The poem tells an incident of the speaker who is facing a forked road and struggling to decide which passage to take despite the fact that they are "just as fair"(line 6). The speaker carefully examines the two roads, trying to find clues of which one to go for. As things turn out, they are identical. As the plot of the poem moves towards its resolution, the speaker finally decides to take "the one less traveled by, /And that has made all the difference"(line 19-20). At the end of the poem, the speaker ponders the outcome if he had taken the other road and this ultimately leads him to regret his decision of taking the road that is less traveled by.
Lastly, the two words the son and the man add to the complexity of the relationship. This shows that the man can’t picture himself being a father, especially after knowing he can’t meet the child’s expectation, but will always picture his son being a child in his eyes. In conclusion the author uses literary devices to add depth and emotion to the complex relationship between the two characters. He does this by changing the point of view throughout the poem from son to father. He uses a purposeful structure from present to future coming back to present to demonstrate with the complexity of the father's
However, this poem is much deeper than its literal sense. It is about a student who is writing about his experiences as a colored student during the Jim Crow era. Line 23 "I like a pipe for a Christmas present", was meant to be read figuratively. It seems that this line had some connotation to it that this colored twenty-two-year-old would like to have a pipe as the older white men have. It is more of a metaphor that he would like equal rights just like everyone else.
Niemoller’s poem “First They Came…” has a regretful tone, and uses various devices to convey a message that if a person is indifferent, it will hurt them in the end. Throughout the poem, Niemoller repeats the phrase, “Because I was not”. This use of anaphora is useful in conveying Niemoller’s message because it shows the reasoning behind Niemoller’s apathy, but does not justify it, showing that he is regretful of his choices. In addition, Niemoller uses pauses to let the impact of his statements sink in. Every time he says, “I did not speak out,” a hyphen follows it, indicating a pause.
However, his poem doesn't convey his viewpoint on the understanding of poetry because I had to use the steps in Gail Hemmeter's "How to Read Poetry" to figure out what this poem meant. It didn't clearly show his viewpoint on poetry and the understanding of poetry because
found in the poem. For the entire duration of the poem, the reader is able to infer how the complexity of the relationship changes and how the father feels about his son through the techniques and methods stated above. Within A Story, Lee uses point of view from both characters to convey the idea that the father’s relationship with his son is indeed, increasingly complex. The reader also learns from this point of view technique that the time of thought within the poem constantly changes. The boy’s young age is shown clearly in the beginning of the poem as: “His five-year-old son waits in his lap.” (Line 3) Clearly, the boy is still youthful in this situation.
Hi Citlaly, I believe that when you say “we are not from just one place or the other but we are a mixture of both.” is what Paredes’s try to emphazise in this line of his poem: “he no gotta country, he no gotta flag.” The idea of not knowing where you really belong, that you are not just for one place because you are the mixture of both, as you said.
The first simplest lines of “In my craft or sullen art” begin with the introduction of the phrase “craft or sullen art”, where the conjunction “or” implies the identity of “craft” and “art”, indicating a distinction between them, but implying a connection. By describing his art as “sullen”, the words that come to mind are: lonely, solitary, insociable, and unique, which imply that the poet’s work is lonely and austere as he describes, and since this is a poem and the audience is unsociable, in their eyes this poem may seem crabbed. Despite the audience’s indifference, the
At the beginning of the poem, “You do not have to be good” is used to not only speak to the narrator but set the course for which readers will follow. “You do not have to walk on your knees… repenting.” is another example of the mesmerizing words Oliver uses to aid in the reader’s emotional connection to the narrator. The poem begins with these lines to represent how a person dealing with limitations may feel and respond to these. Still, these thoughts are quickly disregarded by the narrator and readers become informed that such feelings of self-blame are petty and unnecessary. The accountability that a person may feel as a result of limitations becoming deciding factors for the future are not valid reasons to have self-blame.