Religious Imagery in Every School Jean Cocteau once said, “The poet doesn't invent. He listens.” He could be listening to his hearts, impulse, or old thoughts. Each one of these items has a certain form of poetry that follows these “voices.” Metaphysical poetry follows what is in the heart of the poet and what he thinks will best connect the idea of everlasting love with something like sainthood. Cavalier poets use their impulses and immediate feelings to express time slipping away and the need to immortalize someone in a poem. Neoclassical poetry satirizes things that should have larger meanings whose meanings have been lost through the changing times of society.
William Blake’s writing have been viewed as going against the grain primarily because he wrote about controversial issues, the fall of man, heaven and hell and politics. What enabled Blake to write these poems is the time he and other poets like William Wordsworth and John Keats lived in which according to the British Literature timeline was classified as the Romantic period characterized by the vast amount of freedom of spirit writers expressed which often challenged the church and portrayed Blake as a radical. () Whilst he was not against Christianity he greatly opposed the church and has been seen as a gnostic believing in Jesus and God but not the church or rather the role the church played then in society. This is because the church and politics were greatly linked and thus the church was ignorant of the state of society and its evils that existed and where fueled by industrialization contrary to the bible this is expressed in the poem chimney sweep where children are abandoned by parents to go to church. "They think they have done me no injury, And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King," ironically Jesus says in the bible “let the little children come to me” Mathew19:14.
Dmitry soared to the top of the music world in Russia only to find that his popularity caused strife in his personal life. He was unfaithful to his wife over the years. This caused a significant emotional upheaval when he converted to Christian beliefs after following pagan earth/nature and American Indian folklore for years. His use of metaphors permeates his writing. He lives by painting pictures using the words he chooses, and I believe he does it extremely well.
Analysis of “What is the Grass” Walt Whitman a truly American poet wrote a series of poems that shocked and amazed those in his time. Instead of copying the European styles like other writers before him, he wrote with his own flair which contained no rhyme or rhythm. One of his better known works titled: “A child said what grass is” speaks of a child with hands full of grass asking the speaker “what is the grass?”. This is followed by a monologue where the writer communicates all of his guesses of what the grass could be. In this section he begins many of the lines with “ I guess” this is too show that he is truly unsure of his own thoughts.
These imperatives contain Shelley’s lofty expectations for the dissemination of his words; however, when the actual path his words followed is studied, great disparity emerges between the ways in which Shelley envisioned his poem entering the world, and the way it actually reached an audience. While today “Ode to the West Wind” is widely known, and respected as one of Shelley’s best poems, during the few years the poem and poet lived simultaneously, Shelley’s visions for the transmission of “Ode to the West Wind” were limited, and boasted no
As I tried to figure out what have I read I found several interpretation of this work but they did not fit to my conceptions or to say my ideas. Many scholars wrote several critical essays and resource papers on this story and of course they focused on several different things but rewriting history. According to Christopher James – who won the national poetry competition in 2009 – this novel is: “Essentially it’s Robinson Crusoe meets Bear Grylls meets Life of Pi set in the 1940s and in the bleakest possible surroundings.”(James). That is one side of this multi shaped coin. After this I searched further interpretation of the text and I found Howard Babb’s words who said that many critics found this novel Golding’s most challenging book (Babb 65).
Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, most known for his novel The Grapes of Wrath, also wrote two collections of short stories. With over thirty works in his career, Steinbeck developed a unique style of his own. A few of the commonalities in his work include a setting in the Salinas Valley, his works also often have “a recurring theme [of] frustration resulting from isolation, loneliness, or sexual repression” (Werlock). These elements of Steinbeck’s writing provide “open-ended and thought provoking” ideas that allow new generations to relate to his characters (Werlock). For example, in John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums”, he reveals that in the patriarchal society of the 1930s women serve more as a decoration and have little purpose in the world; he does so through character, symbolism, and point of view.
“A Rose for Emily”, written by William Faulkner, first came out in 1930. It was considered one of Faulkner's darkest stories he ever wrote as a writer. However, there is a theme to this story. Many ideas underlie this story and this piece should not be taken as a simple horror story. Through the plot and characterization, the reader feels an emotional impact when completing this story due to the realism and details given.
Narrative Voice in Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning Porphyria’s Lover was written in 1936 by Robert Browning, his first ever short dramatic monologue and a poem that despite going almost unnoticed throughout the 19th century, remains greatly studied, analysed and respected to this date. The poem demonstrates several of Browning’s defining characteristics as a poet; not only does it portray his criticism towards the traditional Victorian practice of self-restraint, he employs violence as a tool to elicit aesthetic excitement- but only at a superficial level, as he skillfully uses the bloody, aggressive actions of his narrator to represent human passion and the destructive tendencies of love. Narrative voice is perhaps the most defining characteristic of Porphyria’s Lover, enabling the reader to view the dark, evenly-paced series of events that occur throughout the poem through eyes distorted by the compulsory internalisation of the narrator’s forbidden love for Porphyria. Browning’s use of the dramatic monologue form is quintessential in shaping the narrative voice to become narrow and focused on exposing the narrator’s personality, as well as that of Porphyria herself, which will be explored in this essay. One of the various ways in which the narrative voice in Porphyria’s Lover can be described is as straightforward, reasonable- in a twisted, psychotic way; very smooth and with an odd matter-of-factly sort of tone to it.
Yeats Essay The poetry of William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) continues to engage readers over 100 years from the time of writing his first poems. This is largely due to his poetic treatment of concepts and emotions that Yeats struggled to reconcile himself with in his lifetime – the most prominent being his poetic treatment of time and change. True, Yeats possesses an exceptional grasp of the English language and is gifted with great poetic ability; and the themes of time and change are not the single beneficiaries of his masterful poetic treatment. However, his works ‘The Second Coming’ and ‘Leda and the Swan’ engage with and demonstrate the belief that human life is essentially fragile and subject to the ravages of time and change. This speech will outline how Yeats’ poetry continues to engage readers through his poetic treatment of time and change.