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Wordsworth's poem, and Clarke's as well, situates a subject as the focus of the poem. Clarke's poem represents the same ideas of subjectivity and Romanticism.
The first word in the title of Clarke's poem firmly aligns her work with Wordsworth's. Miracle. A miracle is something beyond explanation. To be beyond explanation is to be beyond reason. Further signs of a more subjective appeal in Clarke's poem can be seen with her word choice. One of the people to whom she reads, is "not listening, not seeing, not feeling." She describes others as "absent," "dumb" and "frozen." By the end, a mute man recites, "The Daffodils" perfectly, and after his performance, "the daffodils outside are still as wax."
Here we remember Wordsworth's speaker, gazing and silent. The overwhelming nature of the experience has rendered him speechless and yet he is more enlightened by feeling than by any reason. The mute man…… [Read More]
By pointing straight up, it is emulating the church steeple, pointing perhaps to God, and Creator that has brought the stars and the moon and the clouds and the land to the people so they could build a village. In the village the lights are on in many of the houses, or are those bright windows merely reflecting the starry splendor from above?
In conclusion, Van Gogh's painting "Starry Night" received a great deal of exposure when Don McLean sang the song in 1970. Many listeners likely did not know at first the song was about Vincent Van Gogh, but a careful review of the lyrics clearly indicates that the song was an ode to the great expressionist. The painting will endure long after the song though. It will endure as long as humankind is still on the planet. And the planet is better for the fact that artists like…… [Read More]
"omance," "omanticism" and "omantic" are three related words frequently utilized rather loosely by literature readers and hence requiring some clear definition. The most important fact is these words are always written with the first letter capitalized to differentiate them from the words "romantic"and "romance" -- words which are generally used to denote erotically intensified conditions and events or love stories. While omances commonly do contain love interests, it isn't a prerequisite for this genre. Similarly, omantic poets don't just address experiences of love and love affairs; their poems revolve around the entire continuum of experiences of humanity.
omanticism, meanwhile, represented an intellectual and artistic movement between the late 18th-century and 19 thcentury. The emphasis of this movement was powerful emotions, which formed the fountainhead of aesthetic experiences. Especially emphasized were emotions like fear, consternation, terror, and wonder experienced in the face of nature's sublime-ness. omanticism elevated language, tradition and…… [Read More]
Here, though ordsworth has once again assumed his place apart from the natural world, he denotes that it is of value to return to this beautiful space in his memory when he is in need of emotional or psychological respite. And ultimately, this reinforces the romantic imperative of distilling the human experience within its context. For ordsworth, the context of modernity invokes a greater appreciation for man's inextricable bond to the natural world.
For Shakespeare, a pre-romantic prerogative toward leaving one's own stamp on the world seems to drive the perspective of Sonnet 116. So is this evidenced by his closing remarks, which states rather definitively, "If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved." Both with regard to the way that Shakespeare characterizes the everlasting nature of true love and the way that he references his own role in the world…… [Read More]
This poem is a favorite of mine because it reminds me to slow down and appreciate everything. It does not take long nor does it take much to renew and revive and that is exactly what the poet wishes to communicate.
In Joy Harjo's "Remember," the poet uses imagery and personification to convey points of importance. Because the poet is encouraging someone to remember, she pulls images from experience that will be familiar. She begins by telling the reader to "Remember the sky" (Harjo 1) and to "know each of the star stories" (2). In addition, it is important to know the moon. The poet wants to use images the reader already knows and identifies with in order to stress the importance of connecting with the earth. The importance of remembering one's parents is also important because we are all connected. She tells the reader to remember the "earth whose…… [Read More]
Dorothy ordsworth --"we journeyed side by side."
illiam ordsworth was the famous Romantic poet. His sister Dorothy was his quiet strength, support and inspiration. Dorothy ordsworth (1771-1855) devoted her life to her brother (1770-1850).
Intimate friends and close confidants, they shared an immense mutual dependence and were of extreme significance and value to each other. As illiam put it in his poem, "The Recluse," as quoted in the title above, brother and sister journeyed not only to Grasmere, but through all of life, "side by side," blown by the winds of life, "like two birds, companions in mid-air,/Parted and reunited by the blast (Clark 28).
Dorothy and illiam's mother died in 1778. Dorothy, age six, was separated from all her brothers, including illiam, age eight, and raised by various relatives, while he lived at school. As young children illiam and Dorothy were very close, and it was perhaps this separation…… [Read More]
One of the most common mental disorders linked to Alzheimer's is depression which according to Elwood Cohen manifests itself in three important ways. First, "There are higher rates of depression among Alzheimer's patients than among non-demented adults;" second, "Having a depressive episode is associated with an increased risk for developing Alzheimer's," and third, Depressive symptoms can be confused with dementia in older adults" (1999, 214).
In a recent study conducted by the Cardiovascular Health Initiative, based in Washington, D.C., more than one-third of 400 dementia patients and more than one-fifth of 300 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) had experienced symptoms of depression during a one-month period prior to the study. Similar results were reported by the Multi-Institutional esearch in Alzheimer's Genetic Epidemiology (MIAGE) which discovered that "In the year prior to a patient being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the same patient was almost five times more likely than their…… [Read More]
Every day I will give you a color, like a new flower in a bud vase on your desk. Every day will paint you, as women color each other with henna on hands and on feet.
Yellow as a goat's wise and wicked eyes, yellow as a hill of daffodils, yellow as dandelions by the highway, yellow as butter and egg yolks, yellow as a school bus stopping you, yellow as a slicker in a downpour
Every poem, Piercy gives the readers a color, "like a new flower in a bud vase" (her metaphors), on your desk. Every day "she paints us" (word play), with yellows (repetition, sound), "the purple of ripe grapes" (alliteration). She is using her poetry to bring change, emotional, intellectual, perhaps social and political. This is her way to bring life, to change life as in "ising in perilous hope":
What words can I say that…… [Read More]
Buddhist Psychology in the Poetry of Philip Larkin
Philip Larkin is not ordinarily thought of as a Buddhist. Larkin was -- in the opinion of many literary critics -- the quintessential English poet of the latter half of the twentieth century, and the world (and worldview) captured in his poems is largely one that reflects Britain in its new post-war and post-imperial identity. To some extent this made Larkin's poetry a clear-eyed examination of a society in the process of making do with less -- this is, I think, the meaning behind Larkin's often-quoted caustic comment, regarding the sources of his poetic inspiration, that "deprivation is for me what daffodils are for Wordsworth." But the simple fact is that Larkin is basically a pessimist, and it seems that in many cases -- most famously Schopenhauer, in addition to the long list of European writers who were directly influenced by Schopenhauerian…… [Read More]
SPRINGTIME think spring is my favorite season because the cold and gray of winter is ending, and everything turns green and new. I love how the buds on the trees pop out, and the springtime bulbs show their faces to the sun. The colorful daffodils and tulips remind me of sunny days and happy times - spring leads into summer, and summertime is the time for fun and friends. The colors of spring are so fresh and clean, they look brand new, and they are. They haven't had time to get dirty from the grime and grit of the city, they are clean, just like I wish my house was....no spring cleaning for me, I'd rather enjoy the buds and blooms!
A wonder who invented spring-cleaning, anyway? Spring is certainly a time of new beginnings, but who wants to clean when the weather is finally nice, and warm enough to…… [Read More]