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TimestampChoose your classYour HouseYour name1. What clues does the poem's title give you about the theme of the poem? 2. Who is the speaker of the poem? 3. Who is the audience for the poem? 4. Briefly, what situation is described in the poem?5a.Explain how the "mini poems" work together to create the whole poem. Who is being spoken of in rows 1, 3, and 5? Who is spoken of in rows 2, 4, 6? What is the subject of column 1? of column 2? of column 3? 5b. Now describe the progression of the speaker’s love for the beloved shown by the organization of the “mini poems.” Follow this order: "The speaker falls in love at first sight with her looks, her voice, and her intelligence. Then...."6. Look at the "mini poems" on last column where the speaker praises the beloved’s “wit.” In what way does the sound of the plosive consonants “t” and “p” at the end of several of these lines contribute to the speaker’s praise? What do these endings make her wit sound like? 7. What does the phrase “bent mine eye” mean? Did the speaker’s eye get somehow bent when he first saw the beloved? (probably not) What about the phrase “knit my heart”? 8. What does it say to you that the last word of the poem is “fear”? 9a. What is the tone of the poem? 9b. From what key words or phrases did you deduce the poem's tone?10. Compare this poem to the sonnet “My Lady’s Presence Makes the Roses Red" (also on the class packet, page 9). How are the speakers and the beloveds of these two poems similar? Do you think this similarity is coincidental or is there some kind of “love poem tradition” being followed by these two poems? 11. Based on all the above, what is poem's central viewpoint or insight about Love?
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PINK= You got itBLUE= Message from Dr. XRED= Nope
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9/15/2014 20:16:205812 (5:45)Browningthe poem is based on a female's looks and appeal. Arthur Gorges or Sir Walter Raleigh

Dr. X: you are conflating author and speaker. They may not be the same.
The reader, A femaleThe Speaker falls in love with her face which causes him to love her voice and then her wit. This love then traps him and he surrenders to her. Rows 1,3, and 5 is speaking about HER
Rows 2,4, and 6 is speaking about HIM

The subject of Column 1 is Her Face
The subject of Column 2 is Her Voice
The subject of Column 3 is Her Intelligence
the speaker's eyes lead him to like her face, his ears learned her voice, and his heart was moved by her intelligence.

Then the speaker was blinded by her beauty, charmed by her voice, and was captured by her wit

Then the speaker fed of her beauty, feasted on her words, and with filled with knowledge by her intelligence

Then the speaker saw no flaw in her face, was not troubled by her words, and knew her advice would not steer him wrong.

Lastly, the speaker eyes found joy serving her, surrendered to her every word, and feared her intelligence.

The endings make her wit sound precise, like she is never wrong. It also makes it sound harsh.

Dr. X: "precise" or "harsh" is good. Also: "sharp."
"Bent mine eye" means he had to look away because he was blinded by her beauty, in a way he bowed to her beauty with his eyes.

Knit my heart means to capture his heart.

Dr. X: Interesting interpretation of "bent"
Out of all the things the speaker loves about her, he fears her. passionate/ardent, worshipful/reverent/adoring, thoughtful/contemplative, affectionate/loving/caring, sincere/honest, ironicDrew mine ear
Charm
Hope
wrong not
vex not
wound not
joy
serve
trust
fear
The poems are similar because in both they describe the beauty of their lady in different ways.
I think there is some kind of "love poem tradition" being followed.
Love is doing everything you can to know someone in and out and surrendering to them.
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3/23/2015 20:20:38(2:15)Browning"Her face" talks about how she loves the girls traits.Arthur Gorges or Sir Walter RaleighA female, wife of authorThe poem is about the author falling in love at first sight with a woman.The subject of column 1 2 and 3 is Arthur Gorges' wife. The speaker falls in love at first sight with her looks, her voice, and her intelligence. Then he falls deeper in love with how she makes him feel. I do not know."knit my heart" means the lover of the author will shape his heart and maybe complete his life. or maybe complete his heart.The author's fear of loving the woman and not being loved by the woman.affectionate/loving/caring, fearful/frightened/unsettled, sincere/honestto love, to learn, to trust, to fear, to serve, to like.Both speakers are in love with her. But tone is little different. Even though the tone of My Lady's Presence Makes the Roses Red is more active and aggressive, both are subservient to her.So, beloveds of these two poems are expressed in same way.Love knows no bounds.
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3/24/2015 5:04:17(2:15)BrowningThe title leads me to believe that it might be related to a girl or a woman in some sort. Love is a major possibility for the theme of the poem.A maleThe readerI think that what the poem is trying to depict is how in love the speaker is with a girl. He seems to like a lot of her personality features as well as her physical traits. Towards the ending the speaker seems to be pleading to not be hurt by this girl. The mini poems help structure the developing feelings that the speaker has for the girl that he is so vividly describing. In rows 1,3,5 I think the speaker is referring to himself, he is describing what her characteristics do to the speaker and how it affects his emotions. I'm not sure how to describe rows 2 and 4 but I think row 6 has to do with himself. The speaker falls in love at first sight with her looks, her voice, and her intelligence. Then he begins to ask her not to hurt his feelings and his heart. In the ending he is saying that he is fearful of him getting hurt by her and perhaps her witted tongue but he is still confident in their love. I think it gives emphasis to the speakers words. He has been describing all of her amazing qualities in such a docile manner throughout the entire poem and in a very lovingly way. So by the speaker using these words towards the ending he is sounding abrupt in the way he speaks.

Dr. X: You got something here.
By saying "bent mine eye" the speaker is most likely telling the reader the moment he fell for her or she caught his attention for the first time. "knit my heart" is a way to explain that he has fallen in love with her and now his heart and his feelings are maybe interlocked with hers in some way. To me it means that even though he is sure of his love for her and he had all of this wonderful words to describe the girl he is still unsure of her own feelings maybe? we never truly know what she is feeling and I think the speaker doesn't know that either. passionate/ardent, worshipful/reverent/adoring, affectionate/loving/caring, sincere/honest, ironicMine eye, Mine Ear, My Heart. These phrases are in all of the mini poems and their constant repetition is what made me conclude the tone.The speakers and their beloveds may be similar in the sense that both of them are deep in love and fascinated about them, while in the end they seem to dismiss their feelings or maybe not even know they exist at all. I think both of the themes are the same, some kind of unrequited romance that the speaker is experiencing. However, it does seem like two poems with similar emotions put together. The poems central insight about love is that sometimes it is not noticed or rewarded.
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9/28/2017 23:32:51(2:15)BrowningSheyla Criollo UzhcaThat the poem will be focused in a death love, the word DARK not only could mean colorism. Unknown/UnclearThe readerClearly a loved person has died. In my opinion was a woman dedicating the poem to her boyfriend/husband, which was killed in a terrible way, trying to express her feelings by the poem. In lines 1,3,5 she is explaining where the situation happened, how it happens and the result of the torture.
Not sure about it, she may refer to Jesus in a way of asking him for answers for her prayers.
1. The black young lover.
2. Jesus.
3. Love.
Then some awful people kill her, changing all her beauty, everything is distorted, her voice is off her look is not that beautiful as used to be, now the speaker's love flied away with her soul.




Not sure. Not sure. The speaker's feeling. sad/mournful"Song for a dark girl"
"They hung my black young lover"
It may be a kind of "love poem tradition", also the way I analyze the speaker, is the park when says "The Lily’s leaves, for envy, pale became", for me means kind of death, perhaps in a less tragic way. Not sure about my answer.
That people can lost their loved ones at any time and in any condition.
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10/2/2017 0:39:46(5:45)Browning HouseRaquel "Her face ," is the theme of the affections of the speaker. The title isn't, "The Face," which would have meant something entirely different.A maleThe readerHe's describing his feelings for her, how he's enraptured by his feelings for her. In rows 1, 3 and 5, he speaks of her. In rows, 2,4,6, he is speaking of himself. In the first column, he speaks of her face and intricately decribest how each feature affects him. The 2nd row, he references her tongue so to speak to hang on to her words that she speaks. The 3rd column speaks of her charming personality, hire he's captivated by it. I don't see the progression, but I do know by them end of the poem she's got him! Not sure!"Bent mine eye," means that her face caught his attention and "knit my heart" means his heart was captured by his feelings for her - by who she is, her presence. I assume that his fear is that he hasn't control of his feelings for her and that he's giving his heart to her. happy/ecstatic/joyful, worshipful/reverent/adoring, thoughtful/contemplative, sincere/honest"Her wit with art, doth knit my heart," says it all. She's got his heart. Ah, the power these 2 women have over the men who speak highly of their love for them. Both are narratives as to comparison of some sort. "Her Face," is comparing her features eg. eyes describes as beams and in "My Lady’s Presence Makes the Roses Red" , he's comparing the subject of his love to nature, flowers and compares her beauty to all living things. I think it's safe to say this tradition is holding the subject to highest regards by some comparison of some sort. To me, the viewpoint is how love overtakes one's heart and stirs the emotions, awakens all senses from passion, bitterness, hope and "breathes in new life." Being in love is scary, exhilarating, it brings out the best and the worst in people. Love - so complex.
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10/2/2017 12:22:38(5:45)BrowningShivThe title tells me that the poem is going to be about the way a female look. Such as her facial feature, how beautiful she isA maleThe readerThe situation the reader is describing is the beauty of a femaleIn row row 1, 3,5 the female is being spoken of. in row 2,4,6 the poet is speaking about him self. The subject of column 1 is the female facial feature, column 2 is her voice the way she speaks,and column 3 is her intellect. I'm not sure.I'm not certain.The phrase "bent my eye" is just a figure of speech. He most likely couldn't take his eyes off of her due to her physical beauty. I'm not certain.happy/ecstatic/joyful, worshipful/reverent/adoringI deduce the tone of the poem from row 2 column 1 "Mine eye to like her face doth lead". ( worshipful/ reverent/adoring).I believe that the speakers of the poems are following a "love poem tradition". they both use figure of speech to compare the female beauty to something else.Most people fall in love base upon what they see, hear, and think about a person.
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10/3/2017 1:14:28(2:15)browningtyler rodriguezThis title gives me the idea that the poem is about a woman's face.A maleA femaleThis poem is about a man who encounters a women that he is automatically attracted to. He then speaks to her and falls in love with her at first sight.In "Her Face" the rows 1,3,5 and he is speaking about the woman that he is falling love with because he mostly uses the word her and repeats the same sequence of words. In rows 2,4,6 he is speaking about himself because he uses the word mine and speaks of her in third person in stanza 6.I believe he married her and and she would now serve him as his wife.I do not KnowI do not knowThat she should fear to question him with her wit.affectionate/loving/caring, somber/grim/graveI decided on the ton from the phrases "so sweet and my heart" but towards the it took an ominous turn withe phrase "fear" "Her Face" and the poem from the sonnet are very similar because they are both about a mans encounter of a woman they find unbelievably beautiful but both take a take a turn for the worse. I do believe that they have specific theme of love at first sight that can be fantasized. The central view point about love is that in the beginning new found attractions or " love at first sight" can sometimes make some people feel as if they have found their soul mate although sometimes the feelings from the start of meeting someone can wear off.
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10/3/2017 8:13:28(5:45)BrowningGisselle MaldonadoThe title of thd book "Her Face" shows that the theme of the poem will be about Love. It gives us a clue that they will be describing a face of a women which tend to mean that someone adores her enough to right a poem about her.Arthur Gorges or Sir Walter RaleighA femaleIn the poem the speaker is describing all the features of a female face that are making him fall in love with her. In the rows 1,3,5 it is being spoken about the female and in 2,4,6 its the speaker talking about himself. In column 1 the subject that he is talking about is hef face, in column talking its about her tongue, in column 3 its about her wit. All these separate subjects details bring the poem together as a whole. I don't know I don't know "Bent mine eye" probably means that it caught his eye, it was one of the features of the female features that caught his eye the most. The phrase "knit my heart" probably means to join his heart as in he wants her heart to join his, Although the speaker is speaking about the features that made him fall in love with the female he still has fear to fall in love.passionate/ardent, worshipful/reverent/adoring, affectionate/loving/caringWhen he saids "her face, her tongue, her wit" you can tell her is saying it with passion to describe what about those make him fall in love with her. The both speakers speak about their beloved with passion about the features that made them fall in love with their bellved. I believe that there is some "love poem tradition" that is being followed by these two poems.Love can make you see the best things about someone else. Features that one who is truly in love can see.
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10/3/2017 8:13:34(5:45)BrowningGisselle MaldonadoThe title of thd book "Her Face" shows that the theme of the poem will be about Love. It gives us a clue that they will be describing a face of a women which tend to mean that someone adores her enough to right a poem about her.Arthur Gorges or Sir Walter RaleighA femaleIn the poem the speaker is describing all the features of a female face that are making him fall in love with her. In the rows 1,3,5 it is being spoken about the female and in 2,4,6 its the speaker talking about himself. In column 1 the subject that he is talking about is hef face, in column talking its about her tongue, in column 3 its about her wit. All these separate subjects details bring the poem together as a whole. I don't know I don't know "Bent mine eye" probably means that it caught his eye, it was one of the features of the female features that caught his eye the most. The phrase "knit my heart" probably means to join his heart as in he wants her heart to join his, Although the speaker is speaking about the features that made him fall in love with the female he still has fear to fall in love.passionate/ardent, worshipful/reverent/adoring, affectionate/loving/caringWhen he saids "her face, her tongue, her wit" you can tell her is saying it with passion to describe what about those make him fall in love with her. The both speakers speak about their beloved with passion about the features that made them fall in love with their bellved. I believe that there is some "love poem tradition" that is being followed by these two poems.Love can make you see the best things about someone else. Features that one who is truly in love can see.
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