My question is this: did Blake and Barbauld write their poems just to let off some steam, or did they intentionally write their controversial poetry about taboo topics to get others to think about things in a different way? These two poems so not seem similar at first glance. Blake's poem is choppy; he shifts between poetry and prose often, sometimes making the poem difficult to read. Barbauld's poem is consistent throughout with its rhyming couplets. But, while in form these poems differ, the passion in which each poet expresses himself or herself is very strong, and their poetry proved to be the perfect outlet.
Instead, literary techniques, for Herbert, help to emphasize how God controls everything from daily life to literature. Therefore, Herbert believes he is not the sole author of his writing; rather, he is an instrument of God chosen to write down poetry praising Him. Herbert battles with this idea as he must refuse the pride that comes with being the author of such beautiful devotional and metaphysical poetry. If Herbert were to give into this “temptation of success” (243), he would be giving himself up to sin and thus rejecting God’s love. This process of rejecting and accepting, or of “conflict and resolution” (243), is done throughout “The Temple,” which leads Herbert to an ultimate acceptance of God and to an “achieved character of humility, tenderness, moral sensitiveness” (249).
Even though we are different than Satan in many ways, we usually do not take accountability when we are expected to. Thus, we sympathize with Satan in this poem because we also rely on self-justification to avoid taking blame for our wrong doings and accept that we are sometimes wrong. Hence, since we understand his situation due to the way it mirrors our human nature, we consider Satan to be a victim.
I read a critical article on Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”. I confess it was harder to find something in the NCLC’s than I would’ve thought. There was a considerable accumulation of critiques on Browning’s work, but very little on “My Last Duchess”. The article I found concentrated mostly on the Duke in the poem, and our reactions to him, stating that “[t]he utter outrageousness of the Duke’s behavior makes condemnation the least interesting response…” The title of the article was “Sympathy versus Judgment”. Some of its points are that the Duke controls the entire poem, that it being a monologue was significant, and that he is almost easy to sympathize with and like.
It is quick, short, and succint. He may have been going through some emotional difficulty, as the last lines of the poem talk about love being destroyed. His use of metaphors are brilliant in such a short poem, and is quite a catchy tune. However, it is also very subtle, and unless one knows the background of Blake, the religious undertones can be missed. Blake feels that love must be nurtured and grown, and since he felt he had a special relationship with god, no doubt some tragedy has happened that has made him lose faith.
Then I believe the speaker to be someone who acknowledges that he too has lost connection with nature since he’s been preoccupied with other things in the world. This is proven throughout the whole poem since he talks in first person using the word “I.” The tone of this poem is angry, frustrated, and dissatisfied because of how the world has changed. The rhyme scheme is also another appealing mechanic here too since Wordsworth only uses fou... ... middle of paper ... ...uestion. In conclusion, I feel poets mainly write poems to express feelings, thoughts, and messages to the world. It’s an easy approach for them to use this writing technique as a way to articulate different aspects which could be improved in this world.
Since, biblically speaking, God does not enter unless invited, our act of turning the book reflects our freedom of choice and God's response is initiated. that how man's decline because of sin was defeated by the actions of the cross. So the point of Herbert’s work "Easter Wings" May not actually be obtainable just with one reading, or for that case many readings. But Herbert did show us that using shape and imagery throughout his poem that many different meanings and points can be made within one poem. He also helped us to understand what he viewed as right and wrong, he used imagery throughout his poem to give us a sense into his life and his value system.
Moreover, the novel presented the ugly mind of a man, Roland Weary, who is “in love” to co... ... middle of paper ... ...TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE” (95). This poetry presented a very objective evaluation toward free will: it admitted the power and limited the free will at the same time. There is always something people can change, but there are also some that they cannot change. Moreover, this poetry provided a more comprehensive philosophy toward the events around people than the idea of the Tralfamadorians: in order to accept bad things that were out of control, people should also try to tell what they could do, and be courageous to find a way to control or deal with it. Overall, this novel contained the author’s appeal for a more peaceable and friendly world.
His poems really show the reader who William Blake was as a person. He expresses his dislike for authority, the monarchy and the church, but in a subtle way. He gives two versions of each poem, so that we can see it from a different point of view which, in my opinion, is a really clever thing to do. It shows how we, as humans, progress through our life from an innocent state of childhood into a more experienced adulthood. Normally, both versions of Blake’s poems subtly attack some form of organization.