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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Douglassby Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906) Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:England hath need of thee: she is a fenOf stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,Have forfeited their ancient English dowerOf inward happiness. We are selfish men;Oh! raise us up, return to us again;And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea:Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,So didst thou travel on life's common way,In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heartThe lowliest duties on herself did lay. London, 1802William Wordsworth (1770-1850) -Dunbar states that everything is bad now that Douglass is dead. -Dunbar is saying that now that Douglass is gone discord will break out. POINTS OF COMPARISON : Ah, Douglass, we have fall'n on evil days, Such days as thou, not even thou didst know, When thee, the eyes of that harsh long ago Saw, salient, at the cross of devious ways, And all the country heard thee with amaze. Not ended then, the passionate ebb and flow, The awful tide that battled to and fro; We ride amid a tempest of dispraise. Now, when the waves of swift dissension swarm, And Honour, the strong pilot, lieth stark, Oh, for thy voice high-sounding o'er the storm, For thy strong arm to guide the shivering bark, The blast-defying power of thy form, To give us comfort through the lonely dark. - Both of these poems are sonnets. - They both describe how the place they where in got worse when their inspiration died. - They Dunbar and Wordsworth where both greatly effected when their inspiration died. EVIDENCE -The poems kinda state that people are becoming selfish after the death of their inspiration. -The poems both have 14 lines which means they are sonnets. -The poets are both greatly effected because I feel they looked up to the people that died for their inspiration. -The sonnet part is important because sonnets are more old timie and more formal. THESIS Dunbar and Wordsworth use grief and despair in order to tell us that the world has gotten worse since Milton and Douglass have passed. HISTORICAL CONTEXT Dunbar was a black activistand so was Douglass so thatmight be why Dunbar wrote toDouglass and looked up to himso much Milton was said to write hispoems with a deep personalconnections it would be easyto think that Wordsworthlooked up to Milton's poetryespecially because the poemWordsworth made aboutMilton was deep and personal. -Maybe they used sonnets because sonnets are more formal and to show how England isn't old timie enough anymore.
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