Now you See Me, Now you Don’t (Three Messages from Hollow men) In the Hollow men this poem has three messages in it and they are important ones. THe first one is dissatisfaction because the people are not satisfied with their lives and have to struggle through it. The second message is passivity because the Hollow men put all their lazy efforts on the “Shadow” which is meaning that they don’t want to do homework or something like that.
Comparative Essay How can different perceptions about one topic be expressed in poetry? The main theme that the two sets of poems convey is war, but it’s expressed in different point of views through the use of diction that builds tone. The tones of these poems play a big role in conveying the differences between the different eras that these poems are written in, and shows how societies have changed from the Victorian era till the time of World War I. The diction and tone in Borden and Owen’s poems is so much different than the diction and tone in Lovelace and Tennyson’s poems due to different perspectives and point of views. In all four poems the main idea is war, but each set conveys a perspective of war, a positive perspective
This line is evidently ironic in contrast with the content of the poem, which brutally describes the horror and the futility of the war. After the second stanza, Owen is focused on his experience of horror, ‘He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.’ shows his experience of watching a man dying from a gas attack. Furthermore, he says that we will not be able to experience the same feelings, but only in ‘some smothering dreams’. Through this he argues that individuals who have not been to the war should not promote it and his negative attitude towards propaganda, which told young men how great the war is, seeding deluded images of the war. Therefore, the poem plainly depicts the irony of the title which says that it is one of the best thing to die for your country when it is not.
The title “Tears” suggests despair. Nevertheless, that proves untrue. Hölderlin titled the poem “Tears” to convey his tenacious preservation of hope while being surrounded by nothing but despair metaphorically. These messages are indirectly hidden, as the poem is enriched with metaphors that hint at his optimism. Hölderlin begins “Tears” by describing his dispirited situation: “By fire and thick with ash, and before then.”
At first glimpse, this Steve Kowit poem was perceived as one of great misfortune and misery. With an introduction calling for a disconnect with the world, “Some Clouds”, is nothing short of depressing. From his annoyance with pitiful people, and his urge to find himself after a loved one's death, Kowit wishes he could be like the clouds, “drifting out of one nothingness into another”(26). This feeling could have been the motivation for this simple, yet so complex title. The heading “Some Clouds” is perhaps derived from Kowit’s analyzation of clouds throughout this poem.
Auden is unable to see a future and follows the five imperatives with a poignant declarative “For nothing now can ever come to any good” Auden does this to communicate the anger and sadness he is feeling. He also displays the agony he feels through his use of powerful verbs, ‘moaning” is a words associated with response to pain and ‘scribbling” shows frustration, like he is out of control; he is not able to manage his emotions. It is followed by the capitalisation of “He Is Dead,” by emphasising and pronouncing the diction, he is convincing and assuring himself of the reality. Hardy’s tone make is evident that he has responded to death very differently to Auden. Hardy does not display
In the title we find a clear ironic contrast between the romantic suggestions of "love song" and the content of the poem. By reading the poem, we discover that there is nothing to do with love in the poem, and the speaker is not even able to love himself. Thus, the context is completely ironic compared to its title, "the love song"; moreover, the poem itself is a dramatic poem and the main tone of the poem is weary. So, we can say that this title could be interpreted as a joke.
Walt Whitman uses diction and figurative language to find the purpose of life in his poem, “O Me! O Life!”. For the duration of the first stanza, a negative choice of vocabulary describes the problems of life. “The endless trains of the faithless” (2), displays a lack of hope that leads to a morose tone.
This is because our narrator is suffering from severe depression. A depression that was probably caused by the loss of Lenore that he mentions within the second stanza of the poem. “...vainly I had sought to borrow-- from my books surcease of sorrow-- sorrow for the loss of Lenore. For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore -- Nameless here for evermore.” (L. 10).
Whether a love poem, or a death poem, poetry is always composed with a specific task in mind the author is attempting to accomplish. The task may range from admiring someone or something, or even commenting upon the ills of society, but nevertheless, poetry is always written with the intent of delivering a powerful and meaningful message. Such is the case with the two poems, “Homage to My Hips” and “To an Athlete Dying Young.” Each poem utilizes certain elements differently such as symbolism, the topics of love and death, and emotional connection to bring the reader’s attention to significant societal issues, and illustrate the affect those issues have upon those in society. These poems are similar in that they both celebrate some aspect of