In The Odyssey, Odysseus discovers from the ghost of his comrade Elpenor that he is dead. This evokes sadness in Odysseus, which leads him to inquire the cause of death and Elpenor explains “ 'it was all bad luck, and my own unspeakable drunkenness” (Hom. Od.11.60-61). Elpenor fell of the roof of Circe’s house while asleep and broke his neck. Elpenor pleads with Odysseus to give him full burial rites so his soul can go to hades.
A. E. Housman talks about these ideas in his poem “To an Athlete Dying Young”. Three messages that A. E. Housman conveys in his poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” are make a mark while while still possible, dying young isn't the worst thing, and sometimes it’s better to leave before your fame does. The first message that A. E. Housman gives in “To an Athlete Dying Young”
The poem “Miniver Cheevy,” is about a man who spends his days wishing that he had been born in a different era than the one he spends his days in. Looking back on the olden days Miniver Cheevy feels that the olden days were much better than modern times and the poem goes on to show his love for the past. However, instead of doing something about his love and curiosity for the past he chooses to reminisce about the past and drink his misery away. Throughout this paper I will discuss the poem’s central purpose and its attitude towards its subject matter, and how the author uses allusion to reinforce the poems central purpose and attitude. First, I will begin with the poem central purpose or theme.
Palestinian American literary theorist and cultural critic Edward Stein describes exile as being a “terrible experience” whose “essential sadness can never be surmounted.” Paradoxically, he also states that it can be a “potent, even enriching experience.” Throughout Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, several characters are confronted with the positive and negative effects of alienation, but the protagonist, John the Savage, best represents Stein’s description of exile. From his childhood in the Malpais Reservation to his introduction into the Society of Brave New World, John feels both the pain and empowerment of isolation. These experiences shape his character and offer insight into the novel's message.
“To an Athlete Dying Young” is an amazing poem that is an ode to a young athlete that did not get to live out the prime of their life because of an unfortunate event that sadly ended their life early. A. E. Housman, the poet of “To an Athlete Dying Young”, was born on March 26th in 1859, and was a Latin professor at Cambridge University until his death on April 30th in 1936. In “To an Athlete Dying Young”, Housman perfectly uses a different point of view, figurative language, sound devices, and a negative mood to tell the story of the poem. Many assume that the speaker is the poet when reading a poem, but this is not true for “To an Athlete Dying Young”.
A great example of this in “Inception” is the fact that Cobb is struggling with the loss of Mal and doesn’t believe that she is gone forever, eternalising her in his private dream state (the dream where there is an elevator with many floors of his memories of her). This links to the belief that if the subject did not deal with his loss that it would be eternalised in his ego, which almost happened until Cobb enters limbo and trades his life for Fischer. He then spends a lifetime in limbo until he ends up finding Saito, who is an old man while he is still young, then they kill themselves to reach the kick up above and escape the multiple levels of
However, at the very end of the piece the father of the author is revealed to be the intended audience of the poem. Only in the last stanza does the reader find out Thomas’s father is on his death bed, and the author, choked up with emotion, begs his father not to die. Only in the last stanza does the author compare his father to the four types of men by implying his current frail condition is similar to the wise, good, wild, and grave men. By using the word “fierce” to describe his father’s tears, Thomas demonstrates how his father feels intense emotion about dying and encourages him not to let go of the will to live. The poem ends by including the recurring first and third line of the elegy at the very end, a powerful conclusion designed to show that his father, like all men, should never easily lose their fighting
Dystopia Assignment The poem “Dystopia None Too Distant” by Surrationally exemplifies a disastrous post-apocalyptic world. This poem demonstrates the hardships people go through in their world; consequently, people reminisce on life as they knew it before. Furthermore, the author uses repetition in his work to emphasize the fact that they lost what they had: “We sort of remember warmth./We sort of remember laughing./ We sort of remember nostalgia,” (Surrationally). By using repetition the author establishes an important point.
Permanence in Nature In the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” Robert Frost examines the idea that everything in nature and life is temporary. This poem analyzes the concept that things in nature are born and fade away so that the next cycle can take it’s place. Frost uses poetic elements such as images, figures of speech, and the setting of his poem to prove to his readers that everything, including themselves, is temporary and replaced, and, therefore, moments should not be taken for granted.
He implies this sense of darkness as a way of “fun” as he describes acres of land and houses being reduced down to “..only dirt..wet or dry..” (line 24). The meaning is misunderstood as the “...blady carouses” contradict the importance of the land with the final line, “...you can hang or drown at last..” (line 28). The reader comes to the realization after the last line of the stanza is that the writer was trying to warn him of the things that may possibly burden him later.