Today in class we read Watching For Dolphins by David Constantine, we annalized it and finally we made a chart.
Watching for dolphins by David Constantine: (POEM)
In the summer months on every crossing to Piraeus
One noticed that certain passengers soon rose
From seats in the packed saloon and with serious
Looks and no acknowledgement of a common purpose
Passed forward through the small door into the bows
To watch for dolphins. One saw them lose
Every other wish. Even the lovers
Turned their desires on the sea, and a fat man
Hung with equipment to photograph the occasion
Stared like a saint, through sad bi-focals; others,
Hopeless themselves, looked to the children for they
Would see dolphins if anyone would. Day after day
Or on their last opportunity all gazed
Undecided whether a flat calm were favourable
Or a sea the sun and the wind between them raised
To a likeness of dolphins. Were gulls a sign, that fell
Screeching from the sky or over an unremarkable place
Sat in a silent school? Every face
After its character implored the sea.
All, unaccustomed, wanted epiphany,
Praying the sky would clang and the abused Aegean
Reverberate with cymbal, gong and drum.
We could not imagine more prayer, and had they then
On the waves, on the climax of our longing come
Smiling, snub-nosed, domed like satyrs, oh
We should have laughed and lifted the children up
Stranger to stranger, pointing how with a leap
They left their element, three or four times, centred
On grace, and heavily and warm re-entered,
Looping the keel. We should have felt them go
Further and further into the deep parts. But soon
We were among the great tankers, under their chains
In black water. We had not seen the dolphins
But woke, blinking. Eyes cast down
With no admission of disappointment the company
Dispersed and prepared to land in the city.
Resultado de imagen para DOLPHINS
CONTEXT: Watching for dolphins is a poem in wich people are hoping to see dolphins
VOICE: The voice is someone who is in that boat waiting to watch the dolphins
THEME: This poem is trying to tell us that we do not control nature.
TONE: In this poem there is a changing tone, at first exitment, hope and at the end sadness and dissapointment.
TECHNIQUES: Simile: “stared like a saint”. metaphor: ” but soon we were among the great tankers, under their chains in black water” and epiphany
PERSONAL OPINION: I really liked the poem but it is relly sad. In my opinion i also think it is really relatable, i believe that because in life, we pass throught a lot of dissapointments and this poem is an example.
David Constantine reading Whatching for dolphins.