By Sylvan Barnet; William Burto; William E Cain
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The truth that a writer makes us see is the “news that stays news” that Ezra Pound spoke of. Here is Hemingway talking about the writer's work: All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. (Esquire, December 1934), 68. The Hemingway story that we reprint, “Cat in the Rain” (page 83), deals with a young woman and a young man.
3. “Pilgrim-manned”may disturb some readers. Conscious of sexist language, today we try to avoid saying things like “This shows the greatness of man” or “Man is a rational animal” when we are speaking not about males but about all people. Does Frost’s “Pilgrim-manned” strike you as slighting women? If not, why not? 4. We have already mentioned that Frost’s poem cannot possibly be thought to describe involuntary immigrants. Is this a weakness in the poem? If so, how serious a weakness? qxd 5/16/08 11:58 AM Page 8 8 Chapter 1 / Reading and Responding to Literature 5.
They began to pound each other’s back. Samuel laughed the hardest and pounded Alfred’s back until Alfred coughed and the tears came. Samuel pounded him even harder when he saw the tears. He said,“Why you bawling? Almost at once, with a terrible hiss, the pressure of air abandoned the brakes and the wheels were caught and held. People standing in the most secure places fell forward, then backward. All the passengers in the cars whipped back and forth, but he pitched only forward and fell head first to be crushed and killed between the cars.
An introduction to literature : fiction, poetry, and drama by Sylvan Barnet; William Burto; William E Cain