Selected Poems for Group Project


To access each of the following poems, click on the poet’s name.

  1. Girl in the Mirror (By: Emily L. Blondie Heeks)
  2. I Dream a World (By: Langston Hughes)
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (By: Robert frost)
  4. Remember (By: Christina Rosetti)
  5. Don’t Go Far Off, Not Even For a Day(By: Pablo Neruda)
  6. Social Security (By: Terence Winch)
  7. Nothing Gold Can Stay (By: Robert Frost)

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  1. Naomi Apriyanti (0912150034) Martha Yuliana (0912150048) Ruth Natalia (0912150054) / VI B says:

    GROUP III
    Martha Yuliana (0912150048)
    Naomi Apriyanti (0912150034)
    Ruth Natalia (0912150054)

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    Whose woods these are I think I know
    His house is in the village, though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake
    The only other sound’s the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake

    The woods are lovely, dark, and deep
    But I have promises to keep
    And miles to go before I sleep
    And miles to go before I sleep
    by Robert Frost

    The General Meaning of “Stopping by woods on a snowy evening” is tells about the travelling or journey a man by a horse-drawn wagon (or cart or carriage) on a rural road. Detailed meaning in this poem are in verse 1 tells about a man or the traveler appears worried that he is committing an offense by looking upon woods owned by another man. Nevertheless, he steals a look, for the other man “will not see me stopping here”. In verse 2 says that the location is remote (without nearby farmhouses), that the weather has been cold enough to freeze a lake, and that the evening is the darkest of the year. Darkest here could have more than one meaning—that is, the man could be depressed, downcast. However, the horse probably thinks it odd that his master has stopped between the woods and lake on a dark evening, the speaker says. This observation suggests that the darkness is external only, for the speaker is using the word darkest to explain the horse’s reaction. In verse 3 tells sounds are important in this verse—namely, the sounds of the bells, the wind, and the snowflakes. All of the sounds are gentle, contrasting with the cacophony of everyday life in a town. The last in verse 4 tells the man would like to stay awhile and perhaps even enter the woods to absorb their ambience and ponder the mystery of life and nature. However, he has obligations and responsibilities. Therefore, he decides to move on. But the poem does not say whether he in fact moves on. One presumes that he does.In addition, in this poem has a message or intention which we can learn about life through nature that peace and quiet and then we can find a peace or quiet place that we like. We also found several imageries in this poem which are visual imagery by the use of words “woods, snow, house, horse, farmhouse, lake, see, dark, harness bells, and downy flake”, auditory image like “sound’s the sweep”, olfactory image like “wind”, kinesthetic imagery of movement like “stopping”, and kinesthetic imagery of feelings like “queer, lovely, deep”. the connotative in this poem is “darkest evening” the man means most depressing, bleakest, or gloomiest, he may be referring to his state of mind. There are three figurative language in this poem. For example, Hyperbole “To watch his woods fill up with snow”, Metaphor “He gives his harness bells a shake” and “To ask if there is some mistake” in lines 9-10 its means comparison of the sound of the bells to a questioning voice that asks whether there is a mistake, and Personification/Metaphor “My little horse must think it queer” its means
    comparison of the horse to a human because only a human can determine whether something is “queer”.

  2. LITERATURE 1
    Group IV (Erista Panjaitan 0912150033 and Selfy Aveline Talilah 0912150024)

    Christina Rossetti
    Remember

    REMEMBER me when I am gone away,
    Gone far away into the silent land;
    When you can no more hold me by the hand,
    Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.
    Remember me when no more day by day
    You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
    Only remember me; you understand
    It will be late to counsel then or pray.
    Yet if you should forget me for a while
    And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
    For if the darkness and corruption leave
    A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
    Better by far you should forget and smile
    Than that you should remember and be sad.

    Analysis of Christina Rossetti “Remember”

    Remember poem is dramatic poem because it’s express about the poet feeling clearer.
    Remember is about a woman who was struggled with debilitating illnesses and she knows her death is imminent. This poem tells the reader visual images of someone speaking to their loved ones on their death bed. In the first eight lines she expresses that she wants to be remembered but in the last six lines, the narrator completely changes her mind because she realizes that remembering her may because the person she loves will be sad. As a result, she decides that she would rather be forgotten so he can be happy.

    In the first and second lines tells about the woman should choose one of the choices which is choose to leave her lover or because she is dying is not immediately clear.
    The poem tells the reader to understand that death will divide the couple. The phrase “silent land” tells the place the woman is going. The words seem to define a cemetery or individual grave more than heaven, and “silent,” is like a place that we will not feel painful, pleasant nor sad but feel joyous.

    In the third lines tells about their physical separation when death will remove her from his touch and simply furthers the idea of the couple’s time together coming to an end. In the fourth lines tells if Rossetti is writing only about the sadness of a loving man and woman being torn apart by one’s actual death, then the woman (the one dying) would not have the option of turning “to go yet turning stay.” The implication here is that the death theme is not the only one at work. Her unsure feelings become clearer in the latter part of the poem.

    In the fifth and sixth lines tells about the woman want to be remembered when she leave. The woman did not want to make her lover become sad. Even thought, they had been planned their future together. In fact the woman had the illness so they could not being together in the future.

    In the seventh and eighth lines tells about when the woman gone far away into the silent land, if the lover want to remember her, he should counsel or pray to God. With counsel or pray to God, her lover could remember the woman and understand that it is The God’s plan for the woman. If the woman still alive in the world, the woman will feel the painful of the illness.

    In the ninth and tenth lines tells about the woman wants her lover to forget her for a while but when the lover remember her, don’t too long because it will cause sadness.

    In the eleventh and twelfth lines tells about when the woman had gone far away, the lover still remember about the moment that they had been spend together.

    In the thirteenth and fourteenth lines realizes that if he remembers her then he might “remember and be sad”. Although she wants to be remembered, she does not want him to grieve. She decides that it would be “better by far” that he should “forget and smile”—be happy without memories of her—rather than “remember and be sad”. This poem is particularly memorable because it is about a woman that is selfless enough to advise her family to smile instead of grieving from her memories.

    There are not many images in this poem as it is an argument rather than a description. One of the main images is of death and living in the after-life. There is an interesting image of a silent land that mean’s either personal freedom or death.
    There are three connotations in this poem such as “Hand”, “Darkness and Corruption” and “Silent land”. “Hand” is indicating that her lover will no longer be able to hold her by the hand. “Darkness and Corruption” is associated with grief and death leaves the beloved. ‘Darkness and corruption’ but it may refer to the speaker’s physical state after death – ‘corruption’ was a term often used in the Bible to refer to the physical decay of death as well as moral decline (see Acts 13:36-37, Isaiah 38:17), whilst ‘darkness’ was associated with hell (Matthew 8:12). “Silent land” is the idea of silence can suggest both positive and negative such as Rest, sleep and tranquility describes Heaven as a place of rest for all who enter (Revelation 14:13). Absence of life and communication, it is a place where there can be no more intimacy, talking of future dreams or holding hands.
    There are two figurative in this poem such as metaphor and paradox. ‘Silent land’ is a metaphor for the time after a relationship or the time after death. Though the poem is called ‘Remember’ and the poet seems to demand that her boyfriend remember her in the first eight lines, she changes her mind in the final six lines and encourages him to forget her.
    After we have analyzed this poem, we can feel the messages that deliver by the Author. We feel touched by this poem because we gain the good message. The woman in this poem want to share to reader that it is not easy being love by someone because when they should choose the hard things like the lover or the death is imminent. That’s why, the woman tells her lover to remember her, even though when the woman gone far away into the silent land, if the lover want to remember her, he should counsel or pray to God.

  3. Group II
    Chartika Sitorus 0912150050
    Linda Nurmala 0912150052
    Martha Hotnida 0912150051

    I Dream a World
    I dream a world where man
    No other man will scorn,
    Where love will bless the earth
    And peace its paths adorn.
    I dream a world where all
    Will know sweet freedom’s way,
    Where greed no longer saps the soul
    Nor avarice blights our day.
    A world I dream where black or white,
    Whatever race you be,
    Will share the bounties of the earth
    And every man is free,
    Where wretchedness will hang its head
    And joy, like a pearl,
    Attends the needs of all mankind–
    Of such I dream, my world!
    by Langton Hughes

    The general meaning of “I Dream a World” poem is Freedom and equality all mankind and detailed meaning This poem tell about explores racial and moral boundaries. Langston Hughes is describing how he wants this “perfect world” to be like in his “dream world”. The images are wretchedness being personified as hanging it’s head, joy being a pearl, greed no longer sapping the soul.
    Through this poem Langton Hughes convey the Intention to the readers that no longer distinguishes between the race and no wretchedness all mankind and the author would like the freedom. The persona speaks in a hopeful tone and expresses their personal thoughts and dreams of a world with no boundaries.
    Langton uses four figures of speech to help the readers share the experiences being communicated. The figures of speech are ;
    Visual imagery : ‘man’, ‘black or white’, ‘pearl’, and ‘paths’ .
    Gustatory imagery : ‘sweet’ .
    Kinesthetic imagery of movement : ‘saps’, ‘blights’, and ‘share’
    Kinesthetic imagery of feeling : ‘peace’, ‘freedom’, ‘greed’, ‘avarice’, ‘free’, ‘wretchedness’, ‘joy’, ‘love’, and ‘adorn’.
    In this poem Langston uses kinds of figurative language, there are three personification, one metaphor and one symbol
    “Where wretchedness will hang its head”
    This is an example of personification, as it is giving an abstract noun (wretchedness) a human quality (hanging its head). The use of personification enhances our mind to connect ideas and images and to think deeper of the true meaning.
    “Where greed no longer saps the soul”
    The use of personification conveys how there is a greater meaning to the line, as greed weakens one’s spirit and character. This conveys a moral boundary, knowing that greediness isn’ta fine quality in a person.
    Thus, ‘saps’ on the poem is connotation which means people don’t care to each other. “Nor avarice blights our day” (l. 8) means the people do not only think about materials. Hughes personifies avarice as if it could blight humans. “A world I dream where black or white, whatever race you be, will share the bounties of the earth” (ll. 9-11) it means that racism is not exist, and people help each other without minding the race. ‘Black or white’ on the poem is not about color, but it is about white people and black people. “And every man is free, where wretchedness will hang its head” (ll. 12-13) which means all the bad things on human–greed, war, racism, etc., will be gone since the people live in peace and freedom. “Hang it’s head” is an idiom which means feel ashamed. “And joy, like a pearl, attends the needs of all mankind“ (l. 15) which means that freedom and peace is precious, and if it comes true, all humankind must keep it. In this line, Hughes uses simile to compare ‘joy’ with ‘pearl’ which imply that happiness is a precious thing like pearl which is expensive and difficult to find.

  4. Group 2: 1. Weina Agnestya F.S (0912150002)
    2. Lilis Cahyani (0912150007)
    3.Rhibkha Sima Erlin TJ. Sitinjak (0912150008)
    4. Listra Lesna Sinurat (0912150025)
    5. Eny Hariati (0912150053)

    I Dream a World
    by Langton Hughes

    I dream a world where man
    No other man will scorn,
    Where love will bless the earth
    And peace its paths adorn.
    I dream a world where all
    Will know sweet freedom’s way,
    Where greed no longer saps the soul
    Nor avarice blights our day.
    A world I dream where black or white,
    Whatever race you be,
    Will share the bounties of the earth
    And every man is free,
    Where wretchedness will hang its head
    And joy, like a pearl,
    Attends the needs of all mankind–
    Of such I dream, my world!

    Poem Analysing:

    Hughes’s I Dream A World is a lyric poem which the author tries to evoke emotions of the reader by imagining how beautiful the world if the people care to each other. Generally, this poem is about someone who wishes to live in a better world, where people respect and help each other, no war, no greed, no racism, and free.

    In addition, Hughes uses personification in this poem to describe non-human elements as if they were alive by giving them human characteristics. Hughes begins the poem with “I dream a world where man, no other man will scorn” (ll. 1-2) which means that he imagines the world where the people appreciate each other. He continues with “Where love will bless the earth, and peace its paths adorn” (ll. 3-4) which means the world where the people care and share to each other, so everyone could feel the love. He imagines the world without war as the people are united. He uses the words ‘love’ and ‘bless’ as connotations. ‘Love’ in connotation means to care each other, while ‘bless’ means to give the best to the world. In “I dream a world where all will know sweet freedom’s way” (ll. 5-6), Hughes uses connotation again in the word ‘sweet’ which means pleasant, so it means people got freedom whoever he or she is. “Where greed no longer saps the soul” (l. 7) means greed can’t make people don’t care each other. He personifies greed as if it could sap humans. Thus, ‘saps’ on the poem is connotation which means people don’t care to each other. “Nor avarice blights our day” (l. 8) means the people do not only think about materials. Hughes personifies avarice as if it could blight humans. “A world I dream where black or white, whatever race you be, will share the bounties of the earth” (ll. 9-11) it means that racism is not exist, and people help each other without minding the race. ‘Black or white’ on the poem is not about color, but it is about white people and black people. “And every man is free, where wretchedness will hang its head” (ll. 12-13) which means all the bad things on human–greed, war, racism, etc., will be gone since the people live in peace and freedom. “Hang it’s head” is an idiom which means feel ashamed. “And joy, like a pearl, attends the needs of all mankind“ (l. 15) which means that freedom and peace is precious, and if it comes true, all humankind must keep it. In this line, Hughes uses simile to compare ‘joy’ with ‘pearl’ which imply that happiness is a precious thing like pearl which is expensive and difficult to find.

    Moreover, through this poem, the author wants to convey his desire for a better world than it is today. He dreams of a world without greed, scorn, adversity, and racial discrimination. He also wants the world just filled with joy, peace, and love among humans.

    The poem, definitely, uses imagery. There are four imageries in the poem: visual, gustatory, kinesthetic of movement, and kinesthetic of feeling. ‘man’, ‘black or white’, ‘pearl’, and ‘paths’ are visual imagery. Based on the poem, ‘sweet’ is gustatory imagery. Words ‘saps’, ‘blights’, and ‘share’ are kinesthetic imagery of movement. In addition, ‘peace’, ‘freedom’, ‘greed’, ‘avarice’, ‘free’, ‘wretchedness’, ‘joy’, ‘love’, and ‘adorn’ are kinesthetic imagery of feeling.

  5. Group 1 : Meilina Manurung (0912150040)
    Nindhita APM (1112150905)
    Olga Regina Hutagalung (0912150031)
    Tio Masa Sianipar (0912150042)

    Mirror
    I look into the mirror, and what do I see?
    A sad girl staring back at me
    She can’t even look herself in the eyes,
    Tears well up, and then she cries.
    The girl in the mirror isn’t me,
    At least not what I used to be.
    The smile she wore wanted to disappear,
    And now she’s left with anger and fear.

    by Emilly Louise Heeks

    “Mirror” is a poignant poem about a sad girl who can’t accept who she truly is. It was written in the first person point of view and makes the author becomes the subject of this poem. The girl feels anger and fear (line 8) and she becomes someone else other than her usual self (line 5), but she can’t accept it (line 3). There are several connotative words used in this poem. For example, the use of the word “mirror” which may imply the meaning of reflection and in this case, this reflection force her to see who she truly is. The word “she” refers to herself but she spoke as if it were someone else and the word “smile” represents happiness. We also found several imageries which are visual imagery by the use of words “mirror, a sad girl, eyes, tears and the smile” and kinesthetic imagery by the use of words “sad, angry, fear, well up, staring back, look into, wanted to disappear and she’s left”. We only found one figurative language which is personification in line 7 that is “The smile she wore wanted to disappear”.

  6. Dear all,

    Make sure that your group analysis was written in an essay form. Include any elements you find in the work, i.e. (1) general meaning, (2) detailed meaning, (3) intention, (4) imagery, (5) connotative meanings, (6) figurative language. Don’t just identify these elements. Discuss them comprehensively. You can take my analysis on Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” as a sample.
    https://parlindunganpardede.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/analysis-of-wordsworths-i-wandered-lonely-as-a-cloud/

    In the presentation session, prepare effective PowerPoint slides. Consult “Presentasi yang Efektif” (https://parlindunganpardede.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/presentasi-yang-efektif/) to guide you preparing the slides.

    After finishing your presentation, post your final analysis on the reply section of this post.

    Good luck!

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