The poem “A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme” is a response to Samuel Daniel’s prose essay A Defence of Rhyme, in which Daniel describes rhyme as an “antidote to endless motion, to confusion, to mere sensation, to the sway of the passions” (Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion, 146); while Jonson’s response describes rhyme as a “rack of finest wits, that expresseth but by fits true conceit” (1072, 1-3). Jonson’s poem ironically uses rhyme to ridicule rhyme in a satirical way in order to portray what he understood as “the plain style” of writing poetry. Dylan Thomas’ poem, on the other hand, is about the poetic art and its audience, describing the writing of poetry as a “craft” and “art”. Both poems discuss the relationship between the poets and their poetry using rhyme; but only Thomas’ poem deals more with the audience, which by indifference make his art “sullen”. Ben Jonson himself considered that any good poet (in his art) “must first think, and excoriate his matter; then choose his
Ezra Pound and his influence on modernism Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an emigrant American poet and critic who was a key figure of the early modernist movement. Pound promoted, and also sporadically helped to shape, the work of different poets and novelists such as William Butler Yeats, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, and T.S. Eliot. His influence on poetry began with his development of “Imagism”, a movement stressing clarity, carefulness and conciseness of language. Modernism is a movement that arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Modernist poetry is the affirmed break from the traditional literary subjects, styles, etc., specifically the nineteenth century Romantics and symbolist precursors. The modernists valued the construction of the literacy styles they sought to transform. An example of these literacy subjects is compressed lyrics that would be used in a foreign verse. Additionally, modernist poetry had the ideals of being marked by free verses and symbolism that contained visual creations. Along with their ideals and values, modernist poets believed the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century poets had the ability to reinvent a language based on a variety of personal experiences.
In my considered response I will explain the poetic devices I found in the poem. Secondly I will explain the characters in the poem, and lastly I will explain the shifts in the poem. Some of the poetic symbols I found in the poem were diction and hyperboles. For diction, the author used the words, “nothing” and “everything” interchangeably. He started off the first stanza with the word
In the last line, it indicated the hyperbole by mentioning, “ Below us, as far as my eyes could see”Tennyson 12. This shows us that he could only see so much that his eyes are weakened and old. However, in the poem, Cyrano De Bergerac the author uses loaded diction alongside vivid imagery to portray the main idea. The author emphasizes inner beauty by using terms like “ Live for I love you”. Despite this quote not having a relevant meaning towards the approach of saying that love is eternal.
Aristotle, in his Poetics considers poetry a mimes form that has language, rhythm and lyrics. Moreover, in those days, any literary piece of work could be written in lyrics. The using of delicate forms of transmitting the message distinguishes poetry from other forms of literary texts. (Billy Mills,2008) Samuel Taylor Coledrige has a famous quote: "I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose - words in their best order; poetry - the best words in their best order." Well, I do not think there could be something more added, as long as we are all aware of the fact that poetry is a fine art that requires not only a developed vocabulary, but also a brilliant mind to put all those words in a specific order.
Janice Mirikitani’s “Recipe” is a free-verse poem providing a set of instructions for attaining round eyes. The poem reviews the necessary ingredients and provides in-depth steps about the process of applying makeup to the face in order to achieve a round eye look. Through the stylistic choice of a free-verse poem, the piece is revealed to be a satire exposing society 's false view on beauty, therefore displaying the speaker’s mock-serious attitude towards the topic. Initially, Mirikitani implements the free-verse format in order to create irony within the text. The poem is arranged in the structure of a recipe, with “Round Eyes” as the subtitle.
Pastor Martin Niemoller’s work of literature is titled “First They Came.” This piece is identified as a poem, which is defined in the Longman Dictionary as a piece of literature that expresses emotions, experiences, ideas, especially in short lines using a rhyme scheme, but not always. On the other hand, Eve Bunting’s piece is titled “Terrible Things,” which is a short story, but more specifically an allegory. The purpose of Eve Bunting writing “Terrible Things” in the way that she did was to tell a story that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, but while keeping the audience entertained. “First They Came” was written to
In “The Debt” each line rhymes with the next line making every two lines a couplet. In Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy” there is end rhyme present but no real rhyme scheme. Those are some of the rhythmic elements Dunbar uses in his writing. Dunbar writes his poems on very serious matters, such as life and dreams and identity. In his poem “We Wear the Mask” Dunbar writes about people wearing masks but the true meaning of the poem is how people will try to hide their identity to look like a better more perfect person.
T.S. Eliot is a worldwide famous poet, an American modernist, and the winner of the 1894 Nobel Prize in Literature. Eliot changed the existing order in English literature. His poetry and literary criticism changed the literary interests of the whole generation. Through his poems, he forces people to know the history of the development of English poetry and to look at the seventeenth-century England with a new vision of Romanticism.
In “Introduction to Poetry”, Billy Collins attempts to communicate his feelings on the way that he believes poetry should be approached, as an object to be probed, and appreciated as a form of art. For example, the poem tells a student to “press an ear against its hive” (4). This means that Collin wants readers of poetry to pay close attention to the rhythms of poetry, by listening to the hive, which is a metaphor for the sounds of words in a poem. Collin contrasts this with “beating it with a hose” (15), a more brute force and ultimately less effective way to analyze poetry. This alternative view of poetry helps to create the mood that the writer intended.