13 March 2015
A Poetry Analysis
Vachel Lindsay once said, “life is a loom weaving illusion” (Lindsay, The Chinese Nightingale, 12). Lindsay wrote hundreds of poems, describing and analyzing the fabric of life and its threads. Through the questions of “what?”, “how?”, and “why?” Lindsay’s work itself can be analyzed. Vachel Lindsay uses content, poetic language, and performance to forge a more intimate connection with his audience.
Lindsay’s motifs and themes range far and wide, though there are a few emphasized ones. First is love in its many forms. Just as C.S. Lewis explains in his book, The Four Loves there are four general types of love: affection (brotherly), friendship, romance, and unconditional (God’s love). Lindsay’s work, whether he knew it or not, spans all of these. Affection is occasionally but clearly seen in some of his poems, as Lindsay had five siblings (Poemhunter.com). Friendship is oftentimes noted in his dedications as well as a subject of many poems. Romance was a big part of his life and his poetry because of his unsuccessful courtship (to Sara Teasdale), wife, and many girlfriends (Kronick). Finally,the unconditional love of God was frequently used in Vachel’s poetry to reflect on his life. Besides love, Lindsay found death worthy of much ink. This definitely weighed on him because Vachel committed suicide in 1931 at age 52 (poetryfoundation.org). Much cognition has been devoted to the ideas of love and death in the minds of many. When Vachel expands on these, this captivates the audience in their connection to the subject.
Vachel Lindsay became famous in his day by traveling around the United States and delivering dramatic readings of poetry...
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...lace that spews out forgiveness and everything good while purging one of their sin. The only thing that can do that is the presence of God (only one of many interpretations).
Vachel Lindsay was a multi-talented individual. One of his stronger skills was the ability to create incredibly intricate drawings. However, no matter how detailed they were, they always managed to leave some to the imagination. Using precision of language rather than of the pen, he crafted masterpieces that landed him a due spot on the list of greats. He distinguished himself beyond even that by capturing audiences hearts and heads with his unusual way of delivering. Lindsay once said, “I think that my first poetic impulse is for music; second a definite conception with the ring of the universe; third a clearness of exposition.” (qtd. in Masters, Vachel Lindsay: A Poet in America, 62).
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