The author repeatedly represents fear as a person and something keeping track of you. I think the reasoning for this is to symbolize how fear is a part of every day and how it seems like someone has a “black sack of troubles” just handing them out. The author plays with the idea that fear itself has feeling, “Maybe he smiles when he finds the right one. Maybe he’s sorry.” In either case, the fear has feeling, which is something that most people wouldn’t think about. The poem has a very simple feel to it when it is read.
They begin beating it with a hose To find out what it really means. The poem “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins is about exploring the beauty of the world with the use of sound and mind using imagination. It introduces the exploration of the world through a different point of view. The tone of the poem is beauty, imagination, and misunderstanding. This poem means that people need to look at the
His word choice emphasizes his point that poetry shouldn’t mean anything more then what it already says. MacLeish fosters synonyms such as “mute” and “dumb” or “silent” and “wordless” to reinforce his simplistic philosophy that poetry should be. Aside from the author’s choice of words, the repetition used in Ars Poetica further highlights various aspects of poetry. Often the speaker wishes to reveal to his reader the impression that poetry should be something felt or “palpable” as he expressed it. Nearing the end of the poem, MacLeish creates a complete view of poetry after saying that “a poem should be equal to: not true” and “a poem should not mean but be”.
“Cult of the Individual”: A Two-Pronged Concept Reading Bruce Pirie’s book, Reshaping High School English has become an exercise in self reflection and frustration at seeing some of my own classroom practices as being shallow. In Chapter two, entitled Beyond Barney and the Cult of the Individual, Pirie asserts that many teachers have become focused on the individual thoughts and feelings of their students to the point that it has become doctrine. While I do not believe teachers should forget that their students are individuals and have unique interests and background, I am compelled to examine my own routines and practices. Perhaps, as Pirie suggests, I am contributing to a generation of narcissistic young people. Classrooms by their very nature are social environments.
I found this poem interest me in that it brings out diction, symbols, sound, sense, and repetition; hence, the purpose of this essay is to explicate the poem “We Real Cool” in a line-by-line structure. In the poem Gwendolyn Brooks uses multiple meanings in simple words by using slang. One example of this is when the teens mention in line one “We Real Cool” As we all may know this is an incorrect vocabulary, for “we real cool” is not proper English but street talk. Case in point, the word “we” comes up within the line this shows that there is more than one person; the poet is insinuating that there is a group, or gang. Also, by the words “real cool” this shows how arrogant the young men are, it even points out how the individuals themselves place themselves higher than others.
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.
While reading the poem, “The Story We Know”, I was very confused as to the meaning. This poem, like many before it, required me to read it quite a few times before I got the gist of it. I think the main problem I have with it is the villanelle style. I think the structure of this type of poem is over confusing and made difficult on purpose just so a poet can say, “Oh yeah, I wrote some villanelles”. It is not so much that I don't like them, it is just that they are hard to comprehend.
To where the first part reads “Are you going to let your emotional life be run by Time Magazine?” comes off as a bad thing and yet he is obsessed with it and can’t help but read it himself is condescending and hypocritical. Profanity in a poem can have many different affects on the read. For instance it can put more emphasis on what the writer is trying to express. Profanity can also make a certain situation feel lighter and more humorous versus serious, or in some circumstances it can offend certain readers if read by the wrong audience. Allen Ginsberg is able to use profanity
Moreover, by stating how the kids “wince and scream” once they are faced with this person, the poetic voice shows how he is someone who people should be feared of. My view of this poem is that the poetic voice is describing someone who is excluded from society mainly due to his appearance. The narrator is used to represent the critical side of society and its views towards this punk by clearly describing him/her in a pejorative tone. Also, I think that by describing the tattoos as “indelible ink” the poetic voice is emphasizing the fact
Is there a formula to poetry? Can a person fit words into a certain form and create “art?” Some poets seem to think this, which causes distress for others who believe in true poetry and true art. In her poem, “Poetry,” Marianne Moore expresses her disdain for phony poetry that tries to fit into a set mold and suggests that there is better side to poetry, as long as it is raw and genuine. The poem scorns poetry that is too structured or tries to follow a certain style. Moore jumps right into a negative approach with the words “I too, dislike it; there are thing that are important beyond all this fiddle” (Moore 1-2).