“Fire on the hills” can easily be classified as a dark poem about the beauty in destruction. The task of the reader is to explore as to why the Jeffers feels this way or at least try to comprehend it. Without looking up information about the poet himself, it may be difficult to draw conclusions. In order to properly understand and analyze this poem, the setting, the tone, and the mood must be looked at first.
‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,’ ‘Birches,’ and ‘Mowing’” (Rukhaya). The woods can also dually represent self-reliance and nonconformity. By acknowledging his choice in the woods alone, the traveler shows that he is willing to “oppose social norms” (Rukhaya) and rely on his own instinct to come to a decision. As an extended metaphor for choice, it makes sense that the roads represent the journey of life and decision. There are two roads, two choices, and two representations of decision.
(Maus 2005) In the story of “Young Goodman Brown”, the traveler carries a serpentine staff and towards the climax of the story, he makes a new stick by stripping twigs, wet with dew. However the moment his fingers touch them they withered and dried up. The traveler is as destructive as they come; he is feared by Puritans. The whole point of the Puritan’s journey into that forest, although each individual’s is different, is so they can get a glimpse of this traveler and what he is capable of and in turn realize how much they actually need God. The serpent on his staff is a symbolization that he is like the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
Frost’s composition ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ epitomises the unpredictable nature of revelations as reveals an individual realising their purpose. Frost’s process of discovery begins when the persona appears to “stop… between the woods and frozen lake” to contemplate his existence, curious for a life without obligations. The process continues as the persona experiences a compelling draw towards nature, expressing “the woods” as “lovely, dark and deeply”. The use of antithesis and paradox augments the connection he feels with nature by contrasting the qualities that are used to describe their appeal. His willingness to consider the oblivion of the woods suggests that he is weary of his chores.
Even taking place on another secluded island with a different landscape would change the story. The setting allows Rainsford to endure the obstacles it holds. The story tells some of the obstacles, “He knew where he was now. Death Swamp and its quicksand” (76). The jungle-like terrain is allowing Rainsford to descend into more of an animalistic state.
James Shokoff wrote a literary criticism over my poem Ode on a Grecian Urn. Shokoff is a journalist, and strongly discusses his opinion on the poem in Soul-Making in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn. Shokoff believes that the question he does not have answered in the poem remains an unsolved mystery. Shokoff agrees with my thesis that symbolism and identification is not a weakness of the poem, but shows great significance. In this criticism the main question is, is the “beauty-truth identification a consistent, meaningful conclusion to the poem” (Shokoff)?
The two roads here are a metaphor for the difficult choices people are faced with every day. When it comes down to more delicate matters, we are faced with a choice to do one thing or the other. We try to envision what would happen in the future if we chose a specific path. We think of the possibilities and the consequences that come with making that decision. The speaker in the poem does this as well in the lines: “And looked down as far as I could/
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost shows the reader how the choices he/she makes have consequences, so making choices can be tough. Also, relating a poem to a real world problem creates a sense of connection between the reader and the poem. The setting is in the woods in the fall. The woods will typically be quiet and serene, the ideal place for decision making. The setting also helps to show the symbolism of two paths.
I think that the theme is don't let other change who you are. The literary device that affects my story is personification. For example, the poem stated in stanza on line 4, “Wrestling everything into it, the water wrapped around trees until their life-hold was broken,”. This just means that the river, or a flood, is going through a forest and is engulfing the trees.
In a poem it is very good to use different types of figurative language in the poem. These ideas are clearly seen in the poem”Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco, talks about how it is good to be unique ,and yourself. Even if people dislike you or treat you with disrespect. In “Identity”Polanco uses the literary devices of simile, alliteration, and repetition. The poem that Polanco wote is about being unique and yourself is a good thing.
After the council said that the light box must be destroyed, Equality 7-2521 escaped and ran to the forest. He’s currently in the uncharted forest right now. While in the forest, the Author Rand uses imagery to describe what it was like in the forest. Earlier in the novella, she didn’t use imagery as often as she does now as Equality 7-2521 is in the forest. In the community, we get a sense it is bleak and gray.
However, the reality is that the woods are filled with dangers. There is very little food and there is the constant threat of infection from a cut or bruise. I would not allow my own children play out in the woods because of the dangers in them, and yet Edwards seems to have his own hideouts. Clearly his perception has changed concerning the woods and Belden C. Lane explains how his perception has changed. She explains in her article that Edward’s perception is now in “glimpsing God’s grandeur”
The Catch I like this poem because I could picture it really well. I watch football with my family and my brother plays football so this I can picture seeing. Like I said, the poem has really good imagery to express how the football player caught the ball and made a touchdown. I also like the similes in this poem, like "We switched places like it was a sideways game of leapfrog". The similes in the poem add more figurative language which makes the poem interesting.
This poem makes one consider if they have any control over their own life. Also brings up the idea of the life someone is born into and how it is connected to one's ultimate fate. (Describing one's path to their own destiny is hard to explain(). Don’t worry as much. Also holding a darker () to keep going on().