As human beings we let love and loss affect us in our daily lives, we are prone to let these two affect our emotions. One author who takes us into the story of her life, Jo Ann Beard , wrote “ The fourth state of matter” which describes her unique way of thinking when she is exposed to difficult situations in her life. Beard begins to build her incidents by expressing every little detail and using her emotional appeals. Throughout the essay, Beard uses figurative language and a tone of ambivalence to thread the concerns in her life and appeal to the reader's emotions.
Modernism was a time of questioning what the future awaited and viewing said future through pessimistic/disillusioned eyes. In all the books we’ve read in class, the unknown was always something to be afraid of, and that fear has caused several paralyses of characters in which they never change their lives, they stay fixed. For example, in Joyce’s Dubliners, all the characters exhibit a form of epiphanies in which the characters are faced with a sudden betrayal of their inner thoughts our have moments in which something in their lives becomes very clear, but then it becomes their choice if they want to change their lives. One of the stories in Dubliners, is “The Dead”, in which the story is told by many different characters but perhaps the most main character is Gabriel Conroy. He is a man, in which he believes himself to be intelligent, but is socially awkward, he wants to be a confident and dominant man but in reality he has such a paralytic self-conscious that he comes off as pompous and patronizing. This self-consciousness that manifests itself in indecision for Gabriel is also seen in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by Eliot. In this poem, J. Alfred is a man trying to reveal and discuss things in his life he has never done before. In doing so, his indecision comes from a very vulnerable place in which he tries to explain why everything is the way it is. This is why Gabriel and Alfred are an excellent choice to demonstrate the indecision that plagues Modern
Despair sometimes becomes the basis of inspiration in which we live out our lives. The "City of One: A Memoir" by Francine Cournos is a testament to this notion by basing her desire to study medicine and psychoanalytic as a result of her wanting to understand her mother’s death. "City of One: A Memoir" is a story of triumph and inspiration through the notion that while an individual’s life may be difficult there is always something greater to live for. Francine Cournos life gives insight into how vicious separation within the attachment cycle can be and while early attachment theorists may say one thing about how it can affect the way we function later in life there is always a chance to stand against it.
The writing strategy the author Chineh Okparante uses to convey the central idea is personification. When an individual goes to a negative situation they will try to use different methods to handle the tough situation, for example, the author Chineh Okparante uses a specific phrase such as “my mind struggling to digest the verses” sister Monica not literally digest words or situations the way the digestive system does to food. The mind can process it acknowledges negative situation at its own pace by accepting, forgiving oneself and others in talking about it. Another example states “I've tried to bury the memory of these lessons to act as if they were not part of my reality” and as humans, this is a natural response to negative situations
Apart from the obvious sense of denouement, what makes his last seven essays so potent – concluding with a chapter of dying fragments – is their increasingly spare struggle towards the shattering of illusion. "I love the imagery of struggle," he declares, sardonically regretting that this one can't be in a larger cause. He dispatches the illusion that "whatever does not kill me makes me stronger" for the nonsense it is. He feels his "personality and identity dissolving as I contemplate dead hands and the loss of the transmission belts that connect me to writing and thinking".
Emily Dickinson effectively captures human suffering in its rawest form. In comparison to her other works, Dickinson’s “After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes” may be her most discomforting work. The piece is dismaying in that it forces the reader to unwrap our darkest emotions: sadness, anguish, and anxiety. While other poets speak of the joys of love or the finality of death, Dickinson unravels the emotional wounds inflicted upon humanity by grief, heartache, and loss. In the piece, Dickinson painstakingly takes the reader through the process of dealing with our often ignored emotions.
After a Greek Proverb is an eloquent poem written by A.E. Stallings in 1968. It’s a villanelle that expands a Greek proverb that translates into: “nothing is so enduring as the accidental”. The only thing that is consistent in life is the inconsistent; emotions, objects, thoughts, etc. This notion is merely revealed with more sophisticated diction through the original Greek proverb. Yet many can pull positivity from this lesson, having a better understanding of the things around them and how living a life of none attachment can be rewarding if everything will continue to disappear before them. The proverb starts the conversation but the poem goes deeper and illustrates it by pointing out the negative side if we are to flip over the coin. It’s through this analysis of a positive and negative side, do both the poems and proverb gradually begin to differ, in both structure and focus. Consequentially the poem delves into the tragic cost of seeing nothing more permanent than the temporary.
A boy wandered and he came across the grapefruit tree. It was a journey of self-acceptance, the uncertainty of faith, and the crumbling American state of mind. She sang of heartache and sacrifice in the name of god. She sang of identity. “Half orange, half Pomelo,” she said. Just
Losing a Grip on Sanity Everyday, from dawn until dusk, roughly 350 million people struggle with grasping their sanity, which is a psychological condition commonly referred to as depression and anxiety. Many writers have tried to bring the experience of losing a grip of one’s mental state into their writing. In the poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” by Emily Dickinson, the speaker of the poem exposes the reader to the speaker’s deteriorating mental condition. Dickinson writes about an incoherent mental condition in a very coherent manner. In order to counterbalance the sense of maddening, Dickinson uses structured elements of poetry to allow the reader to gain insight into the horrors of mental breakdowns.
People choose to live their lives their own way and some of these people end up unhappy, and feel that their life is not worth living. The choice a person makes on how they want to live their life, ultimately determines their future. A person should choose to live in an illusion which leads to hope, rather then reality which leads them to despair. The musical play "Man of La Mancha", written by Dale Wasserman, is a perfect example of this because in the play, there are characters who live in illusion and characters who live in reality. Illusion leads a person to hope, and hope gives a person something to live for. One persons hope can inspire another to change and to believe. Reality can lead a person to despair, which can lead that
To overcome temptations from an opposing society, Emily Dickinson suggests in "The nearest dream recedes, unrealized.”, that man should attempt to mimic nature to achieve spiritual satisfaction.
In his poem, ‘Beginning Again,’ Franz Wright uses acute forms of symbolism to convey a collective human desire to become ‘better.’ It is common to have experiences in life where there is a desire, after self-realization, for a new start as a ‘better’ person. In fantasy, an improved version of one’s self would not be plagued with issues, rather they are idealized as being carefree and composed. The idea of future improvement, in combination with the macabre chaos caused by Wright’s use of symbolism, intensify the relatability of the poem.
He begins by saying that though one allows people to view what he feels, each individual will always be alone. This causes each person to isolate himself in hopes of protection, but each individual can become vulnerable in a split second. Doyle says, “You can brick up your heart as stout and tight and hard and cold and impregnable as you can and down it comes in an instant…” (Doyle). The author wishes to show that each person can only be stoic for so long. Each person is only capable of building up a facade for so long before it comes crumbling down. One will always have a capacity of what he can take because of the his weakness at heart. A person may desire to be viewed a certain way, but cannot ignore that he holds a limit before turning
Experiences encompassed in times of struggle can lead to a new transformative perspective of one’s relationship with self and the world. William Shakespeare’s last play “The Tempest” (1610), canvasses loss catalysing rediscovering the importance of life resulting in a greater understanding of how our flaws compromise our humanity. Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan, shows this to be true, moving from a mindset focused on vengeance to a profound discovery of self. Similarly, in “Man’s Search for Meaning” (1946), fulfillment with discovering how we choose to cope and find meaning/purpose in life through unrelenting struggle is illustrated. The three-part non-fiction told by psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl, depicts his ordeal inside of concentration camps during the Second World War, elaborating on finding true meaning in life even under the most horrific circumstances. Frankl shares his process of discovery demonstrating his ability to overcome the most overwhelming experience leading to doorway of meaning, purpose and happiness.
Through denial, mourners are able to offset tragedy by insisting their loved one passed away happily. In “War” the fat traveller deceives himself to believe that his son died “satisfied”, since he “ended his life in the best way he could have wished” (1371). Not only does the fat traveller avoid mourning for his son, he also believes that dying in war for one’s country is a patriotic and satisfying way to die. He fails to see the horrors of war, dismissing tragedy as patriotism through his false illusion. Similarly, Julian’s mother creates an illusion regarding her socio-economic status. She lives in the past, referencing her family’s old history to