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For this journal, you’re going to have to do three things:
- Read your poet’s biographical information on Wikipedia and
- Take another close look at the poem you submitted for last week’s journal comment on this blog, then
- Add a comment to this post, similar to the example below
What events in your poet’s life may have inspired the creation of the poem you submitted last week? If you quote Wikipedia word-for-word, please supply a link to Wikipedia.
Here’s an example:
- “The Pied Piper of Hamlin”
- by Robert Browning
- Here’s my quoted stanza from last week: “…In Transylvania there’s a tribe/Of alien people who ascribe/The outlandish ways and dress/On which their fathers and mothers having risen/Out of some subterraneous prison…/So Willy, let me and you be wipers/Of scores out with all men–especially pipers!/And, whether they pipe us free from rats or from mice,/If we’ve promised them aught, let us keep our promise!”
- On Wikipedia, I read that Browning’s mother was an accomplished musician, and Browning inherited his mother’s talent. This may have inspired his creation of a musically talented trickster character, like the pied piper. However, I also learned that the fairy tale of the pied piper is much older than Browning himself. Wikipedia also says, “Robert’s father, a literary collector, amassed a library of around 6,000 books, many of them rare. Thus, Robert was raised in a household of significant literary resources.” So one might guess that he was exposed to the original fairy tale of the pied piper in his father’s library.
- Wikipedia Citation: “Robert Browning.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 April 2011. Web. 21 April 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Browning>