This sentimentalism is seen in “Piano”, written by D.H. Lawrence, where a man remembers his childhood as he listens to a woman sing while playing the piano. In this poem, a mixture of tonality, language, structure and literary devices helps to intensify the theme of nostalgia. A soft, yet dynamic tone is used. This sets the mood for nostalgia. Immediately into the poem, readers are presented with the Lawrence’s memories, as seen in the phrase “Taking me back down the vista of years”.
The theme of parent child relationship is constantly explored in literature. The poems "Piano" "Poem at 39’ , "Mother in a Refugee Camp", "Mother to son" , "If" and "Plenty" are no exception to this. "Piano "and "Poem at Thirty-Nine " takes a slightly different approach to the theme, however Lawrence uses very strong and emotive language to convey a sense of nostalgia. The mood of the poem is sad and nostalgic. Whereas‘Poem at Thirty Nine ’ addresses her relationship with his father , “how I miss my father”, she wants to return to the warmth and comfort of his childhood days .
A memory can be saved, but sometimes a person cannot. While it is easy to say a person may be lost but never forgotten, it is harder to keep the good memories alive and remember every little detail. As demonstrated in Destino and “See You Again”, the characters are trying to remember the lost loved one, while still trying to move-on with life. Moving on and keeping the past alive are two contradictory events, but it is possible to do as long as a person does not live in the past. A person can visit the past, as the woman in Destino did, but one must still open his or her eyes and look into the future as stated in “See You
This remembrance makes Lawrence very sentimental. Piano is written in AABB rhyme whereas Poem at Thirty-Nine is written in free verse. The tone of Piano is negative and the tone of Poem at Thirty-Nine has a positive tone, although Walker is talking about losing her father. The theme of remembrance in Poem at Thirty-Nine is about love and teaching of her
He was interested in writing poems about war and childhood. The main themes in this poem are isolation and loneliness. It gives us a message about life and parallels with people who think that they have succeeded in life, when this is not the case. Another theme is the sense of excitement and the innocence of childhood. Hide and seek is a leisure at play and a familiar childhood
Judith Moffett articulates this kind of distance by comparing Merrill with a truly confessional poet, Robert Lowell, stating that A continuing access to childhood memories and insights nourishes Merrill’s verse; with Lowell, the memories are most often terrifying and unavailing. Merrill had a privileged childhood, growing up in fabulous wealth and studying in private schools. The one thing that darkened this apparently perfect childhood was his parents’ divorce when he was 12, which made him project a sense of disruption in his poetry. In spite of this apparently gloomy atmosphere, the childhood memory in Water Street is rather spiritual and it seems like the adult writer looks back into his childhood only with nostalgia, desiring to touch a transitional state from the innocence, leaving the parental influence only in his memory. Merrill himself states that: I mean, it’s hard to speak of a child having a sense of reality or unreality, because after
Abdelrahman Both poets, D.H. Lawrence and Alice Walker, have presented their thoughts on memories and feelings in “Piano” and “Poem At Thirty Nine” by the incorporation of themes such as nostalgia, grief of losing someone they love, and the relationship between a child and his or her parents. Both poets have used language, poetic, techniques that developed these themes in both of their poems. Firstly, D. H. Lawrence had used many poetic techniques like juxtapositioning, personification, enjambments etc. in his poem. The poet used personifies the piano as he said “ the tinkling piano our guide.” This shows that the poet is saying that the piano is his “guide” as he is travelling through his memories, back in time; this tells us the piano signifies his mother whom he is missing as he is listening to the poem, He also uses imagery to describe how long back in time he had traveled as he said “Taking me back down the vista of years” This describes and emphasizes that the poet had travelled or went back to a really far time as the word “vista” means a long, narrow view as between rows of trees or buildings.
“Even to the original air-blue gown” ( Hardy, line 8 ) shows how the wind was personified within his delusions. Within the instant he hears his wife speaking to him, although he could not hear what she was saying, but he felt as if she was reaching from the underworld and making her presence known. Within stanza two it spectacles that the wife was speaking to him, although one can view him as being delusional because he was grieving in time. The reader is able to emphasize with the poet since the poet shares with the readers how he longs to be with her; thus in comparison with Orpheus whose character shares a similarity with the speaker within the poet. Stanza three begins with a doubt within the speakers mind.
He continues, writing, “Ironically, close moments with a partner can activate memories of painful childhood experiences, fears of abandonment and feelings of loneliness from the past” (7), meaning that people’s fears and pain from their past affect the way they receive empathy in their present. Firestone’s use of parallel structure helps the flow of the article for the reader, so it is easier for the reader to process the information that he provides. Eliot, on the other hand, writes a poem of a character reflecting on his character’s loveless past. His poem starts by describing the setting, writing that “the evening is spread out against the sky/Like a patient etherized upon a table” (2). Using the simile of comparing the night to a patient lying on a table sets a dark setting and tone for the rest of the poem because the word “patient” implies that someone is injured.
Name Emma Davis Teacher AC Essay Title How do Wordsworth and Walcott present the theme of loneliness through imagery in Daffodils and Love After Love? Word Count 1152 Date of Submission 21st November 2014 How do Wordsworth and Walcott present the theme of loneliness with imagery in Daffodils and Love After Love? Daffodils depicts the narrator feeling happy whilst in the company of daffodils. At the deepest level, Wordsworth uses imagery to explore the themes of loneliness and the profound pleasure nature can bring. As a prominent figure in the Romantic era, Wordsworth’s poem is expressed in plain English highlighting the free expression of the movement.