Sylvia Plath was known as an American Poet, Novelist and Shorty story writer. However, Plath lived a melancholic life. After Plath graduated from Smith College, Plath moved to Cambridge, England on a full scholarship. While Plath was Studying in England, she married Ted Hughes, an English poet. Shortly after, Plath returned to Massachusetts and began her first collection of poems, “Colossus”, which was published first in England and later the United States. Due to depression built up inside, Plath committed suicide leaving her family behind. Sylvia Plath was a gifted and troubled poet, known for the confessional style of her work, which is how “Mirror” came to be. Although this poem may seem like the reader is reading from first person point of view, there is a much deeper meaning behind Plath’s message throughout the poem. Plath uses several elements of terror and darkness to show change to the minds of the readers.
As the poem opens, the speaker is introduced, a person who is thinking through their final thoughts as death approaches. In line 1, the speaker hears the buzzing of a fly, or rather, the words of some unwanted guest in the room. This person who should not be there is the only one making any sound in an otherwise quiet room. Lines 2 and 3 illustrate this with the rest of the family waiting quietly, and then the rest of the world simply being apathetic towards the plight of the...
In the poem, the speaker, setting, and imagery depict the style of romanticism. First, the speaker of the poem is interpreted as a Romantic poet who is intelligent and lonely, but he is able to keep himself fulfilled by simple beauty. Wordsword accentuates this by writing in the first person. Next, the setting is richly presented to demonstrate the beauty of nature. Wordsword writes, “Beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze” (Wordsword, 5-6). The setting is interpreted to be in the countryside with daylight. Through this use of words and setting, Wo...
The poem is told in the first person point of view. Being told in this point of view creates a narrative and conversational feeling when reading the poem. In addition, The speaker begins the poem with simple sentences; each sentence contains a subject and a predicate, nothing more. In this part of the poem, there is a nostalgic, reminiscent tone. The speaker remembers back to the days when she was in love with her Meema’s blanket. The speaker looks back to a time when she “planned to inherit / the blanket, how [her and her sister] used to wrap ourselves / at play in its folds” (9-11). The beginning part of the poem, the speaker reflects back on her past, which is represented by simple sentences. However, as the poem progress, the sentence structure shifts. The sentences go from simple sentences to more complex sentences. With each memory, the sentences begin to grow longer; through this transition, clauses and prepositional phrases are included which shift the tone of the poem. The poem shifts from a nostalgic tone to a more dream-like tone. In this section of the poem, the speaker moves on from remembering the past to focussing about the future. In this dream-like trance, the speaker believes that while she is “under this quilt / [she’d] dream of [her]self … within the dream of
Keats’s “When I Have Fears” and Longfellow’s “Mezzo Cammin” present contemplative speakers that reflect on the subject on the inevitability of their deaths and whether their lives have been fully fulfilled. Both poets display similar structure and utilize similes and metaphors to represent their lives in order to explore their views on their deaths; however, their attitudes towards the subject differ significantly.
The death camp was a terrible place where people where killed. Hitler is who created the death camp for Jews. The death camp was used for extermination on Jews. This occurred on 1939 – 1945. The death camps were in the country of Europe. Hitler did all this because he didn’t like Jews and the religions. The book Night is a autobiography written by Elie Wiesel. The poem called First they came for the communist written by Martin Neimoller is a autobiography.
Without warning her knees buckle, and she falls onto to her back. The grass bends beneath her body, as though submitting into an embrace. A bumblebee buzzes near her ear, and the swift razor sound of it comforts her--an unmistakable sign of life. She lies motionless; her lover’s words, and her own actions, immobilize her. Thick sunlight seeps into her pores like paint. She could stay like this forever, until rainwater collects in the basins of her collarbones, until the earth recognizes her as a corpse and pulls her under. Forever.
Without the use of stereotypical behaviours or even language is known universally, the naming of certain places in, but not really known to, Australia in ‘Drifters’ and ‘Reverie of a Swimmer’ convoluted with the overall message of the poems. The story of ‘Drifters’ looks at a family that moves around so much, that they feel as though they don’t belong. By utilising metaphors of planting in a ‘“vegetable-patch”, Dawe is referring to the family making roots, or settling down somewhere, which the audience assumes doesn’t occur, as the “green tomatoes are picked by off the vine”. The idea of feeling secure and settling down can be applied to any country and isn’t a stereotypical Australian behaviour - unless it is, in fact, referring to the continental
A firefly, a lover, a memory: all can disappear within a second. Experiencing loss is a dreadful time that most humans undergo. Deena Larsen compares one’s lover who has passed to a firefly who has lost his light. Larsen’s Firefly has six stanzas, each five lines long and six lines deep that uncovers the ulterior meaning of loss and loneliness from unrequited love.
Kim Addonizio’s “First Poem for You” portrays a speaker who contemplates the state of their romantic relationship though reflections of their partner’s tattoos. Addressing their partner, the speaker ambivalence towards the merits of the relationship, the speaker unhappily remains with their partner. Through the usage of contrasting visual and kinesthetic imagery, the speaker revels the reasons of their inability to embrace the relationship and showcases the extent of their paralysis. Exploring this theme, the poem discusses how inner conflicts can be powerful paralyzers.
the deathly-still night surrounds my bed is an example of personofication, because perconofication is when a thing, idea or animal is given human characteristics. in this line the poet trys to show that his bed is surrunded by the night in such quitnes that it semms like the night is dead. since the poet gives the night human characteristics and the night is not a living thing; this would be an example of perconofication.
For the first time in a long time, the air in her lungs was colder than the emptiness she felt in the depths of her heart. It was the end of fall and the winter’s beginning, both in the air and in her mind. Her feet no longer sank into the ground’s surface the way they should and the win seemed to push against her. It was a sign, a sign that she should have never returned home. She took another step forward, her feet stumbling against her own body weight. Even the ground seemed to not want her here.
The reason I picked the bible I did was because this is my favorite bible verse and it encourages me to keep my faith strong in the lord everyday. I picked the quote about doing the impossible because for most people driving and the ground is their limit everyday. For pilots the limit is the skies and it is almost a privilege to have the right to be in the skies. I love the song The Motions by Matthew West because it gives me the inspiration to try my hardest everyday of my life because you want to make your life count. I choose the Flyer’s Poem because to me it summarizes the coming of aviation and Christianity in my life.