In her poem, “Crossing the Swamp,” Mary Oliver uses vivid diction, symbolism, and a tonal shift to illustrate the speaker’s struggle and triumph while trekking through the swamp; by demonstrating the speaker’s endeavors and eventual victory over nature, Oliver conveys the beauty of the triumph over life’s obstacles, developing the theme of the necessity of struggle to experience success. Oliver uses descriptive diction throughout her poem to vividly display the obstacles presented by the swamp to the reader, creating a dreary, almost hopeless mood that will greatly contrast the optimistic tone towards the end of the piece. While describing the thicket of swamp, Oliver uses world like “dense,” “dark,” and “belching,” equating the swamp to “slack earthsoup.” This diction develops Oliver’s dark and depressing tone, conveying the hopelessness the speaker feels at this point in his journey due to the obstacles within the swamp. As the speaker eventually overcomes these obstacles, he begins to use words like “sprout,” and “bud,” alluding to new begins and bright futures. The speaker does not dwell on the hardships he has just endured, but instead remarks that he feels “painted and glittered.” The diction used towards the end of the work conveys the new attitude of the speaker.
“An Entrance to the Woods” is an essay by Wendell Berry about the serenity and importance of nature in his life. In this essay, the author uses tone shifts from dark to light to convey his idea of finding rebirth and rejuvenation through nature. In the beginning of the essay, Berry has left civilization for the first time in a while, and finds himself missing human company and feeling “inexplicably sad” (671). This feeling of sadness is in part from the woods itself, and partly due to Berry leaving the hustle and bustle of normal life in the cities, and the violent change from constant noise to silence causes him to feel lonely in the woods. As a result of feeling alone in the woods, the tone of the essay is dark and brooding, as seen through Berry’s somber diction and mood, as seen on page 671: “And then a heavy feeling of melancholy and lonesomeness comes over me.
An example of metaphor “ tattered angels of hope”, rhythmic words "Before I 'd be a slave, I 'd be buried in my grave", and imagery “Dancing the whole trip”. Words being used such as ripped, ghosts, and rain-rutted gives the poem an ominous tone. The poem helps better understand conditions at the march because it gives from first point of view.
The desire to save a life, but the inability to do so angers the speaker as the speaker is left with no alternatives to save the unborn fawn’s life. To intensify the situation and to show more signs of isolation, the personification of the wilderness is used to impersonate the calm and quiet night, “around our group I could hear the wilderness listen, (line 16).” Stafford quotes that the speaker could hear the wilderness listen, revealing that the forest is at peace regardless of the choice that the speaker makes. The wilderness resembles the world and peace is commonly associated with acceptance of a given situation, Stafford implies that the world does not show sympathy for anyone. The speaker must accept the terms of being unable to save the unborn fawn’s life and move on. Similar to one’s life, one should be appreciative of the blessings
Mary Oliver in her poem, “Crossing the Swamp,” utilizes allegory, alliteration, metaphor, and tone to convey an intricate relationship between herself and the swamp, that being her struggles in her life. A relationship that starts out with fear and ends in acceptance, stagnation to triumph, darkness to light; a relationship that allows her to be reborn. The swamp is a metaphor, described as “struggle, closure,” “the center of everything;” the swamp represents the obstacles Oliver faces in her life. She enters the swamp that is “murky” with “dense sap” and “branching vines,” and Oliver must struggle in the swamp in order to move forward. But there is a lack of direction in life and no one struggles the same and no one travels the same path,
“Nanabush went about his work making the world what it was meant to be.” This quote is a representation of Nanabush, the protagonists attitude, to keep moving forward. The many struggles Nanabush excels through demonstrate his mental toughness. First, a person vs nature conflict, Nanabush’s blindness. The worst of this conflict, his blindness is shown by him falling in the forest. Displayed by the line, “but he stumbled onto, into the bush.” His blindness is a conflict as he is finding it difficult to do normal tasks, from walking to carving which was shown in Pt 1, line 120.
These obstacles made Anh realise more about himself and how he should live his life. In the poem ‘This Lime-tree Bower my Prison’ Samuel Coleridge is forced to stay under the tree, making him not able to go on the adventure with his friends. His frustration triggers him to go on an inner journey, in his mind he imagines what his friends are going through, exploring the wilderness. This changed his perspective on his situation
Cleaning Up the Mess: Repetition, Free Verse, and Verbage in Carl Sandburg’s “Grass” When we think of nature, we often associate it with feelings of growth, strength, and beauty. Nature symbolizes re-birth, and our expectation of nature to soldier on in any situation represents perseverance. After natural disaster, human tragedy, war, etc., nature has the ability to cover up horrifying images in history. In his poem, “Grass,” Carl Sandburg uses repetition, verbs, and free verse to represent the forces of nature covering up the reality of an ugly, war-ridden and tragic history. The poem begins by telling the audience to “pile the bodies high”, at Austerlitz and Waterloo, both of these were significant battles in the Napoleonic wars, and both of which led to massive tragedy.
In a moment of a life and death scenario, Thomas is hanging onto a vine for his life in order to hide himself from the creatures that patrol the maze. Thomas, hanging on making sure he is not found, it witnessing fear at this particular moment. When Thomas is looking down from the vines to see the creature right below him, he thinks, “But nothing sent chills up and down Thomas's spine like the haunted, deathly moans that somehow escaped the creature when it sat still, like the sound of dying men on a battlefield. Seeing it all now—the beast matched with the sounds—Thomas couldn't think of any nightmare that could equal this hideous thing coming toward him. He fought the fear, forced his body to remain perfectly still, hanging there in the vines” (Dashner 127).
The ongoing violent and brutal act from the past to the present is an important message that the poet is trying to convey to the readers. Similarly, the poems “The Grauballe Man” and “Exposure” both have the message the poet implemented. In The Grauballe Man, the bog body that was discovered serve to be a symbol for a bygone era. Furthermore, the Heaney utilises the bog body and its preserved condition as a symbol to represent the brutality act in the past. Progressively, the poet uses liquid imagery and enjambment in order to convey how the past brutality act flows like a river to the present.