The Minefield by Diana Thiel starts with a heartbreaking story of a young boy and his friend running between towns ends horribly when they took a short cut to find food. One of the young boys ran off ahead only to accidentally step on a landmine, taking the young boy’s life. The story was being told by a father at dinner to his family, but the father did not seem fazed by the horrific story of his friend. The narrator states throughout the poem, it seems as if the father is still living in the minefield by the anger busts and the bruises he leaves on his family. With the father’s violent outbursts and the way, the author talks about the abuse is both the father and the narrator suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The structure the author used of the poem says a lot about what the author is trying to say. As well as the words themselves. The words and the structure may cause the reader to have mixed feeling about the father throughout the poem, do you feel bad for the father for what he has been through or anger for abusing his family?
What would you do if you could rewind time? Paul Verlaine, who was elected “Prince of Poets” by the French literary world, would probably want to rewind time if he could (Biography n. pag.). He was identified as “a major influence on the burgeoning symbolist movement and Decadent movement” (Biography n. pag.). The subjects of his poems are “living, sorrow and grieving, time and brevity, love, heartache and loss, landscape and pastorals, and nature” (Biography n. pag.). In December 1880, the publication of a new collection of poems, Sagesse (Wisdom), subsequently comes to be seen as a major work of Verlaine, as one of his most beautiful (Biography n. pag.). It comprises more than forty poems, some religious, other profane, and some which can see Verlaine’s remorse and loneliness (Biography n. pag.). “The sky above the roof’s…” is one of the collection of poems, Sagesse (Wisdom), using the visual imagery illustrating the nature.
In the poem “Passed On” by Carole Satymurti, the speaker tells a story almost as in a novel of their mother and how she left them a box of index cards with advice on life when she died. The speaker’s gender seems to be female. In the poem, the poet presents the theme of growing up and becoming one’s own person through the maturation and acceptance process. She personifies the index cards themselves, comparing them to her mother. They also characterize the speaker and her mother and create a mood of sadness and longing, implying that perhaps the mother has been dead for some time, but the speaker has never truly accepted this.
We often see ourselves reflecting on the enormity of life and the wide range of possibilities that comes with it. As if from a distant, we are strangers to our own selves, silently, patiently waiting for something to happen. We could never predict what storms lies ahead and what rainbows glistens on the horizon because we are mere wanderers to our own body, mind, and soul. We are always on a quest of a new pinnacle, and a new mountain to climb.
This very well-known poem ‘Sanctuary’ was written in the early ‘50s by Judith Wright. Judith was a prolific Australian poet, critic, and short-story writer. She was also an uncompromising environmentalist and social activist campaigning for Aboriginal land rights. She believed that the poet should be concerned with national and social problems. The poem ‘Sanctuary’ was written as a great expression of environmental concern from her. The poem begins with a shocker. Sanctuary, implicitly, is a place of habitation which is safe. However, the first lines of the first stanza, “The road beneath the giant original trees sweeps on and cannot wait” represents a contrast. Here the road is used metaphorically to symbolise today’s modern developments taking place at the cost of all round natural destruction. The poem then unfolds the gloomy mood of the poet in the description of dangerous driving in the night on the road through the Sanctuary to the city: “only the road ahead is true.” In the last line then she is simply sarcastic: “It knows where it is going: we go too.” In fact the road never knows where it is going, but we know where we are going! The poet subtly asks: do we know where we are going by destroying our own habitation, native forests, plants and animals?
The Vacuum by Howard Nemerov talks about a widower and his late wife, and how he uses the vacuum as a symbol for her death. The poem expresses deep sorrow and sadness that derive from the loneliness of the speaker, after his other half’s passing away. Nemerov attempts to take his readers on a grief-stricken journey, by strategically employing figurative language (mainly personification, metaphor, simile, and alliteration), fractured rhyme schemes and turns in stanza breaks in the poem.
Poetry is a beautiful way to express the subtext within it, using literary devices which enhances the poem 's beauty. Poetry is considered to take distorted ideas and transforms it into beautiful words. Therefore, resulting the harsh truth being displayed in a form of a poem for readers to sink into another point of view. These creators called poets, are a group of people with a wide variety of experiences that an average person does not usually experience. They can create a more unified meaning in their masterpiece, without taking up 300 pages to exhibit their meaning, and still hold different interpretations by different readers. Poets are known to uncover the truth, which could be their experiences or reality based ideas, by beautifying the reality with literary devices to make it more relatable and enjoyable but still hold that very core of the meaning behind the poem. Poetry is a powerful vessel, between creator and reader, to change a person’s outlook of life or one’s surroundings. A poem can change moods, enhances one’s personality, gain a sense of people knowledge and become a bit more sensitive around one 's world. Even if poets are not aware of the power poetry holds, they still do it to convey an experience, a lesson or a journey. All of this relates to 'Love and Roses ' by Tracy Marshall, where the speaker is telling the reader a journey of their blinding love. The abusive relationship exists in the speaker 's life but is distracted by the idea of the
Genocide. Rape. Murder. Domestic violence. Massacre. Kidnapping. These are all acts of horrendous violence that we hope to never encounter. Yet, it happens everyday around world. And the victims are forced to say forgive and forget, but is it really that simple? I believe that in some situations forgiveness is not an option. According to an online poll, only 38 out of 68 people believe victims who suffered from childhood abuse should not forgive their abuser. Although, what does forgiveness really mean?
I notice that Kay Ryan develops the meaning of the poem from literal to metaphorical. She does this throughout the stanzas. The first stanza says, “They are not imaginary but accessible only intermittently.” She uses language that leads the readers to believe that this poem is literal. In the second stanza, this is where the meaning of the poem shifts from literal to metaphorical. She says “Seasonal, shall we say, in the way of the exquisite high parts of Yosemite”. After reading and examining this stanza, the meaning of the poem opens up and changes from literal to metaphorical. What if “These places” weren’t actual places, they were a state of mind. This makes sense because a feeling or a state of mind is not imaginary, it’s real and certain feelings are accessible only occasionally, hence the word “Seasonal”. Plus, if the
In 1913, the Johnsons abandoned the farm and moved to nearby Johnson City. The family house, while comfortable by the standards of the rural South at the time, had neither electricity nor indoor plumbing. Lyndon, like his father, wanted more for his future. In fact, when he was twelve, he told classmates, "You know, someday I'm going to be president of the United States." Later in life, Johnson would remember: "When I was fourteen years old I decided I was not going to be the victim of a system which would allow the price of a commodity like cotton to drop from forty cents to six cents and destroy the homes of people like my own family." The climb out of the Texas Hill Country, however, would be a steep one. School, at first, was a one-room,
I chose to read and analyze the poem titled “Curiosity” written by Alastair Reid. This poem conveys an underlying analogy made between the curiosity of the cat and the curiosity of a human. The speaker is trying to make the reader realize that the majority of mankind is apprehensive to the adverse universe that exists beyond their comfort zone. He states that people often encounter one bad experience and that decimates their perception of adventure, they begin to view adventure and stepping outside of their comfort as a malicious concept, in the beginning lines, the speaker states, “Curiosity may have killed the cat; more likely the cat was just unlucky…” he is inferring that the curiosity was not the culprit of the death, but just a normal
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” declared by an influential leader Martin Luther King Jr. As a soldier againsts unfairness, King strongly states that people should fight for freedom. Driven by human nature, humans are always chasing freedom. In “A Century Later,” the Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker uses the poetic devices of symbolism, diction, and allusion to explore how perseverance drives freedom.
This stanzaese ilines invokes a strange mix of hopeful images, layered with words of despair.veiled beneath words of despair . Many would agree there is a clear feeling of hopelessness throughout the poem; however, through poetic allusions to redemption, glimpses of optimism are seen in Eliot’s work, suggesting all may not be lost. His references to the redeeming hellfire of “Dante’s Divine Comedy,” and transformation through tragedy in “The Story of Tereus and Philomela,” show that Eliot perhaps holds onto a glimmer of hope for society’s despondent state.fordespondent state .