Once upon a midnight dreary, a man by the name of Edgar Allan Poe wrote “ The Raven”, a timelessly classic narrative poem that gives a popular image to the term gothic literature. His poem includes elements of suspense, the supernatural, and isolation that give the readers feelings of fear and eeriness, so commonly associated with the modern day horror story. It brings to life the story of a man isolated in his grief to the point of what some consider insanity. The narrator is surprised by an unexpected visitor; a raven. As the poem goes on, the man begins to think of the bird as a message from some omnipotent being that his grief will never end.
The way an animal lives, or sees the world greatly shapes their characteristics and behavior, setting the precise actions of a Hawk apart from the unfocused motions of a golden retriever. In the poems “Hawk Roosting” by Ted Hughes and “Golden Retrievals” by Mark Doty, the language, and point of view techniques used convey these contrasting characteristics and perspectives. The narrator of “Hawk Roosting” begins the 13 sentence poem by highlighting its own characteristics revealing the nature of the author. The term “hooked head and hooked feet” tell the reader that the literal interpretation of the narrators identity is that of a bird, more specifically a hawk, The metaphorical definition of this creatures nature is brought to light through the diction used through out the passage. The hawk firmly asserts its own dominance to the reader, proving its clear “advantage” over all other creatures whose very home, the earth turns up for the hawk’s “inspection” as he revels in the feeling that the world is “all [his].”
The poem ends with the silencing of the man with the raven using his home as a permanent perching place. Despite the years of discussion over this work of literature throughout the years and many programs it has been involved in, it is still widely debated what the raven in the story actually represents. Within the poem his attitude towards the bird shifts into five different emotions, each one correlating with a stage of grief. The fact that Poe wrote it in this matter shows that the raven is supposed to represent grief, therefore the narrator is expressing his five stages at this physical manifestation of the grief itself. The first stage of the five is denial.
“Hurt Hawks”, by Robinson Jeffers, tells the story of a hawk whose wing is hurt and a man who makes the decision to take the hawk out of its misery by killing it. Jeffers describes the hawk in the first stanza of the poem by stating, “The broken pillar of the wing jags from the clotted shoulder, / The wing trails like a banner in defeat, / No more to use the sky forever but live with famine” (Lines 1-3). Jeffers is describing the hawk’s broken wing as the bone protrudes from the skin and blood has clotted on its wing. He describes the wing as white like a flag of surrendering to his fait. Additionally, he implies that the bird will never fly again, which means that it will be in agonizing pain and die of starvation.
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.
Although Hill is describing Kingshaw being attacked by a literal crow, the crow is an extended metaphor for Hooper. Hill uses language techniques to create these feelings throughout this extract. Hill creates both, tension and fear, by using short paragraphs. These kind of paragraphs help when the author is trying to announce an important event in the novel, they also are commonly used to give a sense of action, tension or suspense. An example of a short paragraph is: “Then, there was a single
In the speech, Black Hawk shifts from first person to third person “We set up the war-whoop, and dug up the tomahawk; our knives were ready, and the heart of Black Hawk swelled high in his bosom, when he led his warriors to battle.” Black Hawk say he led in the noble fight as a team. Black Hawk switches between first and third person to tell the Indians that he has done everything to save his people, but now that he’s a prisoner, it’s time for them to take . In the third person, Black Hawk states “ He is satisfied. He will go to the world of spirits contented. He has done his duty.
Despite the narrator commanding the raven to leave him, the raven remains sitting above his bedroom door and eventually, its shadow encircles the narrator’s soul. Many writers often use birds as symbols of hope, freedom, and light. However, in “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe uses the image of the raven in a different way.
In his pom entitled “Evening Hawk”, Robert Penn Warren characterizes human nature by a transition between the flight of the hawk during the day and that of the bat, or the “Evening Hawk” during the night. The hawk, as it soars in daylight, portrays how humans appear in clear light of their peers, while the bat, cruising the night sky, symbolizes what humans hide within themselves. Warren effectively expresses the meaning of this poem and its serious mood by the use of diction and imagery to appeal to the reader’s perception of sight and sound. Throughout the first part of the poem, Warren describes the journey of the hawk in the daytime to symbolize how one’s character may seem to other beings. As an illustration, lines 8-9 state, “we hear/
Boyle uses symbolism to emphasize transitioning scenes of a flying raven , representing freedom, in contrast with Aron under the boulder, representing confinement. The Raven symbolizes freedom as it flies high in the sky, enjoying and having advantage of its own freedom in the air. Ravens also symbolize death and the underworld as it is black, and it preys on the carcasses of dead mammals. Ravens mark a moment to pause and give consideration to messages coming your way. This is significant as Danny Boyle juxtaposes that Aron craves freedom like the raven in the sky, and contradicts to Aron as he is opposite to what the Raven is experiencing.