. ], but in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet – a deep blood color” (Poe 286). In constructing this room, Poe associates the colors black and red with time and death. The Scarlet, blood color, is used by Poe to emphasize the power death holds, while the gloomy black drapes and carpet create the ominous sense of mourning and grief that death brings.
His yearning for death is accentuated in his work with elaborate diction and a dramatic tone. For example, in his poem, "Death's Valley", Whitman uses elaborate and somewhat extravagant wording when he says "And I myself for long, O Death, have/ breathed my every breath/", simply put, he feels that his life is over. His nearly labyrinthine word choice gives his work more emotion than something blatantly said. In another case, his poem, "Whispers of Heavenly Death", Whitman uses an exorbitantly dramatic tone when he states, "Ripples of unseen rivers- tides of a current, flowing, forever flowing/", when he could have said that he was crying hysterically. In addition to elaborate diction and dramatic tone, Whitman uses personification to accentuate the emotional aspects of his poetry.
Realist poetry from the Civil War time period really explains the harsh realities of war, including death. “ O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman is a poem that effectively portrays the horrible results of Lincoln’s assassination and the way they affected the
His vesture was dabbled in blood-and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror.” (Poe 303) Robert Shulman writes: “Poe often seeks to find metaphoric equivalents for his explicit theoretical concerns - with identity and oneness in unexpected guises, with the importance of analogy, with the life and death power of writing supernatural and finally fatal visions, with the terror and awe of moving from life to death...” (Shulman 250) Prince Prospero’s ill-fated attempt to escape the plague only led him to inevitable death, only in a more gruesome manner than the plague. Poe writes about the event, describing the Prince Prospero as he chases the cloaked figure around with a knife, full of rage: “Prince Prospero, maddened with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers... He bore aloft a drawn dagger, and had approached, in rapid impetuosity, to within three or four feet of the retreating figure, when the latter, having attained the extremity of the velvet apartment, turned suddenly and confronted his pursuer.” (Poe 304) Poe follows this with a confrontation between the personified Red Death and the Prince, which inevitably ends with the Prince, dead on the ground. Prince Prospero is unable to escape death, supporting Poe’s CONSISTENT THEME OF THE INEVITABILITY OF
Fire is often a symbol of pain and suffering and is particularly evident throughout different personal accounts of historical events. Throughout Night, by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel gives an accurate account of his life throughout the Holocaust while using different motifs to symbolize the horrors of the Holocaust. Wiesel uses motifs to show things without actually saying them directly. Throughout Night, the motif of fire is portrayed as a symbol of Hell on Earth and usually indicates that a bad thing will start to happen and is shown in multiple moments including Mrs. Schaechter, the Crematoriums, and the Death March. At the beginning of the book, Mrs. Schachter hallucinates images of flames, a sign of a great calamity.
Also, he compares the roots as “old bait”, which shows that the roots become fragmental in addition to their displeasing smell. By incorporating the description of this foul smell, the readers can have a more general and detailed impression of the environment by adding a new sensation to this poem. Furthermore, the poet shows the disgusting environment of the cellar by describing the decomposed parts of the plants. For example, “pulpy stems” and “leaf-mold” of the plants pile up on the floor. His description successfully gives the readers an imagination that the environment for the plants is hopeless, deadly and tragic, which is too hard for them to
Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism. These are all devices that are vital in portraying the overall theme of the brutality of war, in All Quiet on the Western Front. One of the main literary devices used in All Quiet on the Western Front is imagery. An example of this is when Detering, Paul and, his friends become pale and sick at hearing
“The Happy Warrior,” displays diction and irony to highlight the realistic attitude on war by Sir Herbert Read. Throughout his poem, Sir Herbert Read uses a gruesome word choice to get across the message about the horrors of war. Early in the poem, “painful sobs” (1), came over the fighting soldier. The horrid thought of agonizing pain lies with reader as they read the rest of the poem in an appalling disgust. Additionally, the word, “shriek” (5), describes a ghastly scream instead of using a word such as cry or yell.
These feelings copy changes a throw so deep it morphs into a psychological craziness, a feeling that the pain death brings has destroyed someone forever. When analyzing this poem I came to the conclusion that Allan Poe’s “The Raven” reveals that the sorrow the death of a dear brings can stick with you forever. An abstract phrase abiding throughout the literary work is that the word ‘nevermore’ mixed with completely different phrases counting on every text. This word
This use of this literary device is intriguing and causes the reader to wonder what the author was thinking about or reminiscing on at the time he wrote this poem. Further, it causes the reader to wonder what kind of tragedy the author must have experienced in order to write such a distressing yet passionately poem. The manner in which this poem is presented gives light to a new perspective on life and death. Life is an illness and death is a cure, and while the man’s is physically lifeless, his heart and mind are alive. Similar to the emotion conveyed in Poe’s daguerreotype, the literary devices rhyme and repetition stress the narrator’s emotional exhaustion in the poem when he is deprived of Annie, while Poe is emotionally exhausted by the traumatic loss of the woman he loved whom he watched take her final