In “419,” Dickinson’s darkness is a metaphor for the unknown. Her use of dashes throughout each stanza disrupts their smooth flow and characterizes her narrator, showing the character’s hesitancy when abandoned in the darkness. As the character progresses through the darkness, however, the reader identifies a hopeful and perseverant tone. By expressing that “We uncertain step / For newness of the night,” the narrator shares the feeling of alarming change that is expected to become easier given time.
She also puts hyphens after words as if there is more to the sentence that isn't included in the poem. By doing this she creates uncertainty and keeps the reader engaged with confusion. Her unorthodox grammar habits also leave room for interpretation, instead of spoon feeding the story she provides an outline and leaves the rest up to imagination so that the we can fill in whatever darkness haunts our own life. Frost uses different methods to leave the reader confused. The title of his poem is “Acquainted with the night” and typically the word acquainted doesn’t instill fear.
Dickinson’s stanza in her poem: We grow accustomed to the Dark - When Light is put away - As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp, To witness her Goodbye – (Lines 1-4). This supports how Emily Dickinson’s poem relates to the universal concept by giving us a situation where one must overcome obstacles (their fears). Dickinson explains how the mind influences how we see things. though the mind gets used to the darkness, so too does the mind change its way of seeing other things. Thus, one must either adapt to change actively, like stumbling in the darkness, but ultimately learning how to walk, or let the problem fix itself, like letting night become second nature over time.
The poem includes several different tones and examples of imagery to give the reader a true sense of what this poem is supposed to mean. Many of the metaphors used are presented in such a way that deems as strange or mistaken for. The narrator starts off the poem with a somber, thoughtful statement: “I am wearing dark glasses inside the house To match my dark mood”. To be wearing dark glass inside of the house is strange enough in itself as it makes their vision of the world that much darker. This is due to the literal sense that in
Because of the anticipation and the non-chronological order in this story, there is even more confusion presented upon the reader. Once again, death presents itself as one of the many reasons the story is surrounded by such a dark atmosphere. If it weren’t for the foreshadowing or indications Faulkner plays around with, we would not have suspected the death of Homer. Faulkner details, “the smell was the beginning of the end.” This indicates the decay of a body, which is unnatural for the story. William Faulkner’s inclusion of death reflects his writing skills.
I took this as his way of saying he would never let go of his love, even in death. Though those two speakers are similar in mourning, the tone in the poems differ. In The Raven, the tone of the poem comes off as scary and ominous. The way Poe uses alliteration, rhyme, and repetition creates the eerie tone. In the beginning line of the poem, the speaker says, “once upon a midnight dreary” (637).
There are many different types of poems that exist on devices and books. Many are happy, sad, dark, funny, etc. The purpose of these poems are to make people feel a certain way or to just relate to how they are feeling. The poem “Traveling through the Dark,” by William Stafford, alters people’s emotions by making them feel sad by the darkness of the poem. The author’s background influenced the poem, “Traveling through the Dark” and its motif of sadness.
Loren Eiseley explores the theme of the journey of dark descent in collection of essays called The Night Country, particularly in his essay titled “The Places Below.” Along with this comes the imagery of darkness, of “the night country,” which gives the volume its title and unifying theme. The “night country” into which people descend is described as a series of dark caves, tunnels, labyrinths, tombs, basements, and hidden passages by Eiseley. Per Eiseley, we will be drawn to the darkness because: You will be drawn to it by cords of fear and of longing. You will imagine that you are tired of the sunlight; the waters that unnerve you will tug in the ancient recesses of your mind; the midnight will seem restful – you will end by going down (Eiseley, 15)
Have you ever wondered what goes on at night? Many people believe that night is simply the period of darkness in each twenty-four hour period. However, reading William Shakespeare's Macbeth may change someone’s mind. Reading about this tragedy may show that the word “night,” as it’s used in Macbeth evokes discomfort in the reader, including feelings of fear, chaos, and darkness. The evolution of the word 'night' illustrates a major theme in Macbeth by displaying the evil that occurs at night and presenting that what’s done in the dark, will eventually be revealed in the light.
There is an exact place within this poem you feel the shift towards Mary Oliver’s feelings about the swamp. At the beginning she is negative towards the swamp and it feels like she doesn’t want to be there. As the poem shifts it seems as if she finds the light and sees aspects that weren’t previously there making it a more inviting place. It is almost as if in the beginning it is nighttime and she might not entirely see the swamp. At the shift, the sun rises as she sees new aspects of the swamp she couldn’t see before due to the
What prior knowledge do you have about Night or its author Elie Wiesel? The cover and title of the book evoke dark and fearful emotions and images that make me curious, yet nervous to open the book. The design on the cover looks mysterious and the figure on it is imposing, which induces unnerving feelings. The title is simple, yet illustrates darkness and uncertainty. I know all about Night by Elie Wiesel because I was required to read it when I was in eighth grade, and I remember it as a haunting, emotional story that told about Wiesel’s experiences
My topic for this IB Individual oral presentation will be the affect that Edgar Allan Poe’s works had on his life. We already know that Poe was a very dark person and what I want to address is if he wrote such low-spirited things due to his gloomy life or if it was the writing that turned him into the dreadfully sad man he was. I have chosen this topic because Edgar Allan Poe was a very mysterious man and I find it interesting that his short stories and poems may display some of what he was feeling as if they explained his enigmatic life, but was it because he was felt more comfortable in his stories than the real world? I have three pieces that will be addressed in my IOP and they are The Raven, The Black Cat and Alone. The raven and Alone