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Subject The Dance
Posted by Jenny Fan
Posted on Tue Mar 21 16:39:39 2000
From IP c549-19.svdcc.fju.edu.tw  

The Dance
In Breughel's great picture, The Kermess,
the dancers go round, they go round and
around, the squeal and blare and the
tweedle of bagpipes, a bugle and fiddles
tipping their bellies (round as the thick-
sides glasses whose wash they impound)
their hips and their bellies off balance
to turn them. Kicking and rolling about
the Fair Grounds, swinging their butts, those
shanks must be sound to bear up under such
rollicking measures, prance as they dance
in Breughel's great picture, The Kermess.

  This poem is describing the villager dancing happily, we could feel the way they dance and how they feel by analyzing the structure of this poem.
  There is a lot of run- on sentences in this poem. Almost every sentence in this poem are run- on sentence, except the first line and the last line, there aren't any punctuation at the end of line2 -line11. These run-on sentence can make reader feel non- stop while reading, like the dancer themselves their dance are non- stop. Also the run-on sentence can make the reader feel the excitement just like the villager have felt.
  Every line of this poem is not capital, except the first line. In this way it can keep the reader fast while reading the poem. And this can make the reader feel the speed of the dance, that it isn't a slow mood dance instead it is a relaxing dance which the speed is fast and relaxing. Some ending words in certain sentence are not any important word like in line two the word "and", line three the word "the" etcíKthe function here are as same as the non capital words in every first line. It can keep reader non-stop while reading and it could create an exciting atmosphere.
  The heavily stressed syllables here are interesting, when I look for it I find that it sound like the beat of "waltz". There almost has a heavy stress in every two syllables, for example: in line two, "the" is a soft syllable and the "dan--" is a heavy sound the "cer" is a soft sound again. It goes x- x- x- x- íKa sound of the beat in the dance.
  The first line of this poem and the last are the same, this structure have two meaning to me. First it means that the poem doesn't have an end, it seems like going on forever. The reader can read it again and again without feeling strange. The second meaning is it looks like the flame of the picture, the poem is describing a picture of the villager. And the first line and the last line just looks the flame while the other lines are the movement of the villager.
  The binary here is very strange, the first few line of the poem the speaker has repeated the word "round" many times, it makes the reader feel like the dance is perfect and the dancer is enjoying themselves. Then the second half of the poem the speaker started to uses some "-ing " words; it makes me feel like the dancer is drunk he/she can't dance in a circle anymore. The binary has moved from well dancing to some drunker moving around. The villagers suppose to be celebrating themselves but at the end it sounds like not celebrating instead they are fooling around. They suppose to be happy but to me they are just making themselves happy by wine. The society is not healthy because villagers drink a lot and they are not working hard. I mean that they seem to be too relaxing, and keep their worries away by drinking a lot.

  



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