Allusion, Symbolism In Grass, Elizabeth Bishop's Love And Friendship

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Analysis of Carl Sandburg’s “Grass”, Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Fish”, and Emily Bronte’s “Love and Friendship”
Thesis: Sandburg’s, use of personification, allusion, and symbolism in “Grass” reveals his theory and knowledge on the theme of WWI and how the lifeless bodies were obliterated in the field. In Bishop’s, use of imagery, similes, and paradox in “The Fish” reveals his reflection of how the fish resembles the struggles of man vs the natural world could be, when really, it’s with yourself. Bronte’s, use of symbolism, similes, metaphors, imagery, and the setting reveals his passion on how love and relationships feel and seen as.

I. Personification, allusion, and symbolism in “Grass” makes a connection between the grass in the poem and the
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The main paradox occurs between the subject and its usual interpretation, the fish is ugly and scary. Bishop observes the fish with its large eyes, "sullen face" and "five big hooks grown firmly in his mouth" (Bishop 526).
C. “The rainbow!” (Shmoop) The rainbow comes after the build-up of all the colors, which coincides with the action in the poem. As the speaker thinks about what to do with the fish, and begins to earn more appreciation and empathy for him, the colors start to grow. The full range of colors, the rainbow, symbolizes the speaker putting all the pieces together to make the decision to release the fish.
III. Finally, the symbolism, similes, metaphors, imagery, and setting present in “Love and Friendship” shows the reader how observant Bronte’s perspective had on the poem’s theme that love changes and can be painful or hurtful as friendships are more likely to remain the same or more balanced.
A. In the first line of the poem the author says “Love is like the wild rose-briar.” (Bronte 553) The author uses this simile to compare love to a wild-rose briar that grows unrestrained and without bounds in the wild.
B. “The holly is dark when the rose-briar bloom” (Bronte 553) is a metaphor used to show that the friendships do not seem as important or attractive as love when its

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