The Undying Certainty of the Narrator in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, written by Steven Kaplan, questions if there is any sense or meaning derived from what happened during the Vietnam War and how that could be conveyed to those who have not experienced the war. Literary critic, Philip Beider’s, writes “most of the time in Vietnam, there are some things that seemed just too terrible and strange to be true and others that were just too terrible and true to be strange.”(American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam 4). Kaplan believes that by destroying the fine line between fact and fiction, fiction can often sound truer being, presented as meaningful. Kaplan’s statement is correct because the language of fiction is the most accurate for conveying what is attempted to be explained. O’Brien uses these what-ifs and maybes as if they were facts, and then calls these facts into questions.
Poetry in literature is often marked significantly by a literary device or a special characteristic of the structure. In Robert Pack’s poem “An Echo Sonnet, To an Empty Page,” echoes throughout the poem create a tone of awe-solemn wonder, revealing the poet’s confused attitude towards the relationship between form and meaning and the inner conflict formed within oneself, dealing with the “voice” and the “echo.” A conversation then begins. 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”
Although there are many differences between these two gifted authors, similarities can be discovered as well.The background of Walt Whitman is enormously different from that of Emily Dickinson. Because Walt Whitman was such an under privileged kid and rose from his struggle in avery romantic life style, we see this slight bit of romanticism in his writing, like when he says, “ But O heart! heart! heart!/O the bleeding drops of red,/Where on the deck my Captain lies,/Fallen cold and dead” (Whitman). This writing expresses such a dramatic and romantic view.
This poem is written during the hardships of World War I which would gives a life threatening mood to a reader. Without that specific information a reader would clarify quotes such as “The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere” (5)will help the reader acknowledge that chaos has appeared somehow. The idea of a chaotic society gives a understanding that something terrible has happened as the author expresses that a last hour is upon us with the quotation “ And what rough beast, its hour come round at last”(21) implies that a previous quote “The darkness drops again”(18) has foreshadowed the darkness has done its job by awakening Jesus once more for the Second
Unlike high modernism, late modernism leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions regarding the impacts of modernity. The stylistic differences between Eliot and Auden represent contrasting sentiments regarding approaches to modernity and the poet’s place in a modern society. For instance, high modernists such as Eliot use modernism to explore existential questions. The content of Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is cryptic, as the narrator asks the reader a seemingly rhetorical question which drives the poem forward: “’What is it?’” (11). The entirely open-ended question of “What
The poems we will analyze in this essay is "In the Middle of The Road" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade and "The Time" by Mario Quintana. One of the most famous poems of Carlos Drummond De Andrade is "In the Middle of The Road". The title 's meaning is that throughout life we find obstacles. It was published in 1928 and one of the characteristics of this poem is the repetitive stylistics. This repetition does not get our attention, although what attracts our interest is the variation.
To continue, similar to F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot delivers the same message that the American Dream is more distant than the past in his poem, “The Hollow Men.” In the poem concerning the life between lightness and darkness, the author writes, “More distant and more solemn than a fading star” (Source D). The author of this poem further explains the truth behind the American Dream that is its inability to be attained. The ideals within the American Dream are often associated with memories and items of the past, ultimately illustrating the impossibleness behind achieving it. As supported, seeking to achieve the American Dream steers one’s mind to emphasize the past rather than the present or
Throughout the critically acclaimed poems by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, a vast difference in both their styles and viewpoints is displayed. In the beginning of Dickinson’s poem in the first stanza, “I heard a fly buzz when I died,” one can perceive that Dickinson is not an ordinary poet. Her opinion of death is quite different than Whitman’s and many of her peers at the time. Emily Dickinson’s internal viewpoint expressed in her poetry defines her style and perception on life. On the other hand, Whitman’s viewpoint is the polar opposite because he expresses an external viewpoint.
The city of Petersburg is a dynamic hub of continuous political and literary experimentation and so is Mandelstam, however there is an unconscious consumption in the poet which he is very much unaware of. This assumption is very much visible in one of his one known venture into what would at first appear to be fiction that is The Egyptian Stamp and also his poetry, to which the word “impersonal” has so often been applied that it has become an non-scrutinized critical cliché but requires only a closer and a more enlightened analysis or even just a reading to be seen as the personal and intimate record that it actually
A Comparative Study Of “A Mystery Of Heroism” and “War is Kind” “A Mystery Of Heroism” and “War is Kind” are texts written by Stephen Crane about the American Civil War showing the pointlessness and losses that occurred during that time period. Although both texts have similar ideals, they also differ substantially when it comes to making certain points. These texts are a prime example of realism, which is one of Crane’s most popular literary theories used. “A Mystery Of Heroism” is a short story by Stephen Crane portraying the pointlessness of war. It begins with the protagonist, Fred Collins, who is in desperate need for a drink of water.