Poetry/Short Stories

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 For the following quotations, first identify the authortitle, and year of publication. Then, in two to three complete sentences, explain the quotation's significance in terms of a larger theme developed in the text.  


1.)  Hardest of all, though, was when Grandmere sternly bade him cease speaking the soft, Creole patois that they chattered together, and forced him to learn English. The result was a confused jumble which was no language at all. 


2.)  Since then 'tis centuries; but each Feels shorter than the day

I first surmised the horses' heads

Were toward eternity.


3.)  The rain was over; and the sun was turning the glistening green world into a palace of gems. [...] He turned and smiled at her with a beaming face; and she lifted her pretty chin in the air and laughed aloud. 


4.)  I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,

When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--


5.)  If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing wrong with one but temporary nervous depression--a slight hysterical tendency--what is one to do? 


6.)  And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor

Shall be lifted nevermore!


7.)  His teachers felt this afternoon that his whole attitude was symbolized by his shrug and his flippantly red carnation flower, and they fell upon him without mercy, his English teacher leading the pack. He stood through it smiling, his pale lips parted over his white teeth.


8.)  We smile, but oh great Christ, our cries

To Thee from tortured souls arise.


9.)  So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.


10.)  Til rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,

In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,

Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.
 

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