Youth is often paralleled with an utopian ideal that adults cling to. In “Musée des Beaux Arts,” Auden asserts the the idea that age is not equivalent to youth, and these concepts do not affect the natural order of society, “Its human position: how it takes place / While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along: / How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting / For the miraculous birth there always must be / Children who did not specially want it to happen…” (3-7). In A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, The Hours by Michael Cunningham, and Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, all the authors use adults who act like youth, and youth whose maturity level surpasses their age to depict the disconnect between age and youth. Each author uses an age difference related to a maturity level to assert that youth is merely a permutation of attitude, and is not related to age.
The first stanza of the poem uses metaphors portray the writer point of view and imprint on the reader. The line, ‘night that covers me’, refers to death that hangs over him whist in hospital and the pain that never leaves him. He uses ‘black as the pit from pole to pole’ as an extended metaphor to emphasize that he is surrounded and there is no place for him to turn to. Using these techniques push the reader to imagine the hardship of his life and his suffering. With the 3rd and 4th line, ‘I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul’, he is not selective in thanking any god in particular but to any higher being able to help him withstand his punishment.
The poem begins with the writer using the first stanza to describe the many words people all around the world use for the money. ”Cash,stash,rhino jack or just plain dough” by the writer listing the many names for money,he shows that money is so important among people that it takes on several different Names. Also by the writer mentioning the many names people use for money,he shows that
This assonance begins the poem by setting the scene. We are able to interpret that the unnamed narrator is in a terrible mood, is fearful, and his anxiety is skyrocketing. This is set at midnight, which gives a feeling of uneasiness. These dark terms are emphasized by the assonance to give the
As one begins to face life challenges, one’s maturity is put to the test. In the story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the speaker allows his ego to rise above him which ultimately causes the death of his brother. On the other hand, the speaker in “Shaving” by Leslie Norris acknowledges that his father is dying maturely steps up and takes his father’s role in the family. The speaker in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee,” has an immature response towards the death of his loved one and cannot cope with the reality of the situation. The speaker in each work has to rely on their maturity to lead them through the hardships life has to offer.
I have interpreted these lines in one way, yet there are a million different possibilities. The author puts the words onto the paper, but the reader’s job is to interpret their own emotion, memory or belief and actually apply it to the poet’s words in order to create an
This causes the speaker to eventually start reading at a fast tone, which eventually shows the urgency the author is trying to portray. As the reader reads faster and faster, one can sense the author’s frustration. While the speaker reads the poem aloud, one can sense the violence and anger the author would like to portray about the issue and how it affects them. The tone of the poem also helps to set the emotional appeal that occurs, and as the speaker reads the poem and the frustration occurs to them while reading, they can relate the Earl’s frustration.
These lines show the fear the narrator has of the swamp with the words, dense, dark and belching. Then later in the poem, the speaker states in lines 28-31 with a joyful tone “a poor/ dry stick given/ one more chance by the whims/ of swamp water,” again personifying the swamp, but with this great change in tone reflecting how the relationship of the swamp and the speaker has changed. She also uses imagery to show how the speaker views the
The speaker, instead of describing the swamp as dark and seamless, describes the swamp as “glittered” and “rich”. The abundance of life juxtaposes the previous image of scarcity in the swamp. At this point, the speaker is absent and the poem only focuses on the image of the swamp. This absence suggests that the speaker became part of the beautiful swamp. The vivid imagery of “fat grassy mires” and “succulent marrows” give the swamp a life-giving quality.
Poetry Analysis Once the poem “History Lesson” was written numerous poetry foundations celebrated it for many reasons. “History Lesson” not only makes an impact on literature today it has also impacted people also. This poem inspires people and moves them to the point to where they can find a personal connection to the poem itself and to the writer. Not only does it hold emotional value for those who were victimized and those whose family were victimized by the laws of segregation, but the poem is also celebrated for its complexity. The poem uses many techniques to appeal to the reader.
The poet compared the graves like a shipwreck that is the death will take the human go down and drowning to the underground like the dead bodies in the graves. The last line “as though we lived falling out of the skin into the soul.” is like the rotting of the dead bodies. The second stanza there is one Simile in this
This connects to the theme because they are not treated individually once they die, but treated only as one of the people died, which is forgotten. “And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds” is from fourteenth line in second stanza. Owen ends the poem by giving you the image of weak lights coming through the blinds on twilight. It does not give you any violent, and rough image, but instead calm image of a new day. By using the word
Compare and contrast Piano and Poem at Thirty-Nine D.H Lawrence’s Piano and Alice Walker’s Poem at Thirty-Nine are both about nostalgic remembrance and childhood memories. Poem at Thirty-Nine focuses on the persona reflecting on her life and childhood, bringing in a sense of happiness and grief as she acknowledges how much her father has taught her about life whereas Piano highlights the persona’s poignancy when thinking of his mother and childhood. Both the poems take a different approach on theme of death and loss even though they are both about a parent. Piano is negative and emotional due to the fact that D.H Lawrence uses strong emotive language to convey nostalgia and sentimentality. This is shown through his choice of words such as ‘weep’ and ‘betray’.