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By asking, “Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there’s a pair of us” the poetic voice assumes both the speaker and the reader are a nobody. From this point, they cannot tell anyone because once it is out they are a somebody. She doesn’t want to be found. She doesn’t want to be somebody. The poetic voice in the second stanza tells us that being somebody is boring and “dreary.” This is a sign that he had experienced the somebody life before coming back to nobody. Therefore, the poetic voice leaves readers to judge and make conclusions between being a somebody and a nobody.
Notably, the poetic voice thinks that “being somebody” is boring and unexciting. She compares the public figure to a frog. In normal environments frogs live in water surrounded by water and at the same time make a lot of noise. They have limited freedom and face harshness from other water animals. This is what being a somebody involves. I don’t think Emily Dickinson would have liked to become a well-known poet in her lifetime; she seems she wanted to remain nobody. She has passed through the life of a somebody where one becomes an important person getting all the attention needed. She faces a lot of problems and forces than when being a nobody.
If being somebody means being a celebrity, famous artist or a politician, I do agree with Emily Dickinson’s poem. I would not hope to be a public figure because people will watch my every move and I will have no privacy. President Obama, for example, is a somebody who sits at the throne of super power. People keep watch of his private life including marriage, behavior of his children and even the wife. He has no liberty to say anything or maintain a free social life because people watch all the actions. Being a somebody compares to a frog. However, if being somebody means being a member of a family, society or a member in a
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There are some similarities as well as differences of themes, mood, and author’s messages in these two poems. Comparing and contrasting poems will help to better understand what they have in common and what they do not. “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke was written in 1942.
The first part was all about moving on. The simplicity and logic of life as one that require for us to continuously live by the moment was defined by the bird, which according to the author sings every morning regardless of what has transpired the previous day or what is in store in the future.
The poem is comprises of four stanzas which lie in good continuation and carry the message of the poet. In the first stanza of the poem, the poet explains that he is standing in the woods and there are two paths that lie ahead of him. The poet is fully aware of the fact that at his point, he has to make a choice and seek one of the two paths for the continuation of his journey.
”, “I heard a fly buzz when I died”, “Safe in their alabaster chambers”, “I died for beauty, but was scarce” and “The bustle in a house” which deal with themes such as love, beauty, death, pain, separation, and ecstasy. To Dickinson, the ultimate experience of human life is death and it is the absolute touchstone of her poetry.
He started writing at a tender age of seventeen, and wrote poems mostly touching on the life of the black American. In his poetry and fiction, he portrayed the lives of Blacks as full of not only struggles but also joy accompanied by laughter and sometimes music.
At the same time, it reminded the President that mankind can overcome these kinds of evils (Huffington Post, 2009). Hope for the future of race relations and reflections on its history of oppression is likewise recognized in William Cullen’s Bryant’s The Death of Slavery (1900).
In the process of theme development, the poet employs the substantial use of numerous stylistic devices within various parts of the poem. In the second line, the speaker refers to the land buyer by saying, “who would be…” In this instance, the poet uses alliteration by repeating the consonant sound “w” in the words “who” and “would.”
All the texts, poetry work and illustrations belong to Tolkien created to attract young readers as depicted by the level of ease, rhythm and sense of humor. All the poems are formulated with care and intelligent choice of words by a proven linguist, scholar and influential poet.