In Memoriam A.H.H.

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    For one, the block of crimson text that dominates the bulk of the artwork is specifically red. It is the color red against black that makes the text so difficult to read and poses a significant challenge to understanding “When I Put” as a whole. Looking back at Adrienne Rich’s “In Memoriam: DK,” Rich too uses different shades of the color red early on in his poem. In his description of the flowers blooming with certainty, he says “he knows they open / burgundy, violet, pink, amarillo / all the way to their velvet cores” (6-7). The use of the word “open” is particularly interesting because it connotes a sort of unraveling that is visually associated with the opening of a flower. A blooming red flower or opening up these various colors of red is akin to bleeding out, bleeding red. This choice illuminates Wojnarowicz use of red text as not an obstruction to the reader, but rather an artistic complement to the image of skeletons. For “When I Put My Hands on Your Body,” the crimson text is a colored indicator of the visceral content…

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    An epic struggle between God and nature takes place within Alfred Lord Tennyson’s mind in his elegy, In Memoriam A.H.H.. Tennyson brings to life his own world of grief and suffering in a quest to discern man’s purpose on earth. He draws on his own experiences and knowledge of the natural world to challenge his personal beliefs on both God and nature. Tennyson wrote In Memoriam A.H.H. following the death of his close friend, Arthur Henry Hallam. Devastated by the abrupt loss of life, he began to…

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    writer during his time. He was tutored in classical and modern languages by his father, a minister prone to violent outbursts (Greenblatt 613). He was viewed upon as a peculiar character, who wore a wide brimmed hat, sported a bushy beard, and preferred solitude to company. Tennyson was very fascinated with the technological advancements of the age, albeit still “a poet of the countryside, a man whose whole being was conditioned by the recurring rhythms of rural rather than urban life” (615).…

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