E. Housman in “To an Athlete Dying Young”, is sometimes it is better to leave before your fame does. As young athletes people work the way up to the peak of their life. Then, for the rest of their life they have to stand by and watch their fame slowly die. They have to come to the realization that they are not what they used to be. On page 1092, Housman states, “Smart lad, to slip betimes away from fields where glory does not stay and early though the laurel grows it withers quicker than the rose.” Housman is saying that it was smart of the young man to die before he has to watch his fame die.
“To go forward (as a spiritual man) it is necessary first to go back” (Roethke). Roethke regretted his relationship with his father, for he died when he was only a teenager and this poem is just one of many that probed the darkness of his childhood. Each of his poems are complete in itself; yet each in a sense is a stage in a kind of struggle out of the slime; part of a slow spiritual progress; an effort to be born, and later, to become something more (poetryfoundation.org). This poem is full of prevailing imagery, strong diction, and sound figures of speech that make It easy for the reader to imagine fully the scene that takes
Brian, shot while crossing a busy street in broad daylight with his little sister beside him. Beyond the reach of our school zone, kids kept dying.” The concept of children perishing in any context is sad enough as it is, the fact that names and background for these kids is added to the tale adds to the emotional feeling. The classic quote by Joseph Stalin of “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic” applies very well here. With the names of the various children, we get a feel for the loss, one can imagine children; however when the casualty count rises to a large number the mind just accepts it as a tragedy but does not link itself to the larger count as well as the smaller one. Yet even one child dead is a
He burned down his house, murdered his wife, and took one eye out of his cat. He believed everything bad that was happening to him was because of his cat. Everytime he would look at the cat, this anger rushed over to him. He would mistreat the cat infront of his wife and his wife would always
The poet goes back in retrospection at his adolescence in the poem "Fern Hill". "Fern Hill" was the ranch of Thomas ' aunt Ann Jones. The poet reviews this place as he used to spend his occasions here, far from his local Swansea.
He was often quoted saying the universe is a “big damn mess”, his satirical nature allowed him to laugh at the terrible things that happened to him throughout his life. While growing up in the Great Depression, he watched his father waste away and returned home from war on Mother’s Day only to find that his mother had committed suicide the night before. During this war, he was captured in Germany and survived a bombing that killed hundreds of thousands of people. After witnessing this and the devastating fate of his family, he, much like other depressed war survivors began questioning God and religion. Most likely, this is what led to him writing Cat’s Cradle.
The most powerful lines is, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The repetition of this line shows how Thomas feels about his father and how much he needs him to stay. Another line that is repeated is, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” This line is obviously the title of the poem and stresses an encouraging message to his father. Thomas seems to really care for his father and the messages conveyed in these repeated statements demonstrate. Another method Thomas uses in his poem is including powerful language. He says things like, “burn, grave, and rage as well as fierce.” These all are used in some way to grab the readers attention or
In the the poem, On Turning Ten by Billy Collins, and in the book, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, there are similarities and differences between both texts and their main characters, mainly the boy for the poem and Mr. Halloway. Mr. Halloway was 40 when Will, his son, was born. He felt like he was too old to have a child. The boy in On Turning Ten is growing up and he remembers how life was when he was a little boy. For example, what he got for Christmas and his birthday, what he was for Halloween, and his imaginary friends.
In his timeless poem, “The World Is Too Much With Us”, William Wordsworth bemoans the state of the world and how people so ignore creation. Wordsworth was an English poet in the in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His childhood was a traumatic time as he moved from one place to another after the tragic death of his mother. As he grew older, so did his passion for poetry and he soon published in a magazine when he was only seventeen. Despite stains on his character, including a relationship out of marriage, he continues to be revered as one of the greatest poets from that period of history.
“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Seamus Heaney created his poetry from finding inspiration of the things he experienced throughout his life. Seamus Heaney, wrote some of his major works of poetry during “The Troubles” which was when the conflict that raged between the Protestant and catholics in Ireland. Heaney was born April 1939, he’s the oldest member of his sisters and brother of nine. When his parents died his uncle took care of him. He grew up in the Republic of Ireland, for the first four years of his life in Glanmore cottage in Co Wicklow, then he lived in Sandymount, Dublin.