In Geary Hobson’s poem “Deer Hunting”, very different types of diction are used. “Deer Hunting I” has a “redneck” and arrogant diction. “Deer Hunting II” has a peaceful and appreciative diction. Hobson uses contrasting dictions because he wants to emphasize that the way the men hunt in “Deer Hunting I” is disrespectful to nature. “Deer Hunting I” and “Deer Hunting II” are different and alike in several ways.
Not only do these poems share differences through the speakers childhood, but also through the tones of the works.
Humankind is devoid of concerns towards the world that shelters them. In e.e cummings poem “Pity this monster, manunkind” is satirical criticism towards how people are evolving only to damage nature. The theme of the poem is opposition, and the author structures his poem’s form, content, punctuation and tone to complement his claim. In this poem, the author expresses his point by stating mankind is self-centered, he defends nature and natural life, and that it is useless to believe that mankind will make adequate changes to benefit nature.
In the poem “A Blessing,” James Wright analyzes the relationship between human beings and nature through the descriptive explanation of an encounter between his friend and himself and two Indian horses. He shows that although we are able to relate and interact with the animals we don't have the ability to join them or as Wright puts it: “break into blossom” (26-27). Wright uses imagery and personification to describe the nature he witnesses as he escapes from the stress of human life. The ponies in this poem are personified by comparing them to human beings, mainly through the description of their emotions. This personification lessens the gap between the author and the horses and separates him from civilization represented by the highways
John Updike's "A Dog's Death" is a heart-wrenching poem in which a narrator remembers a puppy that he and his family rescued. In the poem, the puppy tragically dies due to unseen injuries that it had. In the poem, Updike illustrates how the puppy fought to live and did not give up despite the many obstacles that she faced. Through the use of imagery, Updike is able to describe the brief moments that the family had with the puppy and demonstrate how quickly circumstances changed for his family and the puppy.
When reading a story with animals as the main focus, human characteristics are either found in or projected onto the characters in order to make them relatable. “Man’s best friend” -a.k.a. dogs- are relatively easy to relate to for this reason; people see their dogs as one of the family, talking to and sometimes
One similarity that the poems “A Blessing” and “Predators” have is that they both have tame animals. An example that supports this statement it that in the poem “Predators” there are two tame animals or domesticated animals. One example that proves this theory is that in the poem it explains that there is a dog and a cat that is the speaker’s pets. Additionally, in the poem “A Blessing” it explains that in the poem it informes that “We stepped over the barbed wire into the pasture.” This proves that the two Indian ponies are tame because the barbed wire is protecting them and they are in a pasture. Furthermore, the speakers also have similarities. One similarity between James Wright and Linda Hogan is that in the two poems they both learn something. James Wright learns about the feelings that the two Indian ponies had and how that made him happy and peaceful. Likewise, Linda Hogan learns that she needs to be more protective of her pets once she finds out that there are wild animals living in her
To begin with, Manjoo’s arguments against dogs and their owners don’t appear logical and rather sound more as a rant in attempt to get his point across. More specifically, I found Manjoo’s arguments rather abrupt towards the beginning while he stated his one-sided opinion, rather than considering and addressing those who many disagree with him. In doing so, Manjoo may have attracted a portion of the audience of who agrees with him, while he only repels those with a neutral or positive view towards dogs, with his negative and irrational tone. For instance, when Manjoo stated “No explanation was offered for the pooch’s presence, as if it were the most natural thing in the world to have a dog in a place usually reserved for human beings. Huh, I thought (224).” In his claim, Manjoo comments that dogs are found in places “usually” reserved by humans, the word
Throughout Ted Hughes’ works his fascination with animals is vastly prevalent. During Hughes’ childhood his family moved to Mexborough when he was seven years old. The Hughes’ family resided in rural area. Hughes as well as his childhood friends would often interact with the animals within the community. He would capture birds, foxes, and fish for loaches. He developed a passion for animals at the early age of four when he was given a photographic book of animals on his fourth birthday. The book had descriptions of the animal’s history which was rather advanced for a young child. Hughes attempted to draw and copy the pictures within the book. He relished collecting living creatures, such as mice (Feinstein 8-9). In addition, with the influence of his brother Gerald Hughes, Ted Hughes had a desire for hunting and shooting animals, uncommon among the others that live in the village. According to London Times contributor Thomas Nye, Hughes once confessed “that he began writing poems adolescence, in his earlier years he had a passion for hunting animals, whether the animal was dead or trapped Hughes had an attraction to animals. He wanted to capture not just live animals, but the aliveness of animals in their nature state: their wildness, quiddity, the fox-ness of the fox and the crow-ness of the crow” (“Ted Hughes, Poetry”). In Hughes’ poems animals mirror mans’ inner turbulence. In his poem
In his essay, “Horse and Gentlemen,” T.H. Breen describes the cultural significance of gambling, specifically in relation to the quarter-horse races, in late 17th century Virginia. Breen primarily argues that the three main aspects of gambling – competitiveness, materialism, and individualism – reflected and reinforced the socio-economic structure of Virginia in this period. The high stakes wagers of the affluent planters reinforced their dominant status in the social structure and the gentry’s right to rule over this colony. Breen’s argument to this effect is supported by letters, court transcripts, documentation of wagers, and other written first-hand accounts. Breen’s case for the cultural significance of gambling has persuasive arguments for its representation of competitiveness and materialism. However, his argument for individualism has contrary elements and his essay would have been improved with the inclusion of women’s role in the gambling culture.
In today’s modern view, poetry has become more than just paragraphs that rhyme at the end of each sentence. If the reader has an open mind and the ability to read in between the lines, they discover more than they have bargained for. Some poems might have stories of suffering or abuse, while others contain happy times and great joy. Regardless of what the poems contains, all poems display an expression. That very moment when the writer begins his mental journey with that pen and paper is where all feelings are let out. As poetry is continues to be written, the reader begins to see patterns within each poem. On the other hand, poems have nothing at all in common with one another. A good example of this is in two poems by a famous writer by
In “A Blessing”, James Wright creates the impression that he is fond of animals, such as Indian ponies. Not only that, he also paints himself as a bit of a farm boy or a person who loves the countryside, and puts himself in nature. Peter Stitt, a literature professor at Gettysburg College, comments in a book, The Heart of Life, about James Wright: “He sees himself surrounded by a world so entirely hostile that writing poetry becomes a sort of step sideways into a dimension of beauty, rather than wrestling with ugliness” (113). One easily understands this in the lines, “Twilight bounds softly on the grass/ And the eyes of those two Indian ponies/ Darken with kindness/ They have come gladly out of the willows/ To welcome my friend and me” (Wright 2-6).
First, I am going to analyze the dog’s relationship with the man. the man is on his way to meet the boys with his only companion, a wolf dog which represents the bond we have with nature. The dog relies on the man to provide warmth by fire and the man needs the dog for his instincts. I believe the that since it is a wolf dog it has both traits as a wild wolf and a domesticated dog. It is like a gateway between humanity and nature which allows us to be a part of it. The dog never left the man’s side because he needed him. The man however, the attempted to kill the dog to spare his life. The man also sent the dog across the lake knowing that the dog’s instincts could get him across. The man heavily relied on the dog for his survival and was willing to sacrifice him for the man’s
William Blake used animals as basic building blocks for poems such as “The Lamb” and “The Tyger.” By using these carefully selected animals to depict good and evil, the reader truly understands Blake’s words. All readers can relate to animals such as an innocent lamb and a