Throughout the poem ‘ A Mother in a refugee camp’, written by Chinua Achebe, the poet talks about how war takes away one’s prized and loved possessions. This is seen in the first stanza when he talks about a mother and,” Her tenderness for a son/ She would soon have to forget. …” By including such a powerful statement right at the beginning, Achebe immediately brings about his message of war being oppressive and bitter into focus. In addition, the linking of “forget” with “soon” creat... ... middle of paper ... ...eat.” “Nightmare heat”, often related to pain and agony, is used to show the intensity of the suffering and to give a visual clue on how matters were. Her careful diction choice, one where she uses “children” instead of “men”, exemplifies the grotesque repercussions of war as most readers find hurting children more eerie as they are normally depicted as humble and innocent beings.
Even you, my brother / as though it never happened / But I killed for you.” Here Gretel has realised she has lost her innocence and her childhood has been robbed, like so many children of today’s world. In the poem, symbolism is used as a powerful technique to reinforce the darkness Gretel feels but also relates this common human experience, fear, to our own life.
In the second line, Dickinson quotes the “Morning after death”. While this phrase can be taken literal, it can also be taken for its homophone, mourning. It perfectly explains the grief and suffering that one is experiencing after the loss of a loved one. Dickinson is writing not only of loss, but of a romantic loss. In the last lines of the poem, Dickinson considers “Sweeping up the Heart, and Putting Love away” because it is common for one to not want to love again after losing someone that was once so close to them.
In the story “The Widow of Ephesus” by Petronius, love, loyalty and extreme behavior are translated through the actions of the widow. The widow struggles and endearment allow her to experience an array of emotions. The people view her in the purest of forms in love and chastity, as she mourns the loss of her husband. She deprives herself of all comforts out of grief, and later she is tempted by a suitor only to deny him out of loyalty. Her grief takes her to the extreme of behaviors by fasting, self infliction of pain, and even denying her maid and the soldier simple indulgences as food.
The death of her father also acts as a key factor to the beginning of her depression. The numbness in her heart leaves a space full of loneliness longing to be filled. This void space in her heart is then consumed by the motives of suicide, which stands as the main influence of “Lady Lazarus.” Between the sudden death of her father and the cheating acts of her husband, Sylvia has many heart-breaking influences to write this poem. In “Tulips,” Sylvia Plath lies in a hospital room surrendering herself to whiteness, trying to break free of her tortured soul. She has recently endured the tragedy of a miscarriage, which adds another scar to her memory.
Home Burial as a Reflection of Reality Robert Frost's "Home Burial" is a masterfully written work, conceived from his and his wife's anguish at the loss of their first-born son as well as from the estrangement between his sister-in-law and her husband due to the death of their child. In Donald J. Greiner's commentary on Frost's works, "The Indespensible Robert Frost," it is revealed that "Mrs. Frost could not ease her grief following Elliot's death, and Frost later reported that she knew then that the world was evil. Amy in "Home Burial" makes the same observati Often it seems that writers have their own personal inspiration that fuels a great work to cause its readers to realize the complexity of the human nature. Robert Frost's "Home Burial" is a masterfully written example of such works, conceived from his and his wife's anguish at the loss of their first-born son as well as from the estrangement between his sister-in-law and her husband due to the death of their child.
Refugee Mother and Child is a poem that seems to be written to arouse response from the reader. The pitiful image of a mother holding the corpse of her son is not only sourcing empathy from the reader but also helps the reader reflect on their own fortunate lives. In fact, Chinua Achebe is a leading writer for African causes, especially for the injustices in the world. The first stanza seems to be written as an introduction to the following stanza. The poet begins by allowing the reader to visualize the – “Picture of a mother’s tenderness for a son she soon would have to forget.” This immediately conveys the theme of ‘death of a child’ and also helps set the ‘sorrowful’ mood of the poem.
The title of this chapbook and the first section of the poem, which I believe would be called a strophe, connects the word “missing” with the sense of loss. Yet, there is a specific theme that occurs throughout The Branches, the Axe, the Missing and that would be personal loss and the gain of mankind since the beginning of time. The poet takes on two different types of narratives throughout her book. She is looking at the main patriarchal figures in her life; her father and her ex-husband. The opening lines give direction to her feelings of loss as she refers to “the got-away” as a metaphor of how she views the lost relationship.
Death in Life and Love in Dorothy Parker's Poetry Dorothy Parker, an accomplished American poet, exposes the darker side of human behavior through her epigrammatic style of poetry. She believed that a writer must say what he feels and sees. She specialized in the hard truths, particularly about death, in both life and love. Some major motifs present in Parker’s work include loneliness, lack of communication between men and women, disintegration of relationships, human frailties, and the affectations and hypocrisies of a patriarchal society. Parker’s wit is largely autobiographical reflecting the tumultuous years of her youth that included alcoholism, romantic disasters, and attempted suicides.
Facing agony is when people show their true self an agony is a form of grief. The grief in I Like a Look of Agony, and I Measure Every Grief I Meet are different in Dickenson’s eyes. In I Measure Every Grief I Meet she is analyzing the people around her to see if their grief is the same as hers. Not only can she trust the people because of their grief but the grief itself creates a form f a bond between her and those around her. Even if ... ... middle of paper ... ... into her poem.