Intense personal memories and reflections have always been an inspiration to poets. Explore this concept with regards to the poems that you have studied referring to three poems in detail and at least three poems from your wider reading.
The theme of reflections is something frequently explored in literature. It is truly a powerful force. It can bestow courage, feelings of warmth, and even overwhelm you and this is exactly what the below six poets did by manipulating their personal and emotional reflections to generate an emotive impact on us by using a variety of literary devices to present to us a ‘window’ into their pasts. Alice Walker (Poem at Thirty-Nine), U. A. Fanthorpe (Half past Two) and D. H. Lawrence (Piano) have all
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There were many examples of sibilance such as “Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;” and “…smiles as she sings,” where the “s” sounds similar to that of a whisper which portrayed. Now the intensity of his memory but now it’s beginning to emotionally hurt him. Also when the poet asserted “In spite of myself,” he was forced to reckon these moments, he referred to his masculinity. The “insidious mastery of song… Betrays me back,” tricked him into the nostalgia of childhood, it forced him to “weep to belong,” since he didn’t want to revisit the past. He pulled himself out of recalling about the child he was with the phrase “In spite of myself” The poet used the words “Sunday” and “at home” which gave a sense of resting and peace but he used a contradictory metaphor, “winter outside” which meant the harsh world outside his safe home. As that stanza continued, you saw the theme of safety and comfort continues where he said “hymns in the cozy parlour.” The hymns show that the family was a God-fearing family and a parlour was where the best things in the house were and where guests usually were so that also shows a close knitted family and the sense of security between the family members. The poet also used onomatopoeia in “boom of the tingling strings” and “tinkling “ since “boom” and “tinkling” described their own sound.
Lawrence used a musical term in the final stanza “With the great black piano appassionato” which enhanced the