The voice of this poem is extremely personal because the speaker seems to be Emily herself making the poem more interesting to read and analyze. Moreover, the word choice and order are also very affective when reading the poem because it makes the poem clearer of how the author feels about what is.
Angelou personifies history by giving it the human emotion of shame. Personification can allow the poet to help readers relate and understand the ideas expressed in the poem. Angelou also uses similes throughout each stanza. As seen in lines such as 'Still like Air, I 'll rise ' and 'But still, like dust, I 'll rise ' Angelou uses similes to compare herself to air and dust. The use of similes allows the reader to link an idea they are familiar thus allowing them to relate to the poem.
Elizabeth Bishop is an American poet and short story writer from the 1900s. During her lifetime she became a well respected woman who intertwined her poems with ambiguous meanings that have drawn the attention of many critics for interpretation. . Her extraordinary ability to reflect common topics in her poem creates a thought provoking atmosphere which enables her to convey lucid, complex ideas through her poetry. Bishop’s ability captures the fascination of many critics, thus leading to an in depth analyzation of her works even in modern day.The detailed writing of the “Man-Moth” reflects the way in which Bishop ties ideas together to form a poem that can be perceived into different themes.
In ‘On My Songs’ by Wilfred Owen, his ideas about poetry and its importance are voiced throughout the duration of the poem. He does this by using various techniques like metaphors, diction, and personification amongst others. One of the main ideas we can gather from this poem is that he believes that poetry is a form of release. It begins with: ‘Though unseen Poets, many and many a time/ Have answered me as if they knew my woe/…fashioned so their rime…easing the flow/ Of my dumb tears’. In this quote, Owen seems to be paying homage to all the romantic poets (like Keats and Shelly) whose poetry has been able to soothe him and has even often resounded deeply with his situation or with the problems he was going through.
As a white writer, Rowell also wants to write about other races, like she does in Eleanor and Park, “that’s really scary. You have good intentions, but at the same time, you’re blind” (Rowell 2013). Throughout her books Rainbow Rowell takes her experiences and ideals and brings them to life in her writing, she writes to tell a story but also to make herself happy with her writing. The usage of words to create an image helps the reader be more in touch with the book and its storyline. Rainbow Rowell in Eleanor and Park uses imagery to help the reader have a connection to the feelings Park and Eleanor are going through.
By compressing the language Dickinson created her ultimate and unique signature. However, the downside is that this made her poems appear as a riddle to the reader. On the other hand, this kind of ambiguous writing helped her in keeping the reader engaged. Moreover, compressing her words within her poetry gave her the ability to write words with multiple meanings.
Tituba was the first person of Salem to be accused of practicing witchcraft, and she was an Indian slave that was the babysitter of Elizabeth Parris and her cousin Abigail Williams. (Blumstein, 16:33-17:26) The girls were left in the care of Tituba quite often and they spent a lot of time with one another. Elizabeth and Abigail became very interested in Tituba’s stories and tricks that she showed the girls. The girls were aware that the behavior portrayed by Tituba was “forbidden” in their close puritan community. (Blumstein, 16:59-17:00) “She told fanciful tales involving magic and power as winter grew on she demonstrated whoo do tricks for the girls.”( Blumstein, 16:33- 22:12)The girls enjoyed listening to Tituba’s stories and magic tricks they began inviting their friends over to enjoy the tricks as much as they did.
Poetry is a subtle form of writing, and reviewing poetry requires a deep understanding of the elements that constitute a poem. Poetry allows us to express feelings and emotions that are inside us all. It can also be put into any of these broad sub-genres: narrative, dramatic, or lyric. Often times people associate poetry with a short, and confusing group of words that usually leaves people scratching their heads, but surprisingly a poem can also be a favorite song. Songs are considered poetry as well because it gives people the ability to connect emotionally with the lyrics that are being sung.
Readers can better understand the meaning of the poem “Making a Fist”, by identifying figurative language, sound, imagery, and the theme of the poem. Throughout this poem there are many forms of figurative language that help the readers better understand the poem. The author uses personification in line 2 when she states, “I felt the life sliding out of me” and in line 16 “lying in the backseat behind all my questions”. Metaphors are used in lines 2 and 3 when she says “I felt the life sliding out of me,
Vincent Millay uses an anaphora of the word ‘and’ in the last two lines of ‘I too beneath your moon, almighty Sex’ in order to sum up the ‘ingredients’ she used in her poetry (“honest bone / Is there, and anguish; pride; and burning thought; / and lust is there; and nights not spent alone.”). The word ‘and’ is used four times in these last two lines. With this part of the poem, she wants to express the fact that poets write their poetry for the purpose of beauty but they have to work with what they are given. What is available for Millay in order to make poems are the ‘materials’ she comes across during her life, such as: honest bone, anguish, pride, burning thought, lust and nights not spent alone. In this part of the poem, Edna St. Vincent Millay uses a lot of caesuras.