Similar to most of the poems in Birthday Letters, it is in free verse. A stream of consciousness, conveying the spill of emotions or arguably, the confusion entangled within Hughes’ relationship with Plath. Hughes begins to blame himself for the downfall of Plath in describing that she could have been saved by ‘the right witchdoctor’, implying that the right person could have been a form of medicine for her. The asyndeton slows the poem down, putting Hughes in a positive light in that he wants to hold on to his wife for as long as possible before the inevitable ending takes her from him. He highlights that the inevitability of the situation could not be changed, yet the verb ‘save’ expresses Hughes’ feelings of guilt.
Both Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson were influenced by the Romantics. Choose one of the two poets. Provide at least three ways that he or she reflects Romantic thinking in his or her writing. Then give an example from one of the works that you studied in this unit that illustrates that characteristic. Go slow, my soul, to feed thyself Upon his rare approach Go rapid, lest Competing Death Prevail upon the Coach Go timid, should his final eye Determine thee amiss Go boldly, for thou paid'st his price Redemption, for a Kiss -Emily Dickinson She is portraying romanticism by saying the happy hopeful thoughts as she says here Go rapid, lest Competing Death” its meaning to go slow and enjoy what you have and live now.
This poem shows a metaphor, comparing the war to a mistress. “True; a new Mistress now I serve, The first Foe in the Field; And with a sterner Faith embrace.” (5-8). Lovelace speaks of a mistress, which I first though was an actual mistress that he was having an affair with. After analyzing the poem, I found that the mistress was actually his new endeavor. Because it causes him to leave Lucasta, it acts as a mistress in that sense.
Though this may be the case, however, in discussing poetry as literature, we should avoid overtly biographizing or psychologizing these works. Also, we should be cautious that the creative persona “I” may not be necessarily recognized as the poet herself. Northrop Frye once suggests that “we shall find Emily Dickinson most rewarding if we look in her poems for what her imagination has created, nor for what event may have suggested it.” (qtd. in Kher: 3) There are many poems to do with her feelings of being bereaved such as “I never lost as much but twice” (J 49), “After great pain, a formal feeling comes –” (J 341), “My Life closed twice before its close” (J 1732). In these poems, the lost object is never identified but only the feeling of lost is implied in the
For example, in ‘My Last Duchess’ the Duke orders the death of his wife, though hides the true meaning in his words: ‘ Much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together.’ ‘My Last Duchess’ is also written in the form of a single stanza poem, which is the unit of a poem that consists of two or more lines of verse organised according to the content and form and usually repeated as a recurring pattern in the poem. By contrast, ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ does not follow this pattern, but has a different rhyming scheme. On the surface, the narrators in each poem show completely different characteristics. In ‘Porphyria’s Lover’, the narrator shows powerful emotions towards Porphyria, which demonstrate his
Already in the first line, one of Dickinson’s major themes, which are death and immortality, has approached. Dickinson continues the poem with “I shall not live in vain”. Vain means doing something without being successful, but with the first two lines combined she is stating that if she can stop or prevent someone from suffering from heartbreak, she will not live in vain - her life make sense or at least it will have some sort of meaning. Dickinson continues “If I can ease one life the aching”. Easing means making something that is really painful will become less painful, and in this case the pain is the heartbreak.
Fittingly her voice is first heard in the poem and her tone is outrage. She will be the major impediment to Aeneas’ unfortunate struggles to found a homeland. In Book 1, Virgil seems to pay more attention to divine actions than to human concerns. In addition to our learning about Juno’s all-consuming jealousy of Aeneas’ fated glory, we see how petty and territorial her fellow gods are. For example, Aeolus is easily bribed to wreck havoc against Aeneas’ fleet by Juno’s promising him an exquisite nymph for a wife.
Literary Review of poem “Strange fits of passion have I known” by William Wordsworth Literary Review of “Strange fits of passion have I known” If only everyone could experience the passion of love that William Wordsworth was obviously experiencing while writing this poem to his love, Lucy? William Wordsworth does a wonderful job in using the theme of love to portray his overwhelming passion. His intensity is clear when the thought comes to mind that one day Lucy might die and that he would lose her. The following paragraphs will look into the details of Wordsworth’s poem, “Strange fits of passion have I known”, and identify the poetic devices, such as imagery and tone, and the poetic form. The poetic form used is a very direct and simple ballad form.
Sonnet 29 is in the form of sonnet which has 14 lines of iambic pentameter. This sonnet was published in her collection The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems for which she received the Pulitzer award. The main theme of this poem is her unrequited love. She is addressing her lover and telling him not to pity her for things which she cant stop in nature. She doesn’t want to be pitied for those things which one can’t stop like passing of the day, it is natural for the sun to fade and darkness to set in.
From the very beginning when she says, "If it be love indeed, tell me how much" the reader can sense the upper hand she has over him. While one can presume her love for Antony is great, her woes when he returns to Octavia, one can also presume her love for herself is greater. Shakespeare expands on the idea of her killing herself not only as a painless sacrifice to her lover, but more so she will not be a prize to Caesar. The reader comes to this idea in Shakespeare more than in Dryden because the character of Cleopatra is harsher throughout Shakespeare's play allowing the reader to develop Cleopatra as a manipulative mind. In Dryden the reader is allotted more time to know Cleopatra.