Red Sheet #10
Title: What is Loitering with a vacant eye? This title just by reading it and not reading the rest of the poem can be interpreted as an interactive title by the way it is phrased. This title is an interactive title because in the poem he is wandering and sees everything in a way that his sickness revolves around.

Paraphrase: In the first few couple of stanzas the narrator is in a gallery looking at a statue. He says the statue “looked at him” meaning he thinks that the statue is alive and can sense his presence. In the second stanza he talks to the statue as if it is going to talk back to him. The narrator says “what, lad drooping with your lot?” I think that the narrator is trying to talk to the statue to comfort himself because of his sickness. The narrator is trying to be happy even though he has a sickness. In the end of the poem he says “stand, quit you like stone, be strong.” He says to comfort himself and trying to not be depressed about his sickness rather he be happy that he has it.

Précis: In the poem, “Loitering With a Naked Eye” by A.E. Housman (1936) the narrator discovers that his sickness wont go away so he tries to be happy instead of sad about his sickness. Told in 1st person point of view, the author supports his theme by describing the setting of the gallery where the narrator sees the statue, establishing the major conflict of the the narrator trying to be happy with his sickness. Housman’s purpose is to show that even with a sickness a person can still be happy in order to show that a sickness cant keep someone from being happy. He creates a mood of acceptance for an audience of skillful readers.

Connotation: The word strong in the poem has a more deep meaning. Strong in this poem has a very powerful meaning it. You have to be very strong to know you have a sickness and still be happy. In the poem the word “eyed” has a potent meaning. The narrator says the statue eyed his eyed in this poem means the statue is alive and...