Ambiguity in John Keats poems Applied to the poems To Autumn and La Belle Dame Sans Merci The following essay treats the problem of ambiguity in John Keats poems To Autumn and La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Ambiguity is treated by the structuralism school and is presented as an intrinsic, inalienable character of any self-focused message, briefly a corollary feature of poetry. Not only the message itself but also its addresser and addressee become ambiguous. Besides the author and the reader, there is the ‘I’ of the lyrical hero or of the fictitious storyteller and the ‘you’ or ‘thou’ of the alleged addressee of dramatic monologues, supplications and epistles. Empson said that: „The machinations of ambiguity are among the very roots of poetry”(Surdulescu, Stefanescu, 30).
“Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes and “Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson both have similarities and differences. These poems are very appealing because of the message behind them. The differences and similarities that will be comparing the poems by will be the message, the poetry elements, and the tone of the poems. We can all agree that Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson didn’t live the same lifestyle but they must have some differences and similarities that will be shown in these poems. The message is probably one of the most important features of a poem if the author is trying to explain something.
In poetry and other literary and rhetoric works, parallelism is a term that refers to a literary or rhetorical device that makes components or parts of a sentence have the same constructions or look grammatically similar. In other words, parallelism entails using repeated words, phrasal forms or successive verbal constructions that parallel in their meter or grammatical structure to create a particular pattern to prose or a literature passage. Authors and poets establish parallelism by using devices such as antithesis, anaphora, and asyndeton, among other literary devices in different possibilities of juxtaposed contrast and repetition. In “The Declaration of Independence” there are several examples of parallelism, and the one I select for
“When I compare Donne’s poetry and W;t, I find that the differences between them are more significant than the similarities.” How well does this view of the texts reflect your own considered view? To compare is to examine two or more things in order to note the similarities and dissimilarities present between them. As you begin to compare the poetry of John Donne and Margaret Edson’s play W;t, the disparities between the two do much more in understanding the messages they are trying to convey than the similarities. By studying the two and observing how they differ, it can be seen how W;t not only mimics the poetry of Donne in many instances but also shows the shortcomings in the life of main character Vivian Bearing in trying to live the “ideal life” set out by Donne. Para 1 - Donne vs Edson as writers When comparing the two texts, it is impossible to do so without first addressing the stark contrasts between the contexts they are each written in and based around.
Thus, the identity of the persona in the poem is created with the limitations felt by the persona. Once again, the themes: surveillance, entrapment and gender representations are a common characteristic in Plath’s poetry such as Munich Mannequins and
“Enough”, by Suzanne Buffam is an odd tale in the form of a poem, showing how someone is questioning life while in a depressing mood. The first few stanzas include melancholy lines and a sense of indirect somber portrayed through an action and a statement. A major tone shift follows with a feeling of equivocalness with the narrator questioning one’s self and life. Buffam uses strange metaphors, questionable line placement and the feeling of doubt and curiosity to portray “Enough”. The poem includes several different tones and examples of imagery to give the reader a true sense of what this poem is supposed to mean.
However, they both make use of the sonnet form and a sad tone, as well as imagery that provokes the reader’s senses, as my analysis will attempt to show. There are structural differences and variations of
It has an iambic metre and the rhyme scheme is a cross rhyme throughout the poem. The first stanza offers a good insight into the theme of the poem. It is built up on statements which contradict each other. '[Thick] ' (l. 1) and '[thin] (l. 2), for example, are attributes used to illustrate love in comparison to forgetfulness. However, as
‘Wulf and Eadwacer’ is a poem that has been widely reviewed and translated as part of the genre of old English elegy. “The poem has a good deal of ambiguous language which, since the poem has no obvious consistent plot or clearly defined emotional context, allows several possible readings” (Jensen, 374) This can be seen firstly through the uncertainty of the number of characters and their roles within the poem. The separation or absence of a loved one, heartbreak and waiting are also talked about in the poem and are of great importance to old English elegy. Finally the structure of an old English elegy is in the form of a riddle and this is seen in the poem also. One aspect of old English elegy is the uncertainty of identification of characters both in numbers and of their roles.