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.
According to my perspective of the poem “The Snowman” my ideas are in concordance to David Perkins. The entire poem is a metaphor for having a mind that entertains nothingness. The snowman represents the author as a snowman looking out to its environment and feeling cold and miserable inside just like the winter weather. This snowman is unlike a normal snowman with snowman characteristics because its only use in the poem is to describe the emotions of the author towards the society or environment he is placed in. The poem is written in one long sentence which I think means the continuousness of the misery the author feels inside of him since the sentence is a run on and “continuous”. Since this poem is written in a very broad way it can be
These six poems all vary in tone and messages yet all connect to death. Poem at Thirty-Nine explores the feelings the poet had towards her father 's death and looks back on her relationship with him, leading onto how she thinks he would see her now if still alive. Remember requests a lover to remember the speaker when they die, but not so much that it affects their daily life. Do not go gentle into that good night shows the poet lamenting his father 's decreased health and encouraging him to cling to life. Funeral Blues is once more the poet mourning his partner 's death and wants the world to share his grief. Poem shows the poet weighing up an average man 's life, in the end avoiding making a definitive judgement. Death be not proud takes to death directly, saying he has nothing to be proud of, instead being
While in exile in France Léopold Sédar Senghor wrote a beautiful poem called Black Woman. This poem revolves around Senghor love, definition and praise of a natural black woman. In Senghor’s life and poetry women are viewed in a higher status, are held in high esteem and regard. Senghor poem is more than an individual black African woman, she is an antecedent of his race and thus a symbol of the African race. He takes pride in his race and in this poem especially Senghor completely showed his love and respect for the black woman. Senghor uses an accumulation of metaphors to show his love for African women, and how African black women by portraying them as being beautiful, comforting and emphasis on the black woman’s physical beauty.
What would you do if yo were faced with a situation that would either benefit yourself or change the fate of something else. Sylvia is faced with a situation that determines the fate of a white heron in Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron”. When Sylvia walks outside, she meets a hunter/ornithologist that wants to capture a white heron. When the hunter offers ten dollars to anyone who helps him find the bird, Sylvia struggles to decide to tell him about her findings of the bird. A symbol is “an object, action, or event that represents something, or creates a range of associations, beyond itself.” (Sharon Hamilton, ed. A Handbook of Literary Terms) The hunter is a symbol of money that represents struggle and hope.
In Billy Collins’s poem Introduction to Poetry, he displays his opinion regarding how poetry should be taught versus how it is currently taught. In doing this, Collins contrasts enjoyable metaphors of how a poem should be viewed with savage personification of how students traditionally analyze poetry to develop his true attitude towards teaching poetry.
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.
By 4:14 in the afternoon it just hadn’t made a single sound. Despite my gentle coaxing and attention, I knew with futility that it would only listen when someone other than I called it’s name. It had been teeming with life this morning – I remember distinctly holding it in my hand and hearing it sing with life at the very crack of dawn – but, as expected, it was starting to die down. With it’s demure size one would think that it wouldn’t be such a hungry little thing, but with all it chirped and chattered it wasn’t too surprising. Often it would blink and show off it’s colored feathers, so to speak, but it only did so when it heard another one of it’s kind calling its name.
In the poem “A Story”, Li-Young Lee shows the complicated relationship between the father and the son by using point of view and structure. Italicized lines distinguish who is talking to draw on point of view to indicate the complex relationship. The poem’s structure also identifies the complex relationship by increasing the lines in each stanza by one-until the sixth stanza which goes down to four lines, and then in the seventh stanza which goes back to five lines.
In the poem “A Story” by Li-Young Lee, the author tells a story of a complex relationship between a father and son. The father is trying to find a story to tell his son. He does not want his son to get bored with the stories he usually tells. He tells a story of how he is scared of loosing his sons love. His son is coming of age and he doesn’t want this to change. He tells this story through numerous literary terms and techniques.
her parents. After I read and re-read and re-read the article “I Stand Here Writing”, it is clearly to see the opinion that the author wants to show us, as a writer, it’s important and necessary to use a different way to think, it will help you to find new characteristics and traits so that we could obtain inspiration to write, and sometimes when we need to compare two things, it help to find new traits and discover the relationship between different experience, ideas that seems unrelated.
Yes, learning that I could truly enjoy poetry was an amazing, but also, a highly involved discussion. One I would rather focus on at another time. I would, though, like to elaborate on the profound similarity I felt in with the feeling of the narrator.
The story ends with a sad mood. The ending is also symbolic by trying to imply that the struggle is not only to humans but also to other creatures. The author might expect the reader to look at the struggles and trouble from a different angle. The angle of struggles being part of life, [both to humans and animals. There is little to no hope of things getting better than they were. The author compares the life of people to the life of a miserable brook stout that has stayed in the mountains forever and whose attempts to get out have become futile.