Nature; a simple word, yet it can mean so much more. It is home to animals, insects, and humans. Many different experiences can happen in nature as the depicted in Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Guy Montag’s, from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, journey into nature is reflected in Nature. Also, there is a sense of the occult relation between a man and vegetable.
The personification of the sun battling stubborn winter represents individuals resistance to embrace nature and the cycle of life in it’s simplicity. Finally, spring emerges and “the leafy mind, that long was tightly furled/will turn its private substance into green,/ and young shoots spread upon our inner world” (18-20). The leaf is personified to have a mind which becomes active when spring commences. Spring represents new life and the stimulation of the mind, or “inner world”. Roethke uses literary elements to describe an image that creates a metaphor comparing the awakening of nature, from winter to spring, to the awakening of the human sense, from neglected to
Poets like Lucille Clifton, author of "the earth is a living thing", Pat Mora, author of "Gold", and Mary Oliver, author of "Sleeping in the forest" use personification to create a message about nature in the poems. In "Sleeping in the Forest", in lines 3 and 4 it says "arranging her dark skirts". The author shows personification in this way to help humans like us understand the Earth better. In "Gold", it says in lines 1 and 2, " When the Sun paints the desert with its gold". This shows personification because only humans can
Zora Hurston's “Their Eyes Were Watching God” follows Janie Mae Crawford quest to woman hood and self discovery. Having to go to adulthood from childhood at the early age of sixteen this story helps show Janie’s struggle and the realizations of her dreams going through the hardships of three marriages. And, being a black woman in early 20th century America. The author used nature as symbolism to help guide us through Janie journey to finding herself. One of the most powerful metaphors to nature in this novel would be the blossoming pear tree.
Another example of this being used in the poem is, “When I understood I had never honored you as a living equal, I was ashamed of myself, as if I had not recognized a character who looked so different from me” (9-13). This is an example of personification being used to apologize because the narrator is saying that she is ashamed that she did not recognize how much the dirt does and how it is important. The speaker is also giving life to the dirt by saying that it is a living equal to her even though they are two different living chattels. These are the ways that Olds uses literary elements in her poem to show how the narrator apologizes for what they have done to not respect the
To start off with, the first poem “Concrete Mixers” by Patricia Hubbell, has lots of variety of figurative languages that the author uses to get its point across. According to the poem, “Concrete mixers are urban elephants.” The author creatively shows the use of the metaphor by making us imagine concrete mixers as elephants. Just by reading that line you can create a visual picture of the metaphor. Furthermore, the author uses a simile throughout the text.
This shows that the plants are fighting so hard to not die and create new life that they would give up rest and things they need so they can continue fighting. Personification is used to emphasize a theme of powering
In her poem, Linda Hogan describes her memory and feeling about her family. She explores the complexity of her heritage in the poem. According to Linda Hogan, she got her face and body forms from her mother, "I watch my face take on her lines" and "she left the large white breasts"; from he father she got brown eyes, "I take his brown eyes"; from her grandparents she learned to be quiet and to respect and to believe in Indian traditions, "I learned to kill a snake when you're begging for rain", "to eat the flesh of deer so you will be swift and travel over many miles. " The Chickasaws were a nomadic tribe who were always on the move, so Linda inherited from this tribe to follow in the stick's directions, "tribe has always followed a stick that
In the poem, nature is capitalized and personified as a woman. Based off of this poem, Nature has relationship with each of us and has a further connection with death. A critical essay by Victoria Price that analyzes this very poem states that “this poem provided reflections on topics that had real relevance to the citizenry: human mortality, the perception of death as separation, and the transience of life” (1). Bryant perceives death as finally becoming one with the earth and its “elements” (Bryant 27), and leaving our former lives behind. When he stated
The sun began its assent, illuminating the soon to be dreary winter day as well as the few vibrant, resilient leaves still clinging to life upon the trees. I would often refer to these resilient leaves as foolish for wishing to cling to such a life, yet I would continue to admire their beauty despite their condition. The sun’s rays of warmth and comfort swept across my face bringing me to consciousness to appreciate its radiance and everlasting life. I reluctantly swung my feet around and stood on my wooden floor to start my day. The wood felt most coarse in the morning, especially during those cold winter months, which gave me a greater sense of awareness and an easier transition from dream to reality.
In “Crossing the Swamp” by Mary Oliver, the poet uses various forms of figurative language to develop the similar relationship between the speaker and the swamp. The poet portrays this relationship through the use of visual imagery, alliteration, personification and metaphor. The visual imagery provides a clear image of the swamp and the speaker, meanwhile the alliteration is used to further compare how the swamp is related to the speaker. Personification is used to portray the swamp with human qualities; something that seems real to the readers. Finally, a metaphor is used to associate the speaker’s life and the passage through the swamp.
“Ghosts” Nature makes up the entire structure of our world and has a very powerful effect when implemented into poetry. Mary Oliver does an exquisite job of diving into the topic of settling the United States and participating in the destroying of animals and humans along with their habitats in her poem “Ghosts”. This poem strongly portrays the negative effects from domesticating North America.
John Muir’s essay, The Calypso Borealis, and William Wordsworth’s poem, I wandered Lonely as a Cloud, are two wonderfully written works centered towards their love for nature. They were able to create vivd images in the reader’s head through their writing as well as emotional transitions. Both works, inspired by events in the 19th century, have their differences, however, their emotion and love for nature is the same and creates the same impact with the
Lucille Clifton’s “The Lost Baby Poem” tells the story of a mother who is full of regret and guilt for a child that she chose not to have. The poem depicts many ways that express Clifton’s intentions and how it all fits together. Clifton wrote this poem with so much deep emotions that she was “talking in such a way that the heart can hear”. Robert Bly stated that when “talking in such a way that the heart can hear” “… The voice naturally drops and we feel an achieved intimacy” (Bly, 42). I noticed that this poem had been written in all lower case letters except for Genesee Hill and Canada.
The world has yet to know “its” true secrets and dive deeper under the mask of perception. Though we may feel like nature is throwing karma at us at times, we continue to honor nature for its patience. In the poems, “Ode to Enchanted Light” by Pablo Neruda and “Sleeping in the Forest” by Mary Oliver, both of the literary works share an appreciation for nature. Though this is true for both, they express their love and feelings differently. Pablo Neruda’s poem praises light as enchanting, whereas Mary Oliver’s poem personifies Earth as a motherly figure and gives off mother nature vibes.