Thursday, May 1, 2014

may 1

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "Richard Cory" by Simon & Garfunkel; "Clampdown" by The Clash; "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford]

Yesterday in 5th period Erica presented a powerful sample of her work on Campesinos and human rights/social justice.  Today is May Day, a.k.a. by many as International Workers' Day.  Is the following poem appropriate to the occasion?  Complete an abbreviated TPCASTT (title, paraphrase, connotation, diction, attitude, tone, shift/s, title revisited & theme) analysis to support your answer.  (For more on "working class poetry" click here.)

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
'Good-morning,' and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich - yes, richer than a king -
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

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