Essay on Elements of Life

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When analyzing and understanding poetry, many may discover that there could be several different elements and styles that an author can incorporate into their poems. Many poems may seem simple and straightforward on the surface, but there could be an underlying deeper meaning behind the words. There are many instances in which a song can be compared to a poem such as Elizabeth Bishops “The Fish” and the theme song from the 1981 film “Chariots of Fire”. These two are great examples of their related sound, rhythm, and theme. They utilize two contrasting types of media, but are comparable in that they captivate the audience and convey the theme. After an analysis of these two pieces, one can see the growing similarities in several distinctive …show more content…
“The Fish” conveys the feelings through highly descriptive writing while “Chariots of Fire” contains no dialogue and is all instrumental. Normally, Elizabeth Bishop utilizes certain schemes and rhymes in her works, but in this particular one, she decided to write it without any of it. The track “Chariots of Fire” on the other hand relies heavily on rhythm in order to successfully convey its meaning and feelings to the listener. What is interesting about “The Fish” is that it sounds like a very long and descriptive list, but is compressed into a single stanza. “Poetry is a system of communication in which the instinct of communication is often exceeded by the poetic means” (Logan). This sentence was directed towards Bishop but it also holds meaning to Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire.” Both of these works allow the audience to visualize the different respective environments that they describe. Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire” illustrates an athletes slow accumulation of preparation and training to experience the exhilaration of victory in the end. Bishop’s “The Fish”, on the other hand, elucidate the fish in extremely vivid detail and the triumphant exuberance of victory through words. Reading Bishop’s works is like “seeing the world as if the world had never been seen before” (Logan). Her comparisons of each individual piece of the fish is remarkable in that each description has no outward connection to each other, but
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