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Unformatted text preview: 05.05 Analyzing 20th Century Poetry By: Efren J Negrete Carl Sandburg “Fog” The fog comes on little cat feet It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on This short poem is full of details and beauty. Fog is personified in the image of a cat. They both have the same characteristics such as unexpected silence, and quietly arriving without warning. As a cat soundlessly creeps on a window ledge, so does fog roll in unexecptedly over the city How does this tie in ? In the twentieth century, it was very difficult to accurately predict the weather. People were often kept in the dark and surprised by weather events throughout the days. Sandburg gives weather a personality of its own, just as each little cat acts a different way. Cities in that time were loud, dirty, and harsh, but a quiet foggy night while the city slept gives off a peaceful image. Cats also exhibit a calm peaceful manner just as the fog portrays the same image. Just like cats, fog can be very mysterious because one minute it's there and the next minute it's gone. This popular metaphor can still be identified even today. Snowy Woodland Woods are a restful, dark, and is a deep place in nature. Full of wildlife, tree's dressed in snow, and peaceful vibes. “ Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening” by Robert Frost In the twentieth, as is today, there is always the pull between work and rest. The horse represents civilized life, as the beast pulls away the man from the beautiful, quiet, restful night. Today, cars line the streets, although frost uses a horse, which was the standard of both work and transportation in the previous times. Back then, night were darker, and the crickets were louder, as street lights and rushing traffic plague the once open terrain today. It is hard to encounter this sort of silence experienced in the poem, due to the continuous rush we live in. This poem presents a challenge people of all centuries have faced, the continuous pull between admiring the beauty of this world, and the daily grind life throws at us everyday. ...
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