According to Anne Sexton, the poet of “For My Lover: Returning to His Wife demonstrates herself as the one who decides to end the relationship between her and her lover. She requests her lover to go back to his wife as she compares herself inferior to her lover’s wife making her lover realizes how important his wife is by using imagery, simile and metaphor. The poet uses simile in the poem by comparing herself to something inferior. She compares herself inferior to her lover’s wife. We can see it clearly that she makes a comparison to her status which is temporary like a “smoke” (11) easy to fade away.
Elizabeth Jennings’s ‘One Flesh’ presents the relationship through a daughter looking back at her parents’ behaviour towards each other. Ian McMillan’s ‘04/01/07’ presents the reaction to his mother’s death. In this essay, I will analyse and compare how the poets present their attitudes to relationship by looking at the structure, imagery and the use of senses in the poems. Looking at the structure of the poems, Jennings and McMillan use different techniques to present their attitudes to relationships. McMillan uses the form of a sonnet, where the iambic pentameter rhythm imitates the regularity of the heartbeat, which shows the love towards his mother and the physical intensity of his reaction to her death.
However the wife leaves, confining the husband to his home alone. In this poem the husband takes on a stereotypical role in the marriage by being the stronger person of the relationship. He strives for control of the situation and pretends to not care much that he just buried his son. He hides his emotions and changes the subject to the rot he found on the fence. At first he wonders why his wife is crying and becomes angry with him, but once she explodes at him, confessing all her feelings, and threatens to leave him, he states that, “There, you have said it all and you feel better.
“rain had called up tall recruits behind the shed,” this quote shows the father cannot destroy them .They differ in the way they felt powerless however as in Nettles the father is feeling powerless because of a physical threat whereas in Harmonium it is an emotional threat of the inevibility of death and unspoken feelings that makes the writer feel powerless. Furthermore they both include the reality of family life as the poems are realistic and the poems, especially Nettles, have both the love and misery of family relationships. In Nettles the love in the poem is the protective instincts of a parent towards his son but the misery is the Nettles that had hurt his child and the fact that being protective isn’t enough to stop him from getting hurt. The realistic relationship in Harmonium is the family resentment and frustration from a son to his father. We can tell that the writer resents and is frustrated by his father as it says “and he being him can’t help but say.......... and I, being me” which shows that he is frustrated at their relationship.
The imagery and hyperbole that Cowley uses to convey the speaker’s condition the day after his loved one leaves him suggests that the speaker is incapable of living without his beloved. He is lifeless when she leaves. In the first stanza, the speaker explains, “For when
In the play The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, there are many interesting characters contributing significantly to the thematic concerns of the play. One of them is Elizabeth Procter, cold and unforgiving to her husband after he committed adultery. Despite her coldness, she is a very faithful woman with an honest personality, which is compromised by her deeply felt love for her husband. The presentation of such complex personality reflects the ideas of love and forgiveness in the play. The first impression about Elizabeth we have is that of a cold woman.
Song for last year’s wife A) Explore how Patten conveys his thoughts and feelings about loss and relationship in ‘song for last year’s wife’ The poet conveys his thoughts and feelings through the tone. The tone is mournful and subdued. We see this in the first stanza, Patten starts the poem by mentioning the name of who the poem is directed to ‘Alice this is my first winter of waking up without you …’ we have a direct sense of sympathy here because we understand that ‘Alice’ is his wife and she is no longer with him ‘ without you’ , furthermore the use of the broad metaphor ‘winter’ gives the reader the idea that the poet has grown cold and dead since the wife left , conversely we could also say that the season is mirroring his emotions and feelings . Furthermore we also see that the poet says ‘perhaps not even conscious of our anniversary’ the tone here, makes the reader think that the poet is angry and sad at the same time which creates a contrast between the sadness that he feels at the beginning of the poem ‘First winter of waking up without you’ and the anger or disappointment that he feels because perhaps she’s not ‘Even conscious of their anniversary’ Furthermore we see that the Patten uses imagery to hint his feelings to the reader ‘the earth is still as hard’ this gives the reader an idea that he has buried her and she is no longer alive, and that’s what causing the melancholy in his narrative tone and language used in the poem, furthermore he says ‘the same empty gardens exist’ this suggest to the reader that the gardens are impersonating him and it is him that still feels empty and lost. We also see that the poem is not divided in to stanzas we could suggest that the feelings and thoughts of the poet are all over the place and he doesn’t stop thinking about her about ‘Alice’ Furthermore the port says ‘Love had not the right to walk out of me’,
The author solemnly describes Miss Brill’s worn out fur as a “dear little thing” to display Brill’s loving disposition and isolation by using the fur as a symbol of comfort and companionship. In addition, Mansfield’s third person narrator subtly reveals that Miss Brill views other old people as coming “from dark little rooms or even-even cupboards” to demonstrate that Miss Brill is denying her own insignificance. By portraying Brill’s sad life Mansfield develops her theme that society throws away the old. Throughout the short story the narrator describes Miss Brill’s disillusionment when she sees the band playing loudly and the two soldiers meeting up with the two girls, through third person point of view in order to see the difference between her imagination and actual reality of her situation. The idea of Miss Brill trying to avoid loneliness is created by her vivid illusions and her visiting the park.
The farmer’s bride In this poem the relationship portrayed is one of unrequited love. As he loves her but she doesn’t love him back and is a bit weary of him. The poet shows the relationship isn’t very good by using the title “The farmer’s bride” this makes her sound like his possession or a piece of cattle. One more way she is described as a piece of cattle or an animal in the poem is “we chased her, flying like a hare”. Another way the poet shows that the relationship isn’t a very loving one is that he says “’Not near, not near!’ her eyes beseech”, this means that she begs him to stay away from her so therefore the relationship can’t be that good.”I’ve hardly heard he speak at all “is another good indicator that it’s a one sided relationship as to even have a friendship you have to talk to the other person.
At the same way she confirms her anguish “Please let me know beforehand/And I will come out to meet you/ As far as Cho-Fu-Sa” (Pound, lines 27-29). The Merchant’s Wife depicts herself as a sad person due to her husband’s work. Nature plays an important row in her sorrowful letter. Despite of her strong appearance, she feels weak because her image of nature demonstrates her sadness of the husband’s journey. Work Cited Pound, Ezra.