Journal for Essay Two

Journal for Essay Two - 2. Sprig of lilac- also can...

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1 Stephanie Pham A. Shaw English 1102 September 29, 2010 Journal Entry for Essay Two Question: How does Whitman employ figurative language in “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom” to mourn and cope with Lincoln's death? Notes: Public poem to deal with private mourning elegy Extended metaphors throughout- lilac, bird, star, coffin 1. The lilacs are constantly mentioned throughout the poem- they are perennial and come back each spring. April is the month that Lincoln is assassinated, so Whitman sees the continual blooming of lilacs as a reminder of his death (contrasts the usual idea of spring being a time of happiness) “I mourn'd and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring” “I give you my sprig of lilac”- speaker places lilac on coffin- finality in mourning
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Sprig of lilac- also can represent Lincoln himself A sprig with its flower I break -parallels Lincoln's death 3. Lincoln is also referred to as the great star The great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night O western orb sailing the heaven' 4. Also mention of a bird throughout- a symbol of freedom 2 Solitary the thrush. of the bleeding throat, death's outlet song of life Sing on, sing on you gray brown bird I cease my song for thee 'How should I warble myself for the dead one there I loved? 5. Coffin- Lincoln only referred to as a coffin- no body Here, coffee that slowly passes, I give you my sprig of lilac Coffin that passes through lanes and streets...
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