All throughout the poem, the speaker addresses this woman in a kind of mini-drama in which only one voice is heard. (Browning uses much the same technique in "My Last Duchess"). In "The Flea," however, the woman responds through her actions if not through her words, thereby making the poem even more dramatic. Some poems actually contain dialogue between two or more characters, thus making them even more dramatic in the literal sense of the word. Some of the poems in the final third of Edmund SpenserAmoretti sonnet sequence display this feature.
Discuss the literary device of dramatic irony and the use made of it by J.B. Priestly in ‘An Inspector Calls’ An inspector calls was written in 1945 by J.B. Priestley and is set in 1912. J. B. Priestly has included a lot of dramatic irony; he uses it effectively to put forward the message of the play – community. Dramatic irony is the dramatic effect achieved by leading an audience to understand an incongruity between a situation and the accompanying speeches, while the characters in the play remain unaware of the incongruity (the free online dictionary). Another writer who uses dramatic irony effectively is William Shakespeare.
ENGL103 August 2 2010 Browning's "My Last Duchess" A dramatic monologue is a poetic form where there is one speaker telling the events to a listener. The speaker is usually arguing for something that he wants to prove and therefore the reader must pay attention to what the speaker explicitly says and what he implies between the lines (Markley). The gap that exists between what is actually being said and what the listener understands from the poem entails deep irony. "My Last Duchess" is a dramatic monologue written by Browning. Browning uses the process of double masking to introduce both a character and a mask (Garratt 115).
With the author’s specific use of diction, structure, parallelism, irony, and symbolism, the poem emerges into a metaphorical tale about the coldness and negligence, rather than sympathy and consolation, many people display during a great misfortune. BODY Diction and structure are the foundation of any literary work. To begin with, Parker uses words like “them” and “they” in her poem rather than more specific and definitive names. This word choice creates a mysterious atmosphere and raises the question: Who are “they” and “them”? The diction the Diction and structure 1 HOLT, RINEHART AND WINSTON Analyzing a Poem writer uses leaves the perpetrators nameless.
Perrine reminds us that Browning’s “The Last Duchess” is set during the 16th century during a time when nobility ruled over actions. He also describes how the emissary may have felt overwhelmed and hypnotized in the presence of the Duke uncaring of the Duke’s malevolent actions (Perrine, 158). Perrine suggests that the Duke, though vain as Jerman believes, is not blind to his own self-interest (Perrine, 157). Perrine describes the Duke’s beautiful speaking skills as the primary argument for the character’s intelligence (Perrine, 158). The Duke repeats certain phrases as he speaks to ensure the emissary is listening to and understanding the major points of his conversation (Perrine, 158).
Yvonne Young British Literary Tradition II (EN246OC) Professor Abma May 29, 2011 The Truth in Heroic Allegory: S. Johnson’s “Truth, Falsehood and Fiction: an allegory” The word allegory, coming from the Latin allegoria meaning “veiled language, figurative”, is an effective literary device used by many writers to communicate messages by means of symbolic figures and extended metaphors. As it turns out, Samuel Johnson used just that in his esteemed allegorical work “Truth, Falsehood and Fiction: an allegory” where abstract concepts of human nature (good versus bad) are cleverly woven into an epic tale full of mythological and worldly characters. In this, Johnson is able to place a “mask” of figurative language over intangible, sober subject material, effectively catching the reader’s interest, while at the same time providing a deeper understanding of the true significance behind the narrative. In his essay, allegory is used to personify human concepts into tangible characters providing a deeper understanding of its teachings. For instance, the word truth can be described as honesty, reality, sincerity etc, but the heroine TRUTH, “daughter of Jupiter and Wisdom”, causes readers to envision a “majestic”, “towering” woman “conscious of superior power and juster claim” who must fight to win the hearts of men.
She dwelt among the Untrodden ways William Wordsworth was a Romantic poet who believed that poetry was an overflow of feelings and emotion according to what he wrote in the Preface to Lyrical Ballads. His poem "She Dwelt in Untrodden Ways," part of the grouping called the Lucy poems, certainly shows the reader a wealth of emotions. The Lucy poems "variously ordered in different editions tell...of an uneasy courtship, blissful domestic life, and abrupt and devastating loss" (Jackson). According to most, the Lucy poems are seen as a "lyrical sequence," according to Mark Jones, but that interpretation may be much too simple. However, in any event, the power of Wordsworth's poetry is undeniable and the feelings that he brings forth are remarkable.
Narrative Voice in Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning Porphyria’s Lover was written in 1936 by Robert Browning, his first ever short dramatic monologue and a poem that despite going almost unnoticed throughout the 19th century, remains greatly studied, analysed and respected to this date. The poem demonstrates several of Browning’s defining characteristics as a poet; not only does it portray his criticism towards the traditional Victorian practice of self-restraint, he employs violence as a tool to elicit aesthetic excitement- but only at a superficial level, as he skillfully uses the bloody, aggressive actions of his narrator to represent human passion and the destructive tendencies of love. Narrative voice is perhaps the most defining characteristic of Porphyria’s Lover, enabling the reader to view the dark, evenly-paced series of events that occur throughout the poem through eyes distorted by the compulsory internalisation of the narrator’s forbidden love for Porphyria. Browning’s use of the dramatic monologue form is quintessential in shaping the narrative voice to become narrow and focused on exposing the narrator’s personality, as well as that of Porphyria herself, which will be explored in this essay. One of the various ways in which the narrative voice in Porphyria’s Lover can be described is as straightforward, reasonable- in a twisted, psychotic way; very smooth and with an odd matter-of-factly sort of tone to it.
Shakespeare was a magician. You may think this is preposterous, however the way in which Shakespeare manages to bring his characters to life is simply stunning. He uses a vast range of techniques to bewilder, overwhelm and to encourage further study into the various connotations used. Some of his best literary pieces are his portrayals of disturbed characters; from solitary soliloquies to psychological torture, his use of the English language is phenomenal. Even the most esteemed of critics stand speechless when analysing his works of art.
In “The Author To Her Book” by Anne Bradstreet, the speaker who takes on the role of an author, displays her insecurities for a piece of literature she has written. Through the extended series of comparisons between the speaker’s poems and her children and the vivid personification, the poet expresses the strong and intimate bond she develops for her work and her ambivalent feelings towards it. Also, Bradstreet’s self-deprecating poem explores the idea of perfection in literature. Firstly, the title reveals the relationship between the author and her book. The tone of the title is set apart from the rest of the poem.