martes, 18 de febrero de 2014

On the fair weather just at the Coronation by Katherine Philips

      Katherine Philips

On the Fair Weather just at
the Coronation, it having
rained immediately before
and after

So clear a season, and so snatch'd from storms,
Shows Heav'n delights to see what man performs.
Well knew the Sun, if such a day were dim,                                    
It would have been an injury to him:
For then a cloud had from his eye conceal'd
The noblest sight that ever he beheld.
He therefore check'd th' invading rains we fear'd,
And in a bright Parenthesis appear'd.
So that we knew not which look'd most content,                     
The King, the people, or the firmament.
But the solemnity once fully past, 

The storm return'd with an impetuous haste                                                                                    
And Heav'n and Earth each other to out-do,      
Vied both in cannons and in fire-works too.
So Israel past through the divided flood,
While in obedient heaps the Ocean stood:
But the same sea (the Hebrews once on shore)

 Return'd in torrents where it was before.                                                                                                                                                 


I looked at the title of this poem and 
I thought the poem was going to be a 
bit boring. It was only after I read it
 that I realized that it was not boring
 like I thought it was. 
The poem talks about what exactly 
what the title suggests. Katherine was
 very direct when choosing the title for 
her poem. For unknown reasons, she 
chose to not engage the reader or grab
 the reader's attention by choosing a 
surprising title. Since the poem was 
written in the seventeenth century, 
maybe in that era, attention grabbers 
were not necessary. 
 In the poem, Katherine Philips is
 expressing the actions that occurred 
while a king was being coronated at 
some ceremony. 
The actions that Katherine Philips 
expresses are just the weather that
 took place in the coronation. 
In the poem, Katherine Philips says,
 "And in a bright Parenthesis appear'd. 
 So that we knew not which look'd most
 content, The King, the people, or the
 firmament." In this phrase, Katherine
 is saying that when the king was given
 the crown, it was raining. Since it was
 raining, you could not really see who
 was happy for the king's coronation. 
 This poem was very informative. It is
 really surprising to see that Katherine
 simply talked about the weather in the
 coronation. From this poem, I learned
 that different eras express different topics.

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