The multifaceted nature of the human condition encompasses all aspects of human life at both an individual and collective level and delves into the notion of humanity and the values it comprises. Gwen Harwood’s poems’ “Father and Child” and “Mother who gave me life,” and Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” (1998), explore the dynamic and often contradictory nature of the human condition. Harwood portrays the transience of time and inescapable truth of mortality, illustrating the ever changing complexion of the human experience. Whereas, Jackson examines the capability of all humans to be violent and cruel while questioning whether such tendencies can be masked by a constrictive society’s heartless ideals.
He then described in the poem how when he was dreaming about stabbing his father, that he did not bleed but instead it money that appeared. Hoagland wrote, “It was not blood but money”, which describes how money is everything for people now days and that it is inside the people. Money now is an addiction for people, and it is an object that people would die for. Hoagland distinguished that the money was clogging his heart and once it was released, he started feeling great. Hoagland wrote, “Freed from that which kept me from my liberty”, which describes how he feels free after the money came out from his
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. Even if it goes unnoticed, it cannot be
Huxley shows how easy it remains for society to lose its ‘humanity’ and empathy for actions such as death as society fails to recognize the large role death plays to every individual. In the poem, “Brave New World,” Robert William Service also reveals the insignificance of life and death as he uses alliteration. Service also shows how little of an impact death may play as in the end, it often seems as though all people meet the same end, regardless of what may occur in person’s life. Death proves not very substantial because, “when we have played life’s lively game right royally we’ll rot,” as in the end “to grub for gold or grab for fame” it seems as though it “will all be the bloody same a hundred years from now” (Service 9-16). Service’s use of alliteration portrays the idea that regardless of what occurs in life, everybody dies and therefore life and death hold little importance. The alliteration helps show how regardless of choices in life and success in life, everybody must eventually die, and if everybody dies, death shows far too common to seem sacred or special. Both Huxley and Service show how society may turn to care less about seemingly very important and very sacred events such as death in the future, should the people allow
Hoagland uses the word “dies” instead of “passes away”, this seems like a cold-hearted word instead of the passing of a loved one. We can infer he had a difficult and confusing relationship with his father. When Hoagland states, “I mistakenly believed that it was love concealed in his closed hand”, it shows how he believed his father loved him even through his abuse. Hoagland’s poem has a melancholic tone in that all the son wanted to do was please his father, who was both abusive and an alcoholic, and how the son tried to believe that even though his father abused him, he still loved him. Hoagland uses a lot of “ah” sounds with the letter in this poem such as in “soft”, “dropped”, and “bottle”. He also uses a lot of short and harsh words such as “dies”, “dog”, and “cold”. This helps create and develop the melancholy
Edgar Allan Poe's “The Raven” is a narrative poem which addresses the themes of death and melancholy through the repeated line of the ominous visitor “the raven” saying, “Nevermore” and the bleak mood that prevails the poem. It consists of eighteen stanzas composed of six lines each. The repetition of the phrase “nevermore” at the end of each stanza emphasizes the narrator's despair. Also, this repetition is one of the reasons that drive him mad. Hearing this phrase, “nevermore” constantly, the narrator is finally on the brink of frenzy. Through the words reflecting melancholy and sorrow, we can sense the narrator's self destruction due to the death of the woman he loved. As one examines the figurative language of the poem, one finds that its form and
To begin, it’s important for the two poets to led the readers to understand the context about death behind their poems and how it has inspired them to write about it. Throughout Dickinson’s life, she has experienced death in many ways and forms: with that, death has made a great impact in her writings. In Dickinson’s poem, “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –,” Dickinson looks into the physical procedure of dying and how it affects not just herself, but others as well. When Dickinson was dying on her deathbed, she describes the fly as a figure of the theme death itself, as the wings of the fly basically cuts off the speaker of the poem. For Whitman, he has experienced death in the time of the Civil War. In his poem, “Wound Dresser”, the poet
“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world” was a statement by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a very strong statement, for death, in the non-literary world, is not typically associated with anything poetical. In fact, many would argue that death is the opposite of poetical. If poetical means, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “having an imaginative or sensitive emotional style of expression”, then it can be said that death is unpoetical. Death is the end of one’s emotions, and in non-literal terms, death can be the lack of emotions.
This poem is written in free verse, has an irregular meter, uses the literary element of poetic sounds, and does not use rhymes to express its meaning. The poem is an ode that is written to describe a strong emotion about something. In this case, the emotion of eating pork. Young writes the poem to describe his love and enjoyment of eating pork, but also addresses the sins this food has when partaken. The tone of the poem is contentment; eating the pork makes him happy and satisfied. He describes how it is a pleasure and a delight - something that he cannot live without. It is a comfort food to him; yet, it causes so much grief by causing so many health problems and even
I liked the words you found to describe the simile “like the hungry bear in autumn”. I found this metaphor significant as well, but couldn’t quite figure out how to phrase it. What you said about how death can take anybody is very true. More often than not people lose a loved one who was very close to them for an unexpected reason. And although death does take any victim it seems more personal when it’s someone we’re close to.
Nothing But Death, The poem from Pablo Neruda translated and edited by Robert Bly. The poem presented about the looks of the Death and about how the death appears around the human. There are seven stanzas in this poem and the techniques appeared in the poem are Imagery, Simile, Metaphor, and Alliteration. The imagery is the techniques used all over the seven stanzas in this poem to describe the image of the Death the movement, and the sound which included Auditory, Visual, and Kinetic.
From the beginning, children are taught to fear the concept of death. Most people spend their lives fearing death, but it’s not death that they are afraid of. It is part of nature to die, and our minds know that, what scares most people is the thought of death before they have had time to accomplish what they want in life. In “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be,” John Keats put into words how people feel about dying before they have been successful in whatever mission they have set forth for themselves. His poem touches the reality of people’s feelings though imagery and figurative language.
The “cloud”—amorphous and obstructing—cuts into the scene, as well as the poem, with a sudden violence, in order to block the image of “Love’s moon”. The cloud itself cannot have definite dimensions, as it exists to only hide the moon, casting the speaker of the poem, his love and the cloud itself in a continuous darkness. It is in this darkness that the speaker of the poem finds his own perception and experiences clouded, indicating his blind submission to erotic love in lieu of a more illuminating, comprehensive “Love”.
This poem has an apparent rhyme scheme. The last word in each line rhymes with the last word in the line directly under it. This lets the reader almost sing through the poem. There is a very nonchalant tone and feel to the poem. The lack of detail in the poem lets the readers imagination create the situation in which the person dies.