SCORCHED EARTH 1. Choose a major theme from the book and discuss its importance to the plot. How did Robbins' develop this theme? Give specific examples (do not quote) where the theme you chose is crucial to the story development. As the title mentioned compendiously, “Scorched Earth” was a insightful novel about love, hatred, influence, hurt, death and healing; all emotions and situations that can be easily found in daily life.
‘If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed…’ These opening lines of Rupert Brooke’s poem ‘The Soldier’ are amongst the most patriotic lines written in a poem. The fact that he believes that should he die, it has made the country he died in better because there is richer ‘English’ soil in it. These lines show a very optimistic attitude toward war yet do not glorify it, showing merely that dying in war is a proud thing to do for your country. It is written in the context of a letter, not just from Brooke, but from every young soldier to their loved ones, warning them of the possibility of his death, and stating it would actually be a good thing either way, hence ‘if I should die’, with the word ‘if’ being important, as there is still a possibility he will not.
Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickenson is a poem full of language devices and symbolism used to draw the reader’s attention towards the idea that death is attractive, comfortable, and that there is life after it. The first technique that strikes the reader is the capitalization and personification of “Death” (1). Throughout the poem, this personification gives us the image of death as a gentleman, a suitor. The speaker also seems to like him. She describes him as kind and civil, someone for which she would “put away” (6) her “labour” and “leisure” (7), just to go on a carriage ride with.
Do all old men truly possess wisdom because they can see their death on the horizon? Wisdom is a very valued and respected trait in our society and is associated with the elderly. In both King Lear by William Shakespeare and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, the protagonists were able to acquire wisdom after undergoing trials and tribulations. However, both these men began their quest as completely different people, polar opposites even. Morrie always emphasized the value of family and love, while King Lear saw these as trivial pursuits which at best can be used to elevate his ego.
Phrases such as “we trekked and picked until the cans were full” confirm how far the speaker will go to fulfill his hopes and desires. Yet, the berry stash suggests gluttony and green, a naïve hope to keep what’s young and beautiful. Therefore Heaney successfully expresses that life is transient, the use of the berries as an extended metaphor for life shows that the concept of youth expiring is unavoidable. This is revealed in the final half of the poem, “each year I hoped they’d keep, knew they would not”. Heaney conveys a sense of horror and jealousy in these final words, effectively showing how time is unavoidable and destructive, not only for the berries when “the sweet flesh would turn sour” but for life.
Both events of picking blackberry and drinkin wine represent freedom and self-satisfaction. Once he tastes his fisrt berry he gets the excitement to re taste the berry ‘’stains upon the tongue and lust for picking.” Heaney is remembering his youth and innocence while savouring each memory through this action of blackberry picking allowing him to hope and strive to keep his past alive and tangible. However the blackberries comes with a disadvantage, the childrens lack of organisation suggest that picking the berries is less important to them, in a rush to get out and pick the
It is important to note the frequent use of punctuation such as full stops; commas, colons and semi colons draw attention to a sense of reflection in the poem. In this case, punctuation also adds to the relatively slow rhythm of the poem. The theme reflected most prominently in “The Soldier,” patriotism, is seen throughout the poem. When referring to the foreign field in which he will be buried (should he die), is described with “…there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England. There shall be in that rich earth a richer dust concealed”.
Either way, before death both achieve various degree of wisdom based on the importance of love, society and death. Love in a family is like oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. The importance of love is not realised until it is lost and one suffers without it. For example, King Lear prioritised love for his own benefit, and does not realise the importance of love till it was gone. Lear viewed love as a one way street, in which he believed that a family was there only to serve his needs.
1 April 2015 “Song of the Open Road” “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman is a poem that has made me open up my eyes and given me a greater insight into my life and especially the world around me. It has made me realize that things in this world don’t always go the way I want them to. And in order to make situations a little bit better for myself, I have to be the one responsible to look at the brighter side of everything on every journey I take. The poem describes many hardships that humans go through and experience in their lives. Whitman explains that we have the choice either to; except all the bad things in the world and move on in order to pursue happiness, or to never move past an awful experience and live a terrible life.
Then, in the final lines, he resolutes that the beauty of the daffodils facilitates him a very precious quite time to retrospect his life. After the retrospection he finally manages to expel his sadness out.