In the last line, it indicated the hyperbole by mentioning, “ Below us, as far as my eyes could see”Tennyson 12. This shows us that he could only see so much that his eyes are weakened and old. However, in the poem, Cyrano De Bergerac the author uses loaded diction alongside vivid imagery to portray the main idea. The author emphasizes inner beauty by using terms like “ Live for I love you”. Despite this quote not having a relevant meaning towards the approach of saying that love is eternal.
During this time, writers articulated physical and emotional passion through their writings, because freedom was highly encouraged. Through the art of poetry, writers had the liberty to write freely. In this poem, the author entirely concentrates on the relationship between the two characters. He depicts the affair between Lancelot and Guinevere by solely focusing on Guinevere’s passion towards Lancelot, which adds a twist to the legend because stories usually highlight Lancelot’s infatuation with Guinevere. Despite her being married, Guinevere’s true feelings for the knight are exposed.
In the first quatrain, the beautiful image of a woman usually created during a romantic poem (i.e, having red lips, pure skin, silky hair) is parodied as he portrays his mistress as plain and not following normal beauty regulations. An example of this begins in the first line when Shakespeare states that his “mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” (1). Contrasting standard romantic poetry, Shakespeare immediately sets the tone to be perceived as negative by insinuating that his mistress’ eyes do not shine. Every line in this quatrain includes a direct comparison like this which begins by describing something beautiful to be compared to, then shifts the tone to express that she is unlike that characteristic. For example, he begins line 2 using the language of “coral” to describe her lips, but the tone is shifted when he says that
‘Wish’ by Carol Ann Duffy is about wishing to resurrect a body. It presents death in rewind and undoes all the suffering that has to do with death. ‘Wish’ is a very personal poem compared to the other poems Carol Ann Duffy had written. However, although it is quite personal, it is also a mixture of being personal and connecting with the public, since it relates to the themes of mistreated women from earlier in her collection of poems. The ‘wish’ in this poem is to undo every suffering; to resurrect the dead, meaning to bring back someone who has been lost.
Sonnet 130: My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun (1609) by William Shakespeare is nothing like the average romantic poem. Instead of boasting about his mistress’s beauty and making unrealistic comparisons he Comically appreciates her natural beauty and appearance, without the use of flattering clichés. Some Argue that Shakespeare might have been misogynistic and insulting to women by body shaming is mistress. Is it thus apparent that people may have different interpretations and understanding of sonnets or poems regardless of the environment or period of the reading? Though I believe that this is truly a love poem, in this analysis both interpretations will be represented.
Although her work has been consecutively ridiculed as a poor depiction of the Heian court life, it has also been thought of as comical. A deeper look into Shōnagon’s work shows that this comical relief, also known as okashi, has been included to express her own personal observations and opinions. Although, Shōnagon’s The Pillow Book may be viewed as a frivolous portrayal of court life, with the inclusion of satire and okashi it illustrates an insightful and contrasting perspective of the Heian period. At a first glance, The Pillow Book can be seen as a simple diary
While what we may be reading is not the exact terms that the original poet intended to use, we are using the translated terms to describe Grendel’s mother. In researching more extensively, in Old English, the original poet describes Grendel’s mother as “ides, aglæc-wif” (1259) which according to an Old English to Modern English Translator, “ides” means lady/woman, “aglæc” which means “trouble distress oppression misery grief torment” and “wif” which means wife. However, when translated, the translation is quite different. On the same line, in modern English, we get “monstrous hell-bride” (1259). Therefore, when analyzing the whole text to figure out who exactly is Grendel’s mother, perhaps it is impossible.
In Thomas Hardy’s satirical poem, “The Ruined Maid,” he uses anapestic meter, rhythm, closed-form poetry, and imagery to display how society views someone that has become “ruined.” Thomas Hardy demonstrates closed-form poetry while writing “The Ruined Maid.” The tight structure of the poem connects with how victorian society had rigorous rules for the girls. Although the poem is closed-form and constricted, there is also an anapestic meter opposing with its sing-song rhythm showing that there is also a more lenient view on girls who have become “ruined.” Society will look down at someone if they have become ruined, but in Melia’s eyes her life has become immensely greater than what it once was. At the end of the poem, envy is displayed by the other maids. Also being displayed by Hardy is imagery disclaiming the societal views for being ruined. In “The Ruined Maid” lines 5-10 Melia is demonstrated wearing “gay bracelets and bright feathers three!” While all the other maid are left behind wearing only, “...tatters without shoes or socks.” Dressed in the more luxurious clothes is Melia while she
Olivia L. Coppedge Vanessa Dean Literature 01/10/17 Macbeth During the Elizabethan age, women were thought of as delicate little creatures who were there to birth children and look beautiful. They were not thought to be equal or as smart as a man. Although, Lady Macbeth, serves as the main influence in Lord Macbeth’s life. She is, after all, his “dearest partner of greatness.” (Mac. 1.5.11-12) Even though Lady Macbeth was portrayed as an evil, conniving, and deceptive woman, analyzing her actions and words provide a different outlook on Lady Macbeth’s persona one that is rather more feminine and proves that she is capable of having a conscience and also even a heart.
Throughout her poetry she remains honest, painting an unflattering self-portrait through lyrical beauty, allowing us to empathize with her. One of the key ideas in Bishop’s poetry is a moment of epiphany, this is always supplemented with excellent, stark language. Through Bishop’s poetry it is evident that her childhood experiences had a very negative impact on her life. She portrays these negative experiences through ingenious, immaculate writing. My personal favourite is ‘Sestina’, her superb technical ability is shown in this poem.