Poetry Collection Sam foster block 5

Yesterday

by the Beatles

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

Now it looks as though they're here to stay

Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly. I'm not half the man I used to be

There's a shadow hanging over me.

Oh, yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say

I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play

Now I need a place to hide away

Oh, I believe in yesterday

Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say

I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play

Now I need a place to hide away

Oh, I believe in yesterday

Bold text #1 Metaphor. These lines mean that the character's trouble used to not be a problem, or at least the character didn't acknowledge them, but now they are beginning to effect him.

Bold text #2 Metaphor. This means that he treated love with as little value as if it were a game, or at least he enjoyed it for the same reasons.

Excerpt from Dante's Vita Nuova

by Dante Alighieri, translated by Mark Musa.

To every captive soul and loving heart

to whom these words I have composed are sent

for your elucidation in reply,

greetings for your sweet Lord's sake, Love.

For the first three hours, the hours of the time

of shining stars, were coming to an end,

when suddenly Love appeared before me

(to remember how he really was appalls me)

Joyous, Love seemed to me, holding my heart

within his hand, and within his arms he had my lady

loosely wrapped in folds, asleep.

He woke her then, and gently fed to her

the burning heart; she ate it, terrified.*

And then I saw him disappear in tears.

Bold text #1. Personification, love can't "appeared before" someone, it's an emotion.

Bold text #2. Metaphor, and I'm only guessing, but I think that this means that he is in some way, being influenced by love. However I don't think that Dante actually meant anyone to understand it, at least with out some knowledge of himself or something else, because according to "Dante's Vita Nuova" in chapter 3 he says "This sonnet was answered by many, who offered a variety of interpretations... The true meaning of the dream I described was not perceived by anyone then, but now it is completely clear to the least sophisticated." (Alighieri,7)

*It was about at this point that I realized that my idol was the strangest man alive

The Old Oaken Bucket

by Samuel Woodworth

How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,

When fond recollection presents them to view!

The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wildwood,

And every loved spot which my infancy knew;

The wide-spreading pond and the mill which stood by it,

The bridge, and the rock where the cataract fell;

The cot of my father, the dairy-house nigh it,

And e’en the rude bucket which hung in the well,—

The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,

The moss-covered bucket which hung in the well.

That moss-covered vessel I hail as a treasure;

For often, at noon, when returned from the field,

I found it the source of an exquisite pleasure,

The purest and sweetest that nature can yield.

How ardent I seized it, with hands that were glowing!

And quick to the white-pebbled bottom it fell;

Then soon, with the emblem of truth overflowing,

And dripping with coolness, it rose from the well;—

The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,

The moss-covered bucket, arose from the well.

How sweet from the green mossy brim to receive it,

As, poised on the curb, it inclined to my lips!

Not a full blushing goblet could tempt me to leave it,

Though filled with the nectar that Jupiter sips.

And now, far removed from the loved situation,

The tear of regret will intrusively swell,

As fancy reverts to my father’s plantation,

And sighs for the bucket which hangs in the well;

The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,

The moss-covered bucket which hangs in the well.

Bold text #1 Metaphor, he likes the water after working at the plantain

Bold text #2 Allusion to roman mythology

What I'm doing right now

by Sam Foster

I'm right now watching

A man talk about the Sony Mavica,

which is older than Arthur the King.

It uses floppy disks.

No one uses those, unless they are collecting

old computer parts.

Ya know, I wonder if this guy is freaking

everyone in the place out

because it's been 10 hours and he hasn't said anything

Finally, the tenth line!

''... it uses floppy disks,...''

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