Essay on “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” Kelsea Brewer Professor Flynn English 232 March 21, 2014 In William Wordsworth’s "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" the speaker laments the passing of his youth and the disappearance of “that dreamlike vividness and splendor which invest objects of sight in childhood” (179). As children, he explains, we lack knowledge of mortality and are closer to God and nature. With time, however, Earth’s pleasures weaken this link and children become mere imitations of adults. In this essay, I will argue that the narrator’s crisis is resolved by the realization that he can still be “enlightened” as an adult. Our youth is regarded as a superior time because we feel invincible and in awe of our surroundings.
Power of Words “The Hospital Window” by James Dickey is an emotional poem about a son’s struggle to cope with his father’s imminent demise. This poem incorporates figurative language as well as metaphors that create a story of emotion. It evokes such true emotion by drawing the reader into the fidelity of the relationship between a son and his father faced with the reality of death. Not only death in a physical sense, but also the journey one takes to reach that point and the transcendence of faith. Each element of the poem is a cliffhanger for the next line, resulting in a read that sparks the true creative power of the readers’ mind.
Basically meaning the speaker is explaining his wonderful childhood. The poem overall was positive and uplifting; the speaker even uses the scenery of the farm around him to help express his joy as a youth when he explains “… I was green and carefree, famous among the barns/ about the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,” (10-11). The use of “happy yard” shows one of the many times the speaker combines nature with the emotion of happiness together to pr... ... middle of paper ... ...ixth stanza that the speaker’s view changes dramatically. He explains, “Oh I was young and easy in the mercy of [time] means” (52). The use of the word “oh” shows the upset of the speaker when realizing his days as a youth would come to an end and he has grown up.
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By analysing Jonson’s use of the elegy, this poetic mode of presentation reveals how compression and conciseness fulfil the achievement of “On My First Son”. However, in first considering the definition of the elegy as “a formal and sustained lament in verse for the death of a particular person, usually ending in consolation” this will demonstrate how Jonson conforms to the traditional structure of the elegy. For example, Jonson’s elegy is traditional as he depicts a father mourning for his son. The apostrophe of “Farewell, thou child” immediately conveys the death of a son, whom Jonson later warmly refers to as his “loved boy”. The title in itself “On My First Son” similarly conveys the speaker’s personal relationship to the son he is mourning.
When discussing the different aspects of New Criticism in Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do Not Go Gentle into The Good Night”, the impression that comes to mind is death. The use of imagery was a necessity for Dylan Thomas to express the different techniques of writing which involved a mixture of surrealistic and metaphysical tones. His ability to change a words meaning to incorporate symbolism is noticeable in circle of unity from life to death and renewed life. The Author presents the poem in a narrative argumentative point view from a son to his dying father upon his final moments. The imagery and symbolism of the Thomas’s reflections on his feelings of childhood and death become evident the approach the poem through psychological analysis.
Atwood tackles death, a subject that we all, as living beings, struggle to understand. She sees death, however, less as an absolute end but more as a beginning and a chance for rebirth and renewal. The poem begins with an allusion to the son’s birth and ends as he is planted into the ground as a seed. As readers, we cannot help but feel sadness for the mother who is lost in grief and despair as her son enters into a world that she cannot understand. Towards the son, however, we feel something completely different and in him, we can see the ambition and audacity in the youth of our generation.
It makes me realize how important life is to be treated. This work of art expresses to me Tolstoy’s views on life and death. The short story gives examples of how a person can live life the wrong way. In reading the “The Death of Ivan Ilych”, many feelings stir up inside me because I can relate his experience with my grandfather that died of cirrhosis of the liver. Tolstoy reaches the soul because he describes Ivan’s life occurrence through his spiritual revelation.