Homo Suburbiensis has some sort of a rhyming pattern throughout accompanied by a metronome type rhythm resembling content and “controlled” thoughts. However, the ellipses which are employed later in the poem act as a transitional tool to show the growing anxiety of the man’s thoughts as the rhyming scheme deteriorates and he falls into reality. Though the readers are not presented with his actual thoughts, the structure of the poem suggests what the natures of man’s thoughts are. In addition, the form of the poem also evokes similar ideas regarding thoughts as a hope to solve one’s uncertainties. The form of the text is somewhat confusing but it’s safe to say that the poem is a free verse reflecting a free un-structured thought process.
HE finds it difficult to capture the essence of nature and any attempts are synthetic. Nature invites and intrigue’s him, but after observing its beauty, it leaves him questioning and sometimes pains him: ‘The glory invites me, yet it leaves me scorning’. ‘Words’, instead of describing nature’s beauty, depicts Thomas’ plea with the English language to allow him to portray the beauty of nature he observes. He makes direct appeal to the words: ‘Will you choose’, ‘choose’ suggests that the words have a mind of their own and that they are able to make decisions for themselves. The poem consists of free verse with irregularities which further suggests that the words have a mind of their own, both unpredictable and uncontrollable.
Comparing Hap by Thomas Hardy and The Second Coming by Yeats Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was one of the great writers of the Late Victorian era. One of his great works out of the many that he produced was his poem Hap, which he wrote in 1866, but did not publish until 1898 in his collection of poems called Wessex Poems. This poem seems to typify the sense of alienation that he and other writers were experiencing at the time, as they "saw their times as marked by accelerating social and technological change and by the burden of a worldwide empire" (Longman p. 2165). The poem also reveals Hardy's own "abiding sense of a universe ruled by a blind or hostile fate, a world whose landscapes are etched with traces of the fleeting stories of their inhabitants" (Longman p. 2254). The poem's major theme seems to be this sense of the world being ruled by a hostile and blind fate, not by a benevolent God pushing all of the buttons.
But when looked at in a deeper meaningful way, in which the characters look deep within themselves and the situation around them, optimism shines through and that is why Carver’s work is so elegant. In my opinion, Carver’s writings have both qualities of pessimism and optimism intertwined within stories rather than just having one quality or the other. In his short story Cathedral, the unnamed narrator has distinct characteristics of a very pessimistic human being. He tends to be more concerned with the negative aspects in his life and is constantly seeing negativity in most situations. I would consider the narrator self absorbed, concerned only with how the visit from Robert will affect him and dismissive of what role Robert may have played in his wife’s past.
Settings and Atmospheres in “Araby” The atmosphere that relates with an occurrence in a plot usually corresponds with each other to provide more importance to the scene. In the short story “Araby” by James Joyce, the setting is used to illustrate and enrich the main character’s thoughts. The main character is a boy who leads a monotonous life that is illuminated by the thought and presence of his love interest, his best friend Mangan’s sister. The setting in the story also explores the themes of isolation and the contrast between imagination and reality. The significance of the diverse settings and atmospheres exploited in “Araby” by Joyce contributes to the overall meaning of the work.
Some of these characters can be understood as reflections of the authors themselves, but they are also faced with everyday temptations and evils. In this essay I will show how these authors understand darkness each in their own way. The darkness prevails in most of Poe's short stories but trough each story Poe changes the shape of the antagonist. Whether it is the nature or human condition, Poe manages to evoke some kind of foresight in reader of what is about to happen. In his stories Ms. Found in a bottle and The oblong box, Poe chooses to present nature as something dark and evil.
Seeking Understanding About Warmth Loneliness is a universal feeling which manifests itself as a stone in the poem “Stone Seeking Warmth,” by Stephen Dunn. At first glance this poem might seem simple and easy to understand but after really peeling away the layers one can see there is a lot of depth to it. The title alone reveals the narrator’s desire for closeness and someone. However it is interesting and a little sad how he presents himself as “not a good idea” (1) and living a “divided life.” (7) In total he tries to get to the point that he wants warmth and someone despite his skepticism about himself. He says in the twelfth line that his door is open.
Throughout Mark Twain’s poetry, he uses personal experience, repetition and a sense of imagery to understand different types of loss. Twain is still considered an inspiration to writers everywhere today. Mark Twain uses his personal experiences and life occupation to get personal with his readers’ throughout his poetry. The first poem I am going to talk about is “Genius”, which he wrote in 1866 while he was on a steamship, one of his many occupational choices. Twain starts off the poem with the line “Genius like gold and precious stones, is chiefly prized because of its rarity.”(Twain) What he is saying is that people adore a genius because they are so rare.
Also, growing up, a lot of my musician friends often referred to Robert Frost. Robert Frost’s short poem, “The Road Not Taken,” uses a symbol to capture the meaning in the short poem. “Symbol- A word picture that presents an object, person, or action that conveys two meanings: its own literal meaning and something it stands for as well” (Clugston, 2010). “’The Road Not Taken,’ is one of Frost's most popular and anthologized poems, showing the energizing effect that his stay in England had upon his poetic life. The poem works so well in part because of his brilliant use of ambiguity to describe the difficult but necessary process of making choices in life, a theme that would be central to his work” (The Road Not Taken, 2001).
Although the poem’s tone words reveal the morose attitude of the speaker, the imagery in the poem also have that effect. In the poem, the speaker describes “a flash of powder” when referring to the length of time that they have felt their heart broken (8). When the speaker describes love, he uses personification to say, “he swallows us and never chaws” (14). The metaphors and personifications throughout the poem make it more interesting for the reader and draws them into the depressing nature of the meaning of the poem. The author could better describe the speaker’s attitude by incorporating imagery such as “my rags of heart can like, wish, and adore, but after one such love, can love no more” (31-32).