Self inflicted injuries, a sign of emotional struggles in a life, either brought on by another or oneself. The romantic poet William Blake expresses a conflict in his poem “The Tyger” with trails leading back to these struggles. His English home and romantic roots were centered in Blake’s way of questioning religion. That originated in his childhood, which was the main source of his afflictions with society, he essentially separated himself from a normal life in order to become specialized in his own wants. His growing interest in individuality eventually expands into literature where he expresses his stances on the subjects.
The basic plot and relationships presented within the poem are universal, which allows for a deeper connection to the tension presented. It is through both the familiarity and the emotional facilitation existent within The Glass Jar that tension between and individual and life experience can create interest and engage a reader. The Glass Jar allows the reader to feel a range of emotions which vary according to the levels of tension within the poem. Long sentences combined with enjambment, within and across stanzas, create a slow calm atmosphere which a reader will experience; allowing them to believe that all is well. Religious imagery and allusion, such as “sun’s disciples”, “bless” and “holy commonplace” constructs reverent and sanctified thoughts within the reader’s mind which sets them at ease.
Reflection on "upon some distemper of body" by Anne Bradstreet The main idea of this poem involves God and asking for forgiveness for a wrong doing. Anne Bradstreet shows her belief in God and what role he plays in her life. She takes a situation several individuals face in life and constructs a poem that many people would be able to connect with. As the poem begins Anne Bradstreet is speaking of physical and spiritual ailments she has and the effects they have on her. These effects drive her to ask for God’s help who she does not openly ask for, but instead uses symbolism to convey, such as in the quote “Who sendeth help to those in misery.” I often do the same thing when in times of extreme illness, whether it be me or friends or family I look to God for help and pray that they get better.
Throughout this passage Golding uses many devices and techniques to powerfully portray to the reader how dire and serious the situation the boys are in. Golding uses similes to illustrate the shock of the boys when they realise one of their own has disappeared, ‘the crowd was as silent as death’. This simple simile powerfully portrays the fact that none of the boys understood how dangerous the situation they were in could be. Indeed, the specific paragraphing used by Golding to set this sentence apart creates an eerie effect as well as creating the impression that this is a turning point for the boys. In this passage, Golding continues to present Piggy as an outsider.
The first stanza addresses his current overwhelming despair, followed by the second quatrain, that questions the assassin as God the motivation of the attack; the sestet then answers (to the questions posed by Hopkins’ faltering faith) that God was giving a learning experience to Hopkins. The first stanza begins with line one introducing the extent of Hopkins’ despair, “Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee,” capitalizing ‘Despair’ to emphasize its power as a feeling, and symbolize the major role it plays in Hopkins’ current life. Although, the feeling is overwhelming, Hopkins refuses to succumb
She is able to achieve this in Father and Child, Mother who gave me life and a Valediction through allusions to music, juxtaposition, symbolism and imagery which help construct meaning and a sense of intimacy. Art is often an individuals response to their context. The human condition is such that there are distinct contending principles that individuals seek to reconcile (Hoddinott). Harwood fuses binaries such as reason and emotion; certainty and ambiguity in order to deal with the different facets of self and to engage readers who are from different periods. “Father and Child” is a poem about the growth and maturation of a person.
Often times when the original writers are sorrowful and fearful they turn to God and ask him to help them along their fate-led journey. As demonstrated in “The Wanderer,” ‘Weary of exile, cometh God’s passionate love (21).’ although Christianity was just becoming more and more accepted, it plays a role in these poems, demonstrating that whenever the speaker is feeling weak they turn to God for answers and security while fate takes them their journey. In Anglo-Saxon poetry, fate plays a role by testing the original speakers on their journey through life. “The Wanderer” deomstrates how fate can be un fair and play mean tricks while, at the same time testing the speaker’s strength and perseverience. ‘When the dark earth covered my dear lord’s face, and I sail away with a sorrowful heart (27).’ The speaker in ‘The Wanderer” is expressing how they feel in that situation, how they feel when their lord,
Using the words “bad”, “good”, and “you” frequently helps to dumb down such an intimidating essay to help the level of the obvious content meet the level of the writing. By writing this essay from the eyes of a child, Dillard is able to approach this difficult subject using simple language without seeming like she is questioning the intelligence of the reader. As the passage continues and we are finally told that “Santa Claus stood in the doorway,” Dillard repeats this statement as to paint an image of the scenario for the reader and to reiterate the importance of this moment in the authors life. As the story continues, the author is reflecting back on the night when Santa Claus came and how she now knows it was just Miss White. She refers to this memory of Santa Claus as one that played a part in the “making of Santa Claus, God, and Miss White an awesome, vulnerable, trinity.” This reference of the trinity immediately causes the reader to relate this memory of Christmas to a purely religious experience.
Both perspectives of childhood and adulthood are equivalent to that of physical, mental, and emotional growth. Poems from Songs of Innocence are written in a more simple form while poems from Songs of Experience are more complex. The poems from Songs of Innocence rhyme and allow one to recall their days of childhood when reading them. There is a feeling of freedom in this group of poems. These poems allow one to form a positive image while the collection of poems from Songs of Experience is the opposite.
By analysing the two poems and their complex structures, the reader discovers a similarity on the subject, of spiritual journeys, however a difference in the context of the journey. The difference of representation in each subject is conveyed in different styles and voices, leading to differences and similarities within the style of each poem. The first poem, (Ione, Dead The Long Year), written by Ezra Pound, is composed in a way where the poem portrays the thoughts of the character – the reader receives a ‘head-on’ perspective of the character, thus evoking deep emotion within. Pound’s use of patterns of imagery are used to create a tone and to suggest rather than state, the poet’s theme; his use of personification in describing the flowers, portray his feeling of loss and how that seems to also be reflecting on his surroundings, “And the flowers, Bend over with heavy heads. They bend in vain”.