He is disgusted with the way the gentlefolks are handing themselves around nature, and the narrator wants the reader to picture in their mind the image he is seeing to illustrate his disdain for the gentlefolk in a different manner. Then along with that sees them as cold hearted and conscienceless, as the gentlefolk are able to do such things, as the speaker says,”...without a pang of remorse…” In lines 25-26 the narrator says,” Is its colour any prettier, or its scent any sweeter, when you do know.” This sarcastic statement illustrates that by cutting up a flower to comprehend what it is made of , no person can gain appreciation for its simplicity, being its colour and scent are natural. The gentlefolk would destroy such a thing as a flower, which poses no immediate gain by destroying it, the author shows great
Frost?s poem delves deeper into the being and essence of life with his second set of lines. The first line states, ?Her early leaf?s a flower.? After the budding and sprouting, which is the birth of nature, is growth into a flower. This is the moment where noon turns to evening, where childhood turns into maturity, and where spring turns into summer. At this very moment is the ripe and prime age of things. The young flower stands straight up and basks in the sun, the now mature teenager runs playfully in the light, and the day and sunlight peak before descending ever so quickly into dusk. The second line of the second set states, ?But only so an hour,? which makes clear that yet again time is passing by and that a beginning will inevitably have an end.
The next stanza gives the reader a value statement as H.D. says “more precious, than a wet rose, single on a stem—you are caught in the drift” (stanza 2). In doing so she gives the reader a sense of how she perceives this battered and sparse rose, not as something that has lost
Rossetti opens the poem with a tone of regret, hinting at the nature of her regretful actions through flowers and their symbolism. She feels she was “a fool to pluck my rose too soon”; roses are the most classic flower, used universally to symbolize purity and true love, and Rossetti uses the flower to symbolize her profound regret of losing her chasteness too soon, something she feels has incriminated and isolated her. She also expresses the feeling with her guilt over “…snap[ping] my lily”, which represents chastity, innocence, and piety, relating back to her faith and how it was an large part of her lifestyle, further adding to her guilty conscience as she ruins her flowers, literally herself, because her actions are seen as crimes in the Bible. She damages her reputation in the eyes of a hypocritical and ruthless society by forsaking and corrupting herself, and she will spend the rest of her life repenting giving up everything considered important about a woman in Victorian era. “Plucking [her flowers] too soon” represents her regret in loss of virginity too soon, although the definition of virginity is not used so literally here, it metaphorically represents her value, that is, her value to her prospective husband. She feels she is now defiled; society will undoubtedly place blame on her because she is a woman and is expected to be reserved and coy, never to be bold. Her flowers have been ruined; she no longer holds any importance or value.
The purpose of the plant's mention in the poem is to be the ironic stage for what is soon to occur. To complete the image, the speaker declares that this white spider on a white plant "hold[s] up a moth / [l]ike a white piece of rigid satin cloth" (2-3). White again, the moth also represents innocence, just as the spider and heal-all do. This model is ironic: an innocent spider on an innocent heal-all holds up an innocent dead moth. The simile in which the speaker describes the moth, "[l]ike a white piece of satin cloth" (3), refers to a piece of a torn wedding dress, symbolizing the vulnerability of things considered to be holy, such as holy matrimony. Frost designates the spider, heal-all, and moth as "[a]ssorted characters of death and blight" (4), suggesting that all three had a part in the moth's fatality. Ironically, Frost uses the word "blight" inferring the heal-all's backward influence, such as if aloe were to cause an infection. Frost again uses irony proclaiming that these characters are "[m]ixed ready to begin the morning right" (5), as though they are part of a balanced breakfast,' a ritualistic practice which ensues good health. In this line, the poet implies that the death scene and others like it must occur in order for life to continue on each morning for particular creatures; this spider's breakfast is an occurrence of Darwinist natural selection. The poet then conveys this breakfast
The poetic techniques were symbolism, imagery, and tone. Symbolism is the most powerfully used technique due to the fact a good number of lines located in this poem is used to signify a certain object or idea related to our life or today’s world. Imagery in the sense that you can visualize the path, the yellow wood, the undergrowth, the divergence; it is all made very vivid. Frost did this throughout; you know trying to stimulate the reader’s mood using one’s senses. In this poem, imagery permits the reader to imagine the scene that this poem takes place in resulting in an enhanced understanding of the theme. The tone Frost’s work presents is an insecure attitude which allows the theme to be brought out due to the fact the theme relates to a dilemma in one’s life. These techniques strongly aid in the revealing of this specific theme.
The poem describes the weather and its effect on cotton flower by pointing out the dying branches and vanishing cotton. The image of insufficiency, struggle and death parallel the oppression of African American race. The beginning of the poem illustrates the struggle and suffering of the cotton flower; which represent the misery of African Americans and also gives an idea that there is no hope for them. But at the end the speaker says “brown eyes that loves without a trace of fear/ Beauty so sudden for that time of year” (lines 13-14). This shows the rise of the African American race, and their fight against racism. The author used mood, tone and
Shakespeare uses the metaphor of a beautiful blooming flower to represent Wolsey’s hope and expectation stating, “ tender leaves of hope” but then shoots down the hope he feels with the phrase “killing frost”. The description of the flower shows Wolsey’s delicate nature and vulnerability. The “killing frost” emphasizes the harsh loss Wolsey faces when losing his job. It is also symbolic of how abrupt and cruel Wolsey’s firing was because it also references the time frame of the “third day”. By doing this Shakespeare emulates Wolsey's anger towards his quick firing and fall from the king’s good graces. Shakespeare also uses a simile comparing Wolsey’s fall to Lucifers. It emphasizes the relationship Wolsey has to the king placing him in a God like state and then Wolsey being banished from the kings grace. This is a strong image Shakespeare creates to convey Wolsey's intense
The poem begins with the poet noticing the beauty around her, the fall colors as the sun sets “Their leaves and fruits seemed painted, but was true, / Of green, of red, of yellow, mixed hue;” (5-6). The poet immediately relates the effects of nature’s beauty to her own spiritual beliefs. She wonders that if nature here on Earth is so magnificent, then Heaven must be more wonderful than ever imagined. She then views a stately oak tree and
The use of symbolism by each poet conveys a powerful representation of different ways throughout each poem. While going through their checklist, Snodgrass reminds himself to put an aspirin in the flowers to keep them preserved. These flowers symbolize the love and affection the couple shares hoping to keep their love preserved as well when they return to their normal lives. This symbolism connection is the only sort emotion Snodgrass uses in his poem to show these two were intimate.
In the next stanza we get another glance into our speaker’s former life. He talks of “ . . .dumb dames shrieking half the night” (16) as well as more mention of alcohol. The pieces of the speaker’s past we have received thus far can be put together to form the image of a reckless bachelor who gives no thought of tomorrow. With the current events of the poem, we can see how this lifestyle doesn’t do much for our speaker now that tomorrow is here. In this stanza we also get to hear the narrator describe himself directly for the first time, but he still ties himself to the plant, showcasing how heavily interconnected he and the geranium are. The speaker says that they are both “seedy”, which is a rather interesting play on words due to the fact that it means sordid or shabby, or could be used in the context of plant seeds. The term acknowledges both the similarities and differences between the speaker
He tells his son about how there will be good and bad times over the course of life. The good times are when you have the peonies and roses. These are what the son is told to plant between. He also says beauty is nectar, which in other words means that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But there are rough times in life too, such as when one loses a loved one or goes through the loss of a job.
This is significant because it emphasizes the melancholy and mournfulness that he depicts with imagery in the first stanza. Later on in the second stanza, he author describes the tree the narrator would have planted as a “green sapling rising among the twisted apple boughs”. The author uses visual color imagery of the color green to describe the sapling in order to emphasize just how young the newborn was when he died. Later on in the poem, the narrator speaks of himself and his brothers kneeling in front of the newly plated tree. The fact that they are kneeling represents respect for the deceased. When the narrator mentions that the weather is cold it is a reference back to the first stanza when he says “of an old year coming to an end”. Later on in the third stanza the author writes “all that remains above earth of a first born son” which means that the deceased child has been buried. They also compare the child to the size of “a few stray atoms” to emphasize that he was an infant. All of these symbols and comparisons to are significant because they are tied to the central assertion of remembrance and honoring of the dead with the family and rebirth.
I believe that the theorist that best defines the issues of global-warming today is Wallerstien. He does this by addressing the current situation of climate change. The theorist that best defines and puts into play civic engagement is Ronald Inglehart. He does this with the postmaterialist hypothesis.
Immediately beginning stanza 2 the “stain” is introduced, which easily relates to male, female, or shared semen. Eroticism is obvious with the “horned branches” which are piecing a smooth purple sky, just how a penis “leans heavily” against a vagina. The sky can is also the barrier between the branches and that beyond the sky, just how it can be taken as the inside of the vagina, it can too be considered the outside, right before penetrating. Saying there is no light puts the situation into an even more suitable location for sex. The honey-thick stain is relevant to the texture of fluids involved in sex and its dripping from leaf to leaf and limb to limb may easily equate leaves to the delicate body of a woman, and limbs to the robust physique of a man. His fourth stanza relates to the events before and during the climax of the man. He has been “buoyed up” and his head-a name that is used to describe the tip of the penis- has knocked against the vagina-relevant “sky”. In the fifth stanza the surrealism and dreamlike dimension covered in the beginning has its attention shifted to the speaker. He wants her to see him, “dripping with nectar” and finally with his arms and hands idle, implying they were once busied up. The last stanza can either be one of true love for this woman, as he asks the question or one of disposal. He might be saying that he is done with her and doubts he’ll love her after this sex-where his connection to her was greatest.