A Ritual to Read to Each Other by William Strafford, and Shakespeare’s sonnet are about very different kinds of romance. The fact that these two writers lived hundreds of years apart is evident in their poetry. Although the themes of both poems are similarly dark, Stafford talks about modern social issues, while Shakespeare brings up the issue of love itself. The two poems contrast more than the compare. In A Ritual to Read to Each Other, William Stafford speaks about a different kind of love than in Shakespeare’s sonnet.
In Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself’, one can appreciate the poem properly by understanding the poem’s voice, imagery, figures of speech, symbols, word choice, and theme. To understand it though requires a great deal of thought to arrive to the meaning behind the writing. Especially since this poem was written in the nineteenth century and is written in a very loose structure and free verse. Firstly, the speaker of the poem is an individual, Walt Whitman himself, as seen by the repetition of “I” in the poem. In addition, the poem’s title “Song of Myself’ gives us a hint that it will be about himself.
I, the Divine is like Koolaids as an imaginative novel. It is a postmodern fictional autobiography; it is a work in progress; “provisional” and “shifting,” as poet Lynn Emanuel points out about life writing (The Practice of Poetry 67). Emanuel states the provisional and shifting as “that is all vision: revisions coming at us at the speed of light. Writing presents to us the nullity of ourselves, the inaccuracies of our perceptions of selfhood. We are both nothing and everything – provisional, shifting, molten” (The Practice of Poetry 67).
The theme of the poem is that the soldiers’ fates are not chosen. The poetic devices listed support the theme of the poem by further elaborating and adding poetic flavors to the experiences of the soldiers during times of war. In this paragraph(s), figurative devices will be discussed as to how they support the main theme of the poem. The first figurative device is irony. “Drawing no dividend from time 's tomorrows” (line 2).
But still, Whitman the private man, whose views conflicted with the spirit of his poetry. Leaves of Grass celebrates and embraces racial differences and diversity. He wrote poetry that no one had seen before, wrote about topics nobody believed he was writing about. Gender, sexuality, and race, he used it all. In Song of Myself, he beautifully portrays the union between a white hunter and a Native American girl.
Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman were all American poets from different time periods who focused on similar topics, but had a different point of view incorporated in their writing. Each poet had a trademark such as punctuation or the use of specific figurative language that made their writing have their voice and elicit a reader’s emotions. Through the poems “Success is Counted Sweetest” by Emily Dickinson, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost, and “Song to Myself #1” by Walt Whitman, these poets convey happiness through the understanding of defeat, the passing of time, and celebrating one 's’ own self; Dickinson, Frost, and Whitman use different structure, style, and similar figurative language to convey their perspective
When focusing clearly on literary devices such as tone, repetition, imagery, and allusions, the audience may understand clearly the reasoning to wy these poems were written. Whitman’s poems were highly based on events from the Civil War which explains the history of the United States from a different perspective. Focusing on the literary devices above not only gives one the visualization of how the Nation was built, but how devastating it was
World War One was nothing like the roaring twenties that followed close behind. This war may not have taken place on the great soil of the United States, but it did affect everyone all over the world. The war especially had an enormous effect on those who lived on the fighting soil, but mainly those who served in the war and lived to tell about it. Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas are only two of the several World War One poets who expressed their experiences through their poetry. Although the reader of their poetry can distinguish several differences between the two poets, one will also notice that they both also shared similarities within their poetry.
William Wordsworth 's preface in Lyrical Ballads published in 1802, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge 's Biographia Literaria published 1817, both had strong, theoretical concepts that led to this creation of romantic poetry, even though that definition is sufficiently complex. Both works, arising from the same time-period, are similar due to their revolutionary themes, but highly contrast each other in respect to style. In Wordsworth’s publication, he is essentially defending his own poetry due to the backlash he has received for his work not being structured around thought or theory. The neo-classical poets who came before him did not call on whims or imagination, but rather on intellect and rules. They believed well-educated, scholarly allusions, were to be presented to the world as true literature that defined society.
Throughout the history of mankind, a paradox has existed between two competing interests: the need for independence and the need for connection. Independence, however, is a product of stability and safety from connection. John Donne, an English metaphysical poet, explains how everyone is connected to each other by saying “no man is an island” (35) in his “Meditation 17”. Also, Shakespeare, a contemporary of Donne, wrote “Sonnet XXX” as an expression of how he failed to master the sad memories of his friend. Both Donne and Shakespeare demonstrate that humanity cannot live alone, albeit in different ways, and this idea can be applied to today’s world, which values neoliberalism and self-reliance as important principles.