Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Haunting of 124.

There is a constant supernatural element that is present throughout the book. Beginning early in the book, before the reasoning is even made clear to the readers. The ghost is always kncking something over, shattering things, or leaving her handprints in the cake. "For a baby she throws a powerful spell." The ghost has driven anyone away from Denver and Sethe as well as the house. The older brothers left after the ghosts hand prints appeared, and then Suggs died of depression. Sethe wonders "who would have thought that a little old baby could harbor so much rage?"and I just wanna scream "you murdered her!?!" This becomes frustrating to be, not only cause chapter one is confusing until you re read it know what is going on, but because Sethe does not seem to get it. Denver can barley stand her mother, she only does because shes her only friend because the community shuns them. The ghost almost killed the dog, gouged its eye out of socket and i don't feel like she is freaking out appropriately. She could leave if she really wanted to, but she leaves the ghost be and Denver treats it like a friend.
There are times where the family is literally in dangered by this ghost- it tried to throw a table so Paul D yelled at it and Denver pouted because it was her only friend.
Though out the book the supernatural is always causing problems, Sethe was even choked in the clearing, where she though she was safe.
I just don't understand, I would get out.

Lets talk about Beloved.

The book in general was difficult to read. I had to keep notes about certain characters and facts so I wouldn't forget. One note said "baby Suggs, is not a baby."
Beloved required a lot of in depth focus. One instance, was when Sethe went out to the clearing to talk to Baby Suggs, well her ghost. After Paul D goes on his rant about Halle, Sethe takes Denver and Beloved to the clearing to seek comfort. The way there she is reflecting on her time with Amy Denver, and her arrival at 124. She blames herself for Suggs depression, and wishes she hadnt caused problems. She calls for Baby Suggs and begins to feel her massaging her neck, the calming touch of her mother in law calmed her. However the clam touch quickly turned deadly when Sethe realizes she is being choked. Denver becomes very distraught and accuses Beloved of choking her mother. Beloved defends herself by saying it was the "circle of iron"
What exactly does she mean by "circle of iron?" The first thing that comes to mind is slavery.
I also wonder, where was Baby Suggs? Did she know who was choking her?
In my past blog I described why "124 was spiteful" but it wasn't always like that. When Baby Suggs lived there before her depression the house was alive with good spirits, now its haunted by all sorts of spirits

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Beloved #2

"124 was spiteful"
The introduction of the book was very interesting. The house is described as spiteful, or angry before the reader even knows what the house has to be angry or spiteful about. Later, the reader finds out that Beloved is angry about her mother abandoning her, and haunts the house out of spite for her murder. Denver is also upset with her grandmother for dying and leaving her with her mother whom she is even more upset with. Early on in the book Denver shows her spite for her mother and blames her for the neighborhood shunning them "it's not the house. It's us! and it's you!" (17) Denver becomes even more upset when Paul D comes to stay with them at 124 because she feels even more excluded, her only friends were her mother and her ghost which Paul D takes away from her. After Paul D tells the ghost to go away, Denver goes outside to eat her biscuit and jam - alone. Throughout the book Denver struggles with spite for her mother fueled by her feeling of abandonment. She continues to be upset with Paul D for staying there because it takes away the attention she gets from her mother, and eventually starts a fight between the two of them out of spite for their friendship. However, Paul D starts taking his "family" out into the community and to the carnival one night which excites Denver. Denver becomes even more excited when her sister Beloved becomes reincarnated in a body and begins living with them, she feels like she finally has a friend - and her sister back. 124 finally has the potential to make everyone happy. Beloved is back, Denver has a friend, Sethe is a loving mother again, However, Beloved's stay begins to anger Paul D because he feels that her staying there is ruining his plans at making 124 his family home. Sethe feels overprotective of Beloved and becomes angry with Paul D for treating her the way he does. Throughout this book anger is a reoccurring theme, the family is never content because "124 was spiteful."

Beloved #1

"The weight of a tree on my back"

Early in the book, the metaphoric weight of a tree is represented to be sitting on Sethes shoulders. Although the "tree" is just composed of scars that have whelped up on her back from a beating when she was fleeing slavery. Throughout the book, the tree is used as a representation of Sethes past, and the story of Denver's birth. She calls it a Chokecherry tree because Amy said it looked like one when she was nursing her back to health from running away, and then helping her give birth to her child Denver. Sethe's scars are a representation of her past sorrows, and it is ironic that they are compared to a tree; trees represent a new beginning, a new life. Although her scars are a reminder of her past struggles, it also is a reminder of her new beginning as a free mother. Amy nurses the bleeding scars back to heath and presents us with the tree image, as if representing a new life for Sethe and baby Denver. The tree shows the weight of Sethes torture on her life until Paul D comes for a visit. When the two are in the kitchen, Paul D attempts to get close to Sethe by holding her breast and resting his cheek on her "tree." It is then that he realizes her struggles and sees the tree that she has been referring to, which upsets baby Beloved's ghost. After Beloved's ghost shakes the house, Paul D establishes his place in the house and tells the ghost to go away. This itself establishes a new beginning for the two, but the tree forever stays "rooted" to her back. The tree will always represent the painful memories for her and her children.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Assignment 6

Louise Gluck
"Parable of the Hostages"
I really liked this one since my boyfriend is overseas. It gave me a new perspective to the war.
In this story the soldiers wonder what they are going to do after the war. I wonder if my boyfriend has ever worried about his life and purpose after the war. The soldiers feel that their life will go back to being boring and repetitive after the excitement and unpredictable war zone. This story gave me a new perspecive about the soldiers, and their thoughts about the war. These soldiers felt significant and feared what their existence would mean back at home. I really like this one because the soldiers felt the calling of the war, and then the calling of the world. They used the war to "avoid profound spiritual questions." This left me with a lot of powerful thoughts about every ones existence, and their place in the world. I really liked this one, it meant a lot to me.

Sherman Alexie
This guy is either a genius, or the worst person ever.
So he opens up a pawn shop and buys the Indians stuff. Sounds okay... I don't really see a problem with that.
But he is putting a cheap price on priceless things to these people, kinda sleezy.. but the name of the game I guess..
THEN he turns the pawn shop into a museum to display his artifacts, no problem..
BUT he then charges the Indians five bucks to see their own stuff?!
OKAY. this raises A LOT of questions to me.
FIRST did the Indians feel forced to see their stuff for money and he took advantage of them by setting up his pawn shop right there on their reservation??
SECOND did he try to be cheap? Did they know he was cheap?? Was he trying to be devious by making a museum??
But its obviously deceiving to then charge them to see their own crap. This guy had some nerve.

Adrian Louis
"Without Words"
This one makes drinking seem profound, like its something to live for and there is a unity of the nation.
I kinda liked it, it seems very powerful.. although its talking about drinking?
A certain word choice makes me put a lot of consideration into this work. He refers to the alcohol as "pure" anyone and everyone would describe alcohol as "poison"
Alcohol can destroy relationships, families, careers, and everything a person stands for.. but he says "we have nothing to live for" so maybe the alcohol has nothing to destroy. Although he recognizes that "each day we drink we decompose into a different flavor"
This work is so interesting because it seems to conflict at the end.. like maybe it has already destroyed us..

Martin Espada
This is very interesting to me.
At first I thought that maybe he was upset about the Puerto Ricans taking over the school. He makes it seem like a plague. Although I found it interesting that the culture adapted to them, instead of the people adapting to the local culture. The way he claims the children "devour the stockpiles in the cafeteria" i picture a swarm of kids coming in and taking over. It also gives you a lot to think about.. why in the end does he claim the "Marines tramped" it doesn't seem to fit.. or make sense. There just seems to be a lot going on in these few lines. Look at the last stanza, look at the first.. the work "nostalgic" sticks out, like pride in the statue.. look at the word "graffiti" things are changing, the times the generation, the culture.. this is very intriguing.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

assignment 5

John Ashberry
"They Only Dream in America"

I did not understand this at all.
So I looked it up on modern American poetry's website and their analysis said..

"‘They Dream Only of America’" is one of the most clearly structured poems in The Tennis Court Oath, possessing essentially a traditional double plot. The story of the children and the murderer reflects the shadowy story of the narrator’s friend, whose journey to lose himself in America, driving "hundreds of miles / At night through dandelions," becomes more and more terrible, as he takes everything that happens for a "sign" (presumably of impending evil, the broken leg mentioned in the last stanza). He ends, like the children earlier, paralyzed between alternatives of ecstasy and destructiveness: "There is nothing to do / For our liberation, except wait in the horror of it."

First off, it claims this one the most clearly structured poem? I didn't think it was clear at all! and even after reading several pages about a child and a murder I re-read the work and STILL did not get that analysis.

I overall just do not like his work, Street Musicians was all over the place and I have a hard time following the flow of his work.

Philip Levine
"Animals Are Passing From Our Lives"

I take this poem as literally as it sounds. "Animals are passing from our lives."
The immediate mention of "ivory toes" make me picture an elephant being used for their feet/tusks. But later we discover it was referring to a pig, which is also the speaker. The ending of this poem brings pride to the pig in which the rest of the poem dooms him. He seems to dig in his heels from this cycle and finally say 'No.'
I like his work, and especially this one because you have to love the "don't tread on me" attitude.

Adrienne Rich
"Aunt Jennifers Tigers"
I have actually read this one before, and was glad to revisit the discussion.
I remembered her wedding ring was the key of our discussion and seems to be a major factor in the story. The way it is described as weighing heavy on her hand leads the reader to believe she is not happy with her life and uses the quilt to escape her mediocre lifestyle.
At first her hands are described as "fluttering" which displays the image of "light" like a butterfly flutters and that her ring is a heavy weight on her hands as she sews. finally, in the last line that the tiger "will go on prancing, proud and unafraid" seems to run a parallel between Jennifer and her artwork.

Magaret Atwood
"Happy Endings"
This was so much fun. The web all the characters spin is absolutely hilarious. As well as the ending.. whichever ending you choose (although in someway it all ends the same) No matter what end after end after end the characters have, it always has a happy ending. Even though the story may be less than happy, in the end someone is getting married or falling in love. My favorite part about this is the realistic drama the story holds, it is all about happy endings, but it is not all about happy lives. The characters love triangles are very much relatable in a real life aspect. I loved it, I laughed as i was reading it and hoped for certain charters success.. although it never ends quite the way you'd like it to.

Raymond Carver
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"
This one really got me thinking. I loved how the whole thing seems to be comparing new love to old love.. and it seems to be very one sided.
As the two couples sit and drink their gin before dinner you begin to see the drastic differenced between the newly weds and the 2nd marriage couple. Compared to "Happy Endings" the realisitc perspecive is certainly there as well.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Assignment 4

John Berryman
"77 Dream Songs is a hazardous, imperfect book. One would need to see the unpublished parts to decide how well it fills out as a whole. As it stands, the main faults of this selection are the threat of mannerism, and worse—disintegration. How often one chafes at the relentless indulgence, and cannot tell the what or why of a passage. And yet one must give in. All is risk and variety here. This great Pierrot’s universe is more tearful and funny than we can easily bear." -- Robert Lowell.

I actually really liked this one. Although it was kinda random like Howl.. i liked it. I don't exactly know what it is about, or trying to say, but the reaction i get is a good one. Its weird when i read this because I cant analyze them.. i just image the dreams of the writer flashing different images and I feel like that's the point. Dreams are never able to be interpreted, they are what they are and I compare that to this reading.
"but never did Henry, as he thought he did, end anyone and hacks her body up and hide the pieces, where they may be found. He knows: he went over everyone & nobodies missing. Often he reckons, in the dawn, them up. Nobody is ever missing"
this was my favorite section because I became more eager to read. I don't know why this is so intriguing to me, other than the fact that it makes me think of dreams. Henry could of had a dream he killed someone, and believed it to be true but realized in the morning no one is missing.
Everyone could relate to having a dream that seems so real, you wake up and really believe you did that. That's how I take these stories. The 77 dream songs.

Sylvia Plath
This poem means NOTHING until you know that her horses name was Ariel. So this would be one of the times footnotes DO help!
ALSO, there are references from other works that would help you greatly!
I read it once, read the footnote, read it again and took a whole different look at it. Although, I still don't get all of the poem, I understand the concrete "horse facts." Being a horse rider helps me gain insight to the text, as well as some of the emotion. Plaths other works describe a hard life with her father and husband, so this would be a "happier" piece. But it wouldn't be Plath if there wasn't some mystery.

I can just imagine her standing on the hill looking across the open field for as far as she could see, "Gods Lioness" was the name of her horse she rode. Standing on the "furrows" that were ready to be planted and the arc of her horses neck ready to run. Then the poem seems to change paths, instead of running through the field she now is describing blackberries "black sweet blood mouthfuls" and the "hooks" being their thorns. (from the poem Blackberrying). Then the way she says "something else hauls me through the air" it almost seems like something unexpected happen and the thighs and hair i literally picture her thighs and the horses mane (where the hairline meets the withers where a rider would sit) And when she uses the term "I unpeel" I feel like she means from riding, from her horse and then she has "dead hands" But the last part I still don't understand..

Anne Sexton
Her Kind
The writer is describing everything she has done, and every "kind" of woman she has been. She seems fearless, and powerful. At this time society would have been threatened by "her kind." The three stanzas seem to describe outcasts, and I wonder if she felt like an outcast because she was not the typical woman. I feel the power behind the writer in this poem, she seems proud to be "her kind"

John Updike
This was interesting. The vivid descriptions of every single detail was what kept my interest. All the way down to the register noises, he described every detail.
The first thing I think is "are these children!" I cannot picture anyone over the age of thirteen walking around a quickstop at the beach in their bathing suits. When its a child, its not that big of a deal.. but I just pictured 13 or 14 year old which kinda makes this story sick. But then again, whatever. The cashier tells his story of the three girls coming in the store and he watches them walk around the store until they come to pay. The scene where the manager comes up is the best. I just wondered, they are already here at the register, let them get their food. Crazy concept. But instead this cashier is going to quit his job because they were asked to put on clothes? they didn't even have shoes, they shouldn't be in a grocery store with bare feet. What was he trying to prove? did he think these girls would care what he did. This is just an interesting story. I like it, but it wasn't life changing.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Assignment 3

"Why I live at the P.O"

Holy dramatic monologue! The sister tells the story from her point of view after moving away from her family and into a post office. Her claims that the younger sister has turned the family against her seem unjust because we only see her side of the story. This story was just painful to read, and impossible to keep the characters straight. I actually caught myself imagining my dysfunctional family, although instead of the post office, my sister moved to North Carolina. :)

"I Stand Here Ironing"
This story is one that a lot of people can relate too. I actually found myself thinking this was probably how my mother felt some mornings when I was still living under her roof. There were many days when my mother would ask "what did I do so different with your sister" leading me to believe I would never be of comparison to my sister. Although as this story reflects along the life of her 19 year old daughter, she begins to reflect upon her own life. Everyone is able to just get lost in reflection, wondering what happened to put you where you are or what will happen next. I enjoyed reading this and going down that road with the author.

"My Papas Waltz"
FINALLY, we get to debate "My Papas Waltz." For the last 2 years, "My Papas Waltz" has remained a 'hot topic' in Dr. G's classroom discussions.
For ONE- this is not about molestation. lets throw that out there.
People have such wide interpretations of this poem and it drives me crazy! So I'm going to break this down loud and clear.
Stanza One.
The whiskey on his breath, does not make him an abusive alcoholic right off the bat. In this time period labor was a much harder job than it is today and he probably came home to have a drink. He is not belligerent, just having a drink after work. The boy said he "hung on like death" so obviously he wasn't trying to run away from this abusive father people will claim he had, and he called his fathers walk a "waltz" as if his fathers drunken stagger was a dance to the child.
Stanza Two.
The word ROMPED
1. To play or frolic boisterously.
2. To run or advance in a rapid or easy manner.
3. Slang To win a race or game easily.
DOES NOT HAVE "TO BEAT DOWN" in the definition.
so pretty much they played until the pans fell from the shelf, just rough housing like boys and fathers do. Then people will argue the mother is frowning, yes she is because her pans got knocked off, not because her son is being beaten by her husband.
Stanza 3.
the description of his fathers hand "beaten on one knuckle" proves he is a blue collar worker, and his hands are rough from a hard days work. As the two are "waltzing" the father stumbles a little causing his son who is clinging to him "like death" to scratch his ear on his belt buckle.
Stanza 4.
As the father waltzes the son to bed he pats his hand and again the fathers hand is described to further the proof that he is a hard labor worker. The sons emotions at this point are clear, as his father is putting him to bed he is "still clinging" to his father because he wants to play a little longer with his father.
That's it. Non- negotiable. :)

"One Art"
"the art of loosing isn't hard to master" I liked this one, as much as I hate to admit it. But it seemed like she was making loosing everything not sound as bad as it usually is. We have all lost something, or someone at one point in time and it wasn't the end of the world. Next time I start to feel like I'm loosing everything, ill just remember "their loss is no disaster

one great run on sentence. epic win? I think not.
I don't know what he is rambling about, or why he is rambling about it.
Shmoop says..
"Howl appears to be a sprawling, disorganized poem. But it's not. It consists of three sections. Each of these sections is a prolonged "riff" on a single subject. You could even think of the poem as three enormous run-on sentences. The first section is by far the longest"
(Ill highlight what I agree with after reading this)
I just picture some guy spinning around all these words.. possibly on opium? He describes a bunch of weird things, then randomly throws in something that makes sense then throws in the word 'tortilla.' Those poor people burned in flannel pajamas. Why would someone jump off the Brooklyn bridge? Dancing on broken glass?? Finishing a glass of whiskey and throwing up defiantly sounds believable. The word Denver is getting annoying. "crashed though their minds" well this story is crashing through my mind FOR SURE.

"Why I Am Not a Painter"
This was kinda hilarious to me. It was random, and I liked it.
It was exactly what the title said, it describes why he is not a painter. The painter Goldburg worked with O'Hara on his silk screen print illustrations. So he describes what would happen if he was a painter and him and Goldburg were talking about a painting. The different mind sets between a painter and a poet become obvious in O'Hara's point of view.

"of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemetery"
"The Boy Died in My Alley"

These were the two works that I chose from Brooks collection. These were my two favorites because they both really showed her character. Brooks was a proud African American woman and she wrote of what she knew. I really enjoyed reading these two and look forward to teaching my lesson on them!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Assignment 2

Assignment 2

Claude McKay

"The Negro's Tragedy"
McKay discusses her bond with the suffrage of her people, and how it "binds me like a heavy iron chain." No one could ever understand what she has gone though or what she has seen or felt, however I feel like everyone has those stories. Although everyone has their story, McKay speaks for the story of her "negro kin." McKays stories come from experience and understand of the suffrage, "no white man could write my book."

James Weldon Johnson

"Oh black and Unknown Bard"
James Johnson's story reflects on the "unknown bard of long ago" (bard- "someone who tells stories through song and music" -Conner LeBlanc) and how they kept them strong. Johnson asks how they knew these bards would be so powerful throughout their history. The slaves used these songs to tell the stories of their hardships and keep them connected. The slaves built their faith on their bards and from "within the dark- kept soul, burts into song?"

"The White Witch"
The story tells the story about a man who feels trapped by "the Witch" or his girlfriend. As the story goes on, all I could think about was the different perspectives interracial couples have on their relationship. He describes her as any man would, with her looks and golden hair, but behind that "the spirit of a vampire lurks" as if he could not stay away from the temptress. However, he never reveals what she has done to earn her reputation. This fact, leads me to believe its one of those stories that you only hear one side of the story. Although he does not inform us of her treacherous actions, he warns to "look not upon her beauty bright, for in her glance there is a snare"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Assignment One.

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

J. Alfred Prufrock focuses on his insecurities which leads him to struggle with his relationships. Even though J. Alfred Prufrock is an upper-class, well educated man he subjects himself to a cycle of failing relationships. Because his insecurities get the best of him, he spends many "restless nights in one night cheap hotels" with a different woman so he is not subjected to the ridicule from the other upper class women. His unhealthy focus with what others think about his clothes, or bald spot or skinny stature send him into a repetition of one night stands. His lifestyle seems to be making a decision, doubting that decision then spiraling downhill telling himself 'that's not what i meant at all." His constant search to answer "would it have been worth the while" furthers his overwhelming struggle. In the end Alfred Prufrock will always live the life he has lead for many years, he realizes that he can act the way he wants to until one day life will "wake us, and we drown." He uses this mentality to justify his erratic lifestyle so he can tell him self it is okay, and it is worth it.

"Journey of the Magi"

The Three Kings trip to Bethlehem has been told and told again, however T.S Eliot's perspective is not one that most people think of. The truth that is spoken about their trip is often something no one thinks of. People would like to think that the Three kings traveled with pride and joy to see the birth of Jesus Christ, however traveling in this time probably wasn't all that fun. T.S Eliot looks at the real perspective of three Kings traveling across the desert, in December, with three camels, all night long to see a birth. The description of the kings arrival to this "satisfactory" place belittles their entire purpose of bringing the Christ child gifts. The three kings question "we were led all this way for birth or death?" as if they were disappointed they traveled so far to see the cycle of life. People are born, and people die, why do they travel so far to see this?

"13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

The profound meaning of the blackbird seems to represent our own thoughts on certain emotions. By looking at abstract emotions in a concrete concept it is easier to get to the root of what you fear is, what your "blackbird" is. What scares you so much, or haunts you so much that you would mistake your own shadow for this thing following you. And no matter what "the blackbird sat" and you cannot escape the black figure that follows you. The poem seems to suggest that the blackbird is not as concrete as you'd think at first glance, "the blackbird is involved in what I know" as if the blackbird is not an outside force, but something that shares the same "brain" as you and sees what you see and knows what you know.

"Study of Two Pears"
A pear is a pear is a pear. I feel like Stevens is making a statement that not everything has to be so abstract. "the pears are not [fiddles,] nudes or bottles. They resemble nothing else." As simple as that sentence is, it is so complicated. I try to find meaning or abstraction in a poem telling me there is not complication or abstraction. Although this is coming from the same guy who wrote "13 ways of looking at a blackbird" because the simplistic style is so out of place. The vivid descriptions and details describe nothing other than a pear, but I try to force myself to think of other things it describes, but it doesn't, it just describes a pear "the pears are not seen as the observer wills."

"Hills Like White Elephants"
I love how the title has nothing to do with the seriousness of the dialog in this. The conversation the two are having depicts the entire mood of the story. The two are negotiating the details of an abortion they are struggling with. While the female wants to keep the child and continue on with the relationship, the man is set on the "awfully simple operation" and they'll "be fine afterward." The woman is concerned about the stance of the two's relationship, but the man is not putting this up for discussion. Also, the concept that the woman does not speak English, puts her at a disadvantage to make her own decisions, she has to rely on her boyfriend for everything. The fact that he has to help her with every conversation helps him control everything she does. Her longing to keep this child so they could "have everything," including the family, weakens her relationship with her boyfriend because he will not give her what she wants and will not let her keep their child. Things could never be the same after he took away the one thing she wanted.

"A Rose for Emily"

This story struggles with the mental instabilities of a woman who feels forced into a corner. Her love for Homer Barton pushes her to the boundaries of a murderer. The town starts to talk about their relationship, people said that “he was not a marrying man” but the town knew that “she will persuade him yet.” Eventually everyone starts to feel bad for Emily and assumes that “she will kill herself” when she goes to town to buy poison, but she was not suicidal, her love for Homer made her a murderer . When Emily was worried that she would not be able to keep him forever she takes his decision into her own hands and kills him so she could sleep next to him forever. Her love for him took over her concept of right and wrong and drove her to do whatever she could to make sure she would not lose anything else.

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
Its a horse person thing. When riding through the woods, mostly on other peoples property, sometimes you wonder if they appreciate their land as much as you do, or as much as they should. The narrator of the poem describes the woods "filling up with snow" as he watches and wonders who owns such a pretty forest. The narrators horse stands wondering why they have stopped their traveling, but the narrator dedicates a minute of his trip to appreciate the snowy landscape.

"Gathering Leaves"
The narrator is comparing something as concrete as raking leaves to harvesting. He compares the leaves to spoons and the trash bags to balloons and the noise to deer. He takes the concept of raking up leaves in a natural sense. Appreciating the forest and everything involved in the raking, or harvesting process.

"In a disused Graveyard"
People go to the graveyard for funerals, and think that is what they are used for or what they're used for. However, the narrator points out the fact that the graveyard is not for use for the living, but for the dead. The only people using the graveyard are the dead, so really its never used in a proper way.

"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
This poem can be interpreted as really concrete talking about the four seasons, The leaves turning from green to gold and how they can never stay. Also, the poem can be abstract talking about man and greed, as green would represent.

"Desert Places"
Nature owns the forest. As the snow is falling, the narrator takes into account how the animals home is whats being covered in snow, not his back yard. He becomes so enthralled watching and thinking about the snow covered forest that he becomes "absent- spirited" and becomes trapped in the lonliness. When he realizes his "unawarness" he begins to understand his own fears like the animals do.