Death is the ultimate unknown, will it bring sorrow or a feeling of fulfillment? This quandary of humanity is explored thoroughly in the poem “An Echo Sonnet” by Robert Plack. It details a speaker conflicted about his interest to continue living, since both options present a mystery in what they will bring to him. This internal dilemma is constructed through multiple literary devices that function to connect emotions of despair to the poem’s focus.. Specifically, the poem’s _________, ________, ________, and __________ work to express the aimlessness of the speaker by emphasizing the emotions the speaker has when he decides whether or not life will ever bring him happiness.
Nevertheless, Shreya Kashyap explains the title of the poem is a “satiric and a manifestation of the disgust and bitterness the narrator holds for the
This is an attempt to understand Samuel Beckett’s characterization, use of language and setting in his play 'Endgame' and to explore the manner in which it reveals his tendency to employ some existentialist concepts such as despair and anxiety. Existentialism is a philosophical movement which focuses on an individual's existence rejecting the absolute reason. There are a number of reasons for the concept of 'Existentialism' to come in the history of thought. Firstly, rational sciences could not prove that they were absolute, and thus, existence of absolute truth was put to question. Secondly, and more importantly people had lost their belief in the existence of a divine being, that is God, owing to the wars and losses they faced in these wars.
The work’s structure is unified by tackling one general theme; the poem is basically about the inside struggle of Prufrock. Thus, the form of the poem is a dramatic monologue established between the speaker and an unknown addressee .The struggle running through the whole poem is that of Prufrock, and through this conflict the speaker reveals a variety of themes that he struggles with as boredom, insecurity, and frustration. The poem is a song of desire and failure. The poem is, therefore, a narrative that studies the character by using a range of literary devices such repetition, metaphor, simile, personification and irony.
The poem is a depiction of an isolated, artist-like figure locked up in a tower, which dramatizes the struggle between protecting the one’s creative abilities from outsiders and the desire to be in contact with society at the same time. Correspondingly, Tennyson version of “The Lotos-Eaters”, based on a famous passage from The Odyssey, comments and plays on the “fable of the artist who becomes enamored of poesy and loses all sense of responsibility to the world of men” (Grob 120). These “art poems”, as they are called by some scholars, do not characterize artists in the strict sense of the word defined
In ‘Daddy’ by Sylvia Plath and The Bee King ‘by Ted Hughes, both poets create and build oppressive and icy imagery around a discourse of entrapment and captivity. Whilst Plath expresses a perception of the world that is underpinned by regret and let down, apprehension and anxiety, but perhaps finally freedom, Hughes expresses that same confused sense of regret and let down, apprehension and anxiety but without a final coming to terms or fixing of the problem. Both poets use twisted paternal images provoking unease in the reader. In both poems, the ports construct images of a father but one, which is in contrast to the reader’s expectation, as we believe a father to be protective, defensive and caring. Instead we are treated to images of neglect,
Metaphysical poets are unable to achieve their poetic goals because they do not represent basic human nature and human feelings in their poetry. Metaphysical poets are highly argumentative. They are the men of learning. In their poetry we find the union of soul and mind, thought and emotion, Sublimity and Triviality. T. S Eliot has rightly pointed out that passionate thinking is the chief mark of metaphysical poetry.
A hell that he no longer cannot live without. The fourth instance, “Abandoned by the Light”, continues the themes of despair as seen in the first examples. The title echoes feelings such as loss and fear. The lyrics are told from by the narrator’s viewpoint narrator, and portray despair of a man who fell in love and now has to pay for the consequences. Whereas the narration is descriptive and metaphorical, the tone is more straightforward revealing the pain and despair of the narrator.
Often people come to a fork in their lives that demand a decision. Unfortunately, the decision may not be easy to make even when evaluated closely. Robert Frost the author of “The Road Not Taken” intelligently emphasizes using theme, conflict, setting, mood, clever narration, and symbolism to express that making decisions is inescapable, a path can be researched thoroughly but is unknown unless it is traveled. This poem reveals the difficulty of decision-making as well as the human nature when confronted with conflict. Robert Frost develops a theme in “The Road Not Taken” that is relatively confusing simply due to being a short poem that causes readers to perceive the concept differently depending on their worldview.
As evidenced in the paragraphs above, the speaker in Blake’s poem To Tirzah believes in redemption, while the speaker in Baudelaire’s Obsession cannot find it. A larger implication that can be drawn from this difference is that while To Tirzah establishes some kind of belief in God through reaffirming the possibility of redemption, Obsession rejects religion based on the darkness that the speaker is left with. Therefore, the techniques that both Blake and Baudelaire use reveal the temperament and underlying values of the poems. The tone and mood of To Tirzah is dark, as the opening line creates a pensive, foreboding image of death. The tone of Obsession, however, is filled with anger, culminating in a sense of melancholic disappointment.