William Carlos Williams makes great use of several elements in the presentation of the poem. Some of these elements are language, form and content. First of all I was greatly attracted to the aspect of content. The author chose to narrow down to old age as the essential content of the poem. Actually it activated me as I read through the poem.
Besides insight into collective societal culture, literary history has provided future writers with models of poetic device, style and content influencing literary works and building upon past literary ideas. Literary history is a vehicle to understanding the past and plays a major role in its influence on literature up to and including the present day. Knowledge of historical literature gives us insight into the traditions and societal conventions of the time in which the piece was written. One outstanding example comes from Anglo-Saxon times. Beowulf is a literary work which enables a reader to glimpse not only the societal customs but into the savage and seemingly uncontrollable environment of the first century.
Othello - Act 2 Iago’s Soliloquy (II, iii, 303-329): In Iago’s soliloquy, he uses the metaphor, “So will I turn her virtue into pitch”(II,iii, 327), this indicates that he will turn her virtue into “pitch”, this indicates that he will turn her virtue; kind acts towards Cassio, into “pitch”, which is symbolic to evil. The antithesis of virtue and pitch represents the conflict Iago has with Othello. Also in the same soliloquy is the dramatic irony when Iago claims “This advice is free I give, and honest” (II, iii, 304). The word “honest” in the earlier quote and in the quote “honest fool”(II, iii, 320), draws attention to how Iago’s motives are hidden from the characters onstage, portrayed through the dramatic irony. The desperation for a particular reputation can lead to lying and the manipulation of others, which in total causes conflict.
During our lives we will have to take many journeys some happy, some sad, and some tougher than others. I was asked to read Gilgamesh written by Stephen Mitchell and Beowulf transcribed by Seamus Heaney. There are many differences and critical comparisons that can be drawn between the epics of Beowulf and Gilgamesh. Both are historical poems which shape their respected culture and both have major social, cultural, and political impacts on the development of western civilization literature and writing. Before any analysis is made, it is vital that some kind of a foundation be established so that a further, in-depth exploration of the complex nature of both narratives can be accomplished.
Themes in ‘The Birthmark’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne develops a range of themes with his literary techniques such as, characterization plot development, and the use of poetic devices in the story “The Birthmark.” The themes of this story are; one should love unconditionally; no human can change the fate of another to make them perfect; and science cannot conquer nature. An important theme in ‘The Birthmark’ is, ‘love unconditionally.’ The character of Georgiana helps to develop this theme because of her devotion to Aylmer. Although the crimson birthmark on her cheek disgusts Aylmer and he makes that clear to her quite often, Georgina still loves him and stays devoted to him. She allows him to attempt to remove the birthmark with a risky scientific procedure that could cost her her life. This theme is expanded upon is by Hawthorne’s carefully played out plot development.
The Language of the Brag” by Sharon Olds On a personal level, I found Old’s poem to be tremendously stimulating. I was both disgusted and enthralled with the almost violent and grotesque imagery Olds provides, I also thought this short story left me conflicted with the strength and courage of childbirth but also left me discouraged to endure the process myself. Though descriptions of “my stool black with iron pills” and “…passed blood and feces and sweat” are enough to horrify a young woman, I felt a sense of empowerment from the narrator’s recognition of her accomplishment, one that cannot be achieved by men (1280). The author eloquently shows her pride as she states, “I and the other women this exceptional/ act with this exceptional heroic body” (1280). With these lines Olds takes the female body, a subject that has been overly abused by past poets who glorified a woman’s anatomy as a possession and a prize, and contorts the sometimes iconic symbol into a reality: a reality which feels pain, but also gives life.
Nevertheless, to truly understand how internal aggressions and desires are shown to lead to Sammy’s rash decision, one must first learn the role the ID pertains to all literary creations. It is the source of the libido, or fundamental pleasures, and many theologians compare the ID to the devil. With this knowledge, one can see that ultimately, Sammy makes his decision because the pleasure he could receive by gaining the three girls’ attentions outweigh the negative consequences of losing his job. Furthermore, Sammy’s sexual desire for Queenie is shown very
She also uses rhetorical devices to make the reader think about the situation as well as being involved. Cayte Williams changes the tone again, when she refers to Jane Horwood's experiences. Sunbed-tanning is rendered a dangerous addiction, especially with the mention of smoking and anorexia. In social circles, smoking and anorexia are probably the most 'frowned upon'. The dangers of smoking and anorexia both are very perilous, and to be connected with 'harmless' suntanning 'shocks' readers.
The narrowed voice: minimalism and Raymond Carver Studies in Short Fiction, Wntr, 1994 by Michael Trussler Minimalism appears to be rampant. So captivated are contemporary critics with the term's (supposed) ability to provide precise and final demarcation, that it seems paradoxical to discover the myriad of widely diverse cultural activities jointly labeled by the "minimalist" aesthetic.1 Repeatedly, however, the term is used pejoratively, a rapid dismissal of an artwork, often made more on moral than stylistic grounds. (2) Occasionally, as with Barth's frequent application of the term, it denotes praise; rarely is neutrality involved. In many respects, our culture's penchant for the term minimalist is similar to its predilection for the label "postmodernist" - making free and easy use of either as an epithet has become "stylish." Abused as the term is, its overuse nevertheless signifies a general cultural difficulty in understanding and interpreting contemporary art ("to name is to know" becomes the axiom, from the entertainment pages of newspapers to the critical investigation of literary texts).
I agree with her statement because body piercing and tattoos are a way of self-expression for an individual, but it is also an unfulfilling quest as one tattoo or piercing can lead to another and can be addictive. When Josie Appleton stated, “Body modification should be put back in a box…with existential significance that the problems start." What she