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Sonnet (1928) Analysis

Author: poem of Elizabeth Bishop Type: poem Views: 10

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I am in need of music that would flow

Over my fretful, feeling finger-tips,

Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,

With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.

Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,

Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,

A song to fall like water on my head,

And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:

A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool

Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep

To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,

And floats forever in a moon-green pool,

Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.


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Yes, she loves those alliterations and doesn't mind mangling or even obliterating the imagery and flow of the poem to use them. "Obliteration alliterations", they should be called.
"And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow"? How could this line possibly be made any worse? How did she choose the words anyway, madlibs?
"The subaqueous stillness of the sea"? WTF?! I'm sorry, but this reads like a junior high school student's pretentious first attempt at serious poetry.
It's like the Emperor's New Clothes, or for that matter like Kronk's New Groove. Only praiseworthy until you actually look at it.
Note: Right now the ReCaptcha thingy to my right reads "My Toiletry." A more succinct analysis of this piece could not be possible.

| Posted on 2009-04-30 | by a guest

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She uses a variety of different alliterations throughouth this poem. In the first stanze she uses the alliterationof the sounds "s" and "f" and in the last stanza she also uses those two alliterations along with the alliteration of the sound "m".

| Posted on 2007-04-04 | by a guest

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