Paradox, Figurative Language and Sounds in Theodore Roethke’s “The Waking” Written in form of a villanelle - five tercets and a quatrain with rhyme scheme for tercets ABA and ABAA for quatrain, the poem begins with “I wake to sleep and take my waking slow” which is seemingly contradictory process of life – the cycle of a living (waking) which leads to dying (sleeping). There exist two main lines as the key point containing the theme of the poem that are repeated interchangeably at the end of each stanza and ended by being restated together in the last two lines of final stanza. The tittle itself “the waking” as the central idea of the poem depicts the poet’s vision towards the idea of living (waking) that eventually will lead merely to dying (sleeping). As an extra circumstance, the poem applies the pronoun “I” as the point of view which is probably intended to show the poet’s eagerness in communicating his own experience to readers. The poet apparently expresses a kind of paradoxes and ambiguities through his poem.
The blame for this tragic predicament in which she finds herself in lies squarely on the shoulders of the Puritan judges of her destiny. Another novel by Hawthorne,The House of the Seven Gables, a romance and gothic horror novel, takes place in Lenox, Massachusetts. The narrator tells this story in the third person as though omniscient (all-knowing), but occasionally slips into telling the story from the point of view of three main characters, Clifford, Holgrave, or Pheobe. He tends to vary between more of a straightforward narration and gloomy disposition, but also has a sarcastic take on a number of issues., The narrator also tells the story immediately after it
I also think the meaning behind this is that they wouldn’t have a nigger around there men because there is a strong possibility that they could end up sleeping together. Throughout this section with the repetition of a fragment
On the other hand, Plath’s poem romanticizes death, while discussing the phenomenal feeling of sleeping or lying down. Therefore, both passages, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain and, “I am Vertical,” by Sylvia Plath, demonstrate the subject of death and its significance to the main characters through the use of first-person perspective, descriptive imagery, and emotional diction. First, the first-person perspective was used by both Plath and Twain to highlight how their main characters felt about death, and their reactions when faced with the topic. For instance, Twain used asyndeton and polysyndeton in first-person perspective in order to describe the emotions of Huck, and connect him with the reader. According to the excerpt, “I wished I hadn’t ever come ashore that night to such things, I ain’t ever going to get shut of them -- lots of times I dream of them” (Twain, paragraph 1).
He used fragmentation in his poetry to juxtapose literary texts against one another. When it comes to topics, Eliot saw society as helpless and wounded, furthermore he visualized that culture was decaying, and he tried to capture that. As a modernist writer, Eliot was fascinated by the idea of symbolism, and consequently, this can be observed in his poems. Usually making use of symbolism using music, he juxtaposed lyrics from an opera by Richard Wagner with songs from pubs in “The Waste Land”. He believed that high culture, including art, opera, and drama, was in decline while popular culture was on the rise.
In line 4-5, “Or fester like a sore-/And then run,” the poet uses personification to illustrate the concept of a dream building up stress in your life and then not being able to fulfil it like how a sore festers and then disappears unexpectedly. The poet gives life to an inanimate object life to create an image in the readers mind and for the reader to better understand the message. In line 6, “Does it stink like rotten meat” (Hughes 426), it compares rotten meat to a deferred dream. It could mean that when a hope is forgotten, it rots away and collects dust. It is waiting for the owner to return because without them it has no purpose; this relates to the article by Schaper.
Juxtaposition is a recurrent feature of this song as it lacks of conjunctions -only a few of them appear in the whole body-. “Hold my hands Across your face, Because I think Our time has come” Grammatically speaking, it is one of the few conjunctions in these lyrics. It helps to connect the previous clause with the other and it is used for giving reasons. “Our time has come” is another metaphorical, implicit reference to the death that is to come. Metaphors provoke an effect of fantasy in this song.
In the beginning of The Waking it says, “I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.” In the story, the word waking represents life and living it. The first stanza is about the beginning of life where as the first few progress reports of Flowers For Algernon represent his mindset being like a child which is the beginning of life. Secondly, the next reason I believe “The Waking” started the unit was because of the use of religious allusions and imagery. For example, “God bless the
Another thing that kept my eyes wide opened what that there was a poem that said "we've become a prison and I am planning to escape from you," and that is so deep to me because o one should feel trapped in a relationship that is not healthy for any one. but it also makes me rethink of why they have not left their partner yet. that is just so sad that the have not left an unhealthy relationship. Although it is an unhealthy relationship it is a good sign that they are planning to leave, but it might not be so easy to walk away sometimes things are more easier said that done and that is the lousy
In any case, on the off chance that we concentrate on the title "The Road Not Taken" it implies that the artist is atoning on why he has selected the less frequented street. The artist legitimizes his choice by saying "I will state this with a murmur" likewise underpins this. Another translation of the lyric is that RoberFrost had not taken any of the expressed streets. Or maybe, he chooses the center way or does not pick any street for him as the title of the sonnet proposes. Ice himself cautioned "You must be watchful of that one; it 's a dubious ballad – extremely tricky”.