Reaction 1 - Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF Mr. OBrien 13...

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Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF Mr. O’Brien 13 January 2010 “(Re)naissance” The tone of “(Re)naissance” is dark and melancholy. This is reflected in both the imagery and word choice. Examples of words that reflect the tone of the poem are, “meager”, “enraged”, “misery”, and “cursed.” The poem is situated in winter, contributing to the overall gloomy imagery. The author personifies snow by beginning, “Snow’s a gentle pillager: It sucks where we have no more rags to bind.” This imagery greatly increases the reader’s understanding of the situation of the peasants. The rough winter season has deeply affected the physical state of the peasants, which is implicated in the lines, “she is one of us, a peasant mindful of the body’s purpose: Be strong, survive.” “(Re)naissance” demonstrates the feebleness of the human body. This idea is cemented with the death of a female peasant at the conclusion of the poem. “F.A. Bridgetower Discovers Purposes for Fatherhood”
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Savoie during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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Reaction 1 - Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF Mr. OBrien 13...

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