Themes Of Sestina

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Literature always holds mystery. The people who read the text between the lines get the most of it. The themes in literature are the crayons of the authors and the best artist know how to use them in order to build a sophisticated picture with many different nuances. In the same way, Elizabeth Bishop builds a picture in her emblematic poem “Sestina” which is often referred to as a picture of her own past. It depicts a little girl and her grandmother, staying in a house and reading from the almanac. However, behind this simple harmonic domestic scene, lays a whole world of mystery that fills the reader with questions which deal with the change of season, the role of the almanac, the grandmother’s sadness, the way in which words are arranged.…show more content…
Even when the “September rain falls” and in the “failing light”, the house should still be secure and warm place. But where is this sense of comfort in Sestina? It appears that even though both the grandmother and the child are in the “chilly” house, they are far apart from each other. She “busies herself” and tries to hide her emotions while it draws in the other end of the kitchen. The grandmother’s actions create a sense of secrecy and hint that she hides something. Despite the brief moments of contact when showing the picture the child drew, the two characters are mentally immersed in their own worlds. In contrast to “Sestina”, the home in “Filling Station” keeps and engages people in their life together. The poem reveals the intimate connection between the members of a family and their ability to call a dark and dirty place home. In “Filling Station”, Bishop establishes the emblematic feelings of comfort and security. In a greasy gas station, the people are close together and love each other. In “Sestina", contrary to the archetypal notion, the people in the home are distanced from each other. There is brief moment of interaction when the child show its picture which includes an unknown man. He, or his absence, might be the grandmother’s source of
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