The Relic is a poem in which Donne makes fun of the superstitions attached to the 'purely' platonic ideas of love; he also manages to satirize the society's blind prohibition against the attachment between the sexes. The persona addresses his beloved, with whom he has not yet been allowed to be intimate. They have only kissed out of the courtesy at meeting and parting, but not yet otherwise. John Donne John Donne He has taken a strand of hair from the lady out of love; and he has bound it around his wrist. Now he imagines that after some centuries, when superstitious people dig up the grave in order to bury another dead body, they will find this strand of hair around his wrist (still not decayed!)
The structure of the poem has been manipulated to emphasise Duffy's key points. We have the use of a form of dialogue as the narrator is speaking to her lover however he does not reply showing a one sided viewpoint of their relationship. This is used to express the perspective of the narrator and invites the reader in to question the idea of their relationship and the fact that she presents her lover with an onion which would be considered as a ridiculous gift to give somebody that you love. Duffy presents the ridiculous idea of the onion in the poem as she says “I give you an onion.” This is immediately presented as a strange idea as an onion is usually seen as a repellent and a very un-romantic object so the fact that she is giving this to her lover could connotate a negative, unloving relationship between the narrator and her lover. On the other hand, it could show that the relationship between the narrator and her lover is not seen as the stereotypical ‘type’ of love as she uses the unromantic gift of an onion to convey her love and to show that the onion consists of several layers which could connotate the type of relationship the narrator and her lover has and that their relationship is unique.
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.
Rubbish at Adultery The title of the poem “Rubbish at Adultery” written by Sophie Hannah sets a straight forward tone that person involved in the adultery is ‘rubbish’ in his act. Hannah uses manifold structure, tone and language to paint humorous picture of an unfaithful relationship. The poem commences with the persona being irritated by the man who has come to have physical relationship with her. ‘Must I give up another night,’ suggests although they made several attempts earlier to have affair, nevertheless, the man has not extended his co-operation and wanted her to listen to his grievances every time they met. This idea is reinforced through the alliterated words ‘whinge and wine’.
Is not that strange?” At the end of this line, Benedick asks if it is strange for him to love because they have always had a friendly war of words between each other and due to the fact that they squabble frequently. Benedick should take Beatrice’s hands into his own when he says this. Moreover, he should express love and honesty while smiling. Beatrice replies that it is strange when she says “As strange as the thing I know not,” and then she says “It were as possible for me to say that I loved nothing so well as you” but then takes this back by quickly adding “but believe me not.” Beatrice then reveals the cause of her sorrow and her true agenda, Claudio and Hero. While saying these lines, Beatrice should show signs of confusion by ruffling her hair and by walking in different directions and by altering the speed of each
1. Why might Sonnet 18 by Francesco Petrarcha be interpreted as a poem about defeat as much as a poem about love? Use specific examples from the text in your response. Answer: In Sonnet 18, the speaker wants to describe the beauty of his love, but can’t find the words to do so. The speaker says “Then in mid-utterance the lay was lost” when he tries to think of the words to describe his love’s beauty.
This is the line that is repeated in the poem and these words create a picture in mind that where he is at everything is amazing and not what really is going on. These words help understand the title of the poem and explain why he lied to his family. Those are the words in the two poems that help understand deeply what the true meaning of the poems and what the poet is actually trying to make the reader understand what is happening and help figure out the hidden them and or
This causes the audience to feel uneasy about the narrator and his reasons behind doing what he does to Porphyria. The language that her lover uses is used in a way that almost dehumanises her. “In one yellow string” this example shows just how much he dehumanises her and just how little he thinks of her towards the end of the poem. Not only this but Browning uses mono-syllabic words which slows the pace, this gives the reader chance to understand just what’s happened. The use of monosyllabic words also shows just how calm the narrator is about the situation he has placed himself in after killing Porphyria, much like how the structure does.
She certainly did not “pass in silence without matching wits”(292) with Swift. She gives him a taste of his own medicine. While Montagu’s retort was humorous and insulting, she seemed to miss the point that Swift was trying to portray. She merely counterattacked him for writing such a disgraceful poem. It went right over her head that Swift was trying to say that everyone has at least a few less-than-winsome qualities or that the reason he used a female character was only to emphasize this fact, to show that, while men may put women on pedestals, that does not
When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly I would rise and dress, fearing the chronic angers of that house, Speaking indifferently to him, who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes as well. What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices? Analysis of Tone: The tone of Those Winter Sundays is both bitter but understanding. The author seems to be angry about how distant fathers can be to their own children, so this suggests bitterness toward the subject of parent-child relationships. The tone, however, is also understanding because at the end of the poem the author suggest that over time, children learn that they’re parents can’t be perfect, and sometimes they only know how to express their love through actions instead of words, touch, or emotions II.