Compare the methods that poets use to create an interesting character in “Singh Song!” and another poem from character and voice (“Checking out Me History”). Both poems are dramatic monologues and have a conversational tone. The poems are written in free verse and this has connotations to the way that the characters have confusion over their identity. The irregular stanza lengths show the various cultural differences between the poems. In the poem “Singh Song!”, the poet uses repetition to show the persona of Singh as being very personal and intimate when he spends the little time that he has with his “newly bride”.
Explication of Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” Literature often requires a certain type of read. Specifically speaking about poetry, the reader will often miss a theme or important aspect if read incorrectly. Poetry, though shorter than stories, often times call for a closer read. The author’s intent can easily be misread without the correct judgment. It is important to note any literary element used in the structure of the piece, because though it translates as effortless, it is done with great intent.
A moment like their son walking into their room every time they make love creates sentimental memories. Kinnell’s use of diction, at first, leads the reader to believe that the speaker is irritated. However, the poem reveals obvious humor from the sexual frustration underlying the speaker’s words. For instance, the poem begins with a simile, “snore like a bullhorn” (line 1). This first line’s humor is clear.
It is clear from this scene that Barbara and Den have previously had a romantic relationship, but are now at odds with each other, however, it is hinted that this will change. The relationship between Barbara and Den is made explicit through dialogue. It is clear that Den is far more interested in rekindling their relationship than Barbara through the use of lines such as “I was hoping to see you”. Barbara, in turn, shows her disinterest by refusing to acknowledge that Den has complimented her and continues to talk about the funeral, attempting to avoid conversation about their relationship. Den’s interest is further shown when he says “I’ve been thinking about you – quite a bit.” Which is followed by Barbara’s rejection; “shocking bloody view – look at that” which is completely unrelated to what he has said to her.
In Goodbye to Tolerance, Denise Levertov takes an interesting tangent from her normally feminist repertoire in that she includes a group of persons which haven’t anything to do with the problems facing women exclusively. Rather, she mentions a group which could potentially include men, though she treats them as disdainfully1 as she does men in her other poems. Despite this seemingly disdainful attitude, however, Goodbye to Tolerance seems to have more to do with hope than criticism. From a modern perspective, which does not rely exclusively upon Levertovs context, Goodbye to Tolerance can be seen as something of a protest against the ideals of Political Correctness within current American culture. “Tolerance, what crimes / have been committed in your name.” can especially be seen as a criticism against the various social and legal inequalities perpetrated against many races, religions, and sexes under the guise of ‘Political Correctness’.
Elizabeth Jean Ms. Duffner AP Literature 20 December 2011 Poetry Timed Writing "A Barred Owl," by Richard Wilbur and "The History Teacher," by Billy Collins, highlighted the methods in which adults choose to soothe the natural curiosity and fears of children. Each poem, however, showed through various literary devices how the different ways that adults can decide to provide explanations for children. Wilber utilizes rhyme scheme and meter as well as repetition and informal diction in order to convey his more light hearted way of controlling a child's fear while Collins employs satire, humorous diction as well as historical allusion to explain the ironic method of soothing a child's wild imagination. Richard Wilbur demonstrates the soothing qualities of a parent through his use of iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets. The rhyme scheme creates a song like, folktale effect that appeals to an audience of children.
By reading both of these poems, the poets, by their writing styles, are revealing in each poem the young children are of different ages. Wilbur uses alliteration to make this poem somewhat of a nursery rhyme to identify with his daughter. The reason the father lies to his daughter in this specific poem is to protect her from enduring the vicious nightmares of danger striking the young child while she is attempting to sleep. For example, "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall" and compared to this poem, Wilbur writes, "The warping night-air having brought the boom, of an owl's voice into her darkened room." This use of alliteration and diction provide even further evidence that the child is young.
What is the point that she is trying to make besides the difficulties that we have in this world. The poem clearly sets off a more negative effect rather than a positive one. For a much more understanding of the poem, I decided to re-read through it again and point out vocabulary words that I wasn’t familiar with. The metaphors in the poem became easier for me to comprehend what she was trying to describe. Also stating that our land is used and abused.
Patrick’s College use a first-person view, showing us the subjective views of the poet. Similarly, in Looking for Alibrandi, the story also uses a first-person perspective, showing us Josie’s subjective thoughts; however, they can be prejudiced at times. She longs to be a part of a world with “sleek haircuts and upper-class privileges”. “A world where I can be accepted. Please God, let me be accepted by someone other than the underdog.” In Feliks Skrzynecki, the poet does not feel that he has a sense of belonging mainly due to his cultural heritage, while in St. Patrick’s College, the persona struggles to have a sense of belonging in his new, unfamiliar school.