According to the poem Sympathy, “Till its blood is red on the cruel bar… I know why he beats his wings.” And from the poem Caged Bird, “…His bars of rage…so he opens his throat to sing.” These quotes show that both birds are treated like slaves. The bird from Sympathy was shipped until the back is full of blood and the bird from Caged Bird was held in a dungeon where it will die. In the same way, the two poems share the same imagery; birds being treated like slaves. Both birds are being tortured by their owners. In Sympathy, it says,
Have you ever been a place where you can not leave? You would do everything you possibly can to escape and be freed. The poem “Sympathy” is a poem about a bird who is a poem about who is trapped in a cage. As you read the poem, you begin to understand that there is a deeper meaning to the poem. When the poem was wrote in the 1800s, many African- Americans were in slavery, and the poet wanted others to know how many of them felt.
In addition, written in “Sympathy,” by Paul Laurence Dunbar another highly profound poem, there is a single bird, that also is trapped, crying out for help due to it feeling depressed, and constantly beating itself up. Although, the bird in “Sympathy” and “Caged Bird” can both symbolize a variety of things, depending
No one believed. They listened to his heart. Little - less - nothing! - and that ended it.” Robert Frost I believe did have a strong connection with tone and he made the feelings of the boy come above paper for everybody to see them clearly. The poet’s direct theme is human helplessness, because of just all the supporting evidence among thirty-two lines of poetry.
The most prominent theme of Dunbar's poem “Sympathy” is the pain of the oppressed African-Americans and their longing for freedom. It’s expressed through the suffering of a "caged bird." While the caged bird is like a normal bird with wings but it can’t use the wings to fly and be free. . Instead, its soft wings are used to strike against the bars hoping to break free.
Another symbol that stuck out to me was In stanza two also when it says “For he must fly back to his perch and cling”. One thought that I came up with is that Dunbar could be meaning that the “bird” needs to go back to his home, be free and not live as a slave anymore.
The poem, “Pity Me Not,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay has a theme of heartbreak. The woman the author is writing about replays in her mind how things used to be compared to how they are now. The woman realizes things will never be like they once were and she is ready to accept that. She is heartbroken over that fact that her husband no longer loves her anymore but instead of asking for sympathy, she says do not pity me. In the beginning of the poem written by Millay, she talks about the changes between the woman's past and present, “pity me not for beauties passed away/from field and thicket as the year goes by” (Lines 3-4).
Dickinson is trying to convey how hard it is to mask her anger to the world. The last example of a metaphor within the poem is regarding the doe. Dickinson indicates that she is going to hunt the doe. Hunting is a metaphor for killing a part of herself and dealing with her anger. “And now We hunt the Doe –” (6).
The poem "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye speaks about how you experience kindness and what it really is. The main point in this poem is that in order to experience people's kindness you need to experience hurt, sorrow, and loneliness. The author says that when you loose everything and have no one or thing that when kindness comes along it lifts you up "and then goes with you everywhere/ like a shadow or a friend" (33-34). When portraying this message the author uses a sad but hopeful tone to send the message she wants to say. This tone helps portray the message because you can feel how sad someone is when they are lonely and they have nothing.
This final line suggests that all the values and vices mentioned throughout the poem (pity, mercy, cruelty, humility, mystery and deceit) emerge from human’s abstract reasoning. ‘Abstract’ is rather an obscure term, yet it can be interpreted as “an epitome of what is to be found in nature of man” (Gillham 2010,