My second critic is Jean-Claude Salle. Salle is a journalist. Salle believes the ode presents a retrospective of Keats’s thought, and submits early beliefs to the test of mature reflections. I agree with Salle on this idea.The figures depicted on the Urn at first symbolises to the poet, that man’s ability to idealize earthly beauty is the “intimation of a form of immortality consonant with the heart’s desires” (Salle). This perception lines up with my thesis of Ode on a Grecian Urn using symbolism to represent the urn.
(Mendelsohn 75) Thus, the issue of translating is important concerning the interpretation of this poem. If there were mistakes in the translation, an inaccurate portrayal would change the way people view the poem. Moreover, in his article Mendelsohn mentions how another version of the same poem had included additional lines that added a “triumphant assertion of the power of beauty, of the “finer things”—of poetry itself” (77) to the poem’s ending. These lines completely change the tone and feel, and give the poem a more powerful and appreciative, up lifting tone. The difference in the ending compared to the new version of “Old Age Poem” displays how small changes in a primary source can influence the audience’s viewpoint.
Robert Niemoller’s poem, “First They Came…”, and Elie Wiesel’s speech, “The Perils of Indifference”, both deal with the fact that indifference has many consequences. However, there are some clear differences between the two. While each work uses literary devices to portray its message, they use different devices to portray different messages. Niemoller uses anaphora, pauses, and mesodiplosis to convey a regretful, hopeless tone, and Wiesel uses parallelism, rhetorical questions, and juxtaposition to convey a more hopeful tone. Niemoller’s poem “First They Came…” has a regretful tone, and uses various devices to convey a message that if a person is indifferent, it will hurt them in the end.
The conception of poetry suggested by this formalist statement may be reductive, but it is presented as a viable way of explaining how poets have traditionally attained a level of generality. The poets know that poetic comparisons and substitutions “are approximations but they touch / As near as men can through the boundaries/Rounding our senses’
Poetry is a piece of literature where the author shares his ideas of a subject or person. He is attempting to allow the reader an understanding of his feelings regarding this subject. Most of the time poetry can be very pleasing to the ear; however, at times it can be written in a manner that is odd. Some poetry is written in a way that the reader can “hear”, “feel”, “see” or “taste” elements in the poem. Some poems may rhyme while others may not need to in order to convey the message.
In his poem “We Wear the Mask” Dunbar writes about people wearing masks but the true meaning of the poem is how people will try to hide their identity to look like a better more perfect person. In his poem “Life” dunbar writes about how life is not always good and at t8imes life seems to be really bad. He also points out in his writing that we would not know what good is if we don’t experience bad. Those are some examples of how Dunbar writes most of his poetry on serious
Sometimes one reads a poem and it makes no sense. Reading a poem can be challenging, especially in a fast paced culture like ours, because a poem needs time. In a poem, the poet does not reveal the meaning that is behind his words immediately but rather brings the reader on a journey through images, metaphors and style. Poets express sentiments or paint a picture on a page and invite the reader to experience their own feelings and emotions also. To do so poets follow or choose a style this is determined by a set of rules.
The poem “A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme” is a response to Samuel Daniel’s prose essay A Defence of Rhyme, in which Daniel describes rhyme as an “antidote to endless motion, to confusion, to mere sensation, to the sway of the passions” (Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion, 146); while Jonson’s response describes rhyme as a “rack of finest wits, that expresseth but by fits true conceit” (1072, 1-3). Jonson’s poem ironically uses rhyme to ridicule rhyme in a satirical way in order to portray what he understood as “the plain style” of writing poetry. Dylan Thomas’ poem, on the other hand, is about the poetic art and its audience, describing the writing of poetry as a “craft” and “art”. Both poems discuss the relationship between the poets and their poetry using rhyme; but only Thomas’ poem deals more with the audience, which by indifference make his art “sullen”. Ben Jonson himself considered that any good poet (in his art) “must first think, and excoriate his matter; then choose his
William Butler Yeats demonstrates a unique way to keep the readers guessing throughout the poem. He sheds light upon the fact that society as a whole has drawn attention to sin over faith while the end the world is arising and “the centre cannot hold” (3). The author makes it clear that as a reader you can identify the literary devices diction , allusion , and foreshadowing along the the text. Yeats uses the first stanza alone is able to describe the diction found in the poem as a head scratcher or hard to understand. W.B Yeats established a somewhat hopeless tone as he used the quote “The falcon cannot hear the falconer”(2) which would infer people are not believing that things would not get better but worst.