In the first stanza of the poem Sharon Olds poses a question to the audience and then throughout the rest of the poem she begins to explain her thoughts and answers through a number of metaphors. As I read the poem, I felt as if though she was trying to portray loveless sex as something that something grand and alluring. For example, when she describes loveless sex to beautiful dancers, gliding figure skaters, and mothers giving birth. All three of those comparisons are actions of grace and elegance meanwhile sex without love is nothing but meaningless and no true feelings of love. I believe Sharon Olds was being sarcastic and somewhat cold to those who mineralize the act of making love.
Poets through the ages have been esteemed as possessing the ability to perceive the ordinary in extraordinary and innovative ways. Poetry captures the essences of human emotion and experience and imbues them with further significance by the literary techniques that typify poetry as the language of art. In her poetry, Gwen Harwood explores many thematic concerns that resonate with her readers regardless of their contexts. The universality of concepts such as memory, inspiration, childhood education and the cyclical, yet final nature of death are transformed by Harwood’s poetry to create fresh perceptions of the continuity of experience and provide permanence to these transient elements of humanity through language. The poetic techniques employed by Harwood effectively communicate distinctive aspects of her themes while allowing them to remain universal.
Though this may be the case, however, in discussing poetry as literature, we should avoid overtly biographizing or psychologizing these works. Also, we should be cautious that the creative persona “I” may not be necessarily recognized as the poet herself. Northrop Frye once suggests that “we shall find Emily Dickinson most rewarding if we look in her poems for what her imagination has created, nor for what event may have suggested it.” (qtd. in Kher: 3) There are many poems to do with her feelings of being bereaved such as “I never lost as much but twice” (J 49), “After great pain, a formal feeling comes –” (J 341), “My Life closed twice before its close” (J 1732). In these poems, the lost object is never identified but only the feeling of lost is implied in the
Kassandra Barrett ENC1102 Composition II Week 2 Discussion- Poetry Billy Collins’, “Taking off Emily Dickinson’s clothes” Billy Collins’, “Taking off Emily Dickinson’s clothes” is a poem that is a reference to the exposure of Emily Dickinson’s herself. Collins as the narrator’s undressing symbolized the findings of the real Emily Dickinson, the clothing was not just a metaphor for Dickinson’s exposure through poetry. In fact the clothing was a metaphor for the poetry itself, each layer removed was representing a deeper level of meaning behind her poetry. Eventually leading to the vulnerable naked feelings of Dickenson herself. Collins actually uses words in a way that makes the whole scene light-hearted, and not embarrassing.
Is there a lesbian in this text?! Marylin Farwell has written that the lesbian narrative space confuses ‘the boundaries between subject/object and lover/beloved.’ She further states that the lesbian narrative space ‘happens most often when two women seek another kind of relationship than that which is prescribed in the patriarchal structures, and when it occurs in the narrative, it can cast a different light on the rest of the novel, even on those portions that seem to affirm heterosexual patterns.’ Discuss what you think Farwell means by a lesbian narrative space and examine it closely in relation to one or two of the primary texts for this module. “The lesbian subject, variously defined, appears in a number of coded, indirect, and subversive as well as literal ways. Instead of a recognizable genre, lesbian literary narrative, is in reality, a disputed form, dependent on various interpretive strategies”. Marylin Farwell offers a detailed response to the complicated genre of lesbian literature.
Though feminists are an intently focused group of people, advocating for women’s rights; that does not mean that all feminists interpret things the same way. The way Poe writes his poetry, consistently killing a beautiful woman’ is taken as a compliment by some because it shows how she is always on his mind, and yet to others, it is an insult because the repeated killing of the girl seems disrespectful. Looking at this from a feminist’s point of view, you can draw a few conclusions: the first of which being female liberation, another being female power, and the final one being the oppression of females in society. Some believe that Poe is trying to liberate Poe Girl through his poetry. The continuous dying of Poe Girl in his poems represents Poe Girl being freed, allowing the release of her spirit.
Furthermore, she also believes that straight people are the most [pathetic] people of all who do not know anything about themselves hence making the two creating characters of this novel homosexual. She wrote “The Mere Future” in 1999 but could not find a publisher until 2009. Although she struggled to find a firm to publish her novel earlier in her career, she finally found the Arsenal Pulp Press which could show the world what the future might be like. The narrator has many opinions she expresses in the novel which could be related to the Schulman’s life. This can range from being lesbians in a freer society where American actually accepts two women who have intense feelings for each other, being part of a change
“I Shall Paint My Nails Red” vs. “If I should learn, in quite some casual way” In poetry, there are many hidden ideas and themes that the reader must search for. In Carol Satyamurti’s “I Shall Paint My Nails Red” and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “If I should learn, in quite some casual way,” there is an evident theme of confidence and independence and a hidden theme of uncertainty. In both poems, the speaker seems to be a woman who is proud to be strong and independent yet there is still that hint of uncertainty and a need for reassurance. In Satyamurti’s poem, the speaker has more trouble hiding her uncertainty than that of Millay’s and in Millay’s poem, the speaker reveals, very discreetly and in an ashamed way, her need for reassurance whereas Satyamurti’s states it in a joking way. Both poems show themes of a strong woman, independent woman, and slightly uncertain woman.
Imagery. Images of sound and sight contribute highly to the effectiveness of a poem because it allows the poet to: truly connect with the reader, to be able to get his/her ideas and thoughts expressed clearly and fully, and, if these are accomplished, it will evoke some kind of emotion in the reader. “Imagery is the use of vivid language to generate ideas and/or evoke mental images, not only of the visual sense, but of sensation and emotion as well” (Chaparral) Imagery can have a huge impact on a poem and either be able to have it click with the reader or lack the insight needed in order to do so. Imagery also allows the poet to get the reader to develop mental images in their minds when reading the poem and it allows the poet to give the words some sound. When adding sound to something that is written, meaning there is no pre-made audio, a poet can make his/her poem come alive.
Carol Ann Duffy; Adultery and Cuba Poetry as Form of Inclusive Politics Apart from C.A. Duffy's ability to portray poetry as the ultimate form of feelings, her greatest contribution lies in its ability to make something happen. This can be exemplified on not only her being appointed a Poet Laureate, but also her ability to combine poetry with different disciplines, notably cultural and social studies, biology, political sciences and others. One of the greatest, if not the greatest, poets alive, shows that poetry is not exclusive and bourgeois practice, but rather something that enables different social, cultural, gender, age and other categories to participate in its creation and interpretation. Doing so, Duffy engages in a difficult task of presenting different marginalized groups and subjects, making them visible and their voice heard, as well as employing technique of heteroglossia or raznorećie which enables the previously stated and makes subject’s voice different under the conditions listed.