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The Emperor of Ice Cream- Wallace Stevens Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. Let the wenches dawdle in such dress As they are used to wear, and let the boys Bring flowers in last month’s newspapers. Let be be finale of seem The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream. Take from the dresser of deal, Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet On which she embroidered fantails once And spread it so as to cover her face. If her horny feet protrude, they come To show how cold she is, and dumb. Let the lamp affix it’s beam The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream. Title-juxtaposed terms- gives power to something not-that-great o Oxymoron Listing a group of people to gather together for a party-the first stanza is an invitation to the party Elegy Curds- conglomerate milky substance (ice cream)- it’s so rich and flavorful, you’ll crave it and desire it “let be be finale of seem”- carpe diem- let things as they are be as they are- don’t treat this day as any diff- accept things as they are- eliminate the conditional/the appearance; let go of all the fantasies of a better life, etc, life is what it is the rooms change with each stanza (1-kitchen, 2-her room) “the only emperor is the emperor of ice cream- if that’s the only emperor you can think of, there is no other emperor- you live, or you die “let the lamp affix it’s beam”- the dead are actually dead; natural light or lamp of phil. OR spotlight on life & seizing the day and enjoying it while you can Easter 1916- Yeats I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. I have passed with a nod of the head Or polite meaningless words, Or have lingered awhile and said Polite meaningless words,
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And thought before I had done Of a mocking tale or a gibe To please a companion around the fire at the club Being certain that they and i But lived where motley is worn All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born. That woman’s days were spent In ignorant good will, Her nights in argument Until her voice grew shrill. What voice more sweet than hers When young and beautiful, She rode to harriers? This man had kept a school And rode our winged horse. This other his helper and friend Was coming into his force; He might have won fame in the end, So sensitive his nature seemed, So daring and sweet his thought. This other man I had dreamed A drunken, vain-glorious lout. He had done most bitter wrong To some who are near my heart, Yet I number him in the song; He, too, has resigned his part In the casual comedy; He too, has been changed in his turn. Transformed utterly:
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course ENGLISH 2401 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at UConn.

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