Last Ride together

I SAID—Then, dearest, since 'tis so,
Since now at length my fate I know,
Since nothing all my love avails,
Since all, my life seem'd meant for, fails,
Since this was written and needs must be—
My whole heart rises up to bless
Your name in pride and thankfulness!
Take back the hope you gave,—I claim
Only a memory of the same,
—And this beside, if you will not blame;
Your leave for one more last ride with me.

My mistress bent that brow of hers,
Those deep dark eyes where pride demurs
When pity would be softening through,
Fix'd me a breathing-while or two
With life or death in the balance: right!
The blood replenish'd me again;
My last thought was at least not vain:
I and my mistress, side by side
Shall be together, breathe and ride,
So, one day more am I deified.
Who knows but the world may end to-night?

Hush! if you saw some western cloud
All billowy-bosom'd, over-bow'd
By many benedictions—sun's
And moon's and evening-star's at once—
And so, you, looking and loving best,
Conscious grew, your passion drew
Cloud, sunset, moonrise, star-shine too,
Down on you, near and yet more near,
Till flesh must fade for heaven was here!—
Thus leant she and linger'd—joy and fear!
Thus lay she a moment on my breast.

Then we began to ride. My soul
Smooth'd itself out, a long-cramp'd scroll
Freshening and fluttering in the wind.
Past hopes already lay behind.
What need to strive with a life awry?
Had I said that, had I done this,
So might I gain, so might I miss.
Might she have loved me? just as well
She might have hated, who can tell!
Where had I been now if the worst befell?
And here we are riding, she and I.

Fail I alone, in words and deeds?
Why, all men strive and who succeeds?
We rode; it seem'd my spirit flew,
Saw other regions, cities new,
As the world rush'd by on either side.
I thought,—All labour, yet no less
Bear up beneath their unsuccess.
Look at the end of work, contrast
The petty done, the undone vast,
This present of theirs with the hopeful past!
I hoped she would love me; here we ride.

What hand and brain went ever pair'd?
What heart alike conceived and dared?
What act proved all its thought had been?
What will but felt the fleshly screen?
We ride and I see her bosom heave.
There 's many a crown for who can reach.
Ten lines, a statesman's life in each!
The flag stuck on a heap of bones,
A soldier's doing! what atones?
They scratch his name on the Abbey-stones.
My riding is better, by their leave.

What does it all mean, poet? Well,
Your brains beat into rhythm, you tell
What we felt only; you express'd
You hold things beautiful the best,
And pace them in rhyme so, side by side.
'Tis something, nay 'tis much: but then,
Have you yourself what 's best for men?
Are you—poor, sick, old ere your time—
Nearer one whit your own sublime
Than we who never have turn'd a rhyme?
Sing, riding 's a joy! For me, I ride.

And you, great sculptor—so, you gave
A score of years to Art, her slave,
And that 's your Venus, whence we turn
To yonder girl that fords the burn!
You acquiesce, and shall I repine?
What, man of music, you grown gray
With notes and nothing else to say,
Is this your sole praise from a friend,
'Greatly his opera's strains intend,
But in music we know how fashions end!'
I gave my youth: but we ride, in fine.

Who knows what 's fit for us? Had fate
Proposed bliss here should sublimate
My being—had I sign'd the bond—
Still one must lead some life beyond,
Have a bliss to die with, dim-descried.
This foot once planted on the goal,
This glory-garland round my soul,
Could I descry such? Try and test!
I sink back shuddering from the quest.
Earth being so good, would heaven seem best?
Now, heaven and she are beyond this ride.

And yet—she has not spoke so long!
What if heaven be that, fair and strong
At life's best, with our eyes upturn'd
Whither life's flower is first discern'd,
We, fix'd so, ever should so abide?
What if we still ride on, we two
With life for ever old yet new,
Changed not in kind but in degree,
The instant made eternity,—
And heaven just prove that I and she
Ride, ride together, for ever ride?

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
---The Sound of the Sea

The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;
A voice out of the silence of the deep,
A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain's side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.
So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.

============================================================================
William Shakespeare
SONNET 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

=============================================================================



My Heart Leaps Up
- William Wordsworth

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.


Les


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Re: Need Poem Themes! Plz help!
Posted by: IanB (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 15, 2006 12:51AM

Gladiator, this kind of assignment is to make you read the poems and understand what they're about (and to force you to consult a dictionary if there are words in the poem that you are not familiar with).

The 'theme' just means the subject of the poem, briefly described, or the main idea on which the subject matter is based.

Think of this as a bit like being asked about a list of movies, which you have seen, but your friend hasn't. Your friend asks you about each of them "What kind of movie is it? What's it all about?" So, for instance, you might answer about a film like 'Star Wars' "It's a science-fiction, good-versus-evil movie about a small group of odd-bod friends battling against and defeating an Evil Empire."

The main differences between poems and modern movies are, first, that you might have to read a poem at least half a dozen times, and think about it line by line, to arrive at an understanding of what it's all about, and secondly, that there's often not just a single 'correct' answer for a poem. Different people can interpret a poem different ways. You have to do the work, and form your own opinion as to what is the theme. That's not something we can do for you. Your opinion doesn't have to be 'correct'. You just have to be ready to give reasons for it, to show that you have done the work.

If you come back to Emule with specific questions about any parts of the poems that you are having difficulty with, we would be better able to help you.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/15/2006 03:25PM by IanB.


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Re: Need Poem Themes! Plz help!
Posted by: persephone (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 15, 2006 08:55AM

My Heart Leaps Up
- William Wordsworth

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety

William Wordsworth is u know the Romantic Period's poet,so his main themes are based upon the NATURE..Nature is everything for a poetic mind,for its shaping its growing,for both a human's maturity and a poem and poet's maturity Nature is the inspiration and the tool.
Is it enough?
"A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;"

"And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety" these 2 couples shows the Nature's position in Wordsworth.For instance in "Tintern Abbey",Wordsworth wrote these lines:
"We stood together;and that I,so long
A worshipper of Nature,hither came"


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Re: Need Poem Themes! Plz help!
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 15, 2006 02:11PM

A differing point of view about Wordsworth's poem can be found here: [72.14.253.104] />
Les


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Re: Need Poem Themes! Plz help!
Posted by: Hugh Clary (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 15, 2006 03:30PM

Hi, I need poem themes for the following poems;

The Sound of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control."

Fate, destiny, kismet.

My Heart Leaps Up by William Wordsworth

"natural piety" = religious devotion Also inspiration, exaltation, appreciation of beauty

T>he Last Ride Together by Robert Browning

Sex

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee. "

A tribute to his lover, who will live forever in the lines of the poem.


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Re: Need Poem Themes! Plz help!
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 15, 2006 04:03PM

The Child is father of the Man;

A bit of a philosophy lesson also included in Wordsworth's poem.


Les

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/15/2006 05:33PM by lg.


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