The Road Not Taken Poetry Response Debra Davis People make decisions everyday more than once. I am making a decisons on what to write in this poetry response, and what I want it to say exaclty. The poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a poem about decision making. Many think that he tells about how he took the road less traveled by, but that is not the case. "And looked down one as far as I could/ To where it bent in the undergrowth;/ Then took the other, as just as fair" Frost states from this excerpt of the poem that as he looks down both paths as far as he can, then he makes the decison on which one to take, which is just as fair as the other one.
Through the uses of imagery, enjambment, and line breaks, Amabile creates a poem that flows with all three of these methods intact. The revisions of Catch And Release shows that it had evolved from a short, seven-line poem, to a full twenty-nine-line poem and through revisions, lines were added and line breaks were changed. From the second revision to the final completed poem, there is only a one-line difference, but many new line breaks were added and modified to create a better impact. In line four of the second revision, the phrase “strictly by the rules of catch and release – a cutthroat” (Revisions, 1) was removed completely because the line break appears and slows down the poem’s flow. The line break here doesn’t work because of the last word it ended on and thus creates an unwanted, jagged sense.
In his essay "The Poet," Ralph Waldo Emerson called for a poet who could move beyond artistic trivialities and capture the true essence of the American spirit. Heavily influenced both by Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, Walt Whitman answered this call in his poetry collection entitled "Leaves of Grass." Though it was the source of much controversy during its time, "Leaves of Grass" has had a foundational impact on modern American poetry and continues to shape the poetic form to this very day. Whitman's early career can be quite frankly described as inconsequential. From his late teens to his mid-thirties, Whitman worked at various editing and teaching jobs while dabbling in freelance fiction and poetry.
How Does Duffy reveal her attitude to war and soldiers? In The Falling Soldier, Duffy takes the opportunity to use the photograph of the man’s ‘last breath’ to try and rewrite history, creating several different pleasant images of what the photo could of been representing, compared to the harsh reality. Duffy in both The Falling Soldier and Last Post shows the same theme of her trying to show what she wished, could have happened to the innocent soldiers. ‘If poetry could truly tell it backwards, then it would’ this is Duffy basically telling us that if she could rewrite history with her poems then she would. In the poem The Falling Soldier, which is in relation to the photograph by Robert Capa, Duffy begins the poem by using colloquial language such as ‘flop’ and ‘kip’ to create a very casual everyday image about how the photo could be interoperated.
She also effectively utilizes literary techniques such as rhythm, alliteration, and imaging that contribute to the overall theme. The speaker of this poem associates himself with a group that he refers to as we. The poem is written in first person, presenting only one character’s point of view. The title is ironic. "We Real Cool" is contradicting the last line, "We Die soon."
She denies the seriousness of loss and the sadness it brings by highlighting the commoness of loss and depicting its nature not as a process but as an “art”, evading its disastrous nature. However the poet eventually comes to the realisation of the disastrous effect of losing a person and seems to waver in her opinion. In the first half of the poem Elizabeth Bishop portrays the nature of loss as a common occurrence on a everyday basis and argues that it is not as bad as people claim it to be. The poem’s title “One Art” subtly takes away the pejorative connotation associated with loss and emphasizes that people should accept loss as it is. The poet’s indifference to loss is revealed in the statement “so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster”, highlighting that loss occurs commonly, like any other daily activity, and should not be allowed to let it upset ourselves.
Poetry is an important portion of the English language. We have seen poetry way back in the years Before Christ. This art is so diverse and complete that many people even study it or write it because is a way of expressing our feelings, is not only about rhymes but also about the deep feelings that the author establish and deposit in their poems. There is a really good poem called “Richard Cory” written in 1897 by Edwin Arlington Robinson. This short fascinating and incredible poem displays the irony of human nature within the lines.
To the naked eye, a motif may not be visible in this modern poem. After analyzing “Preludes,” I found that the idea of time was a motif that T.S Eliot used very distinctly, but not too much to where it is completely invisible. In the very first stanza, the idea of time is introduce within the first few lines along with some very vivid imagery. “Six o'clock. The burnt-out ends of smoky days.” (1094, Eliot) Time is an important aspect of all life.
[10 points] The ideas and images presented in the poem follow its formal organization. However, the Shakespearean sonnet is the most flexible form allowing for the poem to follow the fluctuation of an octave/sestet and flows as a [(8)+(4+2)]. Thus, the first eight lines form the octave with a shift just before the ninth line. The last six form the sestet, which is broken up into four lines then there is the turn and the last two rhyming lines of iambic pentameter create the heroic couplet. This formation works particularly well for “Oh, think not I am faithful to a vow!” because she presents her problem in the first eight lines by giving two examples back to back of reasons that would cause her to leave.
Assignment 2: Figurative Language versus Literal Language Gyongyi Molnar Professor Sonja Sheffield Strayer University- PHI 210 January 27, 2013 Literal language is straightforward where the words don’t go beyond their meanings. It’s easy to use and understand. However, if we always used literal language, our writings and conversations would be colorless and boring. Figurative language brings words alive and brightens them with emotions, style, and even humor. Often their meaning is clear, but other times they can be confusing.