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"What I Expected"

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BC: Chelsea McCarty

FC: Stephen Spender

1: Stephen Spender | What I Expected | Kensington, London | 1909-1995 | . . . . . . . . . . . .


3: He was inspired by social injustices and struggles between economic classes.

4: Throughout his life, his sexuality has been very much questioned. He has been considered everything from bisexual, homosexual, homophobic and beyond.

5: "Whatever happens, I shall never be alone. I shall always have a boy, a railway fare, or a revolution."

6: He studied at University College of Oxford.

8: What I Expected

9: What I expected, was Thunder, fighting. Long struggles with men And climbing. After continual straining I should grow strong; Then the rocks would shake And I rest long. What I had not foreseen Was the gradual day Weakening the will Leaking the brightness away, The lack of good to touch, The fading of body and soul Smoke before wind, Corrupt, insubstantial. | The wearing of Time, And the watching of cripples pass With limbs shaped like questions In their odd twist, The pulverous grief Melting bones with pity, The sick falling from earth- These, I could not foresee. Expecting always Some brightness to hold in trust Some final innocence Exempt from dust, That, hanging solid, Would dangle through all Like the created poem, Or the faceted crystal.

10: I DO

11: "Paraphrasing Stanza 1 He expected there to be great struggles, fighting, and storms, but afterwards he knew he would face eternal resting and be stronger because of the battle. Stanza 2 He had no expected was weakening of the aspects of life that are good in life. Stanza 3 He was not able to predict time moving forth with twisting aspects of life, sickness of the earth, and people succumbing to pity. Stanza 4 He always expected that there would be a permanent happiness, innocence, and clean parts of the world, forever hoping for the best.

12: The theme of this poem is what life truly is like, Although you may always hope for the best in life, there is no way to avoid tragedy and disappointment.

13: The speaker of the poem is best understood as Stephen SPender, as we are expecting this is the way he feels about life. The speakers tone is quite reserved, but disappointed, but it holds a sort of understanding of why they feel the disappointment. The form of this poem has been debated, but many consider it to be romantic, as it touches on nature, love, and life to the individual.

14: Stylistic Devices Anaphora- Repetition of "What I", "The The", "Some, Some"; adds emphasis through repetition Rhyme- "strong, long", "day, away"; allows for a more flowing of the poem as a whole Simile- "Like the created poem, Or faceted crystal."; allows for a comparison broadening the understanding of the poem Alliteration- "weakening the will"; again adds flow, so that you may see connections that allow for a better understanding of the theme Personification- Grief melting bones with pity; gives new ideas for understanding of what causes feelings and understandings in nature to the theme Hyperbole0 "falling from earth"; allows you to imagine deeper at what he is trying to convey in relation to his views on life

15: Connection to BraveNew World Alike BNW< "What I Expected" allows you to consider life in a new way. BNW gives you an alternative to our lives today, one in which all is supposedly Utopia and happy. However, WIE, allows you to consider what life truly is as it today. WHile both force you to consider life, BNW focuses on an alternative while WIE focuses on the real.

17: Bibliography "Stephen Spender: Pictures and Photos." Listal. 2008. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. "Stylistic Devices (Rhetorical Devices, Figures of Speech)." English Grammar Online. 10 Dec. 2010. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. Crystalus, Alicia. "What I Expected." Healing Incarnations. 23 Oct. 2006. Web. 22 Mar. 2012.

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