Illustrate and explain how different poets make use of the traditional imagery of nature in a range of poems you have studied.Nature is usually seen as a positive and good thing of the Earth. It is something that is opposite to humans, opposite to cities, opposite to technology and the modern, computer run world. It is normally seen as peaceful. But nature is also used to describe bad disasters which are neither caused by man, nor preventable by man. It is a force which cannot be controlled by humans, it is untameable, and for example earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes are all known as ‘natural disasters’. These also are referred to as ‘mother nature’, as if nature is alive.
Nature is also used a lot to describe both good and bad sides of a persons personality. The term ‘human nature’ has two completely different meanings, good and bad. Human nature can be generous, loving and caring, but also carries a second meaning, selfish, competitive and evil.Nature has been used by many poets and authors as a source of inspiration and symbolism. Nature’s symbols and images have been used to express a range of ideas. The theme of nature can be used to help describe human behaviour and emotions, and as a source of inspiration to help draw ideas and help develop them in the poets mind. The natural world has been written about by many authors and poets.’Welcome to Spring’ by John Lyly is a nature poem, but it is about human nature, and human behav...
It is about dark human behaviour, about a rape, by a Greek King. It is describing a Greek myth about a King who raped his wife’s sister and cut out her tongue so she could not tell anyone. This is unacceptable and disgraceful behaviour for anyone’s standards, and is an example of the dark human nature. Also this poem is called a nature poem because it uses imagery of nature to describe the events of the myth. In the poem there are many references to birds and bird songs, which are natural images, which comfort us.The poem is written in 3 distinct parts. The first part is dark, and describes the events of the night, the rape. But then the poem lightens up and it has an uplifting feel to it.
It is set during the day and the nights terrors have been forgotten. It is an ignorance of the night’s actions. The third and final part of the poem has the message ‘life begins all over again, same as ever’. It is about a new sexuality and lust for the new spring. The poem is essentially about human drives and desires. It is not about ‘real nature’ or the natural world. It is critical about male desire and says violence against women is not noticed or cared about. It is critical of human behaviour and is describing bad human nature, not good human nature, which is shown in ‘The Echoing Green’ by William Blake.
This poem uses nature in a positive way to illustrate good human nature and behaviour. This shows humans in a much brighte
way, and talks about children playing whilst old men and women watch on reminiscing on the times when they were the little children playing on the green. This shows the innocence of both children and old people and is contradictory to ‘Welcome to Spring’, which plays off the bad nature of the human race, and how we ignore serious violence. The poem is set out in 3 main parts again, but in a different order and with different meanings. The first part is the sunrise and the preparation for play. The birds “sing louder around” as in to welcome in the new day, and new life. This first verse has many references to birds and bird songs, which represent new life and new beginnings, which symbolises to the poet his childhood. The second verse is describing the poet himself, as “Old john with white hair”.
He is reminiscing his childhood which is described in verse one, and remembering how he used to play the games which are now replicated by the new children of the village.The name “Echoing Green” is used to show how the village green is the centre of village life, and it is always being used, and always has been, and will continue to be for generations. The third verse represents the poet’s old age, and is sundown, the end of life, the end of the day. It represents his coming near to death, but the reader is comforted by warming images of birds again. “like birds in their nest, Are ready for rest” comforts the reader even though it is about the topic of death and the end of life. This poem is about a much lighter human nature, and is more positive about life, whereas ‘Welcome to Spring’ is about the darker side of human nature, but both poems use real nature to help describe human behaviour and emotions, but with two different opinions.In ‘Skating’ by William Wordsworth nature is described as a living force, as Mother Nature. This poem is not about human nature, it is about real nature.
This poem uses dark images to describe Mother Nature’s power and force. The poet believes that nature is a living force, that it has conscious thought, and that it is intelligent, he treats nature as a person, and instead of describing human emotions, he describes nature’s emotions and power over the human race. He works around that he believes that everything is sacred, that everything is precious. The poet presents a series of events in which he claims that Mother Nature revealed itself to him. This poem is written in a much more realistic style as it does not symbolise other events, it is describing itself in a more truthful way to the other poems. It’s like an autobiography of the poet, and his experiences of nature.There are three main images in this poem, light, dark and sound, which all are describing Mother Nature as a person, not as a thing. Light and sound are created by Mother Nature in this poem, and this creates the feeling of Mother Nature as a person, as if
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