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Kurt McPherson
Discussion 11/11
Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:25pm
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It is hard for me to like poetry, but these had a little more detail, that gave me chills and a feeling of personal experience. When I read the poem, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” by Emily Dickinson really was the one that put me in this feeling of life and death. It made me ask a few questions, such as why is she feeling this way? And why is death passing by her, and when will I experience something like this? This poem definitely sent me on a philosophical ride, because I felt the death passing by me just in the syntax and diction. “Stopping by The Woods on a Snowy Evening,” put me in the times when I would go to my lake house. I envisioned myself walking the abundance of trails with my dog McGee. I actually like these kinds of poems because whether or not I get the intense symbolism and meaning, I can always apply it to my own personal experience and taste. I think everyone needs time to them-self and the woods is always a quiet peaceful place to do just that. I feel like the speaker and I had the same feelings and passion that nature has to offer, even though I feel I missed a little of the meaning, this poem means a lot to me. I have an ambivalent feeling about “The Red Wheelbarrow.” I would rather read poems about life experiences and stories, other than a detailed description of a work object. Then I started to see something within the words that I never really think about. How hard would life be without some of the things that we take for granted. A wheelbarrow can make a two or three man job, a one person job. It really made me start to think about and appreciate all of the things that we have in life, not just that but the detail of those things. Running water, heat, cars, saws, and all kinds of elements, luxuries, and tools that we use often aren’t appreciated until we have them. I feel that this is the message the author was sending. How often do we stop and look around, not just at detail, but what we have, and what makes life easier. As for other poems that I have seen in the book, the one that I truly appreciate is one that we have already reviewed and discussed. O’ Captain My Captain by Walt Whitman. I like how there is a symbol of history and significance to this poem. Anything about Abe Lincoln, or historical figures in that matter are always welcome to me. If anything else like O’ Captain My Captain is in this book, I thoroughly recommend that to be shared with the class.

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