Oliver is said to have based most of her poetry on her experience living in Provincetown and has found inspiration from walks by the water near her house. The poem stays true to Oliver’s general writing style of relating to the natural world and, based on the sentimental and peaceful images throughout the poem, is clear to have been influenced by the stream of consciousness she had when writing the poem. Mary Oliver is clearly the speaker in the poem and often uses second person to directly address the reader, thus drawing the reader in and causing he or she to feel personally connected to both the poem and the poet. This poem is structured into twelve sections, each with different diction, imagery, syntax and tone. The combination of these twelve messages create a final takeaway for the reader; that although the presence of the past is important to acknowledge, the only way to move on from the negativity in your past, is to connect to the natural world and find
Mary Oliver's wild geese is an eighteen line free verse poem that addresses personal acceptance. It is free verse meaning it has no regular meter, no rhyme scheme and no pattern. This type of writing inspires the reader to search within themselves and cast away feelings of shame, guilt and/or confusion and pursue happiness on a personal level. The speaker is a persona who greatly embodies Oliver's belief in personal acceptance. This affects Oliver's tone throughout the poem as well as infuses the poem with motivation and inspiration.
To begin with, in Mary Oliver's poem, "Journey" the author expresses the theme of being able to work well under pressure by the use of symbolism. For instance, Oliver uses symbols to convey a significance to her poem, as she states, "...the road full of fallen branches and stones"(S.1 V.21-22). Oliver uses "branches and stones" as a motif to try and help prove the theme by stating
Wild Geese is a poem by Mary Oliver, that has uses excellent poetic devices to portray her theme and overall message. Many lines throughout the poem help drive the theme together and allow you to easily relate to it. “Meanwhile the world goes on” and “You do not have to be good” are two lines directly from the poem, that best interpret the theme. The theme of “Wild Geese” is perseverance, and how only you can control how your life is lived. The direct message the poem is trying to send to the reader is strong, so you can precisely put quotes into perspective.
In her poem, “Crossing the Swamp,” Mary Oliver uses vivid diction, symbolism, and a tonal shift to illustrate the speaker’s struggle and triumph while trekking through the swamp; by demonstrating the speaker’s endeavors and eventual victory over nature, Oliver conveys the beauty of the triumph over life’s obstacles, developing the theme of the necessity of struggle to experience success. Oliver uses descriptive diction throughout her poem to vividly display the obstacles presented by the swamp to the reader, creating a dreary, almost hopeless mood that will greatly contrast the optimistic tone towards the end of the piece. While describing the thicket of swamp, Oliver uses world like “dense,” “dark,” and “belching,” equating the swamp to “slack earthsoup.” This diction develops Oliver’s dark and depressing tone, conveying the hopelessness the speaker feels at this point in his journey due to the obstacles within the swamp. As the speaker eventually overcomes these obstacles, he begins to use words like “sprout,” and “bud,” alluding to new begins and bright futures. The speaker does not dwell on the hardships he has just endured, but instead remarks that he feels “painted and glittered.” The diction used towards the end of the work conveys the new attitude of the speaker.
In the following passage from the novel We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates laments that even though most everything in one’s surrounding is dying, not everyone has managed to find the adequate amount of maturity to accept the fact that they are not immortal, even though the idea of death is difficult to come to terms with. Oates conveys this universal idea and characterizes the narrator through the usage of a depressing tone and dismal imagery. The tone set in the passage is fairly dark and depressing. An “eleven or maybe twelve,” year old child should not be fixated on the idea that “every heart beat is past and gone.” Children should be enjoying life and dreaming of the future. Kids should be happy.
In the Poem “Oranges” by Gary Soto the theme of the piece is, to sacrifice for others in the name of love is worth everything you have. the theme of the story, though, is improved upon by literary devices. The first literary device present in the poem is Simile. The simile helps compare the items in the story that the main character talks about or saw while in the Drugstore with his girl on the date. While going through the store he comes across candies that were “tiered like bleachers”( Soto, 26), there were so many choices and his girl picked out the chocolate on one of the shelves, although what she picked out was more expensive than he thought and couldn’t afford it.
In both, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver’s “The Journey”, the speaker utilizes a different style of diction and figurative language in order to appeal to their different audiences regarding two similar yet different subjects. Both poems ultimately suggests one to fight against matters that are deemed oppressive in order to move towards a brighter future although their purpose is depicted differently. This message is effectively delivered through the use of different methods of tone: Angelou utilizes a sarcastic and defiant tone, whereas Oliver settles on a more troubled and assured tone. In Maya Angelou’s poem, Angelou has no problem criticizing society for its discrimination between race and gender and promptly lays out a suggestion
In A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Rowlandson writes about the hardships she endured during this time and her journey of her captivity. Rowlandson learned about herself during this time; her relationship with God became more apparent, it made her stronger as a woman, and she realized that nothing in this world should be taken for granted. These are reasons why Mary Rowlandson says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted.” (288).
Loving Yourself “Wild Geese” is a poem published in 1986 by Mary Oliver. It is a poem composed of one stanza and 18 lines. It is also written in free verse meaning that the poem has no specific structure. Through the poem, the speaker shares an important flaw that is part of human nature. It is Human’s nature to be unaccepting of oneself and not love who you are.