Friday, October 14, 2005

week 4 post 1

Brazil, January 1, 1502
pg. 28-30 Elizabeth Bishop

Januaries, Nature greets our eyes
Exactly as she must have greeted theirs:
Every square inch filling in with foliage-
Big leaves, little leaves, and giant leaves,
Blue, blue-green, and olive,
With occasional lighter veins and edges,
Or a satin underleaf turned over;
Monster ferns
In silver-gray relief,
And flowers, too like giant water lilies
Up in the air-up, rather, in the leaves-
Purple, yellow, two yellows, pink,
Rust red and greenish white;
Solid but airy fresh as if just finished
And taken off the frame.

A blue-white sky, a simple web,
Backing for feathery detail:
….

The speaker changes the tone of this poem near the. In the beginning when he speaks it sounds like he is describing a painting, or a scenery he is looking at, like we did on the first day of class. I like the way he describes the January weather and the amount of detail he puts into the imaging. He talks mostly about the nature that is around him, particularly the leaves, perhaps because they have a lot of different colors in them. As we read on we realize that what he is talking about is somewhat of a fantasy including Dragons. I think that he is describing a fantasy or some kind of a futuristic painting.

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