The poet is writing to his love, English heiress and Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne. She had lovely, deep eyes and a sad expression on her face. She was elegant and well-liked by many people. But at age 26, she was forced to marry a wealthy Irish landowner. The marriage failed, and she became a revolutionary activist instead.
Maud's husband did not like this life of politics and activism. He tried to get a divorce but without success. Finally, he went to England and asked Queen Victoria for a divorce. Maud followed him soon after and they married in 1893. This second marriage also failed and in 1904, she died alone in her hotel room in France at the age of 36.
The poem is called "Maud".
Summary of Obituaries The speaker in this poem (who might be the author himself or an invented character) recounts events surrounding his father's death. This poem is often called "The Death of Sir John Falstaff", but it was not published until after Falstaff had died in April 1429.
It has been suggested that the speaker is Shakespeare, who was then a young man. There is some evidence to support this idea, but it is also possible that he is someone else entirely. In fact, there are several candidates who have been proposed over the years.
The first person to suggest that Shakespeare wrote the poem was Dr. Johnson in 1765. He based this conclusion on similarities between the style of the poem and that of Shakespeare's other works at the time. However, there are differences between the two styles too, so this argument isn't conclusive.
In 1876, Francis Meres named six English poets as being worth including in an "Olympian canon" -- another name for a bibliography -- though he did not say which ones were contemporary and which were not. One of these poets was William Shakespeare. Though there are no definitive proofs that show that Shakespeare wrote any of his contemporaries, this evidence has led many scholars to believe that he did write this one.
The poet is conversing with her mother. She tells her that she has a lover named Pygmalion who works as an artist on ivory toys which bring him fame and make him rich.
She also says that his wife does not know about their affair because Pygmalion has promised to marry her when he becomes rich enough to be able to afford a bride price. The woman complains about the hard times they are having and asks her mother for help. Her mother replies by telling her that there is nothing she can do except find another husband like everyone else.
This last sentence is what causes the woman to fall in love with someone who doesn't exist. She decides to create a man out of stone in the shape of a prince who will love her forever even though she knows that it's wrong to love a mortal.
Pygmalion comes every night to see her but she refuses to leave her house until she finds a way to pay for a wedding ring. One day Pygmalion goes to work as usual but never returns home. The woman spends the whole night crying alone in her room until dawn when her mother comes to visit her.
If there is a basic Personal Response question, attempt to determine the poem's major topic, plot, or gist. Simply put, attempt to figure out what the poet is writing about and why the poet is writing about it. Ignore any terms or phrases you don't recognize. Reread the poem a second time. /span>
Start with the last line of the poem. What does this line tell us? Is it a question? An assertion? Some combination of both? Use these insights to guide your analysis of the poem as a whole.
Now, look at the first line of the poem. Does it give you any clues as to what the poem is about? If so, take note of them. Otherwise, just read on!
If the poem is in verse, try to decide whether it is an iambic pentameter line (such as those used by Milton) or an anapest rhythm (as found in many traditional English ballads). Note how this affects your interpretation of the poem.
Also consider the genre of the poem. Here are some common genres:
Narrative: A story told through images or prose. Examples include novels, short stories, and memoirs.
Biography: The story of a real person who has influenced society or something important about history. These can be written in either prose or poetry.