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Rachel Schwarz Mr.O’Brien ENG 112-NF 10 February 2011 “Nomadia” The speaker of “Nomadia” is unmistakably George Bridgetower. The tone is reflective. Bridgetower is recounting his journey after he removes himself for the Royal Society of Musicians in1828 to “reside abroad.” He implies this when he says that he is “in search of pasture, a place to lie down in.” I get the sense that Bridgetower was desperate for an escape from the spotlight. En route to Rome, Bridgetower states, “Air, breathe me in. Take this thick heartache, this wily, gelatinous yearning and make me everywhere a nothingness.” Pressure of being famous has caused Bridgetower to want to remain anonymous, despite the fact that his dreams are dashed and his heart broken. Furthermore, Bridgetower has trouble finding his purpose in life now that he is not solely defined by music anymore. Bridgetower asks a series of questions including, “What’s left for this palm to cradle, these fingers to promenade?” and “What am I looking for? Why?” Bridgetower
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