The tone of "No Man Is an Island" is dark and sad but yet light. He shifts the perspective of the poem which helps expand the tone and view of the poem. Donne finds out he is terminally ill right after his wife dies so his life goes from a light happy place to a darker one. This is shown when Donne starts writing from a light but not a cheery tone in an open perspective with everyone in mind. He shows this by saying "No man is an island, entire of itself" (line 1) this shows that no one is alone when they believe they are.
In A Ritual to Read to Each Other, William Stafford speaks about a different kind of love than in Shakespeare’s sonnet. The love Stafford describes isn’t romantic, rather it is built on the fragile communication we have with the people around us. Stafford emphasizes the love of humanity, and begins his poem by pointing out how desperately bereft we are of this kind of empathy today. In the second stanza Stafford talks about the emptiness that exists between us. According to the poem we’ve become so inept at communication, that a misread of someone’s gestures could send the insecurities of childhood back to haunt us.
In the title we find a clear ironic contrast between the romantic suggestions of "love song" and the content of the poem. By reading the poem, we discover that there is nothing to do with love in the poem, and the speaker is not even able to love himself. Thus, the context is completely ironic compared to its title, "the love song"; moreover, the poem itself is a dramatic poem and the main tone of the poem is weary. So, we can say that this title could be interpreted as a joke. However, we should mention that the work has some characteristics of love songs, such as repetition (or refrain) and
“...Dick squanders his emotional capital and becomes unable to respond to the things that are worthy of deep emotion” (Tate 218). Dick also begins to realize the negative impact his temperament has on others. After he and Nicole have an argument, Dick says, “‘I guess I’m the Black Death,’ he said slowly. ‘I don’t seem to bring people happiness anymore’” (Fitzgerald 219). He also identifies how much he has changed.
Strand claimed such thing came with a price and the pay is none other than solitude. The overall poem could be said to be written in a third person perspective, like Strand or the narrator in the poem was talking to someone. In the first stanza: Tel¬l yourself as it gets cold and gray falls from the air that you will go on walking, hearing the same tune no matter where you find yourself -- () gave off the feeling of ignorance, the feeling of trying to resist changes hinted in the second line where the author mentioned the air that changes its color to gray or that the temperature dropped. Both points can be interpreted as the changes that occurred in a worse direction and yet, in the fifth line. It said for us to never change or falter even those changes that occurred were for the worse.
This is another distinction from the other two poems, as they write about what exactly they write their poems for, whilst in Thomas’s poem it gets to the conclusion only at the end. His tone seems to be a touch pompous as he claims that he is not doing his work for his own gain at all. He sketches images of grandeur, such as images of grand entertainment in the first stanza, or writing for active politicians like
“ The Sounds of Silence” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel presents a deep understanding and meaning of the topic that people lack the ability to communicate. Peoples thoughts are ordered by the media and forget about the true meaning of their own voices. Simon and Garfunkel represent this through the use of figurative language and poetic techniques which served really well to their song. Darkness is sometimes described as a depressive state to those who can't confide in no one and are all alone. In the first two lines, “Hello darkness my old friend/ I’ve come to talk with you again.”(1-2) describes mainly the key theme of this song, the lack of ability to communicate with other people.
Dickenson senses grief as darkness, but also an emotion that will fade away soon. In the first line of the poem “As imperceptibly as grief” (1). Dickinson uses similes. She compares imperceptibly with grief. The word imperceptibly as defined in Webster’s Dictionary is “not noticeable by the senses or by the mind : very small or gradual.” This suggests that grief is not essential in life and people always forget about grief.
Robert Frost develops a theme in “The Road Not Taken” that is relatively confusing simply due to being a short poem that causes readers to perceive the concept differently depending on their worldview. For example, is Frost angry with his decision or enthused in selecting the less traveled road. Arguably, the poem stresses the human instinct of making decisions as well as emphasizing the lasting effects of a decision. Frost seems to be representing a decision in his life, possibly his own but it is not clear. The irony is the double perspective of deciphering the best metaphorical route to take.
For example, he seems consolatory towards the fact that they will have no candles lit for them; instead the glow will be in their eyes. They will not have coffins covers or flowers. The paleness in the faces of girls will be their coffin covers, and their flowers will be the “tenderness of patient minds”(Owen). Owen finishes the poem with the finality that death is inevitable just as dusk is inescapable. Owen writes in a manner that makes his sorrow and rage contagious to the