Formal Feelings- Villanelle Sestina

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Unformatted text preview: some such par t of the soil of China is given up to ancestral t ombs is (by the way) not tr ue.” [Empson’s not e] final, prolonged illness of Thomas’s father. Formal Feelings: Villanelle & Sestina Missing Dates by William Empson (1940) Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. It is not the effort nor the failure tires. The waste remains, the waste remains and kills. It is not your system or clear sight that mills Down small to the consequence a life requires; Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. They bled an old dog dry yet the exchange rillsº streams Of young dog blood gave but a month's desires. The waste remains, the waste remains and kills. It is the Chinese tombs and the slag hills Usurp the soil, and not the soil retires. 1 Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. Not to have fire is to be a skin that shrills. The complete fire is death. From partial fires The waste remains, the waste remains and kills. It is the poems you have lost, the ills From missing dates, at which the heart expires. Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. 1. The Waking by Theodore Roethke (1953) I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear....
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2010 for the course ENGLISH 196-235-20 taught by Professor Dickey during the Winter '10 term at UCLA.

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