Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Could YOU do This? Not me!?!

This is one of the possible test questions Anna will have tomorrow on her English mid term. The class is a Standard Level English class, not HIGHER LEVEL (which she has in five other subjects! Yikes, it scares me.

An Encounter

Once on the kind of day called ‘weather breeder,’

When the heat slowly hazes and the sun

By its own power seems to be undone,

I was half boring through, half climbing through

A swamp of cedar. Choked with oil of cedar 5

And scurf of plants, and weary and overheated,

And sorry I ever left the road I knew,

I paused and rested on a sort of hook

That had me by the coat as good as seated,

And since there was no other way to look, 10

Looked up toward heaven, and there against the blue,

Stood over me a resurrected tree,

A tree that had been down and raised again—

A barkless specter. He had halted too,

As if for fear of treading upon me. 15

I saw the strange position of his hands—

Up at his shoulders, dragging yellow strands

Of wire with something in it from men to men.

‘You here?’ I said. ‘Where aren’t you nowadays?

And what’s the news you carry – if you know? 20

And tell me where you’re off for – Montreal?

Me? I’m not off for anywhere at all.

Sometimes I wander out of beaten ways

Half looking for the orchid Calypso.’

Guiding Questions:

1. What are the effects of the dominant images used in this poem?

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