How do metaphors, symbols and allegories contribute in clarifying the meanings of the poem? She commands not just fear but terror, and the next line: 'It's you I love' is not quite a casual connection. This humour helps to ease the tension after the drama of the third stanza and creates a lull before a further harrowing crescendo. I looked at a snuffling pig, a boulder rolled in a heap of shit. As a , she raises grades often from C to A. Medusa, the protagonist, uses the myth metaphorically in order to create a modern and reliable tone, allowing a wider audience and switching the focus from her actions to her feelings. This reveals Medusa is isolated.
The idea of the power of imagination to effect real transformation is explored in the next two stanzas. By all of these, she makes the reader think about effects of actions, empathy with the heart broken Medusa and what change people. Throughout the poem, Medusa exercises her powers by transforming innocent animals into stone, the animals increase in size, as though she is working up to something. The famous poet is a well known feminist and aims to express truths about life through her poetry. No one wants to get old and people do extreme things to avoid or slow down the aging process. The phrase until the whistle blows is potentially ambiguous.
It is also ironic as her tears fall from her eyes, which turn men into stone in mythology. In 2012, she was nominated for Pearson's Teaching Awards. This poor woman has been forced to live apart from human society for almost the entire span of her life. Without symbolism, the poem would go from a cultural and profound text to a superficial one. Therefore the pace is frequently interrupted and this portrays the feeling of ruination and decomposition which links to the idea of Medusa turning the animals into rocks and therefore interrupting the flow of life. This may make the audience feel sorry for her despite her debauched behaviour and thoughts earlier on in the poem. Loss and suffering seems to affect everyone no matter where they come from.
With them it 's power, but with us it 's a disease! She is alone without her lover. She does this because that is how she thought when she was a kid going on a long trip. Carol Ann Duffy has created sympathy for the character by adopting symbolic imagery and characterization to convey the deteriorating and pessimistic life Havisham portrays. There is some elements of black humour here as the cat turns to stone and shatters the dish it was drinking from and the pig is transformed into a boulder and rolls into a pile faeces. The Diet is part of a collection of poems entitled the Feminine Gospels, the focus of which is showcasing the less desirable aspects of womanhood and providing social commentary on female issues, usually told from the perspective of a woman. Whereas Medusa is mortal, her misfortune is eternal.
Medusa is comparing her previous glory and her current situation. What stands out to most to me about these poems is that in all these poems it shows that love is something that part of our life. She turns all these animals into rocks of different proportions, and each one is bigger than the one before. It includes: contextual knowledge of the myth, line by line analysis of the poem, exploration of what duffy conveys about relationships. Especially when she reminisces in the final stanza about the time she was young and beautiful, illustrating her complete lack of confidence. Throughout literature; it has been common to look at weaknesses.
This leads to her current situation of being the Gorgon. This builds on the increasingly sinister tone of the poem. The poet intentionally capitalizes god in stanza 3 to emphasize the idea that women value men more than themselves. Medusa has the power to turn living things to stone. Need an extra hand with some? The use of the is sublime: 'Be terrified.
Chinua Achebe is from Africa and tells us about the loss and suffering in his country which is similar to the feelings of loss and grief expressed by the other poets from the United Kingdom. The poet portrays appearance as being important to a woman. Beauty as a Curse Because of this the myth of Medusa raises the idea of beauty as a curse. Allegories help the reader to understand Medusa by highlighting feminist angles. The poem speaks about a woman's loss of beauty as time elapses.
Here she is almost pleading for the reader or listener to remember what she was, to pity and feel sorry for her. Emotion is controlling Medusa; jealousy is taking over Medusa. One of my main attempts was to focus on her loneliness and bitter personality. The character, Medusa undergoes physical transformation as she turns into a Gorgon. How do metaphors, symbols and allegories contribute in clarifying the meanings of the poem? Key Themes and Ideas Transformation and Change The transformation of Medusa from beautiful woman to monstrous Gorgon, makes a good metaphor for aging, the bitterness of betrayal and the fleeting nature of youth and beauty.
The rhymes, when they come, are out of step, as in stanza three where 'own' rhymes with 'stone' and in four where 'ground' only half-rhymes with 'down' - echoing the colloquialism 'ground down'. The double use of 'down' also expresses the feeling of the mercenaries leaving their further and. The poems come from the collection 'Mean Time ' and both have themes of love, loss and regret. Unlike our feelings towards the traditional monstrous character, this poem evokes empathy for the character as she is clearly distressed and suffering. It is a paradoxical phrase as bullets are dangerous and violent objects when tears are weak and soft. Each idea is expressed with the indefinite 'a' - but the cumulative effect is a definite, physical change: 'hairs' to 'filthy snakes' - which is literal.