A house characterized by its moody occupants in "Schizophrenia" by Jim Stevens and the mildewing plants in "Root Cellar" by Theodore Roethke, fighting to stay alive, are both poems that reluctantly leave the reader. The house in "Schizophrenia" raises sympathy for the state the house was left in and an understanding of how schizophrenia works as an illness. In "Root Cellar", the conditions disgust at first, but then uncover a humanly desperate will to live in the plants. Both poems contribute to their vivid meaning by way of well placed sensory details and surprising personification.
In Roethke’s poem “Root Cellar”, the writer consistently uses words ending in “nk”, such as “rank” and “stink” to convey the sense that the cellar not only smells terrible but is vividly prison-like. The dominant senses within the text are …show more content…
The utmost display of personification of the house in the poem is “The house came to miss the shouting voices”, insinuating that the house has feelings (9). In Roethke’s “Root Cellar”, the poem gives the plants a primitive human quality for personification, through the use of words like “hunting”. In line 1, the poem begins “Nothing would sleep in that cellar”, and because it’s known that plants do not sleep, this is an example of personifying the plant life (1). The personifying of both the house and the plant life is very different, as the house’s personification is to illuminate upon the house’s physical and mental state to show how much what happens within affects the house as a whole. With the plant life, personification is used to show that no matter how crass or disgusting one is, one is always striving towards life, as death is the least tasteful and one would (normally) always choose life over death. As is shown
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In the poem "Root Cellar" there are a few different figures of speech the author uses. He uses simile when he says, "Hung down long yellow evil necks, like tropical snakes" and "Roots ripe as old bait. " Personification is also used when the lightbulbs go hunting looking for chinks in the dark. Imagery is another type of speech used this this story, with the title being "Root Cellar" you automatically think of a type of basement in a house. as you read the story you see the meaning of root has changed and suggest that it is a plant root and the author is really referring to a greenhouse.
For example, he describes its gloominess as a “fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat,” which demonstrates a dismal feel in an ironic fashion through the contrasting imagery associated with growth and freshness. This tone is further expressed by the “ashes grow[ing] like wheat into ridges… and grotesque gardens,” which adds to the dreariness of
He adds to the idea of personification by letting the readers in on the House’s fear of death in the following quote: “The house tried to save itself. (Bradbury 31)” by shutting its windows tightly to starve the fire and keep it from burning the house down. In this scene, it forgets all other things and concentrates simply on stifling out the fire to save itself. The emotional connection created with both these lines is meant to let the readers believe that life has not changed so much that humans no longer have a place on Earth anymore, even if it is emphasized that Mankind has deserted the planet long ago. Humans’ desires to be remembered are prominent in the human-like traits granted to technology and how they are played with in the
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the female narrator is greatly troubled by the suppression of her imagination by her husband and her ultimate isolation due to this subordination. These feelings are reflected through the author’s use of setting as the narrator’s dreary and malicious descriptions of the house and the wallpaper mirrors her emotional position. Throughout the reading, the reader is exposed to the narrator’s in-depth loss of touch with reality as she sinks further and further into her own reality. As she becomes more isolated, her descriptions of the house become more abstract as she begins to focus on the wallpaper and starts to see herself as being hidden behind it.
one of the many times he uses imagery throughout this story is when the narrator says, “on his way he would see the cottages and homes with their dark windows, and it was not unequal to walking through a graveyard where only the faintest glimmers of firefly light appeared in flickers behind the windows” (Pg 1). By using imagery to compare walking through the neighborhood as walking through a graveyard shows that it is completely silent and there is no activity in any of the houses. Most people wouldn't describe their neighborhood as a graveyard, this also develops the mood. Another time he uses imagery is when the narrator says, “The street was silent and long and empty, with only his shadow moving like the shadow of a hawk in mid-country” (1). This shows mood because the narrator describes him as a hawk in mid-country, that means that he is all alone in what he feels to be like a barren or abandoned place.
How does Poe use diction, imagery details, and figurative language to set a vivid setting in The Fall of the House of Usher? The first impressions given by the narrator give the story a bleak outlook for the ending of the story by the way Poe describes his surroundings and the house of Usher. As the narrator rides up to his old friend Usher’s house, he uses dark detailing on the surrounding area with darker words that help provide a sense of insecurity within the narrator as he wonders why he is so afraid of the house of Usher.
Both Perillo and Gregg see death as a cruel and gruesome subject. In the end, they gradually start to shift to an accepting attitude toward death. In “Shrike Tree”, the use of simile, paradox, and imagery can be seen used throughout the poem. The poet, Perillo states “the shrikes pinned birds on the trees in blackthorns”, this creates a gruesome image carved in the audience’s mind, it shows that Perillo is quite disgusted by the image of birds being pinned on black thorns. As “the shrike pinned smaller birds on the tree’s blackthorns…while some burned holes in the sky overhead.”
The short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a brilliant piece of fictional literature. The tale involves a mentally ill woman who is kept in a hideous, yellow room under the orders of her husband, John, who is a physician. The ill woman is conflicted due to the fact that the horrifying yellow wallpaper in the room is trapping a woman who she must help escape, but the sick woman is aware that she must get better in order to leave the terrifying, yellow room. The setting and personification applied in the short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, allows readers to develop an understanding of the sickness of the main character faces.
In the poem “Treblinka Gas Chamber”, by Phyllis Webb and in the TRC’s “The History”, both texts share a common theme of inhumane treatment towards children within certain cultural and ethnical groups. While the two authors explore distinct historical contexts, both texts are centred on racial segregation with nationalistic motives. Phyllis Webb appeals to a logos strategy through the use of allusion. In her poem, “Treblinka Gas Chamber”, Webb presents fictional and historical examples to display her knowledge and establish her credibility.
Alice Walker uses imagery and diction throughout her short story to tell the reader the meaning of “The Flowers”. The meaning of innocence lost and people growing up being changed by the harshness of reality. The author is able to use the imagery to show the difference between innocence and the loss of it. The setting is also used to show this as well.
Laura Wakefield Mrs. Schnizler LNG 322 09 February 2018 Everyone Falls The death of a sibling takes a twisted and horrid turn. Roderick Usher is an unstable man with a sister named Madeline Usher who is dying from a disease. The Ushers are old friends with the narrator who goes unnamed the entire story.
The second stanza ends with personification: “the chronic angers of that house” (9). By personifying the house, Hayden suggests that the entire house is filled with anger, deepening the reader’s understanding of the relationship between father and son. The line, however, has some ambiguity. The speaker could mean the physical defects of the house cause the anger, referring to creaking beams or rumbling pipes, and the additional labor these flaws require from an already overworked father. The “chronic angers” could also reference the clearly difficult relationship between the two characters in the poem.
The home mourns and wishes for its family because without them, it will be what it was before, a house. Just like the empty vase, one of the few objects that remain inside, it has lost all meaning without life pumping through its core. Larkin shows this loss through a depressing personification, separated and detached tone, and the slow crumbling structure. The home is not yet a house because it is still filled with memories of the past, which it is desperately grasping onto. Those memories - the pictures, the cutlery, the music in the piano, and that vase, are the only things that remain.
Additionally , the house that the narrator mentions is illustrated as “ mansion of gloom “ which might be a sign that the aura of the house has something dreadful in it. However , the Narrator reveals something important about his first impression for the house by saying “ I looked upon the scene before me , upon the mere house, upon the bleak walls , upon the vacant eye-like windows ( 3 ).To illustrate , the words such as “ air of heaven , silent tarn , mystic vapor “ used as a reinforcement for making the ambience of the house as gloomy. In fact , in the light of these facts , it could be said that the house has an darkness appearance which might be an indication of its mysterious atmosphere.