The poems “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson and “The Bishop of Atlanta” by Sen. Julian Bond are both timeless. When I read these poems, I was immediately transported into the poets’ visions. The “Cory” poem was written in 1897, but still could be used to describe someone we know today. “The Bishop” poem was written about the late, great Ray Charles, a masterful musician. There are some similarities in these poems, but vast differences. A Two
In “Nightwatch”, a chapter of the novel Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard guides the reader through an experience with migrating eels, creates vibrant mental images, and involves the readers with her own thoughts. This is all accomplished through the use of rhetorical strategies, namely diction, figurative language, syntax, and imagery; these elements culminate in Dillard’s intense, guiding tone that involves the readers with the eel experience.
Topic: The complex relations between fathers and children in the poetry of Robert Hayden, Rhina Espillat, and Theodore Roethke
Abigail Adams in the letter to her son, John Quincy Adams, suggests that he be brave and a great man. Adams supports her suggestion to John by explaining what he should do and that he should be strong, mentally, on the trip. The authors purpose is to encourage the son to be a strong man in order to last on the trip, do honor to their country, and become a great man in the future. The author writes in an inspirational tone for her son John Quincy Adams. She incorporates many different literary techniques in order to get the mood and tone across to her son.
Walter Dean Myers won the Coretta Scott King award for African American author five times. Myers was originally named Walter Milton Myers but he adopted the middle name “Dean” to honor Florence and Herbert the parents that raised him after his mother passed away when he was 18 months and his father sent him to live with Florence and Herbert Dean. Walter Dean Myers was born in August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia and died July 1, 2014 in Manhattan, New York city, New York.
Hellen Keller once said that, “Although the worlds is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” In Hellen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life, she wrote about her experiences with learning as a person who was both blind and deaf. In this passage taken from her book, she described her transformation from a child who fought fervently against learning, to an individual who yearned to understand and describe the world around her. Keller presented her shift in the passaged as one that altered her perspective of every aspect of her life, and awakened a sense of happiness and fulfillment within her. She portrayed this change through devices that allowed the reader to closely follow her experiences and understand the emotions that she carried with her
Taking pity on a creature in the hopes it will keep fighting. The poem, “The Fish,” by Elizabeth Bishop, has a sad and sympathetic tone due to her use of imagery and diction. The reader can gather information about the fish and what it has gone through in its life due to the details in her use of imagery. The author's diction creates a sense of peace within the animal, even though it has been caught. These factors make the poem simple, but also sympathetic.
The attitude, or tone, of the poem is exemplified by the speaker's skillful word choice. Some of the words chosen were: louring, low, delight, and gleams. The words louring and low force the reader to empathize and visualize the speaker's distraught
Countee Cullen uses the tone and figurative language to develop the theme of the poems.
Theodore Roethke is a great poet, who uses figurative language to help the reader of his work to help grasp the topics that he writes about. In one of his most well known works, “My Papa’s Waltz,” he uses imagery and simile throughout that poem. However, his other poems practice figurative language the same amount or even more than “My Papa’s Waltz.” He often blends similes, imagery, and enjambment into many of his poems. The combination of figurative language helps the author create his own unique style in his writings.
The name Erin Hanson is one many have not heard. The young poets ideas spread confidence, self love, and acceptance. Her young age allows her to connect with her audience in ways many her fellow poets can not. For example in her poem non-officially titled “People are not poetry” Hanson covers the many struggles of being human. However; instead of focusing on the negative, she turns the spotlight on accepting what makes each one of us different. This interesting turn makes for some fascinating works of literature and life lessons. Style and tone, symbolism, and metaphorical language communicate embracing individualism in Erin Hanson's poetry.
"The Poet’s Occasional Alternative" by Grace Paley and ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’ by Dylan Thomas are poems which portrays writing as an arduous and under-appreciated form of art. In "The Poet’s Occasional Alternative", the speaker’s disillusionment with the poor reception of his poetry is exacerbated by the contrasting attention his pie receives, while the speaker in ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’ reveals his motivations for persevering in his writing despite the lack of attention it receives.
“Bishop’s carefully judged use of language aids the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her poetry.”