Many poets used metaphor and simile in poems to bring attention to serious issues in society. Ports used metaphor to pinpoint the issue through direct comparison. For instance, in the poem Hope is a bird by Emily Dickinson, Dickinson introduced her metaphor in the first two lines "Hope is the thing with feathers -that preaches in the soul". She then develops it throughout the poem by telling what the bird does (sing), how it reacts to hardship. Rita Dove is an African American contemporary woman.
This allows the reader to know that you can still be mad and disappointed about the recent events, while still being encouraged to continue with life. These poets both used metaphors to explain the tone and mood of the poems. Something else that the metaphors had in common was that they both were comparisons to or of nature. Dove compared salt to stars in the night sky. While Swir compared herself to an animal.
Furthermore various literary techniques such as symbols, extraposition, and imagery add to the meaning of the poem Through form and literary techniques, Robert Pack emphasizes, through the answers of the “echo,” that no matter how frightening life seems to be, it is important to take a “leap.” The form of the poem is structured effectively to enhance the readers’ understanding of the author 's intentions The voice B the superficial aspect of the author’s person, or it can be said to represent the goural people on their fears and insecurity about the future. By having the voice let out its concern and misgivings the poet increases the readers’ attachment to the poem. By having the “echo,” a one-word addendum that each rhymes to the last
“Waxen Wings” Literary Analysis All her life, Birdie experiences failure. However, the only thing that she takes away from the experience is success. So, whether this is a tragedy or not, Birdie only sees it as a chance to be triumphant. In Ha Songnan’s “Waxen Wings”, the character Birdie grows up wanting to fly and the ways that she attempts to achieve this goal shapes her into the person that she will become. Songnan uses a sequential structure in order to take the reader through the highs and lows of Birdies’ life.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin Title The Awakening is related to Edna’s internal awakening that she has over the period of the book The Awakening was originally titled The Solitary Soul Setting New Orleans and The Grand Isle Genre Spiritual / artistic realization, romantic style Historical Information Kate Chopin 1850-1904 Father was Irish, Mother was French-American Bilingual- spoke both French and English Grew up in St.Louis Missouri Developed a passion for music at a young age Met and married Oscar Chopin Themes Identity: Edna suffers a sort of identity crisis throughout the novel. She no longer wants to be the perfect “mother woman” and decides to try and find her independence Repression and woman / femininity: I feel like these two are
The tale is about a young woman (Edna Pontellier) the protagonist of the story, who struggles to find her identity and her artistic ability. A woman who grew up in a conservative society. She was married to and as Kate Chopin describe in the novel (the perfect man) who’s everybody in love with, and she had two kids. Even with this normal life, it was never good or enough for Edna. She always felt like this is not what she wanted to do with her life.
Chopin describes Edna’s escape through Mademoiselle Reisz hugging Edna “put her arms around me and felt my shoulder blades to see if my wings were strong, she said. ‘The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings, bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth” (Awakening Pg. 106). Mademoiselle Reisz trying to tell Edna that if she truly wants to be free she will have to be strong, independent and must not think about what others think of her.
As Edna is talking to Mademoiselle Reisz about her flight to live a life on her own she says, “[Mademoiselle Reisz] put her arms around [her] and felt [her] shoulder blades, to see if [her] wings were strong.” (138). While Edna may be ready to begin her journey of society as a free women Mademoiselle Reisz warns her that the journey is not easy. She tells her that, “The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.” (138). The bird is important to this work as a whole because it helps to clarify that the you need to be strong to break the rules of many traditions. Without the analogy of the bird, wings, and flight it may seem only a minor accomplishment, rather than a major change in the way society is run as a
Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening opens with a scene of two birds, emphasizing that the motif of birds later within the novel will play an important part with setting the constant metaphor they bring. Throughout the whole novel the motif of birds is a metaphor for the Victorian women during that period -- caged birds serve as reminders of Edna’s entrapment and the entrapment of Victorian women in general. Edna makes many attempts to escape her cage (husband, children, and society), but her efforts only take her into other cages, such as the pigeon house. Edna views this new home as a sign of her independence, but the pigeon house represents her inability to remove herself from her former life, due to the move being just “two steps away” (122).
During the 19th century, Emily Dickinson wrote countless poems pertaining to her daily insights on her life but only a few were published posthumously. Emily Dickinson, like most poets and writers, wrote about concepts close to them. For instance, Dickinson personally suffered with agoraphobia and vision problems leading her to write the poems: “We grow accustomed to the Dark” and “Before I got my eye put out”. These poems go on to display different viewpoints pertaining to reactions towards loss of sight and adjustment to darkness on a metaphorical and literal level. A common theme shared by the two poems: “We grow accustomed to the Dark” and “Before I got my eye put out”, is how sight is a powerful ability amongst the troubles darkness brings.