How could a poetry reader and a pilgrim have any similarities? In Edward Hirsch’s “How to Read a Poem” he directly relates the two. After reading his essay, I too, understand the comparison. By using this he makes understand poetry easier to people struggling to find the true meaning of a poem. When reading poetry, I use his three main rules to understand the work; without these rules comparing a pilgrim to a poetry reader understand poems would still be difficult.
Blake himself has stated that he had to "create a System, or be enslaved by another Man 's.” this reasons the presence of vague thoughts and allusions in his work. The reader has to struggle to apprehend Blake’s perspective on the issues of religion, faith and belief. The efforts put to understand Blake’s works will assist the readers to know the revolutionary and visionary artist and poet whose works represented new direction in the course of English Poetry and the
The Enlightened and the Revolutionary in Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener Herman Melville, 19th century author of various short stories and novels, including Bartleby, the Scrivener, was born in the city of New York on August 1, 1819 (Hillway 29). Melville’s early years were one of familial prosperity from his father’s occupation and the close-knit nature of his family unit (Hillway 29-30). By the time he was 20, Herman was facing a bleak future without a steady job and lack of future career opportunities (Hillway 33). Most of his teenage years were spent seafaring as a whaler and then as a naval officer, both trying and backbreaking labors (Hillway 35-39). When he finally returned to his family home from seafaring, Herman told and retold
In the poem, he speaks about racism in the law, as well as how you are treated in society depends on your skin color. The poem is not good to read only because of its subject, however. The use of repetition and symbolism in “Blink Your Eyes” adds more depth to the poem, and highlights the societal issues that the author and others of his race have felt. Use of repetition in poetry directs the reader 's attention to that word or phrase, as Sundiata does in “Blink Your Eyes.” Along with how the stanzas are formed, the repetition used sets a pace to the poem.
Thomas Lux’s “The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently” is a poem that speaks about the inner voices that you hear when you are reading. Then it will speak about the words that you remember can trace back memories. Throughout this poem, Lux demonstrates tone, figure of speech, theme, structure, and imagery to make his audience to impart in the message that your own voice truest. When Lux wrote this poem, he wanted his audience to understand the tone of voice that he was speaking with.
I think with her living in these areas where the story takes place and the amount of education she received she could have written this. “I will glut the maw of death” is an excerpt taken from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Literary professors agree that this was a Percy Shelley style of writing which appears many times throughout the story. After being married to Percy I’m sure she may have picked up writing styles and asked him for opinions in writing. This novel has numerous choppy writng places with terrible prose and phrasing such as, “When I reflect, my dear cousin,’ said she, ‘on the miserable death of Justine Moritz, I no longer see the world and its works as they before appeared to me” (Shelley).
Besides the author and the reader, there is the ‘I’ of the lyrical hero or of the fictitious storyteller and the ‘you’ or ‘thou’ of the alleged addressee of dramatic monologues, supplications and epistles. Empson said that: „The machinations of ambiguity are among the very roots of poetry”(Surdulescu, Stefanescu, 30). The ambiguous intellectual attitude deconstructs both the heroic commitement to a cause in tragedy and the didactic confinement to a class in comedy; its unstable allegiance permits Keats’s exemplary poet (the „camelion poet”, more of an ideal projection than a description of Keats actual practice) to derive equal delight conceiving a lago or an Imogen. This perplexing situation is achieved through a histrionic strategy of „showing how”, rather than „telling about it” (Stefanescu, 173 ).
There are a multitude of techniques poets use to make their poetry both pithy and complex. Due to the limitations of certain poetic forms, poets may be forced to use the devices of meter and diction to accurately express their commentary. Some poets may choose to use allusions to relate a number of scenarios to a certain theme, utilizing the historical context of these scenarios as further material for interpretation. Other poets may choose the opposite approach to economy, intentionally writing little, but carefully using diction and metaphor to allow the reader to “say a lot” themselves by interpreting the work in a number of different ways. Although the poets John Keats, W.H. Auden, and Sylvia Plath use these techniques differently, they
"To think or speak poetically is to adopt a distorted stance toward the ordinary world..." and to do so is with the use of figurative language (Gibbs 1). Figurative language is the point at which you utilize a word or expression that does not make use of its literal meaning. Authors who utilize figurative language, use this to make their work more fascinating or more emotional than the exact language which essentially states simple facts. Authors frequently use figurative language to make unfamiliar things, settings and circumstances more relatable for the reader. Poems, specifically, depend intensely on figurative language.
In "Contest of Words," Ben Lerner’s writing style seems, at first, all over the place. He tells a variety of stories and brings up examples that don’t seem to be related in the slightest. Having read the piece in its entirety and looking at the bigger picture, it is far easier to see the commonalities. Most of the evidence and examples he uses are based on his own experiences. He also draws in information from politics and refers to real life examples that people can identify with, fine print on agreements too small to understand or the speaking side effects in commercials too fast to understand.