Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “The courage that my mother had” is a story about a child dealing with a mother’s death which can be seen when deciphering each line. The first stanza explains that the mother has passed away, and the second stanza tell the reader that the mother did not leave the correct gift to the speaker. The third and final stanza is when the speaker expresses their anger and explains why the speaker is so upset with the mother. When “The courage that my mother had” is first read, it seems like the speaker is angry and upset with the mother for not leaving the correct gift, her courage, but the speaker is upset that he or she does not have their mother to depend on anymore. The first stanza begins with, “The courage that my mother
In Dorothy Parker’s poem “Symptom Recital” she states, “My soul is crushed, my spirit sore; I do not like me anymore” (15-16). Dorothy Parker, the wittiest woman in America, captures her audiences with poems expressing her opinion about life’s hardships. Throughout Dorothy’s disordered life, she was married three times, attempted suicide, and had an abortion. Her lifestyle was very influential on her writing.
The evidence provided by Dendinger gave many examples of both of these with poems like, “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter,” “Janet Waking,” “Piazza Piece.” and, “The Equilibrists.” All of these poems are connected together through Ransom’s own unique style as described by Dendinger. Each of them use irony and diction in their own unique way and greatly set them apart from other poems of their time. Due to this, Dendinger’s analysis is proven
Something I’ve learned during this poetry unit is that poems can be anything and everything, but every poetic device, line break, and word is chosen for a specific purpose. “Here Yet Be Dragons” certainly demonstrates this idea. When I first read this poem, I was very confused, especially by the first sentence because it makes no sense in today’s world. so many languages have fallen off of the edge of the world into the dragon’s mouth. (Clifton, pg 132)
In the passage, “Cripple,” by Nancy Mairs, an author with multiple sclerosis. She talk about how she is crippled. The way she presents herself emphasizes how she has gone through with much of the discrimination and hardships, and that it show through her blunt and bitter writing, her word choice mainly using “I,” and “I’m,” to emphasize herself as the main subject in the passage. In the passage, Mairs makes it clear that she is the main subject for the essay.
Gemma’s development throughout the novel is impacted by the lies of other, leaving everyone to understand that the actions of one impact the lives of others. Jessica Sorensen uses direct and indirect characterization to develop Gemma on how much she has changed from having no feeling into having a feeling she never felt before: “See, I wasn’t always the girl that I am now. Terrified—the word meant absolutely nothing to me.” (Sorensen CH2 P6). Gemma is very emotional and she does not know why: “
Many persons struggle with internal and outward battles that may leave one wrecked with worry, doubt, and conflicting decisions. In the poem “Wrecked: A Poem About Surrender” by Jill Power, one sees the internal struggle of a woman or man as he/she tries to decide to go forth in full power because half effort will no longer suffice. In the following explication, one will see how this struggle is vocalized through the use of metaphor, Biblical allusion, and repetition. Power is an unusual poet since she is a simple woman, a wife, mother daughter and laundry doer. Power has no Nobel Prize or publishing contract, similar to most authors and poets read in academic works.
Not to mention, the details of her death, as told by Queen Gertrude, are questionable and leave the reader in the shadows regarding the nature of her passing. However, it is arguable that Ophelia committed suicide due to her unstable mental state and overwhelming grief. The death of a loved one can really take a toll on a person’s mental and physical health. After Polonius was slain by Hamlet, Ophelia was consumed by grief. She developed unusual behaviors, as can be observed in Act 4, Scene 5, where she replies to people’s questions with songs about death and betrayal, rather than giving a straight answer.
Joan is not able to accept John’s death so, she spends her time questioning everything. Joan Didion uses quotes such as “life changes fast,” “’I’m here. Everything is fine,’” and “’why do you always have to be right?’” repetitively to express her constant grief.
In many of her writings, she openly expressed and wrote about her emotions and feelings to her readers. This instructed future writers and poets to use their own feelings in their writing. Her use of personal emotions was a key example of being successful. She is also remembered for her unconventional broken rhyming meter and uses of dashes and random capitalization. (The Literature Network)