“Enough”, by Suzanne Buffam is an odd tale in the form of a poem, showing how someone is questioning life while in a depressing mood. The first few stanzas include melancholy lines and a sense of indirect somber portrayed through an action and a statement. A major tone shift follows with a feeling of equivocalness with the narrator questioning one’s self and life. Buffam uses strange metaphors, questionable line placement and the feeling of doubt and curiosity to portray “Enough”. The poem includes several different tones and examples of imagery to give the reader a true sense of what this poem is supposed to mean.
The poem Bored, written by Margaret Atwood, is telling us both of lost and how boredom can be a good thing than being out of boredom. Thoughout the poem the author talks about how she was bored in the past and wanted nothing more than to no longer be bored. However, once she escaped her boredom it look as if she wanted to be bored again, almost like there was a downside to her no longer being bored anymore. Another point to be made is that when she tells her story, she is also referring to a man being there during her time of boredom, mostly likely a family member of her’s. Then towards the end the poem seems to give the reader a sense of gloom or sorrow with this statement, “Why do I remember it as sunnier / all the time then, altough
You tell your friend they’re like a giant, and that the clouds need to jump out of his way. You used figurative language to joke with your friend, which is also used by professional writers to develop specific elements in a story. In The “Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers, and in “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the authors use figurative language to help develop scene and character.
“Can You Stand the Rain” by New Edition is about a relationship momentarily advancing excellently, whereas the gentleman is inquiring the woman if he can put his faith in her to prevail by his side should things ever become stormy. The artists use imagery and diction to give the listeners a visual interpretation of their emotions and what each person can relate to in their lives.
Images of rain invoke the idea of tears, as does the phrase “an interrupted cry.” It is dark in the poem not only because it is night but also because the speaker has “outwalked the furthest city light.” The speaker is engulfed by their overwhelming sadness, symbolized by the dark night in which they walk, and they have turned away from the light --the happiness-- of the city. It is bitterly ironic that, even in the city, Frost’s speaker is utterly alone. They even hear and see other people, yet they know that everyone else is totally disconnected from their solitary
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.
Similar to when he eats blackberries, words also come to his tongue without conscious effort, which suggests that both - eating blackberries and writing poetry - come to the author naturally. Throughout the poem, Kinnell also uses vivid imagery that appeals to all the senses to give the reader a clear image of his love for blackberries and words. Painting a vivid picture of the late September atmosphere in the beginning and end of the poem, Kinnell uses words like “startled,” “silent,” and “icy.” to create an eerie mood in the poem, as they suggest a dark and spooky atmosphere in the late Autumn air. However, when Kinnell depicts his blackberry picking and eating process in the poem, the mood shifts to a more lighthearted atmosphere as he says “I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well.” This image of the author exuberantly enjoying his blackberries outside in the icy weather of late September, shows the reader that nothing can stop the author from enjoying something he
The book, The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan focuses on the complexity of mother-daughter relationships amongst immigrant and first generation families.Through the use of narrative and metaphor to convey Ying Ying St. Clair’s inner thoughts and the hurt and suffering she endures. Furthermore Tan’s style is easily recognizable to many mother’s and daughters because it captures their struggles to understand each other.
In the first stanza, the speaker reflects bitingly on his father’s commitment to his joyless job in an “automotive warehouse”. The narrator attitude to his father's commitment is obvious primarily in the imagery he chooses to express his distaste at his father’s choice to work for a paycheque, rather than for his own fulfillment. “A pay cheque over his mouth” suggests that his father hates his job but does not complain about, perhaps because the money to support his family is more important than his own happiness. However, the son does not respect this choice or his father’s commitment to support his family. Rather, he sees this job as shackles, as slavery, the “clocks stretched around his legs” revealing his resentment at his father working to “get his time in”. The fact that perhaps both he and his father regard this job like serving time in a prison is evident in the phrase “his 20 year stint”. To add to this, the juxtaposition of the images of the “north end of the city” and “warehouse” with the temporary beauty of the “field that for a few weeks every summer is full of daisies” reflects the idea of the temporary freedom from work that having lunch outside provided, as well as the contrast between the freedom from commitment the son desires, and his father’s
The poem, Snow Days, continuously depicts tangible items throughout such as, snow, landscape, mouse, buildings, tea, radio, children to name a few. Billy Collins, poem invokes imagines of many concrete or touchable items. Collins starts out by including others with the singular word “we”. This in itself includes vast majority of people regardless of age, status, or gender. This poem is calling up the child we all once were, regardless of what our age is now. It even pulls us out of our rushing and scurrying about by taking us back to the excitement and at the same time tranquility of the perfect “snow day” when life is shut down or delayed. That would be the reason for a stronger emphasis on concrete terms.
In many poems, poets use nature as a metaphor for human life. In "Storm Warnings" by Adrienne Rich, she uses an approaching storm as a metaphor for an emotional storm inside herself. Although, there is a literal meaning of the poem. There really is an incoming storm. Rich uses structure, specific detail, and imagery to convey the literal and metaphorical meanings of the poem.
Turning twenty-one years old puts a person in a position to be universally regarded as an adult. Both Samuel Johnson in his poem, To Sir John Lade, on His Coming of Age, and A.E Housman’s, When I was One and Twenty, recollect memories when they once dealt with this adamant yet subtle time in their lives briskly unaware of the troublesome times that lied ahead. The writers’ use of provoking details, vivid imagery and a hint of irony, create a visually appealing description regarding the stubborn new adults, while both speakers recall and account their own experiences.
The frost on the walls could also illustrate how long the relationship has been depleting and becoming loveless. The text manifests Sinclair Ross’s use of weather to reflect Ann’s thoughts and emotions. The loneliness, emptiness, and coldness of the setting are the cause of Ann 's situation as well as a reflection of her own inner sense of loneliness and isolation. The storm that is moving in as John leaves reflects her own impending emotional storm. Throughout the day, as the storm becomes increasingly violent, so does her own emotions become increasingly distraught. The words applied to the blizzard outside, The storm wrenched walls as if to make them buckle in apply equally to her own emotions and feelings as she struggles against Steven
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Don’t Ask Jack by Neil Gaiman and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner all contain key gothic features. However, The Yellow Wallpaper portrays the most accurate representation of a gothic text through the use of isolation, dull colours, morbid descriptions and an unreliable author.
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.