3 years ago
Summary of Key Points Structure Free verse - a question and answer format. 6 questions in the first stanza are answered each in turn in the longer second stanza. Point of View Identities of the speakers are not made explicit but we infer that the questioner is somebody who doesn't understand the impact of the catastrophic was on the Viatnamese people. There is no empathy or compassion in his voice. The language is straightforward and unimaginative in comparison with that used by the second speaker. He is gathering information and could be some kind of American journalist. The second speaker seems to speak from experience and is probably Vietnamese. The questioner is referred to as 'Sir' - the formality of this address creates a distance between the speakers. There is a note of exasperation in the voice of the native speaker and replies to the questions are bitter. Imagery The opening stanza of questions highlight the finest, most gentle and cultivated aspects of Viatnamese life. Stone lanterns, ornaments, spirituality, laughter, poetry and song are subjects raised by the researcher. The speaker replies with figurative language and vivid images, suggesting a richer imagination than that of the reporter. Metaphors include hearts turned to stone as a result of the death of children. Contrast is a key feature of the poem. Within each reply, the past is evoked - such as people gathering to celebrate the spring - and this past is juxtaposed with the horrific wartime reality; "children were killed". A profound sense of loss results. Imagery associated with the use of napalm and burns - burned mouths and charred bones - emphasize the brutality of the war. "Remember" is repeated to reinforce the importance of memory; all that is left of a people destroyed by war in Levertov's poem. The simple rural way of life in described in the speaker's reply to the question about poetry. A strong sense of injustice is created by this reminder that superpowers used their might against 'peasants'. Subsequently, their voices, which sounded like song, were silenced and the poem ends with this thought. "It is silent now" Themes The brutality of war Ignorance of American society Ruin of a culture, people, way of life The beauty of Vietnam, its people and traditions Remembrance
9 years ago
Denise Levertov reads six poems from her later collections, three from EVENING TRAIN (1992) and three later included in her posthumously published collection SANDS OF THE WELL (1998). This is an extract from an hour-long reading she gave for the Lannan Foundation in Los Angeles on 7 December 1993. The poems are: 'Settling', 'Open Secret', 'Tragic Error', 'The Danger Moment', 'A Gift' and 'For Those Whom the Gods Love Less', three of which were also included in her SELECTED POEMS (New Directions, 2002), which was published in Britain as NEW SELECTED POEMS (Bloodaxe Books, 2003): http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=1852246537 Denise Levertov (1923-97) was born in Essex, and educated at home by her father, a Russian Jewish immigrant, who became an Anglican priest, and by her Welsh mother. In 1948, she emigrated to America, where she was acclaimed by Kenneth Rexroth in The New York Times as 'the most subtly skilful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving,' and during the following decades she became 'a poet who may just be the finest writing in English today' (Kirkus Reviews). Throughout her life, she worked also as a political activist, campaigning tirelessly for civil rights and environmental causes, and against the Vietnam War, the Bomb and US-backed regimes in Latin America. This video is copyright Lannan Foundation 1994 and posted on YouTube with the permission of the Lannan Foundation.
9 months ago
An introduction to the personalities and works of poets Levertov and Olson. Levertov discusses her reasons for being a poet and her methods of work, while Olson describes his concept of open-verse composition.
3 years ago
A movement from my Sonata for Two Clarinets and Piano employed to accompany a poem by Richard Wilbur. Love Calls Us to the Things of This World by Richard Wilbur The eyes open to a cry of pulleys, And spirited from sleep, the astounded soul Hangs for a moment bodiless and simple As false dawn. Outside the open window The morning air is all awash with angels. Some are in bed-sheets, some are in blouses, Some are in smocks: but truly there they are. Now they are rising together in calm swells Of halcyon feeling, filling whatever they wear With the deep joy of their impersonal breathing; Now they are flying in place, conveying The terrible speed of their omnipresence, moving And staying like white water; and now of a sudden They swoon down into so rapt a quiet That nobody seems to be there. The soul shrinks From all that it is about to remember, From the punctual rape of every blessèd day, And cries, “Oh, let there be nothing on earth but laundry, Nothing but rosy hands in the rising steam And clear dances done in the sight of heaven.” Yet, as the sun acknowledges With a warm look the world’s hunks and colors, The soul descends once more in bitter love To accept the waking body, saying now In a changed voice as the man yawns and rises, “Bring them down from their ruddy gallows; Let there be clean linen for the backs of thieves; Let lovers go fresh and sweet to be undone, And the heaviest nuns walk in a pure floating Of dark habits, keeping their difficult balance.”
8 years ago
A quick video covering some of the main points from this poem taken from the AQA anthology of Poetry from Different Cultures. Apologies for the lack of videos over the last six months - it's been extremely busy at Millthorpe School! Check out part two...
11 months ago
Rio Ferdinand's wife, Rebecca, died of breast cancer in 2015. The former England football captain reveals how hard he's found life without her and how he has struggled to cope with his grief. Watch Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad on BBC One at 21:00 on Tuesday 28 March.
9 years ago
I made this video because my English teacher couldn't find one that was completely true to the poem and complete. Please comment and rate =]. There are some graphic images in this video, so please be warned. This poem is studied by year ten students completing a GCSE course on poetry from different cultures. The poem of in cluster one of the AQA Anthology.
3 years ago
This video contains all the analysis you need to achieve perfect marks in your GCSE English poetry exam for What Were They Like? By Denise Levertov. The video outlines all the perfect mark analysis of form, structure and analysis you will need to help you revise for your exam to help you achieve the very top result. Thanks for watching! Please subscribe and then keep revising: register for HUNDREDS of FREE videos covering English, Maths and Science for GCSE and A-Level revision at http://tuitionkit.com
6 years ago
In 'Honour Killing', taken from her 2001 collection I Speak For the Devil, Imtiaz Dharker - who describes herself as a 'cultural mongrel ... a Scottish Muslim Calvinist, brought up in a Lahori household in Glasgow' takes on the vexed twin subjects of religion and identity
8 years ago
A quick video covering some of the main points from this poem taken from the AQA anthology of Poetry from Different Cultures. Apologies for the lack of videos over the last six months - it's been extremely busy at Millthorpe School!
7 years ago
"Place" and "Blueberries After Dark" - written and read by W.S. Merwin, U.S. Poet Laureate, on May 2, 2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "PLACE" On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree what for not for the fruit the tree that bears the fruit is not the one that was planted I want the tree that stands in the earth for the first time with the sun already going down and the water touching its roots in the earth full of the dead and the clouds passing one by one over its leaves ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "BLUEBERRIES AFTER DARK" So this is the way the night tastes one at a time not early or late my mother told me that I was not afraid of the dark and when I looked it was true how did she know so long ago with her father dead almost before she could remember and her mother following him not long after and then her grandmother who had brought her up and a little later her only brother and then her firstborn gone as soon as he was born she knew ~ W.S. Merwin