He structures his rhetoric in the manner of a speech, or almost even a sermon. Both imagery and anaphora are devices often used in sermons to convey an idea in a manner that can be digested by the average listener and here Hayden uses them to ensure that everyone understands the importance of his message. Throughout the poem, Hayden encapsulates the idea of freedom by metaphorically referring to it as a “beautiful and terrible thing” (lines 1-2). From there he proceeds to grant vivid tangible characteristics to the abstract idea of freedom.
Not Every Thing Is What It Seems “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “By the Waters of Babylon” are both dystopian stories. Both stories take place in the world after a nuclear bomb. Throughout the book they gave us hints to learn that the cities have been destroyed. There was a lesson to be learned in “By the Waters of Babylon” and that lesson is that all knowledge comes with a price. “There Will Come Soft Rains” setting takes place in a house that is still standing after a nuclear bomb.
The theme that applies to the stories There Will Come Soft Rains (Teasdale), There Will Come Soft Rains (Bradbury), Nightmare Number Three, and By The Waters of Babylon is that one day, humans will cause their own self-destruction. In By The Waters of Babylon, it is set in the future, and the son of the priest has a vision of the past where the “gods” were having a civil war. On page 7, it says, “When gods war with gods they use weapons we do not know . . . It was the time of the Great Burning and Destruction.”
“America” illustrates the conflicting emotions a person has while overcoming adversity and finding his or her place in society. This piece explores McKay’s feelings toward America. The first stanza is his feelings of contempt and appreciation for the country, while the second stanza is where the he accepts what is. Despite his reluctance, he soon becomes to love his new home. Anyone who has ever moved can relate to this.
The Fury of Overshoes Anne sexton The poem is written in first person and in a free verse. The poem does not have a specific order, and the reader cannot find a pattern, in which the author organizes the poem. The rows do not rhyme and they are short.
“By the Waters of Babylon,” by Stephen Vincent Benet and “There Will Come Soft Rains,” by Ray Bradbury are two short stories in which a similar message is spoken to the reader. Each author employs a secondary text to help convey his message, Benet using Psalm 137 from The Bible and Bradbury using Sara Teasdale’s poem, “There Will Come Soft Rains”. Each secondary text provides another look into the moral the author is trying to relay to his audience. Stephen Vincent Benet’s short story entitled “By the Waters of Babylon,” takes place in a post-apocalyptic society, where the ruins of the human world are known as the Dead Places, and only a select few venture into them, as it is forbidden. The protagonist of the story, John, journeys to the Dead Places to learn more about the mysteries surrounding them.
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” (Lovecraft). This is exactly how Ray Bradbury felt about the constant improvement and advancements regarding machines. He was terrified of the possible negative outcomes that come with electronic development and tried to influence his writing with this fear. It is possible that the terror came from what he had to experience when young. In these times, the human race was in turmoil due to World War II and the Cold War, and he was probably deeply influenced by these events.
And It’s true because this poem was published in 1945 when in america prejudice and racism was prominent in the southern communities. “I, Too, Sing America” shows the reader a situation of inequality in America, where the protagonist
“Havisham” is a poem based on “Miss.Havisham” on the novel “The Great Expectations”. The author Carol Ahn Duffy used several techniques to describe her feelings and symbolizing her emotions with objects emphasizing love and hate throughout the poem. In the poem, she introduced 5 different colours to represent her feelings and emotions which has made it very effective for the readers. For example, “green” implies jealousy, which shows how Havisham is envying the woman who took her man, compeyson, and is known to be very negative colour.
Reflective commentary: “TSN” is a poem composed of four different sections of verse; three ballad stanzas, a section of blank verse followed by a rhyming couplet and finally four stanzas of free verse. The first three sections of prose are written in predominately consistent meter, alternating iambic tetra- and trimeter in the three ballad stanzas, and iambic pentameter in the section of blank verse and the rhyming couplet. “Predominately” as there are some substitutions within two of the ballad stanzas (despite the poet’s best efforts). More specifically two trochaic substitutions, “Monarch”, and “Dire”, and an anapestic substitution “absolute”.
The twentieth century has been characterized by the continuous progression of technological development. This was perhaps one of the defining features of the Cold War’s beginnings; the technological race that initiated during the 1950s was the byproduct of a bipolar competition for world domination. Most believe that technological innovation has been essential for the positive transformation of modern societies, but there are those who are wary of the negative effects that technology may produce on society and nature in the more general sense. Among them was Ray Bradbury, who in his short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” implicitly proposes that technology will bring about the destruction of both man and the world. Published in 1950, “There
With time comes change. No longer do we live in the time where each subsequent generation continues the work of the past. In this day and age people are capable to do their own thing regardless of what the generation before them did … In Seamus Heaney’s poem “Digging”, he depicts a speaker who recalls the work of both his father and grandfather as a potato farmer and peat farmer respectively. These lines of work heavily contrast that of the speakers job as a writer which creates tension throughout the poem.
American history is a topic endeared by many famous American poets; Robert Frost is no exception. In his poem “The Gift Outright,” written as early as 1936 and published in 1942, Frost recounts a time of change for American colonists transitioning into independence from England. Written during a time of hardship for many Americans who battled the Great Depression and World War II, this poem served as a reminder of national identity and culture that had come from prior struggles. This poem was famously recited by Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961, which once again renewed pubic interest in the poem.