The poem physically looks as if The Duke is ‘thinking aloud’, and simply cannot wait to get these words out of his mouth in order to inform and impress his company about his Duchess. Browning begins with the deictic word, ‘that’s, this suggests that the Duke is in front of an audience, allowing us to picture the Duke physically ‘pointing’ to the painting. The first line alone is powerful in itself, suggesting The Duke has a sense of ownership and is an evident art lover. His statement ‘calling that piece of wonder’ emphasizes that’s he has in his possession many other paintings. The themes of love, pride and possession are now starting to disentangle.
The cadence of the poem mimics natural speech, taking the form of the highly patterned verse, rhyming ABABB. The intensity and asymmetry of this pattern suggests a sense of madness concealed within the speaker's reasoned self-presentation. The once powerless tone changes with Porphyria’s arrival, where Browning utilises active verbs to depict her as holding the power, being proactive and using sexual powers to control him. As she feeds him excuses about their unrequited love in the fifth stanza and her love of status, stability and materialism in which her husband provides, he begins to believe them ‘so, she was to come through wind and rain’. The tone changes into uplifting enlightenment as the speaker slowly assumes power thus creating a successful shift of control.
The part that left me a bit stunted from this poem was when she mentions names such as “Alan Ginsberg” and “Walt Whitman,”(1280). I had read in her biography that these men were the “charismatic male speakers” (1278). From this information I assume that her childbirth is just as, or if not more important, in her life of work and art, than the work of Whitman and Ginsberg. The
Lesbia's character is slowly revealed through the words of Catullus's broken heart. She is shown to be a passionate lover, who gets physically and emotionally involved with many men. This is made evident in many of his poems, although, it is outlined very well within Catullus's 2nd, 11th, and 72nd poems. In poem number two Catullus gives insight into Lesbia's character by talking about how she finds comfort in another man. Catullus says “for there are times when my desired, shinning lady is moved to turn to you for comfort, to find (as I imagine) ease for ador, solace, a little respite from her sorrow” (2, 8).
This suggests the presence of sexual content later in the text while also drawing attention to the erotic being of Hero’s appearance although she is a nun vowing chastity. There are many other examples where contradicting erotic love is emphasized in Hero and Leander. The most noticeable and elaborate emphasis on physical love was shown in Leander’s dialogue. Leander, while persuading Hero, uses many points to draw attention to the reason for erotic love. First, he points out Hero’s beauty that surpasses that of Venus, saying to Hero, “Doth testify that you exceed her far,” (Hero and Leander line 211).
From the first section, ‘Touch Me, Life, Not Softly’, we are immediately introduced to the painful aspects of being in a romantic relationship. In her poem, ‘A Kind of Love, Some Say’ it discusses the complexity of being abused by the one you love. The title itself suggests it’s still considered as love however it’s a different “Kind”. This shows how humans, despite how bad some circumstances are, need to feel like they are loved. In Angelou’s eye’s it’s clear the term love doesn’t have one definition simply because love can be defined in many ways so everyone will have their own perception.
Such techniques include personification, metaphors, epigraphs, sibilance, dramatic irony, imagery, simile and symbolism. At first you might think, “what the... I am not even going to bother with this one”, but give it a chance because I promise you, your life will suddenly feel a lot more pleasant once you dig deep and understand T.S. Eliots genius exhibition of dramatic monologue. A common element that is within his many poems is alienation, loneliness and shallowness and these can be found within the cryptic mastermind lines, verses and stanzas.
He goes on to please himself as he is aroused the growing sexual energy between them. As a result Gerty is aroused by her ability to excite Bloom so she follows in his footsteps by also masturbating. In “Nausicaa” there is a blurred line between sexual fantasy and religious fantasy. The sexual fantasy is presented by Bloom as he masturbates in front of Gerty
To His Coy Mistress" begins as a declaration of the speaker's love, but, by its end, it makes the assumption that the woman being addressed is as passionate as the speaker. He declares his love in fantastic, larger-than-life terms in the first twenty lines, because he is describing an admittedly unreal situation: his love would grow to span continents and stretch from the beginning of time to the end, he tells her, if only it could. This poem is describing a man's thoughts about his love and wishes. He wants to take things slow and just "dally" around, but they cannot. Time is of the essence so to speak.
This enables him to present the experience of first love as more intriguing and romantic. He is giving the reader something to relate to. He also quotes many symbols related to love in the poem such as ‘heart’ and ‘flowers’. In the line ‘I could not see a single thing’ he is emphasising that he is truly ‘blinded’ by love and he is experiencing the common symptoms of ‘first love’. The reader can relate to these symptoms and the text could compel emotions relating to love from the reader.