Next, the person passes a field, and lastly, what is thought to be a grave. The poem’s rhythm, along with the poem’s alliterate wording, sets a gentle feel, similar to the feeling of being read a story. The rhythm is quite slow, following along with the frequency of hyphens in each stanza to create pauses. In all 6 stanzas, there are four verses, and in each verse except for the fourth one, the first and third lines have 8 syllables, and the second and fourth have 6. That pattern of syllables sets a pleasant story-like effect as it lets the reader follow along with a beat.
In lines seventeen through twenty-two, he uses the rhetorical questions again to get the reader thinking. Taylor also uses off rhyme again in lines nineteen and twenty. When he used it, he used the words know and do. It throws the poem’s structure off, so when you read it outloud you notice it and might stop to think about what the author is saying. The way Taylor used metaphors, off rhyme, rhetorical questions, and iambic pentameter helped the reader understand the theme of the poem.
A comparison of W. B. Yeats’ The Second Coming and Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est on the theme of warfare and its consequences. Literary works during the 20th century; especially the first half was significantly focused on the desolation and chaos brought upon by events such as the World War I & II. The significant events and magnitude of these wars not only affected people physically but also altered their mentality and ethics (Pizarro, Silver & Prause, n.d). Yeats’ The Second Coming was written in the aftermath of World War I to shed light on the physical and mental deterioration of both the people and landscape after the war which indirectly signifies the fall of human society. On the other hand, Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est highlights
Throughout the poem there are many poetic devices used, such as iambic pentameter and tetrameter, repetition and rhyming, as well as imagery. The author composed the poem in such a way that it is dulcet to read. The message within the poem is evident because of the Metaphors of nature and the destruction of mankind. Andrew
Eternal, unchanging creator of earth. Amen.” (lines 122-124) He finally realizes that he needs to trust in God and he will lead him to where he needs to be. In the poem The Wanderer, one message you could take from it would be fate. Everybody has a certain fate, and there is no changing that. In this poem, the main character is all alone.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” —John 8:12. “‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’” —John 15:5. Each of the gospels record when Jesus calls his disciples. Only in John, some of his disciples bring their friends and family to meet him, where they too are called to be disciples.
Instead, it is more advantageous to audit the entire context of the poem, highlighting some of the specific references and key images and themes as examples. Connotations of religion and worship are found throughout the poem even starting with the opening. ‘The Burial of the Dead’, which is all about regeneration, regrowth and doctrine. This title is taken from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and reiterates the ritualistic manner of the poem. However, God himself is not present in the poem, except in corrupted forms like the Hanged Man in the Tarot pack (reference here to the Hanged God of Frazer) or the drowned Phoenician Sailor, who recovers as “Phlebas the Phoenician” in the fourth section, “Death by Water.” A visualization of ‘The Waste Land’ as a pilgrimage, a quest for the Holy Grail, or an eloquent elegy to a fallen technological Europe can be seen.
Another example is the poem “The Second Coming”, whereby Yeats sees the moral ideologies of people taking a turn for the worst and, as being a strong believer in Christianity, hopes that Christ will come as promised. This is evident in lines 9-10: “Surely some revelation is at hand;/Surely the Second Coming is at hand.” (Gill, 2011) Another example of Historicism used is the ideology that was circulating at that time in terms of the occupation of a person. You had to work be working physically and earning a substantial amount for it to be called a job. Yeats showed a disappointment in that ideology in the poem “Adam’s Curse” from lines 10-13: “ For to articulate sweet sounds together/Is to work harder than all these, and yet/ Be thought an idler by the noisy set/ Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen” (Gill, 2011) His disappointment in this ideology was brought about when his ladylove, Maud Gonne, left him to marry an Irish Nationalist. In his early fifties, though, the historicity of the society got to him and he apologized to his ancestors (who were famous “working” people) for not having a family and concentrating only on his poems.
His home is described as a “decayed house”, which is actually the home of his soul and his body. His thoughts about the war and the decayed home do not only symbolize the approaching death but also that the only salvation for the character is the death and the rebirth. That is why Jesus Christ, his mission on the earth and his resurrection are mentioned in the poem. “In the juvescence of the year Came Christ the tiger” Gerontion talks about the experience he has gained through the years and he talks with a typical for old man wisdom. He talks about things that should exist and things that should not.
The modernists headed for breaking the traditional format of writing and create a new one . Consequently , T.S. Eliot in his poem “ The waste land “ didn’t follow a particular form ; In the poem ‘ five sections , There were no constant length , meter or rhyme scheme . So , In the first section of the poem , There were four characters speaking not only one ; each one of them hold a fragmented image , and the language was fragmented as well ( the poem included languages other than English ) Which highlights the global nature at that time . Moreover , the first part of the second section was neither rhymed nor equal in length and meter , and the second part did not follow a systematic structure but a sequence of phrases linked by ‘ she said ‘ and ‘ I said ‘ .