Unformatted text preview: 05.05 ANALYZING 20TH CENTURY POETRY
Gabrielle Ben-Zaken Carl Sandburg “Fog”
This is a small poem that contains 21 words. Fog embodies a cat. Including the
traits, such as silence, and how it appears out of nowhere. The cat slowly arrives
similar to how fog does.
This ties in because back then it wasn’t as easy as it is now to predict the weather.
People were left in the shadows and often astonished by the last minute weather
they would receive. Just like the weather, cats are super mysterious and do as
they please without giving notice. Its unpredictable to assume their next
movement, whether it’s the cat or the fog, it can disappear within moments. Continued
The way this was influenced by the 20th century is shown by the descriptive words
in this poem, it gives you a hint that things weren’t going too well back then and
how tragic events slowly creeped up on the citizens. One main thing being the
democracy back then. He portrayed that as fog, how it can appear out of nowhere
and cause some fright. Robert Frost “Mending Wall”
This poem was a way of showing a man’s attempt to be a good neighbor. Frost at
the time was living in England with his family. The poem was inspired by his
neighbor, Napoleon Guay, his first impression was when doing his routine repairs
on the walls to separate the farms. Frost in a sense questioned the “american
I believe mending wall has a lot to do with the wars during the 20th century, as
Frost and his neighbor were separated by a barrier being the fence, these
countries were at war and they were separated by a boarder. However a border
didn't have to mean war, Frost’s neighbor Napoleon became amazing friends.
Therefore, I do believe his approach with this poem has a load to do with the
tension from the wars during that time period and the meaning of freedom. ...
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