March 3, 2011
AICE English Literature
Songs of Ourselves: CIE Anthology of Poetry in English
Because I Could Not Stop for Death
In "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," the author is taken on a metaphorical "ride" past her entire life and to her end by a personified death. Symbolism, personification and alliteration are used to highlight the fact that she has come to accept fate as natural and is even happy with her new, "eternal," life.
My Parents Kept Me from Children Who Were Rough
"My Parents Kept Me from Children Who Were Rough" tells of an author looking back on his life as a sheltered, high class boy that is harassed by the town's "common kids." He is abused both physically and emotionally while he, following higher class norms, ignores them. Similes, verbs in past tense, diction such as "kept" and symbolism help describe not only the situation but give insight on the boy's true desire: acceptance.
"Attack" is a poem about fear, anxiety, uncertainty and danger. The author uses imagery, personification and onomatopoeia to paint a picture of war, describe the dangers as "alive" and out to get you and reflect the quick and crude sound of bombs and bullets.
Anthem For Doomed Youth
"Anthem For Doomed Youth" is a tragic depiction of the meaningless and devastating ends young soldiers meet in battle. Their deaths, unhonored, are blended into the overall war landscape of "stuttering rifles" and "angered guns." Alliteration, personification and metaphors are used to illustrate a landscape filled with gun and bomb sounds and dangers that parallel the human condition during the war.
My Dreams Are Of A Field Afar
"My Dreams are of a field afar" is a song of guilt in which a man remembers his fallen comrades and laments not having acted in a certain way. The author mentions the fact that he remains alive because, unlike his mates, he failed to react in an honorable and satisfactory manner; this conflict serves as the...