She refers to novelist Lou Salome and her loathing in giving up intellectualism for love and sex, portrayed through her inability to recall details of kissing a famous philosopher. H. then juxtaposes Salome to Saint Therese who spoke passionately about loving forever – she notes extreme difference between disinterest of apparent “mistress of Europe” and extreme romanticism of other in love with God, and ask for some of balance between them; “shall we meet half way between sanctity and liberation?” persona then finds she does not need to open collection as she is not upset, instead she understands that “this farewell’s left me joyful” in certainty that her lover will return to her: ‘my lover will come again to me”. Here unlike beginning of poem, she projects power, the insight brings her serenity, symbolised by image of her moving into “peaceful sunset” feeding her geese, pastoral scene where she is dominant force. Her reference to “latter children” and sunset contrast her youth at poems opening, term “afterglow” is implicitly sexual and is clear this afterglow is different to that of her youth – poem clearly shows her maturity and change. The audience reflect that while the poem is superficially about a farewell to a
In Victorian times when Rossetti was writing, this would certainly have been considered shameful. The narrator answers the questions in the first quatrain, naming her sister Maude as the person who told her parents what was happening. Andrew Foster begins his poem in first person perspective indicating that the narrator is narrating a tale to the audience however the poem is actually aimed at the narrators’ younger brother and is written in free verse making the poem sound like a story being told in spoken English. The narrator starts off with the tone which the metaphor ‘Saddled with you’ set suggesting the negative feelings the speaker has for his brother, as if he is an inconvenience, restricting the freedom of the speaker. With the third stanza makes it clear that the older boys are still children, despite how they would like to be seen by the world: they 'chased
My Papa’s Waltz can be looked at in two different ways, as a poem about a happy relationship between a father and son or as a poem about parental abuse. This poem takes the form of a child remembering a past encounter with their father. The four main questions that the reader needs to think about while reading a piece of literature and thinking about reader-response are as follows: 1. How do you respond to the work? 2.
This idea is reinforced through the alliterated words ‘whinge and wine’. She scorns him by addressing with the words ‘grim’ and ‘swine’. The first stanza culminates with the expression of his ‘loyalty’ towards his wife and children, which prevents him from having the affair. Sophie makes a parody of ‘loyalty’ by making us reflect on the fact, how can a person be loyal when he has made up his mind to commit adultery. There is a caesura used with the word ‘fine’, to bring an appreciation on the man by the persona for his commitment towards his wife and children.
The poet tends to use informal diction throughout the poem which demonstrates how the speaker seems to still be in that childish stage and is not admitting to his mistake. He refers to his “butterfingered way…of asking [her if she would marry him]”, and the word choice shows that he is reminiscing and inserting himself in that situation again. The word “butterfingered” is not only childish, but butter is used to soothe pain from burns, so it connects with the incident he described. The poet informs the readers that love is difficult to express, and this is perceptible because the poet has an irrational way of expressing his emotions to the girl he loves. He uses specific words that have buried meanings in them.
Christine Payne Professor Seaton Comp II-ENG 1020-W02 1/09/11 Paper 2 Enjoy Literature by Getting to Know the Author Emily Dickinson’s “Oh Sumptuous Moment” and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s “Clothes” have deep connections to the personal lives of the authors. Dickinson’s poem has an underlying message of rebellion against her father who was “temperamentally as well as culturally a remote and grim patriarch” (Martin, 46). Dickinson writes, “That I may gloat on thee” (l. 3) in which the word “gloat” is a clue that the poem is directed at a specific person who tried to keep her from experiencing such a joyous moment. Divakaruni develops the characters of “Clothes” based on her experiences with people both in her native country of India as well as Indian immigrants in America. The protagonist, Sumita, is a young woman in India who goes through an arranged marriage and moves to America with her new husband.
“My Mistress’ Eyes” “My Mistress’ Eyes” is a poem in which the speaker discusses his attitude toward his mistress and how she looks and feels about her. The speaker in this poem is a man because he describes his mistress looks. The poem could be addressed to his mistress in an ironic way or to his friends or family to prove a point. There is no setting that is being stated in this poem. The poem was written to maybe show his friends and family how his mistress doesn’t seem too pretty or feminine but he loves her in the end and that’s all that matters.
IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR By Robert Shaw Losing sight of childhood dreams and memories is an integral part of becoming an adult, as one leaves his parents and family to experience the world independently. Robert Shaw’s poem “In the Rear-View Mirror” dramatizes the conflict between the theme of adulthood achieved through experience and the longing and regret one can feel as he grows up. He makes ample use of figurative and literal images of mirrors throughout the poem and introduces the notions of size a distance to create a linear perspective in the reader’s mind, thus producing an effective reflection on the common experience of a man leaving his loved ones. The setting of this poem is in a car, in which the speaker is driving away as his family waves him goodbye. While the latter looks into his rear-view mirror, he compares the growing distance between himself and his loved ones to his own growth as he progresses through life.
In "Autobiographia Literaria" by Frank O'Hara, the speaker talks about how he spends his childhood all alone. Both poems have the speakers that are in conflict with others around them because they are different. Although both Hughes's and O'Hara's poems talk about each of the speakers’ personal experiences, the general ideas that they convey are different. Hughes uses foreshadowing to show the speaker’s boldness within the racial discrimination and O'Hara uses authorial intrusion to show the speaker’s distance with people. Hughes's foreshadowing indicates the speaker’s optimistic future that is planned for himself, while O'Hara's authorial intrusion shows the speaker’s struggles and his position in the poem intensively to get understandings from the readers.
Mrs Hardcastle, speaking of her husband's long-winded stories as a method for entertaining guests, states: I hate such old-fashioned trumpery. Her husband replies: And I love it. I love everything that's old: old friends, old manners, old books. old wine But despite the fact that Mrs Hardcastle considers herself to have a modern approach to life, in matters of importance she is the most old-fashioned character of the play. Both Mr Hardcastle and Sir Charles Marlow are concerned that their offspring marry someone they can be happy with and make it clear that they do not wish to force anyone into an unwanted marriage.