Whenever she looks old, full of sleep,
Nodding besides the ring, give her this piece,
And let her read, and encounter a nice dream,
Her eyes had sometimes back, demonstrated a deep shadow;
Quite a number has loved her moments of joyful grace,
With the same extended to her beauty with lots of frankness,
But a guy was attracted by the pilgrim soul in her,
And fallen for the sorrows of her dynamic face;
And kneeling beside the glowing rings,
Murmur, somehow sadly, how affection faded,
Pacing upon the hills overhead,
And hiding her face in the crowded stars.
Personal Poetry Reflection
The central theme in this particular poem can be pointed out by analyzing the use of both imagery and language. In this particular poem, I have adopted the two fundamentals of writing, which have emerged more elegant in coming up with a piece showing the nostalgic aspects. This particular combination has proved to be effective in representing the depressing characteristics associated with depressed love.
The first scene in the poem proves to be quite powerful by setting the expected mood and the most effective tone for the entire poem. Illustrating how the woman is seated next to a glowing fire makes it more effective and sound in bringing the picture of longing and remembrance. Generally, memories are held in living rooms, with several photos of family members and other aspects of sentimentality. This has been more appropriate compared to when she would be in other rooms like a kitchen or rather in the basement.
In the poem, I have used quite a number of symbols to show the strength and melancholy elements associated with love. Fire has been a major symbol in the poem, which the lady in the poem in “nodding” beside. Just like any other burning flame, that is vibrant and highly flickering then we are expecting to see the lady not only to fade but also burn out. I have used the fire in the poem to symbolize how human beings develop the desire for warmth, with further illustration on how the lady is now longing for a fiery love that she rejected at sometimes back.
Other words used for symbolism in the poem are; “hills overhead” and “crowded stars”. I have used the two to symbolize those things that the lady is able to see and further appreciate their existence, though never reach them fully. The lady can take her time and recall about her past love, though the man is nowhere to be seen, hence the comparison to the stars and mountains that can never be obtained. The two have further been used to symbolize the aspect of personification, where her “Love” is believed to have died and joined the heavenly “crowd”, comprising of loves that she might have possibly lost.
I have imperatively used the language in constructing the different meanings derived in the poem. Language has been a key factor in embracing musicality and mood, among other related aesthetic qualities. Going through the poem, it is true that a reader develops quite a number of feelings about it. The use of the second persona has made the poem to be more intimate and sad at the same time. With this approach, the poem has developed a regretful tone, when I, the narrator, revealing to myself what I could have done and some accomplishments that may accompany the same.
A close analysis reveals that the poem is an addressed note, particularly targeting the lady. The poem advises her on what she needs to do while in her current situation. Therefore, the poem is directive in nature, since the narrator literally tells the lady on what she needs to do. Also, while following these directions, she reflects on some of the knowledge and experiences that she will gain on the same.
An analysis of the poem reveals that there is use of alliteration in the poem. The use of alliteration in the poem has been significant in showing the pace together with the sad mood of the persona. In all cases, alliteration makes the lines quite memorable to the reader (Lea 3). The use of alliteration in the poem has proved to be more appropriate considering the fact that the poem reflects some the lady’s past memories. A good example of the use of this stylistic device is found in the 9th line, with the reader’s ability to remember them has been enhanced.
The poem has made good use of assonance. The adoption of this particular stylistic device has seen the poem, developing not only a softer but also a dreamy sound. Generally, the use of assonance has seen poems sounding musical, which they can dance provided that they take note of the sounds (Lindstromberg and Frank 9). Reading the poems for the first round, one may fail to detect the similarity in the vowel sounds, though going through the poem severally, one can easily reveal the same.
The poem illustrates the structure of the iambic pentameter, as well as the “abba” rhyme scheme, which I have used in providing the literary piece with a fixed rhythm. With this approach, the poem has been more romantic and attractive, with hypnotic qualities. When reading the poem, the rhythm hyptonizes the reader, which can be compared to staring at a fire. I embarked on this approach, possibly to emphasize on my gender and how sad I would feel when neglected by the one I love.
When performing the poem, some of the elements that added to the meaning are tonal variation, gestures, pauses and repetitions. The addition of performance is relatively significant to the poem, considering that it provides the best opportunity of conveying some messages that are hard to be driven by the readers themselves. Generally, with the entire artistic framework, the poem makes sense, provided that the reader develops an understanding in its context.
Lea, R. Brooke, et al. “Sweet Silent Thought Alliteration and Resonance in Poetry Comprehension.” Psychological Science 19.7 (2008): 709-716.
Lindstromberg, Seth, and Frank Boers. “Phonemic repetition and the learning of lexical chunks: The power of assonance.” System 36.3 (2008): 423-436.