The poems “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson and “The Bishop of Atlanta” by Sen. Julian Bond are both timeless. When I read these poems, I was immediately transported into the poets’ visions. The “Cory” poem was written in 1897, but still could be used to describe someone we know today. “The Bishop” poem was written about the late, great Ray Charles, a masterful musician. There are some similarities in these poems, but vast differences. A Two
1.) I would argue that the speakers of the “The Chimney Sweeper” poems are fairly ambiguous, but their levels of experience and innocence are quite apparent. Also, I think think that the age of the narrators (generally) are clear. For example, I think the poem’s narrator in “Songs of Innocence” is a child. From what I know, chimney sweeps were mostly small boys (they fit in the chimney easier), and the poem’s narration is a first person recollection of being a chimney sweep. For example: “So your chimneys I sweep and in soot I sleep” (Blake 121). Not only this, but some of the diction seems purposely childish. An example can be seen when the narrator explains that he was sold before he could say “‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘Weep!’” (Blake 121).
Their Bodies written by award winner David Wagoner may seem dark and depressing at first glance. David Wagoner dedicates this poem to the students of anatomy at Indiana University. David Wagoner’s parents were donated to those students when they died. This poem is about Wagoner’s thoughts and feelings about this situation talking to the students who learned from his parent’s bodies. Wagoner uses an array of metaphors and other literary devices to express his emotions.
She mingles the personal with the public in order to share the experience with her readers and therefore truly express their feelings. “I think that my putting myself in my poetry is me saying to my readers and my listeners “I’m willing to stand here and be as vulnerable as perhaps I am making others and situations vulnerable in my work. I have to be willing to do that” (Finney, “Interview with: Nikky Finney.”).
Love causes people to do strange things. People either love the idea of love, or desire to run as far away from it as possible. Clarence Hervey is a character that has good intentions to be liked by others and to find this love; however, he is arrogant and easily swayed, causing him to lack moral values and turn away from his true self. This is evident through Edgeworth’s use of contrasting diction, capricious syntax and deceptive imagery.
In California 25.3 percent of high school students won't graduate high school. In “We Real Cool,” Gwendolyn Brooks uses rhyme and repetition along with imagery and metaphors to convey her message. Brooks wrote this poem one day when she was walking through her neighborhood in Chicago. She passed a pool hall and saw a group of young boys playing pool. She described them as young and “cool” or more accurately “trying” to be cool. Brooks uses her poem to illustrate what one day of skipping school or listening to peer pressure can come to.
The poem fully develops the idea of the limited of privileges that some might have according to the their races and the racial division. The “borderlands” is the division of a place, but in the eyes of Gloria she makes the character grow up in a place where there is a racial division. The character is in the middle of how of her race is important as her cultural ways get in the way of trying to practice each one of them. The poet writes in both english and spanish to explain how she speaks to the different races she carries. As you read the poem you can feel how the tone changes as the author is speaking of the different events that she goes through in her life. The poet uses visual imagery to illustrate to the reader how tough it is for a young person to pursue a specific tradition or religion without upsetting someone of their family.
Ponder the thought of being the athlete that is so dedicated to your sport that you send your best friend to the hospital.? Meet Josh Bell. Let me set the stage for you, it is a very heated basketball game, Josh Bell makes a pass with so much authority behind it to his twin brother, JB, in which it then slipped through his hands and broke his nose, sending him to the hospital. Josh had felt many emotions in all of his 12 years. He had been frightened at the thought of his dad passing, because he was no longer medically stable. He was heartbroken at the thought that his brother was considering quitting basketball forever. Josh Bell felt that basketball was the only thing keeping his feet on the ground,and his head in the clouds.
In WW2 the holocaust clamed 6 million Jews lives, and over 7 million soviets died too and 1.7 million of those soviets were also counted towards the 6 million Jews. The holocaust was a genocide during World War II in when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany tried to take over then world and also attempted to kill off all the Jews. They would send Jews and people who opposed them to concentration camps where they were either durned or worked till they couldn’t. Night is an autobiography by Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor. Auschwitz death camp is a video documentary with oprah winfrey and Elie Wiesel. One thought I had after learning about the holocaust was how crazy to you have to be to try to eliminate an entire religion of people.
‘For What It’s Worth’ by Buffalo Springfield has a logical message because it is referring to the Sunset Strip Riots that took place in Hollywood during the 1960’s. People protested when they lost their civil rights due to a curfew law that was put into place. The song says, “Stop, children, what’s that sound. Everybody look- what’s going down?” Community members were angry at the young people going to clubs at night because they were “loud” and “disruptive”. The curfew law was put into place after the complaints and the youth became outraged. They believed their civil right were being taken away. There were riots along the sunset strip, where all these clubs were located, to protest the law. Police were at these riots and many people were handcuffed and hauled off to jail. They are referring to children because these protests were from the younger generation. Even though the overall message is logical, the support within this song is not as strong. ‘For What It’s Worth’ is often mistaken as an anti-war song since it was released during the Vietnam War era. When most people hear this song that is what they think of. The song can be heard in several war related movies. Some even believe it is about the Kent State Shootings although the song was released years before that event occurred. Even though there is not strong evidence to back up this song's true meaning, it
How would you feel if someone could control what you were thinking? In “The Feed” written by M.T Anderson, everyone living in the community had a feed in their brain that was controlled by one large organization. Violet, the main character, suffers through a malfunction in her feed that changes the way she sees her society. Most people’s opinions can be changed when they have experienced the benefits and the disadvantages of something. Since Violet is aware of how life is with and without the feed, she becomes hesitant to believing that her community is being run efficiently. She realizes how her feed affects everything she does and how without it, she would be incapable. Based on her experiences, thoughts, and actions, I can infer that Violet
The poem A Step Away From Them by Frank O’Hara has five stanzas written in a free verse format with no distinguishable rhyme scheme or meter. The poem uses the following asymmetrical line structure “14-10-9-13-3” while using poetic devices such as enjambment, imagery, and allusion to create each stanza.
The two stories Black Swan Green by David Mitchell and Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke are similar because both are about mentors and mentees in poetry. Both mentors have a young poet seeking help from them. The young poets both learn valuable lessons from the mentors on their writing. The mentors tell them to write what they think and about what they know and love. They tell the poets only to write if they need to write to live and want to dedicate their lives to it. The authors both use many literary elements in their writings. From Letters to a young poet, Rilke uses many different literary elements to teach the young poet more about writing. “So rescue yourself from these general themes and write about what your everyday life offers you.” Rilke is telling the young poet to be original and write about his own life experiences and his own original thoughts. He’s telling the young poet to not use cliches and to be his own self. In other words, Rilke also wants his mentee to look to himself for his ideas.
To successfully entertain college students is a glorious feat. It is hard to capture their attention with technology and social events distracting them. However, on January 28, The Mayhem Poets were able to amuse their crowd at Schwab Auditorium. Scott Raven, Mason Granger, and Mikumari Caiyhe (M.C.) connected to their audience through spoken word, song, poems, and acting. They created an enjoyable atmosphere for all.