The simplicity of the “sky and meadow and forest” and the purity of the “untouched due” in comparison to himself leaves Edward Thomas “scorning” and feeling insignificant as he can’t match his emotions to the glory of the scenery. In Edward Thomas’s poetry he often refers to roads and paths as a metaphor for his life. In The Glory we see this when he writes “tread the pale dust pitted with small dark drops”. The use of the word “dark” suggests that he sees his future as bitter and gloomy, which gives us a sense of his dissatisfaction. Likewise in Old Man Thomas says “only an avenue, dark, nameless, without end” implying also a sad future.
‘The Voice’ by Thomas Hardy portrays the aftermath of the death of Hardy’s wife, Emma. Whilst they were in love, they became estranged in the later years of their marriage until her death. In this poem, Hardy explores feelings of his loss in a wistful and nostalgic manner. He shows his frustration in being unable to communicate with Emma, and paints her as both real and insubstantial, both in life and in death. Even the landscape described in the poem reflects his loss.
I have the right to say what miseries I have endured…Endlessly I have suffered the wretchedness of exile.” She is commanded to stay where she is by her lord, but dwells on the fact that she has no friends or anyone that she can trust where she is, which creates sadness for her. “My lord had ordered me to take up my abode here, though I had among these people few dear loyal friends; therefore my heart is sad.” She then finds out that her husband has been hiding murderous thoughts through a facade. Throughout the poem she expresses the anguish felt by longing for a lover that will never come by reflecting back on times when he says that the only thing that will tear them apart is death, and feels as though their marriage and love has vanished. To add onto the disheartening tone the poem also tells about how she is told to live in a cave with very
So too in the third stanza of “The Hollow men” are we confronted with a vision of a desiccated, hopeless landscape- “this is the dead land”. This disillusionment and questioning of the modern lifestyle, of Eliot's time, is also alluded to in the first stanza of the preludes, a poem whose entirety deals with the sordidness and decay of city life where “a lonely cab-horse steams and stamps”. Eliot’s 'The Waste Land’, deals with the idea of a lack of renewal, and death in each of his five parts. The distorted images of nature and the cycle of life that is portrayed conveys a lack of renewal both in the physical environment and spiritually
His indifference to Marie's affection towards him demonstrates that even though Meursault enjoys her companionship, it made no difference whether or not she loved him deeply enough to the point of getting married. "I answered the same way I had last time, that it didn't mean anything but that I probably didn't love her" (41). Meursault admires and is please by Marie's beauty, but quite ironically one can say that Marie's fateful encounter with him is the misfortune of his death. Later in the novel, when Marie takes the stand on Meursault trail in Meursault, she confesses the irregular things she had done with Meursault the day after Meursault's mother passed. "Gentlemen of the jury, the day
Describing them as ‘a savage race’. Tennyson uses pathetic fallacy when describing the bleak landscape and ‘barren crags’ and also uses monosyllabic words to exaggerate the tedious turn Ulysses’ existence has taken. The rhythm is harsh and downbeat, ending with an even toned line to empathize the dullness of Ithaca. The tone is bitter and resentful, exaggerated by negative adjectives such as ‘unequal’ even toward his wife, whom he describes as ‘aged’ rather than loyal. In the next verse Ulysses compares his current life with his past adventures and successes.
For example, in stanza 2, instead of saying “My life is dreary”, Tennyson replaces it with “The night is dreary”. However the rest of it is the same (with the exception of the last stanza). The refrain of the poem functions like an incantation, which contributes to the atmosphere of enchantment. It highlights her dull, bleak and melancholy life. Moreover, it features her longing for courage to face death.
The lack of details about Lenore makes her a likely symbol. She may represent idealized love, beauty, truth, or hope in a better world. She is "rare and radiant" we are told several times, an angelic description, maybe symbolic of heaven. In the poem, Poe writes “Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore.” This is maybe the most hopeful, but also the gloomiest moment in the poem. For a second the speaker allows himself the dream of a reunion with Lenore in Aidenn, which can be interpreted as Heaven.
The stream of consciousness and antithesis is employed to portray the sacrifices of friendship. The contrast between the ambitions that they harboured and the despondency he is struck with is demonstrated when the narrator says “I really thought I’d be moving back this month. But I won’t of course. Not after blowing my exams.” The antithesis between hope and despair encapsulate that relationships unhinge the equality within a relationship and can be emotionally and psychologically fluctuating for the person making sacrifices. Tim Winton also demonstrates an antithesis between the present and the future, where people in a relationship are morally obliged to give up their future plans for the short-term pleasure of companionship.
Tennyson's "Tears, Idle Tears" is a brooding lyric as a classic example of poetic suggestion. The poem opens with a paradox. The speaker unexpectedly finds himself weeping when “looking on the happy autumn-fields.” The tears are declared idle, which is to say they seemingly lack any real basis. But are they really mysterious in their origin? Is the speaker weeping?