Part I: Examining.
1. What metaphors does Holmes use to describe the ship in stanzas one and two of "Old Ironsides"? * Stanzas one – The meteor of the ocean air.
* Stanzas two – The lighting and the gale.
2. In 1830, the 44-gun American warship Constitution, the inspiration for "Old Ironsides," was scheduled to be scrapped - that is, stripped of everything valuable or reasonable. What proposal is put forth by Holmes, in the last stanza of his poem? * He is saying that it is better that the ship should sink. 3. What do you think Holmes wants the ship to symbolize? * I think he wants the ship to represent freedom.
4. The term,"Harpies," in line 15 of "Old Ironsides" is an allusion to predatory flying creatures in Greek mythology, which have bodies of vultures and heads of women. The name meant "snatchers" or "robbers." Why do you think that Holmes uses this allusion in his poem? * I think Holmes uses the allusion in his poem because he wants to be specific on the term Harpies. 5. In Longfellow's "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls," how does the title foreshadow the fact the traveler will not return? * I think that the title gives you a hint because when a tide raises it gets really high, but then when the tide falls it goes away. So by saying that the tide falls it gives you a hint to say the traveler went away, and will not return. 6. Do you think Longfellow's poem is about one specific traveler, or could it apply to all in general? Explain your answer. * I think Longfellow’s poem could apply to all travelers in general because it never put out a specific traveler. His poem is directed at one traveler but it never said who he/she was, so therefore it could be talking about anyone.
7. Personification is a figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes. Cite an example of Longfellow's use of personification in "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls."