Sirens, greek mythological creatures, make a notable appearance as one of Odyseuss's many obstacles obstructing his journey home in "The Odyssey". Though that might be the trilling seductress' most memorable cameo, they are expanded upon further in Margaret Atwood's poem, " The Siren Song." In both the epic and the poem Sirens are portrayed in a cunning, ruthless light through their different tones and point of view. The principle contrast between the two literary work's portrayals of the sirens is the point of view. The narrator in the "Siren Song" is an actual siren, lending insight on herself, a rare point of view for a reader since most commonly siren encounters are written through the eyes of the sailors.
The poem “Siren Song,” by Margaret Atwood, uses a popular allusion to convey her message on the relationship between men and women in contemporary society. The speaker in this poem is one of the three Sirens, mythical creatures found in Greek mythology. Sirens are a mix of bird and woman, and are creatures whose songs would hypnotize and charm sailors. Most sailors could not resist the beautiful sound of the Sirens, and their song would lead the them to their island, only to have the sailors devouard and destroyed by the island's rocky coast. This knowledge of the myth illuminates the speaker’s message.
In the “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood, there is a tremendous use of literary devices to emphasize and create her theme. The theme of the “Siren Song” is one of deception and lies, the speaker talks about how the reader is “unique” (24) and how “only you, only you can” (23) help her. The siren deceives the reader by making him believe that we are the greatest heroes and that only we can save her. The poem is written in the point of view of the siren, this allows the reader to uncover the poem with them which creates a deeper more realistic story. The siren says “will you get me out of this bird suit” (11-12), Atwood’s word choice plays a big part in making the speaking siren sound like a victim that’s trapped in the form of a siren.
The Sirens Would you choose to listen to a beautiful song if you knew the consequence resulted in death? In Greek mythology, the Sirens lured sailors with their enchanting music, but then killed them. Homer’s “Book 12”, Margaret Atwood’s poem, titled “Siren Song”, and Romare Bearden’s artwork, “The Sirens’ Song”, convey the Sirens both similarly and different. Throughout the three Siren pieces, they all show the Sirens as seductive, they have the same outcome, and they have similar moods. All of these pieces display the Sirens as seductive.
Poe believes that stories that dealt with gothic literature needed to have allegories in them to have a second level of meaning in addition to it’s literal meaning. Theses types of elements were popular in this time period because they taught moral lessons and contributed to the dark feeling a person undergoes when finding the true meaning of not only the story, but are able to personally understand the true feeling the author is trying to make individuals feel. In “The Tale and Its Effect”, Poe stated that he used and supported unity of effect to go about discussing the themes he embedded within his stories in order to make the reader to feel a certain way. He believes that they need to be short and sweet so that the author can get all the details to the reader. Poe exclaims that short stories are superior to novels because one is able to sit down and finish it in one-sitting rather than breaking the experience, with the possibility of forgetting important elements.
Beauty and good looks tend to carry a certain advantage throughout modern society. This advantage allows these people to “control” or manipulate people, and subsequently things, to their own likings. This “luring” is exemplified as sirens in Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey.” This application of Homer’s work is demonstrated throughout Margaret Atwood’s poem, “Siren Song,” in which diction, hyperbole, and a deceivingly alluring tone are applied in order to express the ease of which people with these desirable traits are able to exploit the thinking of others into their own likings, despite the ill-fated circumstances that are bound to come. Throughout Atwood’s poem, the idea of the Siren from the Odyssey is applied in order to drive her message through
Diction and Unusual Typography in E. E. Cummings’ “i carry your heart with me” i carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings is a simple love poem with no abstruse diction. That is why I love this poem at the first glance. Having no ambiguous words makes this poem can be easily read, and it also makes me can easily feel the powerful feeling of love expressed through words in the poem. Furthermore, the unusual typography in this poem makes me curious what Cummings’ intention is in doing so. I believe that by examining the simple diction and the unusual typography used by Cummings in conveying the tone of this poem, we can reveal the poem’s deepest meaning, and portray the great images beneath the poem.
Since Odysseus was so intimidated by the Sirens causing his hubris to disappear. In the painting Ulysses and the Sirens, John William Waterhouse use the image of the sirens all in Ulysses and his men faces to show that no matter how intimidating a person feels about others bad intentions, people should just push through it and ignore it, while in her poem “Siren Song”’ Margaret Atwood uses the same scene to show how sometimes people make another person feel special for they can hoax someone into doing something. In the poem “Siren Song”, Margaret Atwood uses the tone of bitterness and scornfulness which demonstrates the idea that humans will do things if they feel special even if the task is dangerous. The poem displays a group of women with bird bodies, singing a beautiful song to a group of men on a boat to that “forces men to leap overboard in squadrons even though they see the beached skulls” but it is also “the song nobody knows because anyone who has heard it is dead, and the
Justice for those who deserve it, almost all around. But the perspective of the child-view as opposed to an adult really brings out a good feeling through this read. Although To Kill a Mockingbird may have many themes the themes that stand out the most are innocence, which gives the book a very loving feel; justice vs injustice, which creates an air of real life; and perspective, which enables the reader to see the story from a child’s point of view. To illustrate, innocence is key to the success of this novel. Finding the innocence in this novella is to be finding the mockingbirds, or the people who embody an animal-like sense of innocence.
It impacted the tone of the story because if the author was lazy and didnt care how the story sounded ,the story would be terrible and really awful. Some of the words that are used “ Nonsense, pompously,unmanly”. These words, made the story more enjoyable because it help the story be more descripted . It also kept the reader interested in the story. Another thing is that it helped the story and the plot because it showed how the characters talk.