The use of allusion in any poem is to aid the reader’s understanding in what the author’s mood is. For example, the author writes as follows: “Respite-respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore/ Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore/ Quoth the Raven ‘Nevermore’ ” (82-84). This fits the poem extremely well since nepenthe is a drug, introduced
Throughout the poem there are many poetic devices used, such as iambic pentameter and tetrameter, repetition and rhyming, as well as imagery. The author composed the poem in such a way that it is dulcet to read. The message within the poem is evident because of the Metaphors of nature and the destruction of mankind. Andrew
Secondly, in the poem Persephone Abducted, "withered her feathers to a hag's" the poet uses the metaphor to compare Demeter feathers to one of a hag's. This metaphor is saying that Demeter is mean and not nice. From this metaphor, readers would have learnt about Demeter's characteristics. The metaphor is very effective because indeed Demeter was very selfish and mean when she had lost her daughter to Hades. Thirdly, the simile Dove used in Exit was very effective.
In “The Song of the Mud,” Borden describes the major role mud plays in war and reveals the huge impact it has as it covers the soldier, corpses, clogs the machinery, and restricts the soldiers from their value.“of vile, incurable sores and innocent tongues,” "a devil's sick of sin,” the blood coming from “bitter as the cud,” and “obscene as cancer” are all examples of imagery that help readers perceive the agony of war and fully express the repugnancy to war. Moreover, Mary specifically uses evocative words such as “invincible,” “inexhaustible,” “intrusive” and “impertinent” to illustrate the dreadful state of the fighters due to the mud and to generate a powerful tone. Similarly, Owen used words such as “guttering” and “froth-corrupted” to create that same tone as he described the gas attack he experienced and the resentment he has of war in this last stanza. On top of that, both poems contain irony to signify the opposite of what is said, set an ironic tone and to bring forth the authors’ aversion to war indirectly. For example,“The Song of the Mud” contains the line “covers the hills like satin” which is pleasing and makes you feel at ease which contradicts the fact that war is destructive and horrifying.
“With a love that the wingéd seraphs in Heaven/ coveted her and me.../chilling/ My beautiful/ Annabel Lee ” (11,15-16). The author’s poetic language is able to enhance the message of the theme as well as portray the compulsiveness of the speaker towards his lover that is unquestionably depicted within the stanza the speaker begins to contently delineate his lover, but then rapidly changes his tone and instead shoots accusations at the angels in heaven for tearing apart him from his beloved. The reader can deduce that the speaker had become blinded by the perfections of Annabel Lee and forced himself to believe she had met a sudden demise only because of how strong their love was and still is and not due to superficial reasons. “And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side /Of my darling — my darling — my life and my bride,/ In her sepulchre there by the sea — “ (38-40). Again, Poe is manifesting the theme of obsessive love by describing the manners and actions of the speaker in a disturbing way, evoking a strong sense of how mental he was for his lover to the point of laying next to her soulless body on a daily basis as if it was something done regularly.
Feminine Gospels is a collection that puts a lot of emphasis on the question ‘why’. The verbs used in this poem that are written in past tense are related to the process of waking up, for example, ‘grew, shifted, stirred, reached, pulled’. The verb ‘walk’ written in present tense represents imagining the person being brought to life and actually walking like the
Dove’s poem is a free verse poem meaning that it does not have a set structure, meter, or rhyme scheme. Writing the poem in free verse enables Dove to focus the poem on the entrapment that the women in the poem fells as a result of her material role and how she yearns to escape the environment, if even just for a brief period of time. I choose to write my poem in free verse also because I wished to mimic the effect that it develops in the poem. I wanted to clearly emphasize the nervousness and uncomfortableness that I felt prior to touring the mosque due to ignorance to the truth and acceptance of popular Islamic stereotypes. I believe that using a set structure, rhyme scheme, and meter would have been a distraction from the central focus of the poem.
The theme of religious is seen in both poems. The line “Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of god” implies that the religion ask us to have mutual respect on each other and stay together in the memory of creator of life. In Moore’s poem, the symbol of religion can be seen in the line “this firegilt steel alive with goldenness” where in the Christianity, rings become the symbol of a marriage in church and this has turn into a cultural practice. Other than that, there is also the use of gender in both poems. Gibran in his poem resembles man and woman in the line “And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow” and also indicate as a metaphor in the poem.
In Derek Walcott’s poem “XIV,” the uses of personification, imagery and metaphor convey a mesmerized feeling in both the audience and the speaker. Through using a poem to narrate his childhood experience of listening to an old woman telling tales, Walcott successfully passes on this wonderful and great experience to the readers. The poem is not just about an experience with the old story teller, but a memory that holds the speaker and the speaker’s brother together in Caribbean. By using personification in the poem, the speaker presents himself as a child by imagining the inanimate objects with human like characteristics. As the speaker travels around to find the story teller, he sees the sun as it was “threatening us as we climb closer.” In a child’s mind, everything is fascinating and they tend to see through the physical and literal appearances of ordinary objects.
Neoclassicism was the period in the 1700s which revived classic art styles. There were three stages of neoclassicism. The first, the Restoration Period, used imagination. The second, the Augustan Age, was also called the Age of Pope. The third, the Age of Johnson, was a romantic movement.