The prescribed question that I have chosen is Power and Privilege: “How and why is a social group represented in a particular way?”
S. Eliot’s title “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock ironic is that the woman he speaks of never responds to him anywhere in the poem. This makes it to be the realization of Alfred Prufrock’s loveless life. The failure and breakdown of communication from the other side tell about one aspect, which is the symbol of isolation among humans. The beginning of the poem seems like the speaker is talking to a woman whom he loves. It then turns out to be ironic and against normal expectations of the readers because there is the anticipation of something special to be spoken from the other party as well. Another piece of irony is toward the end of the poem when Prufrock shows his fear of death and becomes concerned with old age. Prufrock is talking to his friend as he narrates about the worries he undergoes because he is growing old and feeble (Eliot 371). The woman the speaker is referring to in a sense is not real because the presence of the woman is not there, which questions the legitimacy of the title for the poem. It can be the title is just pretending to more serious that it is since the monologue is what the character gives and sounds like a false love song. Ultimately, the irony of this title is that it is a love song that will never be sung, and that Prufrock will never voice to what his actual feelings
Imagine living your everyday life in a town named Tangerine, where natural disasters commonly occur. This is the situation that the protagonist, Paul Fisher, has been enduring ever since his family moved to Tangerine, Florida. The novel, Tangerine written by Edward Bloor, describes how Paul Fisher sees the world through his thick-rimmed goggles due to his damaged eyesight from “staring at an eclipse.” Paul has to be circumspect around bullies and his older brother, Erik, who seems to have dissoluteness living inside of him.
The song describes most of what is going on in the story. For example, “We found him with his face down in the pillow With a note that said I’ll love her till I die.” These two lines in the stanza are very descriptive. Using detailed lines makes a better understanding for the audience. It makes the song become more realistic. Imagery helps the readers or listeners see the story being told in different way. Good or Bad. The writer chose to uses imagery to grasp the audience into an sensory experience. In the song the symbols being used are “whiskey,” and “lullaby.” When singing the song whiskey is trying to symbolize an item that could help forget the bad times. The word “lullaby,” symbolizes how they are put to sleep as in both are dead and now they can rest in peace as people do when they sleep and dream. By using imagery and symbolism the reader gets a better comprehension on the story being
In Robert Penn Warren's poem True Love, a man recounts his experience of watching a beautiful girl through the years. On a deeper level, the poem illustrates the perspective change from a boy to a man in regards to love and what makes it "true."
In order to be successful as an author and engage readers effectively, one must incorporate certain elements. Ernest J. Gaines included multiple stylistic elements in his novel, “A Lesson Before Dying”, therefore, he is quite effective as a storyteller. One rhetorical device included in the novel was metaphor. Another device Gaines used in “A Lesson Before Dying” was personification. Furthermore, Ernest used allusions throughout the novel.
“My Papa's Waltz”, by Theodore Roethke, and “Those Winter Sundays”, by Robert Hayden are the two poems that are somewhat similar and both of these poems are about beloved fathers. Father is the man who is spends time with you and takes care of you. While doing so much for the family he gains the respect and love from the family. In these two poems Roethke and Hayden take a flashback at the actions of their fathers. Even though both of these poems propose that their fathers were not perfect, they still love them. I think that Roethke and Haden are regretting that they couldn’t express their feeling to their beloved fathers. They didn’t have strong bonding with their fathers like we have now. Both of the poets are capable of writing great poems
In the article “In the Name of Love,” Miya Tokumitsu covers the issue that doing what you love (DWYL) gives false hope to the working class. Tokumitsu reviews how those who are given jobs ultimately cannot truly love what they do because of the employers who make jobs possible. These same employers keep their employees overlooked. Providing the example of Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple, she says the people who work under Jobs break their backs at factories, yet he never credits the workers’ efforts to his overall success. Tokumitsu points out that the DWYL mantra is narcissistic for those who are overpaid for less labor, while those tricked into believing they love their job are less valued for the overall
Roethke’s use of diction creates an element of confusion for the audience of his poem. Words with a positive connotation allow the reader to see the positive relationships, although
Growing up in a society obsessed with the concept of sappy love stories, it is easy to find flaws with the unrealisticness of such accounts of love. Songwriter Taylor Swift contributes to the popular trend of mainstream love stories in her own composition, “Love Story.” Throughout her song, Swift effectively incorporates the use of various figurative devices to relate her own love story with that of the famous Shakespearean lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Swift conveys the strength of her forbidden love, in similarity with that of Romeo and Juliet’s, through the use of metaphors, hyperboles, and allusions.
The first stanza starts off gently to the likelihood of what seems to be great. The love is categorized as a deeming and damning affection therefore mastering the hardship of what love is or is perceived to be. Looking at the first stanza, one is able to notice that it starts off very romantically. In line 1 the poet, Cynthia Zarin, refers to her man as ‘My heart’ and ‘my dove’. ‘My heart’ indicates how much the poet’s lover means to her as a heart is sustenance for life. The poet also makes it clear that the love is pure in line 1 by referring to her lover as
The tone of The Catcher in the Rye is cynical. Throughout the novel, Holden adamantly refuses to see anything but the worst in all but a few people. He repeatedly attempts to separate himself from the rest of the world, criticizing others’ faults while ignoring his own. Holden condemns his classmates for being crooks, his teachers for not understanding the struggles of being a teenager, and the wealthy for believing money can buy happiness. Regardless of who he interacts with, Holden always sees them as frauds. Despite this, he is still unable to come to terms with his own shortcomings. Salinger wants the reader to understand the dangers of being too cynical as well as being too accepting.
Ann Landers the person who wrote this quote, “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” , kind of tied together what “Button,Button” and “Love In L.A” and “The Gift Of The Magi” because in all these stories there was either love without trust and loyalty or love with trust and loyalty. This is true in Matheson “Button,Button”, Gilb's “Love In L.A”, and O.Henry’s “The Gift Of The Magi” where the characters were either having love without loyalty and or true love or with no love but with loyalty. All the stories show a complicated or unknown/ununderstood type
In present literary criticism, there are no identified canons that determine a value for literary works. However, as discussed in Marjorie Garber’s book The Use and Abuse of Literature, she discusses how just as poems and novels do not have any one identified canon that determines a value, there is also no way to determine any right or wrong answers to understanding and interpreting literature. Rather than merely presenting facts, like textbooks or biographies, poems and novels evoke questions, thought, yielding ideas and sparking argument. And one of her most stressed aspect is that “poems and novels give rise to more poems and more novels (Garber 92)”.
Although poems can have multiple interpretations, the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot seems to be about a pessimistic middle aged man’s midlife crisis looking towards the end of his life, the quote at the beginning, the questions he asked, and the conclusion lead me to believe this.