Poetry Comparative Essay, Research Paper
Since the beginning of the world, humankind always wondered why they were what they were, and tried to define the peculiar dream they were in. This dream was called life. It was found similar to a great deal of things, which were mostly completely opposite to each other. One would call it an endless torture and the other would call it a joyful game So when writing was invented, people started to put their ideas about this holy value on paper. These two poems I read carry a huge amount of life s elements, showing the diversity of pure feelings contained in it.
The first norm that separates these poems is the opposite feelings displayed against life (tone). In the poem called Life we spot a feeling of depression right from the beginning of the poem. The poet asks Why? which when read with the title shows us that something awful is going in the poet s mind. On the other side Mother Teresa, seeing the positive side of life starts by the words Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. The first poet complains about the people who find life guilty for handing brickbats . Why should it not? These sentences show us that he s fed up blaming life for every failure, which underlines that life didn t smile at him. As a Contradictory to that, Mother Teresa thinks that life is a song to sing. These examples show the difference of mood between the poets.
One of the most important abilities that make a poet a successful one is his diction. Looking at both of the poems we see that Mother Teresa s happy tone brings her a unique language, which enables her to write her poem with original similes. One example to that may be the line where she calls life a promise to be fulfilled. However we notice only several pieces of diction from the pessimistic poet. It s original when he says: And if you can t run the race and adding Why are you in it after that. It shows us that he makes original statements mostly when he gets angry. He also does some rhyming when he says; Life isn t fair, Life doesn t care, Life is just there. Overall we can say that the happier poem contains more figurative language, which is a result of the mood in it.
When we have a close look at Mother Teresa s poem we see lines that are very poetic, but which seem to lack reality after some point. The cause for that is that Mother Teresa seems to underestimate the negative sides of the endless theme life , by using a small portion of it and by solving it in a word: Life is a sorrow, overcome it. However we can understand by the sentence I don t want to die, when I haven t ever lived that it isn t easy as said to overcome sorrow or any obstacle which is from the dark side of life. From these points made, we can realize that life has an ability to make you feel like a king, or not even like a thing. To emphasize we can say that the tones of the poets very well describe the status life have placed them.
Without a doubt parallel sentences, give the Mother Teresa s poem it s meaning and the rhyming sound. The statements Life is give the poem a neat shape as well as underlining the theme of Life every time. Also in the other poem we see three parallel structure sentences all beginning with Life too. So, parallel sentences can be considered as an influencing device in the body of the poems.
All in all, I believe that life is a long way, a gift, a free ride with bumpy roads as well as roads with wonderful views. All we need to know when something depressing happens is that everything comes to an end, and that we must be happy, because what is truly sad is when we come to an end.