In the poem The Darkling Thrush, nature has a predominantly negative effect on the poet. It makes him feel depressed and isolated. Towards the end of the poem the poet's mood lifts when he sees an "aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small," chirping. In the poem Neutral Tones nature is portrayed in a negative way, however, in this poem nature reflects how the poets relationship is failing rather than effects how he is feeling. In The Darkling Thrush the title begins to paint a negative picture.
However, with the publication of Lolita, this black humor had evolved into a kind of melancholy with less and less disguise. He let it flow through the whole book with his most exquisite touch. And after the struggle of almost half a century, Lolita finally gain itself the reputation of one of the most valuable work in the 20th Century literature world. The first time I watched the movie Lolita (1997), I thought it was one of the funniest story I’ve ever met. However, when I picked up the book, it was almost the saddest story I’ve ever read.
The most common found motif in Heart of Darkness is darkness. On page 13, Marlow says, "Black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees leaning against the trunks, clinging to the earth, half coming out, half effaced with the dim light, in all the attitudes of pain, abandonment, and despair".This quote adds to the tone of being dim and bleak. Marlow is describing his surroundings as being dark and gloomy. However, he is not just describing what he is seeing but he is going in depth about what he is hearing as well. The diction used in this quote is very broad and descriptive.
He tells his detailed observation of the valley. The description of the valley reveals the hopelessness, both of the valley’s condition, and the people within it. People call the place “the valley of ashes.” This name is quite ironic, since fertile land, not ash, is usually associated with a valley. In general the description of the valley is negative. Fitzgerald calls this place a “certain desolate area of land,” and describes it as a grim place in which even “the motor road [hurriedly] joins the rail road, so as to shrink away” from it.
Mildew and spiders’ webs grow within, and unpleasant smells manifest themselves within root cellars. From the first glance at the title, the reader instantly gathers that the tone is one of being displeased and somber. The diction unveiled the tone, and the grave detail protruded it. The grave detail throughout the poem displays total disgust for the root cellar which distracts the reader from the hopeful ending.
Chapter thirty-nine is similar to the first chapter because Pip is alone, vulnerable, sad and Dickens shows how Pip is feel by saying “anxious” and “dispirited.” The weather also contributes to Pip’s moods and the reader see the weather to be symbolic as if something bad is about to happen because the weather is “gloomy” and Dickens use repetition to show how bad the weather is in chapter thirty-nine by saying “mud, mud, mud” and “stormy and wet , stormy and wet”. Which shows the quality of the weather
Running into headlights. Running into the silence of death.” The anaphora of ‘running’ highlights his emotional devastation which shows Tom's paranoia and frustration in the initial stages of the novel. As a result of the crisis, Tom responds adversely to a new start at Coghill. 3. The motif of darkness is frequently used to demonstrate a condition of misery and downhearted: “There aren’t words to say how black and empty pain felt.
The volume was highly praised in England and Ezra Pound with whom Frost had an acquaintance there, wrote a commendable review of that book. Not only that Pound also reported W. B. Yeats, one of Frost’s favourites, praised by saying that A Boy’s Will was “the best poetry written in America for a longtime” (Homage to Robert Frost 98). The book contains many characteristic features of Frost’s poetry which are to come again and again in the volumes to come. Most of the poems represent a melancholy, lonely narrator. The speaker and the poet are not the same person.
Every natural element is restricted and lonely, for example the ‘wild winds [are] bound within their cell’. The flower pots are described to be ‘thickly crusted’ with the ‘blackest moss’ which shows a bold contrast to the brightly coloured blooms which plant pots are expected to bear. Likewise, other feminine imagery is downplayed in this poem such as the stagnant ‘blackn’d waters’ and the moon, which doesn’t rise to its normal height. This choice of imagery shows that that Mariana isn’t effectively portraying the desired characteristics of a woman, as her lust for her beloved has driven her insane. This lust is shown through the extended metaphor of the poplar
The simplicity of the “sky and meadow and forest” and the purity of the “untouched due” in comparison to himself leaves Edward Thomas “scorning” and feeling insignificant as he can’t match his emotions to the glory of the scenery. In Edward Thomas’s poetry he often refers to roads and paths as a metaphor for his life. In The Glory we see this when he writes “tread the pale dust pitted with small dark drops”. The use of the word “dark” suggests that he sees his future as bitter and gloomy, which gives us a sense of his dissatisfaction. Likewise in Old Man Thomas says “only an avenue, dark, nameless, without end” implying also a sad future.