Wallace Stevens’ poem “The Snow Man” is an examination of the observation of nature. With a poet’s hand, he questions whether an observer can see nature with a mind of nature, without confining it to metaphors of human emotion. The speaker of the poem claims that in order to “regard” the winter landscape, “and not to think / Of any misery in the sound of the wind” (ll. 7 - 8), one must “have a mind of winter” (l. 1), and one must “have been cold a long time” (l. 4). In the final stanza, the speaker, who calls himself “the listener”, “listens in the snow” (l. 13) with the reader looking over his shoulder, immersed in the scene as well.
“Leaving alien miles unleashed and unrestrained. Watching the hurricane of writhing snow rage past the little house” (234). She was overpowered by the storm which left her planted in the freezing drifts in which Steven arrived. Now Ann can relax as there is someone to do the chores and keep her company, but in a short amount of time this changes. Steven turns into a awful man who knows he has the advantage of Ann for the night, “but in a storm like this you are not expecting john?” (236).
The aforementioned ideas are conveyed through the use of poetic techniques such as rhetorical questions, metaphors, visual imagery, repetition and The first paragraph of the poem presents the hazards of a journey. The imagery in ‘the very dead of winter’ evokes a sense of death and despair, and highlights the hopelessness that the magi feel in their lives. Use of tactile imagery heightens their struggle and temptation of turning back to their old way of life as they begin to doubt their decision of embarking on this journey. “In ‘the summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, and the silken girls bringing sherbet”, then the camel men grumbling and cursing”. This line portrays a clear picture of the life the Magii were accustomed to and reflects their desire to turn back from the journey.
This concept is demonstrated in Robert Frost’s poem ‘Stopping by the woods on a Snowy evening’. The text explores the two moral choices through the persona’s existential crisis; the contemplation of continuing with life, or suicide. During the persona’s “darkest evening of the year” use of emotive language suggests that not only the evening is dark, but also his thoughts and perceptions of life. “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” The anaphora of ‘and miles to go’ suggests that life is endless and meaningless. It suggests that life is endless through the repetition of ‘and’.
Later on in the chapter his conditions worsen upon Edmund awaiting his father's turn. Kipps singles himself out as one not to take part in the festivities and be a "old spoilsport". From here on Kipps is seen as a lone hero when wandering out into the outdoors, his senses being overdramatized heightens this. This lone heroic status recurs through the book, and even His desire to be alone sometimes is later contrasted when he thrives for the company to help him complete his business and is pleased of the company of Spider. This early isolation from his family prepares us for later on in the book when he will be truly alone.
Long Live the Optimist Pam Houston’s character in “A Blizzard Under Blue Sky” is struggling with depression, while the man in Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” is struggling with nature and quite possibly himself. The characters in these stories have dissimilar temperaments, and the outcomes of their journeys can be taken as an important life lesson. Houston’s character engages the reader by gaining compassion. London’s camp bound man keeps the reader on edge with his risky traveling. In any case, both individuals bring something to be discovered.
At the beginning of the novel, the scene is taken into a forest with plenty of sunshine and a tree promising that life is beautiful. But soon the nature is replaced by a human world that contains jealousy, cruelty, loneliness, ruthlessness, strong and ending emotions, and shattered pieces of dreams. The vision of hope through Steinsbeck’s pen, we feel that we also enter in this world of hope and are drawn into the journey with these common two men, Lennie and George – in the course of the novel we witness their dreams, hopes and courage. Unlike other characters like kings and queens, we have little men
Before Brown starts to leave faith asks him, “pr’y thee, put off your journey until sunrise.” She meant this as that sunrise is a better and safer time to travel then at night when it’s more dangerous, this sets the mood Browns upcoming adventure. Which in turn is giving the reader a little hint that something bad maybe coming up. When Brown goes on his journey he remembers Faith (with pink ribbons) had a dream of the adventure he’s currently taking, that it warned him not to go; this makes Brown feel nervous and uncertain as he still moves forward into the woods. While walking further on the scenery begins to change, “he had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the
Aware of how “way leads onto way” the traveler dislikes that he cannot take both roads. Although he knows that he may never be allowed to travel the other path, he continues on into the better path. Imagine every choice in life like the forked roads in a forest, it gives us a more clear idea of how one decision leads to another and how this choice can either take us deeper into the woods or guide us to safety. Through this, Robert Frost shows us what happens making a choice that we will have to live with for the rest of our life. The poem ends in an almost regretful tone as the traveler looks back at
This is particularly evident in his poems; ‘A Prayer for Old Age’ and ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’. 1) Journey of the Magi- Struggle on their journey to Bethlehem. Weather (natural hardship) ‘a cold coming we had of it, just the worst time of the year’ (social hardship) ‘cities hostile and the towns unfriendly’ Lake Isle of Innisfree- similar uneasy reaction to city life, possible alienation as Yeats moved from urban to rural location during his life, repetition of ‘go now, and go’ suggests a ready approach to escape his hardship of ‘pavements grey’. Journey of the Magi presents a depressive state in which the magi feel helpless and hopeless at what their religion is becoming, in contrast to Yeat’s acceptance of his disliking of city life, helping him to understand his own true desire to surround himself with nature and ‘cricket sing[ing]’. 2) Prufrock- different type of hardship - inner hardship and lack of inner acceptance leading to a daily hardship and neurosis in his own life.