T. S. Eliot 's "The Fire Sermon" is a poem consisting of different speakers, tones, and sound patterns. I draw attention to these by slowing or speeding up while reading, changing the tone of my voice, putting emphasis on specific words or lines. T. S. Eliot composed this poem in 1921 ("T. S. Eliot Biography"), which is significant because this is after the war and his world would have been a "Waste Land". This real world is mirrored in his writings through filth and impurity. Stylistic choices bring forth the importance of sexual desire and emotional/physical impurity and highlight the irony of alluding to both Buddhism and Christianity because of their avoidance of passion.
The second is to study religion and religious experiences from more subjective point of view. An historical survey would witness to both of these approaches. Alston attempts the possibility of a rational and objective justification of religious beliefs against the background of growing trends of materialism and superiority of scientific methodology. The central thesis of the book Perceiving God is expressed in the introduction where he writes, The central thesis of this book is that experiential awareness of God, or as I shall be saying, the perception of God, makes an important contribution to the grounds of religious belief. More specifically, a person can become justified in holding certain kinds of beliefs about God by virtue of perceiving God as being or doing so-and-so.
The undeveloped spools are referred to as “spools of suffering.” These spools are filled with images of agony and the photographer sets them out in “ordered rows.” This could represent the many graves of dead people he has seen and furthermore shows an attempt by him to to restore order to the chaotic world. The ‘red light’ which ‘softly glows’ builds the peaceful, deathly air and at the end of the stanza the places are listed as if a chant, repeating the abrupt plosives ‘Belfast. Beirut. Phom Penh’ which adds to the eerie air. The poem is laid out in four regular six-line stanzas, with each stanza ending in a rhyming couplet.
Julie Vanwonterghem Tobi Smethurst Engelse Letterkunde II: Historisch Overzicht: Oefeningen 23/05/2016 Escapism in death, sleep, dreams and music in connection with the dissatisfaction of the reality in The Lotos-Eaters by Lord Alfred Tennyson. The Lotos-Eaters by Alfred Lord Tennyson is a poem full of references to different escapist elements such as death, sleep and dreams. Also music is mentioned a lot in the poem and seems to be something in which the mariners who arrives at the island of the Lotos-Eaters can escape. This can be connected with the sailors of the poem that are being unhappy in the world in which they live, the place those men call home. The island of the Lotos-eaters is some kind of escapist place where they come to rest and forget about their homes and the discontent they felt there.
Growth from making mistakes, growth from learning, and physical, biological, aging growth. The slow progression of literal to imaginative and metaphorical becomes prevalent in Emily Dickinson’s “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark”. In even just the title, Dickinson already makes the biggest statement of all: Humanity grows accustomed to the bad, the darkness in life, precipitating society to become complacent and take no action against it. But, Emily Dickinson has something else to add to that. In her iconic poem, Dickinson makes a change in her wording by initially shedding negative light on the darkness, but then later on, she tells of how light equals hope and how hope will generate growth.
However, some critics state that the poem appears this way only when removed from its context. In context, some argue, the words which St. John utilizes are in reference to his strong longing and deep love for God. One cannot, however, dismiss the aspects and images of human love in his poem. St. John’s inspiration stems from the verses in the Song of Songs, which are also erotic. The poetry of Song of Songs are love poems, but since they are found in the Bible, they must be the inspired Word of God.
The voice is usually linked to the power of expressing oneself, and since the flowers are ‘mute’, it can be thought that nature is continuously losing its power it once had on earth. It can also be suggested that the flowers lost their vigor and their colors are dull, which is a common sight in heavily polluted cities. The mention of the mortal stain on the oceans lap highlights the polluted ocean as the laps of a person is thought to be a comfortable, safe place. By juxtaposing the phrase ‘mortal stain’ to the laps, the readers are lead to presume that the state of destruction is more devastating. I assumed that this part of the poem was significant as the personification effectively reinforced the theme of the devastation of nature as well as entertaining the readers.
While the Cask of Amontillado has a more sinister and creepy setting as we can see on page 117 “the vaults are insufferably damp” (Mays, Cask of Amontillado) sets up for a dark and dreary setting. The very beginning where the narrator says he “I must not only punish but punish with impunity” is in the first paragraph foreshadowing the events to come. Right before the story progresses the story starts off at an ally or street where we meet the
According to the author Craig R. Koester, he gives us Johannine symbolism in its Literary context and in cultural context; and irony, is a common theme in John, plays a major role as characters deny or question things that ironically, are true and also appears in double meanings given to words. Irony, Symbolism and Misunderstanding are also mentioned by the author R. Alan Culpepper while Peter F. Ellis gives us a list of John’s literary techniques. He included the technique of using stories to set up scenes; the use of discourses, dialogues, and monologues to expound the Jesus’ teaching; the use of misunderstanding and double – meaning words to emphasize important elements of Jesus’ teaching; and the use of such other techniques as the rule of two (means storytellers and dramatists try to limit dialogue to two persons at any one time. Three examples are noteworthy: the staging of the scene with the Samaritan woman in 4:2-32; the staging of the scene at Bethany when Jesus comes to raise Lazarus; and the staging of Jesus’ trial before Pilate), explanatory comments, irony, foreshadowing (This is a storyteller’s technique whereby knowledge of the future is given in advance order to arouse anticipation and suspense, and at the same time prepare the audience to look for an interconnection of the parts of the story with the whole. There are several excellent examples of foreshadowing in John’s
Social Isolation and Loneliness Social isolation has become much more common in a society that constantly tries to stereotype us. The poems, “A Supermarket in California,” by Allen Ginsberg and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot, display the way that loneliness is affecting people. In “A Supermarket in California” imagery is used heavily, while with “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” relies on personification to show the loneliness of isolation. Both poems use objects such as the lonely streets and night time to make the reader feel the isolation.