A poet can experience various emotions that can be both negative and positive through an encounter with a place. This is evident in poems “Harbour Dusk” by Robert Gray and “William Street” by Kenneth Slessor. Gray creates a negative atmosphere to his poem “Harbour Dusk” however the poem does not completely revolve around negative connotations as such. At times in the poem ‘Harbour Dusk’, the poet portrays a isolated and tranquil surrounding though the atmosphere delivers a sense of melancholy. On the other hand, Slessor’s poem “William Street” challenges the readers by attributing beauty to the urban setting of the city streets.
The slogan of “freedom is slavery” (Orwell 6) further creates the mood of depression. In today’s society, freedom is valued. Placing something that is so valued with something so cruel creates a depressed mood for the reader. Lastly, Orwell’s description of the setting of the first chapter creates a depressed mood. An example of Orwell’s depressing setting occurs when he describes the world as cold (Orwell 4).
Life in the South Bronx What is social sin? Gregory Baum describes it as the following, “social sin is committed out of blindness and people are involved in the destructive action without being aware of it,” (Baum, 1987). Jonathan Kozol’s book Amazing Grace chronicles the conditions that the poorest people have to endure in the South Bronx. Children are placed in horrendous conditions by society; they live in the ghetto and because of this they are surrounded by the worst hospitals, public schools and garbage dumps. They are pushed away by our society and left to rot in their misery and helplessness.
His use of ‘withered’, heavy with negative connotations, implies the harmful potential of urban environments. Furthermore, Eliot’s structuring of the poem - which refers to a diverse range of people and experiences throughout its four stanzas - conveys the fragmented nature of the urban landscape on the people immersed in them. Eliot also conveys this fractured society through a use of disconnected limbs, such as “feet” and “hands”, the fragmented body parts a metaphor for urban civilization – never to be whole. Similarly, Bradbury positions the reader to view the city in a negative light, through his language used to depict and describe the city. He writes, “The street was silent and long and empty, with only his shadow moving like the shadow of a hawk in midcountry”, utilised list of words such as ‘silent and long and empty’ to illustrate through implication his interpretation of the city.
additionally, "silk" is a luxurious item, and the phrase suggests that war removes luxoury, affecting the child's life as they no longer are able to have more than they need, making them less privileged. the poet uses symbolism to explore children's feelings during the war. The image of a "jaw of glass" gives the idea that the house is screaming, symbolising the children's pain. the word "jaw" gives the connotation of sharpness, linking to the bitterness and pain. The poet is explaining how the aftermath of bombings can be worse than during them, as you see the destruction and scream in horror.
London by William Blake was written in 1792 and is about the streets of London and describes the negative details. Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth was written in 1802 and is about the positive side of London. Clearly, the two poems are at opposite ends of the spectrum. ‘London’ by Blake is very negative about the city whereas ‘upon Westminster bridge’ by Wordsworth is positive. The view point is also very much different because Blake is in the city and can see all the details whereas Wordsworth was far away meaning that he couldn’t see the details, making the view more pleasant.
Ultimately, Cosi fan Tutte is about madness, however the play also demonstrates the significance of love and fidelity throughout. Focused on the idea of mental illness “madness” the play Cosi is performed completely within the walls of a burnt down theatre which is symbolic in to the rough unethical treatment the patients would receive on a daily basis. Mental illness was looked upon as a social abnormality, there for the treatment process in the 1970’s differed to the way in which we deal with mental illness in modern society as people within the 70’s who had addictions were classed as socially abnormal “mad” and therefor institutionalised, evident within Julies case within the asylum. Roy quotes “asylums are the most inefficient places on earth” which further translates Nowra’s idea how the image portrayed upon mental illness within society was an image that believed asylums purely existed to free the “sane” from the “mad”. Although Nowra intentions reflect the idea of love and fidelity, madness was definitely a
Lastly, document 9 illustrates the typical working class neighborhood in London, England. The factories are cramped and the working stations of the workers are like cellars. Passageways are narrow and workers are in patches of rubbish. This shows that the industrial revolution negatively impacted the workers through environmental conditions which leads to illness or even death. The photographer took the picture because he is bias and wants to show the consequences of working in a
Dr. King portrays Birmingham as the most segregated city by displaying the inhuman treatment of colored people, the extreme poverty they suffered, and the confused minds of children. Colored people received inhumane treatment throughout segregation mainly in Birmingham. Africans were treated as if they were animals and not humans. It was the most unjust form of treatment to a human. Inability to live freely not only harmed them physically but it caused an increase of hatred towards society.
Response to text- STREET TRASH: BEGGARS OF BRITAIN Dear Mr Parsons, I am writing in response to the article “Beggars of Britain” published in Arena in 1991. Living in Hackney, I see so many homeless or less fortunate people on a daily basis, and to be honest, I was shocked and appalled by your article. I find your arguments way too extreme and completely inhumane, besides, your intolerant tone. Do you know what they have been through? Also, I find the use of humor excessive and offensive.