How could a poetry reader and a pilgrim have any similarities? In Edward Hirsch’s “How to Read a Poem” he directly relates the two. After reading his essay, I too, understand the comparison. By using this he makes understand poetry easier to people struggling to find the true meaning of a poem. When reading poetry, I use his three main rules to understand the work; without these rules comparing a pilgrim to a poetry reader understand poems would still be difficult.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the noun “pilgrim” as “one who journeys in foreign land” (Merriam-Webster, N.d). A reader of poetry journeys through the stanzas into another world escapes their surroundings and voyages the setting of a story. Edward Hirsch states, “Reading poetry is an adventure in renewal, a creative act, a perpetual beginning, a rebirth of wonder” (Edward Hirsch, N.d). Both readers of poetry and pilgrims take a journey and discover things they did not know before. Both readers and pilgrims are clueless at first as to what will unfold in the plot, but they continue to journey on and find out the fate.
Thomas Lux’s “The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently” is a poem that speaks about the inner voices that you hear when you are reading. Then it will speak about the words that you remember can trace back memories. Throughout this poem, Lux demonstrates tone, figure of speech, theme, structure, and imagery to make his audience to impart in the message that your own voice truest. When Lux wrote this poem, he wanted his audience to understand the tone of voice that he was speaking with. Lux had two tones that he was speaking: In the beginning, Lux was speaking in a formal tone because in the poem he used “you” and “your”.
It then turns out to be ironic and against normal expectations of the readers because there is the anticipation of something special to be spoken from the other party as well. Another piece of irony is toward the end of the poem when Prufrock shows his fear of death and becomes concerned with old age. Prufrock is talking to his friend as he narrates about the worries he undergoes because he is growing old and feeble (Eliot 371). The woman the speaker is referring to in a sense is not real because the presence of the woman is not there, which questions the legitimacy of the title for the poem. It can be the title is just pretending to more serious that it is since the monologue is what the character gives and sounds like a false love song.
Sometimes one reads a poem and it makes no sense. Reading a poem can be challenging, especially in a fast paced culture like ours, because a poem needs time. In a poem, the poet does not reveal the meaning that is behind his words immediately but rather brings the reader on a journey through images, metaphors and style. Poets express sentiments or paint a picture on a page and invite the reader to experience their own feelings and emotions also. To do so poets follow or choose a style this is determined by a set of rules.
To start off, the specific word usage that Wayman chose to use gives off the impression that poets have their drawbacks. Not once throughout the poem does he put in a positive word for the poet. In order to look at the figurative meaning of the poem we should look at the literal meaning of the text. For instance, “Cannot recognize visual absurdities” (Wayman, line 10). This quite literally means that the poet has trouble recognizing or simply cannot recognize anything that is absurd visually.
Thomas Lux is the poet writer of “The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently”. In “The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently” it is a poem that speaks about the inner voices that you hear when you are reading then it gets into about the words that you remember can trace back memories. Throughout this poem Lux demonstrated tone, figure of speech, theme and imagery. When Lux wrote this poem, he wanted his audience to understand the tone of voice that he was speaking. Lux had two tones that he was speaking in.
In the poem “Not Enough” the author Ivy Lane speaks of how she doesn't feel like she is worthy of anything. She believes that her qualities aren't good enough to receive a compliment or to gain a boy's attention. When she does get a compliment she denies it, not being able to see what they see. Lane uses personification and symbolism to portray that if someone doesn't feel confident in oneself it may be hard to accept compliments or nice gestures others give. Lane uses a simile to help us understand that the mirror doesn't reflect the compliments that others give, just what her mind perceives her as.The author starts by showing the reader the kind words that others express towards her and then bulldozes right over them when she says it isn't
Being insecure has many different cover-ups. Different people have different ways of hiding their insecurities. In the story The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock, Mr. Prufrock’s insecurities are hidden behind the fact that he won’t speak to the woman he wants. In the poem Mr.Prufrock analyzes and compares himself to others. He often was stuck on how he isn't as young as everyone else.
Although these aspects are needed for a poem to be a poem, Atwood places poetry styles such as repetition to replace the poetry styles, rhymes and meter, that she has not included in her poem. She repeats the words “to you” (19,20) as well as “only you” (23) to bring out the aspect that the siren is speaking to us, the readers, which deepens the effect of her tempting us into her trap. The missing rhyme scheme and meter does not only bring out the repetition Atwood places in the poem but also makes her emphasis on enjambment more profound. Comparatively, the excessive enjambment as well as the lack of meter and rhyme deliver the effect of the poem being read like a story and accentuates the intensity and suspense to the meaning of the poem which is the deadly song the siren sings to lure in her