Time Does Not Bring Relief Analysis

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Kimberly Trevino 7th period November 1st, 2017Both poems are about the grief that comes with lost love, however, the speaker’s interpretation of handling their loss varies. In “Time Does Not Bring Relief,” author Edna St. Vincent Millay is stubborn in the sense that time does not heal pain, contrary to Chris Forhan who tells his journey of losing love and overcoming his loss. The two authors use literary elements such as diction, tone, and symbolism to express the speaker’s personal responses on how they felt to be separated from the one they truly loved. While both poems use the example of nature to help explain their thoughts, Millay’s poem uses connotative diction as a result of her association of rain with emotion. (line 3) “[T]he weeping …show more content…
Millay is still stuck on what once was, unlike Forhan, who associates the image of rain ina denotative manner. (line 9) “[B]linking into the slanting rain,” the rain in Forhan’s poem does not convey any emotion, it is simply just a force of nature and nothing else. The capability of the speaker in Forhan’s poem to tell apart his loss from other things gives him the strength needed to overpower his heartbreak, a task the speaker in Millay’s poem is incapable of doing due to her linking places and objects with the shared memories of her past love.Although both individuals feel deep distress caused by their lost love, both demonstrate different attitudes toward their recovery process. The tone in Millay’s poem is despair because of her failure to triumph over grief.(Line 1) “Time does not bring relief; you all have lied,” the speaker is obstinate and has her mind set on that she will never move on. There is a shift in tone when comparing poems from pessimistic to optimistic. …show more content…
(Lines 11-12) “[E]ntering with some relief some quiet place [w]here never fell his foot or shown his face,” symbolizes how she seeks places that carry no memory of him, in hopes to prevail over her painful emotions. Despite that, when she visits the place he never set foot in she ponders the fact that he never got the chance to, which once again makes memories of him arise, therefore, leaving her feeling empty. The next element Forhan utilizes is symbolism by using inanimate objects to show his acceptance towards what happened to him. (Lines 22-23) “[F]or the lilacthat strains so hard to win,” is a reference to the speaker trying to win over the affection of his lost love. (Lines 24-25) “[W]hen one admires instead thelowly gouge, adze, rasp, hammer”, symbolizes how instead his lover only noticed the tools which represents a strong but uncaring man, and the lilac which stands for the speaker indicates a soft and compassionate man. He ends the poem with (line 36) “ the bee advances on the rose,” suggesting that a bee must move on to a new flower, which is an analogy that life mustgo on.Throughout the poem the two authors use methods such as diction, tone,and symbolism to help get their stances across. In the end, both are left with a hole in their heart in the shape of the one they lost, while one speaker is certain that no person or thing can heal or replace this missing piece the other is open to searching for new

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