Adah’s experiences, values, and interests all come together through this single Dickinson poem, and her character in the book is even still further developed. It is yet another instance where Adah’s love for poetry allows her to connect her emotions and explain to the reader truly how she feels, because verbal expression was never Adah’s strong
In The Odyssey, references to musicians or poets like the author, Homer, are often used to enhance the story and the character of the poem’s hero, Odysseus. Homer inserts himself and his identity as a storyteller into his story this way, creating a comparative relationship between himself and his hero. Homer’s comparative relationship, expressed through the use of the character Demodokhos, the use of deities, and descriptions of Odysseus himself, stresses the importance of storytellers as most fit to understand heroes and their stories. As directed by the poet, storytellers in the poem are most able to provide insight into those they speak about because of the similarities between them and their heroes. Directly embodying Homer and other poets,
As summarized by Steph Craps, David Dabydeen’s Turner, is essentially a poem which brings to the attention to the reader the immortal presence of past injustices. Steph Craps read Dabydeen’s Turner, as a poem emphasizing the closing of the gap between the past and the present where the injustices of the past usurp the possibility for mobility and agency of present and future generations. Craps derived the hauntological aspect of Dabydeen’s Turner, where the victims of past injustices hover and haunt the present in their search for justice. David Dabydeen’s Turner, is a depiction of a drowning slave’s failed attempt to “fabricate a new self and a new history” within a society that is “trapped by the powerful forces of the past” (Craps 2010
In “Arms and the Boy” Owens uses a more direct path to tell the reader the truth of war, which is through imagery and personification. The different literary devices used in the two poems creates a different experience for the reader, even though the end message is very similar. In “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young,” the most prominent literary device is the allusion to the bible. Owen mirrors his poem after Genesis 22:1-19, which on the surface may lead the reader to believe that there is something good in war because Genesis has a happy ending with the son not being killed if you follow God’s orders. Owen puts a twist on the story and Abram “slew his son” (line 15).
9.) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton can be deemed merely a story love that has an unfortunate conclusion. However, when one takes into account, all of the dialogue, all of the symbolism and imagery, all of the primary themes, Ethan Frome transforms into a story concerning how quickly a man’s mind, body, and spirit can be broken apart, reassembled, and broken back down again. From the events that place Ethan in such a terrible state to the arrival of a newcomer that spurs his heart, it is a tale of hardship and restoration. Edith Wharton did not specifically try to satisfy this summary when she was composing it, however.
Diction and imagery are very important components to a story. It is the way that the author displays their feelings through the character. Homer uses very vivid shifts in tone, sometimes creating room for the reader to learn a lesson. In one of Homer’s famous books, “The Odyssey,” he uses diction, imagery, and tone to show that everything does not always go as planned. Wishing to escape the cyclops’ bondage, Odysseus tries to get out of trouble and assumes that he and his men are safe by lying to the Cyclops.
Edith Wharton powerfully conveys his thoughts through the constant use of literary devices, detailed descriptions, and strong vocabulary. The novel possesses a central theme of desire and awe toward the characters and their nature. The novel Ethan Frome is a Wharton conveys the desire Ethan has for Mattie within the first chapter of the book “like a window that has caught the sunset”. Here Wharton speaks of Mattie, through the use of similes. He compares her to a sunset to emphasis her personality, bright and beautiful, because this is how Ethan sees her.
“Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand back up taller than you ever were” by unknown. Often times when we bounce back from our lowest point, it makes us stronger than before. Similarly, in the epic poem Odyssey, there were many instances in which the main characters, Telemachus, Penelope, and Odysseus were on the verge of breaking down. Nonetheless, all three of them persevered and emerged more powerful. Homer’s purpose of writing the Odyssey is to convey the message that life is full of obstacles and one must overcome them through perseverance.
Edgar Allan Poe’s work has been admired for centuries. One of his most famous works, The Raven is one many people gravitate towards. This 108 line poem consists of assonance and religious allusions to contrast many different types of religion including Christianity and Hellenism. This gives the audience an inside view on Poe’s religious views, or lack thereof. Poe starts off this poem with assonance when he uses the terms “dreary,” “weak and weary.” This assonance begins the poem by setting the scene.
Contrary to poetry’s perceived elegance, French philosopher Denis Diderot once stated: “Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild”. In the epic poem Beowulf, Seamus Heaney portrays the narrator’s intentions of conveying savagery in its antagonists. This poem details the experiences of a warrior named Beowulf who both rises and falls through his prideful attitude in combat. Although Beowulf encounters both external and internal threats, the poem’s tone and phrasing demonstrates the role of human bias, which determines outside threats to be more savage. The poet’s tone describes the savagery of outside threats to convey human bias’ role in judging barbarity.