This piece primarily focuses upon redefining the definition, importance, and role of tradition in the literary world, as well as explicating the relationship between storytelling history and the storyteller. Eliot posits that, though originality and novelty are often praised, no work of art functions independently of all of the art that precedes it. He suggests that, rather than distinguishing literary mastery by identifying what is “new” and what is “old”, critics and creators alike should adopt his Impersonal Theory of poetry. This theory suggests that a refined poet can depersonalize themselves from their work in such a way as to construct it with a critical eye, simultaneously portraying significant emotion and arousing complex feelings
At first glance, the poem seems a structured mass of words, simply constructed. However, a second look revels the poem's straightforward attempt to, ironically, reverse the roles of reader and speaker. Through its diction, it is a unique portrayal of a simple poem's reaching out to grab the reader's attention, eager to express that it is not merely a collection of words but intricately related to whoever peruses it. An attitude of regret is also apparent. The speakerexpresses concern in that he cannot control the reader's ... ... middle of paper ... ...poer to examine and scrutinize literature in general, this role-reversal may come as a surprise to her.
As a Shakespeare purist, Hall (2003, p. 12) believes that communication with the text happens only when the verse is ... ... middle of paper ... ...re, this search can be helpful for all those who read Shakespeare. The source of such diversity is that it does not seem that Shakespeare used his works to tell his own ideas, because there are too many conflicting opinions about his literary art. Brook (1999) believes that Shakespeare presents “a complex reality” in his works where the various views reflect the complexity and diversity of life (1999, p. 132). The outcomes of such writings are poems that all words, lines, characters or events have various interpretations or meanings at the same time. Brook (1999) concludes that Shakespeare's words do not reveal an understanding but they offer a mystery to readers to discover.
The characters represent conflicting ideas, yet neither of which would be conceivable without the other. Both characters can only function in the poem when supported by one another, if one character were to be removed, the binary opposition would be removed and the allegory drawn from either Una or Duessa would be less productive. The two episodes I will be investigating are Canto I, Stanzas 4... ... middle of paper ... ...ly representing someone or something more true to life. Roberts is right in saying “Spenser’s allegorical poem demands the active engagement of its reader to produce allegory”(1). Although he never permits to say it directly, he is also right in noting that close reading of The Faerie Queene provides a much broader ranger of allegory.
In summary, Sidney's Astrophil and Stella is a poem consisting of several literary devices and poetic structures that bring the poem to a level where readers are able to interpret it on a literal level. In order to understand and experience the actual meaning, one must analyze each individual aspect and develop a point of view that is more understanding than criticizing. By developing a lesser critical point of view, readers are permitted to feel what it is like for an aspiring poet to learn that in actuality, he is not a poet and he lacks imagination, an essential element of composing poetry.
This sorting of emotions leads the speaker to question the many possibilities and consequences concerned with love. Such concerns are brilliantly intertwined with Wyatt's poem as he includes rhyme scheme, structure, and imagery to express his feelings of love. Most often love poems are written in the form of a sonnet, but such is not the case in "It Is Possible", which is an ode. When poets have chosen to work within such a strict form it usually encircles their intentional message. In other words, the poet is using the structure of the poem as a means of communication so that the reader might find the "meaning" not only in the words, but partly in their pattern as well.
He carries this message throughout the poem by juxtaposing images of the abstract and the concrete--images of emotion and images of English grammar. The abstract na... ... middle of paper ... ...g thicket because he believes the path of the straight and narrow limits the possibilities of experience. Through the unconventionality of his poetic structures, Cummings urges his readers to question order and tradition. He wants his readers to realize that reason and rationality are always secondary to emotion, that emotional experience is a free-flowing force that should not be constrained. Cummings's poetry suggests that in order to get at the true essence of something, one must look past the commonsensical definition, and not be limited by "the syntax of things."
Wordsworth describes each part of the sonnet by talking of another poet. He describes how one of the other poets helped shape the form of sonnet writing. In the first two lines of the poem he is writing of a critic. Wordsworth writes “Scorn not the sonnet; Critic, you have frowned, mindless of its just honors;” These two lines state the critic or the audience is not able to understand what is being written in the sonnet. Wordsworth from the beginning says that the sonnets hold honor in their form of literary writing.
In Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken” there are many complexities that ultimately lead to the poem’s unity. At first glance this poem seems to be a very typical coming of age poem where the speaker has come to a major fork in the road and he must decide which path to take. At first glance this would be a very good statement to make; however, as the reader digs deeper and searches for the complexity and the nuances of the poem the original assessment seems to be shallow and underdeveloped. In order to truly appreciate this poem as a work of art, the reader must search for the unity and complexity within it, otherwise this poetic work of art will go by unnoticed and cast off as a coming of age poem and nothing else. There is a very straight forward structure to this poem that contributes to the complexity and unity of the poem as a whole.
"His customary evasions of logical and thematic closure allow his poetry to register cultural nuances and patterns that…more overt narrative or thematic intent might overlook" (Miller 3). John Ashbery's poetry, through the use of unique techniques that evade traditional poetry writing, allow said nuances to be discovered. His writing is a cluster of ideas shoved into a page too small to fit all the words. The patterns created in his writing may seem random and chaotic, but each line is a whisper of a bigger truth; his truth. John Ashbery is a post-modernism writer who incorporates into his writing elements of the Romantic era while giving it his own twist to discuss larger issues such as life itself, and the elements of life.