The tension presented in the first stanza is due to childbirth, and the pain and difficulty involved with that. The first line, “ I can remember you, child” , is an automatic attention - drawer, it also causes tension as it shows how fearless the poet is due to the boldness of the statement. The enjambement used within the first stanza allows the tension to build, as it acts like a continuous build- up to something significant (in this case - childbirth). This tension is then continued with the alliteration of “first Fierce confrontation”. The emphasis supplied by the literary device means that this quote will stay in our minds, whilst allowing us to easily flow through the stanza.
The first stanza’s tone is calm and happy. This stanza uses imagery to make you imagine looking out the window and feeling the breeze of wind. I believe the author wanted the reader to have imagine of someone or themselves in the window. For example,
In stanza 3 states “But I hung on like death,” uses simile. It benefits the cause of alcohol that soon becomes tragic for the son. He’s gotten used to it that being abused, death can affect him. Additionally it touches people's ideas to illuminate the true meaning of the poem and to create a negative picture in the reader's mind that is shown by the son of an abusive father. In stanza 13 through 14, “You beat time on my head with a palm caked hard by dirt.” It creates a picture that the father is a working man that takes the aggression out on his son.
Furthermore, the melancholic tone is enhanced by a very powerful juxtaposition. More specifically, the first two stanzas generate a mood of happiness, as the poet compares different aspects of Jane with a plant, a fish and a happy bird that sings a song, which influences positively
The second speaker who was also the listener interrupts and questions the main speaker about their thoughts on whether or not the beat is a happy beat. The listener may perceives jazz as literal happiness. These two lines stand alone to possibly stress that happiness is not the outcome of their current situation. The next stanza is critical to the meaning of the poem. In this stanza there is repetition.
The fourth and fifth stanzas consist of single lines. Their isolation causes an emphasis on their meanings. The fourth stanza,” I am trying to be truthful”, might represent the fact that honesty is a crucial issue for the poet in this poem, and in a relationship
The stanza itself is broken up into much shorter phrases. Even without examining the language, this type of wording displays control and focus, changing completely from the flowing writing of the first. Here she uses that phrasing to describe subjects such as math (“two times two”) as well as the expectations taught, like “how to be modest and useful, and how to succeed.” This not only shows the structure school provides in and outside the classroom, but gives a glimpse into how young girls were taught to behave - in a very “ladylike” manner, which is often seen as reserved and restricted. The final piece of evidence given in this stanza is in the last line, where Oliver talks of “machines and oil.” However, in this case she isn’t referring to a subject. Instead, it can be interpreted that she is comparing herself to one.
The simile in stanza three: "which tensed the air like an accident" is a negative connotation such as awkwardness. The "An embarrassing word, broken to bits" shows that she could be restricted, lacking freedom. The first main idea of the poem would be on Duffy’s religious perspective and imagery describing the women’s superficial talk and behavior during her period. The first stanza can be seen representing women 's being inhibited by social conventions during the 60s, Although this was not explicit as she was writing this poem at that time.Since women at that time would be going around shopping and buying
The poem “Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde illustrates the concerns and struggles many people face during their adolescent years. The poem is written in the voice of a 14 year-old girl that is worried about several different obstacles she is facing. “Hanging Fire” is expressing the hardships that come along with growing up by showing the everyday thoughts and fears of a teenage girl, as well as some more serious problems she is trying to conquer by her lonesome. “Hanging Fire” is written in a language that is very straight forward making it simple to comprehend what the girl is trying to stress. The girl seems extremely concerned with everything going on in her life from simple temporary problems, to more intense problems such as dying.
Other words bring a depressed mood to the first stanza such as, “vainly…empty…[and] useless” (4,6). However, the second stanza grows into a purposeful mood through the words, “life exists and identity” (9). The metaphor used in the second stanza fetters the poem to finding the purpose. “The powerful play” (10), exemplifies our society and, “contributing a verse” (10), displays anyone fulfilling their purpose. The figurative language