Most elegies put their focus on the departed subject of the poem--and for good reason. One of the main purposes of an elegy is to remember and celebrate the life of the individual that has passed on. But the narrative O’Hara’s poem “The Day the Lady Died” doesn’t put most of its focus on the departed, but rather follows the day-to-day activities of the speaker before he discovers that Billie Holiday has died. This narrative isn’t used to diminish the importance of Holiday, however. Instead, it is used to show the nature of mortality in regard to how the world continues on normally even after the death of a celebrity. But rather than saying this means that Holiday’s life was unimportant, the fleeting nature of mortality shows how important Holiday was to some people, and how she touched their lives even in small ways. “The Day the Lady Died” is not a grand celebration of an individual, but rather a celebration of how one individual affected those around her in small ways. The majority …show more content…
The ending of the poem shows the speaker ruminating on what the death of Holiday personally means to him. Instead of realizing that she contributed nothing of significance to his life, he recalls a time when he saw her perform: “thinking of/leaning on the john door in the 5 SPOT/while she whispered a song along the keyboard.” The speaker first heard Holiday in a mundane spot--near a bathroom door--just as he discovered her death in a mundane manner. She made enough of an impact on the speaker that he does not simply note her death and go on with the rest of his day. Rather, he stops in his tracks and suddenly remembers a place usually associated undesirable connotations as something special, because that is where he first heard Holiday sing. The speaker further cements this by ending the poem saying, “everyone and I stopped breathing” when they heard Holiday
The poem that I wanted to analyze for this weeks discussion is "Minor Miracle" by Marilyn Nelson. The "Voice" of the poem is that of the poet. This is implied in the first sentence where the author prefaces the poem stating, "Which reminds me of another knock-on-wood memory." The whole poem is recounted by the poet as if she was reliving a memory or telling the story to some friends.
In the stories “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O.Henry, the characters in the tale experience a feeling of great loss at some point of the story. These tragic losses are usually the passing away of a character’s loved one. In “Gwilan’s Harp” the husband of Gwilan, Torm, passes away from a fever during the winter, but at the end of the story, Gwilan musters the courage to cherish what she has left. The life of the humble washwoman in “The Washwoman” brought great joy to the people around her, and her resilience until death inspires others to stay strong and persevere regardless of circumstances. Finally, “The Last Leaf” tells of strong friendships and gives a heart stopping ending with the death of Behrman, a man seemingly worthless throughout his life, but proves his worth at the very last moments of his life.
Who would think a 10-day suspension from high school would ignite the hunger within Chancelor Bennett, or Chance the Rapper, to become the artist he is today? His teachers doubted his aspirations to be a musician, but in this small window of time he embarked on a journey to prove himself, thus the mixtape 10 Day was born. But he didn’t stop there. Chance the Rapper would go on to dilute the stagnant pool of rap and hip-hop to reflect important issues and emit a sound that uplifts and inspires. Songs that spread good vibes about love, worth, and respect, like his song “Everybody is something”, where he sings, “everybody is somebody’s everything, noboby’s nothing”.
The short “At David’s Grave,” by Denise Levertov talks about a deceased loved one that is with them while being at the cemetery. David is around them in the “open field, in sunlight, among the few trees,” (Levertov). He is only there because they are there with him, and whenever they leave he is with them, going with them as the good things that come. To live their lives with happiness and the joy that comes with living life each day. They know that he is never alone at the cemetery, never laying in the field filled with cold graves.
For example, when he says “Old Aunty Death Don't hide your bones,” she’s dead she can’t hide them. In the fifth and sixth stanza he explains how his father's death influenced him to write a poem. He considers death an art. Death taught him it’s apart of life.
In the poem “A Story” by Li- Young Lee, the audience is introduced to the intricate relationship between the father and the son. There is an obvious internal conflict ongoing within the father’s thoughts; the father desperately wants to tell his son a story but cannot come up with one. The author highlights the altering views held by the father and the son through the use of shifting points of view and the intended structure. These two devices adeptly establish the poem’s profundity and intensity of emotions; moreover, it brings light to a common battle that evolving filial relations face against time; as innocence eventuates into maturity, parents inevitably feel helpless and nostalgic.
Hi Andrea, When I first read the poem I assumed it was talking about war because of the line “nightmare fighters.” I learned about war being harsh on soldiers and especially fallen ones but I never thought this would happen. I did not think that the soldiers did not care but they just need a way to get the body out fast for another solider to takeover the machine.
In the poem “Death Over Water” by Elizabeth Rhett Woods, juxtaposition between the beauty and grace of ice dancing and the savage fighting between two enemy birds is shown as an eagle is compared to “the male of a pair of ice dancers” (line 9), a gull to the female ice dancer and “a clamour of crows” (line 1) to the crowd watching them. The eagle is the dominant force in the fight that is in control of the movements of the birds maintaining “every advantage of size and speed” (line 17), comparable to the lead dancer of a pair. In ice dancing, the male is often guiding the female through the moves remaining “above and behind” (line 8) the female dancer at all times. The gull is at the mercy of “the enemy” (line 16) eagle and is forced to move
In my arms, my young daughter took her last breath. Her once-strong, -lively body was now as frail as a wilted flower. And her eyes—her black, playful eyes—were peacefully closed, never again to open. I listened hopelessly to the women’s song of mourning, sung in our native Cherokee tongue. At my side, my wife, Yellow Blossom’s, voice rang out smoothly and softly, but intermittently interrupted by brief sobs.
Emily Dickinson addresses death and how people cope with death through her use of varying tones in “The Last Night That She Lived”. Though the poem describes the moment at the end of the woman’s life, the different tones that Dickinson expresses throughout the piece reflect the emotions that arise at the beginning and years after the death. Ever stanza expresses a varying emotion that one feels when faced with death, demonstrating how Dickinson believes that life moves on after death. The tone of the poem is calm at first.
“Poem for My Sister” written by Liz Lochhead, is a poem describing the relationship between two sisters and their experiences. As with almost all siblings, the younger sister looks up to her older sister and strives to be like her whereas the older sister in this poem has been through numerous hardships and troubles in her life and warns her stubborn sister to not follow in her footsteps. The reader can relate to the poem as they are either an adult or a child and both ages apprehend the feelings and emotions that the characters are experiencing. A deeper meaning this poem suggests is that the experience of adulthood should be seen as advice for the upcoming generations.
The Farmer’s Bride by Charlotte Mew. The poet presents the cruel society through the structure of the ballad. This is depicted in the end stopped lines like ‘the shut of a winter’s day.’ The lack of enjambment crystallises the trapped situation the woman faces in this oppressive society.
Jung believes that a writer’s treatment of universal archetypes is negotiations with cultural norms: Therein is the social significance of art: it is constantly at work and it is the spirit of the age, conjuring up the forms in which age is lacking. Further Jung in his animus and anima says that every man carries with him the eternal image of woman; the woman too has her inborn image of man.(Jung-80-83) Jennings exceeds it by daring a lyric persona that blends and speaks for everyman and every woman. On a personal level, Jennings recorded dreams of being a boy in search of a mother and father and of a third sex ‘neither wholly masculine nor feminine but partaking of both’. This ambivalence of sex and gender is manifest in her too familiar conflict
The Day Lady Died “The Day Lady Died” by Frank O’Hara is an elegy (poem of pourning and lament on someone’s demise) to Billie Holiday. O’Hara’s elegy is untraditional in its form because the poem does not seem to be about Holiday at all until only towards the end where she is described in the final lines of the poem. Billie Holiday, the Jazz singer died of liver disease at a hospital in New York, early morning on July 17, 1959. Frank O’Hara was walking around New York, following her mundane routine when he gets to see a newspaper with Billie Holiday’s face on it. O’Hara had been to several of her performances.
The home mourns and wishes for its family because without them, it will be what it was before, a house. Just like the empty vase, one of the few objects that remain inside, it has lost all meaning without life pumping through its core. Larkin shows this loss through a depressing personification, separated and detached tone, and the slow crumbling structure. The home is not yet a house because it is still filled with memories of the past, which it is desperately grasping onto. Those memories - the pictures, the cutlery, the music in the piano, and that vase, are the only things that remain.