The third and fourth stanzas offer the poems greatest paradoxes. The author speaks of the lovers being "At this unique distance from isolation" which is to say they are in the one place where they can truly be themselves, in their natural habitat, doing that which is only natural to human instinct. Despite these circumstances, however, the two are at a loss: "It becomes still more difficult to find / Words at once true and kind, / Or not untrue and not unkind." It is through this final stanza that the author conveys the ultimate paradox of human relationships: Relationships are not built upon true love for one another; rather they are built upon the absence of hatred.
“Letting a poem speak to us means more than merely figuring out its topic; it means
Because the speaker is direct and clear, we are able to recognize the nostalgic tone simply because of what the speaker is explicitly telling us. However, the structure of the poem also contributes to the tone. There are no punctuations throughout the entire poem, yet we still read it slow enough to create a dramatic and sad mood. The poem is divided into fourteen couplets, each with a substantial gap between them. At the end of a couplet, we are forced to slow down and fully pause before moving on to a new section. In addition, most of the lines are complete clauses
In conclusion, the poem points the inevitable cycle of natural and emotional events and the power that love has to go beyond that cycle. This is why the speaker assures that the way he has loved is something that
The poem "Clocks and Lovers" by W. H. Auden’s contrasts the idea of whether or not love will outlast time. Initially, the poem portrays a lover affirming the belief that love will triumph over time. The poem transitions and depicts the clocks' argument that due to time, love will eventually fade away. The narrator contrasts the two arguments with usage of imagery, personification, tone and diction. The argument that love will prevail over time is contrasted by the belief that as time goes by, time can never be stopped and love will not last. Overall, neither belief is represented as correct because the narrator contrasts the two opposing arguments by displaying that two arguments are incompatible. In regards to their following arguments, time is not as malicious or arduous to love but love is not impervious to time.
He came off as very insecure with all of his stalling. He was so down on himself that he even believed his question could “disturb the universe” and thought that his potential lover would take his question the wrong way. The poem was centered on the insecurities of man and the inability to act. The speaker was a coward and made excuses so he wouldn’t have to ask the question he so wanted to ask. Everything seemed to make him anxious and his anxiety stopped him from getting what he really wanted.
In line 7 (“He isn’t an enemy now”) the speaker is telling herself that she should not be dwelling on the past because her ex can’t hurt her anymore. The “bitch” seems to be doing fine in controlling her emotions until line 9 when her ex-lover asks her: ““How are the children? They must be growing up.” An immediate change of tone occurs here. There is an internal struggle going on between her heart and her mind. The speaker’s mind is telling her to be polite to her ex, forget the past and move on. The bitch’s heart, on the other hand, is keeping her from moving on and causing her to struggle with feelings of desire. This is clear, for example, in lines 10-13: “At a kind word from him... Down, girl! Keep your distance.” The speaker knows that if she accidentally gets to close to this ex-lover by having feelings again, she will only end up getting hurt. Kind words and gestures can often be deceiving and I have learned that unfortunately charming people are dangerous. I have been hurt numerous times by such personalities by only looking at their kind side and ignoring other flaws. The bitch is warning herself to not get caught up in this trap of feelings again.
mind. It suggest the poet see it as love or nothing and that he was
The poem opens with the lines, “Now that I've met you would you object to never seeing each other again.” From the very first line, the reader knows about the intent of the poet. She has been in
Often, the history behind love stories has two -if not more- sides. Both sides of this story can be seen in W.H. Auden’s poem Clocks and Lovers, in which each side has a different attitude. The attitudes of the clocks differs greatly from that of the lover, with opposite points of view. Both attitudes relate to separate groups of people and are shown simply through analysis of the poem, because the poet uses literary devices to emphasize both perspectives. While the lover overzealously believes his love can transcend time, the clocks counter by stating that time’s relentlessness erodes all.
In these few lines, the speaker abruptly switches the tone from bitter to sympathetic. The poem becomes urgent, with a need to know. “The peculiar screeching of strings” characterizes the man’s thoughts, and “the luxurious fiddling with emotion” directly refers to the man’s emotional state.
First the explanation of the poem would be the starting ground into really analyzing what this is about. Do Not Go Gentle
In the context of the entire poem, what is the meaning and significance of the last eight lines of the poem?
The poem’s author, Robert Frost, focuses on the theme and the mood by representing the choices and decisions that have to be made.
“And time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions”. J Alfred Prufrock reflected in the poem by TS Eliot, had to make a decision to talk to a girl. He thought he had time. Time comes and time goes, but there's always time. J alfred Prufrock thought their was time to talk to a girl, he thinks that time is all he has, much like Charles Foster Kane, in the film “Citizen Kane”. Both men think that they have time as shown in the film and the short story, written by modernist writers. The modernists tried new ways that plays with the realistic idea that the conflicts don't always work out in real life, They show this in several work by having the main character realized they need to change they have no time.