21 of 30. Final Review

photo by delviking @Flickr

At the end of Robert Hayden’s

“Those Winter Sundays” the tone shifts

and someone sneezes.  Someone else

scrapes the leg of their chair on linoleum

and the rain

keeps coming.

Irony.  Can you recognize when the surface meaning

is opposed to the intended meaning of a poem?

Something bad can be seen through the window,

another sneeze and the rain.

All is not as it seems;

the sandaled feet,

the waterproof parkas.

The desk up front and the stubby

stalks of white resting in grooves

below the board.

A cough.

What is syntax?

Arm resting on head to hold up

hand.  Chalk breaking on board.

The Whitman poem uses dependant clauses

to build tension.

Are you ready to leave the lecture hall by

the time the speaker does?

When the rain stops there will be

stars worth seeing.


About amyleighcutler

Writer, dancer, vagabond extraordinaire
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