Emily Dickinson depicts death as a man who picks up the speaker of the poem for a carriage ride. In the eighth line, Dickinson, referring to death, writes, “his civility,” which shows that he is a polite gentleman, and someone who would be taking the speaker out on a date. Because death showed “civility,” this could also mean that the speaker of the poem did not die a painful death. If that had been the case, the man would have showed hostility rather than civility. The woman of the poem is comfortable being around him, which is apparent as Dickinson writes at the end of the first stanza, “The Carriage held but just Ourselves- and immortality.” She does not feel awkward being “but just ourselves” in the carriage.
The roles of men and women are defined clearly in this book. The biographical sections of T’an-Ch’eng’s Local History, which is a primary source used by Spence, include a number of biographies on “Honorable and Virtuous Women” (99). This section could almost reads as a manual on being a woman. Chastity, courage, and tenacity are among the most important virtues. Suicide upon the death of one’s husband was considered very honorable and virtuous, especially when committed in order to avoid a rape (an act of unfaithfulness.)
She is very slim and frail looking. Her arms are thin with the far one either in shadow or possibly covered by a brown shawl. Picasso has only depicted one breast clearly, which has an erect nipple making her look cold. The other breast is merely hinted at by the use of shading and highlighting on her dress. The effect of this painting is to create a sombre mood, showing a girl who looks quite poor.
The women refer to her as ‘Mrs. Bitch’ and Helen fantasises about killing her ‘One of these days I will murder her slowly and reverently and very painfully’. Helen is from an upper middle class family and it is not in her nature or up bringing to even think this way. This shows the reader form the onset how the war changes people. The book begins in an unconventional way, there is no time for the pleasantries of introducing each character and the reader is immediately thrust into the story.
From the visual techniques used there are many ideas communicated to the audience as we can feel a sense of loneliness, depression, and desperation. Even though she is in a dark world that is hopeless, the small picture of the red leaf indicates that she is clutching onto a small glimmer of hope. The writing with this picture lacks punctuation and has negative connotations to show that she is starting to give up hope. Later on into the book there is a page where the girl is seen standing on a stage with the colours of light and dark juxtaposing with each other, which creates a meaning that, she is surrounded by darkness. The vector lines in this image points to her face, making her the focal point and the composition of the objects are foreign, cluttered together and form negative connotations.
The quest for the ideal in poetry must pass through the temporal realm, where real life is praised for its flaws and beauty; this can be seen in Alfred Tennyson’s "The Lady of Shallot", Maxine Tyne's "The woman I am in my dreams" and Alice Major’s “Puce Fairy Book”. In the poem The Lady of Shallot, the woman known as the “The Lady of Shallot” has been imprisoned in a tower where she lives in the eternal realm of art and perfection. She is told she will be cursed if she ever looks onto Camelot. Due to the curse upon her, she can only see shadows through a set of mirrors. Through the mirrors in her tower she is able to see shadows, not getting the full picture of life.
This piece of art work is of a woman dressed in black cape and dress. The women's arms are folded in a way that makes her look pregnant. This portrait is composed of light and dark colors. The top proportion of the painting is light but as you go lower the painting gets darker. The emphasis is at the face of the woman.
As the young serene girl sees this new image of herself she starts to cry. The image of her being sad or maybe even scared is depicted through her eyes which are sunken in, her mouth which is pouty and a tear that running down her cheek. By the way she is clutching the mirror and not looking directly at her-self shows that possibly she is regretful, ashamed, in disbelief and not happy with what she sees. The fact that she is looking out and not directly
Why do you mend your breast-pleat With a rusty needle’s thread And fall with fears and silent tears Upon your single bed? Why do you sit so sadly Your face the colour of clay And with a green gauze handkerchief Wipe the sour sweat away? Has she gone to Blisland To seek an easier place, And is that why your eye won’t dry And blinds your bleaching face? Take me home! cried Charlotte, ‘I lie here in the pit!
Symbols 2.1 Night and Day, Dark and Light The contrast between night and day, and dark and light, is the image that goes through the entire poem. This contrast is an interesting image: comparing beautiful women to "night" instead of comparing them to "summer's days", which could be easily seen in Shakespeare’s sonnet. But Byron turns that convention, which suggests that it's the harmony of two contrasting opposites, like night and day, or light and dark. Line 1: This is where the basic simile of the whole poem is established: the beauty of the woman is "like the night." Line 2: Of cloudless climes and starry skies.