Our interpretation of the world reflects our personal views on how it might end. “Fire and Ice” written by Robert Frost, is a poem that depicts a comparison between two opinions regarding how the world would cease to exist. This poem explores the world ending through Frosts eyes. It tallows readers to take a look at ideas of the world ending into a deeper meaning. Frost uses figurative language as a key to show his readers that the end of the world could be looked at in a different way instead of just a catastrophic aspect. It depicts how many interpret the world ending differently based on what they have been through.
La Belle Dame sans Merci is a ballad written by John Keats in 1819. The title translates from French to ‘The beautiful lady without mercy’. The fact that the title is written in French shows the love as French is considered to be the language of love. The poem expresses about a Knight who was abandoned by a ‘beautiful’ woman that he met and he tells us what happened and how he ended up alone. The structure of the poem is written in the form of a ballad. A ballad is a narrative poem which is very traditional and follows and is often written in the folk origin. Most ballad poems contains a series of short stanzas and consists of one or more characters developing the story until it ends up with a theatrical ending.
Some people come into our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons. These words from Mother Theresa describe Weldon Kees poem For My Daughter written in the 1940’s which is the time of World War II. Throughout this war people have lived in a time when medicine was not very developed, and frequently children fell upon bad circumstances because of their situation. You can obviously tell from the opening of this poem that the speaker is talking about his daughter and certain that his daughter is basically destined to have a forbidding life with no future. However, in the very last line of the poem he acknowledges that he has no daughter and his desire none and that puts a whole new twist on the poem.
Precis of the Short Story: In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Poem “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls”(1879), Longfellow expresses that when any hardship is thrown your way to keep going through life and see the beauty within it. Longfellow supports his claim well using nature to describe how one should push themselves throughout all misfortunes. He uses the Tide as a analogy, because one day the tide will be high and proud and sometimes it can be low and prideless, but throughout every bad imprint in the sand the tide covers it all in the end. the audience he wanted to read his poem is people that really didn't see any hope Because even after his wife and offspring died he kept going on with life and everything got
When you hear a bell ring off in the distance it’s the tone that sets the feeling inside aside. Church bells bring joyful notes through the countryside, and alarm bells bring caution or chaos. “The Bells” written by Edgar Allen Poe shows that death triumphs over life in time. That’s what the poem seems to show through the descending rings as the poem progresses.
Lord Alfred Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar considers the subject of death from the viewpoint of someone experiencing it themselves, and expressing that they hope those close to them can feel the sense of closure that they do. In Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night tackles the same subject from the viewpoint of someone watching their father die, and asking him to fight against death. The authors different viewpoints and opinions on the subject of death allow them to use similar literary elements in opposite ways.
In the poem “Root Cellar”, the writer, Theodore Roethke, depicts the resilience of life and its tendency to be found in even the gloomiest of places. In the beginning, he describes the environment of a root cellar, which is a lifeless, unpleasant, and desperate place. Then, he talks about how the plants, which are a symbol of life, strongly survived in the disgusting root cellar. The reason why he contrasts the plants and the inhospitable environment is because he wants to celebrate the determination of life forms and encourage people never give up in living.
In the novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston brings to light many themes such as gender roles and women’s rights. When the novel was published in September of 1937, it was not welcomed by society which was mainly due to the fact that most citizens of the United States were still very conservative and racist with their social views. With a country such as this, a literary work that rebels against society's ideals of segregation and minimal woman's rights was disrespected after its release. Like the quote above, many excerpts in the novel portray this theme of women’s rights through the use of various literary devices, such as analogies and symbolism.
My understanding is that the darkness is a metaphor for a hardship or obstacle that is commonly faced throughout ones life, and that Echo, Echo, Light is the “light” at the end of the darkness, or a guide to discovering that light. Each of the poems acts as a single shimmer of light, while the whole novel represents the light as a whole. The last poem of the book, Sea Of Tranquility, says that “When you discover your own Greenland. It’s best to be alone.” This being another form of instruction, means that once you have passed the darkness, it is better to be alone, as you will be able to adapt with the “Greenland” more
One of the tones in this poem, “The Tide Rises the Tide Falls” is acceptance. A tone of acceptance is portrayed by the speaker because the story is about how life comes and go. For example, the speaker uses a tone of acceptance when he or she says “The Tide Rises the Tide Falls” (Longfellow 1,5,10,15). The wave crashes represents either birth or the start of something in life. Then when the waves travel back out to the sea, it represents death or the end of something in existence. The speaker is trying to persuade the audience to accept when something comes to the end or dies.
The poem of “A Psalm of Life” is less depressing than “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow supports his claims by writing how a person needs to know how life works by not being happy nor sad. The author’s purpose is to point out that we're here for just a small amount of time and that we need to learn to survive to make the best out of it. The author writes in an influential tone for young adults and teens to recognize that there are still lots to learn up ahead in our journey.
In the poem “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” Longfellow uses the poetic devices: repetition, personification, and rhyme scheme to illustrate that nature continues its cyclical pattern, even though humans die. Throughout the whole poem, Longfellow repeats at the end of each stanza “And the tide rises, the tide falls”. The poem describes
Longfellow clearly describes the setting as by the seashore, which brings along the thought of life. One line says, “The twilight darkens, the curlew calls” (Longfellow 2). At first, the setting is introduced as during twilight at the seashore, while a curlew, a type of sea bird, calls. Later in the poem, the eerie references to when “darkness settles on roofs and walls” (Longfellow 6) and to twilight help illustrate the setting, while also creating a negative connotation. These specific examples connect to the concept of life and death. Also, in line two, “the curlew calls” (Longfellow 2) as the evening is beginning to darken. The reader can infer from this line that the bird is saying “goodbye,” which is a form of foreshadowing. This sets the scene that it is the end, the end to a life that will still go on, as life just goes on. Additionally, while some scenes may seem morose and dismal, others are gentle and peaceful, just like the beginning of a new life. As an example, in the last stanza, “The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls” (Longfellow 11). Unlike the previous lines of desolation, this line in “The Tide Rises” is rather jolly and delightful. The early morning is described by the pleasant horses, bringing out a positive connotation. This part of the poem signifies the fresh beginning of a new life, after a sorrowful ending. This line best delineates the theory that life goes on, with multiple ups and downs. In closing, these numerous examples of setting in “The Tide Rises” help construct the theme of life goes
Once faced with morality it completely changes the human minds thought on ones value of life. It forces people to change their perspective on life and to view it with more meaning. Death truly brings life more meaning. Paul Kalanithi the author of the novel When Breath Becomes Air, was taken away far to early. he expresses his emotions and feelings all throughout the novel where he records his personal journey. Kalanithi writes about his experiences, good and bad. He also writes about how comfortable he becomes with death and yet how he is still slightly scared by it. He reveals the universal truth of death. Living a life worth living is what everyone needs to be thinking about. Life is such a gift and for some, like Paul they were taken away
John Donne is the most original poets in English literature history, he is best known for his metaphysical poetry that brings his experience into his verse. William Shakespeare is also one of the greatest playwrights of Elizabethan dramatist because of his unique and intricate style of writing. Both Donne and Shakespeare wrote sonnets, which are fourteen-line lyric poems. In this assignment I will analyze (Batter my heart) Donne's sonnet and (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day) Shakespeare's sonnet.