Rilke’s “The Swan” compares what to hobbling around the ground like a swan on land?, literature reading quiz help

Do NOT COPY and PASTE from website–this is plagiarism and will result in a zero on the quiz (on the first offense–a second offense will result in failing the course). All answers can be found in the textbook and/or the discussion boards.

What this means is: Do NOT, under any circumstances, copy from Wikipedia, Sparknotes, eNotes, and similar websites. You do not need to EVER go to such a site–you need to read the discussion boards, the introductions to each text, and the COMPLETE reading assignment before you try the quizzes. You may use the textbook–the quizzes are open book. They are not meant for you copy and paste.

Yes, these readings are long. Yes, they can be difficult. However, difficult literary classics in post-European Renaissance World Literature is the purview of this course. I will have no patience for cheating.

This week, we’ll engage two Modern writers: the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke and the Mexican poet Octavia Paz (both were men, though their names might not suggest that to American eyes).

  1. Rilke’s “The Swan” compares what to hobbling around the ground like a swan on land?

2.   In “Spanish Dancer,” how does Rilke use imagery of flames and fire to describe the dancer?

3.   Which American poet we’ve studied shows the greatest influence on Paz’s “I Speak of the City?”

4.    What “Alice” is Paz referring to in lines 28-29 of “Central Park” when he writes, “there is a wind that scatters the reflections / of Alice dismembered in the pond?”

5.     Describe in your own words the tone of “The Panther” — does Rilke seem awed or terrified by the animal the way that Blake’s speaker is in “The Tyger?”

 
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