Poetry Explication Just as poetry is a permanent mark of feelings that last forever on paper, tattoos are permanent symbols that last forever on the skin. Tattoos and poetry can easily be combined such as in Kim Addonizio’s sonnet, “First Poem for You,” the speaker admires her partner’s nature themed tattoos in a darkened room. This may seem to be a simple poem, but by utilizing tattoos as symbols, including tactile and visual imagery in her poem, and using the sonnet as her structure, Addonizio laments about the true meaning of relationships and their longevity. Symbols are used throughout Addonizio’s sonnet. “I like to touch your tattoos in complete/darkness, when I can’t see them (1-2).” The darkness not only represents the lack of light in the room, but it also represents the speaker’s perspective on the relationship. The speaker is concerned about her relationship with her partner, “whatever persists or turns to pain between us, they will still / be there (11-12).” The tattoos, unlike the lover, are permanent. The speaker seems to be much more afraid of her partner than the tattoos. Her lover can change his feelings for her anytime; the tattoos, however, will never change. In this poem, the tattoos of the partner represent permanence and a happy long relationship. Addonizio also imports excellent examples of tactile as well as visual imagery to demonstrate to the reader her aspect on relationships. Visual imagery is represented when Addonizio describes each individual tattoo. “The blue / swirls of water on your shoulder where a serpent / twists, facing a dragon (5-7).” The dragon and the serpent represent the warrior in the speaker’s partner. They also signify that the partner has no fear against his enemies. Inclusion of the specific details of each tattoo shows the reader exactly how much that the speaker is honed in on her partner’s tattoos. This allows the reader to see the speaker softly tracing her fingers across her lover’s marked shoulder.
The Comparison of “First Poem for You” by Kim Addonizio and
“With Eyes Closed” (“Con los Ojos Cerrados”) by Octavio Paz
Is love really blind or just an obsession in the mind? In the sonnet written by Kim Addonizio; titled “First Poem for You” and “With Eyes Closed” (“Con Los Ojos Cerrados”) written by Octavio Paz are similar to one another, as they describe their intense love for someone or something both created in darkness.
However, both poems may describe different kinds of love. Love described….
Intro to Poetry
9 April 2013
Love can be defined in various ways. Especially in American culture, where love is used to describe the affection or infatuation of many different things or people. There is no real classification of the type of love for things; it is just plain love. But, usually when the word love comes up, most people associate it with romantic love; love that is shared between couples in a relationship. Yet, still there are many different….
is like poetry, because there is always more to the story than what meets the eye! The sonnet “First Poem for You” by Kim Addonizio is a riveting piece of poetry that uses symbolization to help guide the readers to understand the emotions and feelings the woman has towards her partner. Visual and tactile imagery used within this poem helps readers interpret the meaning of the poem. The theme is longevity and the true meaning of a relationship. In Addonizio “First Poem for You,” Addonizio utilizes….
An Explication of Edward Mayes’ “University of Iowa, 1976”
Take a minute to imagine “Men looking like they had been/attacked repeatedly by a succession /of wild animals,” “never/ ending blasted field of corpses,” and “throats half gone, /eyes bleeding, raw meat heaped/ in piles.” These are the vividly, grotesque images Edward Mayes describes to readers in his poem, “University of Iowa Hospital, 1976.” Before even reading the poem, the title gave me a preconceived idea of what the poem might….
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Langston Hughes “Harlem” Poetry Explication
The most obvious quality of Langston Hughes’ "Harlem" is the poem’s use of imagery. The imagery in this poem contributes to the image of the frustrating times of how dreams end up for African Americans during this time period. The speaker in the poem describes the fate of a dream being “deferred.” Langston Hughes uses several analogies to describe the image of a dream that might have happened but didn’t….
The Lamb and The Tyger
When Reading William Blake’s poems form the song of innocence and song of experience readers get how both links to each other to create a greater meaning. The Lamb from the song of innocence shows the innocence of god in a person, while The Tyger shows the experience of a person. Paired together, William Blake’s poem The Lamb and The Tyger uses biblical symbolism and diction to illustrate the perspective of religion both good and bad. The titles of….
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Questions Entwined into “The Summer I Was Sixteen”
Words often have meaning behind what is said, regardless of those particular words. Emotions can be extrapolated from statements. A close reading and analysis of the poem “The Summer I Was Sixteen’ reveals more to the reader than just what sits on the page.
Whilst reading this poem, a feeling of unusual melancholy and normalcy arises from a point in time which should be a substantial amount more upbeat. During….
First Short Response – “First Poem for You”
The Shakespearean sonnet “First Poem for You” has an iambic pentameter and consistent rhyme scheme. Every other line represents a true rhyme – the final accented vowels and all succeeding consonants or syllables are identical. For example the words “complete” and “neat” (Addonizio 1, 3). Every line of the poem has a basic stressed and unstressed syllable format, except the last line. The extension of the last line “but touch them, trying” implements a….
is a poem that was written by the late author back in 1923. Eighty years later, a parody of Williams’ poem was written by F.J. Bergmann and it was titled “An Apology”. Although Bergmann’s poem was written just to ridicule Williams’ poem, the similar form of imagery used in both poems possesses more meaning and is more complex than they might seem at first sight. Also, the comparison of the two poems shows how greatly times have changed.
The “Red Wheelbarrow” could be interpreted as a poem that….
Clifton, is a free verse poem from the perspective of slaves that the white men capture and trade in the slave trade, forcing them to travel on the Middle Passage. Ironically, the ships bear the names of religious symbols and figures such as Jesus, Angel of God, and Grace of God (lines 14-15) even though the act of slavery is one of the most sinful systems in the eyes of these slaves and in the eyes of all decent human beings.
Though a myriad of Lucille Clifton’s poetry is about survival, the people….