Words on Words, Words on Poems.

You’ve shared great poems, unforgettable songs. Well done, everyone!!!!!!!!!!

Now, we start revising the poems already studied. I hereby attach your group commentaries on THE VOICE, SONNET 43, FIRST LOVE, FULL MOON & LITTLE FRIEDA, AMENDS, TIME and ON THE GRASSHOPPER & THE CRICKET.


Here’s a PREZI presentation about the thematic links of the poem in our anthology. Hope it helps!

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7 Responses to Words on Words, Words on Poems.

  1. Violeta Balbiani says:

    By: Allen Curnow (1911– 2001), one of New Zealand’s major modern poets.
    The writer wanted to explain that Time is everything, all that exists; every move people make every sound, any time or experience that happened in your life, each moment in your life Time was present, this will be and will continue throughout the rest of your life. Because Time is being present all time; in my childhood, now and is going to be present at the last day of my life, He is ‘’the beginning and the End’’ of the whole world.
    Time is a vehicle that transports your memories through time, Time, is more than your “conscious carrier”. He is “Am island, am sea, am father, and friend”. The poet compares the first four stanzas to mist “Among my mountainous fabrics like a mist” Because it means that memories have to resist to the passing of the time, because people forget important or significant memories through time, they stop remembering what they had done in their past.

    Francisco Moreno, Victoria Nielsen and Violeta Balbiani

  2. Pilar Olaizola says:

    Fist Love by John Clare
    John Clare was the son of a farm laborer, he fell in love with a woman of a different social class, so this was an impossible love.
    First Love is a poem about how someone (who could be the poet himself) who fell in love but with the incorrect woman.
    The theme of this poem is impossible love and also love at first sight. The mood changes throughout the poem, at first it´s hopeful or with love because in the first stanza he describes when he started to love her, when he saw her, there he creates a happy effect, he is in love, “and stole my heart away complete”, he was madly in love. Then the mood is melancholic because he realized he could not be with his love, here he creates an angry and sad effect: “and then my blood used to my face”, he was really angry because his love was impossible. Finally, the mood is madness or being heartbroken, and he creates the this effect, because he would never lover anybody as much as he loved her, and he got mad because he could not be with her. “Are flowers the winter choice” here he is mad, and confused.

    Pilar Olaizola,Greta Matienzo,Damasia Maffi and Lucas Guglielmone

  3. Maria Paula Tear; Tomas Lucas; Agustina Subira; Santiago Roldan says:

    Moon, was the first word of the little girl, Frieda, this symbolizes that she was growing up. The most significant theme is Father’s pride because the whole poem is the description of his pride towards his daughter, the whole scene when Frieda said her first words. He describes the scene as the most perfect picture he has seen. The poet lived in the countryside, that’s why he describes his feelings and pride with the description of the scenery he sees. His wife committed suicide and that is what he may have meant when he says “A dark river of blood…” We think that one of the most significant quotations is “Moon! You cry suddenly, `Moon! Moon!” because these are the first words that Frieda said. Another is “that points at him amazed.” The moon gives the impression of an artist watching its own master piece. The moon illuminates the scene, when everything happens. In the scene the author describes the dog barking, the clunk of a bucket, the spider‘s the web tense by the dew, the cows, the river of blood. The first time someone reads the poem, that person understands that the scene is set: countryside, someone screaming moon! And the moon gazing .The second time the person reads the poem, he understands that Moon! is the first words of the little girl.
    The third time, you understand that the little girl is the poet’s daughter. The description of the scene in the first stanzas is the description of the father’s pride, how everything was perfect when her first words happened. The mood in the poem is amazement, pride and happiness; because the father is very pleased at Frieda’s first words, which is a very important moment for a father. The language that he uses is contemporary and easy to understand. (YOU SAY SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT ABOUT POETRY, EVERY TIME YOU RE READ A POEM, A NEW SECRET IS REVELAED…THAT’S WHAT IT MAKES IT SO BEAUTIFUL!)

  4. Luisa Flores Piran says:

    Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett B.
    The theme of this poem is love; in the poem she wrote all the ways in which the voice loves his loved one. The poem starts with a question, which is not a rhetorical question because in the poem she answers it by making a list of ways of loving. This poem has a romantic and passionate mood.
    Elizabeth Barrett B. was born in 1806 at Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England; she was an English poet of the Romantic Movement.
    In this poem she uses old English and formal words in order to create some effect. (WHICH EFFECT?) She repeats ‘how do I love thee’. She also explains the ways in which she loves him with comparisons: ‘I love thee freely, as men strive for right’. The dominant figure of speech in this poem is anaphora. The uses of ‘I love thee’ in eight lines. She uses words as ‘feeling’ ‘being’ or ‘ideal, words with long vowels to give brightness to the poem, a happy mood. This poem focuses on love. This is how Elizabeth describes and expresses her special feelings or her love to her lover. Like the first line which is “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”. It means that there are many ways can you show your love to others. The other one is “I love thee to the level of every days”. There is also “Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight”. It means to say that, she will keep on loving himday or night, if there is a light or none. And the part that I love most is “I shall but love thee better after death”. This means that she will love this person forever until the end of her life. AND EVEN AFTER HER DEATH!!!
    Luisa Flores Piran, Juana Miguens, Ramiro Bergoglio, Tomas Burgio.

  5. sofia ballester says:

    The theme of the poem Amends is about making amends with yourself and it talks about reflection at night. The mood is reflective and calm as the language creates a feeling of calmness, and helps to describe the night and its silence.
    Some meaningful quotations are: “nights like this: on the cold apple-bough a white star, then another”. Here the beginning of the night is described, when people start relaxing and reflecting. The poem, at first seems to be describing a quiet night, and then you realise that it’s saying that at night when people go to bed, they start thinking about that day, reflecting, memories are brought back to them. This is a special moment when they make amends with themselves. For example, if during the day you had a problem with a friend, at night you may regret and make amends, with yourself and with your friend, and try to solve the problem.

    In this poem the moon is personified, it is described as someone who is responsible for inspiring people to make amends: “As it dwells upon the eyelids of the sleepers, as if to make amends”.

  6. Olivia Arcuri says:

    On the Grasshopper and the Cricket
    By: John Keats

    This poem was written during the Romantic Era, where nature was a very important subject.

    The writer shows a contrast between summer and winter.
    He makes reference to the grasshopper in summer, where there is an image of life and peace, and the cricket in winter, where everything is calm and silent. “That is the grasshopper, he takes the lead In summer luxury, – he has never done..” “On a lone winter evening, when the frost Has wrought a silence… That cricket’s song in warmth increasing ever”.

    John Keats describes the beauty of summer and winter, nature and life. He describes life to be a never ending cycle, there is always beauty in nature for everyone to observe, and he says that nature will never end, it will always be there no matter what season it is. “The poetry of earth is never dead…” “The poetry of earth is ceasing never…” Even if there is no activity in some places, there is always something going on in another.

    Mother Nature, the cycle of life and nature, and the contrast between summer and winter are the main subjects in this poem (the themes). John Keats uses a lot of words connected with nature, such as “birds”, “trees”, “cricket”, “Sun”, etc.

    Isabella Carneiro, Ivan Stankiewich, Olivia Arcuri

  7. Serena Griffin says:

    The Voice by Thomas Hardy(a contemporary poet)
    This poem was written by Hardy after the death of his first wife Emma. They had got divorced so, when she died Thomas felt guilty about it. He wishes that Emma would be there and imagines her calling him. Hardy hears her saying that she had changed, that she is not the same one “When you had changed from the one that was all to me”. He remembers her the way they had first known. He asks her to appear. Hardy is really confused in the first stanzas he thinks that he hears her but then he gets confused and he is not sure of it, he thinks that it might be the wind, at the end he listens her again.
    Through out the poem, the language is related with a loss of an important person, in this case, Emma, he misses her so much and he wants to see her again, “woman much missed”, “let me view you “. This language creates an effect of sadness and regret.
    In conclusion Thomas Hardy in this poem shows his feelings of sadness, regret and he also misses Emma. We can see how the mood changes finishing with a desolate mood of him.
    Lucila Lafuente, Sofia Honens, Serena Griffin and Guido Ciccone

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