In “The Debt” each line rhymes with the next line making every two lines a couplet. In Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy” there is end rhyme present but no real rhyme scheme. Those are some of the rhythmic elements Dunbar uses in his writing. Dunbar writes his poems on very serious matters, such as life and dreams and identity. In his poem “We Wear the Mask” Dunbar writes about people wearing masks but the true meaning of the poem is how people will try to hide their identity to look like a better more perfect person.
Some comes in happy moments. Some comes in anger moments. Some comes in tragic moments. Almost every poem hides the richness value of author’s thoughts. One read poems to understand the world of which people dreams of.
Poetry is a very unique type of writing. Poetry allows people to express their emotions in a way they feel comfortable. Every poem has a meaning to it, whether it is talking about food, interest, or a moment in their lives. Readers often mistake the poet as the narrator, although in many cases this is true. Many poets are the narrators and the poems are about their personal life.
Sometimes one reads a poem and it makes no sense. Reading a poem can be challenging, especially in a fast paced culture like ours, because a poem needs time. In a poem, the poet does not reveal the meaning that is behind his words immediately but rather brings the reader on a journey through images, metaphors and style. Poets express sentiments or paint a picture on a page and invite the reader to experience their own feelings and emotions also. To do so poets follow or choose a style this is determined by a set of rules.
My Wicked Ways, by Sandra Cisneros, has a unique rhythm and meter of poem. The poem does not include many perfect rhymes but the author does use imperfect rhymes throughout the duration of the poem. For example, My Wicked Ways, poet Sandra Cisneros states: that tips over one eye, a suit that fits him good,
Poet, Edwin Arlington Robinson, in his poem, “Richard Cory,” emphasizes that looks can be deceiving. Robinson purpose is to convey that even a person like Mr. Cory can fall from the weight of the world. He utilizes imagery, tone, and diction to effectively characterize Mr. Cory admirability toward his audience. Robinson captures the people admiration toward Mr. Cory through imagery. For instance, when people see him they say, “He was a gentleman from sole to crown” and “admirably schooled in every grace” (3-10).
A song is just repetition over and over while a poem would often at times be free verse and near to the heart. “Poetry closer in intent, it seems to me, to this buried stream takes as its purview what is deeply felt” (Alexander 2). While a poem and song have their own individual artistic views they have one thing in common. Both rely not on visual but sound, with the sounds in the word or words themselves. “Note that with the recent trend toward the performance of poetry in slams and rap, both directed more to the ear than the eye, rhyme becomes an important element, since both are directed to the ear rather than the eye” (Lyric Writing vs. Poetry 1).
The poem is not good to read only because of its subject, however. The use of repetition and symbolism in “Blink Your Eyes” adds more depth to the poem, and highlights the societal issues that the author and others of his race have felt. Use of repetition in poetry directs the reader 's attention to that word or phrase, as Sundiata does in “Blink Your Eyes.” Along with how the stanzas are formed, the repetition used sets a pace to the poem. In the first stanza, Sundiata writes “thru a red light red light red light” (Sundiata 503). The use of repetition here is smart, because the “red light” that is spoken of has two meanings and is crucial to the overall theme of the poem.
Have you ever found it hard to be yourself around others or have felt like you cannot be true to your emotions? Well so has Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear the Mask,” he sends the message that he is unable to express his true feelings. Dunbar wrote the poem in 1896, but his message is still relevant today. The poem’s historical context, theme, and symbolism make it easy to understand and let us know exactly what Dunbar is talking about; while the diction and ambiguity allow the audience to apply the theme to their own situations.
“Our sense of self is influenced by our interactions with our environment” The interactions a person encounters are an essential part in the formation of identity. In Peter Skrzynecki’s poem, Feliks Skrzynecki, a linguistic barrier between the father and son is present due to persona, Peter’s lack of cultural identity. The poem examines the relationship with his father explores how he has a constantly changing identity as he encounters his surroundings. Similarly, in Postcard, the persona’s identity is altered through the interactions he has with the environment around him. Using his poems, the poet attempts to establish that one’s identity is shaped from the difficulties they go through.