There is a notorious doom and gloom to Charles Baudelaire’s writing that is unique to the poet, but of all the variously despondent adjectives used to describe his work, one I think best encompasses is “twisted.” Baudelaire’s poetry is twisted, not just twisted as in grotesque imagery and disturbing content, but he literally warps popular conventions to suit his style. Thus, while the overall poem may seem familiar, a closer look reveals Baudelaire’s signature dark flair that leaves the reader feeling strangely uncomfortable. “Une Charogne,” or “A Carcass,” best exemplifies what I call Baudelaire’s twisted approach. Published in Baudelaire’s 1857 poetry collection Fleurs du Mal, or Flowers of Evil, “Une Charogne” depicts a speaker reminiscing
When saying “with a kiss I die.” Shakespeare uses the kiss to represent that this is what is killing him, so in other words, Romeo’s love for Juliet is worth dying for. Similarly, Juliet feels the same need in which she also does not want to live without Romeo. Juliet finds Romeo laying beside her in the Capulet tomb dead, deciding “I’ll be brief. O, happy dagger,
At the end, he was taken by the devil and everything he had earned became nothing. “On searching his coffers all his bonds and mortgages were found reduced to cinders. In place of gold and silver his iron chest was filled with chips and shavings; two skeletons lay in his stable instead of his half-starved horses, and the very next day his great house took fire and was burnt to the ground”.(Washington,1824, p.10 ) Similarly, they both deserved what they ask for because they desired something more
Edgar Allan Poe was a very dark writer who predominately wrote mystery. In the short-story, “Tell-Tale heart he used the literary device of setting to create a dark, threatening tone by using man-made geography, mood and atmosphere, time of day, elapsed time and Poe used locale to tie all the elements together Edgar Allan Poe used man-made geography. One way he uses this is in (541, 2). The narrator hid the body under the wooden planks.
This shows her families hate brought about her love; the two opposing forces are vital to each other and are ever so knotted. These ideas reinforce how hate may very likely transform into a blooming love, such as when Friar Lawrence speculates its purpose within nature and states: For naught so vile that on the earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give; Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use; Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse. Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied And vice sometimes by action dignified. (II, iii, 17-22) Here, the explicit theme of the play signifies love as virtue good concept and hate as vicea bad topic.
Tom Walker made a deal with the Devil, making himself the usurer for the Devil’s money. The Devil is part of a supernatural realm which is shown numerous times in romanticism stories. Rip Van Winkle helped a strange man carry a keg up a mountain, and then woke up on the mountain a few years later, after the Revolutionary a War had already occurred. This too is an example of romanticism because the man somehow made him sleep through a few years without realizing it. That is why Washington Irving’s stories are examples of
Ichabod’s tendency to believe the ghost stories surrounding Sleepy Hollow allows readers to view the setting as a seemingly evil place. Furthermore, the headless horseman, the “dominant spirit” and “commander-in-chief” of the supernatural occurrences in Sleepy Hollow, is perhaps the main source of evil in the story. The headless horseman is a gothic element because he is a source of terror, and his apparition is that of a decapitated man. A final symbol seen in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is the contrast of light and dark imagery to make the setting evil. There are very few light images in the story; one of the only known images is that of a “whitewashed” church, which symbolizes hope (Irving 13).
It was originally emphasized in visual arts, music and literature. It then placed a new emphasis on such emotions, horror and terror, this was achieved in confronting the new elements of impacting the feelings of the reader in subtle messages and beauty of nature take from a different perspective. An example of how certain elements are set out to impact the viewer, is a poem titled, “the ghost” by famous author Charles Baudelaire. He is considered one of the greatest 19th century poets.
In Duffy’s free verse, dramatic monologue poem ‘Havisham’ cacophony and juxtaposition are employed in the opening phrase ‘beloved sweetheart bastard’. The juxtaposition between the descriptive adjective ‘beloved’ and the noun ‘sweetheart’ and the profane noun ‘bastard’ show the change in the narrator’s attitude towards the relationship. It also conveys the unstable mental state of Havisham and exposes her uncertainty and ambivalence. The cacophony also shows the narrators anger directed towards this unnamed ‘bastard’; this anger has replaced what we can infer to be affection from metonymical phrases such as ‘a white veil’ and ‘honeymoon’ Cacophony is also used in the last stanza coupled with half rhyme. Duffy uses a series of words - ‘awake, hate, face, cake, and break’ – to convey the mood of the poem.
Reed uses the imagery of poetry's unsatisfied appetite to endanger the reader, who is essentially attacked by the poem. The poem concludes with a "Statistic" about the number of persons who disappear and leave "only / a space in the lives of their friends" (ll. 47-48), ironically implying that the poem could be responsible for the
Aaron Davis January 18, 2017 English-11 Ms. Metzker The Devil and Tom Walker The overall theme of this story is greed. The narrator uses the description of the swamp and other things to suggest this theme and establish the tone for the story. The devil, in the story, guards the treasure not to protect it, but to use it in tempting people to live lives of sin and mainly greed.
Many people in the world today try to cover up their darker sides with a "mask" which hides their true self. Often times, however, people's masks are removed and we see them for who they really are. Many politicians today do this when they try to get people to vote for them. They wear a "mask" to veil their darker sides so the public can't see their flaws. The narrator in "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe and the character Tom Walker in "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving wear "masks" to cover up their darker character traits.
In the poems The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe, Prey by Richard Matheson, and The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving the theme of violence and grotesqueness is highly prevalent. Whether the violence is glossed over or painted in sensational and bloody detail , it is a hallmark of the gothic narrative, and serves many purposes many functional purposes beyond inspiring terror in the reader. All of the three authors selected have shown immense experience in adding the right amount of violence and goriness into their writings. In Prey Matheson represents violence by stating “Both legs were streaked with caking blood, some of the gashes still bleeding” (Matheson 6). In the same writing Matheson uses a representation of grotesqueness in saying
Various gothic elements are depicted by the following gothic writers: Washington Irving, Richard Matheson and Edgar Allan Poe; elements such as: entrapment and supernatural characteristics are illustrated in the short stories: “The Devil and Tom Walker;” “Prey;” and “The Raven.” Entrapment was a significant element represented in all of the short stories aforementioned. In, “The Devil and Tom Walker,” soon after Tom Walker established his broker’s shop in Boston “he made money hand over hand, became a rich and mighty man, and exalted his cocked hat upon "Change." He built himself, as usual, a vast house, out of ostentation, but left the greater part of it unfinished and unfurnished, out of parsimony. He even set up a carriage in the fulness of his vain-glory, though he nearly starved the horses which drew it”(Irving 326).