An Ambiguous Future Following in suit with the modernist rebellion to the traditional structure of having an established form and meter in poetry, William Carlos Williams uses free verse in his poem “Spring and All”. Despite not having a set form or meter, Williams utilizes diction, the patterned length of stanzas, and temporal shifts to create dingy and blurred images, which contrast with the vibrancy and life that is generally associated with spring. These formal features suggest an uncertain outlook on society’s ability to recover from the social, political, and economic trauma caused by World War One. Spring is generally associated with images of brightness and rebirth, however, in describing the impending rebirth, Williams appears to be weary that the future generation will be born into an environment comparable to those in previous generations. The poem begins by referring to “the contagious hospital” (Williams 1), which immediately creates a weary tone since contagion is most closely associated with disease.
The start of the poem clearly shows the background atmosphere that surrounds the soldiers as they get ready to go ‘over the top’. “the ridge emerges massed and dun” this sets the readers mind for what the atmosphere and the background are going to be like. Siegfried Sassoon sets the poem at the dawn to show that this is the start of a new day and could possibly someone’s last. “The menacing scarred slope” this quote gives cultural context as to what has happened. During World War I, trench warfare was common and was useless as the amount of lost life would often result in only a few kilometers of land being claimed.
“The note of authority in [Ethan’s] voice seemed to subdue [Mattie]” (88), yet he did not realize that the seasons cannot be controlled. Mattie, distraught over the thought of leaving Ethan, “seemed the embodied instrument of fate” (91), as she quickly convinced him to sled down into the elm tree. Wharton specifically characterizes Mattie as summer to display what happens when warmness comes in contact with snow: mud. Mattie takes the reins of the sled and drives the two down the hill. Ethan longed to possess Mattie, yet all seasons must come to an
War is often seen as a means to an end, but to some, the casualties of war are far too significant to justify. Throughout the centuries, there have been plenty of wars, some legitimate and some that without reason. But regardless of the reasons, the casualties of war remain the same, loss of human life. In his 1917 poem “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” British poet Wilfred Owen describes the darker side of the war. He illustrates what it is was like for the young men on the battlefield and how the world reacted to the war.
Autumn, other wise known as fall, is the time of being an adult, no longer carefree but responsible of our lives. A time when the world strengthens itself for the next cycle of life when nature begins to fall asleep. This is now the stage in which we are matured, yet our wisdom continues to grow as we plan for our future and also how the world prepares itself as well. For example, the last stanza focuses on the departure of the season and the welcoming of the winter evidenced from the third line "while barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, and touch the stubble-plains with the rosy hue," (Keats and Motion, 15). Meaning, the appearance of the sky begins to show signs of change.
He might talk to himself, trying to suppress the painful images, or, most likely, he addresses the beloved, who constantly (“immer”) reminds him of the approaching farewell he is not ready for. In the first three verses, he asks her not to speak about the foliage. While leaves were associated with protection in earlier poems, here, they convey an image of decay that gets enhanced as the personified wind forcibly takes them (v. 3). As if constricted by pain, the speaker phrases the sentence as short as possible without a word that indicates a comparison or equation of the leaves and “wind’s prey”. The fourth and fifth verse employ yet another autumnal image as the speaker asks the beloved not to speak of the quinces that smash on the ground.
Twentieth Century is also known as the modern era and in those times when everyone was moving towards progression leaving behind the past, T.S Eliot was obsessed with the past. Being a modernist himself, he revolted against the ideas of progression. This revolt and constant clinginess to history and the previous era is evident in his works. In this paper, we are looking at how Eliot projected time and history in his renowned poem “The Wasteland”. Key Words: Modernism, Anti-Modernism, T.S Eliot, Wasteland, Time, History “Time is the moving image of eternity - (Plato)” In the beginning of twentieth century “Modernism” started as a movement/revolt against the past, it dreams of moving forward towards development.
Time makes a considerable change to both Byron’s character and the world itself. The very first stanza of the epic poem begins with Childe Harold running off to sea to explore European countries. It is made apparent that something horrible has happened when Byron writes the lines: “Childe Harold was he hight: -- but whence his name And lineage long, it suits me not to say; Suffice it, that perchance they were of fame, And had been glorious in another day: But one sad losel soils a name for aye, However mighty in the olden time; Nor all that heralds rake from coffin’d clay, Nor florid prose, nor honied lies of rhyme Can blazen evil deeds, or consecrate a crime.” [page 23] Lord Byron describes his lineage here through the character of Childe Harold. The dark complexity of his past haunts him, as he is aware of the past
Analyze Owen’s developing style through the poems, ‘Sonnet (on seeing a piece of our artillery brought in to action)’ and ‘Song of Songs’. Wilfred Owen’s developing style throughout his poems changes dramatically through these two poems in the way that he uses imagery and structure. These two poems were written in 1917, however, they both talk about different things. Artillery Sonnet talks about war and Song of Songs talks about love. This is strange due to the fact that themes of war riddled his poems at this time.