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Unformatted text preview: For the Union Dead - Robert Lowell Confessional poet: writing at the moment of a personal crisis Extremely autobiographical Alludes to: Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War II, Hiroshima, rock of ages. Celebrates the fallen soldiers of the civil war Background information 1963- assassinations of Medgar Evars and JFK 1968- assassinations of MLK and Robert Kennedy. Chicago convention free verse quatrain - 4 line stanzas Set in Boston before they have desegregated Motif: theme or dominant idea War Leitmotif: image, idea, sub-theme Fish and reptile Bubbles Ditch: emptiness Dryness Thin Hybrid verse: variable line length/ stable stanza length Emphasis on internal music Gem of Egypt - oxymoron Continuity of war Wants you to feel uncomfortable the old south boston aquarium stands in a sahara of snow now. - oxymoron. Asson- ance and consonance once my nose crawled like a snail on the glass; my hand tingled to burst the bubbles drifting from the noses of the cowed, compliant fish. Daddy - Sylvia Plath Confessional poet: writing at the moment of a personal crisis New England Ode 5 line stanzas, variable line length Reminiscent of a nursery rhyme Archetype of father Plath died at 30 (suicide) - put her head in an oven References to Jews and Nazis Dominant rhyme word is you Major analogy: comparing father to a nazi Al Alvarez- responsible for publishing Plaths work Ted Hughes- her husband. Tormented her but was her muse One interpretation of the poem is that her father was authoritarian but a decent man and Plath created the image of him as a nazi The Colossus - Sylvia Plath...
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