The poem "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye speaks about how you experience kindness and what it really is. The main point in this poem is that in order to experience people's kindness you need to experience hurt, sorrow, and loneliness. The author says that when you loose everything and have no one or thing that when kindness comes along it lifts you up "and then goes with you everywhere/ like a shadow or a friend" (33-34). When portraying this message the author uses a sad but hopeful tone to send the message she wants to say. This tone helps portray the message because you can feel how sad someone is when they are lonely and they have nothing.
The term “remember” runs, like a refrain throughout the sonnet. However, its power seems to decrease through the poem, rather as if the voice and memory of the speaker is fading from life. The word “remember” is repeated six times within the poem, which expresses the desire of a speaker whose hope is that her lover, will keep her memory alive beyond death. The repeated use of “remember” and “remember me” indicate the strength of the speaker’s desire to not be forgotten, although this forceful plea is relaxed at the end of the poem when the speaker acknowledges that the happiness of her beloved is ultimately the most important thing. This is the general message of the poem, the happiness of others are ultimately more important than keeping the memory of a loved one alive as it will inevitably pain you too much to do.
The symbolism and imagery show throughout the poem that with each stanza being written in a visual manner. The audience can easily picture a theme and feel the author’s remarkable use of emotions in her piece written with an advanced sense of sensibility. Rita Joe’s point of view is narrated by the summary of her experiences put into her piece of writing that established and showcased her empowering and strong personality. It is a reflective piece of writing that was delivered using symbolism, imagery, and visual mental images used to illustrate the theme of “ I Lost My Talk”. Joe’s horrific history was filled with many hardships and obstacles in her life.
For example, in lines 3 and 4, the poem says “ A few bring smiles of happiness and some tears to the eye.” This shows the importance of holding onto memories whether they are good ones or bad ones. Another example of imagery used is in lines 7 and 8, “ That have been shut these many years, what pictures they unfold!” The utilization
Her poetry takes a common incident or ordinary person and given a structure that is not a plain recitation of facts, poems that “skillfully combine biography and history” (325). She has stated in an interview with M. Wynn Thomas in 1995, her works have been influenced by Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, and James Wright. Dove is also asked often about her influences other than writers and repeats that she is “obsessed with” what she calls the “underside of history”. In the interview with M. Wynn Thomas, Dove said that the “underside of history” is the “dramas of ordinary people - the quiet courage of their actions, all which buoy up the big events” (The Swansea Review). Dove believes “putting these private events” alongside historical events makes the personal and historical equally important.
Poems are short meaningful pieces of literature that can be interpreted in multiple ways depending upon the reader at hand. That is what makes a poem unique compared to other literature pieces because in a poem the author tends to use figurative language to fulfill meaning behind their work. One poem “Love is a Sickness Full of Woes” by Samuel Daniel describes the pains of being lovesick. Love can either benefit us if nurtured and cared for, but if not tended to then let loose can ultimately hurt us. As to another poem “American Solitude” by Grace Schulman describes a life of solitude being most warming to the soul to ward off loneliness.
Poems are written pieces in which the author, or poet, expresses their thoughts through literary elements and figurative language. They usually hold meanings or themes that the reader is supposed to decipher. In Emily Dickinson’s poem Because I Could Not Stop For Death, she is very inclusive of literary elements and figurative language to tell a story, set a mood, and convey a deep, thought-provoking message. The poem starts off with a person sitting in a carriage with Death and Immortality.
The poem "When death comes" illustrates the value of finding self-worth because the speaker "[doesn 't] want to end up having simply having visited the world" (28) instead she wants to become a part of the world, and Mary Oliver demonstrates that with the use of her tone and figurative languages such as similes and repetition. The theme of the poem clearly demonstrates the speaker 's feelings about death through the use of similes to compare death with other unpleasant scenarios. Where the definition of simile is the comparison of two unlike things with the use of like or as. In addition, the use of similes is apparent at the beginning of the poem where the speaker uses it to reference death in three different scenarios.
Dickinson also places an allusion to place the extra atmosphere that she believes everyone has gone through a grief, and it helps the reader understand what is happening. Also the poem has tone. Every poem has tone, but in this poem the poet is happy then turns into sadness, and how she uses other people’s sorrow and grief to pleasure
He states “ Nodded, nearly, napping” to get the reader to get in the state of mind of how he was feeling, he gets the reader to empathize his feeling of being alone and depressed. Poe uses language such as “ weary and dreary” not just for literary purposes, but to give the readers feeling of what the characters are feeling. Poe repeats the words “ sorrow,” to express how he feels due to the loss of Lenore. Poe calls Lenore “sainted, rare, and radiant” ( Lines 94-95 ), describing her as a perfect, unspoiled, untouchable women. Poe uses assonance to build structure throughout his
When the man arrives at home from the hospital, he begins to remember that “this is his house” (Cherry 15). In the poem, “Alzheimer’s,” Kelly Cherry expresses the confusions and difficulties a man with dementia struggles with in life. The poem explores the chaos of the man who comes home from the hospital and his conflicts with his memory loss. The speaker is close to the man and is frustrated with him at the beginning of the poem, but the speaker’s feeling toward the man eventually shifts to sadness. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be painful and heartbreaking, though people need to understand that familiar circumstances and with family support can help the patients whose mind is gradually changing.
In this journal I'll be relating my feelings on and interpreting Alberto Rios' poem "A Chair She Sits In." With Alberto Rios's poem, it's obvious that this poem speaks about death, theorizes about why we stick around when we die, and talks to us about the habits in our modern day multi-media lives that we get hooked on as well as the habits and comforts a little simpler than that in our lives. This poem comes off to me as being quite melancholy. The writer of the poem writes in this poem as though he stares at death in the future and look within himself, his habits, his identity, and with fear for what's beyond for himself.