T.S. Eliot’s ideas that a thought is in fact an emotion, would suggest that the metaphysical poet uses images of extreme emotion and elaborate metaphors that extend for the entirety of a single poem; to draw feeling for the audience. Like Johnson however I find that the elaborate conceit draws away from the feeling of the poem, it takes away the emotional connection and becomes an ego driven battle of the minds, no longer effecting the readers emotions but simply showing off their Wit to their peers. Donne`s poetry is no exception to this idea. He definitely displays wit and intelligence, however lacks the fundamental idea of feeling.
In Wild Oats It explains that a person, over the course of time, comes to realise that his greatest desires of love, are unattainable, and second best things will have to suffice. The central purpose of this poem is to show that love is one of these great desires and despite flashes of promise it contains scarcely anything that is more than fragmentary. Larkin reveals this through tone and diction. Both poets seem to focus a lot on the physical side of love where lust and desire are involved however Abse makes it sound more sensual and even spiritual when he speaks of Eros in his poem. Larkin portrays this sense of objectification in his poem with regards to woman as he describes a woman as a ‘bosomy English rose’ and then follows on to call her ‘beautiful’ throughout the poem portraying the sexual lust involved with love.
Whitman's poem is really long it has a lot of symbolism, imagery, descriptions and whatever else you can name. It’s easy to become distracted by the many details of the poem, but with reasonable attention you can infer the underlying message he is trying to get across. This has to do of course, with his whole philosophy of the "self". Although his poem is told from his point of view and uses and some references to his own life, this "self' is not referring to only Whitman. It is a general reference to humanity as a whole.
Friends, Classmates, Fellow literary critics… Today, I am here to stress my knowledge on how the composer’s Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke have effectively conveyed their thoughts and feelings on war using themes, issues and techniques. Siegfried Sassoon chose to convey the theme of the outcomes war has had in those who survived (hence the name survivors) and how the process of war has aged them prematurely and darkened there spirits. The poem ‘survivors’ is a clever and well structured poem, Sassoon incorporates many techniques to emphasise and illuminate his main theme . Siegfried Sassoon uses primarily literal language; he rarely speaks metaphorically or figuratively thus the reason why we don’t see a frequency in metaphors, similes or imagery throughout the poem. He evokes a very bitter outraged mood in the reader, he’s thoughts and feelings produce anger and spite.
They both explore the theme of love or rather painful love. the poet revels the link between the two poems’s through a verity of techniques which is done very effectively but also shows the difference between the obsessive love in “Havisham” and the possessive love of “Valentine”. The pain of love is evident from the beginning in both poems. “Carol Ann Duffy” uses the tone in the first couple of stanzas to show the unorthodox nature of the love. “Not a day since then I haven’t whished him dead”-Havisham This is very effective as the aggressive tone shows “Havisham” has been rejected and her love is causing her pain.
Analytical Essay: Raymond Carver I tend to believe that Raymond Carver writes in a way that has very intense pessimistic qualities, but often ends up shining light into optimistic ways of thinking and living. His two short stories Cathedral and A Small, Good Thing do just that. While both stories involve very dark and negative actions and ways of thinking, both conclude with sincere optimism. Both of these stories deal with characters only seeing things on the surface and for that reason, seem pessimistic. But when looked at in a deeper meaningful way, in which the characters look deep within themselves and the situation around them, optimism shines through and that is why Carver’s work is so elegant.
The speaker The humour here seems to arise from the discrepancy between what the speaker says, the “I” of the poem, and what one would expect from such a man as Burns. The “I” of the poem is obviously not the poet himself, and it is not ambiguous as it is in other poems: this fact is clearly explained in the Argument preceding the poem itself. QUOTE. The fact that Robert Burns embodies Holy Willie, and speaks for him seems to give his arguments more power than a mere criticism of Willie’s attitude. In fact, the reader is very nearly in the position of a spy listening to Holy Willie’s prayer, i.e.
Romantic poetry is said to incorporate nature and emotions into its poetry. The famous poet William Wordsworth described good poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes it origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” (Preface to Lyrical Ballads ll 6-7). Gothic poetry on the other hand involves darkness, mystery and the supernatural. Although the two forms of poetry may sound different by definition, the two have more in common than one would think. Many of the gothic poems incorporate nature and imagination just as romantic poetry does.
Among the list of themes he addresses is that of loneliness, particularly in his poems Alone and The Raven. These poems certainly travel down the road less travelled and examine topics that can only be beautified by poetry. Using an array of poetic techniques, Poe breaks free of the constraints of conventional writing and finds ‘the mystical’ in the world that surrounded him. Oscar Wilde believed that poetry was inspired by the mystical richness of the world in which he existed. Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry certainly lives up to Wilde’s standards by taking his experience with the dance of life and intertwining it into his work which essentially took readers through a journey of the mystical.
Together the works of Ted Hughes, Christine Jeffs and J.D Salinger combine to enhance an understanding of the concept of conflicting perspectives. The audience can see that there is a great deal of ubiquity in relation to Conflicting Perspectives. Ted Hughes’ poetry gives his account of a tumultuous part of his life whilst Christine Jeff’s film portrays a different point of view than that given by Hughes’. It is through looking at Salinger’s novel, that the role of the authorial voice in contrast to the protagonists can create a conflicting perspective between the protagonist and the audience. All these texts explore the concept of one person’s ‘truth’ in relation to another’s.