There is common tendency in his poetry that he tries to minimize the gap between the colonizers and colonized. It is true that sometimes he expresses his misery as a divided self but this is not to attack the colonizer but to show his crisis and his suggestion is to universalize the ideas. An attempt is made below to explore Walcott’s ambivalent attitude towards the colonizers’ culture and language. In the poem “Ruins of a great house” Walcott shows both attraction and repulsion towards the colonizer’s culture. A great house may be any imperial house of the colonizers’.
Both poems tend to lean towards a prominent theme of cultural identity – whilst Postcard from Kashmir explores the crisis of the national identity, Island Man deals with cultural identity of an individual. The author of the poem, Postcard from Kashmir, is himself an exiled Kashmiri and displays his three torments in his poem – the regret of leaving his home; dealing with the pain of being an outsider in an American diversified society; and the struggle of coming to terms with the changes that would have inevitably occurred in his absence in Kashmir. This inward battle is evident as he looks at the postcard from Kashmir. He is harshly awakened to the reality of being away from home and heritage in a mere “four by six inches” (l.2). Shahid Ali’s poem is essentially one of loss and longing – his love for his home “so overexposed” (l.10) is presented in a postcard.
Unless the reader has experienced what is described in the poem some of the emotions will be foreign to them. Not only is the subject and ideology hard to comprehend, but the literary elements can confuse readers. Outwitting the things, they encounter such as word play in a poem, or just the harsh unsettled land that the pilgrims encountered is essential. Most poetry has some form of word play, like in “Eagle Poem”, that makes readers avoid poems all together. In “Eagle Poem” by Joy Harjo symbolism is used to compare the life of an eagle to the circle of life we all face.
T. S. Eliot 's "The Fire Sermon" is a poem consisting of different speakers, tones, and sound patterns. I draw attention to these by slowing or speeding up while reading, changing the tone of my voice, putting emphasis on specific words or lines. T. S. Eliot composed this poem in 1921 ("T. S. Eliot Biography"), which is significant because this is after the war and his world would have been a "Waste Land". This real world is mirrored in his writings through filth and impurity. Stylistic choices bring forth the importance of sexual desire and emotional/physical impurity and highlight the irony of alluding to both Buddhism and Christianity because of their avoidance of passion.
He used fragmentation in his poetry to juxtapose literary texts against one another. When it comes to topics, Eliot saw society as helpless and wounded, furthermore he visualized that culture was decaying, and he tried to capture that. As a modernist writer, Eliot was fascinated by the idea of symbolism, and consequently, this can be observed in his poems. Usually making use of symbolism using music, he juxtaposed lyrics from an opera by Richard Wagner with songs from pubs in “The Waste Land”. He believed that high culture, including art, opera, and drama, was in decline while popular culture was on the rise.
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.
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. For example, is Frost angry with his decision or enthused in selecting the less traveled road. Arguably, the poem stresses the human instinct of making decisions as well as emphasizing the lasting effects of a decision. Frost seems to be representing a decision in his life, possibly his own but it is not clear. The irony is the double perspective of deciphering the best metaphorical route to take.
Eliot (1). This is certainly true for his works “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Waste Land”. These works, written in the early days of the Modernist writing movement, show Eliot’s displeasure with the modern world he inhabited. This attitude is reflected in the two works mentioned above, and are expressed in the themes of isolation and miscommunication. While the title suggests that The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock is a love poem, the poem centres around the theme of isolation, as can be seen by the use of pronouns and the isolation of certain lines on the type page.
Conceptions of exploit and exposibility is constant in his text as he verbally expresses the truth, or what the public can receive. The poem, Homecoming, communicates the horrible aftermaths of war, categorically the Vietnam war and the effects on Australia, and our adolescence. Homecoming prospers in addressing the quandaries that the regime do not addressed in the promotional posters and propaganda spoon victualed to society, which we victual up expeditiously. Dawe, through this poem was to make us cognisant about the quandaries of war. On the Death of Ronald Ryan, alternatively was rather a homage to the last man executed in Australia, rather than being an exposing piece of text, though it does contain aspects that do explicate the powerlessness of society and the authentic power of the regime.
The term modernism has been used to designate T.S Eliot’s tendency of revolt that represented a complete break with the contemporary poetry. When eliot appeared on the scene , English poetry was dominated by the Georgian poets who tried to carry on the Victorian romantic tradition .Eliot revolted against the Georgian school of poetry as it ignored the complexities of the new age , and played on the lowest artistic responses of a large audience. georgian poetrt was external and fit to be communicated to the public and against this sort of poetry . eliot advocated and practiced poetry which was inner, secret ,mystrios , taught to a select few. Referring to this fact Maxwell has observed in the poetry of t. s eliot “from 1900 until first world