In conclusion, the poem "Rape" by Adrienne Rich is a riveting piece of literature that takes the reader on a journey of this unknown women 's life that leaves you full of sorrow and anger, both towards yourself and the society. When she says rape, she might not mean it as literally as one might take it in the beginning, she uses it in a more metaphorical sense than anything else. This poem brings into light issues that are still prevalent on our society, today when a woman is raped she is still asked outrageous questions, her character is still questioned, she is still blamed for wearing provocative clothes, going out late at night or drinking too much. The society might have come a long way from when Adrienne Rich wrote this poem but it still has a long way to go. It is sad to see that claims that Rich made against the patriarchy and the society as a whole almost half a decade ago are still relevant to this day and are not
The significance of these words is created by Herrick through his use of juxtaposition. The words captivity and slavery are antomynous to escape and freedom, and using them in the poem with similar imagery, creates the juxtaposition. His constant need for Lucia’s embrace and her need to enjoy his presence contradict his attraction to her powerlessness. The speaker wants Lucia to enjoy the action, but her need to escape is what makes him feel more attracted. Throughout the poem, the speaker refers to his
Analyzing Captivity Stories: How Different Tones Support Different Themes In A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Mary Rowlandson retells her story as a captive of the Wampanoag Indians. In Louise Erdrich’s poem “Captivity”, Erdrich responds to Rowlandson by telling a story about a captive of a Native American tribe through the eyes of the captive. Throughout their stories, both authors utilize diction to produce a specific tone that conveys their overall theme. Through analysis of both authors’ diction choice, it is evident that Rowlandson’s hopeful tone supports her theme of exclusive belief in God, whereas Erdrich’s desperate tone supports her message that beliefs are susceptible to change. In her narrative, Rowlandson frequently alludes to the Bible and asserts her undying faith in God.
Similarly, in ‘Poppies’, the mother suffers from an emotional conflict arising from her yearning for her son as the mother seems to be speaking to the memories of her son. By the usage of metaphor and imagery, both poets offer an emphasis on the idea of internal conflict arising to the persona of each poem. Both poets use metaphor to offer their reader a vivid image either on the guilt the narrator is feeling leading to the PTSD he suffers or the yearning of the mother for her son leading to an emotional breakdown of the mother. Armitage uses the metaphor “[the soldier] see every run as it rips through [the looter’s] life - I see broad
Experiences such as, being on their own, making decisions, and becoming something other than students. Chaucer also uses phallocentric focus throughout the poem to keep it as deeply entrenched as its genre--entertaining and strong topics. In this poem, subjectivity is mainly focused on the women, and how they are subjective to the will of the men. We get Symkin’s feelings and thoughts about certain things and how he finds that the students aren’t smart enough to outsmart him, and we also get Alayn and John’s thoughts and feelings all throughout the story. What we don’t get is the women’s thoughts and feelings.
This poignancy works to stress an agonizing feeling of uncertainty and restraint towards the author. Therefore, the readers discern sympathy and sorrow because of her cultural barriers to other cultures, this including to develop efficient dress style. Proceeding, “The line I first heard… like other girls” (Cofer 8). This quote uses interesting, yet effective diction to inflict disgust or realization of the
In both poems, structure is a fundamental contribution to the messages that they convey, and it forms a very major part of how the reader interprets them, and the techniques used add empathy and make their characters appear more pitiful and victimized. Personally, I think ‘Disabled’ conveys a more powerful message as it is written in a more sombre, bleak manner and therefore evokes a more emotional response from the reader, yet the poem I prefer is ‘Refugee Blues’, because it is written in first person, and this makes me feel more connected with the narrator, and so I feel more impacted by the message of the
Many of Rochester 's poems seem to drastically range in their treatment of individual topics. On one end, poems such as “The Disabled Debauchee” operate with a satirical, ironic distance, although moments of the subversive and erotic are intermittently placed throughout. Opposing that, something more akin to the lyric “Love and Life: A Song” reflects a wistful sincerity, lacking the sharp wit that characterizes his other works. In trying to reconcile this difference between the satirical and the lyric within the context of Rochester’s entire poetic canon, Katherine Mannheimer proposes “[Rochester’s poetry suggests] that human beings ought not to stay within the bounds of a single level of mentality, as it were, but rather to explore those regions
Landow gives a valuable counter-perspective on pathetic fallacy when he says, “Although such a poetry proves eminently valuable in its ability to educate the reader about the experiences of life, it can never present a balanced, complete view of nature and man's existence” (“Ruskin’s Discussion of the Pathetic Fallacy”). However, in a poem like ‘Mariana’ it would seem that the lack of ‘balance’ is what makes the poem even more meaningful. Harold Bloom finds a mixture of Victorian scientific and Romantic thought in Tennyson’s depiction of nature because the latter attempts to “spiritualize nature in the sense of making it subservient to the needs of the human soul and of forcing it to become symbolical of human moods and passions” (147). He finds that “No lyric by Tennyson is more central to his sensibility than “Mariana,”” (xiv) and that “no poet has ever shown such depths of tenderness or such skill in interweaving the most delicate painting of nature with the utterance of profound emotion” (137). For Rhoda L. Flaxman, the use of “word-painting” in the poem creates a “faithfulness to a precise and consistent perspective focused through the viewpoint of a particular spectator.