The work of George Gordon Byron became synonymous with Romanticism. He is known for his longer works – Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan. However, Byron’s opus of shorter lyrical poetry is also rich. “His other mood is the quieter one in which he sings of beauty”, is how his lyrical poetry is described. (Reed 405) These lyrical praises to beauty display Lord Byron’s idealistic view of women as beautiful, gentle, and innocent creatures.
It can be stated that there is also a special complexity between light and darkness, and how light can be emitted through the darkness of night. This poem dramatizes the balance between these two opposing forces, implying the concepts of internal and external beauty, by using selective literary devices, an acquired tone, and a critical theme. "She Walks in Beauty" can be viewed as a love poem about a woman deemed physically beautiful beyond compare. However, as the poem progresses the poet portrays the mixing forces of the darkness and light by describing her interior strengths, as well as, her physical beauty. In the beginning, the poet stresses her external beauty stating, “She walks in beauty, like the night/Of cloudless climes and starry skies” (Lines 1-2).
From the first lines of the poem, the speaker suggests that all he needs is a physical look from her eyes from him to pledge and commit his love for her. This poem is a love poem; however, it is more about an unrequited love and infatuation with the idea of Celia rather than being a true representation of true love. The poem, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” written by John Donne begins to show a better representation of true love. Donne uses many metaphors throughout the poem in order to demonstrate that time and distance do not change or alter true love. The poem begins with the speaker indicating to his beloved that he must leave and they will be forced to spend some
William Shakespeare writes Sonnet 116 about what true love is between “...the marriage of true minds” (line 1). Shakespeare’s use of metaphors and navigational terms throughout Sonnet 116 to describe how true love does not change, how true love lasts, and how love changes a person to, in a sense, present a map of love and how to beat it. Shakespeare begins Sonnet 116 with, “Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds” (Shakespeare lines 2-3). Here Shakespeare writes that love cannot be true if, when a problem arises, the love is lost. Not only a problem, but also physical characteristics.
It conveys the attribute of the unconditional love between mother and son in the form of filial love. This is contrasted by Robert Browning’s dramatic monologue, ‘My Last Duchess’ which expresses the infatuated love between the Duke’s obsessive nature towards his duchess. The Duke treats the Duchess materialistically, as if she was an object. This poem was published in 1842 in a book of poems titled Dramatic Lyrics. ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’
However, in Heinrich Wolfflin’s Classic Art of 1899, from which much modern formalist criticism takes its cue, colour and chiaroscuro are subordinated to qualities of disegno as the perfection of Raphael’s art is analysed for its composition, spatiousness, lucidity and unity. But indeed, the minimal usage of chiaroscuro conveys more than just Raphael’s tendency to produce “natural effects” as critic Janis C. Bell claims. Lomazzo stated that Raphael created a convincing distribution of light according to nature. He also looked at the way color was applied: Raphael avoided too much blending and dilution which makes a work seem weak and he also avoided seduction of too much boldness and sketchiness. The first characterized central Italian maniera painting, the second the Venetians, especially the late works of Titian and Tintoretto, as Bell points out.
How has Carol Ann Duffy used juxtaposition and to what effect to create a specific tone? The poem ‘Valentine’ written by Carol Ann Duffy was written in a way that shows the constant contradictions between the aspects of love. Throughout the poem, the duality of love is compared to show both the negative and positive aspects of love. This has been done as the poet has been blunt and not hidden the bad or dangerous side but instead has contrasted the clichéd ideas of romance and love by highlighting the commonly looked over feature. This essay will focus on how the juxtaposition is created in the structures of lines, stanzas and imagery as well as the tones created.
This shows us that he could only see so much that his eyes are weakened and old. However, in the poem, Cyrano De Bergerac the author uses loaded diction alongside vivid imagery to portray the main idea. The author emphasizes inner beauty by using terms like “ Live for I love you”. Despite this quote not having a relevant meaning towards the approach of saying that love is eternal. Knowing that Cyrano loves her to his heart, he dies at the end, still cherishes his love within the heart of
Vincent Millay they also have their difference. Some of their differences are the way the tone and mood are expressed through the poems. The tone is the way the author feels about his and the attitude he sets in the poem and the mood is how the reader feels as he or she reads the poem. In the poem Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare he has a very appreciative tone as he compares his lover to a summer's day and how he appreciates her and tells the reader that she is way better than a summer's day. Shakespeare's poem also has a loving mood.
Similarly, A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning emphasizes on the unity of kindred souls. Donne’s usage of ingenious conceit -- he and his wife’s union likened to a drafting compass their souls leaning together as the compass moves and his assurance that thy firmness makes my circle just and that he will return – not only conveyed his feelings to the readers but also made them think twice about the poem’s meaning. Furthermore, Jane Austen made use of recurrent themes during that time like putting a greater emphasis on values and decency rather than wealth in considering matrimony which was embodied by Elizabeth Bennett. In addition, Austen’s view towards marriage was reflected in her work – the novel is more intellectual than emotional, the strong-willed female characters are strengthened by her practical view of life, the rational approach is evident, and the social faults and human weaknesses are tackled – which arecharacterized by reason in control of human lives. The issue of