Its as though he has no purpose in life anymore and so spends his time wandering. Maybe Armitage is trying to portray the hopelessness of the man without direction as a direct resilt of the 1970s punk movement and its lack to actually change anything within society. All that is left of this for the central character is ‘the sad tatoos of high punk’. Both poets use their central characters to communicate their ideas about society and how once an individual no longer fits in, or has served their purpose they are cast out, mocked ‘hunchbacked in mockery’ or shield away from, you kids in the back seat who wince and scream. In both poems the poets Armitage and Thomas have created their central character predominantly through their use of language.
How does Alfred Noyes create tension and mood in The Highwayman? The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes tells a tragic love story when a beautiful young girl called Bess and her love, the Highwayman’s relationship gets ruined by an unattractive ostler named Tim. Tim’s jealousy gets so extreme that he tries to kill the highwayman with a plan. It all goes wrong and Bess and the highwayman both get killed. In this essay I will explain the various methods to create tension and mood that the poet uses.
They are aimed at portraying and emphasizing his sinful nature and monstrosity through his physicality and explicit physical representations of him. Richard’s depraved character is succinctly revealed to the audience as Shakespeare foregrounds his symbolically anomalous body as the main aspect of his characterization. In Richard’s opening soliloquy, he informs the audience of how he was born "deformed, unfinish'd" and was "sent before his time/ Into this breathing world, scarce half made up" and explains how his "lameness" was the cause of his utter lack of luck with women. Despite little historical evidence backing Richard’s actual deformity, he is nevertheless rendered exceedingly ugly by Shakespeare to symbolize his villainy and moral corruption as it was a popular belief back then that ugliness of form denoted ugliness of character. Furthermore, Shakespeare’s choice in animal for Richard’s heraldic symbol that is used to represent him multiple times during the play, the boar, is another example of a symbol that portrays Richard’s perverse
This gives the audience a picture of what have their forefathers wanted, and how the people have failed to comply with it. Moreover, King says, “This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent…” This reference to Shakespeare’s Richard III bestows upon the audience the depiction of how hard it is to be treated horribly, and how extreme their melancholy is from what they are experiencing. Lastly, King alludes to the
The song opens with the line “I am the voice inside your head / And I control you” (“Mr. Self-Destruct”) and continues to describe the antagonist as the dark force that causes the character to use drugs and sex as a means of escape; establishing the character as severely mentally unstable. The second song “Piggy” the person in a relationship with the protagonist leaves him for someone else, at a point when he needed them most. He lashes out at the person calling them a “pig”. The break up callouses the character as he says “Nothing can stop me now / Because I don’t care anymore” (“Piggy”); this is the first sign of apathy in the character.
Education for leisure presents a dramatic monologue which is written in a voice of teenager who is isolated individual that commits violent deeds against little innocent pets due do boredom. “An ordinary day” the poet condemns the usefulness of education but attaching the “leisurely” behaviour of the speaker to the education system of Britain. Whereas in shooting stars Duffy portrays the life of the world it as short blast of passion which can come to an end. The poem is written in the first person to emphasise the narrator’s feelings, this creates an intimate relationship between the poet and the reader to increase the emotive effect. The title reinforces that any death no matter how small it is still heroic.
All throughout the poem, the poet keeps an undermined toned of pessimism and paints an apocalyptic imagery that hits the readers as they progress in the poem. “I Sit and look out “by Walt Whitman is also a fine instance of the author’s disillusionment with the world that is evident through the first two lines of the poem and it continues to the point where he exclaims; “I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame; I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with themselves, remorseful after deeds done; I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying, neglected, gaunt, desperate; I see the wife misused by her
I find this idea interesting because it makes the reader think about what they were like when they turned ten or what they might feel when they are going to turn ten. The poet creates the image of a really scared young boy who is terrified of getting older. Collins presents the idea of a boy who feels sick of the idea of turning ten. The use of the simile, ‘The whole idea of it makes me feel like I’m coming down with something’ to show that he is consistently feeling sick about turning ten. The poet also lists childhood diseases, ‘Mumps’, ‘Measles’ and ‘Chicken pox’ to show how he is feeling really sick.
Their sarcastic remarks to the powerless victim are evocative of the sarcasm Alex and his gang used on the victims that they beat and sometimes raped. Whilst Alex is suffering from the movie clips, Doctor Brodsky simply says ‘Excellent, excellent, excellent.’ Here, the Doctor is clearly portraying how he does not wish to show any sympathy towards helpless Alex, as he did do to his previous victims. The detail in which Alex goes into whilst in distress is extremely intense and vivid. Alex says ‘I was sweating a malenky bit with the pain in my guts and a horrible thirst and my gulliver going throb throb throb.’ For me, the repetition of the word ‘and’ explains to the reader just how many feelings of pain and discontent Alex is going through. Words such as ‘sweating’ ‘guts’ and ‘thirst’ are all words that we associate with labour and hard work and that is exactly what Alex seems to be going through.
Not My Business Ever since the dawn of civilization there has been leadership, and ever since the dawn of leadership there has been corruption. Not My Business is a tale of such corruption or rather a cynical comment on the topic. Niyi Osundare had strong feelings about the matter and speaks up about it in the form of a poem. In the poem, Niyi observes what we can only assume is a corrupt government dragging frightened children from their beds, oppressing the minorities in a real yet scary way. As a poet and as a citizen of such a society, Osundare feels inclined to take a stand against the oppression by making people aware of the problem and hoping they won’t turn the other cheek.