The comparison of the poem to another text allows for the identification of an individual poetic style, conveying the possibility that poem is written to appeal to a mass audience rather than, in this case, for a particularly personal reason. Structuralism also denotes the arbitrary nature of language and how language has different meanings to people, respective of their life experience. Undoubtedly, a structuralist critique offers a distinctive, calculated insight into “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” that allows the reader to interact with the poem in an introspective way, as well as tackling the idea and theory behind language, and the form of poetry
Firstly, to talk about memory, there is a riddle about it. That is, "It can bring tears to our eyes, resurrect the dead, make us smile, and reverse time. It forms in an instant but it lasts a life time." Also, there can be good and bad memories created at times depending upon the situation. Poets also use this technique of memory in poems making their poems more meaningful.
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.
There are important aspects one should keep in mind when reading a poem. For instance, you will not always be able to understand the meaning behind all poems, also that poems are written quite differently than other types of writing, and that a poem will not read just like a story does. Though there are similar elements that are found in a story such as characters, setting, and action among other things, it is important to not expect to find a poem to read as a story does. Personal preference factors into the level of enjoyment a person has for poetry. Many things may influence how a person reacts to certain poems.
Another formatting technique [?] is the use of enjambment every other line, “If you can keep your head when all about you | | Are losing their and blaming it on you”. This is interesting when coupled with the rhyme scheme as it forces you to stress some words mid-sentence that you wouldn’t normally put so much stress on, mainly the consistent use of the word you and your. I assume this is to draw focus to the fact that it is, ultimately, your own life to do with what you please. Another key component to the format of this poem is the constant conditional “if”, which is not only the title but also starts almost every line in the poem.
Instead, it is more advantageous to audit the entire context of the poem, highlighting some of the specific references and key images and themes as examples. Connotations of religion and worship are found throughout the poem even starting with the opening. ‘The Burial of the Dead’, which is all about regeneration, regrowth and doctrine. This title is taken from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and reiterates the ritualistic manner of the poem. However, God himself is not present in the poem, except in corrupted forms like the Hanged Man in the Tarot pack (reference here to the Hanged God of Frazer) or the drowned Phoenician Sailor, who recovers as “Phlebas the Phoenician” in the fourth section, “Death by Water.” A visualization of ‘The Waste Land’ as a pilgrimage, a quest for the Holy Grail, or an eloquent elegy to a fallen technological Europe can be seen.
Metaphysical poetry is often characterized by its “striking use of wit” as well as its seemingly far - fetched imagery. (Studying the Metaphysical Poets) With the use of imagery combined with the hyperbole, the shocking effect can be further heightened. When reading
If asked for a resolution of poetry, the researcher cannot come up with one single resolution. However, evolution and consolidation being the basic tenet of Sri Aurobindo’s approach, the resolutions may be contextually understood and applied. It is this ramification that his writings present. While rearranging and exploring it is difficult to formulate a sequence of descriptions owing to the difference of the referential point in which they have been written. Yet an attempt has been made, to study few concepts and present them in various proportions in Sri Aurobindo’s own positions.