I have Dreamed of you so much

I have Dreamed of you so much 

I Have Dreamed of You so Much

I have dreamed of you so much that you are no longer real.

Is there still time for me to reach your breathing body, to kiss your mouth and make
your dear voice come alive again?I have dreamed of you so much that my arms, grown used to being crossed on my
chest as I hugged your shadow, would perhaps not bend to the shape of your body.
For faced with the real form of what has haunted me and governed me for so many
days and years, I would surely become a shadow.O scales of feeling.I have dreamed of you so much that surely there is no more time for me to wake up.
I sleep on my feet prey to all the forms of life and love, and you, the only one who
counts for me today, I can no more touch your face and lips than touch the lips and
face of some passerby.I have dreamed of you so much, have walked so much, talked so much, slept so much
with your phantom, that perhaps the only thing left for me is to become a phantom
among phantoms, a shadow a hundred times more shadow than the shadow the
moves and goes on moving, brightly, over the sundial of your life.

By: Robert Desnos

This poem is all about a man who is head over heals for this women that is in his dreams. Maybe this women was his wife at one time and she has passed away, and now he is dreaming of there times together. This poem really stuck out to me because finding this type of love for someone is hard to come by in this day in age. There was an amazing amount of imagry that  as used through out and a great amount of hope that slowly fades away. I choose this photo because when i was reading this poem this is the image i got in my head of a beautiful couple that could only be together in a fairy tail. I think there is a underlying story behind this poem and i would love to hear your thought about this poem.

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My Guardian Angel By: Katherine Sammons

My Guardian Angel   

I know your there
Watching over me
Whispering in my ear how much you loved me.
Seeing you in my dreams
Is like a book that never was told.
The memories are stuck deep
Within my heart.
Kissing balloons and sending them up
When I was tiny to show the love I had for you.
I miss you more than ever.
Now that I am older
My heart has began to imagine
What it would have been like.
If u were still here.
But I know your safe deep within the clouds of heaven.
I will always love you
And one day I will show you!

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Work Analysis

The history of Valentine’s Day - Geoffrey Chaucer

http://www.swide.com/art-culture/society/the-history-of-valentine-day/2014/02/13

History of Geoffrey Chaucer:

Geoffrey Chaucer was a well known English poet he was born in London, England in 1340. The Canterbury Tale series is unfinished and this is his life’s work in which he is best known for. According to the article i read about Geoffrey that he had attended St. Paul’s Cathedral  were he became influenced in writing and poetry. He became a public Servant in 1357 and later joined the army in which he fought in the the Hundred year war with France. During the war he was captured at Rethel and with Chaucer having royal connections with King Edward III, the King helped with paying the ransom so he could be let free. “After Chaucer’s release, he joined the Royal Service, traveling throughout France, Spain and Italy on diplomatic missions throughout the early to mid 1360s. In 1366, Chaucer married Philippa Roet, the daughter of Sir Payne Roet, and the marriage conveniently helped further Chaucer’s career in the English court.” Quoted from my first source.King Edward III made Chaucer one of his enquirers in 1368. After this promotion from the King it advanced Chaucer and Philippa in there ranks. During 1370 to 1377 he went on a diplomatic mission in Genoa and Florence in order to establish an English port in the  city of Genoa. During this time while he was in Genoa and Florence he became familiarized on the work of Dante and Petrarch Italian poets while he was traveling through Italy.”In 1377 and 1388, Chaucer engaged in yet more diplomatic missions, with the objectives of finding a French wife for Richard II and securing military aid in Italy. Busy with his duties, Chaucer had little time to devote to writing poetry, his true passion. In 1385 he petitioned for temporary leave.” Also quoted from my first source, In 1387, Philippa passed away and Chaucer decided to stop working for the royalty and to go back to public services to work.

The Parliament of Fowls is a series of poems that were written over many years and to this day it can not be determined when exactly all the poems were written. Many believe that his series was not finished because things were missing. I personally looked at the poem, The Legend of Good Women poem and did some analysis. Many scholars believe that this poem was written during the time period when Chaucer was on the mission to find Richard II s wife, Anne of Bohemia. Chaucer used a different type of format in the Legend of Good Women by using small narratives throughout this poem to tell the story.

The English poet died in London, England on October 25,1400. Chaucer was  60 years old and died of unknown causes an was buried in Westminster Abby. The headstone that was placed to represent the burial place of Chaucer is in the middle and is known as Poet’s Corner. There were  many other poets that were later buried here with Chaucer to honor them.


My response to these poems. First the Parliament of Fowls

Should they be read strictly as birds? Should they be read as stand-ins for, or allegorical figures of, human beings? How does reading them specifically as birds, or specifically as bird representations of humans, change how we can interpret the poem’s meaning?

This poem that Chaucer has written has a very deep underlying meaning to it. I believe that he was having problems with finding his soul mate he wanted to find love. He choose to use birds as the character in the poem, I think to steer the reader into thinking that this poem was not about him. I think the birds should be strictly read as humans and as a symbol of how love should be between two. In my opinion the birds represent humans in a way that he saw people and how their actions are with one another. When reading this as the birds being the humans it gives the impression that Chaucer wants to find love and by saying birds are just birds it would change the meaning of the poem to him dreaming/studying a birds way of mating. Chaucer had a reason to write this beautiful poem but we will never no his exact intentions.

What kind of ending does the “Parliament of Fowls” have? Can it be considered a happy ending? Is it an unhappy ending? Or is it too ambiguous to decide?

“And with the showtynge whan hir song was do,

That foules made at her flight away,

I wooke, and other bookes toke me to,

To red upon, and yet I rede always,

I hope, iwis, to rede so, someday,

That I shal mete some thyng for to far

The bet, and thus to rede I nyl not spare.”

I think this poem has a happy ending to some and an upsetting ending for many. The majority of the birds found there soul mates at the end of the dream and are very happy, but what about the rest of the eagles that could not find there special mate. The end of the poem gives me sadness that this one bird is still looking for their match. Looking at humans this is what happens people look all their lives for that special someone to be a part of their lives and some find them and others just keep looking hoping and praying one will come along. I believe this is what Chaucer wanted to reveal to the public that love can be a hard thing to find and keep but once you have it hold on to it.

Then the second Legend of Good Women:

Think about the legends and the notions of “women’s honor”, “women’s strength”, and “women’s heroism.” How does Chaucer characterize these things in his female figures and their stories? Give a specific quote or set of quotes in support of your claims.

“This blade may ful wel y-songen be,

As is have seyd erst, by my lady free,

For certeynly alle these mow nat

            suffyse

To apperen with my lady I no wyse.

For as the sonne wol the fyr disteyne,

So passeth al my lady sovereyne,

That is so good, so fair, so debonaire,

I prey to God that ever fake his faire!

For, nadde comfort been for hir

            Presence,”

This is just one example of how the LOGW honor the mans lady to be superior over the rest of the women in the town. This is part of a song the man wrote in honor of his lady talking about how wonderful she is and that she above everything. The man gives this women strength and describe her as beautiful dressed in green with a crown around her golden bright locks of hair. Chaucer describes the women as morally good and something that can only be touched when it comes to love. This poem was beautiful but at times I felt it was difficult because Chaucer also gave a lot of power to the men also.


These poems are all very important t have a better understand of Geoffrey Chaucer and the type of man he was All of the poems written by Chaucer had to do with Love and Christianity. These poems helped the world to be introduced to what we now kow to be Valentines Day!!!


1.”Geoffrey Chaucer.” Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.

2.http://www.bartleby.com/40/0101.html

3.Elizabeth Hayes Smith. Kissel, Adam ed. “The Book of the Duchess and Other Poems The Parliament of Fowls, Proem (Lines 1-119) Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 16 March 2008 Web. 24 February 2015.

Edmund Spenser, “Sonnet 77” from Amoretti

“Was it a dreame, or did I see it playne?
A goodly table of pure yvory,
All spred with juncats fit to entertayne
The greatest prince with pompous roialty:
Mongst which, there in a silver dish did ly
Two golden apples of unvalewd* price,
Far passing those which Hercules came by,
Or those which Atalanta did entice;
Exceeding sweet, yet voyd of sinfull vice;
That many sought, yet none could ever taste;
Sweet fruit of pleasure, brought from Paradice
By Love himselfe, and in his garden plaste.
Her brest that table was, so richly spredd;
My thoughts the guests, which would thereon have fedd.”

Last wendesday during class we did a deep reading on a poem within our groups. My group chose to do Edmund Spensers, “Sonnet 77” from Amoretti. I did a deep reading on the first four lines of this poem. The WAS is in past tense a DREAM which is a noun. The OR is a big part of the first line because it is a option was it something he saw or only imagined in his dream? The word SEE is a verb that help with the choice provided. Moving down to the secound line A means one, GOODLY is a adjective that is used to describe the figure(TABLE). I had a heard time understanding what this line truely ment because i thought YVORY was just a color but i was wrong. I went online and did some research, it is a hard creamy white material that is made of elephant and walruses tusks. The table that is described in the poem is made from this and it isPURE. The third line the word ALL is an adjective that describe that SPRED composed of JUNCATS. Juncats is a sweet custard like sweet made with milk these desserts where placed all over this table. The word FIT is a Idioms and ENTERTAYNE is a verb which is giving the table reason with all the juncats. The last line GREATEST PRINCE, greatest is a adjective describeing the prince(noun). POMPOUS is an adjective that descibe the princes royalty. Pompous means a display of dignity and importance.

This exercise that i did during our class really benefited me greatly i feel as if only by these first four lines i have a better understanding of the poem than i ever thought i would have gotten. When you continue to do deep reading on the rest of this poem you will begin to really understand. Also doing some research on  Atlanta and Hercules will also benefit your understanding.

Dreams

“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.”

By: Langston Hughes

I choose this poem because i think it holds a very important message for anyone that reads it. This poem is about dreams and how important they are to living your life to the fullest. The beginning of the poem is telling you to never give up or throw your dreams away, because life with out dreams is not living. This holds a very important spot in my heart because i am a strong believer that if you want to do something in your life than you need to everything in your power to make your dreams come true. The ending of this 8 line poem is telling that when an opportunity to follow your dreams comes up to take it and go for it. I absolutely love how Langston compared life to a broken winged bird because with out having goals in your life is there really any reason to live? Dreams are very important to be happy and to have hope to have the best life.

Caedmon’s Hymn

This poem is an Old English poem that was written in honor of God the almighty. Above is the Old English version of this poem which i find is very beautiful compared to the Modern day English version.

Caedmon lived around 687 B.C and was a Celtic herdsman. This poem is one of the oldest known poems in our English Language. Bede, an Old English monk translated Caedmon’s Hymn in Latin, he also wrote it in, “Historica Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum”. The original poem had no name and I think that it was because the writer wanted to let his/her words speak for there self’s. The words are so powerful in the poem about god and heaven. The importance of not having a title allowed the reader to comprehend and use there own form of context to understand the poem. I believe this helps the poems case in which each reader can experience the poem in their own way. I think that this poem has an edge to it. Bede later tell us that Caedmon “fittingly was accustomed to making songs”. Which in my mind is that he was a very good musician and loved to play and or make music. Later the editor was the one who decided that this  old poem needed a name in which he decided it be known as “Caedmon’s Hymn”. The editor decided to call it a hymn because in his point of view (mine included), was a religious song praising god by Caedmon himself. I do agree that this was a good decision the editor made in calling it a hymn. When I was reading the poem out loud to myself I felt like I was signing to the lord almighty. The editor and I have made assumption that this poem was intended to be some type of religious song that needed to heard. When I heard the Old English original version of the “Caedmon’s Hymn” it was very elegant and beautiful.

The book, “From Old English to Standard English”, second edition by: Dennis Freeborn, describes how English has changed and how still to this day that the use of the bible is the best way to translate Old English text. There were many different stages to what we know today to be Old English there was first brought to Britain and then was apart of the Angelo Saxon period. The writing system during this time period was known as Runes, which are carving in wood or stone by Northern Europe. “Before the coming of the Anglo-Saxons, the majority of the population of Britain spoke Celtic languages. In Roman Britain, Latin had been used extensively as the language of government and the military and probably also in other functions.” quoted from my 4th scholarly resource. There were only a few words that were taken from the Celtic Language and many elements from Latin. The Anglo-Saxons where very big into Christianity which was apart of the sixth and seventh centuries. Christianity had a huge impact on cultural importance. Many of our surviving documents of Old English is mediated through the church and many of the works have to do with religion example Caedmon’s Hymn. This ties back to my previous topic as why Bede rewrote Caedmon’s Hymn in Latin and this is because during this time Latin Christianity was very significant in this time period of the English Language. Distinguishing features that can be pointed out is the  set of verbs, nouns, adjectives, and pronouns and how they are used to explain and describe things on paper.

“Now let me praise the keeper of Heaven’s kingdom,
The might of the Creator, and his thought,
The work of the Father of glory, how each of wonders
The Eternal Lord established in the beginning.
He first created for the sons of men
Heaven as a roof, the holy Creator,
Then Middle-earth the keeper of mankind,
The Eternal Lord, afterwards made,
The earth for men, the Almighty Lord.”

This is the modern day English version of Caedmon’s Hymn. Looking at modern day English version of this poem you can see that there is not a rhyming scheme present in this version as there is in the Old English version. In my opinion this version is still beautiful but the flow of the poem does not compare to the Old English version.

This is my analysis of this Old English poem. This time period there were many things happening in this world. There are probably many different factors that were apart of this time in our history when the English language was discovered. My research on this time period in our history really helped me to understand how the English has evolved into what we know now!

See more at: http://allpoetry.com/Caedmon%27s-Hymn#sthash.o1wcacm5.dpuf

1)http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/caedmons-hymn-summary-themes-quiz.html

2)History of the English language [Video file]. (1990). In Films On Demand. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=5112&xtid=2820

3)From Old English to Standard English,Dennis Freeborn,University of Ottwa Press, 1998, Pages 479

4)http://public.oed.com/aspects-of-english/english-in-time/old-english-an-overview/

Poetic Analysis of Authors Dreame

 What does feminist mean?
Feminist are  women that strongly believe that the advocacy of women’s rights are based on political, social, and economic equality to men. When reading our course reading on the feminist theory it really brought to my attention how important it was during this time period when this poem was written by Aemilia Lanyer. Refer to Lenses: Perspectives on Literature- Second Edition pg.189-196

The poem, “The Author’s Dream” does suggest that this work is pro-woman. After reading and understanding the terms from, “Lenses” I felt I had a better understanding of what Aemeli Lanyer wanted to express in her poem. Lanyer suggest that women have power over others by referring to them as goddesses she used names like Aurora (goddess of dawn), Lady Mae (goddess of spring and flowers),  Bellona (goddess of war and wisdom), Joves (queen of gods). Here is one example as how much power women are given in this poem,

“That being dead, his fame doth him survive,

Still living in the hearts of worthy men;

Pale Death is dead, but he remains alive,

Whose dying wounds restor’d him life agen.

 

And this faire earthly goddesse which you see,

Bellona and her virgins doe attend;

In virtous studies of Divinitie,

Her pretious time continually doth spend.”

Bellona came to Sidney(Lady Mary’s Brother) rescue and saved his life. She is now a Heroic Figure for this poem, as we continue reading this poem Bellona is considered as a “beauteous soule” and “to have a blessed spirit full of holy love”. She is rewarded by having a place in heaven and on earth she has a double life for her heroic actions.

There are many phrases and words that are used to describe women in a flattering way. The word beauteous (beautiful) is used very frequently though out. Other powering words that are used are, “honored”, “sweet delight”, “grace”, “light”, I found all these words used many times throughout the poem and they were either describing or giving power to these women. Aemilia I believe tries to make the women in this poem to act as very beautiful and heroic figures to those beneath them. There is a sense of community between all the women in this poem they all have different jobs but are all trying to help and do for the good. Looking at poetic elements Aemilia used a rhyming scheme where the ends of the line would rhyme it was ABAB, CDCD,EFEF, and so forth through out. She also did a very good job with imagery i felt as if i was in the poem the entire time knowing what was happening and how things appeared. The poem Authors Dreame was to provide women with major roles in Christian Values through history and for women to be strong and powerful. During this poem i noticed that the poem is in a females point of veiw and during this time period women did not have much power. i came to the conclusion that Aemilia was one that dreamed that one day women would be treated as equal to men and have a part in this world.

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