Have you ever felt loss so deep that everything you see is different just because that person is gone? In Mother by Ted Kooser the speaker’s mother’s death made his world view more sorrowful. Through this view of the world Kooser uses symbolism, personification, and imagery to show the speaker’s feelings about his mother dying.
The passage is an extract taken from a book written in the 1940’s. During this passing, two orphaned children – Andre and Jacob – are waiting to be taken to a concentration camp. During this passage, tension in conveyed through the setting, lighting, actions, character conflict and the reaction of the characters. The author has also cleverly conveyed the tension through the suspense and anxiety felt by the reader.
In his poem “an Echo Sonnet, To an Empty Page” poet Robert Pack introduces a narrator and his alter ego who exchange questions and answers that subsequently reveals the poet’s prospects and attitudes toward life. The narrator, or “the voice,” seems like a timid man who is afraid to plunge into his own life, because he fears the future and inevitable consequences of his mortality. The “echo,” which is the narrator’s alter ego, or a persona, answers the the voice’s questions in a way that drive the voice to take a certain prospect in life. Pack designed the poem masterfully in a way that it utilizes the traditional form of a shakespearean sonnet and an addendum of on “echo,” which communicates a cleaner and more direct message to the readers. Furthermore various literary techniques such as symbols, extraposition, and imagery add to the meaning of the poem Through form and literary techniques, Robert Pack emphasizes, through the answers of the “echo,” that no matter how frightening life seems to be, it is important to take a “leap.”
In a final statement as to the universality of motherhood, Edna’s acceptance of death is also a rebirth. Nine months have passed since Edna’s enlightening summer in Grand Isle, and her fetus-self is ready to be delivered. “For the first time in her life she stood naked in the open air, at the mercy of the sun, the breeze that beat upon her, and the waves that invited her. She felt like some newborn creature, opening its eyes in a familiar world that it has never known”
Written post World War II, in a time when mourning soared above all else, Joanna H. Wos wrote the short story “The One Sitting There”. Written to aid her in mourning of her sister’s death due to starvation in war, Wos takes on a childlike bitterness in her writing. This bitterness stemming from her abundance of food juxtaposed with her sister’s lack of food explains her stubborn refusal to throw the food away. Wos presents a child-like tone through her syntax of telegraphic sentences. Furthermore, she discloses certain personal memories through flashback to compare the importance of food when it abounds to when it does not. Wos’ manipulation of syntax to pose a childlike tone, and her use of flashback, help convey her complex response to throwing away food that ultimately mirrors her complex response to her sister’s death.
When the child is born, parents are also born. An individual becomes a parent when their first child is born, giving them the responsibility of the child. It gives the new emotion of being a parent and create the special relationship with the child. A mother carries the child for nine months, which bonds them together. Also the relationship of father and a son is no less significant where they share all the joys and sorrow together. Losing the first child takes away the proud and right to be a parent. The silent grief is widely presented in the Lucille Clinton’s “The Lost Baby Poem” and Ben Johnson’s “On My First Son” sharing a common theme of guilt over losing their baby; however, the poems differ in terms of how the child was lost, imagery, style, point of view and tone.
Blood everywhere. Body after body coming inside. The stench of the outside world and sweat fill the noses of the owners. The house soon filled with red and blue Britain uniforms who implemented the Quartering Act upon the properties on American soil, requesting accommodations. During the American Revolution, America’s citizens were compelled to house soldiers who asked for shelter, many of whom reluctantly “welcomed” the British in their homes.
In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer the story of Christopher McCandless is told. Christopher was an adventurous young man with family problems and strong philosophical beliefs. Some may blame McCandless’ life choices on mental disorder, rebellion, or even just lack of love, however I believe he went into the wild just to get away from the stress of his family and society in general. He thought of nature as some sort of therapy in itself. Chris always felt trapped when he had to abide by the rules of society. He refused to wear socks while at work, he burnt all of his cash, and turned down the gift of a new car from his parents. The wild of Alaska was supposed to be a temporary getaway for Chris, however it tragically
Captivity is defined as the state of being imprisoned or confined. A tragic experience is given a whole new perspective from Louise Erdrich 's poem, “Captivity”. Through descriptive imagery and a melancholic tone, we can see the poem and theme develop in her words. Erdrich takes a quote from Mary Rowlandson’s narrative about her imprisonment by the Native Americans and her response to this brings readers a different story based off of the epigraph. Louise Erdrich compiles various literary devices to convey her theme of sympathy, and her poem “Captivity” through specific and descriptive language brings a whole new meaning to Mary Rowlandson’s narrative.
When thinking of personal experiences, “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks touches on the emotional topic of abortion. Even though this poem was published decades ago, it can still be seen very relevant to this day. Accepting abortion and the outcome can indeed be a challenging task for many, while others seem to adapt to it without much of a problem. Gwendolyn Brooks’ writing lets us take a look at the mothers view point of abortion and how a mother responds to her new situation. Throughout the poem, the speaker shows signs of grieving concern of the topic of abortion and its outcomes by presenting emotions of regret and memories, shame and guilt, and contradicting herself to almost justify what she has done.
As a photographer myself, the theory of punctum is not unknown to me; however, the application of the concept of punctum towards the perfomativity of a photograph is unchartered territory. The photograph I chose to analyze is Dorothea Lange’s renowned portrait Migrant Mother, which is a Great Depression-era photograph featuring a migrant farmer, and is among the most famous photographs from this turbulent chapter of American history.
Imagine your mother is dead to you and under the title of “mother”, she is an empty void like the craters in the moon. The poem Moon written by Kathleen Jamie in 2012 emphasises the relationship between the speaker and the speaker’s mother. Jamie uses metaphor, imagery and symbolism to demonstrate the speaker’s and the speaker’s mother’s troubled relationship.
In Lorca’sconflict themed play;Blood Wedding , symbolism is a dominating literature technique that forebodes the significant events that occur. The protagonist of the play, Leonardo, is seen to have a rebellious attitude towards society. The horse is perceived to be a symbol of occurrences that foreshadows his destiny, which is his death caused by his desire to attain individuality in the repressive society he lives in. This is especially prominent in the morbid lullaby sang by his mother and wife to his son, as the dark imagery of the horse and the river epitomizes Leonardo’s fate. This essay will explore the symbolic representation of the horse and the lullaby, to bring out the conflict between the protagonist and the society.
“A mother 's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” The wise words of Agatha Christie ring true for many across the world; the unconditional love a mother holds for her child. An instinct so powerful and caring, it does not allow for any interference or hindrance. The universal knowledge and strength of a mother can become, ironically, an element that provides difficulties in many relationships. The love between a mother and daughter is eternally enchanting and frustrating, invigorating and challenging. Mothers serve as a role model and example to their daughters, providing insight and guidance in every walk of life. Despite the stress many mother-daughter relationships endure, a mother’s advice is imperative. Through examining Amy Tan’s book The Joy Luck Club, Sandhya Shetty’s painting Mother and Daughter, and “Sonnets are full of love, and this is my tome” by Christina Rossetti, the power of a mother’s influence is evident. As the prominence of a mother’s wisdom grows, a daughter’s perspective will transform by understanding her relationships and situations.
Love can exist as affection, infatuation, obsession, pleasure and in many other ways, as love is abstract. Hence, there is no one single interpretation of love. Love is a theme that has been embedded into language and literature over the centuries, yet due to the ever changing perception of love people continue to search for a universal definition of love. Poems are able to showcase the inner feelings and desires of a poet as well as their own unique views on love. Nevertheless, through poems “La Belle Dame sans Merci” by John Keats, “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning, “Mother in a Refugee Camp” by Chinua Achebe, “The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone!” by John Keats, “Remember” by Christina Rossetti and “Piano” by D. H. Lawrence, this essay will explore how and why different poets present the theme of love in a variety of ways.