poetry short lit n.
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Poetry/Short Lit. PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Poetry/Short Lit.

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 16

Poetry/Short Lit. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

Poetry/Short Lit. All selections relate to a writer’s insights about the role of human beings as stewards of Earth. As you read each piece, ask yourself:. What is the relationship of human beings with the biophysical environment?

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Poetry/Short Lit.' - felicia-munoz

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
poetry short lit

Poetry/Short Lit.

All selections relate to a writer’s insights about the role of human beings as stewards of Earth.

as you read each piece ask yourself
As you read each piece, ask yourself:
  • What is the relationship of human beings with the biophysical environment?
  • Do the technological advances of the last few centuries constitute an improvement for humankind


  • Are the innovations of the Industrial Revolution and technological modernity a slowly unfolding global catastrophe?
  • Intro Video


  • Usually associated with love/desire
  • Petrarchan/Italian: ABBA-ABBA-CDCDCD or
  • Shakespearean/English: ABAB-CDCD-EFEF-GG


  • Speaker reveals thoughts/feelings about an intensely felt idea or experience
  • Not always the poet
  • However, the speaker in Wordsworth’s sonnets has very similar thoughts/beliefs to the poet.
william wordsworth
William Wordsworth
  • Wordsworth Bio
  • Two sonnets we will study:
    • “The World is Too Much With Us”
    • “Steamboats, Viaducts, and Railways”
    • Both have revealing titles
the world is too much with us
“The World is Too Much With Us”
  • Italian sonnet form
  • TENSION!(Human behavior vs. Natural world)
  • Themes:
    • Humanity cheats itself by turning its back on nature.
    • Nature provides spiritual renewal.
poem analysis
Poem Analysis
  • Line 1:
    • “the world” = humanity, humankind
    • We are too caught up in our concern for the limited/limiting ways of people.
    • “late and soon” = human failing, human urgency
  • Line 2:
    • “Getting and spending” = multiple meanings

(reproductive and financial connotations), but definitely related to material/fiscal issues here


Lines 5-9:

    • Soul-destroying numbness
    • We can’t be “moved” by nature because we have “[lain] waste our powers”
    • VOLTA/TURN begins in line 8 – “we are out of tune”

but actually occurs in line 9. Can you find it?


Line 9-10:

    • Wishes to be a Pagan because he can be closer to nature, but this is not his first choice. He will only be “less forlorn.”
    • Paganism = animate the natural world/divine presence
    • Exclamation = tension between Christian era and Pagan past.

Line 13-14:

    • Lesser-known Greek gods are both associated with nature and the sea; shows intimate connection to nature
steamboats viaducts and railways
“Steamboats, Viaducts, and Railways”
  • Written in 1833 (later in his life and at the start of the Victorian period); his ideas about the world had shifted.
    • Youthful rebelliousness conservative opinions
    • Yearning for communion with nature faith in civilization’s progress
  • Often wrote poems about life experiences with English landscape. (The Lake Poet)
  • This poem shows different side of WW.

Modified Italian sonnet (switched up line 6 and 7 AND the last 6 lines’ rhyme scheme)

  • Used this sonnet to respond to the effects of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Sonnet form became “available” for use with multiple ideas/topics (not just love).
  • Theme:
    • The forms of human creation can sometimes be at odds with a poet’s aesthetics.
poem analysis1
Poem Analysis
  • Title is emblematic
  • Comparison: Auto industry transformed 20th Century America

Line 1:

    • “Motions and Means” – manmade devices
    • In speaking to “them,” he is apostrophizing.
  • Lines 1-5 have pauses in the middle (caesuras) which reinforce the tensions between human invention and the study of art and beauty. This form reflects the theme.
  • Unusual capitalizations throughout (l. 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12) – why?

Also discusses the importance of Time in bringing about understanding and appreciation for technological advances.

    • Everyone will come around!
  • Last word is “sublime,” which reflects his deep affinity for the aesthetics; awe-producing.
closing question
Closing Question
  • Has technology become more of a help or a handicap for our society?