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The Eyes Have It!
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"Often, eyes do have it--center stage in some of the most famous pieces of literature. Can you recognize these works that make a significant or interesting reference to the eyes?"
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"I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture -- a pale blue eye with a film over it": thus speaks an unhinged individual who justifies the murder and dismemberment of his elderly companion because of the old man's eye. What story by Edgar Allan Poe is this?
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Masque of the Red Death
The Minister's Black Veil
"When I do come, she will speak not, she will stand, / Either hand / On my shoulder, give her eyes the first embrace / Of my face, / Ere we extinguish sight and speech / Each on each". This beautiful description of a kiss occurs in a Victorian poem called "Love Among the Ruins". What English poet wrote this poem, concluding "Love is best", a belief made evident by his own historically famous relationship?
"Among twenty snowy mountains, / The only moving thing / Was the eye of the . . . ". Thus begins the first part of a poem consisting of thirteen miniature poems, each one a unique perspective. The modernist American poet Wallace Stevens wrote the poem and entitled it "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a" what?
"Drink to me only with thine eyes, / And I will pledge with mine". Which Cavalier poet, who lived from 1572 to 1637, wrote these metaphorical words about eyes in his poem "Song: to Celia"?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The Eyes around--had wrung them dry--". This metaphor, comparing the eyes to a cloth from which one could wring moisture, is found in a poem that begins "I heard a Fly buzz--when I died" and is numbered 465 in one collection of this most private poet's work. Who was this nineteenth-century American woman?
"Why has not man a microscopic eye? / For this plain reason, man is not a fly." What eighteenth-century English poet, most supportive of Neoclassicism and The Enlightenment, wrote this heroic couplet in a lengthy poem called "Essay on Man"?
"Feel the fire at his neck and see how casually / he glances up and is caught, wondrously tunneling / into that hot eye. Who cares that he fell back to the sea?" What twentieth-century American poet compared the spiritual glory of the sun to an eye in "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph", a poem in which she praises Icarus for his attempt at flight?
"He holds him with his glittering eye-- / The Wedding-Guest stood still, / And listens like a three years' child". These lines are from what English Romantic poem about someone who spellbinds a man on the way to a wedding and makes him listen to a lengthy tale of a fantastic sea journey?
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The Lady of Shallot
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
"I am become a transparent eye-ball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part and particle of God". This figurative language bordering on the bizarre is found in the 1836 essay "Nature". What American transcendentalist and poet, formerly a Unitarian minister, wrote it?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! / It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on". Most, perhaps, recognize these as the words of William Shakespeare. Perhaps, as well, they recognize these as lines from the play "Othello". However, who speaks these words to Othello?
Othello speaks them to himself
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