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Subject Anecdote of the Jar
Posted by Joyce
Posted on Wed Dec 16 13:46:15 1998
From IP la3144.ladorm.fju.edu.tw  

What is the definition of ¡§anecdote¡¨? ¡§A short story based on your personal experience.¡¨ When I saw the topic, I was really curious because we know that the jar is a lifeless object. How could it have ¡§personal experience¡¨?

Actually, it¡¦s easy to find out that there are two main characters in this cute poem, they are ¡§the wildness¡¨ and ¡§the jar¡¨. It concerns about literary techniques ¡V the personification and the symbolism. Why dose the speaker place the jar in Tennessee? Where is Tennessee? It is one of the states in central - southern America. In Tennessee, there are lots of wild field and hills so the wildness is the symbol of ¡§the nature¡¨. As to the jar, it is the symbol of ¡§art¡¨. So now we can understand that this poem talks about the relationships between the nature and human art. It is interesting to take a look at the attitude between them. The wildness ¡§rose up¡¨ to the jar, and ¡§sprawled¡¨ around it, too. The jar is like an ¡§emperor¡¨ because he is ¡§tall¡¨ (high standard) and of a ¡§port¡¨ (portly appearance) in air. The wildness bows before his ¡§dominion¡¨, his ¡§feet¡¨ and surrounds the jar. Just like the scene that a jar stands in upon a hill. Why dose the speaker place the jar in a ¡§hill¡¨? The reason is that the jar stands upon a higher position. Then, he can look down his ¡§territory¡¨ and the wildness around him respects and follow his orders.

If we think further, we will see that the jar is like the art, it¡¦s artificial. Originally, there is no rule and order in the nature, so we call ¡§the wildness¡¨. Though, after the art appeared, it changed the situation. It made the order and the arrangement of the nature. The jar, it owns the complete figure and appearance. It influences and arranges the nature. Otherwise, the speaker also talks about the differences between them in the third stanza. The jar dominates the wildness, but it can¡¦t give of. It is always alone. As to the wildness, it can breed and multiply creatures just like bushes and birds. In each stanza, there are also contraries between them. For example, ¡§round¡¨ vs. ¡§slovenly¡¨ (it means lazy and untidy.); ¡§tall¡¨ vs. ¡§sprawl¡¨; ¡§gray and bare¡¨ vs. ¡§give of bird or bush¡¨.

Who is the speaker? I think that the speaker in this poem is someone like an artist, like poet or writer. He placed the jar, just like that he writes, creates or draws because he is creating art. He makes art to arrange this world and surroundings.

Finally, we have to talk about the rhyme in this poem. There are so many ¡§round¡¨, ¡§surround¡¨ and ¡§ground¡¨ in the poem. Just like another one poem ¡§The Dance¡¨, it doesn¡¦t place those rhymes in the end of the sentences. Why? The reason is similar. The figure of jar is ¡§round¡¨ so there is no beginning and ending. As the repetition of Tennessee, they are just like the top and the bottom of the jar! It makes me remind one idea when I read Langston Hugh¡¦s poem. He said that you can regard each poem as a house, the first line is like the roof and the last line is just like the floor! Originally, I can¡¦t completely understand it, but new I think that I can really touch it.ƒº



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