William Faulkner

-Karina Marquez


William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897 and was an American writer during the Modernist movement. He wrote short stories, novels, and poems after being in the Royal Air Force for the British during the first. He was influenced by Scottish romantics, but he experienced much sadness and elation during his career which made him a modernist. The Sound And The Fury, contributed to modernism because it had a very different style of writing. He recreated the way the human mind thought in his writing. The book is ranked 6th out of 100 in the English-language novels in the 20th century.

Grey The Day

Gray the day, all the year is cold,
Across the empty land the swallows' cry
Marks the southflown spring. Naught is bowled
Save winter, in the sky.

O sorry earth, when this bleak bitter sleep
Stirs and turns and time once more is green,
In empty path and lane and grass will creep
With none to tread it clean.

April and May and June, and all the dearth
Of heart to green it for, to hurt and wake;
What good is budding, gray November earth?
No need to break your sleep for greening's sake.

The hushed plaint of wind in stricken trees
Shivers the grass in path and lane
And Grief and Time are tideless golden seas—
Hush, hush! He's home again.


T - It may be about the authors gloomy and melancholy day, or their day during the winter.

P - The first stanza may mean the start of spring (transition from the roaring 20's to the Great Depression) and "death" of winter. The second stanza talks about the flaws or mishaps that come along with spring (crash of the stock market). The third stanza talks about the fact that the cold does not need to go. The fourth stanza talks about the the causes of spring once it comes.

C - The author does use many peculiar, one would say, words. Such as naught, bitter, and dearth to show the negative features of spring. Showing its nothing, ugly, and a lack of heart it contains.

A - The author seems to be upset over the fact that he's going through the seasons or different time periods.

S - He goes from talking about the wonders and goodness of winter time to talking about the horrible and horrifying spring.

T - The "grey the day" sort of shows that he wants to keep the days grey.

T - You can hear the author being depressed over the shift in season/era (Roaring 20's).

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