Memories are important treasures to hold onto as time goes by. In the poem “Old Memories” written by Carrie Williams, the subject is old memories. The speaker of the poem is someone who is reminiscing their sweet old memories. The speaker’s tone towards the subject is nostalgic. Throughout this poem, the author uses imagery as a literary device to show why memories are considered to be significant in one’s life.
In Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy” there is end rhyme present but no real rhyme scheme. Those are some of the rhythmic elements Dunbar uses in his writing. Dunbar writes his poems on very serious matters, such as life and dreams and identity. In his poem “We Wear the Mask” Dunbar writes about people wearing masks but the true meaning of the poem is how people will try to hide their identity to look like a better more perfect person. In his poem “Life” dunbar writes about how life is not always good and at t8imes life seems to be really bad.
I was inspired to write this poem because as I was thinking and writing about life, I also thought about death, and felt like it was necessary to include a poem regarding it. Literally, this poem addresses the readers and asks them not to mourn my death, but to keep me in their memories, “keeping me alive”. This can be interpreted as a criticism for mourning, as I state that “I will be just and empty corpse, / decaying in the bacteria filled soil.” and “cannot receive your mourning”. This poem includes many literary devices, one of such being metaphors/euphemisms.
For instance, in “Warren Pryor”, the first and the third stanzas start off with the word “When”. Correspondingly, the ballad “Richard Cory” indicates that a refrain has been used when stanza two and three start off with the word “And”. Another aspect between these ballads are the poetic
The Nature of Symbolism within Trethewey’s “Elegy” In this poem “Elegy,” Natasha Trethewey depicts the relationship between herself and her late father by means of a metaphor that carries throughout the entire poem. We see that an elegy is typically used to lament the dead, however the abstract language of this poem sends a more demining message. This connotative thought is exactly what Trethewey chooses to address through subliminal metaphors equipped with items typically used to destroy rather than build, along with symbolism that alludes to fighting adversity.
Towards the end, there is a drastic change of the indecisive tone to a tone of regret. In this poem there is a line that is “I shall be telling this with a sigh”, Robert Frost shows a sign of regret, meaning he made the wrong decision. Not all decisions have to be
James McAuley and Gwen Harwood’s poems employ metaphor, symbolism and imagery to express the isolation felt by those who suffer loss. In “Pietà” a father is experiencing the physical loss of a loved one, whilst in “In the Park” a mother is suffering from the loss of self-identity as a result of motherhood. Both poets employ poetic techniques to convey the unique experience of loss catered to each individual. McAuley’s intent is to highlight that although mothers grieve, so too do fathers, whereas, Harwood’s intent is to address the role of motherhood in a realistic
"On Turning Ten" by Billy Collins is a poem that addresses the idea of aging in a depressing and frustrating manner. At first sight, one would never suspect this poem revolves around the theme of death. Yet, it goes beyond literal death and focuses on the death of childhood. Written in the first person, this poem depicts the period of juvenescence as a time of innocence, imagination, creativity, and fantasies. Throughout the stanzas, Collins explores the idea of growing up and leaving childhood behind through the use of literary devices, such as hyperbole, metaphor, and tone.
The contour of the verses in I Dreamed a Dream shapes the melody of the verses with its use of step wise and ascending patterns. The bridge features an arpeggiated style which descends through the phase. This works to set up for and lead into the next verse adding a smoother flow to the overall piece. In the recitative section at the beginning of the piece, the melody of the long introduction uses only one pitch (Eb) with the exception of the third last word ( '… it all went wrong,") where instead the G above the original Eb is sung, thereby placing emphasis on the word, its meaning and the implication it makes on the statement and mood of the piece. Whilst the score features repeated rhythmic patterns, there is also a large amount of repetition of melodic patterns and phrases.
“ Help me shatter this darkness ” is a quote from As I Grew Older, by langston Hughes. The poem explains how difficult it was for the author to reach his dream. His dream kept getting farther or there would be an obstacle standing between him and his dream. Langston Hughes used imagery, syntax to catch the attention of his readers and paint a picture of the poem. Imagery was added in very well into Langston Hughes’s poem As I Grew Older.
Over time people have fought for many reasons. Their beliefs helped shaping the outcome of their battles. In America’s history, there has been many wars. We got our independence by fighting in the Revolutionary War. In the War of 1812, we fought off the British again.
Time is the motif of the short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce. Peyton Farquhar tried to set an important bridge on fire to help the confederalist but was captured by the federalist during the American Civil war. For this he is to be hanged until dead but manages to free himself. Thanks to his use of imagery, symbolism, and plot structure Bierce created a story where time is fluid and not rigid. Bierce’s use of imagery is a prominent point in the story as in any story.
In the book A Wrinkle in Time the character Meg feels like an oddball. She is down on herself and does not always do the best at school. She feels as if she is the opposite of her mother. She acts as if she doesn't belong in her family. She acts almost like she was part of another family but then taken away from them.
Death can be often talked about when it the topic of coming of age arises, as the child at once begins to comprehend and look forward to the future rather than mostly living in the moment. Two poems, The Ball Poem by John Berryman and Quinceanera by Judith Ortiz Cofer, associate death with coming of age in their poetry. In Quinceanera, death is used as a symbol for her transition from childhood to adulthood, the narrator seemingly looking at her loss of childhood as a sort of death in itself, to begin a new life. In the story, she uses words depicting this thought process, such as “dead children”, “black”, “skull”, and “bones”. The central way she talks about death is through blood (per say, a way to discuss her coming of age physically).