How Does Duffy reveal her attitude to war and soldiers? In The Falling Soldier, Duffy takes the opportunity to use the photograph of the man’s ‘last breath’ to try and rewrite history, creating several different pleasant images of what the photo could of been representing, compared to the harsh reality. Duffy in both The Falling Soldier and Last Post shows the same theme of her trying to show what she wished, could have happened to the innocent soldiers. ‘If poetry could truly tell it backwards, then it would’ this is Duffy basically telling us that if she could rewrite history with her poems then she would. In the poem The Falling Soldier, which is in relation to the photograph by Robert Capa, Duffy begins the poem by using colloquial language such as ‘flop’ and ‘kip’ to create a very casual everyday image about how the photo could be interoperated.
My choice of poem to imitate is “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson. I was attracted to this poem as soon as I read the title, as it was the mention of death that drew me in. Death seems to be a prominent theme in many of Dickinson’s poems. Having a deep affinity for death and the macabre myself, it was only natural that this one should catch my attention. In this poem Dickinson personifies death, not as a frightening figure, but as a kind and gentle guide.
Explore how the writer presents her ideas about death in conscientious objector. Conscientious Objector is written by Edna St. Vincent Millay. It expresses her strong views on pacifism. The poem is written from the viewpoint of a conscientious objector and uses personification as one of its key poetic devices. The title of the poem gives us a clear indication of the theme.
“An Atlas of the Difficult World” After reading this poem written by Adrienne Rich, I found it to be odd yet interesting at the same time. She starts off the poem with “Here is a map of our country” (Rich 3). My first assumption after reading that line in the poem is that she is going to mention certain main factors about our world map. Although, she doesn’t give specific names of what places that she is describing in her poem, it allowed me to imagine and be creative by developing images in my head that she is trying to portray. Once I reached the second line in her poem, I noticed that she uses the word “indifference”.
He has done this in mid-term break by using phrases like ‘corpse’ and ‘a poppy bruise’. These phrases give the poem a very dark mood as they relate to war and death. His great knowledge of the war through his personal experience of the Second World War means that he was able to forget human emotions and discuss and write about things in a matter of fact tone. The rhythm of his poetry is very musically
Ethics Linda Pastan’s poem “Ethics” starts off by giving the reader a philosophical question that is almost impossible to answer. Pastan allows the reader to really think throughout the entire poem by bringing up questions that are not always easy to answer. Pastan focuses on structure in her poem to help allow the reader to think and question what the poem is about. When the teacher in the poem starts to explain that whoever answers the question is completely responsible for the future of the painting and the woman, it brings the phrase "the burdens of responsibility" onto the next line so it is separated. Pastan does this to allow the reader to see that those burdens are by themselves and to make them pop out more by isolating those words onto the next line.
Antonela Vukojević English Literature: Romanticism and Victorian Era Antonija Primorac, Ph.D. 26 June 2012 EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR IMAGERY IN TENNYSON'S “MARIANA” This essay argues that Alfred Tennyson in his poem “Mariana” is concerned with the connection of exterior (the surroundings) and interior, i.e. the human emotions. He uses different methods in order to emphasize the image of abandoned woman dealing with her solitude. Tennyson is especially known for his usage of visual elements to represent certain feeling he deals with in the certain poem. This technique is called word-painting and it was used mostly in the Victorian era since that period was famous for its usage of picturesque elements.
One of the first things a reader can notice about this poem is the rhyme scheme. From the first stanza to the last stanza it follows an ABBA rhyme scheme. The structure allows each scene to focus on the center lines then go to the last line which has some relationship with the first. It should also to be noted that Auden purposely punctuated some lines to continue on to the next,” In a lonely field the rain lashes an abandoned train” (2-3). The moments in the poem that are like that throws off the sing song rhythm that would have been made.
The bird’s darkness matches the morbid and depressing tone of the poem and represents lost love and death and symbolizes "Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance. The beginning of this poem largely highlights the elements of darkness and death as Poe describes the atmosphere by employing techniques such as metaphors, alliteration and the use of ironic words to create symbolism. The phrase ‘Midnight dreary’ suggests that it is a dark, cold and wet night and midnight is also related to evil so this indicates that there is evil activity that is about to happen. ‘Bleak December’ symbolizes the lifeless month due to the season of winter which represents death. The metaphor ‘each separate dying ember, wrought its ghost upon the floor’ is used contribute to the mood.
Sexton understood her culture's malaise through her own, and her skill enabled her to deploy metaphorical structures at once synthetic and analytic. In other words, she assimilated the superficially opposing but deeply similar ways of thinking represented by poetry and psychoanalysis. Sexton explored the myths by and through which our culture lives and dies: the archetypal relationships among mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, gods and humans, men and women. She perceived, and consistently patterned in the images of her art, the paradoxes deeply rooted in human behavior and motivation. (The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 1987) Her poetry presents multiplicity and simplicity, duality and unity, the sacred and the profane, in ways that insist on their similarities, even at times, their identity.