Some see the ugliness in the most beautiful things but others see the beauty in the most hideous of things. The poem William Street by Kenneth Slessor demonstrates this thesis statement as he talks about how he sees the beauty in the street that is renowned for its ugliness and the unsightly surroundings it is engulfed with.
Audie Murphy, decorated WWII veteran and Hollywood star, will appear at the Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Plaza on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 19:00 to read his poem Freedom Flies in Your Heart Like an Eagle. Audie Murphy is the most decorated World War II combat soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (Audie Murphy Research Foundation). He was decorated with 33 awards for his superior fighting skills and gallantry on the battlefield, killing over 240 enemy soldiers and receiving awards from France and Belgium (Audie Murphy Research Foundation).
In a letter to his brother, the great painter, Vincent Van Gogh, once wrote,“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it”. In this quote, Van Gogh summarizes a subject great writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson has devoted entire essays to defining and explaining, and that is the subject of poetry. As it can be seen, a poet undertakes that almost impossible job of transposing what he or she sees in Nature on to paper for others to read. Only a true poet can be successful in an attempt. It is not just Nature a poet tries to capture into words, but also social experiences and human truths. Gwendolyn Brooks (1917- 2000) and Robert Hayden (1913-1980) are two Harlem renaissance poets who are experts in writing poems the detail both African American social experiences and universal human emotions. In Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem, The Explorer, the speaker tells the events of an unknown subject walking down a hallway searching for a quiet peaceful room in which to rest. In Frederick Douglass by Robert Hayden, the speaker voicelizes that when everyone receives freedom, then the great, historical figure, Frederick Douglass will be remembered eternally in the lives of everyday people. The Explorer by Gwendolyn Brooks and Frederick Douglass by Robert Hayden can be compared and
In the poem “Sonrisas” by Pat Mora, the poet uses word connotations, onomatopoeia, and alliteration to convey that some people in this world are more genuine than others. Right at the start of the poem, the author describes “[living] in a doorway/between two rooms.” In the first room, the author experiences “careful women in crisp beige/suits, quick beige smiles.” These two lines heavily rely on the word “beige” and its connotations. Beige means a yellowish brown color and is associated with offices, among other places, thus giving it a connotation of being very standard. Because these women give “quick beige smiles,” the author shows the reader that their smiles are standard and brief. These word further prove that these women do not genuinely
Heroes, people say don't be them, because it risks your life and it is not worth it, you don’t get paid, you don’t get powers, you're just you by the end of the day and do something some people call dumb. But being a hero is not just Rafael at a fair to become one, to be one is to do what’s right even when everyone is not. Do it for the better of life, not for glory, but for anything that drives you to keep going.
“Execution” by Edward Hirsch is about an adult recollecting his thoughts about his high school football career and especially how his coach inspired him because his authoritative role model was battling cancer. The speaker talks about the coach’s goal for “perfect execution” and the infinite strategies the coach would draw up in order to reach his goal. The speaker concludes with their team’s loss against “the downstate team” and how they were ironically defeated by “perfect execution.” A superficial reader might assume that the poem was about the disappointing results that came from his team working hard to reach a goal, but the author’s use of impersonal tone and irony in the fact that their team’s loss is caused by “perfect execution” shows how a strong force can be conquered even when putting your best foot forward when accepting a challenge.
“The Rites for Cousin Vit” is from Gwendolyn Brooks' Annie Allen, the principal book by an
The “echo” in this poem acts as the subconscious of the speaker, as opposed to a simple reproduction of the previous sounds. The speaker employs the “voice” as a confusing soul, who is deliberately seeking a response to its questions, and the “echo,” with its one word responses, provides the “voice”
The poem begins with a tone of conversation, but as it progresses the tone changes to a form of fear and secretiveness. The beginning and ending line “we tell
The form of the poem is structured effectively to enhance the readers’ understanding of the author 's intentions The voice B the superficial aspect of the author’s person, or it can be said to represent the goural people on their fears and insecurity about the future. By having the voice let out its concern and misgivings the poet increases the readers’ attachment to the poem. By having the “echo,” a one-word addendum that each rhymes to the last
Robert Pack in the poem “To an Empty Page,” presents an enthralling story in which the reader sees the speaker’s innermost feelings as he debates if whether he should begin his life or not as he fears the challenges life has to offer. Pack’s use of rich imagery, symbolism, rhetorical questions and word choice of the echoes exclusively defines the poem, giving the reader an underlying message behind the sonnet.
The structure of the poem is concise and even. There are three stanzas, each containing seven lines, and repetition of the idea in the first line of the stanza in the last line of the stanza. For example, in stanza three the first line reads, “I know why the caged bird sings, ah me” (15) and the last line reads, “I know why the caged bird
Christina Rossetti's Echo and Audre Lordes Echoes can both be identified as lyric poems; short poems interested in expressing emotions as oppose to narrative. They explore similar feelings of loss however present these feelings in different ways. Audre Lorde was a: Caribbean American poet, radical feminist and civil rights activist, her overwhelming background can be identified in her poetry, allowing the reader to gain exclusive insight into her thoughts and ideas. The speaker in her poem Echoes adopts a unique voice, subtle in nature and yet powerful. The speaker speaks on behalf of minorities that are inaudible to society, and uses the poem Echoes to express feelings on the situation. Similarly Christina Rossetti's poem Echo also explores
The “cloud”—amorphous and obstructing—cuts into the scene, as well as the poem, with a sudden violence, in order to block the image of “Love’s moon”. The cloud itself cannot have definite dimensions, as it exists to only hide the moon, casting the speaker of the poem, his love and the cloud itself in a continuous darkness. It is in this darkness that the speaker of the poem finds his own perception and experiences clouded, indicating his blind submission to erotic love in lieu of a more illuminating, comprehensive “Love”.