Formalistic Approach to Ode to the Death of a Favorite Cat (Favourite) Ode to the Death of a Favourite Cat is a very interesting poem especially when you begin to break it down using the formalistic approach to literature. This poem at first glance could be taken as just another story about a cat that drowns trying to eat his prey, the goldfish. As we look more closely we realize that the poem has so many more meanings. The form of a poem is also a large component on the effectiveness. This poem has 7 stanzas with 6 lines in each.
Humor and Irony are a unique combinations Collins displays in many of his poems, challenging the readers to interpret his work in different perspectives. In “Introduction to Poetry,” Collins offers a witty comparison between the definition of poetry and various other experiments. He asks the reader to “hold [the poem] up to the light/ like a color slide” (1-3), “press an ear against its hive” (4), “drop a mouse into a poem” (5), “walk inside the poem's room” (7), and “waterski across the surface of a poem” (9-10). Rather than stiffly explaining the definition of a poem, he finds creative and humorous approaches to explain his methods of enjoying the poems, and promote the readers’ interest towards discovering the true meaning of poetry. Just as the surrounding would seem different through color slides, he asks the readers to see the world in diverse viewpoints while reading and writing poems.
Since I find it hard to do this in my own poetry, I felt that "The Waterbowl" was a good poem to look at since it uses this literary tool to make the poem work. Harper offers concrete details such as "her eyes turned the color of okra," "I took her pock-boned jaws," "a mussel clamped into darkness," and "two matchsticks in a bowl of water." All these details are concrete and are able to create an image for the reader. The paradoxical or ironic thing is that Harper uses these concrete images to lead the reader to an abstract image of "there is no love in those eyes, only loss, pregnant with intelligent shame." Lastly, another aspect of "The Waterbowl" is the use of metaphors.
These three elements weave themselves together to create a work of art that goes beyond its simple subject. The first element to analyze when looking at “The Fish” is figurative language. The reader is drawn to this element because of its heavy emphasis throughout the poem. Elizabeth Bishop profusely uses similes with the intention of heightening the sensation of fishing. She writes: [...] Here and there his brown skin hung in strips like ancient wallpaper, and its pattern of darker brown was like wallpaper: shapes like full blown roses (9-14) In six lines of poetry the author is able to cram three similes all comparing the outer look of a fish to wallpaper.
The narrator can take twists and turns and can make expected or even unexpected outcomes in the story. A good example in the story would be where the narrator states, "The zebra storyteller wasn't fit to be tied at hearing a cat speaking his language, because he'd been thinking about that very thing" (Holst 1971). At this point the narrator changes the reader's perspective and sheds light on an upcoming event in the story. Which turned out to be a big event where the Siamese cat got killed. Of course this story is fictional but it is an excellent story to portray how a narrator can expand the reader's imagination.
Ars Poetica, written by Archibald MacLeish, depicts the significance of a poem’s use of imagery in order to convey the author’s intended meaning. “A poem should be wordless, as the flight of birds” (MacLeish 558 l.7-8). A flock of birds does not take much thought to comprehend, rather the sight explains the event itself. This beautiful metaphor presents a suggestion for poets by displaying its effectiveness first hand. Likewise, the poems in “cluster 3” follow the same criterion.
Such as Emily not being able to perceive death as a finality, Homers death in itself or the fact that Emily is hoarding his [Homers] body. Faulkner also uses very descriptive and short phrases or passages containing foreshadowing to help emphasis very important turning points in the story. In the short story a Rose for Emily William Faulkner has truly done a remarkable job at satisfying the reader with his use of foreshadowing as a primary literary element.
“And now take down the following important remark: the artist in me has been given the upper hand over the gentleman” (71). What does Lolita have to say about the morality of art? The most prominent feature of Lolita is its use of harmonizing language throughout the entire novel. Humbert Humbert's stunning, intricate, and appealing prose is what makes Lolita so remarkable. Nabokov does not hesitate to show off his linguistic abilities, plunging into the first page with attractive vocabulary providing the reader with "aesthetic bliss."
The use of a blind man was very effective as the poets now had the tool they needed to create emotional and powerful conclusions. For instance, in "Sight", the narrator of the poem was basking in the wonderful things he could see and enjoy due to his sight, which he perceived to be "God['s]…goodly gift" (7). This joyous flow of thoughts was interrupted, however, due to the sound of a blind man's stick hitting the ground. The cleverness of the poet is shown by the way the poem went no further after the entrance of the blind man, causing the reader and the narrator to reach the theme (as well as epiphany) that sight does not belong to everyone. "The Fog" was similar in the way that it concluded immediately after the readers discovered there was a blind man.
“The most apparent symbol, however, is the albatross’ repr... ... middle of paper ... ...’s theme. It can weave subtle shades of meaning into your writing, turning what began as a simple rug into a rich tapestry.” The albatross and the raven are what took their poems from ordinary to extraordinary. And, as a final note, I wouldn’t recommend messing with either one if you don’t want your life ruined. Works Cited Eshbaugh, Julie. ""The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"" Coleridge:.