Analysis Paper

Analysis of Linda Pastan`s Poem “Ethics”
The poem, “Ethics” by Linda Pastan leaves the reader struggling uncomfortably with thoughtful questions. The structure of this poem is bended in such away that questions are hard to answer. For instance, at the end of line 4, Pastan leaves a Rembrandt painting and in line 6, “an old woman years/ left anyhow”, She asks a question to weigh between two options (human and non-human) either to save an old woman or a Rembart painting from a burning museum. She values an option and devalues the other. In addition, the use of different language levels throughout the poem is seen as a symbol of growth.
At the beginning of her work, Pastan uses simple language like `anyhow` to show an immature speaker. As the poem progresses, there is language complexity as portrayed by use of commas and fragments in a single sentence. This shows maturity although the question behind this remains difficult. The speaker uses color to show the reader that it is a not simple painting but as worth as a living thing and equated to the old woman. Use of color displays the painting as a supernatural, valued thing. This poem gives the young generation the view about oldies so that they can appreciate the beauty of age as this comes with wisdom. By asking children a difficult question, it is clear that the teacher is trying to show that morals can be learned through maturity and experience. In addition, she is trying to gauge the minds of the children on what options they can take when faced with problems. She also tries to understand whether the children understands the worthiness of life.
Analysis of “The Street” by Octavio Paz
The poem `The Street” by Octavio Paz” displays European history in the period between 1937 to1947. This is a period when great depression was ending. In his poem, Paz describes the street as a dark path without anyone using it. This signifies how the situation was during that period. There is use of repetition in the poem. Use of `silent street` and `silent stones` emphasizes a tone of isolation. Use of alliteration `doorless and dark` symbolizes how the author is isolated in the dark with nobody to open a door for him. Use of the word `nobody` even when he sees a stranger symbolizes a sign of loneliness and lost identity. This poem is trying to show that companionship is a very important aspect in the human race. We often feel lonely when in unfamiliar places as there is denial of comfort from our loved ones. It also signifies how isolated one can feel in the event of calamities. Being in a foreign country, one feels somehow isolated most likely due to multicultural differences, and this can be equated with the dark street.
`Solitary` by Sara Teasdale
The poem `Solitary` by Sara Teasdale`s displays a theme of loneliness (Corbett 279). Loneliness is a disorder though many people are not aware. In life, we need each other in one way or another since we are social beings. When one separates him/herself from the others, it may result to great consequences. The character in this poem shows how she keeps to herself. Although she pretends to be proud of it, it seems as if she is living in a world of loneliness.
Sara explains that she does not require anybody`s assistant but her mind and creativity only. She cares about nobody and feels complete in her own world. However, she displays a sign of inferiority and perhaps that is why she is keeping to herself. Probably she has endured much pain in the hands of others and therefore the only way she can get out of this is to keep off from others. Although we may feel contented with what we have, we sometimes seek a shoulder to lean on especially when we are faced with difficult situations. Our families are the most important people in our lives since we are not only related socially but by blood. This makes it difficult for us to survive with them.
Works Cited
Corbett, Kattharine. In Her Place: A Guide to St. Louis Women`s History. London UK: Missouri History Museum. 1999. Print
Shenandoah. The poem of the week. Linda Pastan`s Poem “Ethics”. 2013. Web. 08 March 2013.
Surf Nation. Octavio Paz: The Street . 2012. Web. 08 March 2013.

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