The narrator explains in the first line that he “may cease to be” and rushes to include he is afraid to die “before [his] pen has glean’d [his] teeming brain”. It almost seems as though Keats was unable to fit his ideas neatly into spaced lines, with punctuation marks because he is afraid to lose valuable time while he is still living. In Longfellow’s poem, however, pauses, punctuation and composition of multiple sentences produce a relaxed tone and overall feel of the poem. The poem is filled with caesuras that decrease the entire speed of the poem. “Half of my life is gone,” the comma allows for a pause and a deep breath to continue on to say “and I have let the years slip from me”.
Virginia suffered from tuberculosis and died in 1847, two years prior to the writing of Poe’s poem; her death caused Poe to enter a deep depression. Just as John Cowper Powys comments in Marie Rose Napierkowsk’s book, Poetry for Students, “Poe expresses ‘a certain dark, willful melancholy,’ a cold mood that Poe ‘must surely himself have known.’ Powys's suggestion may spring from Poe's experience with loss, and in particular the death of his child bride, Virginia Clemm” (Powys as qtd Napierkowski 19). In the poem the narrator mentions, “she was a child” and “-my life and my bride,” which refers to Virginia as “his child bride,” since Poe married her when she was thirteen years old. (Poe 7-39). As Powys describes it, the mood of Poe’s poem is lamenting the death of his wife, Virginia.
Compare how the poets convey a sense of loss in three poems from the anthology and three poems you have studied The theme of loss is often presented in literature. It can be seen as an emotional trigger, and it can bring out feelings of regret, sorrow and overwhelming grief. This can allow it to be such an effective theme, connecting with the readers’ emotions and memories. The poems ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’, ‘A Mother in a Refugee Camp’ and ‘Piano’ may be viewed as clear examples of this. In ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ the speaker feels frustrated and saddened that his father will not fight to survive his fatal condition and “…rage against the dying of the light”.
Loss can be felt through death as well as someone leaving your life. Harry experiences this loss through Miss Spencer leaving the town. Overall, this bildungsroman shows the concept of grief and loss and ways to cope through various situations. The death of Harry’s mother in the novel explores the loss and guilt the Hodby’s have to endure and ways in which they manage to live without a mother in their family. Harry’s father is definitely most affected by the death of his wife.
The phrase ‘heart fit to break’ links to the iambic tetrameter breaking as the speaker’s heart is breaking, and so does the pattern. Form is used to tell the story of ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ as the rhyme scheme shows the instability of both their relationship, and the lover’s apparent lack of sanity, whilst the iambic tetrameter shows that Porphyria’s lover is heartbroken because of this. The structure of the poem is another useful aspect that Browning uses to tell the story. ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ has been written in one long stanza, rather than in lots of stanzas. This not only builds up the excitement in the reader, but also builds tension as to what the lover will do and when.
Compare the methods the poets use to explore a character’s sense of identity in ‘Casehistory: Alison (head injury)’ and in one other poem from Character and voice. In "Casehistory: Alison (head injury)" and "The Hunchback in the Park" we find two poems that treat about the character's sense of identity by highlighting the idea of isolation, disability and first appearance. In "Casehistory: Alison (head injury)" the poem tells us that Alison has lost her memory perhaps she doesn't remember anything including her family and herself and this is shown by saying ' I would like to have known my husband's wife, my mother's only daughter '. In the previous sentence the idea of isolation is emphasized by the past tense which indicates the fact that she doesn't know who her family is and the tone of the phrase suggests the fact that she's talking as a stranger. In "The Hunchback in the Park" the writer directly tells us that the character is lonely and doesn't have anyone that loves him because of his appearance and this is shown by saying ' A woman figure without fault Straight as a young elm Straight and tall from his crooked bones That she might stand in the night After the locks and chains'.
Comparative essay of “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop and “Tears, Idle Tears” by Alfred “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop and “Tears, Idle Tears” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson are both poems which present the subject of loss. In “One Art”, Bishop hold the optimistic view that loss is normal, common, and can be overcome-though she is unsure at the end and presents an element of self denial. In “Tears, Idle Tears”, Tennyson presents true loss whose meaning is so deep he cannot quite fathom, and yet Tennyson presents a different view in that he does not try to resist the loss. “One Art” is a Villanelle by Elizabeth Bishop in which the poet tries to convince herself that loss is a normal process. She denies the seriousness of loss and the sadness it brings by highlighting the commoness of loss and depicting its nature not as a process but as an “art”, evading its disastrous nature.
The symbolism of time that is presented throughout the extract depicts an image of a woman so heart broken that she is stuck in the moment, reliving the day her fiancée left her. This extract is a physical manifestation of the emotion state Miss Havisham was left in. This is similar to the poem Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy, which also uses time to portray a theme of betrayal. Havisham explains her broken her through the repetition of b in “b-b-b-breaks”. From this we can conclude that there is no end to her suffering and that the repetition of the letter is a metaphor for the day and memory she is repeating each day of her life.
Harwood expresses existentialism by reflecting on personal experiences. The poem truly allows the reader to connect to it by placing emphasis on the first person. The child in the poem is quite upset about losing the day and the frustration is seen through harsh words such as ‘scold’ and ‘stolen’. The child deals with feelings of loss and anger at the fact she has lost a whole day and pleads “where has morning gone”. Although focussing on the child’s perspective, really the poem figuratively is about the loss of youth and life from an older perspective.
In the poem, “My Picture”, Abraham Cowley’s figurative language and melancholy diction emphasize the pain and loss that the speaker will soon experience when his beloved leaves him. Cowley uses two significant types of figurative language - imagery and hyperbole. His diction alters depending on whether the speaker refers to himself or to his beloved. Through the use of figurative language and shifting diction, Cowley effectively captures the speaker’s mournful state of mind. The imagery and hyperbole that Cowley uses to convey the speaker’s condition the day after his loved one leaves him suggests that the speaker is incapable of living without his beloved.