response essay to Fatigue by Louise Gluck

response essay to Fatigue by Louise Gluck - Kayla Murphy...

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Kayla Murphy ENGL 4000 Anderson/Brown-Spiers Assignment 1 In Louise Glück’s poem “Fatigue” the primal side of man is presented. Man, as he works the land struggling to survive, exposes the animalistic side that is so often hidden. All winter he sleeps. Then he gets up, he shaves- it takes a long time to become a man again, his face in the mirror bristles with dark hair. The opening stanza likens man to a bear awakening from hibernation. Emerging from dormancy, which lasted throughout the least prosperous time of year, the man awakens from his animal form. The syntax of the stanza is jilting, with many forced pauses. The first line “All winter he sleeps” is syntactically correct and in its brevity, offers the reader a dramatic glimpse into the life of man. Winter is not a time for life and productivity, but a period of retreat from the world. Such a succinct line simultaneously emphasizes the fact that this man spends half of his life sleeping. As the line stands alone, there is a dramatic finality in the opening statement, so that it seems to be a proclamation. From this drama, the reader is immediately transitioned into action. The following line “Then he gets up, he shaves-” offers no hints as to why the man is suddenly
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