Is love always a positive influence? The poems “A Love Song” by William Williams and “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Shelley both discuss love. “A Love Song” is full of negative imagery, and suggests that love changes how one sees the world for the worse. In contrast the poem “Love’s Philosophy” uses positive diction and beautiful imagery to convey the idea that love is something to be desired by all. Both authors convey these themes using the literary devices of diction, imagery, and tone.
Even though both of the poems have completely different tones and emotions toward the reader, they are both extremely powerful and heartfelt. It is evident that the two poems, “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe and “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)” by E E Cummings, have many differences because one poem makes the reader feel a sense of loneliness, abandonment, sorrow, and
The first simplest lines of “In my craft or sullen art” begin with the introduction of the phrase “craft or sullen art”, where the conjunction “or” implies the identity of “craft” and “art”, indicating a distinction between them, but implying a connection. By describing his art as “sullen”, the words that come to mind are: lonely, solitary, insociable, and unique, which imply that the poet’s work is lonely and austere as he describes, and since this is a poem and the audience is unsociable, in their eyes this poem may seem crabbed. Despite the audience’s indifference, the
He creates a utopia at the beginning which develops into the darker sides of mortality as the poem proceeds. Many images are bizarre and make the reader ponder upon the true essence of the poem. The similes and metaphors are often eccentric, incorporating unusual and hilarious comparisons. The title of the poem is carefully chosen to depict the theme of the poem. The title “To his coy mistress” is in the third person although the poem is addressed by the poet himself.
The idea of mortality is an obvious enemy to Spenser’s love which leads us to the theme of death in the poem. Spenser believes that exceptional things such as his poetry, love and beloved shall not die or fade away just as the other typical and ordinary things. The speaker in this poem is Spenser himself as he narrates a personal experience which gives us the impression that we are reading a page of Edmund Spenser’s journal. However, there is a dialogue between him and his beloved. The tone changes throughout the poem since the poet starts with a sad depressed tone, on the contrary, he ends the poem with hopeful, inspiring tone in the last rhyming couplet.
Alfred Prufrock” was and still is a popular poem of T.S. Eliot’s, his most well known work is The Waste Land, which epitomizes the modern era. He uses the poetic elements of fragmentation and allusions to depict an image of the modern world through perspective of a man finding himself hopeless and confused about the condition of the society (Rhee 4). This poem also does not continue in a linear direction; although it may seem disjointed, these elements coherently communicate what modern society ultimately believes. This pattern is easily found in every aspect of the poem.
Due to the interchangeability of subject and subject complement, the sentence can be read in two different ways, both of which can be found in existing translations of the poem. “Mourning is the colour which is dear to me who suffer since I belong to thee.” is a translation from a Decca record from 1955. Fritsch translated the opposite: “Tokens of love are but signs of mourning to me who suffer since I belong to you.” Either, as in Fritsch 's translation, the speaker thinks that small signs of recognition or affection are not enough compared to the actual feel of the beloved’s body. Or, as in the Decca translation, mourning bands are dear to the speaker as he is used to suffering. The subjunctive form of the verb “seien” (v. 4) is noteworthy as it usually expresses a wish or a possibility.
As a prominent figure in the Romantic era, Wordsworth’s poem is expressed in plain English highlighting the free expression of the movement. While Love After Love is about dealing with the end of a relationship and how to help one’s self live a better life, written in a second-person perspective akin to the style of a self help book. At the deepest level, Walcott uses imagery to explore the themes of loneliness and self-discovery. The theme shared between Love After Love and Daffodils is one of loneliness, the two poems sharing a general narrative of describing their protagonist’s method of dealing with it. Wordsworth begins his poem with “I wandered as lonely as a cloud”, explicitly referring to the major theme in his work.
It is true the relevance of Donne is marked to a large extent by an uninhibited response to hackneyed artistic practices. Donne contravenes what had chiefly grown out of literary tradition and tacit custom. But perhaps intrinsic value of such departure from the norm reaches its height in the mechanics of the motif of the woman in page-disguise as carried out in “Elegy 16”. One of the central contrasts at work in his verse is his profound preoccupation with truth from both personal and contemporary angles. The idea of disguise is being a traditional source of deceit, Donne’s does not fail to bring together his reaction against conventional uses, his disposition towards truthfulness, and the attainment of power.
The speaker in the poem figuratively hooks the reader in through the readers own predictable insights about love and intimacy. What was thought to be yet another poem about love and intimacy, manages to surprise and challenge traditional views. In only two stanzas there are many different Post-Modern literary techniques used to grab the reader’s attention. The atypical form underscores how traditional perceptions are meaningless in today’s world, and it makes the reader feel uncomfortable. Further drawing focus to its honest connotations.