Your Mileage May Vary The poem “ Your Mileage May Vary” by Andrew Shields can be recognized as a free verse poem since it does not follow any specific rhyme scheme or meter. The poem follows a family moving away and going on a road trip. This is told through literary devices or techniques and the structure of the poem. Some of these include allusion, imagery and the chronological order this poem follows.
Line one [again] rhymes with line three [plain], and line two [be] with line four [free]. This scheme continues for the second and third stanza. Furthermore an internal rhyme is used in line one of the first [be-dream-be] and second stanza [dream-dreamers-dreamed]. According to Meyers a rhyme is the identity of the last stressed vowel and its subsequent letters in two or more words, in its diverse forms and variations, such as internal rhyme or alliteration (Michael Meyer, p50). To create internal rhyming, assonances are used in line 8 [where – never], line 16 [across – stars], line 40 [still – kings] and many more throughout the poem.
We Real Cool The poem “We Real Cool” is written by Gwendolyn Brooks the poem is about seven young men at a pool hall trying to convince themselves and others that they are truly cool. They are trying to do all of the things that people that they deem as “cool” do. The poem is comprised of five, two-line, stanzas and is written from the perspective of seven young men.
In Patricia Smith's’ What It’s Like to be a Black Girl (for Those of You Who Aren’t), she eliminates the use of stanzas in her poem, which makes it appear as a miniature short story to the reader. Without the stanzas, the reader is encouraged to read the poem straight through, only breaking where there is punctuation. Her powerful words keep the reader attentive and truly capture the essence of her life. She begins her poem with the line “First of all”, the F in first being the only capitalized letter in the poem. She does not use other transition words like then, next or second, which one would expect, however, with each line, she takes the reader as she transitions from childhood to womanhood for a young black girl.
What exactly defines one as “insane” versus “sane”, and where is the boundary between the two? Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” explores exactly that: the short story initially seems to be a tale of a 19th century woman forced into the notorious rest cure popularized at the time by male doctors--however, as the plot progresses, it becomes a much deeper commentary not only on societal limitations imposed on women, but also on the blurred line separating sanity from insanity. Gilman explores the boundary between sanity and insanity with the usage of different literary elements; she expresses how the boundary is “paper-thin” through the usage of symbolism, shows the subtle conversion to insanity by utilizing a stream of consciousness
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 does not rhyme and they are short.
The poem A Step Away From Them by Frank O’Hara has five stanzas written in a free verse format with no distinguishable rhyme scheme or meter. The poem uses the following asymmetrical line structure “14-10-9-13-3” while using poetic devices such as enjambment, imagery, and allusion to create each stanza. A Step Away From Them occurs in one place, New York City. We know this because of the lines, “On/ to Times Square, / where the sign/blows smoke over my head” (13-14) and “the Manhattan Storage Warehouse.”
The man at the desk looks as if he wants to say something to her, but for some reason, cannot get the words out. Though this painting could be interpreted in many ways, Rolondo Perez chose to write about their secret affection for each other in his poem of the same name, “Office
Defamiliarization in Page’s poem: “Deaf-Mute in the Pear Tree” Page uses various methods of defamiliarization to change our perceptions of imperfection versus beauty as well the idea of deafness and muteness being imperfections. Some of these methods include incorporating ambiguity into her poem as well as contrasting the musicality of the poem and beautiful imagery to our preconceived ideas of imperfection and how we view deafness and muteness as imperfections and limitations. Defamiliarization in this poem also serves other purposes, but I have focused mainly on these aspects of defamiliarization. There are two basic interpretations of this poem.
Most elegies put their focus on the departed subject of the poem--and for good reason. One of the main purposes of an elegy is to remember and celebrate the life of the individual that has passed on. But the narrative O’Hara’s poem “The Day the Lady Died” doesn’t put most of its focus on the departed, but rather follows the day-to-day activities of the speaker before he discovers that Billie Holiday has died. This narrative isn’t used to diminish the importance of Holiday, however. Instead, it is used to show the nature of mortality in regard to how the world continues on normally even after the death of a celebrity.
Analysis of “Success is Counted Sweetest” We as people, strive for success and the pride it gives us. We feel great when we are recognized for our work and achievement and it 's a constant battle to keep feeling this pride. In “Success is Counted Sweetest” by Emily Dickinson tries to explain that those who constantly succeed can never know how it truly feels to succeed. Throughout the poem, Dickinson uses rhyme, imagery, irony, color, and metaphors to incorporate the theme.
John Donne 's poem The Good Morrow is considered to be of a metaphysical realm as it Donne 's is typically metaphysical in its startling beginning, its dramatic nature and progression of thought, its striking metaphysical conceits, its range of intellectual imagery from the worlds of theology, geography, chemistry and cosmology, its catalogic mode, the use of hyperbole, the mingling of gravity and levity, the colloquial language, the presentation of the lovers as microcosms, and finally the union of the physical and the psychological in love. The Good Morrow ' is a typical Donnian love poem, divided into three stanzas. It 's one of those love poems in which he praises the spiritual relation and hails it so ardently.
The poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot was first published in 1915. This is a modernistic poem that was written about a middle-aged man who is realizing that his life has been extremely uneventful and he continually refers to the fact that he is running out of time in life. He is afraid of taking risks and he is a very lonely man who does not seem to socialize a lot. One major theme in this poem is the indecision of Prufrock. Some literary and modernistic devices that are used to support this theme are allusions and stream of consciousness.
The poem being studied comprises two sentences, of which its title comprises a fifth of the whole length. The first sentence describes what the speaker has seen followed by the next sentence which relates to what the speaker has subsequently learned. Lines 1-7 paints a scene of her mother looking at his dead father inside the casket. It is assumed that this happened at the last night of mourning vigil as stated in line 3, “for the last time” , thus the mother expressed her last words devoid from any emotion, "Good night, Willie Lee, I’ll see you in the morning. " Ideally, a wife is expected to deeply mourn for her husband’s loss by sobbing or crying, but she did not.