Read it out loud.
Their actions are simple at best: With the opening of the poem, the man asks a question, rhetorical perhaps, that seems harmless enough: The volta, or "turn," at the beginning of the line colors the tone of his question, apparently confirming his suspicion that their love has limitations and exists in isolation, rather than his asking something for which he seeks an answer.
Besides isolation, his statement also suggests loneliness and negativity. Reflection dominates as opposed to action or involvement between the pair, which appears as negative: Our two protagonists allow life, and with it love, Poem explication escape from them in slow, measured time, as indicated by the slow beats of Poem explication hearts.
The ambiguity of the scene, wherein we know nothing of the place, circumstances, or identities of the couple, seems secondary to other considerations, most notably the voltas encountered in the poem and the bleak direction they lead the reader: Other phrases are just as telling in indicating the overall negative feel of the poem.
So too, the opening line of the twice-repeated stanza—"Counting the beats"—does not supply a subject as to who does the counting or why it becomes necessary.
We must suspect that the implied subject of the line points to the couple themselves, as they count the beats of their wakeful hearts in a quiet, still time that does not give rest or bring them closer together. The two have few words to exchange with one another and, because they apparently do not wish to disturb each other further, each whispers.
Moreover, their love seems to flow in the wrong direction as their blood does not stimulate, "course" through them with passion, but bleeds out like slow suicide, like self-inflicted wounds.
So it is that the simple events and intimate setting of the man and woman, those that often situate couples in love poems, here suggest love as a negative: Once again, the simplicity of the language indicates that feel or impression.
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To her question of where they shall be "When death strikes home," he responds "Not there but here. His rejoinder of a negative and contradiction—"Not there but here"—not only summarizes their predicament, it limits the range of how much we as readers should care.
After all, no specifics are available: We remain all too familiar with the "here" of the lovers, a depressing place of limitation, absent passion, and the entropy of love—wasted energy that affords no use. Indeed, the narrator underscores this fatalism, who, as an omniscient observer possesses more knowledge of the future than do they.
How this information may be possible does not interest us as readers, because we focus on the simplicity—the language, the setting, the ambiguous but unfettered relationship—and thus take for granted that any future for the pair must be as uncomplicated in its inevitability as are the events and conversation that precede it.
Now "Cloudless day" reads more like an absence of something as opposed to safety or the freedom from care; we feel a cyclical sameness, boredom, and the inevitability of time, and with it an inevitable future: Troubles and pain to come are not generic; "the" storm, as opposed to one of generality, forces readers once again to appreciate the couple as fated, a fact the narrator shares with us at their expense.
And still the reasons remain ambiguous: Have they failed to involve themselves in events so as to cause what is to come? Or is such a future one that demonstrates that their choice to be removed from the world reflects a selfishness offering no excuse and no freedom from pain?
What could these two do to change the future? What will that future be; what does the "huge storm" entail?
While all of these questions appear important, the tone of the poem remains dismissive, posing them in ambiguity. Even the narrator, who, if removed from the mood of the work, seems intrusive—prying, at best—does not appear out of place.Essays and Scholarly Articles on the Poetry and Prose Works of Renaissance Authors, including Donne, Bacon, Jonson, Herbert, Herrick, Milton, Wroth, Carew, Lovelace.
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This first Book proposes, first in brief, the whole Subject, Mans disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he was plac't: Then touches the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who revolting from God, and drawing to his side many Legions of Angels, was by the .
Introduce a meaningful poem to your grandchildren, and forge a connection that shows how language is delightful, relevant, and educational (but we can keep that part a secret!). PART I: An ancient Mariner meeteth three gallants bidden to a wedding feast, and detaineth one.
IT is an ancient Mariner: And he stoppeth one of three. 'By thy long beard and glittering eye. The meaning or themes of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” are fairly straightforward and are also highly traditional.
Basically, the poem reminds powerful people that their power is. a mutual declaration of the meaning of words spoken, actions, motives, etc., with a view to adjusting a misunderstanding or reconciling differences: After a long and emotional explanation they were friends again.