In lines eight through twelve of the poem, the speaker states “I don’t ask myself what I’m looking for. I didn’t come for answers to a place like this, I came to walk on the earth, still cold, still silent.” The speaker says that the earth is cold and silent, illustrating how he or she sees the world as dead and cold. As readers go through the poem they can tell how the speaker was expecting life to turn out the way it did. By the speaker stating in lines thirteen through eight-teen “Still unforgiving, I’ve said to myself, although it greets me with last year’s dead thistles and this year’s hard spines, early blooming wild onions, the curling remains of spider’s cloth” it shows how he views the world as a bad place that never produces anything good. By the speaker saying “still ungiving” it highlights how they were expecting something to come from the world, they felt as if they were supposed to receive something good from society.
The daughters statement was clearly just her opinion on her mother passing not with any back up evidence which would of gave the mother a more solid thought on just her passing. So the speaker doesn’t seem so enthusiastic about the way her family judges her value, her worth, or her performance. The mother seems in distress which is also just like a student being graded in school and they don’t meet the standards that are set for them by others. The irony here is that rather than parents mark their children, it is the children and father who is marking her, which is the commonly thought to be the most important figure in the household and family. The speaker leads us to believe that there is going to be some action to take place as she continues the metaphor by stating “dropping out” so will she leave?
The speaker is an extremely clever person, and his treatment of death makes for the absolute most engaging conversation starters. By trying to make the mistress do what he wants her to, the speaker tries to take away her freedom. Sex in the poem is a metaphor for the writing process – what the speaker really wants is enough time to write, and, hopefully, to create a poem that will last longer than he
For example Eli says, "those who keep silent yesterday will keep quiet tomorrow"(Wiesel , Night pg 16).This shows the reader if you do not speak up now, you will never speak up. To go on, he explains if you fail to use your voice, you will never find it. In addition if we neglect to raise our voices it will affect the victims who came before us by tarnishing their memories. Eli went on to state, "to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time" (Wiesel, Night pg 21). This illustrates that not spreading the word of the injustice that was done to these people is like killing their spirit.
The poem starts in a reminiscent tone portrayed through the language and phrase ‘though my mother was already two years dead’. The second line continues the mood with ‘Dad kept her slippers warming by the gas’. In the second stanza, Harrison personally addresses the reader with ‘you’, similar to ‘Heidi’ to again, connect emotionally with the reader and to present his own recollections of how his father would act out a charade ‘he’d put you off an hour to give him time to clear away her things and look alone’ and despite this seeming absurd in a level and his slight unease, ‘my blight of disbelief’, the poet has a great sympathy for his father’s suffering, ‘as though his raw love were such a
Her troubled feelings are related to the tides, the strong emotions and the anxiety. As I pointed out, there is a clear comparison between the speaker´s father and her husband. Her father was a salesman, a talker, a person in love with maps and she wants in her life someone similar. The “new loves” in the poem are related to the infidelity. In the poem Daddy by Sylvia Plath, it appears different metaphors related to the speaker´s father which describe her ambiguous relationship.
While some would consider this to be a feeling of hope and healing, it isn’t presented as what we thought it would be in this poem. Instead, the speaker gives the impression that the feelings which come after grief are filled with emptiness that cannot be tolerated “thus, without a wing or service of a keel” (13-14). She also describes that the grief has faded away, just like the “summer made her light escape into the Beautiful” (15-16). It is almost as if the speaker wishes she could hold on to the grief she felt implying that this feeling was something beautiful, but now that it has escaped, she is left with nothing but a hollow emptiness where she wishes grief could
This is the speaker finally realizing her ideas surrounding men and the things they have done to her, especially her father. The speaker has overcome the things that have happened to her whether it be done by her father or by men. The speaker clarifies she is through with her father, but considering what her father represents, it could be men in general. It is possible that Plath is using her own experience to explain how she feels about men and how
In this poem the speaker personifies death as a gentleman caller saying “Because I could not stop for Death- / He kindly stopped for me-.” Dickinson portrays death as kind and gentle as opposed to something morbid and evil, and that it should be feared. In the third stanza anaphora is used in the repetition of the words “We passed” at the beginning of the 9th, 11th, and 12th lines. This technique is used to show that the “speaker in the poem is passing through everything that she has already lived through, thus giving the reader a sense of life going by.” In this stanza the speaker is essentially seeing her life again and watching it as it goes by the carriage from childhood until the “Setting Sun”, which symbolizes the end of her life. Then in the fourth stanza the speaker says “Or rather-He passed us- / The Dews drew quivering and chill-.” This is an image of the chill of death, and how when a human’s blood stops pumping and the sun has set on one’s life, then the body becomes cold. In the fifth stanza the carriage the speaker is riding in is “paused before a House that seemed / A Swelling in the Ground-.” The house is actually a symbol for the speaker’s grave, but the use of this symbol allows the poet “to lighten the tone of the graveyard scene.” The use of the carriage pulling up to a house rather than a graveyard keeps the poem from taking a more ominous approach, and maintains the mood that was set at the beginning of the poem.
In the poem, “Daddy" by Sylvia Plath, the speaker, a young girl, shows herself as a victim who trying to once and for all set herself free from her “daddy 's” grasp. Though her daddy died when she was only 10 years old, the ghost of him still haunts her. In this poem the speaker creates a figurative image of her father, using strands of metaphors and analogies, to describe the relationship she, the speaker, had with her father. The girl in the poem seems to not know sincerely how to feel towards her father as she ends up going through this journey throughout the poem, discovering just who her father truly was. At a young age, the narrator viewed her father as this godly figure, to her, he was a “bag full of god”.