The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

By Mark Twain

A Semiotician 2

November 2nd, 2011 · No Comments
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Step 1 – Analyze the Words in the poem, identify the significant words and formulate a meaning for them.
Step 2 – Identify the use of the words. How are they supposed to be read in the poem? Could other words work in the place of these words as well?
Step 3 – Now knowing what is provided analyze the poem from the information that is not provided and discuss what the poem is based on.

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 65:
Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o’er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time’s best jewel from Time’s chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

1 – mortality- death or dying, stronger – ability to have strength , power – The ability or official capacity to exercise control.
2 – Mortality is used to speak about death, other words may have been able to been used but mortality gets the job done.
Stronger is used to measure the strength of the different things in the earth that are susceptible to being destroyed.
Power is used to show that many things that we may assimilate power with aren’t as powerful as we think.
3-The Poem is not discusses a different number of things for example it is not talking about birth or construction by using words like mortality and decays. From analyzing the content that we have in front of us we can see that the topic of the poem is based on what can withstand the test of time and to Shakespeare “black ink” or literature can.

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