Louise Erdrich compiles various literary devices to convey her theme of sympathy, and her poem “Captivity” through specific and descriptive language brings a whole new meaning to Mary Rowlandson’s narrative. Erdrich’s use of strong imagery and sensory language leads to striking and vivid diction in her poem. Painting a picture of what this tragic scene looked like while she also gives light to the actual situation going on, asserts the story Erdrich is trying to get across. She begins with “The stream was
Throughout the poem Jordan uses repetition and in the oral performance uses her voice to enhance her message and feelings. The poem was written in a time where black people and women were dehumanized where those in power abused the power to gain more and those without power were continuously affected by it. Reading the poem and had an impact on me with the dictation of lexis, however all of these feelings were heightened when I listened to the oral performance. The poem starts of in the present tense “Even tonight and I need to take a walk” (Jordan 1) which gives a setting to the scene, in the opening few lines Jordan uses the repetition of “I” and “my” which made the poem for me more personal, the use of repetition in the opening part of the poem produced a deeper connection to the poem, repetition of the words placed emphasis and clarity of the words which came after “my body posture my gender identity my age…” (Jordan
“Myth” by Natasha Trethewey can be a powerful release and connector for poeple who has lost loved ones. Her writing styles of off rhyme and internal rhyme ve the poem a read that flows smoothly. Trethewey's use of caesura in the middle of the poem allows the reader to have a reaction period before continuing on the final parts of the poem. The tying point of “Myth” is the repetition of lines from the being to the end to give emphasis of the
However, this observation is downplayed by refocusing on the childhood memories as the combinations of events ‘milk and story-books / the gathered flowers / my mother’s golden brown hair’, psychoanalytically reveals the significance of childhood memories in their ability to evoke nostalgic and pleasing emotions to distract the audiences thoughts on gender roles. The poem The Violets acts as a stimulant for viewers to re-conceptualise the impact and existence of gender roles. Through exploring the importance of childhood memories and gender roles in Gwen Harwood’s The Violets shows that the power of memories can illuminate the past as well as the future. Harwood shows that the childhood memory facilitates the forging of our identity now.
Every child has a bright vibrant swimsuit on; smiles spread ear to ear on each face. It was once said that some of the younger girls pretended to be mermaids during practice. Laughter erupted from those girls as they pretend to go on missions saving the deep sea. The twister slide is close by. It’s windy turns and sleek edges provide the perfect ride.
The ocean… The sound of the waves applauding and hugging the shore.The internal sounds of the body out in the world’s biggest swimming pool. The echo of my sister’s laughter. The salty smell so strong that one can taste it dancing on ones taste buds. The ocean looked like an enormous pool of wonder. It was exceptionally blue that day with a slight green undertone.
The line break after the word 'was' presents a reading of the words before it as simply an affirmation that the desire between the girls and their physical intimacy actually and really existed. The continuation of the sentence past this line break into a long and diverse sentence detailing in tender detail the way in which the girls would sleep holding each other, serves both to affirm this memory further but also to show that the affirmation in the simple fact of 'and it was' could not be adequately fulfilled within the world of the speaker's youth. She both affirms the event through her memory and at the
Original Langston Hughes's poems seem to have a recurring theme of incorporating the essence of dreams in his work. Every dream has some sort of truth within itself. According to the poet, dreams happen either in hopes to fulfill desires or to shield oneself from the world to get that feeling, comfort, and/or protection. All three poems by the same poet, Langston Hughes, have a similar theme of a temporary escape from reality, whether it be living fantasies, achieving goals or simply a source of protection. The places possible to experience with just a dream and a little imagination can be infinite.
His style has inspired the facial detail in my works which brings the subject to life in melancholy splendour. This allows for the viewer to either consciously or unconscious respond to their memories. In this piece, there is a strong contrast between modern day life and the past. The girl that has been painted in acrylic portrays the “here and now”, but there is an element of distance to her. This promotes the thought process of having to enter into the memorial state of the mind.
“Bishop’s carefully judged use of language aids the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her poetry.” Elizabeth Bishop’s superb use of language in her introspective poetry allows the reader to grasp a better understand of feeling in her poetry. Bishop’s concentration of minor details led to her being referred to as a “miniaturist”, however this allows her to paint vivid imagery, immersing the reader in her chosen scenario. Through descriptive detail, use of metaphor, simile, and many other excellently executed stylistic devices, the reader can almost feel the emotion being conveyed. Bishop clearly demonstrates her innate talent to communicate environments at ease. Throughout her poetry she remains honest, painting an unflattering self-portrait through lyrical beauty, allowing us to empathize with her.