“the eyeglasses”

Download “The Eyeglasses”

Post on 22-Feb-2016




0 download

Embed Size (px)


“The Eyeglasses”. By Williams Carlos Williams. The Eyeglasses The universality of things draws me toward the candy with melon flowers that open about the edge of refuse proclaiming without accent the quality of the farmer’s shoulders and his daughter’s accidental skin, so sweet - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


PowerPoint Presentation

The EyeglassesBy Williams Carlos WilliamsThe EyeglassesThe universality of thingsdraws me toward the candywith melon flowers that openabout the edge of refuseproclaiming without accentthe quality of the farmers

shoulders and his daughtersaccidental skin, so sweetwith clover and the small

yellow cinquefoil in theparched places. It isthis that engages the favorable

distortion of eyeglassesthat see everything and remainrelated to mathematics-

in the most practical frame ofbrown celluloid made torepresent tortoise shell-

A letter from the man whowants to start a new magazinemade of linen

and he owns a typewriter-July 1, 1922All this is for eyeglassesto discover. Butthey lie there with the goldearpieces folded down

tranquilly Titicaca-Williams uses contrasting imagery to show the difference between the glasses and its observations; this also shows the importance of both to the speakerThesisExamplesObservationsmelon flowers that open farmers shouldersdaughters skin

Glasses in the most practical frame of brown celluloid made to represent tortoise shellThe speaker sees a lot of great scenes when wearing his glasses, however he is not wearing them throughout the poem

His observations are also very precious to him

He wouldn't notice these things if he didnt careAnalysisSpeaker: a person who owns glassesa sense of ambiguity because we dont know if they are a man or a womanPoint of View: Third PersonUnlike some of his other works, it does not have an internal monologueBy using the owner of the glasses as the speaker, the reader gets a first-hand accountMood: positive, observant, appreciative Diction: a mix of high and lowCinquefoil: five-leavedCelluloid: a tough, non-flammable thermoplasticTiticaca: a lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and BoliviaSenses: Meaning and LanguageSymbols: The glassesSymbolize his appreciation for the world and for what they allow him to seeImagery:Tactile: - daughters accidental skin- made of linenVery heavy use of visual imageryAuditory imagery: - the typewriter

Senses: Imagery and SymbolsThe similar number of syllables in each line, about 6-8, creates unity throughout piece that connects imagery and symbols

There is not a significant use of rhyme SoundVery prominent use of enjambment throughout the poem, extending through stanzas but break off at 5th

End-stopped with dashes in four placesrelated to mathematics-represent tortoiseshell-and he owns a typewriter-tranquilly TiticacaStructureThe use of juxtaposition by comparing the natural/organic imagery with the precise/structured imagery is to emphasize the importance of both to the man or womanThe speaker seems to be somewhat in awe of both the glasses themselves and the images they can see with them, leading this poem to be a thoughtful stream of consciousness

StyleJuly 1, 1922

The actual date provides no significant event in Williams life

However, in 1922, he published which became a literary sensation f overshadowed Williams very different brand poetryThe DateA lake in the Andes by Peru and Bolivia

Is the largest lake in South America

Peacefulness and tranquility can be reflected in the glassesGlasses sitting on a table reflect nearby images on their glassLake TiticacaThe imagery used throughout the poem contrast to emphasize the difference between the glasses and what one can see with them

This poem in particular give the reader a real sense of what the man/woman sees, and what is precious to them ConclusionOn a sheet of paper, choose and draw your own representation of a specific scene or image used in the poem Activity!