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I wandered lonely as a cloud 1.The Beauty of the Supernatural - a connection between nature and the supernatural.

"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is no exception. 2.The Importance of Nature - The obvious theme of the poem is the beauty of nature and its ability to allow one to connect with God. 3.Championing the Individual - The narrator's experience in the meadow is personal and individual. 4.The Dangers of Technology - There is no overt reference to technology. Romantics, however feared that man's ability to connect with nature was being compromised by technological advances. 5. romantic in nature; the beauty of nature, unkempt by humanity, and a reconciliation of man with his environment 3. In your own words, describe the scene that is captured by the poet in this poem. -Perhaps as he was traveling, but not thinking of anything in particular, he suddenly comes in sight of these blooming daffodils in the arc of shoreline of a small bay. -The poet is exploring the outside and all that he has seen 4. Besides the immediate pleasure that the speaker gains from what he saw in his wanderings, what other benefits did he receive? -That is reflected in the last stanza. The poet tells that when he has worrisome or somewhat sad thoughts, or when he is lonely, he remembers the sight of that scene. The daffodils, sparkling waters, and scene bring peaceful serenity to his mind and heart. -The poet receives happiness and pleasure, and well as the feeling of being surrounded by others- the loneliness he once had is now gone. 5. Would you describe this poem as a pastoral poem? Why or why not? State your reasons. -Yes, it is pastoral. There is the peaceful scene of the shoreline, the blooming daffodils, and the sparkling waters of the bay. There is no ugliness or distractions, only entertaining and calming sights. -The word "pastoral" means charming and simple; of pertaining to life in the country. All of these simple things that the poet sees are probably found in a rural country area, and are all basic things that one would see outside: trees, flowers, the stars, clouds, etc. relationship between nature and human life and to explore the belief that nature can have an impact on our emotional and spiritual lives. After reading the first three stanzas in the poem, we can imagine a vivid fascinating picture of nature which shows the beauty of golden daffodils that the writer sees by chance when wandering lonely as a cloud. Under his eyes, the daffodils is fluttering and dancing in the breeze beside a lake. He compares it with twinkling stars on the milky way and imagines that these flowers stretch in endless horizon. However, he gazes such a beautiful scene for a long time but can not think what wealth it brings to him. In other words, at that moment, the wonderful sight doesn't make him excited enough to write the poem. Afterwards, when being alone, the writer sees the golden flowers flashing in his inward eyes, and feels that his heart is full of pleasure. It is this feeling that helps him to create the work. The full impact of the daffodils' beauty

(symbolizing the beauty of nature) did not strike him at the moment of seeing them, when he stared blankly at them but much later when he sat alone, sad and lonely and remembered them.Disconnected and dispassionate ways that we all live our lives; walking through life in a haze of daily ritual and monotonous distractions in a pointless and spiritually disinterested state where we fail as emotional creatures to appreciate the quiet beauties of life that we as human beings need for spiritual sustenance.Missed by those caught up in their daily bustle and contemporary distractions, their wandering lonely as clouds so to speak, is what we draw from nature and experience when we cease our self-destructive pace. If we slow down, just enough, we may catch by the wayside of our wanderings a spiritual creature that could serve us as a pleasant mental image or perhaps even as a meaning or purpose in life.In the first three stanzas the tense is the past and in the last stanza there is the present. The past is used to underline the rememberance of the vision had while the present indicates a permanent condition in the present when he is in a meditative or pensive mood. Hawk roosting Hughes's portrait of the Hawk is an attempt to convey the power and arrogance of such creatures. He finds this power in what could be described as their singleness of purpose.Ordinary mortals are distracted from their tasks by all sorts of hopes, fears and opinions. The Hawk is free from such "falsifying dreams" and because he considers no one but himself, he acts exactly as he likes. There is no sophistry in my body meaning that he is what he is and nothing else. His flight has only "one path" because whatever decision he makes must be the right one.With the power in your hands but that is an illusion, like many leaders today they do not have the power to do anything without the approval of those lower than him and in the hawk's case somebody else will replace him and those weaker than him (like the public) may just start defying him.Expresses the predator/prey process using personification and metaphors. A vicious predator seeks a meal. The predator in the poem takes the form of a hawk, but in reality the hawk represents the evil people in this world who prey on the weak and frail and/or possibly the poor. The hawk sitting high up in the trees represents how the rich seem to be higher up on the ladder of importance in society. I kill where I please because it is all mine. This quote represents the arrogance of the wealthy and how they can control the poor. Since nothing has changed since the hawk has been preying on his food, he will not change his ways. This says a lot about the mentality of the wealthy corporation owners and their greed for power and wealth. Represented to the power of authority and some other political leader that is arrogance and corrupting their minds in the powers. They presume that they are more powerful more than the sun's rays that every one obey and follow them. The earth mention in the poem is a symbolic or metaphor for the humans beings and the sun rays represents the powers of authority. The poem emphasis that the creation of God it makes the hawk feel weakness and inferiority, then the power is just temporary because in the end the death is awaiting. The airs buoyancy is an advantage because it means that he can easily glide over the wood and take a look at what is happening beneath him and he has a great view of all his prey. The sun provides light, so that the darkness of the wood is lifted, so he can see all his prey.Comparison between the nature of human beings and the forces of nature or as a symbol of the dictators whose qualities, attitudes and behavior become similar to these birds of prey

The story opens with an Indian man leaving India for London in 1964. In 1969 he gets a job offer to work in the library at M.I.T. Before leaving though, he confirms his arranged marriage, meets his bride and officially weds. But days later he has left for America with the intention of her following in about six weeks. He lands in Massachusetts on the day of the moon landing.After staying at the YMCA, and adjusting to American life, he finds an apartment at an old womans house. He tells the old woman that he is married but she is insistent that he has no female visitors. The old lady is strict and a little crazy (she makes him marvel about the moon landing on a nightly basis). And yet, despite herself, it is clear that she approves of this polite man. (I was a little surprised that she would be so approving of a foreigner, but maybe she was more progressive than I give her credit).And the bulk of the story is made up of his life in this small apartment with this ever-present landlady who he feels somewhat indebted to, even though all he really owes her is $8 a week.As the story moves along, we learn a lot about the old woman, and very little about the narrators wife. Until, that is, when the six weeks are up and she arrivesas he puts itlike a month or a season, something inevitable. He has no feelings for her when she first arrives, and he just thinks of her as a new thing to get used to.After a short time, he decides to take her for a walk around the neighborhood and they go to the house where he lived with the old woman. And from this crazy judgmental old-fashioned lady, he finds an emotional resonance for his life.The story grows charming and sweet as well as sad, and, amazingly, it fast forwards quickly through the married couples lives until their son is also now in Harvard. But it is that little time between his wifes arrival and the end of the story that is packed with honesty and emotion.

Setting and Characters The story's main events take place in Chinatown throughout the 1950s and perhaps early 1960s. The main character of the story, who is also the protagonist, is the author herself: Amy Tan. The antagonist happens to be her own mother, who is always pushing Amy to discover some hidden talent and be someone she is not. There are a few other minor characters in the story. There is Lindo Jong (who she calls Auntie Lindo), who is a close friend of Amy's mother. Waverly Jong is Auntie Lindo's daughter, who is close to Amy's age. Amy's piano instructor, who she dubs "Old Chong", plays a small role in the story. Amy's dad is included in the text, but does not play much of a role. Plot The plot of a story has six key parts that are normally sequential. A story begins with an exposition, and follows with rising action. Next is some sort of conflict which usually results into the climax of the story.Climax can be defined as "a moment of great or culminating intensity in a narrative or drama". . Some sort of falling action occurs next, which finally ends the story with a resolution. Exposition In "Two Kinds", the exposition is clear in the first couple of pages. The story begins by explaining that Amy's family moved to America when she was a baby, in 1949. Her mother is clear in her goals: she wants Amy to be a child prodigy (a person with exceptional talent) and famous. Although in the beginning Amy seems accepting of her mother's goal, there are some undertones which are clear to the reader that her mother may go too far. Rising Action Amy's mother going too far, in fact, is the rising action of the story. Amy writes about all of the ways her mother tries to 'discover' her special talents. It begins with Amy getting a perm so she could be the next Shirley Temple, and the rising action concludes with Amy being forced to take piano lessons. During the rising action, there is clear conflict between Amy and her mother. Amy's self-esteem seems to falter as she is constantly disappointing her mother time and time again. Her mother's determination is further sparked by a couple of scenes involving 'Auntie Lindo". Auntie Lindo is very proud of her daughter's chess playing skills, and brags of all of Waverly's trophies. During one conversation Amy's mother stretches the truth a little in competition, and claims Amy is talented with the gift of music. At this point Amy writes: "And right then, I was determined to put a stop to her foolish pride". . Climax The climax of the story is a piano recital and the events that unfold the day after. Her mother is so proud of Amy's musical talent; she even invites Auntie Lindo and Waverly to Amy's first piano recital. Although Amy slacked on her practicing during the rising action of the story, she actually feels confident about doing well at the recital. She is overconfident, in fact, and her performance was a disaster. She disappoints her mother, and makes a fool of her. It is also clear that she has disappointed herself, and she regrets not taking lessons more seriously. The next day, Amy's stubborn mother expects her to practice piano, as if nothing has gone wrong. This is when Amy puts her foot down and refuses. To get her mother to back off, she

tells her mother that she wished she were dead. We discover Amy's mother has had other babies that have died. This part explains a lot about why her mother is so hard on Amy. After Amy hurts her mother, her mother finally gives up on Amy being a prodigy. Falling Action During the falling action, Amy fast forwards through the years. She explains that she never did the best she could at anything, just to spite her mother. We discover that deep inside, Amy did have some pride in her pianowhen Amy's mother tells her that the piano is hers, and she should take it. Resolution In the resolution, we come to the present time and Amy's mother has recently passed. She has the piano tuned, and sits down to play. Symbolism Symbolism in literature "might include visual or sound elements as well as language". . Amy's piano was the main symbol of this story. In the end of the story, the fact that she had it tuned and actually sat down to play shows us that she really cared about her motherand the pianoafter all. The songs that she plays at the end are also a symbol of the story, itself. She mentions playing two songs. The first is titled "Pleading Child", and the second one: "Perfectly Contented". These are songs that she had played when she was a child. She notices for the first time, after all of these years, that these two songs are actually two halves to the same song. The song represents Amy's life. This is how the story ends. Conclusion After reading the above summary, we get a pretty good idea of what Amy's story is about and the theme behind it. She regrets not trying her best, and the way she has taken her mother for granted in her life. A strong message like this makes us reflect on our own lives and relationships with the ones we love. Amy constructs the story in a way that makes the plot flow, and we are interested in what will happen to her next. Some of us may even feel like she is too hard on the protagonisther mother. The ending resolves these feelings, because we discover she feels this, too. The main characters are important in the events that unfold in the story. Without Auntie Lindo, for example, her mother may not have been so compelled to see Amy excel. These elements, and the way the author has combined them, build an interesting story that makes us reflect upon our own lives, as well.

2. Summary: A description of the style used by Amy Tan in her short story "Two Kinds," about parents' expectations for their children and the children's rebellion against those expectations. A straightforward, realistic diction; a bitter, resentful tone; and an angry, intense mood all relate to the speaker's point of view, feelings, attitude, and actions. "Two kinds" is a story written by Amy Tan. This story is basically about the expectations parents have for their children and the children's rebellious and bitter attitude towards both their parents and the expectations. In this story, a Chinese mother wants her daughter to be prodigious. She does all sorts of tests on her daughter Jing-mei to figure out what sort of special talent she possesses. The daughter feels resentment towards her mother. She believes that her mother is trying to turn her into a person she is not and does everything to rebel against her mother. When her mother decided that her special talent was playing the piano, Jing-mei never practiced and instead, planned on embarrassing her mother by playing badly in church and putting an end to her pride: "I was determined to put a stop to her foolish pride." This story is quite direct and straightforward. No advanced language is used in order to make the story more realistic since it is in the point of view of a child. Lots of descriptions are apparent in the story and the sentences full of these descriptions are quite long. Some similes are also added here and there to give depth to some meanings: "I made high-pitched noises like a crazed animal, trying to scratch out the face in the mirror,' and 'cascaded slowly to the floor like the petals of a large carnation.' Overall, the diction of this story has made the story quite realistic and plausible. As for the tone, it is full of resentment and bitter feelings. The speaker feels resentment towards her mother since she feels as though she is trying to change her. She tries everything in her power to get revenge on her and hurt her: "I was determined to put a stop to her foolish pride" Another example that portrays her negative feelings towards her mother is "Then I wish I wasn't your daughter. I wish you weren't my mother!" The speaker not only feels anger towards her mother, but she also feels anger and resentment towards her friend Waverly: "I would have pulled her braids and punched her stomach." Since this is in the point of view of Jing-mei, it causes the reader to also feel anger towards how her mother and friend and how they treat her. This point of view also causes them to understand her feelings. Overall, the general tone is bitter and loathing. As for the mood, it is quite intense and angry. The speaker feels all this negative feelings towards the people around her as mentioned above. The speaker is also quite vengeful and is determined to hurt her mother: "And I could sense her anger rising to its breaking point. I wanted to see it spill over." Also the tension of the story builds up when the mother and daughter have arguments and shout at each other: "Then I wish I wasn't your daughter. I wish you weren't my mother!" The speaker's actions, attitude, and feelings have an immense impact on the mood of this story, causing it to be bitter, angry, and tense. We can now draw to the conclusion that the mood, tone, and diction of this story are all intertwined. They all relate to the speaker's point of view, feelings, attitude, and actions.

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