Both poems explore sensations of grief, sadness, mortality and having to cope with the disappearance of loved ones. “The Old Familiar Faces” is about a man who has lost all the persons he loved and friends from his childhood and school time. “Mid-Term Break” is about a boy who is summoned from school to mourn his dead baby brother. These poems are very emotive and they touch topics that are easily felt identified with. But, the poems give us very different feelings.
An Explication of Howard Nemerov’s “The Vacuum” “The Vacuum” is about an old man grieving his deceased wife and what his life has become, messy and incomplete, as hinted by the poem’s title “The Vacuum”. The poet used many figurative speeches such as personification and alliteration in the poem. These speeches help readers relate to the old man’s feeling more easily. The title “The Vacuum”, makes readers think of the appliance, however, it has more than one meaning. It is a pun created by the poet.
Azucena Tapia Ap literature 4B Ms.Joseph January 24, 2013 “Daddy” Analysis In the poem ,“Daddy”, the poet uses a copious amount of techniques to convey her attitude towards her father. Plath writes about her father and how she feels bitter and sardonic towards him. The poet’s effective use of syntax and diction in this poem describes her feelings towards her father. Symbolism and metaphors are also used to portray her father’s actions and beliefs. Throughout the poem, “Daddy”, Plath uses metaphor to explicate her irate and sardonic attitude towards her late father.
The wife is desperate and inconsolable, she cannot stop grieving, and this distances her from her husband, who is seemingly more stable. Underneath this structure, the emotional action unfolds, which reveals the author’s message. Poem Analysis The structure of the poem is designed in the form of a dramatic dialogue with scarce author’s commentaries. This dialogue performs several functions: firstly, it sketches the plot, giving a flashback into the past; secondly, it draws a picture of the relationship between the husband and the wife. It also unveils the essence of their feelings and emotions related to the loss of their child and how this tragedy affected their life.
Similarly in Haig's My Boy Jack, which was produced in 1997, displays a sense of loss from Rudyard Kipling and the rest of the family when they become aware of the death of their son Jack Arguably, My Boy Jack is much more distressing seeing as it is based on real life characters and around Rudyard Kipling's poem My Boy Jack unlike Journey's End being based on R.C. Sheriff's own experience of the war. The audience therefore feels they can get more attached to a true story, making it hit them harder emotionally. We see the impact of Jack's death mainly through his family, allowing the audience to experience a similar sort of pain due to the majority of them have lost someone close, being able to relate the Kipling family's pain. Jack's mother, Caroline, demonstrates such grief through her dialogue, 'I can feel his head on my chest...I can hear him laugh.
The idea of constantly referring to this gives the poem a sombre, ‘all-hope-is-gone’ mood and feeling. It also establishes the theme, and clearly indicates what the intentions and feelings of the writer are, and this enables us to sympathize with him and his situation. It could be considered that the entire piece is an extended metaphor for death. The repetition in the first sentence “Rain, Midnight rain, Nothing but the wild rain” has de-connotations of a cold, dark surrounding, this weather symbolizing times of despair and agony as opposed to the happy tone of a sunny warm surrounding. The word rain is repeated thrice, again emphasizing this situation to create an immediate impact of how wild this might be, as nothing but it can be seen, thus we are pushed to the imagery of the persona being surrounded by this ‘rain’.
Although it was just one unfortunate couple so terribly disturbed, they may represent the thousands of unnoticed tragedies that occur. The poem depicts one tragic death paralleling it with the loss of love and familiarity. The poem is from a woman, whose husband had recently died, as an expression of her sentiments. I believe the poem was a monologue and the woman was speaking to herself in a loss. It could also be interpreted as a funeral speech because she makes strict orders to aid her mourning.
The poet here uses alliteration in line 1 and 2 to highlight the words “study, sits, stiffly” which brings out the father’s character and uses the same technique in line 3 “that thirteen times” by repeating the letter “t” to create a chatty and colloquial style that continues throughout the poem. The study where the father works is seen as his refuge but this seems to alienate the protagonist. The poet again personifies the phone as being an instrument that brings distressing “sobbing” news that draws the surgeon from his home repeatedly. The poet has successfully used alliteration in line 5 in the usage of sobbing and sleep to highlight the dangers and emotional challenges of being a surgeon. The “sobbing” could also refer to the poet’s youth as he spent time sobbing without his father who was away at work.
In the third stanza the speaker addressed the child of the dead solider telling him/her not to cry for “[war] is kind,” but instead of trying to comfort him/her, Stephen Crane, illustrates the last moment of the soldiers where he “tumbled in yellow trenches, [raging] at his breast, [gulping] and [dying]”(8). In the fifth stanza, the clever use of the term "bright splendid" also draws out the suggestion of the blood with the corpse will now be covered in (13). The image of a mother weeping over the body of her fallen son is also the most heart-wrenching of all the individuals addressed, due to the fact it emphasizes the hopelessness of victims, both living and dead. Through Stephen Crane’s use of imagery, the reality of war is highlighted to the readers. In addition to imagery, Stephen Crane also uses diction to develop the ironic tone of the poem.
A mystery quickly develops within reading the first few lines of the opening paragraph. And the reader is confused and possibly concerned why Prentice is sitting with his Aunt and Uncle two rows away from his father at such a solemn and usually close family affair. Further evidence of the massive divide is apparent as Prentice looks on at his younger brother who appeared to be distinctly uncomfortable sitting to his father’s left, and his mother sitting to his father’s right. A more harrowing and sad confirmation of the isolation and loneliness that Prentice was experiencing is in Banks description “I felt a pang of loss that did not entirely belong to my recently departed grandmother, yet was connected with her memory”. Arguing the fact that Prentice had not only lost his grandmother through death, he had also lost his family and was in mourning for both.