One of the themes is Nature, although the turning from young to old is a theme as well. In the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay the rhyme scheme is A,A,B,B in both stanzas. It is this way because the words that rhyme are; gold and hold, flower and hour, leaf and greif, and day and stay. In Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost there are lots of senses the poet uses. He uses sight to make the reader see the green and flowers and the sun rising.
The words of Walt Whitman deeply impacted me this week. In his poem, “The Wound-Dresser,” he writes “I dwell not on soldiers’ perils or soldiers’ joys, (Both I remember well – many of the hardships, few of the joys, yet I was content.” This solid and unwavering resolve to finish well and to remain faithful, is so lost in our culture and even lost in our churches. This week was difficult for my family. Many little things built up to create a feeling of despair in my heart, but this poem touched me. I am not going through anything close to the horror of war, and yet I buckle under pressure.
Two scholarly writers brilliantly conveyed nature in their own opinion, an essay written by John Miller called, ”The Calypso Borealis," and a poem by William Wordsworth called, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” Both authors created work that acquires their idea of the beauty of nature while showing their compassion and love for nature. They each endured the essence in their own way. Each author also used their memory as descriptive imagery to creative share the scenery and amazement of their experience. Each individual has their own personal opinion about nature and how they decide to express their feelings can be diverse, and both authors, John Muir and William Wordsworth, expressed their compassion and love for nature in their own way. Once the piece of literature begins, the reader begins feeling captivated in the imagery that the author created to be envisioned.
In two poems “Sympathy” written by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “Caged Bird” written by Maya Angelou talk about a poor bird that is trapped in a cage and wants to be free. It longs for everything that the free bird has but it cannot achieve it. In both of the poems, there is a use of comparisons between freedom and nature. It is also interpreted from the poems that the use of a song is a form of coping for the birds. Both of the birds sing for their freedom and sing through their pain.
For example, society’s ignorance is displayed when the neighbors express how they would like to “see” (19) the silent listener “again” (19). They realize how the mute auditor’s liveliness has dissolved; however, they do not comprehend how they were the cause of this fatality. Additionally, the speaker mentions how they aspire to “secretly” (20) and “suddenly” (21) meet the silent listener. The alliteration promotes the struggle present in communicating with someone with a lost identity, as it can be difficult to gain a sense of trust after drastic events. Moreover, imagery through the word choice of “long, lonely avenue of elms” (22) is present in the longest verse of the poem.
The bird’s song is no longer a carol of joy but a prayer to “the heaven.” The only freedom he sees his through death. Furthermore, the repetition of “I know why the caged bird sings” supports the sorrowful mourning tone. The imagery of “he beats his bars” and his “wings are beat” portray the feelings of being trapped and wounded. Through these devices, Dunbar builds on the overall theme that without freedom individuals cannot sing their songs or feel joy. Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy” reveals how outside forces, like a metaphorical cage, can make an individual
First of all, all of Dickinson’s poems were not given a name, so everyone referred to the first verse in her poems to be the title. This poem begins with a metaphor of transforming hope into a bird that is present in the human soul. Most of Dickinson’s poems include a metaphor, which is usually the basis of the poem. Paula Bennett points out that “[w]hile Dickinson’s nature poetry is directed toward representations of the material world, it is also true that she employed metaphors drawn from nature to illustrate the inner life” (116). Bennett talks about how Dickinson uses metaphors a lot, and this relates to this poem because Dickinson’s whole poem is about the metaphor of hope being a bird and how it is present in the human soul.
Robert Frost does such a great job in describing that the birds are almost chirping in the image. Where the image can move all because of the description of nature in Nothing Gold Can Stay. Though this poem is made up of many metaphors and examples of personification, it does not use much figurative language like Onematopeia and alliteration. Robert Frost reading his poem is a big help to finding the tone and the feel of the poem that the author was trying to display. Natures first bud is precious and it’s conveying birth and ease because once nature blooms to that bright color it dies slowly.
“Nothing Gold can Stay” relies on the imagery of the natural world. In the poem Frost also states “Then leaf subsides to leaf. / So Eden sank to grief (5-6), which allows for the reader to understand that the speaker is not only talking about the blooms of a willow tree, but about human innocence and joy. Additionally, Frost uses a metaphor: "green is gold.” This takes the idea that green is the color we associate with nature and at the beginning of spring, nature is actually more gold than green. Alliteration is used by repeating the G in "green" and "gold," it adds to the connection between the two colors (6 clause).
The way an animal lives, or sees the world greatly shapes their characteristics and behavior, setting the precise actions of a Hawk apart from the unfocused motions of a golden retriever. In the poems “Hawk Roosting” by Ted Hughes and “Golden Retrievals” by Mark Doty, the language, and point of view techniques used convey these contrasting characteristics and perspectives. The narrator of “Hawk Roosting” begins the 13 sentence poem by highlighting its own characteristics revealing the nature of the author. The term “hooked head and hooked feet” tell the reader that the literal interpretation of the narrators identity is that of a bird, more specifically a hawk, The metaphorical definition of this creatures nature is brought to light through the diction used through out the passage. The hawk firmly asserts its own dominance to the reader, proving its clear “advantage” over all other creatures whose very home, the earth turns up for the hawk’s “inspection” as he revels in the feeling that the world is “all [his].”