In the poem, "When You Are Old", by William Butler Yeats, the speaker 's attitude towards the woman is conveyed through several elements. It is clear that the speaker has a loving attitude toward the woman. The poem 's form-the way it is put together-makes the attitude clear. However, the diction, imagery, and tone assist the form to make the attitude apparent. The poem is set up in three stanzas.
From the beginning to end, this song weaves its story and presents within the poem. This young girl watches and feels the emotions of her mother and grandmother through their voices and stories in the song. These poems being written from a perspective coming from a young girl shows great similarities and bonds between both poems and poets. It not only connects poems and poets but details of the ideas of the poems as
In the first stanza of the poem, I try to emulate Sylvia Plath in that I use enjambment to separate ideas to help the reader discern what is important. I use punctuation sparingly to make the stanza seem more lighthearted, and the enjambment and the dash that I use helps to compare and equate
The craft in Speak focuses on the perspective of the story and the words that the author chooses to utilize. From Melinda’s perspective, the reader is capable of seeing her “side of the story”, which adds a much needed depth to her character. Because of this insight, the reader can make connections to the text that help develop emotions amongst the various characters. A prime example of perspective in the story occurred when Melinda described herself as having two people in her head; One who is carefree and the other who is paranoid. “If I kick both of them out of my head, who would be left?”.
She helps the reader understand the feelings of the woman, that could likely be her, by the use of significant structure, creative language, literary devices and a heartbreaking theme. Firstly, Walkers structure supports her thoughts and what she wants to tell the reader. In her verses she uses a lot of short lines, cut off by enjambments, a line without a punctuation mark at the end, to make the poem seem like a train of thought “He cooked like a person/dancing/in a yoga meditation” (Line 27-29). This part of the fourth verse
. . a sense of order and of being loved” (208) Instead of being overpowered by “the scars and prints of wounds,” her friend has the excellent power to include sadness and pain into a lucid and harmonious life. Vivien Grey meets Jennings’s idea of the social function of the artist. She constructs a symbolic order which endorses the truths she has learned, and she invites others to share in her
This personal touch coupled with the casual language invites the reader to find parts of themselves in her too. This is something I wish to exorcise through my own poetry, and as I made my way through ‘The World’s Wife’ I realised that in order to create a collection that was both unique and believable, I should seek out the facets of personality in the women whose stories I wish to retell and attribute them to
The ode begins with an anonymous speaker, but towards the end of the poem is identified as Sappho by Aphrodite. Groundbreaking with its intimacy and openness, Sappho writes the ode to ask Aphrodite for her help in making an unrequited love requited– and not for the first time, shown through the use of the parenthetical “now again” Are in the fourth and fifth stanzas. Moreover, all of Sappho’s “if’s highlight how hopeful she is, and how willing Aphrodite is to assuage any of the unfavorable situations (the unnamed woman refusing gifts, for instance) by setting them up with “if”’s and then shooting them down. Towards the end, after Aphrodite’s interlude, Sappho is more assertive with statements like “come to me now” and “You be my ally” (28). In fact, Sappho and Aphrodite seem somewhat spiteful, with a little bit of a manipulative undertone showing through phrases like “soon she will love even unwilling”.
Ms. Sylvia Plath, an acknowledged poet and the English lecturer at Smith College, has been an inspiration to the youth in poetic realm. The varied assortment ranging from “Pursuit”, to “Mad Girl’s Love Song”, to “Spinster” has given the poetic foundation a varying aspect of confessionalism. Although of providing a new paradigm for poetry, Ms. Plath’s course is so indulged in expression that is making poetry excessively subjective. The use of poetry as a form to express personal emotions is recognized, but lack of reason and overwhelming depression with gender bias is hurtful for all. Subjectivism is an integral portion of poetry to express human emotions.
There is a capitalisation of ‘Time’ because in this context, the use of this effect suggests personification. This use of repetition combined with a similar structure for most of the stanzas: three lines, with enjambment on the third, beginning with “I am”; reinforce the connection to time, routine and thus, the mundane tone of the events. Curnow’s ‘Time’ features a rhyme, that resembles the ticking of the second hand, found at the end of each line of the first four stanzas: “pines”, “lines” and “signs”. This technique appeals to the auditory senses of the audience and subtly emphasises the passing of time between the beginning and the ending of the poem. The aforementioned statement about the passing of time is also echoed and shown in the use of two tenses throughout the poem- past and present.