The simplicity of the “sky and meadow and forest” and the purity of the “untouched due” in comparison to himself leaves Edward Thomas “scorning” and feeling insignificant as he can’t match his emotions to the glory of the scenery. In Edward Thomas’s poetry he often refers to roads and paths as a metaphor for his life. In The Glory we see this when he writes “tread the pale dust pitted with small dark drops”. The use of the word “dark” suggests that he sees his future as bitter and gloomy, which gives us a sense of his dissatisfaction. Likewise in Old Man Thomas says “only an avenue, dark, nameless, without end” implying also a sad future.
Dante’s Inferno Canto III Explication Canto III begins with Dante reading an inscription above the Gates of Hell. From where Dante is standing, the screams and cries of the damned souls can be heard. These souls were rejected by God and not accepted by Hell; therefore these souls can be found “nowhere” because of their cowardly refusal to choose between God and Satan during their life. Their punishment is to be tormented by wasps and hornets for eternity while remaining in the Ante-Inferno. Dante uses precise descriptive imagery and symbolism to expose the perverse affliction these unfortunate souls are forced to endure and illustrates an insight to their previous life and current suffering to the reader.
In the novel Triage written by Scott Anderson, both Ahmet Talzani and Joaquin Morales seem to embody a fatalistic view of life, one in which reasons have to be created. Triage is ultimately a novel where there is a lack of hope. After Marks incident in Kurdistan we are instantly made to feel like the worst is yet to come with the use of strong and colourful language. Hope is distinguished when the whereabouts of Colin is unknown, and throughout Marks recovery there are constantly reminders that Mark will most likely never recover. Anderson shows that war has a damning effect on war journalists as well as soldiers, and that their loved ones and families are also heavily affected.
In this essay I am comparing Tennyson’s ‘Ulysses’ with ‘Mariana’. Both poems explore how despair and a feeling of isolation can manifest from different causes and the unique way it can affect every individual. For instance, when Mariana feels deserted by what we assume to be her lover, she becomes listless with a repetitive routine. In contrast to this, when Ulysses feels unfulfilled and unsatisfied by domestic life, he becomes restless and energetic, keen ton escape the bounds of a suburban lifestyle. Ulysses was inspired by Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ and Dante’s ‘Inferno’, which suggests that Tennyson wanted to portray ‘Ulysses’ constant desire for adventure as a character flaw rather than a heroic instinct.
This also can be associated with Macbeth's rhetoric of desire and, the idea of scientific creation substituted for witchcraft. But the main difference resides in the different ending since in Macbeth, the better self, Malcolm, survives and wins over Macbeth whereas in Stevenson's 19th century novel, the crisis destroys both personalities. At the end of Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement of the Case, Dr Jekyll hint at whether or not Hyde will kill himself before the people of the town kill him first. You can say the Dr Jekyll was already dead as Hyde had taken over him as he had no power. “Will Hyde die upon the scaffold?
The controversial, sophisticated, flamboyant poet Oscar Wilde once stated “I have grown tired of the articulate utterances of men and things. The mystical in art, the mystical in life, the mystical in nature, this is what I am looking for. It is absolutely necessary…” Wilde was fed-up with the age old constraints of conventional writing and was in pursuit of a way in which he could further his search for and portrayal of ‘the mystical’. Edgar Allan Poe’s written pieces explore countless themes, many of which are quite dark. Among the list of themes he addresses is that of loneliness, particularly in his poems Alone and The Raven.
This poem treats the grave as inconsequential, death as not having mastery and immortality and eternity as the victors; Dickinson’s speaker conveys the journey of life as a cycle characterized by childhood, maturity, and death. Life and the grave are but paths to eternity and therefore are less important when viewed in the context of eternity. Dickinson's poem consists of five stanzas of four lines. Each stanza displays a different view or group of perceptions. The first stanza is when Death stops for her; the second, she is observing Death as a person; the third, she sees the passages of life; the fourth, the grave; and the last stanza is a glimpse of an existence without time.
Living a “weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable” (line 133) life, his unhappiness is clearly portrayed in this segment. Hamlet cries out “Fie on’t” (line 135), modernly translated to ‘damn it’, expressing his potent emotions of anger towards his own existence. With the use of imagery, Shakespeare symbolizes Hamlet’s life as an “unweeded garden” (line 134) that is “gross in nature” (line 136), meaning it plays
Though Jack and Rose are fictional characters in the James Cameron film who run through a love story, I believe that they are both used to show the extent of the chaos and the wreckage of the Titanic – which is also what the Pratt poem is used for. As E.J. Pratt uses the theme of man's arrogance to show how badly things went wrong on the Titanic, James Cameron uses the love story of Rose and Jack to show the same thing. Both Cameron and Pratt uses ideas of their own mind to show the chaos of the sinking. Pratt also describes the theme of man playing God when he writes “To fold the heavens up and reinduce what ancient hubris in the dreams of men, which would have the slain the cattle of the sun, and fliched the lightnings from the fist of Zeus.” In the movie, the Titanic is referenced as the Unsinkable.
In the poem The Darkling Thrush, nature has a predominantly negative effect on the poet. It makes him feel depressed and isolated. Towards the end of the poem the poet's mood lifts when he sees an "aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small," chirping. In the poem Neutral Tones nature is portrayed in a negative way, however, in this poem nature reflects how the poets relationship is failing rather than effects how he is feeling. In The Darkling Thrush the title begins to paint a negative picture.