Pope's "Essay on Man."
The relation between man and nature in . Man, when wedded to this goodlyuntverse in love and holy . philosophy, In writing his best poetry of life, " Nature. The poem handles the individual-nature relationship explicitly, and it is possible to detect the .. the love of man appears to Coleridge as a one- way, inconstant. Alexander Pope's () and his work, Essay on Man. My copy of Pope's "Essay on Man" runs approximately 30 pages, 30 pages of a smaller poetry book. It is broken down .. These natural love maintain'd, habitual those: The last.
One of my favorites that I remember reading from another one of your classes is "The Ruined Maid". I think I see Hardy playing favorites to the country bumpkin girl in this poem, she is portrayed as being very innocent and naive.
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Whereas the ruined maid seems haughty and sarcastic. I thought the last line of this poem was a little ironic. The ruined maid's speech is very proper until that line; she uses the word "ain't" and it makes her sound very unrefined, opposite of the impression she gives off during the rest of the poem.
The fact that the only color that we do see is gray and that seems to not only describe the way the scene looks but the way it feels. The poem is about a woman haunting a man but also about things in their past haunting her it seems. Also, when I first read the title I thought it said hunter instead of haunter, and even after reading it, I thought either title would do because it seems as though she is hunting him down relentlessly.
I thought "The Ivy-Wife" was a different perspective to be writing from also. It interesting how Hardy uses images and actions normally associated with men and women to describe these various plants in nature and their relationships with each other. I don't think I'll ever look at Ivy the same again.
Good read for this week. Molly Hildebrand I enjoyed a lot of these poems; overall, I liked the set a great deal more than the nature poetry that we read earlier in the semester. There is a melancholy tone to these poems which seems to suggest the difficulty of relations between mean and women.
I found several recurring themes or tonal voices: When you are in love with someone you tend to "deify them" As Tess did with Angel Clareyou endow them with almost divine, extraordinary characteristics; you perceive them as perfect.
This poems explains the moment when the speaker realizes his lover is ordinary; for the first time he sees her with clarity, and her imperfections are revealed and her faults unmasked. This recognition of her ordinary nature kills his romantic impression of her; it seems he loved that which is ideal like Angel Clarebut human, fallible people can never be perfectly ideal, they can never be faultless. As the speaker loved an abstraction the girl, or perhaps love itselfhe cannot love that which is real and true when the vision shatters.
It seems that as the illusion of her is lost, in some way, his conception of himself is destroyed as well. This poem sounds like a young love poem, so it is not surprising to me that Hardy wrote it early in his career Another one of my favorite poems is "He Abjures Love.
The poem opens with the telling line: The speaker speaks of love as both the emotional apex and the most painful depths of life: What is as emotionally stirring as love? This poem, like many of the others, if lovely and poignantly melancholy at the same time. The imagery is emotionally stirring and visually evocative: Here, as in the novels, Hardy uses landscape as a means to evoke human emotions.
Deception therefore becomes more than an abstraction: Once again, both lovely and sad. There is a highly ironic tone to te poem. The second girl marvels at how well-dressed Melia is, how fine her speech is, how delicate her hands and face are. Although this sort of social commentary is something that we should come to expect from Hardy after reading Tess, it seems to me that Hardy may be carrying the theme a little too far.
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If I did not know for certain that I was reading Hardy, I would have immediately thought that the poem was written by the ever mournful Emily Dickinson. A lot of these poems are like short ballads. This is something that we have seen in his short stories and novels, but he puts it in a lyrical form.
His poems about nature seemed more reflective and spiritual poems. Those poems seemed to express the relationship between man and nature while these poems all tell stories of different kinds of relationships between man and woman.
I thought that this poem was really funny because it seems like it is about a man and a woman who could have been in a romantic poem making a pledge to remain ever youthful by their love but Hardy puts it in the context of his time period and mocks the idea of love sustaining youth.
This agrees with his ideas of the smallness of man in comparison with nature and that nothing can make man eternal in the face of nature. All humans will get old and die no matter how hard they love. In a few of his poems he incorporates ghosts and haunting. I thought that he borrowed and innovated from romanticism and produced a set of very interesting and entertaining poems. Liz Leis If Hardy was obsessed with birds in the last set of poems, he is certainly preoccupied with love and lost love in these poems.
Someone has died or has ceased to love the narrator in almost every one. The wonderful aspect of these poems however is the feeling instilled into them.
Clearly, Hardy has experienced loss in life at one time or another. Neutral Tones was really wonderful. The metaphor in the second stanza, of their love and past to a riddle, is quite clever. Neither player knows the answer, each losing more as they get further from any answer. This poem and its events are very much linked to place, in this case the pond edged with grayish leaves.
This is common among most of the poems in this set. Going back to them causes him to remember. However, this poem does not carry that tone at all, it is really quite funny. The last line is the best: The Walk confused me a bit. The narrator speaks of the difference in the walk being the look of the room once he returns home. I really enjoyed Beeny Cliff. The description and word choice in this poem is simply beautiful.
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The poem abounds in alliteration: Once again, Hardy delivers such a clear picture, the reader can imagine herself there. Her Dilemma was fabulous. The Bible offers some excellent advice on raising children, advice that our permissive society would be wise to heed! Paul to the Ephesians 6: Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged.
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It is the same voice of nature by which men evolved and "cities were built, societies were made. Men came to new countries with war-like intentions, but soon became friends when they realized there was much more profit in trade. When love was liberty, and nature law: Thus states were form'd; the name of king unknown, Till common interest placed the sway in one 'Twas Virtue only, or in arts or arms, So, it was trade that built civilizations, and Pope observes, that it was tradition that preserves them.
Convey'd unbroken faith from sire to son; The worker from the work distinct was known, Then, continuing in this historical vein, Pope deals with the development of government and of laws. So drives self-love, through just and through unjust To one man's power, ambition, lucre, lust: The same self-love, in all, becomes the cause Of what restrains him, government and laws: For, what one likes if others like as well, What serves one will, when many wills rebel?
How shall we keep, what, sleeping or awake, A weaker may surprise, a stronger take? His safety must his liberty restrain: All join to guard what each desires to gain. Forced into virtue thus by self-defence, Ev'n kings learn'd justice and benevolence: Self-love forsook the path it first pursued, And found the private in the public good.
Such is the world's great harmony, that springs From order, union, full consent of things: Where small and great, where weak and mighty made To serve, not suffer, strengthen, not invade; More pow'rful each as needful to the rest, And in proportion as it blesses, blest; Draw to one point, and to one centre bring Beast, man, or angel, servant, lord, or king. Pope makes a side observation that while government is necessary, its form is of less importance, what is important, is a good administration: For forms of government let fools contest; Whate'er is best administer'd is best: Pope then concludes in his third Epistle, emphasizing that regard for oneself and his family has to be different than regard for the whole of society, that nature "link'd the gen'ral frame and bade self-love and social be the same.
It may be any one of a number of things, it depends on the person: Though man may well seek happiness in many quarters, it will only be found in nature. Man should avoid extremes. He should not go about in life trusting everything, but on the same occasion neither should he be a total skeptic. Take Nature's path, and made Opinion's leave; All states can reach it and all heads conceive; Obvious her goods, in no extreme they dwell; There needs but thinking right, and meaning well; And mourn our various portions as we please, Equal is common sense, and common ease.
To Pope, pleasure does not last, it "sicken, and all glories sink. Happiness comes when one has "health, peace, and competence.