Each of these poems utilize similar structural and rhetorical techniques – creating characters out of pronouns - to convey their messages. Theme is an important component of any poem. It could be argued that the theme of a poem is what is most essential to poetry – the idea and message that a poem conveys is what poetry is often recognized for. Both authors, Cummings and Dickinson, have very different themes within these poems. “anyone lived in a little how town” appears to be a poem about the passing of time and various stages of life.
In this essay I will mainly focus on two poems written by John Donne, The Rising Sun and Death be not proud. These poems were written during the Elizabethan era, which was an era mainly characterized by love and colonialism, on separate terms of course. These principles often influenced poets who lived during this period. Their poetry acts as testimonies of their underlying thoughts and desires. Furthermore, metaphysical poets deliver a more divine and profound perspective to their poetry.
He feels strongly about his own heritage, and the ignorance, others portray by not acknowledging his history. The division between the new world, old world and its people collide in his poem. There is no resolution to the issue, u Poetry expresses a state of mind, point of view, or draws a picture for the audience. Poetry describes situations, a person, a place or a thing. Poetry can interpret, create emotion, have hidden, indifferent, or symbolic meanings.
The reader’s views are best influenced through a nihilistic outlook on the poem, which questions the purpose of existence, showcasing the persona’s plight of losing zest in life. “The heart is sore” highlights his worsening mental state in questioning existence, evoking reflection from the reader on their personal troubles. It allows textual integrity in decoding themes of anguish and sadness, despite any contextual audience. Bornstein describes th... ... middle of paper ... ...his poetry. Textual integrity through ambivalence is evident in “Slouches towards Bethlehem” as the Occultist view suggests allusion to birth, death or rebirth, leaving the reader to interpret the meaning from the techniques and themes.
This piece primarily focuses upon redefining the definition, importance, and role of tradition in the literary world, as well as explicating the relationship between storytelling history and the storyteller. Eliot posits that, though originality and novelty are often praised, no work of art functions independently of all of the art that precedes it. He suggests that, rather than distinguishing literary mastery by identifying what is “new” and what is “old”, critics and creators alike should adopt his Impersonal Theory of poetry. This theory suggests that a refined poet can depersonalize themselves from their work in such a way as to construct it with a critical eye, simultaneously portraying significant emotion and arousing complex feelings
Both the ambiguous quality of the dead man’s last question (18 ll. 25-26) in poem XXVII and the nature of the chance encounter in XXII stand to exemplify the subtle undercurrent of Housman’s own enigmatic sexuality. "Is my team ploughing" is in the form of "the primitive ballad metres, which Housman revived," and primarily "employed for a poetry not of action but of introspection" (Scott-Kilvert 25). The piece begins by the dead man’s questioning of such trivialities as his "team" (l. 1) that he "used to drive" (l. 2), and "football" (l. 9) being played "Along the river shore" (l. 10). The other speaker responds to the dead man’s questions with a partially abrasive tone as can be interpreted by lines 7-8 in which ... ... middle of paper ... ...t some fickleness therein.
Paradox is inclusive of irony and this existence of opposites or contraries is part of poetry. The bringing together of these opposites is important to the meaning of the poem. Many paradoxes prove to ... ... middle of paper ... .... Billy Collins employs a lot of irony and paradox in his poetry. The reader, therefore, must pay close attention to what is being said and what the words actually mean. Poetry involves deep thinking in more than just word analysis.
From a contextual background of the author, Eliot continued his interest in fragmentation throughout his career. The Love Song of Alfred J. Purfrock undergoing fragmentation of mental focus and imagery, uses bits and pieces of formal structure to suggests that disconnection, although anxiety-provoking, in spite of everything, productive; had the poem been composed purely in free verse, the work would have seemed much more nihilistic and rejecting all moral principles in the idea that life is meaningless. Based on the kinds of imagery Eliot paints with the use of fragments and disconnection, it also suggest that something new can be made from ruins: The series of hypothetical encounters at the poem’s centre are recapitulated and discontinuous but nevertheless lead to a sort of dark epiphany rather than just leading us without purpose.
"His customary evasions of logical and thematic closure allow his poetry to register cultural nuances and patterns that…more overt narrative or thematic intent might overlook" (Miller 3). John Ashbery's poetry, through the use of unique techniques that evade traditional poetry writing, allow said nuances to be discovered. His writing is a cluster of ideas shoved into a page too small to fit all the words. The patterns created in his writing may seem random and chaotic, but each line is a whisper of a bigger truth; his truth. John Ashbery is a post-modernism writer who incorporates into his writing elements of the Romantic era while giving it his own twist to discuss larger issues such as life itself, and the elements of life.
Tennyson’s abstract poetic structure provides comprehension difficulties in finding a single thematic idea. He intertwines historical allusions, along with deep and person feelings through one piece of work. The organic structure of certain Tennyson poetry presents a tone of uncertainty. While his unconventional works give a more solidified aura. Contrary in structure, mood, and tone, “Ulysses” and “The Lady of Shalott”, harbor the underlying theme of coveting to escape from their idle worlds.