London engages the reader through the use of literary devices, combining setting, total omniscience point of view, symbolism, and foreshadowing. By presenting the setting to the readers, London begins to show them that the tone is very unhappy and fearful. Like setting, the narrator presents the somber tone of the story through the total omniscience point of view. Additionally, various symbols are employed throughout the story to help support the narrator’s dark tone. Finally, the usage of foreshadowing from the start to the finish of the story helps to maintain the fearful and dark tone.
For example, a line states, ‘The train whistle still wails its ancient sound bit when it goes away, shrinking back from the walls of the brain, it takes something different with it every time’ this is a symbol which creates the theme of time. In other words, there every clear indication life never changes as one can never avoid death. Every time, it takes away a loved one, leaves us in sadness but also with memories. Conclusion This poem is a great poem. The author tries to tell us that people can live their lives in many different ways but death is absolute and inevitable no matter what one does or where one goes.
Tell me why, you’re so far away, why can’t you see me in your eyes anymore?” Which can relate to the theme of betrayal or heartbreak? It can relate to the theme of betrayal because it talks about how the person can’t see them anymore which can relate to falling in love with someone. The song “Journey to the West” because reminds me of everything about Othello because it starts off with a slow beat but then when it keeps progressing it turns more into a fast and excited and then back to slow which is exactly the story of Othello. Othello starts with giving us the issues at hand and makes the whole plot moving. Then when we hit Cyprus the whole plot begins with the cheating and it becomes more interesting and then back to being to be slow because everything is over.
This idea of home and memories is again referred to in the further line, “riding scars you can’t get lost.” Scars also implies a further development of lacerations into the scars and how they’re still following them and reflecting on the memories of home, reinforcing those ideas. As the lacerations have progressed into scars, the poem shows a further progression in time in the next stanza. The second stanza begins with the runaways on the train mentioned in the first stanza. The line, “lame guard strikes a match and makes the dark less tolerant,” is showing how runaways would want to stay in
The meaning of a poem can be expressed through literary devices such as a metaphor or symbolism. When we look at the poem “My Papa’s Waltz,” Symbolism and metaphor are used strategically by the author to express the meaning of a poem. A metaphor is comparing two unlike things without using like or as and symbolism is to give more meaning and life to a certain thing. The poem highlights the experience of a child who was living with an abusive, drunk father and a mother who could not stand up for herself or her child. The following lines exemplify the author’s use of symbolism and metaphor.
Compare and Contrast We Grow Accustomed to the Dark and Acquainted With the Night Based on Emily Dickinson’s and Robert Frost’s biography, the two poets struggled a lot while writing this poem which enhances the poem to a mush superior level. Emily Dickinson’s “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” and Robert Frost’s “Acquainted With the Night”, in particular both poems talks about uncertainty of life but Emily Dickinson presents darkness more than Frost through point of view, symbol and structure. There are many possible contributing factors to the point of view of the two poems. Emily Dickinson uses first person plural, as evidenced in multiple lines, “We”. She makes it clear when she also uses uncertainty in a universal way because of “We”.
The setting sets the mood and enforces the melancholy throughout the poem; in addition, it helps to emphasize the repetition of words, while the structure of the stanzas work with the unity of effect to create a spiraling down feeling. The setting of the poem creates an image of a dark chamber and a “chamber door”(5) which leads into a hallway with “Darkness there, and nothing more”(24). This suggests that the narrator's room is a representation of his mind which is filled with his memories of Lenore while outside the room, even if he chooses to mend his feeling there’s nothing waiting for him. The repetition of “nothing more”(6) and “nevermore”(49) in this setting carries this feeling across the poem. The five lines of trochaic octameter followed by the cut off single tetrameter with the rhyme scheme ABCBBB gives the feeling of a spiraling down effect due to the structure the poem is written.
Metaphors and Tone Why is life filled with so much strife? Many writers and poets have asked that same question writing about this topic in an attempt to understand or answer this question. Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem ‘Life” illustrates this. Various poems are written about the struggles of life and the human condition poems such as Hawthorn’s ‘Oh if I could raise the darkened veil’. Paul Laurence Dunbar procures that life has many struggles and he uses metaphor and tone to portray this in his poetry.
Examples of such enjambment can be seen throughout the poem, including the following, " Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both, and be one traveler " , this quote, reinforces my opinions and thoughts on the endless possibilities spoken by the poet. Secondly the poet writes, " Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back ". As I see it, in this quote, the use of run-on-lines, also adds feelings, of excitement and the rush of adrenaline , as the poet feels that he possibly will not be able to return to the road not taken, yet still rather confidently chooses one, with if I could guess, butterflies in his
The mysterious element ‘the Presence’ - ‘Thou’, has been left to be solved by the reader. In brief, this poem is the mystical narration of a mystical experience of the poet which encourages the reader to unravel the mystery of the further unfolding of the events on which the poet has intentionally chosen to remain mystically silent. Poems published in 1905 have a different tone. The problem of belief, and soliloquies and debates could be witnessed. The mood and manner of these writings explain why in certain minds Sri Aurobindo is equated with “The Philosopher as Poet”.
You could feel empathy for her during that situation and her body language clearly made it obvious to the boy that she didn’t compare to him. She went from analyzing who he was from what he was wearing, feeling intimidated against him, and then feeling like she could defeat him despite her being light and him being the darkness. You begin to also see as you reach the end that she accepts the outcomes of her and the boy. In summary, narrator Olds uses many literary and poetic device techniques to help articulate to the readers how she felt during her ride on a subway. Judging from the outcome of the poem, Olds regained her confidence and was ready for whatever murderous darkness has to throw against her from the boy.