Poetry is often used as an outlet to express one’s feelings or ideas. Sometimes it is possible to find out a person’s mental state from reading their poetry. Violeta Parra was an artist in many senses including poetry. In her poem and song “Here’s to Life”, it appears that Parra is celebrating life but may hint at certain factors in her life such as racism, poverty, exhaustion, mixed emotions, and her love life that lead to her depression and impending suicide. An ironic tone is established in the poem by the speaker giving contradictions to the things she is grateful for. The first line of every stanza starts with the phrase “Thanks to the life that has given me so much” (1). This phrase alone seems to be genuinely grateful. The speaker …show more content…
It is suggested that the speaker may not happy with her life and expresses that with an ironic tone is when she is talking about being grateful for sounds. The first sounds she talks about are generally thought of as appealing sounds like crickets and birds. She then goes on and describes loud and unsettling sounds “Hammers, turbines, barking, squalls” (14). Very few people would consider these pleasant sounds and many would avoid hearing them. They also seem to suggest a low-income area that is perhaps near to construction or a factory. I do not know if the speaker is from a place of poverty but even if she is not, this section appears to be referencing poverty and poverty is reason to make someone unhappy. Exhaustion is another part of the speaker’s life that is that lead to the conclusion that the speaker was unhappy. This is when she talked about being thankful for walking. She names all of these cool places to walk such as beaches and mountains. She names places that allude to her having traveled all over the world and yet she describes her own feet as tired. If one was to describe their adventures they might say after a long day of walking they were tired but the way the speaker talks about her tired feet is not that they became tired from walking but that they were always tired. Tiredness is often considered a symptom of depression. The inability to find energy, even when one can travel all over the world would
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“’ But this is merely a negative definition of the value of education’” (23-24). Mark Halliday wrote “The Value of Education” from a first person standpoint. The introduction and the use of “I” demonstrates the poem is about the speaker. Likewise, the speaker uses imagery, self-recognition, and his own personal thoughts throughout the poem. He goes on throughout the poem stating external confrontations he is not doing because he is in the library receiving an education and reading books. With this in mind, the speaker goes on to convey images in your head to show a realization of things he could be doing if he were not in the library getting an education.
Language is a remarkable thing. It can convey every thought, feeling, and emotion with perfect accuracy. Almost exclusively, language has taken awkward, unfit animals out of nature and made them rulers over the earth and many of its elements. When used well, it has the power to change an individual's view of the world, make someone believe they have seen something they have not, and even more astonishingly, look inside one's self and see what exists. If language is mixed with the tempo of music, something new arises; poetry is born. When words and ideas are set to a beat, they can far more subtly convey concepts that would otherwise need to be explicitly stated and the poem can be appreciated more as a whole,
Frost further points out that the stretch of woods being viewed is very rural. This is made possible by the reference to the location between the woods and frozen lake. In closing the final sentence of the second stanza Frost reiterates the fact that this occurs on “the darkest evening of the year” stating the darkness of the mood.
In this essay I am going to compare and contrast ‘When we two parted’ a poem of George Gordon, Lord Byron’s written in 1815 and Letitia Elizabeth Landon’s ‘Love’s last lesson’ written in c1838, both poets are British and of the romantic period.
The poem conveys a cyclical rhythm giving the poem an ebb and flow through the continued use of anaphora of the word “Thanks,” and the physical structure of the stanzas (1). This
Take a minute to imagine “Men looking like they had been/attacked repeatedly by a succession /of wild animals,” “never/ ending blasted field of corpses,” and “throats half gone, /eyes bleeding, raw meat heaped/ in piles.” These are the vividly, grotesque images Edward Mayes describes to readers in his poem, “University of Iowa Hospital, 1976.” Before even reading the poem, the title gave me a preconceived idea of what the poem might be about. “University of Iowa Hospital, 1976” describes what an extreme version of what I expected the poem to be about. The images I
“Explaining My Depression to my Mother” is creative as it shows clear examples of unity, virtuosity, originality, and being bigger than the sum of its parts. Benaim’s piece possesses many unifying dynamics. The poet’s consistency of voice throughout the performance leaves the audience hooked on the devastating truths about her depression. Unity is expressed through steady imagery, composed by despondent language and a tremulous stance. These two components create images of isolation and loneliness. For example, one might imagine being a dark room with no doors or windows. Sabrina Benaim’s “Explaining My Depression to my Mother” is a piece of virtuosity. Benaim’s aptitude for performing spoken word is shown through use of tone, metaphors, stance, speed, diction and breathing.
In 1963 on a cold winter day of February 11th, Sylvia Plath ended her life. She had plugged up her kitchen, sealing up the cracks in doors and windows before she was found with her head inside of her gas oven inhaling the dangerous fumes. She was only thirty years old, a young woman with two small children and an estranged ex-husband. A tragic detail of her life is that this is the second time she had tried to commit suicide. Plagued with mental illness her whole life, which is evident within her poetry. She would write gripping, honest portrayals of mental illnesses. Especially within Ariel, the last poetry book she wrote, right before she took her life. Although it’s hard to find a proper diagnosis for Sylvia Plath, it is almost definite that she at least had clinical depression with her numerous suicide attempts and stays in mental hospitals undergoing electroshock therapy. Sylvia Plath is now famously known for her writing and the more tragic parts of her life. Such as the separation from her husband, Ted Hughes, mental illness, etc… Plath may not have intended for her life and art to become inspiration to many people but that has become the end result. Sylvia Plath writing shows symptoms of her suicidal thoughts. To study specific moments in Sylvia Plath’s life, it can be connected to certain writing’s of her’s, such as “Daddy”, The Bell Jar, and “Lady Lazarus”.
Sylvia Plath, a successful confessional style poet, struggled throughout her life with issues revolving around her father’s death, unsuccessful and unfulfilling relationships with men, and her mental illnesses. Throughout her struggles, Plath wrote, sometimes writing as much as 10 drafts a day. Despite welcoming into the world two children, whom she loved dearly, Plath still felt unfulfilled by her duties as a housewife. As she wrote more poems, it became clear she was unhappy in her life and in the grips of a serious mental illness. Sylvia Plath’s writing is deeply influenced by her experience with mental illness and the death of her father in her early life.
The poem Suicide Note, written by Janice Mirikitani (1987), talks about a young lady, who has studied in an Asian-American female college. The lady, unfortunately, committed suicide by jumping through her dormitory’s window. She left behind a note, citing reasons that led to her actions. After a critical analysis of the note, her parents were held responsible for her actions; they were pressurizing her to perform better in her exams. The poem, thus, describes the real feelings and the emotions of this young lady, who believes that committing suicide is the only option left to please her parents and to escape the enormous pressure placed on her. The persona uses voice in the poem to bring our attention to the sufferings she was going through, and that led to the devastating event. Voice in poetry is the strong words of a line, stanza or a page that creates a relationship between the audience and the persona. Voice can, therefore, be categorized as imagery, patterns of sounds created, rhythm, tone, and diction (Gahern 166). The following is a description of how the voice in Mirikitani’s suicide note helps the reader understand the persona’s reasoning.
The theme” grief “is supported by the construction of the stanza, there is no rhyme scheme or meter, and the speaker seems to be careless about her work. She is too distressed and not even tries to arrange a rhythm to her words.
In this literary analysis it is essential to compare and contrast Cathy Song’s poem “Heaven” and Bryan Thao Worra’s poem “Pen/Sword” to give the reader a better understanding of what the authors’ are conveying to their readers. The similarities in the style, word choice, and theme will be compared, along with the differences of style, word choice, and theme reflected throughout each poem. Furthermore, I will determine the meaning behind the broken up and/or the way the lines of each poem while describing why the lines are strategically placed throughout the pieces. This will allow me to identify the meaning that the authors’ are explaining to the reader. Each poet specifically writes to give the reader(s) a picture of what they are feeling and defining their emotion through their writing.
Poetry allows the writer, the reader and even those listening to get a deeper sense of being. It gives us the opportunity to break free from simple and boring routine. If done correctly a poem will done correctly a poem will be able to stir emotion, and create wonder. In order to this however all the part that make up a poem must be in sync. Its tone, diction, imaginary, rhythm, symbolism and subject matter are all critical areas. A good poem will draw an emotional reaction from its audience, whether those are light and upbeat or darker more serious feelings they will come away with a new experience, changed by what they just experienced. Two such poems that embody what a good poem should be are “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath and “Harlem”, also published as “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes. These poems elevate the experience for reading, listening and writing poetry, and serve as an excellent reference for a poem should be.