Mark Twain - Realism

By: Juan Rodriguez

Biography

Mark Twain was an American writer who was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835 and died on April 21, 1910. He wrote many novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were his two major pieces of work. Twain contributed a lot to the realism movement, his writing had a tremendous impact that changed literature in so many ways. He brought realistic aspects such a characters, emotions, events, etc. within his stories. By doing so the reader could easily relate to some of the characters, have a better understanding of them, and even visualize whatever was taking place.

Warm Summer Sun - TPCASTT


Warm summer sun,

Shine kindly here,

Warm southern wind,

Blow softly here.

Green sod above,

Lie light, lie light.

Good night, dear heart,

Good night, good night.



Title - A nice, peaceful day at the park or the beach with a someone special.

Paraphrase - It seems as he's saying goodbye to someone, someone who had a

special place in his heart.
Connotation - "Good night, dear heart, good night, good night," from this he makes it seem like he's talking about his wife.

Attitude - The speaker has a loving, positive tone to him, "warm summer sun, shine kindly here." This starts the poem off with a positive vibe.

Shift - There's not many shifts you can note out here, but the last two lines "good night, dear heart, good night, good night" does give off sorrow in comparison to lines 1 through 6.

Title - This is about him losing someone who he loved dearly, someone who meant the world to him, his wife. It describes him going to visit her grave on a beautiful, calming day.

Theme - To me the theme of this poem is basically telling the reader to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones because life can bring something you'd never expect. One minute that person can be here breathing the fresh air, the next, that specific person could be dead, gone from this world.

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La rencontre, ou "Bonjour Monsieur Courbet"

This represents something that actually happened to the artist of this painting, Gustave Courbet, as he was greeted by his patron Alfred Bruyas, his servant Calas, and his dog while traveling to Montepellier. This is a prime example of the realism movenment with a painting.

"Dead" by William Dean Howells

It relates to Mark Twain's "Warm Summer Sun" poem relates to this poem in that they both talk about death. There's a transparent correlation between the two and take the realism approach in the same direction. They also carry a similar theme and tone.

How your author is representative of their literary movement:

Mark Twain was one of the first who brought realism to writing and he did a good job at that. He's possibly one of the best known, if not, the best known writer when the realism movement took place. He's definitely an icon under this category and two of his works shine in under realism writing.