“The Laughing Heart,” written by Charles Bukowski and “The Journey,” written by Mary Oliver have many similarities as well as a few differences. The underlying messages proposed by the poets have some noteworthy similarities. Both poems convey the darkness in life and overcoming its obstacles. Bukowski’s theme is to live life to the fullest. Death is inevitable; however, one should not live life in fear. Oliver’s words share the importance of finding one’s own voice and to break free from society’s voice. The darkness expressed in these poems ends with an uplifting and hopeful feeling of warmth. Charles Bukowski’s “Laughing Heart,” carries the overall message that one is not living unless one seizes opportunities in life; he states “the …show more content…
This anxiousness later subsides to a hopeful resolution towards the end of the poem. In hard times, one must find himself/herself in order to overcome challenges. During this dark time, the poet explains the voice’s in one’s head begin to weaken and compares that to stars which “began to burn through sheets of clouds” (lines 25-26) using imagery and a metaphor. Another use of figurative language was the comparison of a “...road full of fallen/branches and stones,” (lines 21-22) referring to life’s obstacles. Towards the end of the poem, the tone shifts from an overwhelming amount of pressure of other’s voices to a hopeful resolution. The voices that surround whomever the poem is speaking of begin to fade and “little by little/as you left their voices behind,” (lines 23-24). One might gather that the overall all theme is that inner strength is necessary in order to move forward. The last words the poet wrote were crucial to the understanding of the poem. The person in this poem had completely turned their life around. This person had realized the only thing left that they could do: “determined to save/the only life you could save,” (lines 35-36). The only life which could be saved was their …show more content…
“The Laughing Heart” offers the ideas of not passing up opportunities life gives one or taking things for granted. Even the smallest amounts of things should be cherished, “it may not be much light but/it beats the darkness,” (lines 5-6). “The Journey” depicts perseverance which can help one through difficult situations. In addition, Oliver’s poem sheds light on “the road full of fallen/branches and stones,” (lines 21-22). An easier path does not necessarily mean it is the better one to take. “Laughing Heart” portrays optimism and seeing the bright side of things as well as getting through hard times one may be faced with. In contrast, “The Journey” represents moving forward when times are difficult and overcoming these challenges. Both of these poems end in a heartfelt, or warm tone which conveys a hopeful or inspirational
The first stanza describes the depth of despair that the speaker is feeling, without further explanation on its causes. The short length of the lines add a sense of incompleteness and hesitance the speaker feels towards his/ her emotions. This is successful in sparking the interest of the readers, as it makes the readers wonder about the events that lead to these emotions. The second and third stanza describe the agony the speaker is in, and the long lines work to add a sense of longing and the outpouring emotion the speaker is struggling with. The last stanza, again structured with short lines, finally reveals the speaker 's innermost desire to "make love" to the person the speaker is in love
This poem describes the worry of decision-making and the rewards of forging your own path. The subject of the poem is faced with a decision of taking the "safe" route that others have taken before or breaking new ground. He finds that making original and independent choices makes life rewarding. One poetic device is imagery described in the lines, “long I stood/ And looked down one as far as I could/ To where it bent in the undergrowth;” (lines 3-5). The imagery is used to describe his sight of the not literal two paths that he could choose. One form of figurative language used is Metaphors. This poem is attractive because is its very inspirational to me at a time where I am making a lot of important
In her poem entitled “The Poet with His Face in His Hands,” Mary Oliver utilizes the voice of her work’s speaker to dismiss and belittle those poets who focus on their own misery in their writings. Although the poem models itself a scolding, Oliver wrote the work as a poem with the purpose of delivering an argument against the usage of depressing, personal subject matters for poetry. Oliver’s intention is to dissuade her fellow poets from promoting misery and personal mistakes in their works, and she accomplishes this task through her speaker’s diction and tone, the imagery, setting, and mood created within the content of the poem itself, and the incorporation of such persuasive structures as enjambment and juxtaposition to bolster the poem’s
Overall, dwell on this process of changing throughout the poem, it can be understood that the poet is demonstrating a particular attitude towards life. Everyone declines and dies eventually, but it would be better to embrace an optimistic, opened mind than a pessimistic, giving-up attitude; face the approach of death unflinchingly, calmly.
The poem says that "since feeling is first" (line 1) the one who pays attention to the meaning of things will never truly embrace. The poem states that it is better to be a fool, or to live by emotions while one is young. The narrator declares that his "blood approves" (line 7) showing that his heart approves of living by feeling, and that the fate of feeling enjoyment is better than one of "wisdom" (line 9) or learning. He tells his "lady" (line 10) not to cry, showing that he is speaking to her. He believes that she can make him feel better than anything he could think of, because her "eyelids" (line 12) say that they are "for each other" (line 13). Then, after all she's said and thought, his "lady" forgets the seriousness of thought and leans into the narrator's arms because life is not a "paragraph" (line 15), meaning that life is brief. The last line in the poem is a statement which means that death is no small thi...
In the end, the journey the speaker embarked on throughout the poem was one of learning, especially as the reader was taken through the evolution of the speakers thoughts, demonstrated by the tone, and experienced the images that were seen in the speaker’s nightmare of the personified fear. As the journey commenced, the reader learned how the speaker dealt with the terrors and fears that were accompanied by some experience in the speaker’s life, and optimistically the reader learned just how they themselves deal with the consequences and troubles that are a result of the various situations they face in their
As we depart on our journey that the author Mary Oliver invites us to take, it is not to long into it when we hear those voices. However these voices are not the ones that we want to hear. “ Mend my life! each voice cried.” As with any society, there are always people asking for help. There are always people in need of care, but this journey requires us to continue despite “their melancholy” calls for
The poet tries to appreciate the people, who are always present when their friends and family are in need. She says that when people are in need of help, and/or suffering, all one needs to do is stick by their side, to give them courage to overcome their troubles.
On the surface, "life" is a late 19th century poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. The poem illustrates the amount of comfort and somber there is in life. Unfortunately, according to Paul Laurence Dunbar, there is more soberness in life than the joyous moments in our existence. In more detail, Paul Laurence Dunbar demonstrates how without companionship our existence is a series of joys and sorrows in the poem, "Life" through concrete and abstract diction.
Amidst all the struggle and pain life brings those who live it, it’s a learning process. Let’s face it, life has its ups and downs; it’s rough, it can be a real bitch. Everyone struggles, it's not supposed to be easy, and it never truly gets any easier. “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” (Robert Lee Frost): Robert Frost endured The Great Depression, he saw what they called the Unsinkable Ship, he persevered through the Civil rights movement. Robert Frost has seen many things and struggled through his life, poems were his muse, they took him away from the shaken society he lived in and took him into his own perfect world in which he wrote about everyday life, but not in his perfect world.
This lack of action continuously emphasizes the lack of empathy and care of the narrators and highlights to the reader the importance of acting differently from them. Through both of these poems the reader is shown that everyone faces struggles and how important it is to help others in their times of need because they too will face them at some
Robert Frost, well known American poet of 191 poems, has a common message in his writing. Focusing mainly on Birches, The Road Not Taken, Dust of Snow, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Beech, Come In, and In Winter In, his main message is to always focus on the positive when everything else is trying to pull you down. This idea could also be seen as trying to always keep a positive attitude. The thesis above can be proven through a textual analysis.