In the poem “The Century Quilt” by Marilyn Nelson Waniek, Waniek is able to craft a complex, contemporary poem using a variety of literary devices. Through enjambment, imagery, and chronological succession, Waniek describes the complexities of her quilt and reflects on it’s beauty and uniqueness. In lines 1-2 of “The Century Quilt” Waniek uses enjambment to start her poem with ambiguity and suspense. In addition, her use of enjambment slows the pace and forces the reader to digest each line as an individual thought, rather than a cohesive statement. In turn, the slowed pace and ambiguity of the opening couplet offers a preview to Wanieks unique style and syntax.
The narrator points out that Louise knows she will cry again for him when she sees his funeral, remembering his “kind, tender hands...the face that had never looked save with love upon her” (Chopin). Those sentiments show that her husband was not a cruel man but a kind one. With that information, it is still noted that “she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not” (Chopin) which could mean her marriage was of convenience and not a choice. Even though this relationship may have been amicable Louise still struggles with this new emotion, that of
She did not have much hope left anyways for her life because she annoyed the misfit with her ugly and selfish ways. In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match.
Also, Junior reacts to the heartbreak of his grandmother’s death by finding an outlet to his struggles. By constructing lists of people, foods, books, and musicians that bring him happiness, Junior finds a unique way to grieve for his losses. He reflects, “I keep writing and rewriting, drawing and redrawing, and rethinking and revising and reediting. It became my grieving ceremony” (Alexie 178). Junior’s ceremony forms hope out of a bitter misery surrounding him.
She understands that in the first part of her life, she was unhappy. She had to suffer through her mother’s tests and expectations. When Jing-mei is older, she becomes happier and she realizes that something sad can always turn happy, just like her life. In conclusion, Jing-mei discovers her identity by playing a very special song on the piano.
James McAuley and Gwen Harwood’s poems employ metaphor, symbolism and imagery to express the isolation felt by those who suffer loss. In “Pietà” a father is experiencing the physical loss of a loved one, whilst in “In the Park” a mother is suffering from the loss of self-identity as a result of motherhood. Both poets employ poetic techniques to convey the unique experience of loss catered to each individual. McAuley’s intent is to highlight that although mothers grieve, so too do fathers, whereas, Harwood’s intent is to address the role of motherhood in a realistic
Kate Chopin accentuates this aspect of Edna through her actions, but especially through her relations with Robert. Her drawing towards seclusion is first seen on page 43 where she describes herself as being very fond of Madame Ratignolle’s piano playing. It says, “One piece which that lady played
The poem is a slow tempo poem wanting the reader to take in all of the information at once. While doing this she tries to bring up past memories that maybe the reader may have relating to the poem. This is very clear in the poem “Flowers remembered their colors and trees / were frothy and the hospital was / behind us now, its brick indifference / forgotten by our car mirrors” (“Sight”, 4-8). That section helps represent the poems tone, being smooth and easy to read while being very descriptive. While showing imagery to help the reader better understand what she is trying to say in her poem.
The tarantella dance which Torvald insists she does represents Nora’s frustrations with being oppressed over matters that wouldn’t be an issue if she were a man. And, one of the more significant symbols in A Doll’s House, the door slamming shut after Nora leaves in the last scene. Slamming the door is leaving her role as wife and mother, shutting that part of her life away in time to open up a new door of freedom to find her individuality and identity. Both writers use literary devices very well, however Chopin expresses her symbolism in a subtle but conscious way which enhances her critique in a way Ibsen’s does not. Ibsen portrays Nora with a childish air that undermines her decisions no matter how strong they
Hour of Freedom “The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. It details a wife named Mrs. Louise Mallard, who struggles with a heart condition. After learning of her husband, Brentley Mallard’s death in a railroad accident, Mrs. Mallard deals with grief in many stages. Chopin incorporates many literary devices throughout “The Story of an Hour,” but imagery is the most evident. “A Short Guide to Imagery, Symbolism, and Figurative Language Imagery” describes imagery as “a writer or speaker’s use of words or figures of speech to create a vivid mental picture or physical sensation”(Clark).