John Foulcher conveys the meaning of his poem For the fire by the use of literal techniques, especially imagery. In the poem for the fire there is a variety of natural imagery, sound imagery and violent vocabulary as this places the setting, time and specific event spoken of in the poem: “outside gathering kindling”. In the first and second stanzas of For The Fire the setting is placed in the forest with a male character isolating himself. This is shown by natural and sound imagery for example in the first stanza sound imagery is placed : “It’s singular, human thud” in this quote John Foulcher also uses onomatopoeia for a heightened sensory imagery effect. In contrast the second stanza uses natural imagery: “Wind through sparse leaves like clockwork” is a great example as it tells the audience about the isolation as a setting whilst using a literary device which is simile.
A lyre’s tune should be harmonious but instead it is not. This represents that “nothing gold can stay” (Robert Frost line 8). The lyres have "dissonant strings", which means that they are out of tune. Shelley uses this to symbolize the fact that we expect our lives to be one way, but changes that occur make things different. The “various response to each varying blast” means that everybody goes through different events that shape their experiences and "no second motion brings" those feelings back. The use of the word “blast” in the second line of the second stanza makes each pluck of the lyre sound more intense and leave a deep mark in that person. A mark deep enough where that person (the lyre) cannot experience that same
In the poem, “Spring Storm”, Jim Wayne Miller uses metaphors and similes to show us what his anger feels like to him. He also uses nature to show us how it may look if it were a tangible object.
What Makes a Powerful Poem/Song? Poems and songs may have strength in literary terms, but have you ever wondered what makes them powerful? In this essay, there will be analyzed two poems “The Boy Died in my Alley” and “Daddy”, as well as the song “Firework” in which theme, metaphor, and repetition are the literary devices that make them powerful.
"And thus lith Alison and Nicholas In bisinese of mirthe and of solas, Til that the belle of Laudes gan to ringe, And freres in the chauncel gonne singe." This passage reminds the reader of a love scene from a movie. The two lovers are enjoying their business of pleasure, then the cameras pan up and away from them to the sky and we hear music or fireworks to symbolize the act that is
However, the poem them immediately undergoes another shift and returns to a lack of auditory and kinetic imagery with the verse “and it happens like this, on a blue day of sun.”. This verse, along with bringing back the state of tranquility and calm previously found in the poem also, through the use of the phrase “a day of blue sun”, seems to suggest a stereotypically happy and calm day. However, readers, noting the repetition of “it happens” as well as the fact that, in previous verses of the poem, this state of tranquility and calm was imbued with an ominous undercurrent, will still feel tension, finding themselves now unable to experience the state of tranquility and calm the poem presents before them. Likewise, such tension quickly turns out to be warranted when the proceeding verses describe how “Private Miller pulls the trigger to take brass and fire into his mouth”. These versus, along with standing in sharp tonal contrast with those that came before them, also introduce kinetic and auditory imagery back into the poem, suggesting to the reader that the state of peace and tranquility is once again breaking
The poems "Nighttime Fires" and "Seniors" both deal with memories of their authors' experiences as youth. In "Nighttime Fires", Regina Barreca talks about how after her father lost his job, he developed an unhealthy obsession with watching houses burn, and she discusses how he involved his family in this somewhat
-Fires are a recurring motif in Jeannette’s life. Previously, while Jeannette was cooking, she created a firing which led her to go to the hospital and a fire she created burned down the hotel that she lived in. It seems that to her, fire represents chaos and destruction. In this quote, Jeannette chooses to use the word "erupt" which is a common word associated with volcanoes and volcanoes are often unpredictable and seem calm but, they can erupt and cause major destruction. This reflects how in her life, everything may seem fine but can change instantly. Additionally, she knew that her life could
Oh how the flames have changed. No longer did the flames signify destruction, eating away at the pages that had once shaped society as we know it. No longer did the flamethrower clenched in a fireman’s fist burn the ideals that make us people. No longer did they dash the hopes, the dreams, of man. Fire, which was one demolition and violence, is now hope.
very brightest little jet of flame that ever danced on the earth.”(Hawthorne 90) A metaphor in
Blake uses traditional symbols of angels and devils, animal imagery, and especially images of fire and flame to: 1) set up a dual world, a confrontation of opposites or "contraries" which illustrate how the rules of Reason and Religion repress and pervert the basic creative energy of humanity, 2) argues for apocalyptic transformation of the self "through the radical regeneration of each person's own power to imagine" (Johnson/Grant, xxiv), and 3) reconstructs Man in a new image, a fully realized Man who is both rational and imaginative, partaking of his divinity through creativity. The form of the poem consists of "The Argument," expositions on his concepts of the "contraries" and of "expanded perception" which are both interspersed with "Memorable Fancies" that explicate and enlarge on his expositions, and concludes with "A Song of Liberty," a prophecy of a future heaven on earth.
Second, striking similes are used throughout the whole poem. The speaker does not content himself with using age-old phrases or comparisons. His similes are unique and gripping. "Like old beggars under sacks," "like a man in fire or lime," and "like a devil's sick of sin," help to add vivid mental pictures to the poem. The soldier's uniforms are ripped and threadbare from all the fighting, and they are so exhausted that they bend over as they walk. The man that breathed the mustard gas is in such incredible pain that all he can do is jerk about as if he were on fire. After a while, the gas causes his face to sag until he resembles something from the horrors of hell. The speaker's similes are ones that cause the reader to stop and just think about what is being described
They should glare and glow “like meteors” and not like dim candles. In the last stanza, the speaker refers to his ailing father, on his deathbed and asks him to weep fiercely, as this serves as both a blessing and a curse for him, for his heartbreaking death, and if possible a heroic survival. The poem ends with the same two lines being repeated, thus the poet instructing his father to not submit to death but “rave” and rant and fight it every step of the way.
“The relationship between the energies of the inquiring mind that an intelligent reader brings to the poem and the poem’s refusal to yield a single comprehensive interpretation enacts vividly the everlasting intercourse between the human mind, with its instinct to organise and harmonise, and the baffling powers of the universe about it.”
Imagery of fire is revisited once again in the second section of the poem titled,“A Game of Chess,” in which Eliot remarks on the standing of what seems like an aristocratic woman. The flames are beginning to influence their surroundings. “Doubled the flames of sevenbranched candelabra/ Reflecting light across the table as / The glitter of her jewels rose to meet it” (82-84) is a signal of the flames beginning to take their prey, in this case specifically the inanimate. The fire from the “sevenbranched candelabra” (82) illuminates the room, then the light reflects “across the table” onto her “glitter...jewels” in order to highlight the woman’s materialism. The fire literally sheds light on the materials. A no-no according to Buddhist teaching, because the “learned and noble disciple… conceives an aversion for form” (Clarke 351). The aristocratic woman fails to acknowledge the flame, which is unproductive if one is trying to rid themselves