Whereas Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” is very hazy and full of descriptions about abuse and alcohol. In this paper I will be comparing and contrasting the two poems as they are in my eyes very similar, yet different. Sylvia Plath was a high string anxiety angered person and dealt with a lot growing up. Her dad died when she was 10 years old due to diabetes. Having to grow up without a father she tried to fill the place of her father almost by being forced to find a husband that was like her father.
Understanding irony and paradox in poetry can help readers gain a new insight into not only the face value of poetry, but a deeper meaning as well. Poetry requires a reader to look below the surface of the words presented by the author. Paradox is essential to the structure and being of a poem when it is used. It is a statement that appears impossible at first, but actually makes sense. The value of paradox is its shock value.
Imagery is a primary literary technique a poet uses to capture the readers or listeners senses. We gain comprehension of the world through the use of our sense. Therefore, how the reader perceives a poem is always the most important aspect every poet considers whilst writhing. The images of a poem have the ability to appeal of each of our senses, taste, smell, touch, hearing and sight can all be heightened by certain aspects of poetry. The imagery of a poem has the ability to transport us into a different place or time, allowing the reader to experience new observations.
After his army time and while a student at West Point, he published a second volume: Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems, whi... ... middle of paper ... ... surrounded his potentially adulterous relations with Frances Sargent Osgood, Virginia's health was decreasing due to tuberculosis, leading Poe to seek refuge in increased drinking. Although he briefly held a job with Godey's Lady Book, he was incapable of maintaining a steady job and could not afford enough food for his family. Virginia died on January 30, 1847, causing the further deterioration of Poe's mental health. Poe's violent mood swings became common as drugs and alcohol wore away at his body and mind, although he continued to publish works such as Eureka. He made an attempt at rehabilitation, and he traveled to Richmond in 1849 to court a former friend, Mrs. Shelton.
In the back of Williams’s life he always had a number of setbacks that ultimately led to his recognition of his depression. In his later years Williams underwent treatment for clinical depression in a psychiatric hospital during 1953. But before then his health played a part in his major change in mood shown through his works. During the late 1940s he suffered “the first of several heart attacks and strokes, which would plague him for the rest of his life.” Williams later complained of the effects of a particularly serious stroke in 1952 "That was the end. I was through with life."
On September 26 1888, in Saint Louis, Missouri, Thomas Sterns Eliot was delivered into Henry Ware Eliot’s arms (Bush). Henry, Eliot’s father, the president of the Hydraulic Press Brick Company, had always had a taste for poetry, as an amateur poet with a thirst for Emerson (Bush). His mother was a school teacher, who would later involve herself in social problems, once Eliot was older (Pope). The youngest of eleven, Eliot was surrounded by family his whole early life. His grandfather, William Greenleaf Eliot, influenced him, even though he had died on January 23, 1887, through his achievements and creations (“Washington”).
These circumstances drew him extremely close to his two brothers, George and Tom, and his sister Fanny. When he 15, Abbey removed him from the Clarke School, as he became an apothecary-surgeon’s apprentice. Then in 1815, he became a student at Guy’s Hospital. He registered for a six- month course to become a licensed surgeon. Soon after he decided he was going to be a doctor he realized his true passion was in poetry.
He was the oldest of four children, which he felt gave him a special responsibility to take care of them (Holt, 1996, pg 556). His father died when he was eight years old, and his mother died when he was fourteen of tuberculosis, which was what he himself, would eventually succumb to. When his brother George fell into financial trouble after moving to America in 1818 he felt an obligation to earn money to send to him in order to help him thought his difficult time. As well during this time he was taking care of his brother Tom who was sick with tuberculosis as well which is possibly when he himself contracted it. Poetry and Themes “The Eve of St. Agnes” “The Eve of St. Agnes” was Keats first significantly successful poem.
As a child, E.E. attended Cambridge public schools and lived during the summer with his family in their summer home in Silver Lake, New Hampshire. (Kennedy 8-9) E.E. loved his childhood in Cambridge so much that he was inspired to write disputably his most famous poem, "In Just-" (Lane pp. 26-27) Not so much in, "In Just-" but Cummings took his father's pastoral background and used it to preach in many of his other poems.
Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840 in Higher BockHampton, Dorset. His father was a master mason and a builder while his mother was a servant girl. Thomas appreciated music because of his father, picked up the desire of learning and knowing about his home on the countryside from his mother. At the age of eight it was Thomas’ first time to go to a public local school. He later transferred to another school in Dorchester where his mother firmed that he was having a good education.