James Shokoff wrote a literary criticism over my poem Ode on a Grecian Urn. Shokoff is a journalist, and strongly discusses his opinion on the poem in Soul-Making in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn. Shokoff believes that the question he does not have answered in the poem remains an unsolved mystery. Shokoff agrees with my thesis that symbolism and identification is not a weakness of the poem, but shows great significance. In this criticism the main question is, is the “beauty-truth identification a consistent, meaningful conclusion to the poem” (Shokoff)?
In the world of literature, poetry is an excellent medium for expressing thoughts and emotions; poems can possess many meanings and convey complex feelings that books cannot. In the realm of Christianity, many such poems exist and some are quite complex. However, one that illustrates its point clearly is ‘Destine for a Fall’ by Perry Boardman. The poem describes the futility of one’s own work and how the only possession of true value is Christ himself. Through his use of various poetic devices, the speaker warns the reader of worthless self-efforts.
In “The Debt” each line rhymes with the next line making every two lines a couplet. In Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy” there is end rhyme present but no real rhyme scheme. Those are some of the rhythmic elements Dunbar uses in his writing. Dunbar writes his poems on very serious matters, such as life and dreams and identity. In his poem “We Wear the Mask” Dunbar writes about people wearing masks but the true meaning of the poem is how people will try to hide their identity to look like a better more perfect person.
“For That He Looked Not upon Her” In “For That He Looked Not upon Her,” the sixteenth century English poet George Cascoigne creates a story of a man that has been betrayed by love. Cascoigne employs sonnet form, analogical imagery, and exaggerated diction to develop this story and uncover the heartbroken and miserable attitude of the speaker. These devices aid in revealing the suffering of the man to the readers and help them grasp the reality of love. Form plays a major role in setting up the tone and the mood of the poem. The poem is a English sonnet with three quatrains and a concluding couplet.
However their different genres, change in characters, and mood give a contrasting interpretation of their essential message. “Abuelito Who.” is a thought provoking poem. The fact that it is a poem, gives a special dynamic to the lesson it teaches. “Abuelito who throws coins like rain and asks who loves him” (Sandra Cisneros pg.79). This quote suggests that Abuelito is tired and worn out and has nobody
It has been said that “beauty is pain” and in the case of this poem, it is quite literal. “For That He Looked Not Upon Her” written by George Gascoigne, a sixteenth century poet, is a poem in which the speaker cannot look upon the one he loves so that he will not be trapped by her enhanced beauty and looks. In the form of an English sonnet, the speaker uses miserable diction and visual imagery to tell the readers and his love why he cannot look upon her face. Containing three quatrains and a rhyming couplet at the end, this poem displays a perfect English sonnet using iambic pentameter to make it sound serious and conversational. This is significant because most sonnets are about love and each quatrain, in English sonnets, further the speaker’s
“If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death” -Samuel Butler. Perhaps some believe in this quote although on a deeper level it can be seen as foolish and ignorant. In the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death”, the author, Edgar Allan Poe, applies an abundance of literary devices to make evident the foolishness of ignoring death’s inevitability by comparing life and death. Essentially Poe utilizes allusions throughout the story to barry a deeper meaning into the text of the story. A sample of an allusion is this quote, “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death.
William Butler Yeats demonstrates a unique way to keep the readers guessing throughout the poem. He sheds light upon the fact that society as a whole has drawn attention to sin over faith while the end the world is arising and “the centre cannot hold” (3). The author makes it clear that as a reader you can identify the literary devices diction , allusion , and foreshadowing along the the text. Yeats uses the first stanza alone is able to describe the diction found in the poem as a head scratcher or hard to understand. W.B Yeats established a somewhat hopeless tone as he used the quote “The falcon cannot hear the falconer”(2) which would infer people are not believing that things would not get better but worst.
The overall meaning of “A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme” is that poets, should rather than ignore rhyme, accept it as something that has importance and tolerate its presence. The poem, A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme, by Edgar Allan Poe, states,” All good poetry hence was flown / And art banish’d, (Jonson line 14-15)” which has a tone of being disappointed since poetry seemed to evolve and all the originality seemed to disappear in the authors perspective. The text that shows a tone of frustration would be when it says, “Not a line deserving praise, / Pallas frowning, (Jonson line 29-30)” because with all the change, he doesn’t like the fact that they keep creating new forms of doing poetry and not considering the old way of rhyme. The tone hopeful
The name of my song is The Sound Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel. Throughout the song the authors use several types of literary devices such as Hyperbole, Simile, and Personification, to convey a message. The message is that people can not speak freely and whoever can not speak freely, means that they are oppressed. In this essay I will explain more on why the authors used these literary devices. One reason the authors used Hyperbole is because they wanted to exaggerate a part of the song to convey the message.