The short poem is crafted with patterns of repetition, for there are so few lines to fit meaningful insight into. In Lucille Clifton’s short poem, “Good Times” she uses repetition for emphasis and uniformity. In her use of repetition and anaphora, Clifton gives the seventeen line poem a lengthier, list-like feel and emphasizes the emotional impact of memories on the speaker, revealing a deeper, more complex aspect to the short, simple poem. The most apparent repetition in “Good Times” is the anaphora that prompts half of th lines. In repeating “and,” Clifton transforms her poem into a uniform, rhythmic list of the speaker 's memories (Clifton 2).
Such is shown in the third stanza, when Justice beautifully writes, “And deep in mirrors/ They rediscover/ The face of the boy as he practices tying/ His father’s tie there in secret.” These lines clearly convey the timeless image of a young boy trying to make himself appear older and masculine like his father, and the transition from the the child’s naive desire to grow up to the reality of becoming the man that the young boy wished to imitate. This heavy realization of adulthood is also conveyed in the first stanza as well, when Justice says, “Learn to close softly/ The doors to rooms they will not be/ Coming back to.” In these lines, the door symbolizes the aging process, and the things one must leave behind over the years. This paints the picture of the speaker’s transition from one stage of life to the next, and the reader can envision the scene of the speaker closing the door on his memories of his beloved childhood to open the door to maturity and responsibility. He is not only acknowledging that he can no longer live in the past, but he must continue to move forward. In another poem by Justice, “On the Death of Friends in Childhood”, he illustrates the same thematic concept of the loss of innocence and the eventual embrace of adulthood through vivid images that express the playful frolic of childhood.
This poem passes on the account of the acknowledgment of a lost youth. This is done using imagery, diction, and metaphors. From the beginning of the poem the word choice gives a feeling of purity with the vibe of blame. The narrator attracts the reader by painting a picture of having crisp, sticky juices recolored on his hand as though
Given his age, he is quite a mature person who already understood the reality of life. 50 years seems to be the long time but 50 times doesn 't seem to be. He gives us the realization that every minutes should be considered precious rather than showing the attitude of lamenting the short life being depressed. In the last stanza of the poem, he says he will go to the woodland. This scene is his effort to see more cherry blossoms, which means the effort of not spending his youth meaninglessly.
“Fern Hill’s” length allows the narrator to expand on his ideas about childhood and allow him to add insightful imagery in order to present a snapshot of what his life was like. He captures the joys of boyhood with phrases like “young and
Repetition is also used in the third stanza of the word ‘someone’, which highlights that the boy was a nameless and helpless victim for another’s entertainment. This is supported by the negative metaphor of the boy being a punchbag for entertainment, where the boy is the literal image. The repetition of ‘I’ then changes to ‘I’m’ as the poem goes on, which moves the poem to present tense, emphasising a personal phrase as the boy considers the actions he is capable of. Therefore the boy has now transformed from being isolated and lonely as a negative experience to being brave and bold as a positive experience. The element of ‘change’ now occurs intuitively as Mather mentions time, when saying ‘But how strange is the change, After time has hurried by’ This sentence breaks the poem in two halves, and the contradicted boy we saw at the start of the poem has a heftier and firmer characteristic about him.
Time is an element in the creation and development of a narrative. Time can be used to express events in different styles and to enrich a timeline with details. In magical realism and surrealism, which deal with the extraordinary as part of the ordinary, time is elongated, overturned, and set in different forms, jumping from one event to another without it immediately making sense. In Haruki Murakami’s short story collection, The Elephant Vanishes, it is as if time were an antagonist at first, a contender of characters in their tales. It is a factor of occurrence in the accounts and creates an inciting incident that leads to a plot’s climax.
The poem is placid and nostalgic this is significant, since it illustrates how she felt about the memory. Furthermore,
How does Auden explore time in his poems? W. H. Auden introduces time in his poems in numerous forms, from a historical point of view, a lover’s point or view or even from a critical point of view. However in this essay I will study how, in his work, Auden explores time with the idea of movement. Time is a main factor in the development of his poems, it can go fast, slow or be suspended and he really inquires into those states. First of all, in his poems Auden describes both still and scenes in motion.
Juxtaposition is a recurrent feature of this song as it lacks of conjunctions -only a few of them appear in the whole body-. “Hold my hands Across your face, Because I think Our time has come” Grammatically speaking, it is one of the few conjunctions in these lyrics. It helps to connect the previous clause with the other and it is used for giving reasons. “Our time has come” is another metaphorical, implicit reference to the death that is to come. Metaphors provoke an effect of fantasy in this song.