The Shoe Horn Sonata Poem Analysis

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Module A: Distinctively Visual Our individual perception and interpretations are shaped through the experiences and opinions of others. Thus, our knowledge and understanding can be enhanced and extracted through elements of distinctively visual. The atrocities of war are visually revealed in John Misto’s play, “The Shoe Horn Sonata” as it commemorates the heroic endurance and struggle of the women apprehended as POW. The play displays the horrific and tragic experiences of two nurse s through dramatic and visual techniques, augmenting the audience’s distinct visualisation of war and human experiences. Similarity, Misto’s perception of hardship and struggle is juxtaposed with the poem “Suburban Sonnet” by Gwen Harwood as it reveals a woman’s dejection and sadness…show more content…
This is demonstrated through the utillisation of diction in the opening lines of the poem “she practices a fugue, though it can matter to no one now if she plays well or not” indicating that the woman is trapped in a world of household drudgery. This is further heightened through the assonance of “no one” and “now” revealing a meaningless and ordinary life. Further distinct visual are expressed through the use of accumulation and alliteration when “two children chatter, then screen and fight” demonstrating the wife’s rejection and futility. Through the distinctively visual, it empowers and strengthens the reader’s perception of marriage and “suburban” lifestyles, however questioning the role of women in society today. Correspondingly, consequences of marriage are reflected when the wife experiences a “wave of nausea” juxtaposed with a personification “zest and love drain out with soapy water”. Harwood establishes a distinct image of emotionally drained women illustrating the domestic hardships and frustrations that housewives

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