Both authors use figurative language in a similar way because they both include similes in their poems. Wesley uses a simile to compare Langston Hughes’s poetry to a flute to help the reader understand he communicated a message to people during the Harlem Renaissance. In the same way, Langston Hughes uses a simile to express the black man was singing “Like a musical fool” meaning he was letting out all of his emotions while singing the song. The difference established between the poems is the theme, Wesley is communicating the theme that Langston Hughes should be honored and respected for communicating a message during the Harlem Renaissance, unlike Langston Hughes who establishes the message that music can express feelings. These poems make an impact on the reader because the use of similes and the powerful themes leave the strong message that art, whether it is in the form of poetry or music, can express powerful feelings and
His interpretation of darkness has changed. He begins to understand that with darkness of suffering and the light of liberation are allied which is why Baldwin incorporates the indigo light. The Narrator starts to understand Sonny’s musical form of expression. The music is now allowing him to feel instead of living in denial. Music has become the bridge between the two brothers.
The meaning of a story is either diminished or developed by the format it is written in. In Raymond Carver’s “Everything Stuck to Him”, the author tells the story of a man and his daughter, as well as a boy and a girl. Carver’s story is a frame story, in which the author writes one tale within another. The main story begins when he introduces a plot including the characters of an older man and his daughter. Then, the story within the original plot begins when the older man tells his daughter a narrative from when he and his wife were young and the girl was just a baby.
A metaphor is an indirect comparison between two unlike objects. In Sam Smith’s song “Lay Me Down,” he uses poetic elements throughout his lyrics in order to amplify the stronger meaning behind his song. In his song, his overall message is to treat gay, lesbian, and transgender people as if they were any other human. The lyrics in “Lay Me Down” describe a great meaning of treating everyone equally through his use of poetic elements. The denotation of a poem is also known as the literal meaning of a poem.
In the story, “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin insists, that music is a universal language that speaks life into a dead soul. Stereotypical notion of music arouses emotions that are disregarded. The story demonstrates the significance of music and the components that communicates needs and wants. Sonny’s character was not very talkative, but his music spoke with volume. This paper will analyze the elements of music told in “Sonny’s Blues” that connects and bonds the characters emotionally, physically and socially.
A poem is often distinguished from other forms of writing as an “art of rhythmical composition ... for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts,” (Dictionary.com). Poets use a variety of literary devices to express their emotions and portray what they are perceiving. In the poem, “Crossing the Swamp”, Mary Oliver uses alliteration, tone, and imagery to manifest in the reader's mind the emotions she felt as she crossed the swamp. Alliteration within this poem is used to offer emphasis on perspectives that the swamp is being viewed through. Mary Oliver alliterated the words branching, burred, belching, bogs, peerless, pale, fooothold, fingerhold, hipholes, hummocks as wells as sink and silently within the first half of the poem.
Without fail, Frost uses a rather unusual use of timing that represents not only the feeling of the poem, but also reflects the narrator’s character himself. Assonance first creates the rhythm to this poem through many repetitions such as; line 1 the “O” in “roads’ and “yellow”, line 3 the “A” in “and” and “traveler”, line 4 the “O” sound is repeated again in “looked” and “could” (Frost, 1916). Through the use of stylistic devices “The Road Not Taken” is finely crafted to emulate a musical masterpiece full of harmony, tension, and resolve. The poem is composed in four-five line stanzas with two end lines inside each stanza (abaab). According to Frost, "There are only two meters "strict and loose iambic" (www.frostfriends.org/meter.hml).
William McFeely suggests that Frederick Douglass, like Walt Whitman, has written a “Song of Myself” with his slave narrative. Both fairly known in their own time, I am going to look at how they compare and how they are different from each other. Frederick Douglass with his autobiographical slave narrative and Walt Whitman with his poem “Song of Myself”. The question becomes how Douglass creates himself through his narrative and how it compares to Whitman’s self in his poem. The wish to reach people is clear for both Whitman and Douglass.
The Waking by Theodore Roethke is a musical-themed poem. In addition, the book, Perrine’s Literature, states that it uses refrain which is when the “poet may repeat whole words, phrases, lines, or groups of lines […] in a fixed pattern” (Pg. 837). Due to the use of refrain, it made this poem even harder for me to decipher. However, after reading it several times, I came to the conclusion as to what the meaning of the poem might be, because Roethke is trying to show us that we as humans often follow a path not of our owns that is often pre-determined by our brains or other meanings.
The Musicality of Emily Dickinson Though her strict eight and six syllable ABAB rhyming style may appear to limit her, Emily Dickinson’s influence on music goes far beyond being the rumored protagonist for The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” If you were to compare her poetry to music, she commands her lines and stanzas using dashes as rests and capitalization as accents. Emily Dickinson’s poetry best represents me as a songwriter because of the unique way she dictates and splits rhythms in common meters. In “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” Dickinson uses dashes at the end of lines to signal rests, exemplified as how she interposes dashes throughout the first stanza, “because I could not stop for death - he kindly stopped for me - the carriage