From the dangled and drooped shoots to the rankness of the ripe roots, Roethke’s effective use of language enhances the power the poem has on our senses. Being a short poem filled with words that have strong connotations, “Root Cellar” takes readers on a short, vivid journey in a way that leads readers to understanding the tone and mood of the poem. Roethke’s decision to take readers to this foul location reveals the fact that if such a dismal place can sustain life, then perhaps the root cellars, and other places that conjure similar feelings, are not as rotten and desolate as they initially appear. Roethke draws from his childhood experience in “Root Cellar” to highlight life’s persistence and ability to sustain itself even in environments in a state of decay. The theme of life and death is reinforced using depictions that usually are associated with death and flashing glimpses of life.
Such as the works of Edgar Allan Poe darkness of his pieces are in unity with his inner being. The suspenseful and ominous style of “The Pit and the Pendulum” and Poe’s poem “The Lake”, both show the usage of sensory images. Being the “father” of horror stories, Poe’s aids his readers through the power of descriptive writing, grasping their attention with rich sensory imagery that conveys the writer’s emotions. One of Poe’s greatest stories that tricks and strikes terror in our hearts is “The Pit and the Pendulum”. Poe wanted the readers to feel the terror and horror that the narrator felt.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Critical Study of Texts Academic Forum. Today I will discuss how Gwen Harwood’s poems are valued through the challenging ideas of nostalgia and morality. Memory is a significant motif throughout Harwood’s poetry. Memory can be subjective, fickle and unreliable as demonstrated in ‘The Violets’. The memory process is so powerful as to superimpose images of the past on to the present colouring a faded and melancholy world.
ROSEMARY DOBSON “Confidence is what we get when we take fear, face it and replace it.” This quote by Tim Fargo defines discovery as continuously having the sense of mind to be intrigued by curiosity and anticipation. Good afternoon fellow classmates and staff members. Rosemary Dobson, one of Australia’s award winning poets who have recently passed away in 2012, explored and demonstrated her love of art and antiquity in her poetry through an economical and very visual style of writing. Dobson is also known to write very much like an imagist poet. Henceforth, through Dobson’s poetic vision, readers discover new insights and experience through curiosity and maturation.
Mary Oliver's "Crossing the Swamp" is a poem calling to focus the struggles and hardships throughout life. By deploying several poetic techniques the author manages to create a firmer relationship between the swamp and the reader, utilizing the effects of allegory, imagery, structure and tonal change. The entirety of the poem is a allegory for the struggles that life brings, comparing them to swamps, which are very dark, murky, and dangerous places to pass through. Much like life, one must make sacrifices, work hard, and understand that you will fall flat occasionally, but there is always a light at the end of a tunnel to work towards. Life is battle against yourself, others, and nature and a swamp provides all of those elements to contend with.
Willie Thomas Crossing the Swamp By Mary Oliver In the eloquent and vivid poem “Crossing the Swamp” by Mary Oliver, the composer correlates the endeavors of life to the skirmishes and hassles of trying to travel through a swamp. The definition of a swamp can be described as a wet tract of spongy land, often having a growth of certain types of trees and other vegetation. The aspiring writer Mary Oliver compares this marshland to the struggles of life. In this descriptive poem she uses many lucid and keen adjectives and other poetic devices to compare the two objects. In this art, Mary Oliver uses this entire poem as a metaphor to compare the struggles of escaping a thick and murky swamp to the hard knock lives of people in the world.
Imagery is used in all literature and when an author is really great at creating pictures in your head you know the book would be more understandable and enjoyable for you. Toni Morrison is a great example of using imagery in her work. I got a picture on every page and I understood the book more by taking a deep interest in her use of imagery and immersive vocabulary. She makes the book so not put down worthy. Her use of imagery will make you read the book from cover to cover and read every inch of this little book.
The opening passage of the novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway, conjures the perfect amount of adventure and thrill to entice the reader into wanting to discover the rugged race’s outcome. Thanks to Highway’s use of the literary devices, repetition and simile, the passage fatally cuts at the reader’s emotions with its jagged edges located in between the lines. These two elements three-dimensionalize the story – echoing desperation, yet hope, in such a harsh and lifeless environment. Moreover, the author’s use of repetition and similes build many layers onto the story, giving its surrounding structure a deeper, more significant meaning. The author appeals to several of the reader’s visual and auditory senses to establish a well-developed setting.
“Tale of Two Swamps” Prompt Two writers were given the task to write a passage about the Okefenokee Swamp, even though both authors were referring to the same natural area, their styles and strategies forced the texts to differ in purpose. Passage one establishes a more objective and solid information about the swamp, it mentions facts about flora and fauna and the author makes it sound as a place where tourist will have a pleasant experience about the region’s ecosystem, this passage most of the times would be found in an encyclopedia or some other informative resource which researchers will find useful. Contrasting passage one, the author of passage two transfers an unpleasant purpose throughout the entire text. He begins the paragraph employing a prolepsis using words such as unfathomable and unconquerable which only serve to give a disgusted introduction. Then he quickly employs a metonymy giving the swamp names such as father of mosquito and soul of silt, which it illustrates that the swamp is plagued with blood eating bugs.
The images created through the poet's retelling of experiences use symbols to convey their emotions. It is in the closing stanzas of Rimbaud's poem, however, that the utter hopelessness of 19th century life seems to overcome the poet, and his tone shifts from one of casual nostalgia to despair. Rimbaud's boat has seen many wonderful and exciting things, from "the low sun... Lighting with far flung violet arms," to "fantastic Floridas" (Rimbaud 1174).