Alfred Prufrock is an older man who is painfully aware of his aging. Although initially when looking at the poem, you would imagine a nice, rhythmic, and upbeat love song, simply by seeing the name Prufrock this trend is bucked. This is because the name Prufrock does not roll of the tong and sound very poetic. Indeed, Prufrock is a very usual name that is fitting for a seemingly unusual man. Right from the beginning of the poem it also becomes clear that the “love song” is a cruel irony. “Let us go then you and I/When the evening is spread out against the sky/Like a patient etherised upon a table.” This last image of a patient on a table is a very jarring one that makes it clear that the poem is not a classic love song. There is also a clear …show more content…
“The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the widow- panes,/Licked its tongue into the corners of the evenings/Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains/Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys.” In this stanza there is this really effective image of an insidious fog and or pollution. This fog is a sickly and depressing yellow color, which echoes the classic American story the yellow wallpaper. Similarly to this story, the yellow fog is heavy, gross, and disgusting and permeates everything around it, giving a seeming uncomfortable claustrophobic feeling to the poem. It is through fleeting images and fragments that we begin to learn about the character Profrock. We learn that he is a very anxious guy, who is afraid of being alone, and yet is paralyzed by the moment, and too scared to do anything about his unhappiness. He is also aware of this fault as well as the passage of time, and so his wheels are constantly spinning in this kind of devastating internal conversation. This is the reason why the poem is presented through a series of images and fragments thoughts because it gives us insight into Prufrock’s devastating internal conversation, random thoughts and
The yellow wallpaper soon becomes sickening to the narrator which is expressed by, “it is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others. No wonder the children hated it!” (Gilman). Yellow is normally used to symbolize hope or positive thoughts which the narrator is unable to obtain due to the fact of being confined in the room. As time passes, the narrator becomes more and more obsessed with the wallpaper even believing there are people living inside which symbolize how she feels trapped and helpless.
The love is categorized as a deeming and damning affection therefore mastering the hardship of what love is or is perceived to be. Looking at the first stanza, one is able to notice that it starts off very romantically. In line 1 the poet, Cynthia Zarin, refers to her man as ‘My heart’ and ‘my dove’. ‘My heart’ indicates how much the poet’s lover means to her as a heart is sustenance for life. The poet also makes it clear that the love is pure in line 1 by referring to her lover as
His word choice is a little bit unexpected and unfamiliar throughout the poem. Even in the first line “Let us go then, you and I…” is worded different
The narrator is a woman who is imaginative trying to make her mind think and realize the meaning of the yellow wallpaper. She describes the wallpaper as, “repellant, almost revolting; smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow turning sunlight” (Gilman 641). This specific wallpaper makes the narrator feel a certain way. At first, she does not like the color or how it looks. But then not having anything else to do in the room, she starts examining the wallpaper.
He could imagine his deception of this town “nestled in a paper landscape,” (Collins 534). This image of the speaker shows the first sign of his delusional ideas of the people in his town. Collins create a connection between the speaker’s teacher teaching life and retired life in lines five and six of the poem. These connections are “ chalk dust flurrying down in winter, nights dark as a blackboard,” which compares images that the readers can picture.
Comparatively, The Yellow Wallpaper’s attic has a dramatically dull surrounding which reflects the state of the main character’s mental illness. The odors in The Yellow Wallpaper and A Rose for Emily also echo a foulness in the moods of the characters alongside the smell. Unlike the other two texts, The Yellow Wallpaper contains an atmosphere of dullness and creepiness as achieved by the darkened portrayal of typically bright and happy colours. For example, the colour yellow is applied to the wallpaper which would typically be a cheery thing. However, the colour is described as “repellant” and “revolting” (P. 3) creating the sense that it is not actually
Psychoanalytic reading of The Yellow Wallpaper In Charlotte Gilman's short story The Yellow Wallpaper, the speaker seems to be suffering from postpartum depression or "temporary nervous depression." (648). Accordingly, her husband makes the decision for her and takes her to a country house because he believes that it would be good for her. The narrator is not allowed to take care of her own child as she was imprisoned in her room where she should do nothing but "rest."
Starting at line 5 and going to line 8, Keats imagines love as something written on the night sky. He starts by personifying the sky, in line 5 he says “..the night’s starred face,” which allows him to connect the sky to a person or in this case a human emotion. He brings the emotion of love and the concept of romance into his poem in line 6, “..symbols of high romance,” and in the following two lines he shows how unreachable love is if death is to come to him sooner rather than later. By placing the love he, and everybody else, longs for in the night sky, and vast and mysterious place, he makes the journey to finding love a long hard one. A journey that could never be fully accomplished if death was to come too
The reader can feel her great depression through the poem. In addition, in order to handle her problems, under the guidance of her psychiatrist, she wrote poetry as her therapy. The form of her poem, which was not organized, could be explained through this fact. It looked like she wrote her thoughts quickly. One thought chased another thought.
This is seen in “A Song to Sing” when he says, “I love you in a place where there’s no space or time. I love you for my life.” It is seen in “The Canonization” when he says, “Call’s what you will, we are made such by love.” Both the poem and the song are about love. However, the speaker is trying to accomplish something different in each one.
The poem 's content points not to just a single memory, but an entire sexual affair from the speaker’s youth—chronicling the erotic encounters that would eventually lead to his lover’s “footfall light” and both of them “silent as a stone”. Thus the memory is also clouded by the nature of erotic
Edward Estlin Cummings is one of the most famous American poets of the 20th century. He uses words to “point to a reality outside themselves” and on the contrary claims “the only reality is language itself” . He is well known for his disregard of traditional poetic expression, and tendency to invent words. The poem Love is more thicker than forget has 16 lines, which are separated into 4 stanzas.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was not just an author but a great feminist. Gillam inspired countless women to seek indecency with her work like "The Yellow Wallpaper. " The story is a fictionalized short story of a woman who is descending into madness while dealing with her mental illness and cannot heal due to her husband 's lack of belief. At the same time, the woman also known as the narrator feels imprisoned in her marriage. The story takes place during a time were women and had no independence and were not able to voice their own opinion.
This self-denial gives him further resolve at the end of the poem to still refuse to propose. Eliot’s allusion to Shakespeare’s Hamlet is clever in this way because in the play Hamlet is also indecisive; so much so that he needs a reminder from his father’s ghost to kill his uncle, Claudius, who killed his father, took the throne, and married his mother (Shmoop). In this same portion of the poem as the Hamlet allusion, Prufrock admits that he thinks he’s too old to marry, that he is so old fashioned he still “wear[s] the bottoms of [his] trousers rolled” (Greenblatt 1304, line 121). This shows the reader that Prufrock still is adamant that he is not going to propose to the
Death of A Love One The title “Clean White Sheets” is an observation of death from the widows point of view. The title might not make sense to others, but after reading the poem people can get a sense of understanding it. By just looking at the title the reader would not suggest it was about death but maybe about a person feelings or a sentimental value that belonged to someone.