The poem is literally “a living poem in motion" with its alliteration, blank verse and concrete images covering power and glory, death, metaphysical transcend. It's a personal meditative poem starting from the plain of reality and ascending to the realms of metaphysical. In the first stanza, Spender personifies an Express train and compares it to a queen. Just like a declaration of an arriving queen, the Express makes its assertions in the form of its loud whistle and puffs of black smoke venting out its chimney. Then, with an aristocratic majesty of queen, it slowly makes it move, in an imperious and stately motion.
Michael Dransfield was also affected by the change and this has been reflected in poems “Minstrel” and “Prosperity” where he is comparing the natural world with the very mechanical one that humans tend to build for themselves. Michael Dransfield has been described as “one of the most widely read poets of his generation”. He has a very modernistic way of portraying significant ideas, which is seen through his use of language techniques such as sibilance, use of first person, assonance and alliteration. He exploits these techniques beautifully to emboss and emphasize the core concept of his poems. The word minstrel means a medieval singer or musician, especially one who sang or recited lyric or heroic poetry.
This poem “Where I come from”, is very interesting. The poet, Elizabeth Brewster, uses a lot of imagery to make us think in a very unique way. By using imagery, the poet is trying to make us aware that the place a person is brought up from would have an impact on what is going on through their minds. Take for example, in stanza one, the poet uses words and phrases like, “atmosphere of smog”, “museum smell”, “smell of work”, “factories”, “chromium-plated office”, “smell of subways crowded at rush hours”. What we see similar from these phrases are the word “smell”.
Reaching For Dreams This essay describes the inspiring poem “I, Icarus” by Alden Nowlan, which requires very close reading. Throughout the poem, it seems there is one dominant idea; reaching for dreams. Many stanzas and lines within this poem work together to depict this theme. Not only do the lines in the poem depict the theme, but different poetic devices correlate to the theme as well (freedom and reaching for dreams). Distinct phrases like “willed myself to fly” illustrate the person’s goal of escaping his present condition and reaching for higher goals.
Furthermore, this comparison makes obvious to the responder that he considers himself to be one with nature. Wordsworth’s exploration of this prominent romantic theme reveals the profound impact Romanticism had on the poem. Anti-Industrialisation beliefs are expressed by Wordsworth in ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’. Wordsworth writes “A sight so touching in its majesty: this city now doth, like a garment wear”, using a simile to describe the tranquil beauty of the London night. London during the industrial revolution was known as a smog covered city due to the prevalence of factory pollution.
The poem justifies its centrality through a use of dazzling imagery, vivid emotional resonance, historical and biblical allusions, and a breathtaking sense of movement. Critics tend to discuss the poem as explorations of several different subjects, including: poetic creativity; sexuality; Judaism; animism; suicide and death; c. * To begin with, the name Ariel refers to three different things: Sylvia Plath's own horse, which she loved to ride; the androgynous sprite from Shakespeare's play The Tempest; and Jerusalem, which was also called Ariel in the Old Testament. Critics who discuss Shakespeare's Ariel tend to read Plath's poem as an exploration of poetic creativity and process. Shakespeare's Ariel embodies this power, and Plath may be
The Role Of Trains In Anna Karenina In the book Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, trains are prevalent in bringing about change, both outright and in a roundabout manner, of a character, and ultimately bringing about death of the character from the change. The machines are portrayed as bad, bad for society and people in general, and bracket the novel in a negative light. Trains are a means of transport, and the metaphor of the train can be extended to Anna’s ‘transport’ of attraction, from Karenin to Vronsky. The metaphor of transportation, or transportation of ‘love’, for a quick change in scenery is a clear one. Anna knew she was never in a proper relationship with Karenin, and when she saw Vronsky for the first time, she found herself interested in his fascination for her.
I think the mountain is the same place as where the chasm and Pleasure-Dome are. He says: “Could I revive within me Her symphony and song, To such delight ‘twould win me That with music loud and long, I would built that dome within the air!”. I think he meant that if he could remember his previous vision (the song of the maid), he could write it down so that the readers could try to imagine the things he had seen (“build that dome within the air”). I personally think the air is a metaphor for the mind, thought or imagination of the readers. He then once again changes from topic.
“The Second Coming” and “Leda and the Swan” are both written by William Butler Yeats, who was an Irish poet and one of the most recognized figures of 20th century literature. These two influential poems explore Yeats’ general view with his philosophy, particularly his idea of a ‘gyre’ or a spiral. He put a lot of emphasis on the gyre, which is a tool invented by him to show how the world is going around. Yeats’ basic point was that we would need to move along the inner side of the gyre as we go towards the end of this world. His such view seems a bit extreme and outdated as he is comparing humans’ lives with the gyre that we evolve around this cone.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson has written a rousing poem with an immensely hypnotic beat. The thumping, rhythmic tempo of ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ creates an echoing of the galloping hooves of the chargers. This rhythm supports Tennyson in setting the scene of the battle and contributes to his various uses of metaphors and allusions. Tennyson uses several variations of the biblical shadows “Into the jaws of Death” and “Into the mouth of Hell” throughout the poem. This adds the sense of dread and foreboding of the battle and enhances the audience’s perspective of the cavalry and their bravery during the melee.