When anaylising each poem it becomes apparent that numerous literary techniques have been amalgamated into the poems to add sharp contrasts, rythem, mood and evocative imagery, these litarry techniques help elaborate, emphasize and represent the theme of loss and isolation...
After failing to retreat into the traditional pastoral landscape, John Milton begins, in his poem “Lycidas,” to exercise the control he does not have in the real world over the elements of the pastoral, defying the customary idyllic landscape and turning it into one of mourning....
Through the course of time, one may come to consider the selection of the road they've chosen, contemplate on the potential opportunities gained or lost through such choices, and wonder about "The Road Not Taken.” Numerous speculations have been made about the poem, but according to Arti Agarwa Frost cites himself that the i...
The long-term disadvantage of an appeal to conscience shouldbe enough to condemn it; but it has serious short-termdisadvantages as well. If we ask a man who is exploiting acommons to desist "in the name of conscience," what arewe saying to him? What does he hear? -- not only at the momentbut also in the wee small hours of the night when, half asleep,he remembers not merely the words we used but also the nonverbalcommunication cues we gave him unawares? Sooner or later,consciously or subconsciously, he senses that he has received twocommunications, and that they are contradictory: 1. (intendedcommunication) "If you don't do as we ask, we will openlycondemn you for not acting like a responsible citizen"; 2.(the unintended communication) "If you behave aswe ask, we will secretly condemn you for a simpleton who can beshamed into standing aside while the rest of us exploit thecommons."
5. Theology is scientific reflection on the divine revelation which the Church accepts by faith as universal saving truth. The sheer fulness and richness of that revelation is too great to be grasped by any one theology, and in fact gives rise to multiple theologies as it is received in diverse ways by human beings. In its diversity, nevertheless, theology is united in its service of the one truth of God. The unity of theology, therefore does not require uniformity, but rather a single focus on God’s Word and an explication of its innumerable riches by theologies able to dialogue and communicate with one another. Likewise, the plurality of theologies should not imply fragmentationor discord, but rather the exploration in myriad ways of God’s one saving truth.
The site does not aim to present a sustained argument either, although much of the material is associated with a doctoral thesis I presented at Oxford University and which I am preparing for book publication with a provisional title of A Vision; do if you are interested in an electronic copy of the thesis. Inevitably, some complex themes have been simplified somewhat to make them more appropriate for this type of presentation, and much that is discussed in the book has been omitted, while there is more explanatory and descriptive treatment here. The majority of sources are noted, but the scholarly apparatus has also been abbreviated.
Does the poet use figurative language? Are there metaphors in the poem? Similes? Is there any personification? Consider the appropriateness of such comparisons. Try to see why the poet chose a particular metaphor as opposed to other possible ones. Is there a pattern of any sort to the metaphors? Is there any metonymy in the poem? Synechdoche? Hyperbole? Oxymoron? Paradox? A dictionary of literary terms may be helpful here.
Are there any consistent patterns of words? For example, are there several references to flowers, or water, or politics, or religion in the poem? Look for groups of similar words.
Lawrence so perhaps its fitting that the poem I've chosen to explicate, Bavarian Gentians (1932), was published posthumously after the author and poet succumbed to a lengthy battle with tuberculosis.
The second reason springs directly from biological facts. Tolive, any organism must have a source of energy (for example,food). This energy is utilized for two purposes: mere maintenanceand work. For man maintenance of life requires about 1600kilocalories a day ("maintenance calories"). Anythingthat he does over and above merely staying alive will be definedas work, and is supported by "work calories" which hetakes in. Work calories are used not only for what we call workin common speech; they are also required for all forms ofenjoyment, from swimming and automobile racing to playing musicand writing poetry. If our goal is to maximize population it isobvious what we must do: We must make the work calories perperson approach as close to zero as possible. No gourmet meals,no vacations, no sports, no music, no literature, no art Ithink that everyone will grant, without argument or proof, thatmaximizing population does not maximize goods. Bentham's goal isimpossible.
Are there difficult or confusing words? Even if you are only the slightest bit unsure about the meaning of a word, look it up in a good dictionary. If you are reading poetry written before the twentieth century, learn to use the Oxford English Dictionary, which can tell you how a word's definition and usage have changed over time. Be sure that you determine how a word is being used--as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb--so that you can find its appropriate meaning. Be sure also to consider various possible meanings of a word and be alert to subtle differences between words. A good poet uses language very carefully; as a good reader you in turn must be equally sensitive to the implications of word choice.
Greiner states, "In the years since his death, biographical revelations and critical appraisals have torn off the mask to expose a Frost the public never knew: a flawed man with more than his share of personal tragedy, a major poet with more than his share of fear"(95).
I think the reasoning behind his writing of this poem was because in life, you have many obstacles to overcome and many choices and decisions to make, which opens a path that leads the way to your future.