Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Reflection Questions on Poetry II

“Ozymandias”

1.  What is the condition of the statue?
-The statue is ruined and in shambles.
2.  What is ironic about the boast inscribed on the statue?
-The writing inscribed on the statue is basically saying how you should feast upon the beauty of his kingdom. In reality the kingdom has been destroyed along with the statue.
3.  What do you think is the intended meaning of the poem?
-Stay humble because everything eventually perishes.

“The Second Coming”

4.  What is the tone of the poem?
-The tone is very eery, and depressing.
5. What object does the poem refer to in the second stanza that has “a gaze as blank and as pitiless as the sun”?
-The object was the sphynx.
6. What does the allusion to “Bethlehem” in the last line signify?
-It was the birthplace of Jesus, and now in reference to the poem it would be the birthplace of the devil.

“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

7.  What is the tone of the poem?
-The tone is loving, but sad.
8. What does the speaker mean when he/she pairs the two opposites, “curse, bless me”?
-You can hate me or love me, just please do not die.

“The World is Too Much With Us”

9.  How does the speaker of the poem suggest we “lay waste our powers”?
-We waste our time on irrelevant things, such as getting and spending.
10.  What powers might that be?
-Knowledge, creativity, and free will.

“My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun”

11.  What is the tone of the poem?
-The tone of the poem is a happy one, although it is full of sarcasm and insults.
12.  How does this poem differ from typical love poems?  
-The poem is bashing his mistress' beauty something that is usually not seen when writing a poem.