Donald Bruce Dawe’s literature makes society cognisant on the painful realities that are of the raw and dehumanising truth that plague this world. Donald Bruce Dawe, an Australian poet. His literature is predicated unto the dehumanising and defamatory experiences that he, the inditer himself had experienced through his time in the army, the RAAF. Though his literature, he conveys an opinionated point-of-view, urging the audience to optically discern the exploited and flawed practices of the regime. It is the truth obnubilated from society by propaganda and word of mouth, Dawe pushes the theme time and time again that authenticity is a painful experience, and that war is erroneous, wasteful, dehumanising.
In The Grauballe Man, the notions of a man’s barbaric actions are associated with the contemporary events happening between the borders of Northern Ireland and the South of England. The poem evokes flashes of darkness from the medieval era as Heaney goes through the anatomy of the preserved corpse laying before him. “The chin is a visor raised above the vent” provides an image of a knight’s visor and is used to describe the unnatural shape of the head caused by a vicious action. The hair of the Grauballe Man is describes as
Ralph and Piggy held onto order, with the death of Piggy “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart and [...] the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (Pg. 202) Chaos and savagery show the true darkness of man’s heart, bringing out the ugliest within us. This is a powerful ending to a meaningful book that wraps multiple themes into one statement. Including darkness of man’s heart and that order is chosen. We weren’t born in tuxedo’s, our appearance show’s how we have chosen to live our lives.
The great Martin Luther King jr Spoke of the past, and the future with his powerful attribute to society’s fight concerning racism “I’ve decided to stick with Love. Hate is too heavy a burden to bear (MLK).” The author Kate Chopin clearly would have sided with the great Martin Luther King jr in the fight against racism with her short story “Desiree’s Baby”. The amount of irony in this story, hinting to the destructive force of racism and oppression is undeniable. Mrs. Chopin’s short story transparently presents how even a man as suitable as Armand can be stained by the hatred of a person’s skin color or disrespect to a person’s sex.
Owen used this poem to show the misconception that war is. While people outside of the war thought it was honorable, soldiers like Owen himself, know how cruel and it really is. Through the use of imagery, figurative language, and tone, Owen is able to portray the misconception and cruelty of war. One way that Owen is able to
As can be seen during this performance, Sylvia Plath challenged the roles and values of her time through her decisions and her poems. Despite being raised in a unitarian family, she embraced the heathen and metaphysical. From the outside it looked like she met societies expectations of a woman but the double in her poems revealed what Sylvia really thought of these expectations. Plath’s poem Mirror is a notable example of this doubling. It combines all her opinions and displays them in full view while deceiving the reader through her use of diction and various forms of poetic devices such as personification and metaphorical language.
In 1947, Martin Niemöller’s short poem became an iconic reminder of the consequences of the Holocaust. In his poem, First they came… , Niemöller exposes his unwillingness to help the victims of the Holocaust and the guilt he carries along with his actions. Niemöller blames himself for his inability to speak against this evil and warns the reader of a similar fate. His poem also relates to the works, Night by Elie Wiesel and Hangman by Maurice Ogden. All three have the same theme; that it is one’s solemn duty to stand against injustice.
The poems, “To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars” by Richard Lovelace, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Tennyson, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, and “The Song of the Mud” by Mary Borden, are all concerned with war. However, each poem has a distinct representation of it. While the two authors, Tennyson and Lovelace, glorify war by portraying it as honorable and worthwhile, Borden and Owen view war as a destruction of mankind and show their indignation and censure of war by depicting it as vile and gruesome in their poems. This essay will examine and compare the diction and tone of each poem to understand how they influence each poem’s underlying theme on war.
Edgar Allan Poe uses figurative language to develop the theme of “The Masque of the Red Death.” He uses figurative language in this short story to give the reader a sense of gloomy feeling. By using personification, simile, metaphors, symbolism, imagery, and many other examples the theme of the short story is revealed to be greatly impacted and developed well. Imagery is a great example of how figurative language develops the theme. Poe uses personification to give a very somber or gloomy tone and make the reader feel very uneasy and scared.
“An obsession is a way for damaged people to damage themselves more.” (Mark Barrowcliffe) In this statement, Barrowcliffe, a writer and novelist from the United Kingdom, suggests the idea that having an obsession is not good thing to have. This idea relates to the themes of two classic pieces of literature, The Great Gatsby and The Old Man and the Sea. The Great Gatsby was written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
These feelings reflect a sorrow as deep as it morphs into a psychological madness, a feeling that the pain death brings has ruined one forever. After analyzing this poem I came to the conclusion that Poe 's poem “The Raven” demonstrates that the sorrow of the death of a loved one bring will stay with you forever. Poe communicated this theme through abstract language and connotation, tone and allusion. I would like to give examples of how Poe communicated this poem through the use of abstract language and connotation. An abstract phrase repeated throughout the poem is the word “Nevermore” combined with different phrases depending on the stanza.