Essay on Rhetorical Analysis Of Theodore Roethke 's ' The Waking '

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Elements give meaning and depth to a topic. In poetry elements are interpreted to give the poem meaning and life. Elements of poetry such as meter and rhyme can create a beating heart or a beating drum, giving the poem meaning and depth. Each poetic element is chosen by the writer to add meaning to the poem, the meaning of the element is left up to the reader to interpret. The Waking, Theodore Roethke uses literary elements to talk about how there is not much one can do about their density so relax and enjoy life.

“I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow” (Roethke 1). is mentioned multiple times throughout the poem. Waking is life and sleep is death, thus he means I live to die and take my life slow. This portrays how many people live their lives; they are always looking into the future instead of living for right now and the problem with looking into the future is eventually death is going to be the only thing in the future. Roethke uses diction in“ I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow” as a paradox to slow the complex of life. Waking and sleeping are two opposite but Roethke gives them a similar meaning to show life and death aren’t that different; many people may be alive but are they really living or are they just sleeping? Thus showing the irony of life. The next line is “I feel my fate in what I cannot fear” (Roethke 2). Fate is being symbolized here. Fate cannot be escaped it will always catch up in the end. Fate is essentially all the badness in life.…

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