A mythological story can express a valuable message to its readers, advising them to choose a certain path when making decisions and to stray away from what can harm them. It can also give an artist, whether it is a painter or a poet, the inspiration to express their intake of what was given to them. The expression can show support of a character’s decision, show sadness towards a character’s place in the myth, or relate the myth to a real-life occurrence. When poet Eavan Boland was reading Book 1 of Ovid’s Metamorphosis, she wanted to express a different meaning of the story of Daphne by writing “Daphne with her Thighs in Bark”. She did this by using a feminist approach while looking back at Daphne’s fate.
In the poem she speaks about social and political issues that are real and issues which she feels should not be. She writes about injustice, repression and oppression. “Poem about my rights” captures the range of Jordan’s subjects, as well as rich juxtaposing and free verse, linearly arranged sentences, parallelism, unpunctuated parenthetical remarks, enjambment and frequently used slashes to hold ideas together. Enjambment is used also used to speed up the tempo at which the poem is
In the state of nature Hobbes depicts mankind to be selfish, riotous and have relentless ambitions. It’s an anarchical state with radical insecurity, no figurehead or sovereign and no form of social contract. His depiction of mankind takes the form of the Shakespearian character Macbeth, driven by ambitions and having no control over what he desires, which ultimately lead to his downfall. Hobbes believes that in such a state mankind will seek to create better conditions. According to Hobbes the most fundamental natural law is to seek peace, “every man should endeavour peace, as farre as he has hope of obtaining it”.
Symbolism is one of the milestones of poetry. Symbolism by the definition is “the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense.” A symbol has two layers. At outside, it has the meaning of itself, at inside it hides something deeper. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is based on a memory of persona facing its obsessions and fears caused by them. On the other hand, in Sonnet 64, William Shakespeare converts the feelings he has about time, his worries and fear about what it is capable of showing to words written with ink.
Similar to Carroll’s book, this paper aims to explore Stevens’ poetry in relation to the Romantics. The paper’s main focus is on the relationship between truth and imagination. The paper intends to achieve its aim by closely studying the poetry of Stevens in relation to the poetry of one of the
The abstract under analysis is “The Road Not Taken”, a poem by Robert Frost. Since the author aims to portray a character pursuing an active life strategy and seeking for complete awareness of his fate as well as long contemplation and, finally, taking responsibility for his actions, no matter if they are right or wrong, we are to apply transitivity theory to show how this decision is taken and what factors influence the character’s choice and personality. First and foremost, since transitivity is concerned with ideological function of the language, this analysis is aimed at exploring how various stylistic means reflect the main ideological cornerstones conveyed by the author and the manner in which a character is developed. Hence, we are to
‘How should one live?’ ‘Is it possible to make a rational choice between personal decision and external constraints?’ and ‘Can practical rationality be used to avoid conflict?’ These are questions that Nussbaum tries to uncover through the tragic play, Sophocles’ Antigone, of Ancient Greek theatre. Nussbaum heavily focuses on the simplification committed by the protagonists, Creon and Antigone, as they attempt to ward off conflict through simplifying their “commitments and love”. This can be seen as the author leads the reader through the passages of the tragedy, demonstrating the decisions, perspectives and the axiomatic “practical wisdoms” of the protagonists. Moreover, she presents the reader with the emotional reactions of the Chorus as well as examining the reaction of the audiences of that time towards this conflict. Furthermore, Nussbaum underline’s Hegel’s interpretation of the Greek tragedy and takes a more critical look at the Hegelian approach.
Two elements that any good poet understands and uses well are imagery and figurative language. Both are used in poetry in order to aid the reader in the understanding of the purpose of the poem. “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” by Emily Dickinson is a great example of the use of imagery in a poem. In contrast, “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath uses figurative language to show the reader what the meaning of the poem is. The two elements are necessary for a poet to have in their arsenal of tools for writing.
By attaining the status of an epic, it serves as a guide for the moral. Milton in his epic poem, uses the grand style or the elevated style. He did this to show justice the issues he discusses there. The grand or the elevated style of Milton refers to the use of complex and long sentences with learned allusions and unusual words. In Paradise Lost he uses number of allusions and archaic vocabulary.
To know the meaning of the poems, we have to recognize the author´s imagery and usage of images. To visualize an image author uses various poetic devices. After reading a few poems of same author we are able to already recognize his style of writing and using specific devices. Thomas regarded the use of his imagery as the maybe most important part of his writing. That is why understanding of his poetry requires the understanding of his imagery.