In this villanelle form poem, through the use of the metaphor language and images, especially the parallelism, writer gives examples of wise men, good men, wild men, and grave men to his father who was dying at the time this poem was written and also tires to convince his father to fight against the coming death. Thomas thinks a man who is dying in an old age should not die quietly, but fight with death until the last second. He begins the poem with second-person point of view and constantly reminds readers not to go gently into death and darkness, but rather to fight with them. To express the death and darkness, In the first stanza, Thomas uses a metaphor in which day represents life, night represents the afterlife and close of day represents the moment of death,” Do not go gentle into that good night,…, at close of day”(line 1-3). The first line of the poem is also a refrain.
The rhyme scheme Elliot uses in this poem depicts the disenchanted and confused mind of the narrator. The poem is written using a non-uniform meter and rhyme. Various stanzas are not of uniform length. This method is probably used to represent the mood and feelings in the verse. Prufrock is feeling confused and overwhelmed by the adversities of life so his thought probably has the same types of characteristics.
These two poems of Dickinson depict the different ideas of death, even by the author herself. The contradicting views on death are illustrated through different uses of literary techniques and storytelling. Every alliteration, every allusion, each diction style, takes the reader on a downward spiral, whether that is into the ether or into the cold depths of insanity, Dickinson’s writing is a pathway. Each poem tells of a different path, and the poet invites the reader to decide which path, which meaning of death defines the reader.
TS Eliot’s, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, is a dramatic monologue, from the view-point of a middle-class male. Many themes can be found in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which will later define modernist or 20th century literature. Prufrock’s ultimate problem is caused by his own weakened fear of failure and his depressed outlook of the world. If Prufrock continues on this path his future will be a loveless one, hence the irony of the title, he cannot bring himself to articulate his emotions to another woman. This poem conveys the protagonist as someone who is indecisive and often has trouble relating to women; he fears having his sexual advances turned down.
The gloom and disrepair of the outside is a clear ... ... middle of paper ... ...es the repetition of mental illness throughout many of his stories, leaving readers with more questions than answers. Masterfully he uses this theme leaving readers unsure of what and who, they can believe. The narrator in “The Tell Tale Heart” loves the old man, although he kills him because of his clouded over eye. Similarly Roderick Usher from“The Fall of the House of Usher,” buries his sister Madeline alive. This repeating symbol of insanity and madness manifests in both stories throughout themes of an eye, mental diseases, and murdering someone they love.
Human Insecurity in T.S Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T.S Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is an examination of human insecurity and folly, embodied in the title's J. Alfred Prufrock. Eliot's story of a man's "overwhelming question", his inability to ask it, and consequently, his mental rejection plays off the poem's many ambiguities, both structural and literal. Eliot uses these uncertainties to develop both the plot of the poem and the character of J. Alfred Prufrock. The poem's setting is one that conjures up images of vagueness. It is filled with "yellow fog" and "yellow smoke", both of which suggest a certain denseness and haziness.
The monologue throughout is melancholy in nature, with Prufrock dwelling on issues such as unrequited love, his frail body, his looming demise, and a dissatisfaction with the modernist world. Eliot uses a variety of metaphor within the poem to showcase Prufrock’s indecision, between being unable to fully live, while
"Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas is a poem about death. Dylan Thomas wrote this poem during the last illness of his father's life. The author creates an image of death with the use of the sons pleading words asking his father to fight against the darkness that is taking over and leading him into the afterlife. Dylan Thomas meticulously creates an image of death through the use of cunning words and by giving each word a deeper significance than its literal connotation. The author uses the image of death in every paragraph of the poem.
In stanzas one, three, five, and six, the phrase “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” brings about the images of brightness, light, and life (Thomas 313). Darkness is used in the second stanza specifically in the phrase “Though wise men at their end know dark is right” to give the imagery, of possibly an old man, that is accepting death is near (Thomas 313). Death is another imagery that is brought up in Dylan Thomas’s poem Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night. In the fifth stanza Grave men are used to depict... ... middle of paper ... ...is body and its relationship with the universe; he became obsessed with the passage of time and the finality of death” (Lycett, Andrew). In Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night literary strategies are used to help depict the coming of death.
Charles Baudelaire was a French poet during the 19th century. He was not only very successful as a poet, but also as a translator, essayist and critic (“Charles Baudelaire – Biography”). Baudelaire is most famous for his poetry and is regarded as one of the greatest French poets of all time. His work was some of the best of the 19th century, influencing the next generation of poets and those to come. He had a great impact on various literary movements such as Romanticism, Modernism, and Symbolism.