The speaker says: “They begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means.” The students approach the poem as an adversary rather than looking carefully for the detail and meaning of it. This links back to the main idea of this poem. In conclusion, similes, metaphors, and extended metaphors are all techniques which are used in this poem. This imagery assists the reader in understanding the overall meaning of the poem and relates back to the main idea of enjoying poetry and not trying too hard too find the meaning of
‘The violets’, ‘A Valediction’ and ‘Sharpness of Death’ Gwen Harwood poetry deeply explores many aspects of the human experience. In ‘The Violets’ her poetry explores the passage of time. That the passing of time is inevitable and brings about loss and change. This poem explores the nature of memories and the role they play in finding solace for this loss. ‘A Valediction’ explores the importance of the balance between physical and spiritual love.
The poems in this section have to do with “Ars Poetica.” This means The Art of Poetry in Latin. The poets of this collection of poems are actually using poetry to answer the questions of what poetry is, how it should be written, and how it should be read. There is one poem specifically that I felt agreed with my views of poetry and that is Billy Collins’ “Introduction of Poetry.” In this poem, I feel like he is trying to say that people try too hard and over-analyze poems. They sometimes try to force a meaning into a poem because they think that there has to be a reason that poem was written and it has to have some kind of deeper meaning of an issue going on in the world. I think that the end of the poem really points this out with the words “torture of confession out of it” and “they begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means.” I think that Collins is trying to tell people that they should just read poetry and enjoy it.
To what extent are there common threads in the poetry of at least two poets you have studied this year? Futility is an inevitable aspect of human nature. Throughout the creative elements of poetry, the poets Sylvia Plath and Wilfred Owen have extensively explored the central concept of futility through varying perspectives. By the utilisation of poetic techniques such as metaphors, symbolism, and irony, the effects of conformity, death, and loss of self-identity have been reflected upon by the poets. A society is a place where people should feel a sense of belonging, but a society exhibiting a lack of compassion is one that is sure to crumble.
Alonzo Booth III IB English Due: November 8, 2013 Porphyria’s Lover Analysis Robert Browning was a famous English Poet who mastered the use of dramatic verse expecially dramtic monologues. One of his famous pieces was Porphyria’s Lover. Robert Browning use situational irony, personification, imagery, iambic tetrameter, juxtaposition, rhythm, and enjambment to complicate the notion of truth throughout the poem. Robert Browning uses situational irony to depict the love portrayed by Porphyria’s lover but it ends up going awry when he took, “ in one long yellow string I wound three times her little throat around and stranged her.” (lines 39- 41) It displays the irony of a person saying a whole lot of good things about that person that they love and cherish but they end up killing them. Browning uses that to throw the readers off from the suspecting romantic love poem or love story to a romantic tragedy that ends up leaving the reader wondering why did the man kill the woman he loved so dearly?
Whitman’s influence on Ginsberg is prevalent in the first sentence of “Howl” in which Ginsberg begins his poem with the line “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.” In Whitman’s “Song of Myself” the author begins his poem in a similar fashion stating, “I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume.” Both authors wish to connect with the readers and depict their personal thoughts. The use of the word “I” also emphasized ideas of individuality, drawing attention to the fact that society is made up entirely of individuals. Both poets used descriptive, non-rhyming poems written in streams of thought and broken down into long stanzas; otherwise known as free verse. In both Howl and Song of Myself, Ginsberg and Whitman give insight into the lives they lead by giving descriptions of themselves. Whitman describes himself as “Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart them, No more modest than immodest.” Whereas Ginsberg describes himself as “starving hysterical naked… wandered around and around at midnight in the railroad yard wondering where to go… lounged hungry and lonesome
Buchanan 1 Buchanan, Angelica T.A. Fossett HN American Literature 10/4/2011 Responsibility Brings Along Consequence Education is the imparting and acquiring of knowledge and for that, there are teachers. In the film, Dead Poet’s Society, Mr. Keating, the new English teacher at Welton High School, introduces the boys to a new way of thinking; Carpe Diem. John Keating teaches his students to “sound their barbaric yawp” and find their own person. Although Keating’s ideas mature the boys, they also force them to meet consequence for their actions.
Overview and Context The poem might be viewed as a literary exercise in logic as much as a ‘love’ poem’. Marvell’s speaker uses a tripartite structure to follow his argument to its conclusion, effectively forming a ‘syllogism’. This poem is also a prime example of the ‘sex-death’ juxtaposition (which critics such as Roland Barthes have explored in more detail), also a marked characteristic of Romeo and Juliet. Whilst many students will be able to understand the ideas contained within this poem, a very rough ‘translation’, such as the one which follows, may be useful. Click on the images to enlarge them.
A poet relies on his feeling to convey the current situations that they are in. Poets usually allow their emotions to drive their words and it allows their thoughts to flow. Poetry is like a playground where poets can explore their inner thought and question everything. Its their view of the world that allows them to paint us a picture of their dreams, aspirations and nightmares that they have encountered. What makes it so effective is that they allow the raw emotion to drive the delivery of their words.
Sailing to Byzantium is a critically claimed poem by W.B. Yeats. Highly regarded as one of the greatest 20th century poets, Yeats wrote the poem as a metaphor for a spiritual journey, exploring timeless philosophical issues such as art, human spirit, coming of age, and immortality. In order to analyse Yeats’s presentation of value in Sailing to Byzantium, we must first define literary value; however, value is one of the most subjective and pliable issues within English Literature, definitions of value literally change from person to person. However, this essay will attempt to apply some aspects of value to Yeats’s work.