English.odt - Explication of \u201cThe Waking\u201d 1 Explication of \u201cThe Waking\u201d Amber Spaulding English 2 Assignment 1 James Madison High School

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Explication of “ The Waking” 1 Explication of “The Waking” Amber Spaulding English 2 Assignment 1 James Madison High School
Explication of “ The Waking” 2 Explication of “The Waking” The Waking is an enigmatic villanelle written in 1953, a year after Theodore Roethke got married. In it the poet puts fourth various ideas about life and how to live it, all within the traditional rhyming and iambic pentameter form. Theodore Roethke, hardly fits anyone’s image of the stereotypical high- minded poet of the 1940s through 1960s. Theodore Roethkes poetry is know for its exploration of ones self through reflection on family and nature. His mental illness also caused him to look in to the darkness from time to time, recording his inner life in personal poems. Growing up he spent much of his time with his father's garden and greenhouses and soil and plants and roots and things often turn up in his work. The waking contains a lot of symbolism and takes the reader into unexpected places; in both introspective and positive in its outlook.

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