In the poem “Tuesday 9:00 AM” Denver Butson writes about how people can not say what is on their mind. He can convey this through the use of figurative language. The figurative language in the poem is used to express the inner conflicts of each character and the addition of details, construct the theme.
As the dead fill the grave in the sky, darkness spreads over the living and the black milk of night thickens, cutting off the light of a new day. Kinnell channels Walt Whitman’s words, “the living remain’d and suffer’d, the mother suffer’d, / and the wife and the child and the musing comrade suffer’d,” (137-138). Though the dead are at peace, the living are left as ghosts, haunted by their own endless search for closure. Even the “City of the world!” is only full of fragile, passionate humans (130). Inside the soaring skyscrapers, the forgotten towers that symbolize the pride and passions of the world, sit humans with families and loved ones. Towards the end of his poem, Kinnell slowly thins his stanzas. The very poem collapses on itself. Just as when the towers fell, the poem “concentrates/ into itself, transforms itself infinitely slowly into a black hole,” (145-147). Kinnell uses his captivating
Edgar Allan Poe’s work has been admired for centuries. One of his most famous works, The Raven is one many people gravitate towards. This 108 line poem consists of assonance and religious allusions to contrast many different types of religion including Christianity and Hellenism. This gives the audience an inside view on Poe’s religious views, or lack thereof.
In lines one through five, the speaker of the poem explains to the readers on how life looked to him by stating “The new grass rising in the hills, the cows loitering in the morning chill, a dozen or more old browns hidden in the shadows of the cottonwoods beside the streambed.” By the speaker explaining how he saw nature
‘Be Music, Night’ by Kenneth Patchen is an intriguing piece of literary art. A picture is painted of human interaction with Earth immediately. The manner in which humans fall into her beauty and vastness is apparent in even the first lines of Patchen’s poem, but why is this important?
In “The Trouble with Poetry”, and “Introduction to Poetry” Billy Collins focuses on the issue of forced inspiration, and the lack of appreciation readers, and aspiring poets have for the feel of poetry.
In the first stanza, we can already see how this poem can relate to the world today and how we feel about certain things. We as humans don't like change. Sometimes, we want something to happen so bad, that we don't consider how our life might change if this wish, this hope of something, actually happened.
“Incident” by Natasha Tretheway brings to life the horrors African Americans faced during the time the Ku Klux Klan was rampant in the United States. Fear and secretiveness was an everyday part of African American lives. They were unable to live like white Americans were due to the racism they faced. This poem, however, symbolizes the idea that life continues through the fear of it crumbling. The narrator is still alive to tell his or her story; therefore, this is evidence that life continues. Through the poem’s tone, metaphors used, and symbols expressed the poem portrays that fear can make life seem charred or obsolete, but in reality life propels through all seasons and obstacles it faces.
The poem Bored, written by Margaret Atwood, is telling us both of lost and how boredom can be a good thing than being out of boredom. Thoughout the poem the author talks about how she was bored in the past and wanted nothing more than to no longer be bored. However, once she escaped her boredom it look as if she wanted to be bored again, almost like there was a downside to her no longer being bored anymore. Another point to be made is that when she tells her story, she is also referring to a man being there during her time of boredom, mostly likely a family member of her’s. Then towards the end the poem seems to give the reader a sense of gloom or sorrow with this statement, “Why do I remember it as sunnier / all the time then, altough
Pigeons, a kind of mild quite animals which always represent peace and clam. However, pigeons in Jayne Cortez’s poetry “These New York City Pigeons” are “special”. Pigeons living in New York City are different from the pigeons in any other places which have a happy and relaxing lives. They live in the “prosperous” city and breathe the ammonia fumes in air. “These New York City pigeons” was written by Jane Cortez after she came to New York City. In the poem, Cortez used contrast, symbolism and repetition to reveal that urban life makes people lose their self-identity, become hopeless and aggressive and have pathetic life.
Author, Robert Penn Warren, in his poem Evening Hawk, he portrays how mankind is ignorant of their life being. Warren’s purpose is to illustrate the means of life. He does so by adopting a melancholic tone in order to obtain the readers attention of humanity’s mistakes. Warren expresses the ideas of how time is never ending, that our days are judged upon, and the ignorance of humanity can have. Time is continuous and so are human mistakes, but at the end of the day everybody will be judged.
During ‘At Mornington’, the narrator references an ambiguous memory of them as a child, “believing … [they] could walk on water” (AM.1.10). This belief is dramatically altered as the narrator ages. They learn of death and further learn to accept its entirety; “The peace of this day will shine like light on the face of the waters that bear me away forever” (AM.5.10). This theme is also reflected throughout ‘The Violets’. At the beginning of the second stanza, the narrator awakes “from [a] … half-sleep” (TV.2.1) commence their day/life. Their mother indicates that “it will soon be night, you goose” (TV.2.5), “goose” referencing the narrator as a child. As they age, the day turns to night, the narrator begins to regret her wasteful actions “us[ing] [her] tears to scold” (TV.3.6).
The first stanza starts off as a setting of September’s day in New York as of the beginning of the poem as well. The speaker announces the weather condition of September speaking of how it’s lovely in New York, the sky returned to baby blue, the breeze now mild as breath” (lines 1-3), and he uses comparisons and imagery to picture an everyday occurrence an ordinary day could have. The simile, “the breeze now mild as breath” (lines 2-3) is comparing just how typical and
In Elie Wiesel’s novel, Dawn, the main character Elisha has to make a grueling decision to kill a John Dawson, a British officer. When Elisha was 12 years old he meets beggar at his hometown synagogue. Elisha tries to convince the beggar to come back to his house for food and a bed for him to sleep in. The beggar refuses the kind gesture and instead offers Elisha wisdom. The beggar introduces the symbol of the faces of night as well as the symbols of night and day. The symbols of night and day mirror Elisha’s resolution. During the night Elisha contemplates weather he should or should not kill John Dawson. At the break of day, Elisha finally commits to his decision to kill John Dawson.
“Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night” is a poem written by Dylan Thomas at the time when his father was at the brink of death. The piece is actually a villanelle where it consist of six stanzas, each with three lines except for the sixth stanza which has four lines. The rhymes on the first until fifth stanzas are aba, aba, aba, aba, aba. While, abaa is the rhyme for the last quatrain stanza. Thomas died a few months after his father, it is believed that this poem was written by him especially for his father. It’s said that Thomas was an alcoholic and it was deemed that the cause of his death was because of the obsession and also it was accentuated with the grief he felt for his father approaching death. The form of the poem is elegy whereby Thomas used the poem by expressing his grief for his father’s impending death. It is vital to know the poet state of mind in order to relate or understand the poem. Therefore, descriptive language used by the poet should be focused to further know the poet’s is trying to impose.