Presentation on theme: "Atavism John Myers O'Hara Know the vocabulary, understand the poem, understand why Jack London includes it as an epigraph in The Call of the Wild."— Presentation transcript:
Atavism John Myers O'Hara Know the vocabulary, understand the poem, understand why Jack London includes it as an epigraph in The Call of the Wild.
Vocabulary for Atavism Helots : Helots : Serfs or servants
Vocabulary for Atavism Morbid : Morbid : Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome
Vocabulary for Atavism Primal: Primal: Being first in time; original; primeval
To make amends, as for a sin or a fault; conciliate or appease
Nomadic : Referring to a group of people who have no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of goods, water, and grazing land
Having calluses; toughened/ emotionally hardened; unfeeling
A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility/ Lethargy or apathy/ the dormant state of hibernating animal
Any number of grass-like plants of the family cyperaceae, having solid stems and leaves in three vertical rows
Brumal : Brumal : Referring to wintertime
Vocabulary for Atavism Terrene: Terrene: Of or relating to the earth; earthly
Vocabulary for Atavism Atavism : Atavism : The reappearance of a characteristic after several generations of absence, usually caused by the chance recombination of genes
Vocabulary for Atavism Feral : Feral : Referring to wild animals
Atavism by: John Myers O'Hara 1 Old longings nomadic leap, Chafing at customs chain; Again from is brumal sleep 4 Wakens the ferine strain.
5 Helots of houses no more, Let us be out, be free; Fragrance through window and door 8 Wafts from the woods, the sea. After the torpor of will, Morbid with inner strife, Morbid with inner strife, Welcome the animal thrill, 12 Lending a zest to life.
Banish the volumes revered, 14 Sever from centuries dead; Ceilings the lamp flicker cheered Barter for stars instead. Barter for stars instead.
Temple thy dreams with the trees, 18 Nature thy god alone; Worship the sun and the breeze, Altars where none atone. Altars where none atone. Voices of solitude call, 22 Whisper of sedge and stream; Loosen the fetters that gall, Back to the primal scheme. Back to the primal scheme.
Feel the great throbbing terrene 26 Pulse in thy body beat, Conscious again of the green Verdure beneath the feet. Verdure beneath the feet. Callous to pain as the rose, 30 Breathe with instincts delight; Live the existence that goes Soulless into the night. Soulless into the night.