The language and the structure allow the poet to enhance the concept of cultural identity further. “Limbo” consists of 23 fragmented stanzas in free verse. The absence of punctuation helps the poem flow. In addition “Limbo” has a strong beat, making reference to the game. The word, “Limbo”, is often in a line by itself, indicating that the reader should say the word slowly to be in time with the rhythm.
Hughes uses more literal meanings for his work, every word can be used as its literal meaning and the poem makes sense. When analyzing the voice and tone used in these poems, these too are totally different. While Angelou’s poem is very sarcastic in tone; Hughes’ poem seems more monotone and storytelling. Angelou seems to be trying to prove a point and show
Lessons and messages found throughout the short work, Reading the River Throughout the excerpt from Mark Twain’s, Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain’s use of figurative language allows the reader to better understand that as Twain learned his trade of steam boating, he felt it necessary to discern between the two things that he valued most about the river. The two things of value to him were the beauty of the majestic river, which he often talks about figuratively in such a way that captivates the reader, and the critical awareness of such aspects as they relate to his occupation as a steamboat navigator. The story is a personal tale of a moment in Twain’s life and how that experience had impacted him. The central theme of Reading the River is that one should be careful not to take everyday life for granted. Twain most certainly accomplished this message by relying on examples from the river and talking about them figuratively.
In the early seventeenth-century, English poets used metaphysical poetry to enlighten highly intellectual and often abstruse imagery in their works, which further advanced the poetic style of John Donne. Donne’s poetry makes use of complex images, which are remarkably convincing to the reader. Despite the use of extensive techniques and varying images, the greatness of Donne’s poetry is the simplicity in the ideas expressed. John Donne’s poem, “The Triple Fool,” suggests unrequited love and folly through his use of creative imagery, sorrowful diction, and assertive tone. Firstly, Donne's poetry is highly distinctive and individual, adopting a multitude of images.
Langston Hughes Research Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is one of the most influential African-American writers of the 20th century. His poetry represented a significant chapter in American literature. He always wrote about the current events of what is happening to African-Americans in his time. It is because of his original poetry that engraved his name forever in not only African American history, but in American Literature as well. “Through his long career as a professional writer, Hughes remained true to the African American heritage he celebrated in his writings, which were frankly ”racial in theme and treatment, derived from the life I know” (1131 Meyer) .
We/ Left school.” I assume by setting up the poem’s structure in this way, the writer intended to isolate each “We,” allowing the pronoun to resonate a little longer in the reader’s mind or speech. When read aloud, the poem’s three word lines and rhyming patterns make the piece sound almost like a chant. The creed-like nature of the poem reflects on the subject, which is presumably a gang or group of young men. With that said, the subject is viewed as exclusive and united. The varied stanza structure that increases the emphasis allocated to each “We” creates an even stronger sense of unity between the group members.
The occasional, but very deliberate, use of two unstressed syllables within some lines quicken the pace, emphasizing the message to the reader. In a letter to John Bartlett in 1914, Frost wrote “You listen for sentence sounds.” (Geddes, 47). The mournful feeling of the poem is lightened by the use of alternating masculine end rhymes, which gives the poem an almost playful cadence. Frost’s connotative use of imagery describing “The people along the sand” (line 1) who “… turn their back on the land” (line 3) even though “The land may vary more;” (line 9) suggests that, as a whole, the human race are disinclined to face reality and “… turn and look one way.” This detached, impersonal view is continued throughout the poem with the repeated use of the third person
FROST VS. WILLIAMS Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams have different styles of writing poetry. In Robert Frost’s poem “ Gathering Leaves “, Frost explores the repetitiveness and mundanity of human lives. In Contrast, in William Carlos Williams poem “ Between Walls”, he discusses the exceptions that exist in such a mundane and plain world. While both poems are interesting, “Between Walls” is easier to read and more interactive with the reader which makes the poem more fun to read and analyze. Robert Frost uses rhyming scheme and imagery to help the reader feel the poem.
Analysis of Poetry Maya Angelou’s poem “On the Pulse of Morning” is commonly called the “Inaugural Poem,” because it was read at the inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton as he became the President of the United States. “Angelou, a black woman poet, symbolized one of the themes of Clinton's inaugural, the notion of an inclusive America in which all people, regardless of their race, color, creed or ethnic origin, would be valued members of the society” (Huber). Indeed, Angelou herself was something of a symbol to the American people on that day in history. Even more symbolic, however, is the poem itself. The thesis of this essay is that “On the Pulse of Morning” aims to inspire people to put their differences and disputes behind them and push forward to greater things, because we are truly all the same race- humanity.
Trishtanya Jones June 5, 2015 Eng 102 I will be discussing the following terms on pages 66-77. One of the following terms is rhythm; rhythm is the pauses in a poem and the pattern of stresses. In addition, meter is the fixed and recurring rhythm in a poem. To enjoy the rhythms of a poem, no special knowledge of meter is necessary. In the book, it mentions when analyzing a poem, it helps to have a clear sense of how the rhythms works, and the best way to reach it is through scansion.