Thomas uses a variety of language devices to invoke an emotional reaction from his readers and further pursue in epitomizing his interpretation of death. The first language feature we can instantly recognize to highlight the idea of death is by the frequent mention of it. Edward uses a semantic field of words corresponding to death. “Die, dead, death”. The idea of constantly referring to this gives the poem a sombre, ‘all-hope-is-gone’ mood and feeling.
Harwood highlights the extreme contrast in ones perception of love, life and death when influenced by either philosophy or poetry. In ‘The Violets’ Harwood explores the inevitable nature of passing time, that this passing gives rise to change and loss. The inevitability of the approach of death in the poem is seen through the figurative language and simile of sunset images ‘the melting west stripped like ice-cream’ symbolic of the inevitable approach. The connecting image of the violets are used throughout the poem ‘frail melancholy flowers’, ‘spring violets’ and ‘gathered flowers’ these images act as a metaphor representative of the stages of life. Each image is representative of high and low phases of life and ‘gathered flowers’ is suggestive of the end of life.
The characters start to talk about someone who died in the war. The use of the dialogue gives it verisimilitude, which is effective because it emphasises the realism of war, at the time that this poem was written. The end of the poem, the writer talks about how he watches the ploughman walk of once again. Throughout, the poem we learn of how the war has disappeared. The use of the quote 'the lovers disappeared into the wood' is effective as it allows the reader to know straight away that the war has changed the way people are.
A feeling of desolation was presented here when Hurst implied that summer was born with great promise that eventually evanesced without being fulfilled. Another emotion stirred up by the two phrases was a slow passage of time that seemed to go on forever. This was revealed by seasons that had ended without the next one coming. When James Hurst wrote the starting paragraphs of his short stories, he added in death. "Graveyard flowers who spoke softly of the names of the dead," written in "The Scarlet Ibis," hinted that there was a nearby graveyard filled with deadly air.
The song “don’t want you back” by Backstreet Boys and the poem “a snowflake falls” by Ruth Adams are powerful examples of the amount of impact discoveries have on the characters . All these texts show that the discoveries that have a life changing impact on us turn out to be the most important discoveries we make. Significant discoveries are a slow realisation process that change the way we perceive ourselves and our relationships. Initially in the short story “Big World” the adolescent narrator is hoping to discover excitement, girls and escape from his boring life. But during the journey he is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about himself and his relationship with Biggie which was initiated by “a single decisive act or violence that joined me to Biggie forever” but the
Charlie Stack Mrs. Polomeni English II 27 October 2011 “Fire & Ice” The poem “Fire and Ice” written by Robert Frost was first published in the 1920s. Robert Frost is considered the bard of New England. He wrote in great depth that appealed simple to readers, but there was deeper meaning if you looked closely. Although poetry has many different interpretations because it is structured on opinion not fact, the poem “Fire and Ice’’ may seem to come off as the geological hell of the world, but if you look closely it portrays the theme of hatred and desire. The poem has a rhyme scheme of A, B, A, A, B, C, B, C, B.
It was a love story. It was a ghost story” (O’Brien 182). O’Brien’s graphic retelling of the situation makes it clear that it was a gruesome scene; however he describes the scene as beautiful, focusing on the sunlight rather than the carnage that was in front of them. Even as O’Brien and Jensen have to shimmy up the tree to throw down Lemon’s body parts the blood and carnage is not discussed. This unspecified and detached account of this action and the death in general, shows the way in which the members of the platoon deal with the complexity of the war experience.
English Poetry Essay Choose a poem which appealed to you because it was striking – show which techniques the poet has used to capture your interest and engage your feelings “To His Coy Mistress” is a piece of metaphysical poetry written by Andrew Marvell. This poem, like most metaphysical poetry, makes use of original images and has a very profound meaning behind it. “To His Coy Mistress” is particularly striking because of the deeper themes that it deals with, such as mortality and the idea of “carpe diem”, as well as the unique imagery used throughout and the interesting structure and progression of the poem. The use of the image “vegetable love” is very effective in capturing the reader’s interest. “Vegetable” is not usually the
Poetry Explication of “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost Rebecca J Gill Concordia University, St. Paul Introduction to Literature ENG 155 Professor Colleen Abel December 4, 2013 “Fire and Ice” is a popular poem written by Robert Frost. The speaker makes the reader feel like they are walking into an argument between two groups of people. Ones that think the world will end in fire and others that believe the world will end in ice. Robert Frost uses metaphors, comparing strong emotions like hate and desire to “Fire and Ice.” (Kennedy & Gioia, 441) Frost also uses image throughout the entire poem. Rhyme and enjambment are also used to help convey the message about how the speaker believes the world will end.
I don’t think that the conflict was resolved because the speaker still has miles to go to sleep however he did take the time to see the beauty of the snow in the wooded trees. Both poems are great and I truly enjoyed reading them. I remember reading “The Road Not Taken” in middle school and my teacher made us all remember this poem and cite it in front of the class. I really enjoyed this and have always enjoyed reading poems by Robert Frost. He is a great author and I always know when it is his work that I’m going to enjoy the assignment.