David Dabydeen’s Turner, is a postcolonial response to the authors of colonial atrocities. Dabydeen attempts to convey within his poem a society haunted by the injustices of the past which have been denied recognition and redemption from the prosecutors and historians themselves. Drawing on theoretical concepts of postcolonialism, hauntology and mid-mourning, Dabydeen’s Turner, attempts to highlight the agony and powerlessness of those who were, currently, and will soon be subject to, to overcome the curse of past injustices. Focusing on the physical and psychological marks the colonial project placed and continues to place on the body and psyche of the drowned slave, the narrative of agency being gained through death is problematize. As summarized by Steph Craps, David Dabydeen’s Turner, is essentially a poem which brings to the attention to the reader the immortal presence of past injustices.
his mind when he notices a strange attitude of Edgar and he has pity for him. Especially, when Gloucester ask him for getting a shelter says: First let me talk with this philosopher./To Edgar. What is the cause of thunder?. (III.iv.162-163). Lear contemplates the miserable state of Edgar (disguised as Tom) whose poverty and nakedness reflect how gods are cruel and unjust to them.
Jacob Kasten AP Lang Daniels Processed Argumentative Paper A product of our daily lives, adversity’s effects are immeasurable. It is the effects of this perpetual struggle with adversity on which Horace asserts his philosophical interpretation. Horace affirms, within his quotation detailing adversity, that “adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” Horace claims that adversity elicits talent, an accurate, yet incomplete assertion that adversity catalyzes the complex process of learning, resulting in developed skills and knowledge. Horace’s claim, however, is incomplete because he describes “talents” as the only effect of adversity, when in reality the effects of adversity are
Edwin Arlington Robinson uses the poem “Miniver Cheevy” to further explore the idea of being born in the “wrong” era. Robinson depicts this idea through articulate phrases, such as “[w]hen swords were bright and steeds were prancing” (6). He romanticizes the past by stating “[h]e missed the mediaeval grace of iron clothing” (23-24). Robinson’s use of positive vocabulary represents his desire for a past time period. Showing his disdain for the current time period, Robinson uses unfavorable descriptions.
“For That He Looked Not upon Her” In “For That He Looked Not upon Her,” the sixteenth century English poet George Cascoigne creates a story of a man that has been betrayed by love. Cascoigne employs sonnet form, analogical imagery, and exaggerated diction to develop this story and uncover the heartbroken and miserable attitude of the speaker. These devices aid in revealing the suffering of the man to the readers and help them grasp the reality of love. Form plays a major role in setting up the tone and the mood of the poem. The poem is a English sonnet with three quatrains and a concluding couplet.
I think the Urn objectifies the ambiguity of Keats’s “sensations” (Salle). The urn is seen as a messenger from eternity, as an “ethereal thing” (Keats 4). As a conclusion to this criticism, Salle sees past the symbolism of the urn, and believes it has deeper meaning to
The poem “A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme” is a response to Samuel Daniel’s prose essay A Defence of Rhyme, in which Daniel describes rhyme as an “antidote to endless motion, to confusion, to mere sensation, to the sway of the passions” (Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion, 146); while Jonson’s response describes rhyme as a “rack of finest wits, that expresseth but by fits true conceit” (1072, 1-3). Jonson’s poem ironically uses rhyme to ridicule rhyme in a satirical way in order to portray what he understood as “the plain style” of writing poetry. Dylan Thomas’ poem, on the other hand, is about the poetic art and its audience, describing the writing of poetry as a “craft” and “art”. Both poems discuss the relationship between the poets and their poetry using rhyme; but only Thomas’ poem deals more with the audience, which by indifference make his art “sullen”. Ben Jonson himself considered that any good poet (in his art) “must first think, and excoriate his matter; then choose his
The concepts of Death and Life in John Donne’s Divine Meditation X John Donne “is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. […] Donne's style is characterized by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations” (poemhunter). In his “Divine Meditation X” (also known as “Holy Sonnet X”), Donne addresses Death and presents an argument against its power. According to the speaker, such power is nothing but an illusion; so the end Death brings to men is just a temporary cessation from tediousness. Death’s power is subjected to other forces; it is a “slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men / And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell…” (lin.
“Report to Wordsworth” by Boey Kim Cheng and “Lament” by Gillian Clarke are the two poems I am exploring in this essay, specifically on how the common theme of human destruction of nature is presented. In “Report to Wordsworth”, Cheng explores the damage of nature caused by humans and man’s reckless attitude towards this. In “Lament”, the idea of the damage of oceans from the Gulf War is explored. In “Report to Wordsworth”, Boey Kim Cheng explores the theme of human destruction of nature as a response to William Wordsworth, an romantic poet who celebrated nature’s beauty in his poetry. Cheng writes this poem ironically in sonnet form, as sonnets are typically written about love.