The Nature of Symbolism within Trethewey’s “Elegy” In this poem “Elegy,” Natasha Trethewey depicts the relationship between herself and her late father by means of a metaphor that carries throughout the entire poem. We see that an elegy is typically used to lament the dead, however the abstract language of this poem sends a more demining message. This connotative thought is exactly what Trethewey chooses to address through subliminal metaphors equipped with items typically used to destroy rather than build, along with symbolism that alludes to fighting adversity. The narrator immediately incorporates symbolism insinuating the emphasis on struggle in the first stanza. Symbolizing adversity, she tells the reader “I think by now the river must be thick with salmon.
Obedience, or the Lying Tale by Jennifer Chang Obedience, or the Lying Tale, one of the poems from The History of Anonymity. The poem was written by Jennifer Chang, a rising voice in the American poetry scene, who is an assistant professor of english in George Washington University. Jennifer Chang’s lyrical poems often explore the shifting boundaries between the outer world and the self. Chang’s use of allusion and imagery influence and create atmosphere and theme of the poem. In Obedience, or the Lying Tale, there are several phrases that allude to Greek mythology and fairy tales.
Storytelling is used as an aid to individuals that are faced with troubles due to guilt, addiction or grief. This is most evident in the eyes of Niska. When she is the narrator of the novel, she most often is telling stories to Xavier. On the surface, she uses stories from her past in order to fill the void that the war had created between herself and her nephew, but with deeper analysis, it is obvious that Niska is trying to use her stories to heal Xavier, “I will
Anthology B Poetry Coursework analytical essay of the poems ‘Refugee Blues’ and ‘Disabled’ Name: Ga Yoon Lee Teacher: Mrs Henderson Word count: The poems ‘Refugee Blues’ by W.H Auden and ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen both explore the theme of alienation to portray the brutal persecution of the victims of war. W.H Auden conveys the emotions of guilt from the perspective of a refugee, while Wilfred Owen expresses the isolation of a disabled soldier after the war. The theme of loneliness is successfully portrayed in both poems through the structure, literary techniques and emotive language including a powerful choice of diction. Both poems share the same subject of alienation aggravated by the brutality of the war. ‘Refugee blues’ is a narrative poem which creates a feeling of a refugee telling a story to the readers.
Also, in “The Washwoman,” the author reveals a loss of a faithful and persevering servant and friend. Furthermore, “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry displays the most unexpected, yet saddening, dissolution of Old Behrman: a character that seems little, but is actually a hero. Regarding all this short stories, the authors of each of these tales provided a strong, yet different moral teachings through the loss of each character. In Le Guin’s “Gwilan’s Harp,” Le Guin wrote Gwilan as a talented harpist who gets tried by the world, and through her trials, she learns of certain things she ignored during her lifetime. Her trials started when her harp crashed during her expedition with a man named Torm.
Cisneros uses writing as a way to escape the bore of reality, and helps to relieve her of past experiences. This can be seen in the vignettes of Rafaela and Mango Says goodbye. In the former, her character is symbolically escaping reality by wishing to escape literally, while in the former, she states how she passes the time when mail comes by thinking up stories, and tells a story in a fashion similar to a flashback. Cisneros uses her writing to both escape reality and vent about events that have happened to her. “I like to tell stories, stories in my head sometimes.
Paul Laurence Dunbar procures that life has many struggles and he uses metaphor and tone to portray this in his poetry. The poem ‘Life’ Paul Laurence Dunbar uses metaphor in his poem to show the many struggles of life. “A minute to smile and an hour to weep in.” For example, this quote written by Paul Dunbar shows how the happiness in life only lasts for a moment
That juxtaposition drove Lawrence to strive towards the whispered promise of his mother’s former life and condemn the relentless monotony of his father’s. This fractious relationship led Lawrence to write about tormented family relationship, those strange families that breed mental suffering through verbal, physical, or emotional abuse. This theme is reflected in Lawrence’s short story, “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, with the use of common character archetypes. Within D.H.
Poetry has always been used as a literary art form to express one’s intense emotions or feelings, but does poetry have a true meaning of reflecting on people’s lives? Despite of the situation the reader may be going through, many people find comfort in poetry to recover and discover new meanings in their lives by relating to the author’s intense literary point of view. Through my journey with poems, I try to see the eye of the author and feel one’s emotions by rereading this type of literature. On this journey, I discover new meanings and different interpretations from John Donne’s “The Flea” that reflects contemporaneous events. John Donne’s poem “The Flea” is a soft poem, however it contains a hard betrayal and heartbreak that challenges
Standing there, trying to digest these thoughts, I remembered speaking to my cousins freely and fluently before they went away, eating wild with them, making clay pots and swimming in Nyamira. Now they had turned into strangers. I stopped being offended and was sad instead” (42-43). While Tambu reminisces about how things used to be on the homestead with her family, she realizes that she is mourning the loss of people she once knew, uncolonized people. Later on after Tambu has started attending school her brother dies suddenly of mumps.
Levitt and Dubner start right off the bat using a rhetorical strategy called appeal to pity by very vividly listing the things the Ku Klux Klan did to their victims. This strategy makes us think about how terrible those the things they did are now and how it would be front page news if any of those things happened to any person nowadays. Once our emotions are conjured up and in tune, us as readers are more likely to agree with what the authors have to say. If Levitt and Dubner did not want us to
Peete and Katniss had one interaction before when he feed her bread when she was starving outside. Chapter three: Before the tributes are taken away, they’re given a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones. Madge, a family friend, give Katniss a gold Mocking Jay pin to wear in the arena. Chapter four- five: A character named Hay Mitch is introduced as Katniss and peseta’s advisor. After a conversation about the technique of making friend, they all arrived to the Capitol by train.