Friday, September 25, 2009

SA #6: "An Octopus"

1. Briefly describe your first impressions of "An Octopus."

2. At the top of p. 76, Moore writes that Henry James is "'damned by the public for decorum';/not decorum but restraint." Think back to The Turn of the Screw.

(a) Does this description make sense to you? In what way(s) would you say that Henry James is decorous or restrained?

(b) Ostensibly, this poem is about a mountain glacier, an "Octopus/of ice." Why is it useful to bring up Henry James in this poem?

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