Then time passes and it is night and the sea, with its waves, “efface the footprints in the sand”. The sea represents time, and as the waves slowing move in and out, erasing the footprints the traveler left, it shows how a memory of a person who was once there is slowly washed away. The erasing itself is not harsh, but gentle, like it is shown with the waves and their “soft, white hands”. And finally when morning comes, the town life goes on, but the traveler will never again return to the shore. The average life in the area is portrayed by the “steeds in their stalls”, and it describes how the day returns but not the traveler.
Through the simple language, tones, and theme in Howard Moss’s poem, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day,” the meaning of Shakespeare’s poem is made more clear. William Shakespeare’s poem, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day” uses diction, personification, theme, and tone to illustrate the narrator’s feelings about the everlasting beauty of a significant other. Shakespeare’s narrator has a tone of admiration and is very endearing. His tone is present throughout the poem in the way each line is set up and through the choice of words. The admiring tone is evident in the first two lines when he says “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
There is also the fact that waves are constantly moving backwards and forward, swaying. Therefore, the poem uses the image of the ocean in line 3, that the waves (minutes) are “changing place” to where it was “before.” This connects to how nothing can cheat time because everything is always moving towards the end. The minutes and waves are... ... middle of paper ... ...,” (14) so basically the poem could help solidify their existence in the form of writing. even though they have long since perished because of Time’s “Cruel hand.” The speaker kind of contradicts themselves because the poem is about Time ending everything. Someone with that outlook on life would be more inclined to understand that nothing can beat time, so why should their poem be the exception?
Arnold is the speaker speaking to someone he loves. As the poem progresses, the reader sees why Arnold poses the question stated above, and why life seems to be the way it is. During the first part of the poem Arnold states, "The Sea is calm tonight" and in line 7, "Only, from the long line of spray". In this way, Arnold is setting the mood or scene so the reader can understand the point he is trying to portray. In lines 1-6 he is talking about a very peaceful night on the ever so calm sea, with the moonlight shining so intensely on the land.
In this poem the diver or the speaker tried to commit suicide at first but when he got close to death and saw how difficult and uneasy it made him feel, he had a second thought and he decided to let go of death and go back to his life. I see irony in this poem in that the diver, though suicidal, dove into the sea with
Starting off with a very peaceful scene, we drift off comparing the crashing of the waves to the loss of faith our generations have experienced. The end of the poem leaves the reader questioning if the world is not here for us who is? The world is filled with different kinds of people and with different stories to share but for some reason we don’t share with each other. We keep all of our emotions and stories inside of our buried life while we put on an act ... ... middle of paper ... ...y is shown at the bottom of the second page “A man becomes aware of his life’s flow, And hears its winding murmur; and he sees The meadows where it glides, the sun, the breeze.” The feeling of knowing where your life is headed is compared to a sunny day in the meadows and feeling the breeze. The feeling of not knowing what could change at any time is showed on the last page “And then he thinks he knows The hills where his life rose, And the sea where it goes.” The sea is never ending and this is the comparison to life.
Hemingway is explaining that most people don't raise a commotion, they just allow life to happen to them. The old man is testing his limits, he is challenging the ocean, and rowing where he wants to go not where the ocean wants to take him. Hemingway believes that in life, the farther person stays from the observers, the more free and exhilarated they will be. If there is a hurricane, you always see the signs of it in the sky for days ahead, if you are at sea. They do not see it ashore because they do not know what to look for, he thought.
Imagery plays an important part in this poem, which let the audience visualize the poet’s journey. The background of the event is “the gray sea and the long black land” (1). In this gloomy even frightening night, the poet takes a boat across the cove alone. Nevertheless, in the part II, the scenery in poet’s eye is “a mile of warm sea-scented beach” (7). The strong contrast let the audience find out that it is the poet’s love turn a lonely and dreary night into one that is full of anticipation, love and happiness.
In Whitman’s poem “O Captain! My Captain!” from his collection Leaves of Grass, he writes of the sorrow over a fallen ship captain coming into the home harbor. Lord Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” expresses the hopes on the departure of a journey. Both poems use the metaphor of a boat’s trip over the sea as a spiritual journey to death. The poems have many similarities, but also differences that give character to each poem.
To An Athlete Dying Young and Crossing the bar are similar poems. They both have the theme of death. In to An Athlete Dying Young, Houseman is telling a young athlete that his fame will last forever because he dies young. Consequently, in Crossing the Bar, Tennyson says that his death is coming soon and that he is ready to cross over. However, the different rhyme schemes of the poems help establish a different tone in each one like, less serious tone for To An Athlete Dying Young and a more serious tone for Crossing the Bar.