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04-20-2012, 10:06 AM
hi !

my name is nodi ,i am student at Uni and living in Middle East .
My problem is that i am working on a search on the poem '' Watching and Wishing '' by Charlotte Bronte and I did not find anything about this poem online at ALL !!
i only find the poem !


Oh, would I were the golden light

That shines around thee now.
As slumber shades the spotless white

Of that unclouded brow !
It watches through each changeful dream

Thy features* varied play ;
It meets thy waking eyes* soft gleam

By dawn by opening day.

Oh, would I were the crimson veil

Above thy couch of snow,
To dye that cheek so soft, so pale.

With my reflected glow !
Oh, would I were the cord of gold

Whose tassel set with pearls
Just meets the silken covering's fold

And rests upon thy curls,

Dishcvell'd in thy rosy sleep,

And shading soft thy dreams ;
Across their bright and raven sweep

The golden tassel gleams !
I would be anything for thee,

My love my radiant love
A flower, a bird, for sympathy^

A watchful star above.[/COLOR]

My teacher asked me to analyze it , figure out the themes and to find any critiques on this poem !!

please help me !!


04-21-2012, 01:41 PM
heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllllll lllppppppppppppppp mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeee

:( :( :(

Charles Darnay
04-21-2012, 03:26 PM
You know, there was a time when university was a place where students took primary sources - such as poems - and did something crazy: they thought about the poem! They said, "where here is what the poem seems to be about, now what larger aspect of humanity is this speaking to?" And then they came up with their own analyses.

The point of assignments is not to get them done so you can get a grade and get the heck out of university - no. Engage with the poem instead of with Google and do your own ORIGINAL work!

04-21-2012, 09:01 PM
The point of assignments is not to get them done so you can get a grade and get the heck out of university - no.

Oh, good luck selling that. :smilielol5:

He's right, though, Nodi, they want to teach you to think, because, unless you want to be an elected official or reality TV star, it's an important ability to have.

Engage with the poem instead of with Google and do your own ORIGINAL work!

Yeah, Nodi, just read the thing a few times, and if necessary do a little of this :willy_nilly: and this :banghead: and eventually you'll have an :idea:.

And remember, a great deal of analysis, especially of vague poetry like the above, is total :icon_bs: invented by the analyzer. If it sounds good and nobody has a clue what's the thing's really about except the dead person who wrote it, you're fine.

04-22-2012, 07:32 AM
Although I do not have a good English writing, I tried to analyze it but i did not understand , I tried to research it online in order to understand it but I did not find anything !
Please help me to find to any information about the poem , any book that talks about it , please i am just asking you to give me sources to understand the Poem!

05-08-2012, 11:27 AM
this is my resaerch on the poem and
نزززلتتتههاا هنا موو عشششانككوم ياسسسلق بس عشان محد يتووهههق فيهههاا زييي مااتوهههقت
لابووكممم لابببو ممن فتححح ههالمووقع الفااااشل


This poem speaks about deep love, dreams and fantasy .It is totally imaginative .
The lover expresses his feelings towards his beloved . He says to her that he would be
anything for her because he loves her so much . For example : He wishes to be the
golden light that shines around Her . Also, He wishes to be the '' crimson veil '' that
touches her soft cheek . He even wishes to be '' the cord of gold '' that covers her curly
hair .
The technique used in this poem is a dramatic monologue in
which the speaker is the lover and there is a silent listener which is his beloved and
the case is the lover who expresses his strong feelings towards his beloved .
The literary critic , David Cecil , makes a critical reading on Bronte's works . He
describes Charlotte as '' a very nave writer '' . Also , he states that " love is indeed the
central theme of Charlotte and Emily's stories " . In this poem , it is clearly that love
is the central theme , however , I disagree with Cecil on the first point
because i think Charlotte in not a nave writer . She speaks about serious topics
and human concerns . Love is a supreme human concern . If you love someone
very deeply , it will affect your life in many ways . In '' Watching and
wishing '' , we can see how love affects the lover's imagination that he
even wishes to be anything for her .
Another criticism of Charlotte Bronte , Earl A. Knies, in The Art of Charlotte
Bronte, argues that there are certainly autobiographical elements in Bronte's works .
He claims that Bronte rearranges her materials so that they show '' a marked degree
of pattern and objectivity '' . I agree with him totally because when we make
a biographical reading on Charlotte Bronte's life, we should note that she is
extremely influenced by the Angrian tales , which talks about love , fantasy
dreams and mystery . However , she uses a dramatic monologue technique to
give her poem a complete objectivity .