Authors use characters and genres to develop theme. Sometimes different genres can be used to build the same theme. In the poem, “The Lesson of the Moth,” poet Don Marquis uses the protagonist, a moth, to teach the narrator, Archy, a cockroach, what it is like to have a dream worth dying for. Similarly, Daniel Keyes, author of “Flowers for Algernon,” a short story, uses the main character, Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man who longs to be smart, to develop the idea that it is better to risk to achieve happiness rather than to live wondering what life could have been like. Both the poet and the author use the main character in their literary work to contribute to the idea that risking something is worth even momentary happiness.
Another quote from the story states: “And as the turtle crawled on down the embankment, its shell dragged dirt over the seeds” (Steinbeck 761). Here Steinbeck is using the shell as a metaphor to bringing all of one’s life problems and experiences with oneself. By saying the dirt is being dragged over the seeds, he is setting up anticipation. The reader knows that in order to grow a plant, a seed needs dirt. One might grasp onto the concept that all of the readers’ life experiences, although tough to deal with at the time, can grow into better things and bring new opportunities.
One of the many ways that the author, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., used to create the tone and mood was his usage of many literary elements. The first one is diction, the writer 's choice of words. In the text, the author uses diction to help ease our understanding of the story. The diction he uses helps bring a lot of the characters to life, and help the readers understand in even more depth, the events that are taking place
They love each other.” In “Predators” the author has an alliteration, “in the trust that many tales spun this tract long before I came.” The sound devices give more details and can help the poem flow better. On the contrary, the poems are either written in a simple diction or a sophisticated diction. “Predators” is written with a sophisticated diction, meaning it has many unfamiliar words and it is sometimes hard to understand.
His poetic impulse starts with some psychological concern and finds its way to a material embodiment which usually includes a natural scene. Frost always takes time to describe it with sensitivity and care while using good poetic technique especially figurative language. Many of his poems are text book examples of the use of imagery and poetic devices of all kinds. He was a skilled
Tone is how the author makes you feel and what you perceive from a poem. In the poem, Tableau by Countee Cullen, the author uses metaphors and similes to express the ideas. “Locker arm in arm they cross the way, The black boy and the white” (Tableau) Equality, a white and black not being judged for something as little as friendship. The tone within this poem is power. The two little boys
Phonological parallelism is a literary device that is used by many writers; in addition, it is the repetition of similar sounds. In “People” different kinds of people are mentioned, and Yevtushenko explains how they get to be known “in everything, in nothing” (Yevtushenko 455). He describes how they will perish one day, and they should be appreciated even if they have flaws. Another common type of parallelism is syntactic; moreover, syntactic parallelism focuses more grammatically. In the short story “The Majesty of the Law” the sergeant told Dan he was in a condition that was “Neither too good nor too bad” because he hadn’t seen his children in an extended period of time.
Through the poem invictus by William Ernest Henley conveys that do not give up fight to the end. The use of diction expresses this theme because it shows the type of words he uses. The speaker states, “Beyond this place of Horror of the shade/ And yet the menace of the year”
Edgar Allan Poe was a talented poet who was famous for his poems and short stories. In fact, Poe was such a great writer that he was able to have a career through writing alone. In his poetry, Poe is able to make readers feel emotion and a connection to his poems by using writing tools such as imagery and word choice. Throughout many of Poe’s poems imagery is used to help readers visualize a picture in their mind of what is happening and understand the emotion of the poem.
James Shokoff wrote a literary criticism over my poem Ode on a Grecian Urn. Shokoff is a journalist, and strongly discusses his opinion on the poem in Soul-Making in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn. Shokoff believes that the question he does not have answered in the poem remains an unsolved mystery. Shokoff agrees with my thesis that symbolism and identification is not a weakness of the poem, but shows great significance. In this criticism the main question is, is the “beauty-truth identification a consistent, meaningful conclusion to the poem” (Shokoff)?
How would you feel if someone could control what you were thinking? In “The Feed” written by M.T Anderson, everyone living in the community had a feed in their brain that was controlled by one large organization. Violet, the main character, suffers through a malfunction in her feed that changes the way she sees her society. Most people’s opinions can be changed when they have experienced the benefits and the disadvantages of something. Since Violet is aware of how life is with and without the feed, she becomes hesitant to believing that her community is being run efficiently.
Poetry is a medium for many to vent emotions and frustrations on paper without really explaining what it is talking about. It has many ‘around the bush’ ways to tell people how they feel but often makes it difficult to be understood. They use imagery and figurative language to help describe their ideas, but a poem is just gibberish if it has no purpose for being written. One author by the name of Billy Collins explains what he believes poetry to be the one way he knows how, through the use of his own poetry. Imagery is a very important aspect to poetry.