He begins writing at night, a time when darkness will match his mood. The night sky filled withstars offers him no comfort since they "are blue and shiver." Their distance from him reinforcesthe fact that he is alone. However, he can appreciate the night wind that "sings" as his verseswill, describing the woman he loved. Lines 5–10 Neruda repeats the first line in the fifth and follows it with a declaration of the speaker’s love for an unnamed woman.
Shakespeare's reference to "yellow leaves" shows that the person is in the fall of their life, approaching winter, considering leaves don't change until the end of fall and the boughs "shake against the cold." He then references an absence when he speaks of the "late" birds. His choice to use the word "late" and the past tense "sang," show that something isn't there anymore, or missing creating a feeling of emptiness. This feeling of emptiness combined with the metaphors implying a fast approaching winter, seem to relay a harshness and maybe that the person has missed something in life. The person's death is constantly coming near, as is alluded to by his metaphors with twilight and a sunset.
To start off, Shakespeare compares his progressing age to the passing of a day in the second quatrain. His life is slowly fading away like the light of the sun “fadeth in the west” (6). Once the sun sets, it becomes dark and then it is time to sleep. But for Shakespeare, the “black night” (7) is the time when “death’s second self” (8) will come and take away his sleep, and ultimately extinguishing the last few minutes of his life. Secondly, the author metaphorically compares his aging body to autumn in the first quatrain: That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
“We choose metaphors in order to communicate what we think or how we feel about something.” In ‘Sonnet 73’, Shakespeare appears to be telling his lover how he feels about his anxieties and his advanced age. Throughout the poem, Shakespeare has used three different metaphors in order to convey the effects of old age. The poem itself follows these metaphors, from the yellow leaves of the first quatrain, to the smouldering ashes of the last, and from this, we see the slow and gradual movement from aging to death, as each metaphor succeeds the last. One way in which Shakespeare uses metaphor is to tell his lover that he must be regarded in the period of his life which corresponds to late autumn. He compares his withering body to iconic autumnal changes, such as the “yellow leaves”.
Sonnet LXXIII by William Shakespeare is about the passing of time eroding the life of man and nature. This Elizabethan sonnet has three quatrains in which images of decay in nature entangle with finality in human life. The first quatrain evokes the transition from late autumn to early winter giving a feeling of cold reaching the atmosphere. This image represents decay or death in nature. The second quatrain calls to the mind the gradual fading of day, and introduces the concept of rest provided by a personified sleep.
Housman realizes 50 years is not enough to enjoy the beauty of nature in his life. When the writer writes “And since to look at things in bloom/ fifty springs are little room” The cherry tree only blooms once in a year. The young man realizes that he has only 50 years more to enjoy the beauty of his life. When he says he will go “To see the cherry hung with snow,” he suggests winter, and winter suggests death. Spring suggests rebirth and new beginnings.
April 28, 2011 Ode to the West Wind Shelley’s friend “discusses Shelley as a passionately religious poet who formulates his religion by the actual writings of this poem.” (Harold Bloom). Shelley’s most truehearted admirers acknowledge that Shelley’s poetry presents special stylistic difficulties. In Ode to the West Wind the wind symbolizes the end of the summer. “It ushers in autumn and the rainy season.”(GALE Virtual Reference Library). “This poem was conceived and chiefly written a wood that skirts the Arno, near Florence, [Italy] and on a day when that tempestuous wind is at once mild and animating, was collecting the vapors which pour down the autumn rains.”(Percy Bysshe Shelley).
The poem consists of two settings: the present moment: as an adult picks flowers at cold dusk, and the memory of a child, waking from sleep in a hot afternoon, and grieving over the lost day. Harwood separates each setting through enjambment - combining both within the final stanza to represent the obscure shift from a daydream back into reality. Harwood’s writing actually takes the shape of a memory, hazily focusing on certain elements
Walt Whitman wrote this poem to express his own sadness at the death of Abraham Lincoln, a leader he had loved. “O Captain! My Captain!” is a poem of love for a great leader and sadness for the leader’s death, which Whitman expressed with a long metaphor. This poem works within the cultures disposition of the country by using an extended metaphor, emotions, and a rhyming scheme. This poem was written just after the end of the American Civil War.
Pattern The poem “Funeral Blues”, written by W. H. Auden, is based on a loved one who is deceased. The poem is written based on nontraditional and traditional elements. This poem is also based on several different themes such as death, order and disorder, and also the meaning of love. Throughout the poem W. H. Auden mixes his stanzas with some words that rhyme and rarely some that don’t. “This coupling of ordered and unordered patterns symbolizes the speaker’s efforts, and final failure, to reestablish order in his life after suffering the devastating loss of a loved one.