The first stanza of the poem uses metaphors portray the writer point of view and imprint on the reader. The line, ‘night that covers me’, refers to death that hangs over him whist in hospital and the pain that never leaves him. He uses ‘black as the pit from pole to pole’ as an extended metaphor to emphasize that he is surrounded and there is no place for him to turn to. Using these techniques push the reader to imagine the hardship of his life and his suffering. With the 3rd and 4th line, ‘I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul’, he is not selective in thanking any god in particular but to any higher being able to help him withstand his punishment.
He implies this sense of darkness as a way of “fun” as he describes acres of land and houses being reduced down to “..only dirt..wet or dry..” (line 24). The meaning is misunderstood as the “...blady carouses” contradict the importance of the land with the final line, “...you can hang or drown at last..” (line 28). The reader comes to the realization after the last line of the stanza is that the writer was trying to warn him of the things that may possibly burden him later.
In line 12-14 speaker talks about place and time that he can meets with the Death in line 11 "I have a rendezvous with Death". First place is in war field where he can meet death as in line 12 "On some scarred slope of battered hill", battered hill refers to distant rest in war field where there are my people and speaker, and battered hill is filled with scar because of enemy attack. And time he can meets death are in line 13 "When Spring comes round again this year" and line 14 " And the first meadow-flowers appear." the first meadow-flowers is not referring to actual flowers, it ironically refers to the explosions like flowers in meadow.
This is different to the other poems already mentioned in this essay as it refers to the innocent citizens killed as opposed to the soldiers or upper class ranking officials at the time. A theme throughout the poem is that the first line of each verse contains the person who survives and the second line contains the person of is dead or about to die. “One man shall wake from terror to his bed. Five men shall be dead”
The poet compared the graves like a shipwreck that is the death will take the human go down and drowning to the underground like the dead bodies in the graves. The last line “as though we lived falling out of the skin into the soul.” is like the rotting of the dead bodies. The second stanza there is one Simile in this
Love in that poem is being expressed through duty, responsibility, and obligation. The father is fulfilling his duties and responsibilities to take care of his family. I guess this is his way of expressing love to his family and his son. In conclusion, the poets expresses their feelings, thoughts, and emotions through poetry.
The last line of the stanza, and poem, repeats the same structure of the previous stanzas’ last lines, it is shorter the other lines of the lines in the stanza and it finishes the sentence started in the second line. The last line of the poem brings in another element, water “by unwilling waters”. (155). Water is the opposite of the other fire, but not necessarily the opposite of destruction, the theme throughout the
In conclusion, the poem is about a Vietnam war veteran who is visiting a war memorial and is having a hard time dealing with the fact that he is a survivor of the war. The speaker gives reason to why he is feeling such a split, and why he is having such a hard time dealing with his emotions. The speaker describes himself as well as the memorial as stone which means he thinks of himself as strong and steady, but the speaker also realizes that he is too only a man and he is also “flesh” meaning he is only but man and he does have emotions which the memorial bring out of
The conflicting interests of the mother and the father result in a situation where one must make a sacrifice in order to preserve the connection in the family. The flat depressed tone of the poem reflects the mother’s unhappiness and frustration about having to constantly
He uses metaphor on the first stanza; it started out with lust and hopeful thought then to transitioning it to “I’d hope they keep, knew they would not,”at the last stanza, he’s describing the end of the blackberries, and so as the people. Throughout the poem he also uses symbolism to describe the rotting of the berries, also comparing it to people, he states “the bath was filled we found a fur,” it alleges to the aging of berries and people, he also describes in the last two lines, “That all the lovely cansuls smelt of rot. Each year I hoped they keep, knew they would not.” It is the satisfaction of people going through the cycle of life but also knowing that there will be “rot” at the end, which coincides with the metaphor of blackberries.
This connects to the theme because they are not treated individually once they die, but treated only as one of the people died, which is forgotten. “And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds” is from fourteenth line in second stanza. Owen ends the poem by giving you the image of weak lights coming through the blinds on twilight. It does not give you any violent, and rough image, but instead calm image of a new day. By using the word
The essay will consider the poem 'Practising' by the poet Mary Howe. It will explore how this poem generates its meaning and focus by analysing its techniques, metaphorical construct and its treatment of memory. The poem can primarily be seen to be a poem of missed opportunity. In this way is comes to form, alongside other poems of Howe's a study about a certain kind of loss and the recuperative efforts of memory, alongside the certainty of the failure of this recuperation. The paper will begin by giving a context to the poem with regard to Howe's life and work and will then proceed to analyse it directly, drawing attention to how it can be seen to fulfil this thesis about its content and meaning.
I have interpreted these lines in one way, yet there are a million different possibilities. The author puts the words onto the paper, but the reader’s job is to interpret their own emotion, memory or belief and actually apply it to the poet’s words in order to create an
The descriptive language in the poem described certain mood for the reader to appeal the reader. The poet start the poem with the phrase ‘Do not go gentle’, it creates a strong emotion from the poet and is repeated throughout the poem. The repetition of the phrase seems to show the poet speaker’s stubbornness towards the subject of giving up and yielding to the impending death. It impose the meaning that the poet speaker does not want people to just give up
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.