In the poem, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”, there are a few central values that dictate the tone and mood of the poem. The first value is time changes everything. The author of the poem, Sir Walter Raleigh, states that with time, all of the shepherds promises will wither away. The second value is skepticism of the ideal life the shepherd describes. Raleigh explains why the ideal life the shepherd describes will never happen.
For any reason! If you fall off, there’s a penalty. And don’t shoot any animal we don’t okay.” (Page 37) This quote uses foreshadowing. The fact that the author is using such a big amount of space in a short story to write about the importance of not leaving the path hints that some one or another is probably going to leave it! Whenever Eckles asks Travis why it is that he is not aloud to leave the path, Travis replies, “We don’t want to change the Future.
Brianna Hohmann Mr. Willsey AP Lang 12 February 2012 FOA Reflection By choosing to do my FOA on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, I was able to not just work on the ability to uncover an actual meaning hidden underneath the words of the poem, but on how to link it back to actual learning outcomes that help relate to the audience. I learned how his poem could have in fact been a reflection of an important time in his life, such as the decision to move to America and pursue his career there or remain abroad. Frost decides to take “the road not taken” which implies to the reader that he accepted the challenge unlike many in society who prefer to take the easy path. I also learned how to value pieces of writing more. Typically, I would go through and just read a piece of writing without taking the time to really look into the meaning/purpose and message.
In the poem Continuum by Allen Curnow, he tells us about his lack of inspiration. The theme of the poem revolves around poetic inspiration, and how he is unable to get inspiration. He uses a variety of stylistic devices to portray this. The title, “Continuum”, shows us that the problem he talks about, his lack of inspiration, is never ending and is continuing all the time. The first stanza signifies the first stage of poetic inspiration and also shows us Curnow’s unstable thoughts; “the roof falls behind”, as he is unable to compose poetry he is in a sense of rolling and falling all over the place.
Larkin proposes his melancholy perception of life’s own fate in a mocking tone to reflect the reality of what life ultimately ends with death. Despite speaking with pleasantness and optimism during the first stanza toward “days,” Larkin thwarts the whole conception of a wonderful life when he answers “what are days for?” in the second stanza. His lack of empathy and dry nature mocks the naivety of society’s perception of a happy life. Society fixates on the idea that one will continue living a sustainable life from the moment they are successful but Larkin argues that this is not true. To further his notion of society’s forged insight, Larkin touches upon the bright side of life by stating that days are “to be happy in” and should not be taken for granted because a person is not guaranteed to continue living contentedly and substantially.
The trees at the edge of the forest seem to create boundaries telling the reader that the traveler must choose one path or the other and wishes he could “travel both”, while the two roads symbolize the choice and consequences of his selection. Another example of symbolism in the first stanza is “And looked down one as far as I could / To where it bent in the undergrowth” (Symbolism5). This shows the traveler trying to look further into the future to see what each path might hold for him. He examines one choice as best he can, but the future represented by the bend stops him from seeing where it leads. The next example of symbolism is “Yet knowing how way leads on to way / I doubted if I should ever come back” (Symbolism 3).
The entire sonnet questions the idea of whether or not love is necessary for survival. The poem starts out by characterizing love as abstract and having little to do with immediate physical needs. In the first quatrain, Millay speaks of all the things that love cannot do. In lines 1 and 2, Millay eloquently states, “Love is not all; it is not meat nor drink / Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain.” These lines reflected the fact that love cannot meet man’s basic needs for survival. Love cannot protect us from the elements, stave off hunger, or provide us with peaceful sleep.
Passion meant suffering: the happy ending didn’t yet exist in the cultural imagination. As far as togetherness as an eternal ideal, the 12th century advice manual ”De Amore et Amoris Remedio” (“On Love and the Remedies of Love”) warned that too many opportunities to see a chart with the beloved would certainly decrease love” (pg. 735) this shows us that during that period of time people would not get married for love. They did not think that love was going to last an eternity because eventually it would fade away. Kipnis does not seem to believe in eternal love either.
Reading Response to I am Nobody.Who are You? As a famously secluded American poetess, Emily Dickinson spent her life in composing poems so as to construct her own fertile and profound spiritual world and thus remains a mysterious figure in the history of American literature. Through reading and analyzing the poem “I am Nobody.Who are You?”, I become more aware of and have a great esteem for her avoidance of fame and fortune. This essay intends to analyze the poem from three aspects: the function of “nobody” and “somebody” in the poem, the use of punctuation and the selection of images. First, let’s look at the two most important words in the poem: “nobody” and “somebody”.There are two ways to understand the word “nobody”, one is “small potatoes” who have no talent or capability or thoughts, the other is someone who are talent and capable, but refuse to boast himself, or even refuse to let others know himself.
The idea of the technique is that you must write minimalistic and only reveal the most important infor-mation – for instance he disdained the wordiness of Victorian prose. He leaves only a bit of the sto-ry exposed to the reader so he must assume and conclude his or her own thoughts to make the story complete, “A writer should show only the tip of what may be a huge conflict” as Hemingway