John Donne was an English poet, cleric in the Church of England and a lawyer, who was known as the representative of metaphysical poets. He has a great range of literary works that he wrote but his most recognized are sonnets. One of the most important themes in his poems is the concept of the true religion about which he wrote many worldly poems in which he showed his substantial attention in religious beliefs. The best example for this are his 19 Holy Sonnets, which were published 2 years after Donne’s death. The purpose of this paper is to explain Donne 's rather questioning tone of God and his mercy prevalent in his 'Holy Sonnet IX '.
In ‘On My Songs’ by Wilfred Owen, his ideas about poetry and its importance are voiced throughout the duration of the poem. He does this by using various techniques like metaphors, diction, and personification amongst others. One of the main ideas we can gather from this poem is that he believes that poetry is a form of release. It begins with: ‘Though unseen Poets, many and many a time/ Have answered me as if they knew my woe/…fashioned so their rime…easing the flow/ Of my dumb tears’. In this quote, Owen seems to be paying homage to all the romantic poets (like Keats and Shelly) whose poetry has been able to soothe him and has even often resounded deeply with his situation or with the problems he was going through.
In his book, Walden, Henry David Thoreau uses imagery, simile, and metaphor, to develop his theme of self-reliance and individualism within nature. The way in which Thoreau describes the scenery allows the reader to become immersed in the world that he has described. Specifically, he uses images
However, Donne proves this claim wrong when he asserts, “any man’s death diminishes me”— revealing that a part of a human “dies” when “any” other member of their species does. Furthermore, he states, “never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” This part of his poem continues to develop the idea that individuals affect all of mankind, as no matter who “the bell tolls” for, it partly always tolls for us, as we are all part of the same mankind. Would humans live differently without their natural sense of connectedness? This idea continues the debate about whether humans rely on each other and if the actions of individuals affect mankind as an entirety. I believe that one should not truly live in isolation, as ones who isolate themselves do not truly
The way Taylor used metaphors, off rhyme, rhetorical questions, and iambic pentameter helped the reader understand the theme of the poem. In the poem, “From Preface to God’s Determination”, by Edward Taylor, Taylor wants to tell his thoughts on the creation of earth. God gets compared by multiple things to help produce an image for the readers. Taylor’s poem can persuade other people into believing the same thing he did. God created the world with nothing and made it into something
In this essay, I will be talking about Wilfred Owen’s method of creating sympathy and criticism for the protagonist of the poem and analyze the language and literary and structural devices that he uses. Owen foregrounds the poem with: “He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey”. The use of plosive alliteration in these lines gives us a visual and dark image of the environment because of the sharp and abrupt sounds. Also, in the same lines, it says “wheeled chair” which suggests that the soldier is physically disabled by the war and cannot move by himself. I think this is very effective in helping us sympathize with the protagonist.
In the quote I gathered that Emerson was trying to emphasize that nature has the ability to generate happiness, just like a human being can. Nature can be just a charmful as an average man. This quote most definitely illustrates how there is strong but covert connection among man and nature. Nature, by essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson is an insightful paper that successfully utilizes the personification of nature to accentuate the connection of it to a human. Nature is not simply a setting.
The speaker in Donne’s poem states, “If they be two, they are two so / As stiff twin compasses are two…. Thy firmness makes my circle just, / And makes me end where I begun” (25-40). In likeness, the speaker in “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” claims, “My love is alive / Way down in my heart / Although we are miles apart / if you ever need a helping hand / I’ll be there on the double” this speaker’s love is portrayed to be alive no matter the distance (27-29). Interestingly, the speaker in Donne’s poem illiterates their love as a “compass”; which in context, is never bound by distance rather, is used for giving direction for a distance. In addition, within common vernacular love is compared to a compass as well in that love guides us through our relationships as a compass guides our direction.
Poetry, perhaps more than any other form of literary expression, signifies the human condition. For millennia, the simplistic complications of poetry have reflected the human behavior and summarized the meaning behind life. Few poems are more applicable to this way of thinking than Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Renascence,” an entrancing, winding, and clinical look past the physical realm and into the murky waters of the mind. “Renascence” uses the natural world to express the interconnection across the human species and the balance required for enlightenment. Millay’s poem is centered around nature, using it to symbolize the physical realm.