Another example of soft sounds created by Frost is in the second stanza, “To stop without a farmhouse ”. There are mostly glides and sibilants which make the idea of staying with the nature seem alluring and seductive. This helps a reader understand how conflicted the speaker is because the nature is drawing him in and this is created by the soft sounds repeated throughout the poem. The poet also uses repetition to convey the speaker’s conflict between staying or going. This happens in the last stanza of the poem, “But I have promises to keep,/And miles to go before I sleep,/ And miles to go before I sleep.” We can assume that sleep means death which is also symbolised by nature in the poem.
Browning uses a number of different narrative techniques to tell the story in Porphyria’s Lover. The poem is written in first person, in past tense, from the perspective of our narrator who is unnamed but as the title suggests is ‘Porphyria’s Lover’. This means that the telling of events is not completely reliable and can be assumed to be biased. Browning begins the poem by depicting a dark, miserable night through the use of pathetic fallacy and personification, ‘the sullen wind was soon awake.’ He does this to then represent Porphyria as this almost holy being that can ‘shut the cold out.’ This sudden change in atmosphere gives the reader an idea of the narrator’s feelings towards his lover, and the effect she has on him. She is also represented as the active one in the relationship which shows how he is not able to take her for himself or say that he wants her, ‘when no voice replied, she put my arm about her waist.’ This represents him as very passive and quite pathetic which is reinforced through the narrator’s first line of speech, ‘I listened heart fit to break.’ This suggests that he is waiting for someone, maybe even longing.
2007 Compare/Contrast Poem Essay In A Barred Owl and The History Teacher, both poets show the efforts by adults to slightly cover up the truth when children ask questions they are better off not knowing the full truth to at that age. However, each author used different literary devices to convey their ideas. Richard Wilbur used imagery and a rhyme scheme whereas Billy Collins used allusions and diction. Both Collins and Wilbur had the same idea however they conveyed it in opposite ways. They both used tone, but they were opposite.
‘Spring’s here, Winter’s not gone’ – Discuss ways in whichThomas presents uncertainty in ‘But these things also’ Uncertainty is a a huge theme that runs throughout the entirity of Thomas’ poetry, particularly in the poem ‘But these things also’. He does this by using a variaty of techniques suchas his choice of imagery, language and also the lack of rhyme. Thomas used this lack of a rhyme scheme to show the reader that he felt poetry shouldn’t be twisted to fit a certain mould. Thomas often used nature as a topic for his poems, because as a poet he felt he could relate to the uncertainty of it, and this becomes clear to the reader within ‘But these things also’. Immediately as a reader we are thrown into the theme of uncertainty due to the ambigious title.
He admits that someday he will recreate the scene with a different outcome. He will claim that he took the less-traveled road. This is why I chose this poem, because he realizes that regret is inevitable. In Robert Frost's poem, “The Road Not Taken,” he shows that regardless of the choices people make, he knows that he will miss the experiences he might have encountered on the road not taken. However, I did dislike that it does not say, “When you come to a fork in the road, study the footprints and take the road less traveled,” Frost made the focus more complicated.
Captain Robert Walton, an “arctic seafarer”, left society and into near desolation effecting him emotionally. As an aspiring poet, he pursued his passion to write with dreams of becoming as well-known as Homer and Shakespeare. By the end of a year full of criticism and hatred, “Walton’s education was neglected” (Shmoop). by his peers, and eventually by him. This neglect is surprisingly similar to Victor’s educational abandonment.
This links with the line ‘perishing great darkness’ portraying how this ‘darkness’ of the war is taking lives as it spreads, and it can’t be escaped. ‘Darkness closes in.’ also portrays this suffocation that the soldiers could have felt at the time, and the end-stop could be Owen emphasising how it has come and cannot be stopped. This links with the last two lines of the poem as Owen repeats the subject of this ‘wild winter’, however he addresses it differently from the beginning as there is a slight volta in his emotions. This is shown through ‘the need of sowings for new Spring’ which perhaps portrays how Owen is more optimistic about escaping this ‘winter’ as in the beginning the words ‘perishing’ and ‘closes’ portrayed a pessimistic outlook to the war. ‘Blood for seed’ could suggest how Owen is quite a patriotic and heroic figure with blood representing this death for his country and dying would bring upon this ‘new spring’ for Britain or the world.
How does Frost tell the story in The Road Not Taken? ‘The Road Not Taken’ narrates the journey of the poet and the choices he is faced with. A diverging path halts his walk through the woods, and he is forced to choose a route – telling himself that he will keep the other for another day. He later reflects on his choice, and nostalgically ponders how his life would have been different, maybe even better, had he chosen the other path. Frost effectively reveals the precariousness of existence through the theme of transience, and the way in which our choices can completely transform our fate.
There is opposition in the first line, as it defines that his youth is cold and hopeless while youth is usually thought of as energetic and full of hope due to it being the beginning of life. Because of this major opposition in the first line a big impact is created and continued through the whole poem. ‘My cropp of corne, is but a field of tares:’ (Tichborne, 1586), in this line it shows how he feels about his once prosperous youth, by saying it has been turned into a field of weeds means that his life is now useless. It also creates the point that the end of his life has come far to soon since he is still very young. The next line shows how much Tichborne is deliberating on his near fate, especially in connection to how everything he does to try to improve his life has been for nothing.
This concept is demonstrated in Robert Frost’s poem ‘Stopping by the woods on a Snowy evening’. The text explores the two moral choices through the persona’s existential crisis; the contemplation of continuing with life, or suicide. During the persona’s “darkest evening of the year” use of emotive language suggests that not only the evening is dark, but also his thoughts and perceptions of life. “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” The anaphora of ‘and miles to go’ suggests that life is endless and meaningless. It suggests that life is endless through the repetition of ‘and’.