Poetry Unit 3
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de gustibus non disputandum est
there is no arguing about matters of tasteYou can discuss it but not dispute it.
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll p. 527
By Bob Dylan 47 lines
Theme: William Z. kills Hattie, don't cry. He gets bail, don't cry. She was a mother of ten, don't cry. He only gets six months jail time, NOW cry.
Lines: William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll
of Myself 84
Walt Whitman 258 lines
I do this and that
lines: I lean and loafe at ease observing a spear of summer grass.
anyone lived in a pretty how town 351
e. e. Cummings 37 lines
lines: he laughed her joy, she cried his grief.
Ode: Intimations of Immortality 409
William Wordsworth 207
theme: rhyming uneven lines.
Ode on a Grecian Urn 421
John Keats 50
theme: must die. sovern shrine. description of the picture on an urn. rhyming.
lines: his soul shall taste the sadness of her might, and be among her cloudy trophies hung.
In Praise of Limestone 439
W. H. Auden 94
theme: in depth description of limestone mountains.
lines: watch, then the band of rivals as they climb up and down their steep stone gennels.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 70
theme: elevated speech. talking about his royalty.
lines: I am a part of all that I have met. This is my son, mine own.
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death 581
William Butler Yeats 16
theme: fighting, and knowing you'll die flying.
lines: I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above. / those that I fight I do not hate.
Musee des Beaux Arts 947
W. H. Auden 21
Theme: They don't understand suffering, it happens during ordinary things. casual tone.
lines: how everything turns away quite leisurely from the disaster.
I Knew a Woman 1078
Theodore Roethke 28
theme: talking about a pretty woman's effect on him.
lines: I measure time by how a body sways
Dulce et Decorum Est 1132
Wilfred Owen 28
lines: if in some smothering dreams you too could pace behind the wagon that we flung him in / Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!
from Lessons of War [the Naming of Parts]
The Nego Speaks of Rivers 1306
Langston Hughes 13
theme: I have known rivers. specific rivers named.
lines: EVERY line mentions a river
In Just— 1304
e. e. cummings 24
theme: uneven lines. the feeling of being a child.
lines: in just spring. Everything is puddle wonderful.
Blackberry Eating 1316
Galway Kinnell 14
theme: going out to eat blackberries. descriptive.
lines: I love to go out in late september. as words often do certain particular words like strength or squished.
D. H. Lawrence 74
theme: finds a snake, kills it, he's manly
lines: the voice of my education said he must be killed. / was it humility to feel so honored? I felt so honored.
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