22 Matching Annotations
  1. Dec 2016
    1. “The repairs are not done at home, and I cannot possibly leave town just now. Of course if you were in any danger, I could and would, but you really are better, dear, whether you can see it or not. I am a doctor, dear, and I know. You are gaining flesh and color, your appetite is better, I feel really much easier about you.”

      The fact that he takes into account her current fear of being in danger implies his disbelief and further proves this not only doctor to patient relationship, but also men to women funnel of "knowledge" within the context or historical perspective of the story.

  2. Oct 2016
    1. Rock and no water and the sandy road

    2. walked among the lowest of the dead.

    3. From satin

    4. Here is no water but only rock

      This obsession with "rock" and "water" can be tied to images of nature and a state of constant flow to dry and cracked. If this section or book lacks water, then it lacks flow and a substance it needs for survival in a natural sense. Again, we are faced with imagery of death in a metaphor.

    5. Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.

      A reference to the cards that were drawn within the first book, as well as the line implying that great things that once were, are fading,

    6. Burning burning burning burning

      This is the only line that might have related to the "fire" within his sermon title. As well as the images that surfaced prior to this "book."

    7. From satin

      The beginning of this line correlates with the constant image of "flames," "smoke," "fiery," "firelight," etc. "From satin" appears to be a reference towards Lucifer himself in relation to this woman that is sitting in her chair, "like a burnished throne."

    8. Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,

      Branching off the imagery prior to this line, it seems as though the speaker is fixated on the "unreal city" in relation to the death that has "undone" the people of this city. I would think that the "sighs" are short and infrequent due to the fact that the people are surrounded by sorrow and sadness, unable to feel any bit of relief or calming state.

  3. Sep 2016
    1. Happy

      Is the speaker unable to truly be happy at this point? He or she does not appear to be able to finish the sentence with "all the time."

    2. Left

      Does this "leaving," or repetition of the word "left" point towards this person named at the beginning of the piece?

    3. stay

      Why the indecisiveness of wanting philip to come, then go and possibly stay?

    1. He

      I am wondering whether or not this is the horse which the speaker/narrator also seems to have insight on the thoughts of this animal and his curiosity as to why the speaker is stopping in the middle of no where to look at deep, dark, woods.

    2. dark

      It is difficult to choose one word within this piece, though I do believe "dark" is one word in the poem of importance, as it is not only repeated which points to it's significance, but also representative of the mystical and "dark" nature of the poem and the woods which draw the speaker to view as they "fill up with snow" on the "darkest evening of the year."

    3. sigh

      I would say that even though the speaker took the "road less traveled by," and claims that it "has made all the difference," the incorporation of "sigh" might hint at his curiosity as to what the other road might have lead to in terms of success, happiness, fulfillment, joy etc.

    1. Tragedy

      It struck me within line 10 and 11 that the author began with a negative word, followed by six words of positive nature, only to conclude with another negative word. He mentions patterns, although it could be mere random coincidence.

    1. regretfully

      The man consistently raises his drink up throughout the poem, yet sadness is conveyed through the word choice following his final raise of his jug. This act appears to normally be a cheerful and social inclination that is now a "regretful" action.

    2. loneliness

      This image or feeling of being lonely reoccurs more than once in this piece, as it becomes somewhat clear that the narrator or man within the story might imply that although there once was a time when loneliness wasn't an issue, it is now.

    1. Great men before great monuments express great truths, provided they are not taken too solemnly. Adams never tired of quoting the supreme phrase of his idol Gibbon, before the Gothic cathedrals: “I darted a contemptuous look on the stately monuments of superstition.”

      This entire perspective on "great monuments" is quite clever and relatable. The great truth from the great men is only as great provided they do not take the great monument so seriously. Witty and wise outlook.

    1. From the oak turned to a wall

      I came back to appreciate this line as it struck me upon reading the poem once more. The narrator acknowledges the fact that there will/might be an issue in our ecological perspective among the rest of our flaws as human beings on this planet. We destroy miles and miles of trees or "oak" to make room for man made structures. "They Lion" grows because we feed it our flaws and destructive methods of living.

    2. They feed they Lion and he comes.

      I thought the author's choice to repeat "they lion grow" up until the concluding line was useful in depicting the image, as the final line was altered to reveal the fact that all of the happenings within this flawed society have finally led to it's inevitable self-destruction.

  4. Aug 2016
    1. Kiss My Ass

      Was unsure of the need for the capitalization of "Kiss My Ass" in relation to "West Virginia," though it does aid in conveying the anger or resentment felt throughout this poem.