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  • Introduction to Poetry AnalysisAn examination of the poem by

    Robert Penn WarrenEvening Hawk

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  • Robert Penn WarrenBackground Information

    Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry - 1986 Born in Guthrie, Kentucky 1901

    Many of his poems have a

    common hawk

    that play a major part.

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  • Harold BloomWarren has converted

    the light into the appalling speed that sounds the wind of time, for time is Warrens trope, the center of poetics.

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  • Step 1:Picture or paraphrase the poem

    Read poem silently to yourself Read the poem as a class. Read it again to chorally as a class. Put the poem into a picture and put it in

    your own words. Answer this question: How does the author describe the scene and

    convey mood and meaning.

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  • A Hawk in flight:

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  • Paraphrase = Your own words (take 3-4 min)

    The orchid colors of sunset build shadows on the landscape. High above, riding on an avalanche of wind and light, comes a hawk. As the speaker, observes the hawks flight. He enthusiastically calls to us or another observer. Look, Look he (the hawk) is climbing the last light as the world swings into shadow. The speaker remains for some time. The songbirds- with the onset of the dark stop singing. A last bat, hoping for a few insects in the light of the stars, cruises overhead at sharp angles. Over the mountaintop, the speaker sees the North Star and speculates what he might perceive about the world and our time on it, and about human history.

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  • Mood in Poetry: Review Mood

    The mood is the feeling or atmosphere of a piece. The mood can be many different things. Some examples included:

    A feeling of love. A feeling of doom. A feeling of fear. A feeling of pride. An atmosphere of chaos. An atomsphere of peace.

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  • Meaning in Poetry: Review Definition:Poetry is an imaginative

    awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Poetry has been known to employ meter and rhyme, but this is by no means necessary. Poetry is an ancient form that has gone through numerous and drastic reinvention over time. The very nature of poetry as an authentic and individual mode of expression makes it nearly impossible to define.

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  • Step 2: Method: FIC Facts Interpretation Central Idea or Question

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  • Facts: FIC Facts share some ideas that are striking

    to you. What are some questions that you have?

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  • Interpretation: FIC Interpretation: What do you think? What do you notice about the poem? Do you trust the speaker, why or why

    not? Diction? Kinesthetic words and images

    Auditory and visual imagery? Take 3 4 minutes to write these down

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  • Diction describing visual imagery Repeated words: Light-dark shadows Shadow Black Darkness Starlight The geometries formed by the sunset on

    the landscape and the flight of the hawk and the bat create. (mountains, gorges, peaks, hieroglyphics, and axis)

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  • Kinesthetic words and images

    The movement dips, builds, rides, rotates, tumults, avalanches, motions, scythes: to cut or mow, climbs, heaves, falls, cruises, steadies, grinds, leaks, drips.

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  • Kinesthetic words and images

    The movement dips, builds, rides, rotates, tumults, avalanches, motions, scythes: to cut or mow, climbs, heaves, falls, cruises, steadies, grinds, leaks, drips.

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  • Auditory and Visual Imagery These come to our ears and eyes as: an

    avalanche of light, and wind, guttural call of the gorge, the scythe of wings, cutting down the grain of the day.

    All of these are a feast for our senses and emotions

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  • Metaphor: Hawk = Father time

    The hawk comes.

    His wingScythes down another day, his motionIs that of the honed-steel-edge, we

    hearThe crash less fall of the stalks of


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  • Interpretation The end of the day immortalized by the

    predatory soaring through the sunset cutting down the man made stalks of time makes sense, yet there are some lines that give us pause.

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  • the head of each stalk is heavy with gold of our error

    What sort of error? A universal error? One that is shared by all humankind? The grain or the corn is grown by man. Is

    that why it is grain of our error? Why is it given the value of gold? Or, is

    the moment when our errors are the ripest? Or heaviest?

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  • Things to consider: When the poet speaks of the earth it

    seems to be in the angles of the shadows and darkness.

    We are bound to earth unlike the hawk Perhaps the error is all our missteps big

    and small as we move through life. Yet, the hawk in unforgiving of our errors

    as we swing into the shadows

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  • More Questions Are the bat and the hawk equal in

    wisdom? Or because the bat only operates in the darkness?

    Does it contain a greater and more immense wisdom? Bat brings up a whole other issue bats

    batman etc. North Star (Plato philosophy is a field of

    study in which people ask questions as to whether God exists, whether knowledge is possible, and what makes right and wrong

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  • More Questions If the hawk knows neither Time nor

    error and is unforgiving then the world must accept and question the existence of time.

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