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Ian MacatoAP LiteratureLovelady6 December 2014Poetry Notes: Ch. 12 (13) “Reading a Poem” and 13 (14) “Listening to a Voice”Please read the background and general information for the assigned chapters. Be sure to record definitions for the terms listed and to answer the questions regarding the assigned poems.paraphrase- The restatement in one’s own words of what one understands a poem to say or suggest. A paraphrase is similar to a summary, although not as brief or simple.summary- A brief condensation of the main idea or plot of a work. A summary is similar to a paraphrase, but less detailed.theme- A generally recurring subject or idea noticeably evident in a literary work. Not all subjects in a work can be considered themes, only the central one(s).subject- The main topic of a work, whatever the work is “about.”carpe diem- Latin for “seize the day.”lyric poetry- A short poem expressing the thoughts and feelings of a single speaker. Often writtenin the first person, it traditionally has a songlike immediacy and emotional force.D.H. Lawrence’s “The Piano”1. There is a singer singing to the narrator in a dim roomThe singing reminds the narrator of his past until he remembersThat as a child he sat underneath a pianoWhere he is squeezing a female pianist’s feet as she singsEven though he tries against it, the hauntingly beautiful songContinues to play on causing him to sadly wish
To be back home on Sunday evening in the winterAnd listening to hymns with the piano playing. It would be conceited for the singer to try and overpowerThe amazing piano playing. The intrigueOf the narrator’s childhood days is long gone, his adulthood Has been awful and wasted by the past, so the narrator longs for his childhood.2. The speaker is feeling very nostalgic about his childhood past and longs for it as his current situation in adulthood has made him feel lonesome and overwhelmed by the harsh reality of it at as emphasized “in the dusk” setting. The word “insidious” suggests that he is not enjoying the singer’s song and that there is a problem with him truly embracing the piano. The word “betrays,” however, suggests that he is hesitant to remembering his past memories even though he illustrates a comfortable childhood evening.3. The emphasis of detail such as “pressing the small, poised feet of a mother” emphasizes a

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