In the Greek tragic drama, Antigone, by Sophocles Ismene is a foil of her sister. There are many characteristics that exhibit this, such as, Ismene’s lack of courage, how she chooses to follow civil laws over the laws of the gods, and finally, how Ismene cannot stand up for herself. There are many instances in the play where these traits are are exhibited. One way that Ismene is a foil of Antigone is because she lacks courage.
From here, a uniform mood and tone is set throughout the poem and can be seen heavily in not only the choice of words but, also the plot and structure of the poem. The theme of sympathy is really conveyed through Erdrich’s melancholic tone. Throughout the poem, we see a very gloomy and melancholic tone set by the events happening. “Until I could no longer bear / the thought of how I was” (51-52), these two lines portray her battle after she is rescued and how instead of her relief she is feeling a longing to be back with her captors. Lines similar to these two lead embody why the tone is so gloomy and sad especially when readers see the battle she is experiencing because she is safe now, away from her captors but, she doesn 't really want to be.
In both the short stories they use similar sentence structure to convey madness. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” Poe does this by short sentences and frequent skips, for example when he writes this: ““True!- nervous- very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses- not destroyed- not dulled them” (Poe 670). The jumpiness creates a sense of confusion and disturbs the reader which furthers the authors point. In the literary analysis on “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Janice Haney-Peritz analyzes Gilman’s short story.
Hate Equals Jealousy In the poems, "To Helen" by Edgar Allan Poe and “Helen” by Hilda Doolittle, both creators depict their differentiating perspectives of Helen of Troy by exclaiming how her beauty is a life or death situation by the use of figurative language throughout the two poems. In "To Helen", Poe adores Helen and exclaims on her as a person who can charm anyone by her beauty. He underscores her looks through symbolism and he portrays her "hyacinth hair", and "classic face", as he analyzes her excellence to that of Ancient Greece, his home.
Aristotle, in his Poetics considers poetry a mimes form that has language, rhythm and lyrics. Moreover, in those days, any literary piece of work could be written in lyrics. The using of delicate forms of transmitting the message distinguishes poetry from other forms of literary texts. (Billy Mills,2008) Samuel Taylor Coledrige has a famous quote: "I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose - words in their best order; poetry - the best words in their best order. "
American writer and editor, Edgar Allen Poe is known for his poems of horror and mystery. Using the duality of his personal experiences, both devastating and pleasant, he produces literary works of art. The satisfaction in sadness surrounding Edgar Allen Poe’s life, as depicted in his daguerreotype, reflect the duality of the mood and tone conveyed in his poems as guided by his use of literary devices, such as in the poem, For Annie. In Poe’s poem, For Annie, the main character is thankful and relieved that the persistent illness, “the fever called "Living" is conquered at last” after consuming some means of poison, otherwise known as naphthaline, in an act of suicide, now lying in the narrow bed that is his coffin(5-6).
In literature, the presence the outsider can be traced from ancient Greek dramas to modern literature, from Medea to the Underground Man. Most of the literary works pertaining to the outsider focus on the conflict between the outsider and the insider, conflicts that arise from the Otherness of the outsider. For example, in Jane Eyre, the Otherness of the titular protagonist—her fiery spirit and her subverting idea of equality based on individual merits rather than social status—leads to her alienation and conflicts with the insider wherever she goes. However, Tennessee Williams, in A Streetcar Named Desire, explored a different dynamic—namely the conflict between two outsiders, Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois. In the domestic sphere
What is vastly contrasting, however, are the results of this manipulation seen as each poem develops to form vastly divergent interpretations of death; Poe’s “Spirits of the Dead” grows turbulent and melancholic, while Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death” becomes relaxed. Interestingly, however, the speaker of “Spirits of the Dead” eventually comes to terms with death and accepts the mystery that clouds it, and in the poem’s final moments, Poe employs a similar use of imagery to Dickinson in its tranquility. Furthermore, Poe’s abstract exploration of death is expressed not in a clear and logical “journey” as Dickinson’s is, where throughout, the speaker guides the audience through a consecutive sequence of events. Instead, Poe predominantly explores the psyche in reaction to mourning, an already deeply abstract approach that is not necessarily grounded in physical reality.
Throughout her poetry she remains honest, painting an unflattering self-portrait through lyrical beauty, allowing us to empathize with her. One of the key ideas in Bishop’s poetry is a moment of epiphany, this is always supplemented with excellent, stark language. Through Bishop’s poetry it is evident that her childhood experiences had a very negative impact on her life. She portrays these negative experiences through ingenious, immaculate writing. My personal favourite is ‘Sestina’, her superb technical ability is shown in this poem.
Defamiliarization, as defined in Viktor Shklovsky 's Art as Technique, is a technique used to contrast the effects of habit and automatization by imbibing the familiar with strangeness in order to provide a fresh perspective. Shklovsky believes art to be able an effective method of defamiliarizing the familiar as one can easily use language in order to do so. Similarly, poetry is the most effect form of defamiliarization as it is so unlike everyday speech. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a novel which experiences the world employs defamiliarization in both form and content – not only is the novel 's story sifted through several narratives, but the creature 's own narrative works as a method of defamiliarization in itself as he experiences the
“The Odyssey”, by Homer is a story of adventures, obstacles, mythical creatures and the conflicts of the main character Odysseus. Homer’s writing is unique compared to other Authors writing. Many people write their own version of a piece of the Odyssey, like Margaret Atwood when she wrote the poem “Siren Song”, These two pieces are talking about the same topic but, they have different themes, rhythms, tones and meanings. Both of the pieces are talking about the “Lotus Eater”. This is an island where people get hypnotized or their priorities get changed, they don't want to leave there and go home they want to stay there forever.
Dulce Et Decorum Est and The Charge of Light Brigade are both very similar poems but they share many differences and the authors have a different viewing point. I am going to discuss the differences but also the similarities. I will also talk about how the authors are standing in different shoes and sharing different experiences. I will tie the two poems together here and talk about how they relate.
Poetry, perhaps more than other genre of writing, often sparks controversy and discussion. Authors Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes are two authors in American Literature whose poetry is both debated and praised by critics. "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman and "I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes have sparked many discussions on their controversial content. Walt Whitman was the first of the two authors to write, followed by Langston Hughes who was influenced by Whitman's work. While Whitman's poem, "I Hear America Singing" reflects the happiness of the American people, the poem written by Hughes takes a different approach.