Mary Oliver’s poem “Crossing the Swamp” shows three different stages in the speaker's life, and uses personification, imagery and metaphor to show how their relationship with the swamp changed overtime. The swamp is personified, and imagery is used to show how frightening the swamp appears before transitioning to the struggle through the swamp and ending with the speaker feeling a sense of renewal after making it so far into the swamp. Finally, metaphor is used to compare the speaker, who has experienced many difficulties to an old tree who has finally begun to grow. Mary Oliver uses the literary element of personification to illustrate the speaker and the swamp’s relationship. She portrays the swamp as alive in lines 4-8 “ the nugget of dense sap, branching/ vines, the dark burred/ faintly belching/ bogs.” These lines show the fear the narrator has of the swamp with the words, dense, dark and belching.
In “Crossing the Swamp” by Mary Oliver, the poet uses various forms of figurative language to develop the similar relationship between the speaker and the swamp. The poet portrays this relationship through the use of visual imagery, alliteration, personification and metaphor. The visual imagery provides a clear image of the swamp and the speaker, meanwhile the alliteration is used to further compare how the swamp is related to the speaker. Personification is used to portray the swamp with human qualities; something that seems real to the readers. Finally, a metaphor is used to associate the speaker’s life and the passage through the swamp.
The Mower Against Gardens is one of four "mower" poems from author Andrew Marvell. The poem describes the capacity of mankind to destroy and manipulate nature. Marvell 's poem is deceiving, to first glace the poem appears to be non-stanzaic but is has hidden stanzas from lines 1-18 and 19-36. The division of the poem in such a way is strategic, the stanzas have a specific build, making the poem more structured and effective. Throughout the poem there are many poetic devices used, such as iambic pentameter and tetrameter, repetition and rhyming, as well as imagery.
Once the piece of literature begins, the reader begins feeling captivated in the imagery that the author created to be envisioned. In John Muir’s extraordinary essay, The Calypso Borealis, he creates a vivid picture in the reader’s head of his experience to find a beautiful flower. In particular, he creates an image of his adventure into a swamp surrounding The Great Lakes through his writing. When his journey began, he was introduced to several diverse flora. During his journey, he is able to admire and soak up nature’s beauty as well as
Using both her word choice and the tone in which it set, her use of language foreshadows the true intentions and outcome of the lottery and its devastating ending. When she states, “[The] feeling of liberty sat uneasy on most of them,” she creates an uneasy and negative tone when she uses these certain words ( Jackson 264). It creates the sense that the villagers’ liberty and freedoms were about to be threatened and it truly foreshadows the events that are to come. She also continues her negative tone and word choice towards the event and the black box when she says, “They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed” (Jackson 264). This created an uneasy feeling in the readers mind and led to the foreshadowing that the towns people weren’t so excited to participate in the lottery.
In “I’ll Open the Window” by Anna Swir, the mood is very dark using statements such as “I am an animal.” and “I hear bones grind, I see our two skeletons.” These quotes from the poem contribute to the feeling that the speaker abhors the relationship between the speaker and her loved one. She also uses “the clatter of your shoes is heard no more. Now, silence.” This exemplifies the feeling that the speaker does not want her previously loved one to enter into her place of loneliness. In contrast, “Flirtation” speaks about the positive aspects of the start to a relationship. “Flirtation” exemplifies a happy mood.
In many poems, poets use nature as a metaphor for human life. In "Storm Warnings" by Adrienne Rich, she uses an approaching storm as a metaphor for an emotional storm inside herself. Although, there is a literal meaning of the poem. There really is an incoming storm. Rich uses structure, specific detail, and imagery to convey the literal and metaphorical meanings of the poem.
Mary Oliver in her poem, “Crossing the Swamp,” utilizes allegory, alliteration, metaphor, and tone to convey an intricate relationship between herself and the swamp, that being her struggles in her life. A relationship that starts out with fear and ends in acceptance, stagnation to triumph, darkness to light; a relationship that allows her to be reborn. The swamp is a metaphor, described as “struggle, closure,” “the center of everything;” the swamp represents the obstacles Oliver faces in her life. She enters the swamp that is “murky” with “dense sap” and “branching vines,” and Oliver must struggle in the swamp in order to move forward. But there is a lack of direction in life and no one struggles the same and no one travels the same path,
The yellow blobs in the painting are like something being almost hidden. This looks like a jungle scene in the night because of the purple and white the drips falling down from each stalk. The title is very expressive because of the words used like wish and happiness. The title sounds very personal as if Rae was telling it to someone she really loved. This quote suggests that it is personal because Rae uses the word “wish you’ This title of her work suggests that she is expressing her emotions.
The narrator details how he senses loneliness and how deserted the people are from one another; as this is exactly similar to how the islands in the sea are. The beginning of the poem seems to diffuse a feeling of anguish, seclusion, and solitude which allows the reader to touch on the fact of how people are detached from each other. The poet chooses his words in a very specific manner to address his point of view on isolation; this is to say that certain words that were used by the poet shed the light on the same theme. For instances, the words echoing, shoreless, endless, and alone are included in an attempt to give the reader a sort of empty feelings that allow him to feel the deepness of the issue of isolation. The poet explains how the real life at his time is isolated like an island that is standing alone in the sea.