Craig Bandy AP English, 1b 01-11-13 Bartleby VS. A Sorrowful Woman Bartleby, the Scrivener, and A Sorrowful Woman reflect each other in a lot of ways. They have very similar themes and plots. The main theme from both stories is that untreated mental illness can lead to death, as we see at the end of both short stories. Both stories start with an epigraph. In a sorrowful woman is says “once upon a time there was a wife and mother one too many times” (Godwin 33).
Emily Dickinson and the use of death as symbolism One of the best ways to portray a feeling or expression is by using symbolism, which most poetry does a good job of, however, there are few better than poetry by Emily Dickinson. The poems written by her are abstract enough where she could be talking about death and she is really talking about how she barely left her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts. She also uses symbolism to show the internal struggle of some things, such as losing your mind, symbolizing the felling of emptiness and loneness. “Because of I could not stop Death” is one poem that has the feeling that she is not saying what she means. The overall theme in the poem of death is actually another form of symbolism.
A Commentary on Anne Bradstreet’s “The Author to Her Book” With an empathetic tone, Anne Bradstreet creates a poem in which the speaker becomes frustrated while trying to complete a literary work. “The Author to Her Book” compares a writer and her piece to a mother and her child, calling the book her “ill-formed offspring of [her] feeble brain” (1). Most likely referring to a personal experience, Bradstreet uses structure, diction, figurative language, and imagery to convey the difficulty of producing a work with which the author is pleased. The purpose of the structure in this poem is to make words and concepts pop out to the reader. The speaker uses different techniques in order to make sure the certain points are emphasized.
Despite communicating only sporadically between 1959 and Plath's suicide, both women were definitively influenced by their brief friendship, showing in their respective works. I think personal feelings about things like death, trauma, suicide and relationships began to be dealt with in poems would be very difficult to write about. It really made me think as I read the poems the two women had written and to know how they both choice to end their lives. I know that my life is not perfect, and I get upset with others from time to time but I also know that God only give me as much as I can handle at a
The narrator is clearly miserable with her life and considers suicide to be the only solution. Killing herself would relieve the pain she feels on a daily basis. “Daddy” is another poem that demonstrates Plath’s common death by suicide theme. In the poem, she writes that “At twenty I tried to die / And get back, back, back to you. / I thought even the bones would do (Plath 58-60)”.
Sylvia Plath’s ‘Morning Song’ is one of the constituent poems of her final anthology ‘Ariel’ written before she committed suicide. The collection was composed in a seemingly manic surge coinciding with a period of anguish and rage concerning her traumatic impending divorce with her British husband and poet Ted Hughes. He left for another woman, leaving Sylvia with their two children. In her rather short poem ‘Morning Song’ Plath employs many poignant images to convey a disconcerted ambience of disillusionment concerning her maternal experience. The poem may be referred to as a confessional poem in the sense that it emphasises visceral and intimate emotions and personal details of Sylvia Plath’s life in a seemingly unflattering manner.
Even in her suffering, Austen still managed to pick up her pen and write. She started to write another piece called Sanditon in 1817, but it was never finished. She finally succumbed to her illness, Addison’s Disease, on July 18, 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in December of that same year where Ms. Austen was finally recognized as being an author (Cody). Jane Austen is one of the few novelists in world of literature who is
After graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts O’Connor spent the next several years living and writing in New York State until she was diagnosed with Lupus, the disease that had killed her father. At that point she moved with her mother to their family farm Andalusia where she would spend the last 13 years of her life writing and raising exotic birds. It was here that Flannery would be inspired to write her longest short story “The Displaced Person” A story which, like much of her work, borrowed heavily from her own life. “The Displaced Person” was a critical commentary on the times in which she lived and she fearlessly confronted controversial issues like racism and emigration. The inspiration for “The Displaced Person” came from an emigrant family that moved to her mother’s farm Andalusia in 1953.
Wilson 1 Megan Wilson Professor Beal English 102 October 4, 2011 A Study on Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: and How Her Life Reflects on the Short Story “Clothes” The very talented author and poet, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni wrote a collection of short stories called Arranged Marriage. This is just one of her many award winning works. Although, in the beginning she was not seeking to become a writer, she came here from India to get an education and stayed. She still finds herself torn between two cultures and Chitra says, “In my writing it comes up many times because I’m aware of other people whose entry into America was even more diasporic than mine. And I write about them too; their stories are important to me.” (qtd in Seschachari).
Critical Essay – The Choosing “The Choosing” by Liz Lochhead is a poem that shows a vivid personal experience. It is a poem where the poet and her childhood friend – Mary – end up growing apart because of choices Mary’s parents made. The theme of the poem is that the choices that are made by our parents can affect your future. I will be discussing how Lochhead uses several different techniques to help show a vivid personal experience. At the beginning of the poem, where she tells us about the girls’ time at primary school, the poet uses repetition to emphasise how alike the girls were.