Winter kills Martin Luther King Jr once stated, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. This statement is far from being false. The silence of our friends are expressed when life throws in a conflict. Some people do not know how to react so instead of speaking out they run away from the problem; even if losing a close friend is at risk. In the book, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the author uses numerous literary elements to support the theme.
He understands the facts of life but stays committed to the truth. He knows that he would have to appeal jury 's decision in case Tom Robinson is found guilty. In the next stanza, Kipling points out that in life when you lose everything, you must be also willing to forget about your loss. He advises that you will need to keep your "Will" alive in the most challenging circumstances even though you feel that you are physically and emotionally beaten.
War is Glory In the past, war has lead to hatred, violence, loss and death. Many have suffered from this mutiny and form of rebellion, but yet our nation continues to reside as war being the last option, when everything else fails. When our soldiers sacrifice themselves to go and fight in war, they do so with honor and courage. In Ernest Hemingway’s
At the beginning of the poem, “You do not have to be good” is used to not only speak to the narrator but set the course for which readers will follow. “You do not have to walk on your knees… repenting.” is another example of the mesmerizing words Oliver uses to aid in the reader’s emotional connection to the narrator. The poem begins with these lines to represent how a person dealing with limitations may feel and respond to these. Still, these thoughts are quickly disregarded by the narrator and readers become informed that such feelings of self-blame are petty and unnecessary.
The Moral of the Story War is never poetic, however, Wilfred Owen England, author of Dulce Et Decorum Est, brings to life an experience he had at war. Although the language is gory and he refrained from niceties, the story he tells is vivid and makes you feel that you are there at the moment experiencing it with him. Makes one wonder why the title, which in translation means “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country”, is chosen when he experienced so much death around him. On the other hand, author Tim O’Brien begins to tell the story as though it is coming from a second party and gives it philosophical twist here and there, which creates an interesting telltale version of stories in How to Tell a True War Story.
The idea of incorporating a backstory to explain the narrator’s actions is quite interesting, but as the first reader pointed out, definitely not necessary. In fact, I believe that the poem is strengthened without the backstory, because it seems slightly trite and cliche - the idea of a guy breaking his promises and getting drunk, instead of taking proper care of the girl and his relationship with her - thereby, honoring the promises he made to her as well as himself. You might also consider using stanzas within this poem. Despite it being a piece of short length, I believe that breaking it up into stanzas might help with fluidity and for separating different pieces and subject matter/content. For instance, in my opinion, a new stanza could begin with line five, because it shifts from what the narrator is seeing and the setting/introductory pieces of information, and his relationship with the “her”.
Starting a poem from a journal is one of the simplest and easiest stage. However, it is the essence of poetry and writing and general. Thus, this particular piece of advice cannot be overlooked; since, often writers find it innocuous or even silly. In other words, something that is not productive and it is fragmented. Indeed, when I look at my journal entries, I do not see the poetry nor I cannot put the story together.
No one can force one person to commit an act they believe is wrong, or to make decisions, ultimately humans control their decisions. In “Macbeth” Banquo refuses to do anything that goes against his conscience. For example, he said, “keep my allegiance clear,” he shows that he is only willing to do what is right and not commit an act that is wrong. Along the same lines in Kipling’s poem, “If” the speaker offers advice to his son on how to become a good person. One piece of advice he offers is he, “can talk with crowds and keep your virtue” then you will be a man.
The poem’s main theme is of loss as the poem is all about how he responds to the death of Annabel Lee. A line where the narrator reflects upon his love for her is “Our love it was stronger by far than the love of those who were older than we - Of many wiser than we”. The narrator also vows that he can never be separated from Annabelle Lee in the line “Nor the demons down under the sea Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee“ (lines 32-34). The poem does not have a set rhyme scheme; however, the second line in each stanza tends to rhyme with every other subsequent line. The poem is structured like a ballad in its use of the repetition of lines such as “In this kingdom by the sea” and the word “Of” in the beginning of many of the lines to create a sorrowful
The volta in the last couplet changes the point of view of the poem. Instead of someone speaking about the relationship, these last two lines seem to come from a critical outsider’s perspective. However, it almost seems like the speaker is giving advice to himself. In this relationship where the speaker is so utterly devoted to their partner, maybe the only way they can express their true feelings is if they dissociate themselves from their
As a young man, before college, Yusef Komunyakaa left his hometown Bogalusa, Louisiana and traveled to Vietnam as a War Correspondent for the Southern Cross Newspaper. He followed the many the many young soldiers, who were drafted into the wasteland of battle. His primary goal was to uncover the truth of the world with the clear accuracy of a journalist, but he came out of the war a poet, with terror seared into his psyche. In his book of poetry Dien Cai Dau, his simple language, dense imagery, and critique of the United States government illustrates his transformation from youthful innocence to the recognition of the humanity in all people, even his enemies.
Less honorable men might’ve left as soon as they killed Grendel, but Beowulf stayed and fought until he fulfilled his promise. His honor is what drove the story, what made the poem continue. The story would have been awfully dull and short if Beowulf had changed his mind and backed out. “Beowulf” would not be a classic. No one would want to read it.
Everyone faces some sort of personal strife throughout their life whether it is small or big is all that varies. It is because of this hardship that writers and philosophers across the centuries have theorized what is the best way to deal with adversity. Two late Victorian writers, William Ernest Henley and Rudyard Kipling, add their own philosophies to the mix through their poems. Henley argues in his poem “Invictus” that no matter what happens, a person must always remember that they are the master of their own fate and they must always stand tall. In contrast, Kipling in his poem “If” maintains that to face adversity a man must find the middle ground in everything he does.