In both poems “ Blackberry Picking” by Seamus Heaney and “After Apple Picking” by Robert Frost, the luxury of picking fruit could be related to a much deeper meaning than just the simple and boring concept. Using literary devices, both poets achieved to portray memorable moments in their life, or in the other case, even death by using hyperbole, imagery, and simile. Firstly by using hyperbole in lines 28- 29 “For I have had too much of apple picking: I am overtired of the great harvest I myself desired”, Frost exaggerates how exhausted he is from “apple-picking” and had done more than he expected to do with his life. In contrast, Heaney uses hyperbole to grab the reader’s interest by reminiscing his childish infatuations of preserving blackberries
“For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck, For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop.” The men hanging to wither and rot for no reason other than ignorance, greed and prejudice. “A strange and bitter crop.”
Since the character is so young, it is obvious he does not fully understand why he is faced with discrimination based on merely the color of his skin. The child does not even mention the color of his skin, because to him it is irrelevant and should have nothing to do with how he is treated. With a young child being so innocent they cannot understand why the color of his or her skin would put them back in life, although they may know it does, he or she is only faced with feelings of confusion. By directly leaving the cultural context of the child's race out of the poem, the reader feels that he is extremely innocent and therefore does not deserve his battle of racism. By also including symbols and context clues of Jesus Christ the author builds the unfair racial treatment of the character. The author states that, “They fell among a garland of thorns,” which causes the reader to think of Jesus. Some readers may also think that the point of the berries is to resemble the Garden of Eden. Making the reader compare the child to Jesus not only makes the reader feel like he did not deserve his treatment, but also causes the reader to be emotional. Intense feelings of emotion leads the reader to not only feel terrible because of the characters racial setback, but also causes the reader to relate deeply to the character by including the most important part of anyone’s life, religion.
This poem emphasizes on the clear images of things in the forest, things that are not said and how it relates to real life experiences. In the first stanza of the poem, in an indirect way, the child follows behind his mother in alert of the danger that confronts them. Mom explains to her child the hazard of the poison oak, not so much in words, but in her actions when she uses a stick to move the poison oak rather than her hand. This is a great example of when a mother tells her child not to touch the hot pot on the stove and shows him by using a towel to remove the hot pot from the stove. Moving into the second stanza, she continues this strategy when she notices the image of a snake in the brush and alerts her child of its position. In real
Contradicting to an even further extent, the attitude of the work, the final stanza seems to ridicule the previous: "Wipe your hand across your mouth, and laugh; / The worlds revolve like ancient women / Gathering fuel in vacant lots," (CPP, 13). Concerning itself with the world as a whole, the lines utilize a simile to characterize the inevitable persistence of meaningless action, action that sustains persistence, inturn sustaining a spiritually defunct society.
The ending of this poem is all one large metaphor. When the hickory leaf is mentioned, it symbolizes the speaker; she is the hickory leaf. While the leaf is hanging and green, it symbolizes the speaker being home for the summer. In addition, when the poem talks of the leaf blowing loose, it symbolizes the speaker leaving for
Dawe concentrates his concept of the poem on the inevitability of restlessness in the life of a transient, gipsy-like, rouseabout family. The use of poetic techniques such as imagery and symbolism in “Canes with their last shrivelled fruit’, symbolises that the family has “shrivelled hope”, however, “Bright with berries”, symbolises the mother’s hope for the start of a new season. References of “He” and “She” are left intentionally unexplained to enhance the anonymity of the persona’s perspective and to also detain the reader to resist making judgments. Juxtaposition is used when Dawe describes that the oldest girl is “close to tears” because she was happy at the family’s previous location, in contrast to the youngest girl “beaming because she wasn’t”. This signifies that there are differing perceptions of relocating from each member of the family. ‘Drifters’, allows for readers to witness an emotional journey, as well as allows them to imagine a physical journey, taking place from the perspective of the persona, which as a result allows readers to understand how journeys differing perceptions for
The poet conveys his attitude toward the character in a detached manner, seeing as the poem is not written in the perspective of the character or someone close to him. The speaker details the actions of the character in a sympathetic, respectful tone, but the choice of actions that the poet chooses to include seem to mock him. Perhaps most representative of this assertion is the choice to make the first word of both the novel and the poem “Cabbage,” immediately indicating that the novel the character has waited years to write will likely not be of good quality (1). Additionally, the poet uses the simile “a trophy pen, / like a trophy wife,” describing the pen that would play such an integral role in writing the novel with a negative connotation (2-3). The repetition of the phrase “not cheap” suggests that the extensive amount of resources the character has invested in the creation of his novel may have simply been a waste. Additionally, the detail that the character “dreamed in free moments at his office” and “excitingly” began writing is undercut by the first word being “cabbage” (17-21). In the event that the first word was more mellow, the tone of the poet would be very similar to that of the speaker. However, the choices in detail as well as the use of specific literary devices keep the tone of the poet and the tone of the speaker on two different
Although the narrator of the poem appears to be appreciative of the woods, and the beauty of the snow, he realizes it is not practical to stay any longer, perhaps to rest the horse or more importantly himself, but that he must continue on before any relaxation can be enjoyed and feels obligated to keep his promise. This is typical of the modernist view that life is thorny and sacrifices must be made. Some of this thought proce...
Imagery is a plays a major role in this poem. The images used appeal to almost all the reader’s senses with the exception of tastes. Beginning in the first stanza, the reader’s senses of touch and sight are appealed to. For instance, when the speaker described the cracked hands that ached,” the reader sees an older man with dry, cracked hands. This can lead the reader to a number of assumptions again of the man being worn out from his job, or possibly having arthritis which would lead to the dry and sore hands. It also appeals to the sense of touch and sight when it describes the father’s hands and also when he “puts his clothes on in the blueb...