Reaction 4 - Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 27 January 2011...

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Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 27 January 2011 “Vienna Spring” Spring has the connotation of delight and fresh beginnings. Spring could be compared to the relationship between Ludwig and George, a relationship that has just begun to bloom. “Vienna Spring” gives insight into Ludwig’s first mental perceptions of George. The speaker of the piece is Ludwig and the tone can be described as excited and in astonished. Ludwig describes George as a “lunatic angel” and his “mulatto musician/magician.” Ludwig uses the simile “he climbs the strings agile as the monkeys from his father’s land” to illustrate George’s skill as a musician. The reference to an animal is almost appropriate because Ludwig views George as exotic and wild. Interestingly the majority of the poem indicates that George was the source of inspiration for Ludwig to continue creating music. In the first stanza of the poem, Ludwig labels his violin as a “tiny, querulous beast,” implying that playing his violin was bothersome and irritating. Yet,
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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 4 - Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 27 January 2011...

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