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Unformatted text preview: English​ ​Literature​ ​and​ ​Composition Section​ ​II Task:​​ ​Write​ ​an​ ​essay​ ​in​ ​which​ ​you​ ​examine​ ​the​ ​context​ ​of​ ​the​ ​poem​ ​and​ ​the​ ​speaker's​ ​attitude toward​ ​the​ ​great​ ​man’s​ ​house.​ ​Using​ ​specific​ ​references​ ​from​ ​the​ ​text,​ ​show​ ​how​ ​the​ ​poet’s​ ​use​ ​of language​ ​reveals​ ​the​ ​context​ ​and​ ​the​ ​speaker's​ ​attitude. A​ ​Great​ ​Man’s​ ​House It​ ​was​ ​written​ ​in​ ​marble​ ​in​ ​golden​ ​letters: here​ ​a​ ​great​ ​man​ ​lived​ ​and​ ​worked​ ​and​ ​died. He​ ​laid​ ​the​ ​gravel​ ​for​ ​these​ ​paths​ ​personally. This​ ​bench​ ​—​ ​do​ ​not​ ​touch​ ​—​ ​he​ ​chiseled​ ​by himself out​ ​of​ ​stone. And​ ​—​ ​careful,​ ​three​ ​steps​ ​—​ ​we're​ ​going inside. without​ ​thinking​ ​they​ ​would​ ​be​ ​opened​ ​on their​ ​way. He​ ​still​ ​kept​ ​a​ ​detailed​ ​and​ ​honest​ ​diary, without​ ​the​ ​fear​ ​that​ ​he​ ​would​ ​lose​ ​it​ ​during​ ​a search. The​ ​passing​ ​of​ ​a​ ​comet​ ​worried​ ​him​ ​most. The​ ​destruction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​was​ ​only​ ​in​ ​the hands​ ​of​ ​God. He​ ​made​ ​it​ ​into​ ​the​ ​world​ ​at​ ​just​ ​the​ ​right time. Everything​ ​that​ ​had​ ​to​ ​pass,​ ​passed​ ​in​ ​this house. Not​ ​in​ ​a​ ​high​ ​rise, not​ ​in​ ​square​ ​feet,​ ​furnished​ ​yet​ ​empty, amidst​ ​unknown​ ​neighbors, on​ ​some​ ​fifteenth​ ​floor, where​ ​it's​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​drag​ ​school​ ​field​ ​trips. He​ ​still​ ​managed​ ​not​ ​to​ ​die​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hospital, behind​ ​a​ ​white​ ​screen,​ ​who​ ​knows​ ​which​ ​one. There​ ​was​ ​still​ ​someone​ ​with​ ​him​ ​who remembered​ ​his​ ​muttered​ ​words. In​ ​this​ ​room​ ​he​ ​pondered, in​ ​this​ ​chamber​ ​he​ ​slept, and​ ​over​ ​here​ ​he​ ​entertained​ ​guests. Portraits,​ ​an​ ​armchair,​ ​a​ ​desk,​ ​a​ ​pipe,​ ​a​ ​globe,​ ​a flute, a​ ​worn-out​ ​rug,​ ​a​ ​sun​ ​room. From​ ​here​ ​he​ ​exchanged​ ​nods​ ​with​ ​his​ ​tailor and​ ​shoemaker who​ ​custom​ ​made​ ​for​ ​him. This​ ​is​ ​not​ ​the​ ​same​ ​as​ ​photographs​ ​in​ ​boxes, dried​ ​out​ ​pens​ ​in​ ​a​ ​plastic​ ​cup, a​ ​store-bought​ ​wardrobe​ ​in​ ​a​ ​store-bought closet, a​ ​window,​ ​from​ ​which​ ​you​ ​can​ ​see​ ​clouds better than​ ​people. Happy?​ ​Unhappy? That's​ ​not​ ​relevant​ ​here. He​ ​still​ ​confided​ ​in​ ​his​ ​letters, He​ ​partook​ ​of​ ​life as​ ​if​ ​it​ ​were​ ​reusable: he​ ​sent​ ​his​ ​books​ ​to​ ​be​ ​bound; he​ ​wouldn't​ ​cross​ ​out​ ​the​ ​last​ ​names​ ​of​ ​the dead​ ​from his​ ​address​ ​book. And​ ​the​ ​trees​ ​he​ ​had​ ​planted​ ​in​ ​the​ ​garden behind the​ ​house grew​ ​for​ ​him​ ​as​ ​Juglans​ ​regia and​ ​Quercus​ ​rubra​​ ​and​ ​Ulmus​​ ​and​ ​Larix and​ ​Fraxinus​ ​excelsior. “A​ ​Great​ ​Man’s​ ​House.”​ ​From​ ​Poetry Magazine​ ​(Oct.​ ​1997)​ ​By​ ​Wislawa​ ​Szymborska ...
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