If you are hoping for the highest grades (B and above) you must make comparisons between the characters in the poems and Lady Macbeth. Intro All these texts contain examples of central characters whose minds are unbalanced. In Macbeth the longer nature of a play allows us to understand why Lady Macbeth mind becomes increasingly disturbed, but in the brief dramatic monologues of Browning we have no background to their disturbance. Another crucial difference between the Shakespeare and Browning texts is that we see the character of Lady Macbeth from the outside whereas the disturbed character is the narrator in all 3 Browning peoms, so we only get his/her perspective on events. The basic difference between a dramatic monologue and a play also means that different techniques are used to convey the disturbance.
When reading this poem it seems short and a bit confusing to the reader, but once the reader finds something to apply it to, doors open to many new meanings. The poem contains a theme of madness against sanity, and remains open to a variety of deeper meanings. I applied this poem to Amy Tans book, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, because both the poem and the book contain a theme of rebellion, as well as madness. The Bonesetter’s Daughter focuses on the relationship experienced between a mother and her daughter. The book goes through three different time phrases from modern day California to the lives of Precious Auntie and Luling, and then transitions to Ruth understanding more about her mother and the wonderful person she didn’t see her for when she was growing up.
“Sexton once wrote that poetry ‘should be a shock to the senses. It should hurt’ “(McMahan 560). The title of this poem foreshadows how the story will end. More often then not, the other woman is left with nothing but hurt and disappointing looks from society. While the male involved is able to return to his average life, as if nothing happened.
Through the voice of the speaker, Livesay complains that she feels society has pressured her into a domestic life. She is resentful of this pressure, as she feels that it has held her back from achieving her goals, most notably success as a poet. In the last stanza, the lines, “And so the whole that I possess/Is still much less” highlight the fact that the speaker feels she has not achieved anything close to the greatness of the Emilys. She furthers this resentment by comparing herself to three women that she respects: Emily Bronte, a novelist, Emily Carr, a painter, and Emily Dickinson, a poet. None of the three Emilys married or had children, whereas Livesay married and had two children.
She’s so angry about this that she can’t cry about it, although at some points she’s just trying to hold it in. She is in complete disbelief that john is dead “I saw him yesterday… don’t be stupid”. This is a very intense moment in the book, she has lost someone very close to her, and she doesn’t know how to handle it. The intense moment is when she finds out that he has passed away. What she goes through opens her eyes to realise how much life is worth
Therefore, the usage of short but striking words are alike an apperception for those who once were in a brittle state, making her work sensible and prominent. This poem ‘Burning the Doll’ is written in a free verse, meaning it refrains from traditional poetic techniques, no meter nor rhyme. The poem can be categorized in lyric narrative poem since it expresses the poet’s personal and emotional feelings and does not have a rhyme. However, the poem has an emphasis on the last words which seems important. Father, this was our deepest confession of love.
She denies the seriousness of loss and the sadness it brings by highlighting the commoness of loss and depicting its nature not as a process but as an “art”, evading its disastrous nature. However the poet eventually comes to the realisation of the disastrous effect of losing a person and seems to waver in her opinion. In the first half of the poem Elizabeth Bishop portrays the nature of loss as a common occurrence on a everyday basis and argues that it is not as bad as people claim it to be. The poem’s title “One Art” subtly takes away the pejorative connotation associated with loss and emphasizes that people should accept loss as it is. The poet’s indifference to loss is revealed in the statement “so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster”, highlighting that loss occurs commonly, like any other daily activity, and should not be allowed to let it upset ourselves.
Growing up I remember my grandfather passing away at the young age of 60, although he did not pass from Alzheimer's disease, he did battle with a chronic illness that left him debilitated. He was the love of my grandmother’s life and to see him struggle everyday was very difficult for her. Reading this poem to her brought back extremely powerful memories that she thought she buried away many many years
But after writing numerous papers on my grandmother’s death and being dishonest in my writing, I can now honestly say that her passing has become less relevant every time I write a semi fictional story for a passing grade. I realized that each attempt to write a personal essay brought me farther away from anything truly personal and with that dishonesty it made personal situations less personal, and alienated myself from my
According to Sugg, women were not recognized for “their wisdom, their ethical status, or their industry,” (67). He said “this kind of misogyny persisted for centuries after Donne’s death,” (67). The conventions of the time and While Donne’s poems and his attitudes toward women may be Donne’s