Project #15335 - literature

 

Explicating a poem, "The Plot Against the Giant," by Wallace Stevens. Look in Purdue's OWL or just GOOGLE "explicating poems" for some guidance in what is expected for a good "LINE-BY-LINE explication of a SHORT POEM, with an Introduction and Conclusion."


Try your hand at figuring out what this beautiful poem by Wallace Stevens means (one of my all-time favorite--a COPY of "Plot Against the Giant" is printed out in full BELOW). What I want you to do is take it a step further than just paraphrasing the poem (like we did with "My Last Duchess"). Try to interpret (or explicate) what you think the poem means by doing a LINE-BY-LINE ANALYSIS. If you do really well on this short paper, I will give you a LOT of grade credit. (Could be much more than 45 points if you do a good job.)  One hint: it's a "dramatic "poem with three different speakers, the three "girls." Here is the poem:

Wallace Stevens
"The Plot Against The Giant" 


First Girl

When this yokel comes maundering,
Whetting his hacker,
I shall run before him,
Diffusing the civilest odors
Out of geraniums and unsmelled flowers.
It will check him.

Second Girl

I shall run before him,
Arching cloths besprinkled with colors
As small as fish-eggs.
The threads
Will abash him.

Third Girl

Oh, la...le pauvre!
I shall run before him,
With a curious puffing.
He will bend his ear then.
I shall whisper
Heavenly labials in a world of gutturals.
It will undo him.

(from "Harmonium," 1923)

 

 

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