A Simple Farmer’s Dark Side The speaker of Maxine Kumin’s “Woodchucks” is a farmer or gardener, angered by the pesky woodchucks in his/her garden, However, underneath the simple story of a farmer trying to get rid of woodchucks is a disturbing metaphor about World War II and the evil inside everyone. The evil side of the speaker develops throughout the poem with each stanza showing more and more anger and even thrill and satisfaction in the killing. “Woodchucks” begins with an explanation of how the first effort, more merciful than the rest, doesn’t kill the woodchucks. The speaker, a farmer, develops a growing hatred for the woodchucks in their garden and realizes the evil they never knew was inside them. In the first stanza, the speaker
Though the poem might just seem to be about a gardener killing woodchucks, it really shows that if a person is pushed too far they can become obsessed, lose all humanity, and become a monster. Kumin uses diction and tone to help convey
At the beginning of the poem, the speaker has a tone that demonstrates aggravation and shame towards her mother. During the description of the mother, Hogan worded it in a way the reader could interpret as a negative connotation, which was later made clearer when Hogan pronounced the Grandmother’s hatred toward the white settlers. The speaker’s father, uncle, Grandfather, and Grandmother were all Native Americans, who were constantly removed from their land, where their farms and homes were destroyed by the prospective oil dreamers. “It was the brown stain that covered my white skirt, my whiteness a shame” (28) By inserting this line into the poem, Hogan was able to show what the speaker was really thinking. A lesser author would have put that line at the beginning of the poem, leaving no imagination for the reader.
What makes Hickock a sympathetic character? What makes Hickock an unsympathetic character? Hickock can be seen as a some what sympathetic character because he has had a very hard life in the past. He also went through a lot growing up. What makes Hickock an unsympathetic character is his cocky attitude toward everything, his pervertedness, and his ability not to control his urges.
In the poem, the speaker first addresses the swamp by repeating “here is”. This repetition that emphasize the existence of the swamp suggests that the speaker and the swamp has a direct and strong relationship. The relationship between the speaker and the swamp is further emphasized when the speaker describes the swamp as “the center of everything”. The speaker is almost worshipping the swamp as a immovable and powerful being. However, at the same time, the speaker observes that the swamp is “dark”, “seamless” and “pathless”.
In Louise Gluck’s poem, she is “turning people into pigs.” Gluck is unhappy with the way the men are acting, and she want’s them to live a better life. While taking the men out of their world to simplify and sweeten their life, the men are constantly planning how to return to their original life. The tone of the poem can be described as concerning and world weary, which demonstrates the idea that the woman is dissatisfied about the men’s action’s. In the poem, she displays that as humans, our undisciplined lives cause problems for us. Simplicity is important to Louise.
Shakurs poem, The Rose that Grew from Concrete is a story about how the rose, a symbol of Shakur, and the concrete, a symbol of hardship can be overcome with perseverance and dedication. Through Shakur’s writing style he was able to create a poem that inspired many people and became an anthem for those who chased their dreams. The idea behind pursuing your dreams is not an idea of the past, but an idea of the present and the
Szymborska systematically undoes the damage inflicted upon Lot’s wife by undermining the smug certainty of moralization in response to the human story. In the first line of the poem we are introduced to the idea that curiosity was reason for her disobedience. Her story is then completely unraveled into a flurry of potential alternatives juxtaposing the simple and tragic moral tale “they” reduced it to in order to communicate that disobedience equates to destruction. In the line “A hamster on its hind paws tottered on the edge. It was then we both glanced back.” we see lot’s wife and the rodent mirror each other.
In the beginning of the poem the speaker mentions how “Sometimes the road was hot with sun/But I had to keep on until my work was done” (25-26). The literal meaning of the lines is that the speaker had to work even though the sun was blazing down on her. But, in the metaphorical sense the “sun” represents the struggles and hardships the mother had to face throughout her life. Additionally, the “work” symbolizes her desire to achieve equality and freedom for all her children. Further along the poem the speaker mentions how her children should make the pain that she suffered in the past the “torch for tomorrow” (36).
Within the poem Kipling utilizes many popular literacy devices to communicate his message, which include repetition, rhyme, enjambment, metaphors, alliteration, personification, and anaphora. The poet’s perspective is reflected in the speaker as the poem is in first person. The combination of literacy devices communicating the poet’s perspective of life in which both genders can relate to in some degree. On lines 9 and 10 an anaphora is used, “If you can dream-and not make dreams your master” and “If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim”. These two lines demonstrate personification, anaphora and repetition.