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.
The Setting and the Scene: Dirge for two Veterans The poem “Dirge For Two Veterans” by Walt Whitman is an emotional story of a father-son funeral during the civil war and Whitman 's interpretation. The poems basis of the agony caused by death is counteracted by the beauty of the world. Whitman conveys his emotions using tone to directly relate to his feelings and imagery to indirectly capture his raw emotions concerning the deaths of the two soldiers. The emotional drama shown in the poem “Dirge For Two Veterans” is about more than death, it is about what the tragedy and pain that is death, and the confusing struggle to find beauty and peace in the midst of it. The poem starts off with with a observational description of the sunset and “double grave”.
It speaks of a story about a captain, who returns with his crew after a hard voyage, only to lie in his deathbed in the end. This poem is an allegory for the Post Civil War America, But it is also a commentary on how America responds to tragedy. We are a resilient country.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is a poem about a lone sailor who survives a disastrous voyage at sea. Believing himself to be responsible for this tragedy he dooms himself to recount his tale to strangers. The most common interpretation of this poem is the religious view of crime and punishment. Early in the poem the Mariner shoots an albatross a symbol of good luck. Since it is a moral wrong to shoot the albatross, for you are supposed to love “all things both great and small”, the crew eventually was punished.
Light and Dark in Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness In Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Marlow chooses a brighter path than his counterpart in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Capt. Willard. The two share in the duty of searching for and discovering Kurtz, as well as taking care of his memory, but their beliefs before encountering him place the characters at opposing ends of a theme. These opposing ends are light and dark, representing good and evil. In the opening pages of Heart of Darkness, Marlow begins telling a tale of himself as nothing more than a sailor, who had a taste for adventure and saw the navigation of a river in such a distant and mysterious place as the Congo as a chance to find it.
And lastly, with hearing: "...He heard the trembling sound as the flying fish left the water"(Hemingway, 28). This use of different imagery helps create a description of the sea and all its power. The novel... ... middle of paper ... ...with Manolin because of his lack of luck, the boy says he will bring the luck. In the last sentence of the novella, "the old man was dreaming of lions, (Hemingway, 127)" which is a symbol of strength to show Santiago still has some fight in him. After this whole trial Santiago, remains the same unsuccessful fisherman but undefeated just like before.
This poem is considered an elegy, also known as a mourning poem. This also helps support the idea that he wrote the poem while mourning the death of Abraham Lincoln. The whole poem takes place on the deck of a ship as the ship is approaching the port of their home town. The narrator hears the celebrating people ashore and he hears bells ringing in celebration of their return when suddenly he sees his captain fall dead. The narrator is obviously upset by this and he cries out to his captain to 'rise up and hear the bells ' and to see the flag that has been flown for him.
His legendary journey provides mental and physical altercations Santiago must survive in order to prove to himself that he is still a man capable of catching fish. Society labels Santiago as an unlucky fisherman for not catching any fish for 85 days, and yet ignore his skills as a wise, witty fisherman. “It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”(32) Santiago coordinates good luck with offerings from the sea.
Pride The book, The Old Man and The Sea, written by Ernest Hemingway, tells the story about an old man and his trials and tribulations out at sea. It is a story about courage, steadfastness and most importantly, pride. Hemingway uses many literary devices such as repetition and contrast to give pride, something generally thought of as a negative trait, a new spin by turning it into a positive one. This positive trait gives the old man the determination and courage that he carries with him throughout his perils at sea. The book’s main protagonist, an old fisherman named Santiago, is a unique person in a way that his pride is unlike most others.
By setting this scene with these two characters, Coleridge has already contrasted elements of t... ... middle of paper ... ...ot and come back to life to perform their functions, then die again and rise up once more The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is swollen with imagery of life, lifelessness, and death but not with any traditional descriptions. Coleridge is able to change the nature of death and life to fit his needs and the needs of his story. At the conclusion of the poem we the reader and the wedding guest are left “sadder and a wiser man” (Line 624) with lesson of what can happen if you are not good to your fellow creatures. While this moral holds true to the cause of the curse through the death of the Albatross it seems a strange ending to a much more morbid story. The blurring and crossing over of concrete concept is the real gift the reader is left to ponder.