Discuss ways in which Edward Thomas presents a sense of dissatisfaction in ‘The Glory’. In The Glory Edward Thomas reflects his feelings of emptiness in comparison to the perfect beauty and glory of nature. It reflects his inability to feel happiness and displays his feelings of failure and dissatisfaction which contrast his blissful surroundings. At the start of the poem, the rhyme scheme begins in a structured and regular way, rhyming words such as “dove” and “love” which creates a positive tone. However this soon breaks up as we see the form of the poem reflect its meaning.
Comparison of the tone and mood of poems “Cross” and “Seed-Merchant’s Son” Poetries can represent poets’ emotions and feelings. In this essay I intend to compare and contrast the tone and mood of two poems, which called “Cross” by Langston Hughes and “Seed-Merchant’s Son” by Agnes Grozier Herbertson. “Cross” is about a half-blood person who blames his parents and later feels sorry of his parents and bemused of his life. "The Seed-Merchant's Son" is a poem that conveys the bereavement that a man feels for his son who has died at the war. Those two poems have some similarities and differences of tone and mood.
Clare writes about how a man has been rejected towards the end. The changing feelings from a positive start to a sad ending portray the poet’s attitude towards love. The message John Clare is trying to say that love is a painful thing and that unrequited love is devastating. Also it is even hard for a poet to write about love. In “La Belle Dame sans Merci” the poem
Compare ways in which Larkin and Abse write about loneliness and isolation, in your response you must include a detailed discussion of at least 2 of Larkinâ€™s poem Throughout both anthologies of Phillip Larkin and Danny Abse the themes of loneliness and isolation are ever present; it adds other feelings such as sadness to the poem to make the reader think deeper about the meaning of the poem. These themes are present in Mr Bleaney, Talking in bed by Phillip Larkin and present in the poem Leaving Cardiff by Danny Abse, the writers have different ways in which they display the feelings, which by doing so give off other feelings which accompany loneliness. In the poem â€˜Mr Bleaneyâ€™ Larkin uses another character to inform the reader of how lonely and isolated Mr. Bleaney was. â€œThis was Mr Bleaneyâ€™s roomâ€ so we are told were they are, by reading what is said about Mr.Bleaney we start to gain a picture of what type of person he was, we gain a picture that they are in a B and B and for Mr.Bleaney to stay there for years and accumulate no belongings shows that he had nowhere else to go and was fairly lonely. However Abse in â€˜Leaving Cardiff â€˜has his character talk in first person â€œ I wait in the evening airâ€.
The controversial, sophisticated, flamboyant poet Oscar Wilde once stated “I have grown tired of the articulate utterances of men and things. The mystical in art, the mystical in life, the mystical in nature, this is what I am looking for. It is absolutely necessary…” Wilde was fed-up with the age old constraints of conventional writing and was in pursuit of a way in which he could further his search for and portrayal of ‘the mystical’. Edgar Allan Poe’s written pieces explore countless themes, many of which are quite dark. Among the list of themes he addresses is that of loneliness, particularly in his poems Alone and The Raven.
When the dreamer in Skrzynecki’s poem says “That hang over you in a dream”, he is talking about his distinct sense of separation between himself and the shadows that are surrounding him. This use of enjambment explains to us how the shadows are haunting him and that his poor link to his family heritage - that he doesn’t know – demonstrates that his heritage is an unknown. There is also the use of the second person pronoun “you” invites us as the reader to belong and become positioned in the text and see from the personas point of view. There is also the use of the rhetorical question “why do they never speak”, the emphasis and emotive language demonstrates the personas frustration with the lack of verbal communication and therefore their importance in his life. To represent the growing sense of alienation to the shadows there is also the use of “they” as he becomes further and further disconnected from the shadows.
Reading the poems of both Wordsworth and Coleridge, one immediately notes a difference in the common surroundings presented by Wordsworth and the bizarre creations of Coleridge. Thus they develop their individual attitudes towards life. I will look at differences and similarities concerning people's relationship to nature in poems by Coleridge and Wordsworth such as: "The Ancient Mariner", "Kubla Khan", "The Nightingale," "Lucy", "Tintern Abbey," "There was a boy", " Old Beggar", "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" and "Frost at Midnight". In "The Ancient Mariner," Coleridge demonstrates how violating nature and her subjects brings doom to the infracted. In this poem, the poet emphasises the vengeful, dark side of the land and the sea.
The personification of ‘the night’s dark glass’ creates an image of shock which has a lasting impact on the reader .This is supposedly transferred from the author, thus implying that their life has been left in pieces by the news the telephone brings. The unconventional image of ‘dark’ glass (glass is generally seen as a light, transparent material) could be the author foreshadowing the gloomy event the poem will continue to describe or otherwise symbolise the author’s his depression. One could imagine, through the personification of the telephone and night, the glass enclosing on the author whilst the telephone bringing him back to reality. This symbolises the author’s emotions once he heard the news and the on going difficulty he has controlling them. The idea of ‘new year’ implies rebirth and regeneration which is juxtaposed by the author’s dread of what he will hear.
When pain and suffering take place, it is likely to affect one’s psychological state of mind. Dickinson discusses the ways in which pain is processed, and the poem could be a reflection of Dickinson's own experiences of depression and intense mental suffering. She lived in a time where religion was a big preoccupation, specifically the Calvinist community. The description of despair and pain would be radical to a religious person and would be seen as having lack of faith in God. In the poem Dickinson recreates the psychological state of mind, we as the readers go through when we suffer pain, through her use of language, imagery and verse.