White Room Jack Bruce and Pete Brown Explore how the poets have used a range of language techniques to convey a negative image. Without love and affection many will succumb to grief and regret. In the poem “White Room” by lyricists Jack Bruce and Pete Brown, a man shares his emotions towards a lost love and the sadness and depression caused by separation. The disorderly structure of the poem which is expressed in the jumbled imagery and stop-start stanza's, has been used to create a negative image of emotional difficulties and an unstable relationship experienced through heart break. As well as using metaphor, free verse, transferred empathy, refrain and litotes, the lyricists have used imagery to create a mental image of darkness and grief.
“Ode to a Nightingale” Compared to “To a Skylark” Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote the poem “To a Skylark” and John Keats wrote “Ode to a Nightingale”. These two poems are very similar, but different at the same time. Both poems are about a bird, but in Keats poem, the reader does not know whether the bird is a figment of the man’s imagination or not. In Shelley’s poem, the bird is still heard, but is not seen. The two major themes found in both poems is nature.
Elliot uses many references to other author’s pieces to relate and help the reader to visualize his words, and also different poetic formats to aid in gracefully moving along the torturous thoughts and actions of the emotionally distraught man in the poem. In the first stanza of the last ninety lines, the author offers a description of how Prufrock has lost his chance to communicate his affectionate feelings to the woman of his dreams. To do this, Elliot uses the animal characteristics of a predatory creature to compare the cosmos to his current situation. He imagines having “bitten off the matter with a smile” and “squeezed the universe into a ball” to envisage what might’ve happened if had taken the risk by declaring his adoration. The quote “squeezed the universe into a ball” is actually taken from the poem “Andrew Marvell to his coy mistress”, and is meant to show how Prufrock wants to force his life into something he can control.
The "Odyssey" by Homer portrays tones of toxic desiring, while Margaret Atwood's poem, Siren Song" has tones of taunting boredom. Odysseus longs to hear the song of the Sirens even though he knows it would be detrimental to his life. In "Siren Song" the birds are teasing the reader about the meaning of their song that is not all that interesting to them. The point of view in both of these poems is first person. The "Odyssey" is told from the perspective of Odysseus, who is affected by the song of the sirens, while "Siren Song" is told from the eyes of one of the siren birds.
It is important that the answers to the questions are already known, to illustrate the self-torture the man exposes himself to. Poe also considered using a parrot instead of a raven (Gelpi 1852). Because of the depressed tone, and the symbolism of ravens as birds of ill omen, he found the raven more suitable for the mood in the poem. Another obvious symbol is the bust of Pallas, the head and torso of the wisest goddess. The raven decided to perch on the goddess of knowledge for several reasons.
Ode to a Nightingale This is a sub-real poem dealing with fantasy, reality, and emotions, in “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats; Keats expresses allusion through his fantasy and reality combined in one. Keats gets “intoxicated” in his own world of imagination as if he was a drunken person; he wants to get away from the real world so he decides to travel through his mind. The whole reason why he likes to be in his own imagination is he is tired of the old dying; he wants to escape reality and go on to a more pleasant world with fairies and forests and Dryads. “The weariness, the fever, and the fret Here, where men sit and hear each other groan; Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last gray hairs, Where youth grows pale, and specter-thin, and dies, Where but to think is to be full of sorrow And leaden-eyed despairs.” Keats shows the reader his view of the world, just be born grow old and die, therefore he wants to go in a world that is more comfortable and pleasant. In the beginning of the poem Keats rubs of as someone who is “intoxicated” but a drunk that is not very bad, “My sense, as though of hemlock (a poison) I had drunk...” Keats is comparing life to the hemlock, stating that life is a poison and beauty is only real while you’re young but as you grow older the lust of beauty diminishes, “ Where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes,”.
Where as ʻThunderingʼ is a metaphor for noisy sinking. Another metaphor is ʻPandemoniumʼ and it means chaos and hell. In this poem, 2 symbols are used, broken toys and hat boxes. Broken toys symbolizes children and hat boxes symbolizes women, as they were supposedly the ﬁrst to leave on the boat, but the speaker in the poem took their place and now feels sympathetic for taking their places. Throughout the poem, it is written in a ﬁrst person point of view, which allows the reader to engage into the speakers mind and emotions, which also makes the reader feel sympathy for the speaker in this case.
(Cleanth Brooks) Versions of Reality It's hard to pinpoint exactly when the poem leaves the "normal" world, because the speaker's version of "normal" involves acting like he's on the drug opium. But by the fourth stanza it has become clear that he has joined the nightingale in a dark, lush fantasy world. His journey takes him close to the experience of death, but the spell is broken when the bird flies away unexpectedly. The entire poem is characterized by the speaker's "altered" mental state, which he claims is not due to alcohol or drugs, although he compares it to these things. The fantasy of the poem begins in stanza four, when the speaker escapes to the forest on the wings of poetry.
The poet’s use of the kingfisher uses the bird in flight as a symbol for the freedom which Plath occasionally experienced when separated from her obsession with her father. Hughes encompasses his overall judgement about Plath in the final lines, “in the pit of red/.. But the jewel you lost was blue”; where he supports his argument that Plath was suffering, through the symbolism of the ‘pit of red’ which conjures images of hell. This contrasts with the symbolism of the ‘jewel of blue’ where the valuable nature of a jewel emphasises the value which Hughes places upon that aspect of Plath. As a result of comparing the different aspects of
Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “The Lotus-Eaters and The Choric Song” creates a state of trance, a state of incantation, and of confinement. Lord Tennyson creates the state found in several of his poetry of a moment in time, this time the mariners of “The Lotus Eaters” are in a sort of drugged state. The sounds and rhythms of Tennyson’s language create this atmosphere in the poem while the details in the landscape are carefully chosen to reflect the state of trance in the poem. The mariners in “The Lotus Eaters” are helplessly drawn towards drugs and dream which transports them to an enchanted place away from toil and obligation. Once they have eaten of the lotus they prefer its half-life and they would prefer death rather than setting forth again.