Choose two of the poems given in the handout . Compare and contrast these two poems (‘‘Binsey Poplars’’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins and ‘‘The Trees’’ by Philip Larkin), paying close attention to their language and form. In a recent article in The Guardian, Billy Mills writes, ‘Trees have been putting down roots in poetry for centuries’, and indeed there are as many poems about trees as there are species of trees themselves. As someone who grew up surrounded by trees and as a lover of poetry, it was a natural choice for me to use this assignment to explore two poems that are ostensibly about trees; Philip Larkin’s ‘The Trees’ and G.M. Hopkins’ ‘Binsey Poplars’.
Recalling that Gluck described the apples of ?words of another language? in the first stanza of the poem, we now understand that Gluck herself used the apples as words of another language. By using the first description of the apples to excite the reader?s curiosity, by using the apples to keep the teacher?s happy, and by creating an image of the apples as ammunition, Gluck has successfully used diction and imagery to create an underlying meaning to the poem without ever actually stating it. In conclusion, Gluck has deceptively used the apples, coupled with her excellent use of diction and imagery, to display a far more in depth meaning in a unique, yet entertaining way.
Picking apples is tedious work where one must observe and pick the ripest apples... ... middle of paper ... ...to be. The characters of which Frost’s poems are about paint clear pictures of what he anticipates that the readers will get out of the poems. The characters could be nature, animals, or people that are used as symbols. The poems are always understandable, even if there is not a clear plot within the poem. Robert Frost wrote poetry about nature and it is that nature that he used as symbols for life lessons.
The tree first appears when Janie is preparing to tell her story to Phoeby: “Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches” (8), seemingly setting out what Janie’s story will entail and as Henry Louis Gates Jr. asserts in Zora Neale Hurston and the Speakerly Text, this introduction of the metaphor “re... ... middle of paper ... ... Cited Dilbeck, Keiko. “Symbolic Representation of Identity in Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” The Explicator. 66.2 (2008): 102-104. Web.
It is ironic that the gardener provides the tree a home, yet in line 3 “could have grown eighty feet tall” suggests that it was frequently pruned and molded with the help of wire to give a certain artistic quality and shape the branches and the trunk. The tree is used for commercial benefits. Parallels in the poem allow the tree to become a metaphor for women in society. The metaphor of the bonsai tree is symbolizing women and their roles in society. In line 7 “carefully pruned” signifying its importance the idea of protection is also present as the tree could have grown tall been “split by lightning” instead it is coddled and cared for.
"Tree at my Window" contains descriptions and comparisons that almost bring an image to one's mind. Perhaps I have been able to relate to this poem because I have often looked out of the window at the trees and mountains in the distance and contemplated some dilemma. Perhaps we could all learn from nature not to be so anxious about things that in the long run do not really even matter. Works Cited Cox, James, M. Robert Frost: A Collection of Critical Essays. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1962.
Proserpine, the equivalent Greek goddess of Persephone, was also found playing and picking flowers “Here Proserpine was playing in a glade of flowers… filling her basket and her lap to gather more than the other girls” (Met., p. 111). In Ovid Metamorphoses, Proserpine’s sphere of influence was still retained with equivalent Greek goddess of Persephone, the goddess of spring, si... ... middle of paper ... ...caused by the grieving mother from the abduction Persephone/Proserpine. However, despite the similarities of the two literatures, Ovid incorporated and altered new elements and characters into the myth of the abduction of Persephone/Proserpine. Incorporation of Venus and Cupid greatly altered the similar story of the Greek and Roman literature, involving cupid’s arrow though Pluto’s heart, Venus not wanting another girl to remain a virgin, and her desire to extend her power. In conclusion, each argument that was discussed in the paper reinforced the invariant theme that was identified in both the Greek and Roman literature, the loss of the innocence of Persephone/Proserpine.
Whispering Roots The “Sound of Trees” is a 25 line stanza written by Robert Frost. This particular poem of Robert Frost embodies many themes of nature. In this poem the description of wind blowing through the tress is described in great detail by the narrator. The movement of the wind in this poem causes the trees to sway from left to right. In addition to that, the rustling that the leaves make creates a type of rhythmic pattern, which the narrator starts to describe as the, “The Sound of the Trees.” Although Frost’s main “Characters” in this story are the trees, they symbolize many aspects of human nature and humans need for self-discovery and exploration.
However, if the poet strives for similar results in his craft as the gardener, it is possible that with verse, the subject of poem may be given new energy and life, much like a plant that has been grafted. The final image of Sonnet 15 taken in conjunction with lines from Balthdassar Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier perhaps suggests that by the writer’s process of creating eternal and apparently lifeless represe... ... middle of paper ... ...the reader. Grafting, as a horticultural process is associated with writing only in word origin and symbolism, but the poet, who has control over his art, affixes new meaning to the term and employs it to participate in his extended plant metaphor. Works Cited Castiglione, Balthdassar. The Book of the Courtier.
The Character of Sula as a Rose Authors developed the canon in order to set a standard of literature that most people needed to have read or to have been familiar with. The works included in the canon used words such as beautiful, lovely, fair, and innocent to describe women. The canonical works also used conventional symbols to compare the women to flowers such as the rose and the lily. Thomas Campion depicts the typical description of women in his poem, "There is a Garden in Her Face." He describes the women by stating, "There is a garden in her face/ Where roses and white lilies grow,/ A heavenly paradise is that place,/ Wherein all pleasant fruits do flow" (1044-5).