67-72) In wondering about the raven, the narrator shows his curiosity, distracting him from loneliness and sadness. The difference between the first and second section is that in the first the speaker is mainly sad and confused, while in the second he is mostly curious. The third section of “The Raven” includes the breakdown of the narrator’s mind, and the conclusion to the poem. The raven’s constant repetition of the word “nevermore” brings the speaker to the verge of a psychotic break; proven by: “‘Wretch,’ I cried, ‘thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee // Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore…’” (ll. 81-82) This was the beginning of the narrator’s breakdown, eventually leading to his own vocal assault on the bird: “Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting— “Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
The woman refers to herself in the past tense as well as in the first person when she speaks ‘of the thoughts that once [she] had’, conveying that she and the inflicting ‘darkness and corruption’ will leave. Through this, the reader insinuates that she is now gone, and that once again the narrators husband is at a loss because he has now lost a loved one. Alike in repetitiveness, Harwood, through the voice of the mother, continues to write of the contrived and feigned small talk that is in-personal and ‘rehears[ed]’. Once again, the reader is exposed to the mother’s attempt at convincing herself that she is happy. However, it is through the ‘flickering light’ as ‘they stand’ there ‘rehearsing the children’s names and birthdays’ that the mother finally reveals to herself that she has lost her identity.
Oppression in Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Kate Chopin both present intriguing short stories with the common theme of oppression that strongly mirrors their personal experiences. The narrator in Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is portrayed as being trapped by her husband and suffering from mental illness. This is represented by the woman behind the wallpaper. Chopin shows oppression in “The Story of an Hour” by Mrs. Mallard’s joy after the “death” of her husband and her reaction when he returns. It is evident that the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour” represent the authors’ personal lives and oppression in women.
The poem is about death and focuses on the empty feeling that a person suffers when he/she lose a person; specifically, a loved person. The persona of the poem states some sort of an emotional ritual, the persona needs to continue under the idea and hope of a future reencounter in the eternal life. The second poem: “Why do I love you”, sir? Is a lyric one, this piece of poetry is very expressive and beautiful, in the poem the persona expresses the idea that love is hard to explain and a complicated
Hour of Freedom “The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. It details a wife named Mrs. Louise Mallard, who struggles with a heart condition. After learning of her husband, Brentley Mallard’s death in a railroad accident, Mrs. Mallard deals with grief in many stages. Chopin incorporates many literary devices throughout “The Story of an Hour,” but imagery is the most evident. “A Short Guide to Imagery, Symbolism, and Figurative Language Imagery” describes imagery as “a writer or speaker’s use of words or figures of speech to create a vivid mental picture or physical sensation”(Clark).
The theme, yet tragic is also helplessness, and dangerous. Several lines in this poem explain what the poem is about, especially line 22 “Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart-” Robert Frost has created a well rounded theme for his poem “Out, Out-.” The main theme of the poem is human helplessness, he expresses this by the wording of how and when the young boy works. He works hard and with adult tools and because of that he has lost his hand and bleed to death. His creation of theme in this piece is a great example of a literary device. Robert Frost uses his word to build the theme perfectly, he has it very well balanced switching between the power saw and the
Emily Dickinson became very well known for her fascination with death. Many of her poems focus on loss or loneliness, but the most compelling ones talk particularly about dying, specifically her own death and her own afterlife. Her captivation with suffering gives her poems a rare aspect, giving insight into a mind and a topic we know very little about. “Because I could not stop for Death” closely demonstrates Emily’s fascination with her religious doubts and life continuing after death. In this poem, the speaker is looking back on the moment of death, whereas in “I heard a fly buzz when I died,” the speaker is looking at the moments leading up to death, and in “I felt a funeral in my brain,” the speaker is describing death itself.
Drawing the readers’ into the poem with a whimsical and rather comical dialogue between the speaker and Death. Amidst the interchange, the speaker taunts and teases Death, telling him that he should not be proud and vain, especially in view of his ultimate demise. The sonnet’s poetic form and powerful literary elements add to the playful dialogue giving it its light and humorous tone. Arresting allusions to Christ’s victory over Death at his second coming, reveals to the reader the true theme of the poem. Though at first, the theme appears to be death, in reality the theme centered around Death’s demise and eternal life for all those who have been saved by the precious blood of Christ!
Plath is in fact the female foil to this biblical figure, and through the chaos and loneliness her husband, father, and friends cultivate, she is ultimately driven to suicide. However, despite her attempts, the poet unfailingly rises from her deathbed to confront an increasingly harsher world. Similar to Plath, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell introduces themes of turmoil and confusion, specifically in her 1971 album Blue, in which she considers her complex relationship with the man she loves. Written during Mitchell’s trip to Europe, Blue includes the songs “All I Want” and “California,” both of which encapsulate Mitchell’s journey away from her lover as well as evoke the same sense of isolation that Plath conjures in ‘Lady Lazarus.’ Blue, while arguably Mitchell’s most poignant album, is not her only collection to share themes with Plath. Within their respective works, Sylvia Plath and Joni Mitchell explore tortuous relationships, loss of self, dissolution, and at times hope thus expressing their unique and dysfunctional realities; however, whereas Mitchell presents a gloomy world, heavy with
In the poem, “Annabel Lee,” the narrator is mourning for his wife, who had just died and is reminiscing about past memories with her. A similar experience had happened to Poe when his cousin and wife Virginia died of tuberculosis and this poem was inspired by this dismal happening in his life. The gothic writer uses hyperbole, a figurative language device where words are exaggerated. “With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me” (Line 11-12). In this situation, there love was not actually coveted by winged seraphs of heaven.