Archives - October 2010

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Oct. 26

Hart Crane's "Voyagers II"

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Poetic Ironies

        At the age of twenty-four, Hart Crane penned "Voyages II," a poem based on his summer sojourn in the Caribbean on the Isle of Pines when he was fifteen.  At the time of its writing, he was in the early ecstatic phase of his love for Emil Oppfer, a Danish sailor.  A portion of the poem reads:

 

--- And yet this great wink of eternity,

Of rimless floods, unfettered leewardings,

Samite sheeted and processional where

her undinal vast belly moonward bends,

Laughing the wrapt inflections of our love;

 

Take the Sea, whose diapason knells

On scrolls of silver snowy sentences,

The sceptered terror of whose sessions rends

As her demeanors motion well or ill,

All but the pieties of lovers' hands.

 

And onward, as bells off San Salvador

Salute the crocus lustres of the stars,

In these poinsettia meadows of her tides, --

Adagios of islands, O my Prodigal,

Complete the dark ...

Oct. 25

Repression of Women

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A Poet's Quiet Revolt

        I just read an article in August's Time magazine about Aisha, an eighteen-year-old Afghani girl who is currently in hiding in a women's shelter.  She had been beaten by her in-laws and treated like a slave.  After running away and going back to her parents' home, she was charged and taken to court.  Her judge, a local Taliban commander, found her guilty of abandoning her husband and said she must be made an example of in case other girls try to do the same thing.  Her punishment: she was held down while her husband cut off her nose and both ears with a knife. 

        Here's the saddest part of this story.  It's not an isolated case. 

        I want to share with you a poem I teach to my college students from the Bedford anthology.  It is titled "Occupation."  I love the way the poet Eliza Griswold ...

Oct. 19

e. e. cummings

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The Beauty of Poetic Structure

 

               l(a

 

               le

               af

               fa

 

               ll

               s)

               one

               l

               iness

 

 

Nuff said.

Oct. 15

"Incarnations of Burned Children"

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The Power of Words

 

        Yesterday I presented a writing organization tool for English teachers in our district.  I only had an hour, so I knew I needed a short short story (maybe even flash fiction) that was powerful and had plenty of literary devices to discuss.  I decided to use David Foster Wallace's "Incarnations of Burned Children."  The thesis statement with which I was working was that the author uses particular devices to emotionally draw in his readers. 

        After I finished reading, one teacher stood up to protest my selection. She couldn't understand why I had chosen that particular story.  When I told her because it was short and powerful and had everything in it I needed to discuss, she asked me again.  She seemed aghast that I had offered this piece of literature that is about the tragic death of a young child at the (accidental) hands of his own mother ...

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Listening to the whispering pines

Hello. My name is Donna Cozart Pauley. Welcome to The Whispering Pines, a literary blog dedicated to my love of the written word. It is an eclectic collage of my life -- from my poems to my stories to my family to my pets to my causes to my photographs to my recipes to my love of teaching to my favorite literature. Please feel free to comment. Words are only important if they are heard or read. Just like those soundless trees falling in the forest.

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