Henry James

Realism Movement

(1843-1916)

James was an American writer who spent most of his writing career in Britain. He is considered as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He is best known for a series of books about Americans encountering Europe and Europeans. He would write in a characters point of view in each of his writings which gave new depth to narrative fiction.

This Curse - Henry James

He sits in his room
Startled by what he sees
Not knowing what to think
Not knowing what to believe

The trembling he feels
Strickins pain inside
He can't run from his fears
He has no where to hide

'What is this curse
that has fallen on me'
'What did I learn'
What did I see

He knows so little
He suffers so much
He hears every whisper
He feels every touch

Finally he gives in
To whatever he's done
The game still continues
But no one has fun
T- How this curse ruined his life.

p- How he doesn't know what the curse is but it is hurting him and then he finally gives in and realizes he did something wrong but life goes on anyways.

c- Strickins, trembling

a- afraid

s-before the last stanza

t- The curse of karma

t- life


"Nobody"

By: Bert Williams

1906

When life seems full of clouds an' rainand I am filled with naught but pain,who soothes my thumpin' bumpin' brain ?Nobody . . . When winter comes with snow an' sleet,and me with hunger and cold feet,who says " Ah, here's two bits, go an' eat!"Nobody . . . I ain't never done nothin' to nobody,I ain't never got nothin' from nobody, no time!And until I get somethin' from somebody, sometime, I don't intend to do nothin' for nobody, no time! When I try hard an' scheme an' plan,to look as good as I can,who says " Ah, look at that handsome man!"Nobody . . . When all day long things go amiss,and I go home to find some bliss,who hands to me a glowin' kiss?Nobody . . . I ain't never done nothin' to nobody,I ain't never got nothin' from nobody, no time!And until I get somethin' from somebody, sometime, I don't intend to do nothin' for nobody, no time! Nobody, no time!


Analysis of song

In this song it is basically saying nobody does anything for him and he does nothing wrong to anyone so he doesn't want to do anything for anyone else but him. This relates to the poem because during the mans curse he is suffering by himself and no one is there for him as life goes on just like the song lyrics say.

Conclusion

Henry James represents the realism movement because he writes about reality and how things would most likely happen in real life rather than fairy tales. He was known as one of the key figures in the realism movement. The way he wrote made his characters have the social requirements of their society giving them a more realistic character. He brought a whole new style of writing coming out of the 1800's. He was known as the father of realism.