In “All Summer in a Day”, the authority figure is the nine-year-old schoolboy William. The dark story takes place on Venus, where it rains constantly and only one hour of sunlight is witnessed every seven years. The students who live on Venus are unaware of the joy that the sun can potentially bring to them because they were not old enough to appreciate it during its last appearance seven years ago. Young Margot moved from Ohio to Venus five years ago. Therefore, she had recently experienced the sun and even had the ability to properly describe it in her poem as “a flower, that blooms for just one hour.”
Mary Oliver, who was acknowledged by the New York Times as “far and away, this country’s best selling poet,” was born on September 10, 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio. At age fourteen, she started writing poetry about the lush woods surrounding her childhood home. Later on, she drew inspiration from Edna St. Vincent Millay, a poet and feminist, whose house she stayed at in New York. While she was there, she met her lifelong partner, Molly Malone Cook. In the 1960s, she and Molly relocated to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Influenced by transcendentalists like Whitman and Thoreau, she is well known for her themes of the natural world. However, while her earliest poems solely focus on nature, she evolved to become more personal and spiritual by
Everyone needs to believe that things are going to get better, particularly when facing challenging or troubling times. Our world is fraught with sadness, misfortune, and adversity, and the world constructed by Ray Bradbury in “All Summer in a Day” is no different. Unending rain, gray skies, and endless dark doldrums beneath the surface of Venus plague the lives of the young children in his short story. And yet, every night when they go to sleep, the young protagonists hope for more. Despite being surrounded by a gray plague of ceaseless rain, the children dream of the sun. In “All Summer in a Day,” Bradbury uses the sun throughout the text to symbolize hope.
Summer by Josiah Conder , is describe as an a completely opposite Summer than the one everyone is familiar with. When thinking of the summer, thoughts of heat, vacation, and fun are usually associated with it. Conder describes the Summer as being a miserable time, where the skies are gray and gloomy. The sonnet itself is English/Shakespearean model which makes it easier for Conder to express different ideas in each quatrain but still relate them. Also Conder was a poet during the Romantic era where any feeling could be expressed towards anything. And that is what Conder does when describing the Summer. In the poem the speaker is having a conversation with no one , while they describe the Summer. Conder uses diction, imagery, alliteration and metaphor to help convey the idea that the Summer is not as fun and appealing.
Oliver would write this poem because she did not conform to societies wishes. According to the Poetry Foundation, Oliver has never actually received a degree despite attending The Ohio State University and Vassar College. By not completing college, she had stepped out of the normal procedure of American life of growing up, going to college, then working. She also “met her long-time partner, Molly Malone
In the poem “ A Bitterness”, Mary Oliver illustrates a case of crippling melancholy. Oliver depicts the speaker reflecting upon the troubled life and death of someone that they knew. The solemn tone of the speaker is maintained throughout the poem to verify their position on the matter upon which they are reflecting. By using consistent repetition and descriptive comparisons, Oliver conveys the general theme that the bitterness accompanying sadness and sorrow can envelop all aspects of life.
The ideas that Steve Lawhead presents in his poem “The sun goes down on summer” reflect my own feeling and thoughts as I begin school this August. For example, in second stanzas of the poem he says “Instead, the day rush headlong into change and I feel like nothing’s ever going to be same.” This related to me because there are many things that I hope they will never change. Just like wheat he says, even though I know I can’t stop it from changing. I still wish form the bottom of my heart that they will never change; because that really will make my life much easier. Later in the poem he says “I’ll look real hard for my last-year’s friend to get me from one scrambled class to another, through halls crawling with
“But now I know more/ about the great wheel of growth,/ and decay, and rebirth”(Oliver). In the poem Stanley Kunitz by Mary Oliver, the speaker talks about a man who she at first misunderstands, but then realizes the reality about him. This man is Stanley Kunitz, who was the tenth Poet Laureate of the United States, and inspired many people(Poetry Foundation). Although many admire Stanley Kunitz, Mary Oliver admired him enough to write a poem about him, and how she wants to be as great of a poet as Kunitz. Even though at first Mary Oliver had misunderstood how Kunitz would work so ethically, and almost thought it was like magic. Oliver soon realized that it wasn’t magic, it had been hard work, which had make Kunitz such a phenomenal poet. Throughout the poem Oliver describes a garden, and how hard this man works to make it beautiful, which makes sense on the surface. When looking at the deeper meaning, the poem is about how hard work pays off and creates beautiful works of art.
The poem The Summer I was sixteen describes the summer of a sixteen-year-old American in the nineteen sixties. The writer of the poem, Geraldine Connolly, compares the shortcomings experienced by the United States to a sixteen-year-old summer. The theme of this poem is to remind the audience of childhood and calls for the need to enjoy the good fruits that life has provided.
The poem “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver connects the both the natural and human world as it compares human life to the travels of wild geese. Touching on the landscapes of the natural world and emotions faced by the average person; Oliver manages to use devices such as tone, metaphors and descriptive images to convey a message that helps a person view life from a different perspective. Oliver makes it clear that the relationship between the wild and the human is coexistence; where one universe continues on if the parallel seems to have stopped. Thus, Oliver is able to move the reader on a comforting journey as she entangles the natural world and human world, showing that the natural world has more
Ray Bradbury’s story “All Summer in a Day” starts out on a rainy day on the planet Venus. Although it wasn’t just that day that was rainy, it’s been rainy every day for seven years. As there was a time long ago when the sun casted on this rainy planet, the children on Venus could not remember. Except for one, Margot a young girl that had just arrived from Earth four years ago. She remembers the warmth and brightness of the sun while she lived in Ohio with her family. At her new school on Venus, Margot shares her memories of the sun with her classmates. Her classmates don’t remember the sun causing them to get jealous and them to hurt Margot later in the story. This suggests that when people can’t get over their
The imagery is powerful. Summer is personified as battling against time. Summer, in reality, is a time when life begins to die out as the colder months come in, so nature and the plants are in fragile condition. “Summer’s honey breath” reflects the flowers and plants so beautiful and transient in summer, the nature that keeps “Summer” alive. But the “wrackful siege of batt’ring days” comes to kill this beauty. The progression of the
At one time or another, every person has experienced the beauty of summer. In this time of the year, nature is full of life, the weather is at its finest, and the paramount joys of life can be experienced to their fullest. Then the fall comes, the trees turn lovely shades of red and yellow, and the wind offers a nice chill breeze for relief. Unfortunately, seasons change and the beauty that people once experienced vanishes. People focusing only on the material and petty aspects of life, rather than the beauty around them, will let life pass them, missing out on the true wonders of the world. In his poem “To Autumn,” John Keats utilizes imagery to express the importance of indulging in the beauties of nature, while alive, because humans are mortal beings bound by the limits of time.
When reading this poem you will get a very vivid image of a warm summer morning because of the words "sunny, summer and dried the dew." A girl is in a field running carelessly with a silk dress on that sways as the breeze blows. She is tall and slender as a "cedar pole." Who has a very carefree spirit is "strictly held by none". A girl who is completely at peace because everything in her life is going well "by countless silken ties of love and thought to everything on earth the compass round."