Loving relationships are presented in the two poems. The wife in 'The Manhunt' helps her husband to come close to her again, whilst the father in 'Nettles' unhappily realises he can't protect his son from life, no matter how hard he tries. Both poems use the same semantic fields. War and pain are expressed in both poems. The words ‘regiment’, ‘recruits’, ‘bullet’, and ‘parachute silk’, all relate to war whilst the words ‘tender’, ‘blisters’, ‘blown...jaw’, ‘fractured...shoulder blade’ and ‘broken ribs’ all relate to pain. In both poems the relationships are both shown as being damaged by a war, whether it be emotional or physical, which has destroyed the two relationships. In Conclusion, both poems present vulnerability in relationships, not only is the person in pain vulnerable but the partner is also, due to an uncontrollable desire to help. This has been shown through their partners account of pain and through war
In stanza 12, she tells us that he has “bit her pretty red heart in two.” Next, she states that he died when she was ten, and when she was twenty years old, she attempted suicide - “…I tried to die, to get back back back to you.” In stanza 13 is where she starts talking about her husband. She says that instead of dying, her friends “stuck her together with glue,” and since she could not die to get back to her father, she would marry someone who was similar.
The third stanza goes on to define the pain, only now in more emotional terms, such as "It hurts to thwart the reflexes / of grab, of clutch" (14-15), as well as the pain of continuously having to say good bye, each perhaps as if for the last time: "to love and let / go again and again" (15-16). These lines reinforce the impression that the first stanza's definition of "to love differently" is in fact an anti-freedom or state of emotional anarchy, now using words like "pester" to describe any separation; the poet is compelled "to remember / the lover who is not in the bed" (16), hinting at obsessive tendencies as being possible components of the relationship. We also learn that she believes love requires work, which she cannot do without her partner's assistance, and that this lack of cooperation frustrates her. She believes this neglected effort is the other party's fault by his failure to do his fair share, thereby leaving her own efforts ineffective, the whole of it characterized as an effort "that gutters like a candle in a cave / without air" (19-20). Her demands of this work are quite broad, encompassing being "conscious, conscientious and concrete" in her efforts and optimistically calling this work "constructive" (20-21) before ending the stanza.
Once I was able to associate these words to emotions and issues present in everyday life, the poem started to make me feel sad. I began thinking about all of the emotions and feelings that everyone hides as they go about life. For example, how the waitress I see once a week may have an eating disorder, or how the singer I look up to just lost her son, or the businessman who got laid off today. Everyone has their own personal battle that they carry everywhere, at any given moment. This explains why the setting is so plain, since the internal struggles people face affect them even at a bus stop. While each person waits, the waitress may be thinking about how much skinnier the person next to her is. The singer could be remembering when she held her baby. And the business man could be planning how to break the news to his wife. No matter how small, everyone experiences a type of trauma or bad experience, and this poem seemed to show what happens when these emotions become bottled up. No one can help each other because they are so stuck within their own issues. The difficulty helping others reminded me of the idea of having to take care of yourself before being able to take care of others.
Secondly, the author uses word choice to show the speakers overall sorrow. Throughout the whole poem there are word scattered everywhere that describe the general emotion of sorrow, some of those word being “restless” (19), “torment”, and “troubled” (4). These words instantly give the connotation of feelings like despair and sadness. The speaker also uses literary elements such as simile to express sorrow, like when she says “These troubles of the heart/ are like unwashed clothes” (27, 28). Everyday people usually do not pay much mind to unwashed clothes, and usually look at it as something unimportant or irrelevant. When the speaker compares her internal troubles to something that holds little importance to everyday life and is also seen as unpleasant, the readers really get a look into the sorrow and sadness that the speaker is truly feeling. The speaker also uses word choice to help show the readers the true intensity of what she is going through.
The poem’s structure as a sonnet allows the speaker’s feelings of distrust and heartache to gradually manifest themselves as the poem’s plot progresses. Each quatrain develops and intensifies the speaker’s misery, giving the reader a deeper insight into his convoluted emotions. In the first quatrain, the speaker advises his former partner to not be surprised when she “see[s] him holding [his] louring head so low” (2). His refusal to look at her not only highlights his unhappiness but also establishes the gloomy tone of the poem. The speaker then uses the second and third quatrains to justify his remoteness; he explains how he feels betrayed by her and reveals how his distrust has led him
Personally, I enjoy this paragraph of the poem because it carries a heavy message about being distant. Distant with the one you love. When he mentions being “hungry” I believe he refers to the fact that he and his lover, have nothing else between each other and are suffering.
The overt and easy emotional character of men and women is possibly one of the reasons many find this poem so enduringly human. Whatever our weaknesses and failings as humans men and women both are deeply moved by thoughts of home; memories of old love; lost friends; lost youth; and death. Men weep -- Odysseus prodigiously throughout the poem -- the poem is drenched in tears (squeeze text)-- and laughter too. The emotional overtones here are easy and free -- it's an attractive and I think healthy world in that regard. there are contemporary understandings of human nature that view the capacity for easy emotional discharge as a key to thinking well, thinking rationally. Our intellectual capacities can be stopped up, occluded by, unfinished emotional work. A good cry, a good laugh, a good scream, is just what the doctor ordered. Retentive individuals, cultures, genders, tend to act differently -- irrationally in some areas.
Heartbreak can be defined as: overwhelming distress. When a person is heartbroken the deep emotions and stress they feel takes over their life to a point where, sometimes, you can’t function doing anything besides thinking of your own heartbreak. In the poem “Head, Heart,” written by Lydia Davis, it displays a very person conversation between the head and the heart during an emotional time. This poem is very universal, and very personal to almost all people. It is very unlikely that someone would read this poem and not relate to the emotions it conveys. This poem uses personification and menotomy for “head” and “heart” as if they are people. This poem means to show its readers what it’s like on the inside to be heartbroken by something.
The "heart" in this poem is "restless and rises...sits by herself in kitchen..." (line 7-11). The heart leaves the body of the woman to go to the kitchen to drink warm milk to help calm her and make her sleepy. The heart is the compass inside of you that will point you to our own true north if you just listen to it. It will lead you to enjoyment and save us if we get misplaced. The heart though can be disingenuous and imperfect, so we have to be careful sometimes and look for other things to help us get through what we truly
Many songs have deep and emotional messages throughout them, but few can match the aptitude portrayed in “The Dead Heart” This is depicted with the help of the text structure. “The Dead Heart” was made up of 8 stanzas. The rhyme pattern is ABCC, and changes throughout different stanzas this is to show the displeasure of the Indigenous people, when white men came and took their land. Indigenous people felt many things during this time period, happy and satisfied weren’t what they felt, instead they felt: hopeless, depressed, unfortunate and miserable. There are constant slant rhymes in the song, an example includes: Know your custom don't speak your tongue, white man came took everyone” The pure reason why “Midnight Oil” made these two sentences slant rhyme opposed to normal rhyme is to show the discomfort and distress when the British took their land, their most prized possession and their home. The structure used throughout “The Dead Heart” is phenomenal and truly captivates the true emotion the artist’s intended. Not only is the structure used extraordinary, but the poetic devices used truly entice the audience and elicit an emotional response.
The poem “Must separation mean...” by Wallada is structured like many other poems. The lines are divided in to stanzas that vary in the number of lines. There are no rhymes at the end of the lines or meter in the structure of the poem. Wallada didn’t use any anaphora in this poem. All of the lines have no repetition. In the first line, the rhetorical question “must separation mean we have no way to meet” means the separation doesn’t mean they can’t still be close (Wallada 1-2). They can still make connections from far away with long distance and not let it affect their relationship.
Despite Byron's somewhat erotic reputation, platonic love and regret are the themes of the poem 'When we two parted'. The woman this is written for is not his wife, but Lady Frances Wedderburn Webster, who he had a brief, platonic affair with. This poem is written after his separation with his wife. Due to hearing about Lady Frances having another potential affair, he 'revived the emotions of the past with the verses '4. Phrases within the poem evoke a feeling of tenderness; 'When we two parted/In silence and tears,/Half broken-hearted,/To sever for years' (l.1-4). This shows how they had to meet in secret to share moments of love, however the lexical choice of 'Half broken-hearted' suggests that this was not a stout love, thus resulting in the separation. The 'silence and tears' is again repeated in the last stanza, which reiterates the private relationship they had. Furthermore, regret seems to be within the poem, as he writes 'I
TONE It can be said that a melancholy tone is set just through the title of the poem, “The Broken Heart.” Throughout the entirety of this poem, the gloomy tone continues. Donne begins the poem with negative words such as decaying, devouring, and plague to describe the effects of love. These words sufficiently create unpleasant images of mold taking over food, a lion attacking its prey, and a disease killing a village. Not specifically how one would imagine
Byron experienced many rough patches in his life, especially at a very young age. In the poem When We Two Parted, in lines “When we two parted In silence and tears, half broken- hearted to/ sever for years, pale grew thy cheek and cold, Colder thy kiss” (Byron). Truly that hour foretold Sorrow to this” the sense of abandonment is conveyed. In the poem, words such as the sense of being parted, tears, broken hearted, for years, and sorrow. All these words show sense of abandonment, because no love does not partake in this. The poem begins with the bleak tone of despair which will characterize the entire work. Immediately the reader is introduced to the speaker’s “silence and tears” (line 2-Byron) upon the breakup. Her own reaction is to grow