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John Masefield

(1 June 1878 – 12 May 1967 / Herefordshire / England)

Beauty



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Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Edited: Friday, May 25, 2012
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  • Farah Ilyas (6/14/2011 12:28:00 PM)

    stylistics analysis of a poem
    A poem can paint a thousands images in our mind's eye. the thought content or the idea of the poem is fairly straightforward & simple: his lady lover's face is more beautiful than all of nature in the month of april.
    this poem is mundane.there is imaginative & expressive(narative) use of a language in the poem.the poem followsa patterns of abab cdcd.the poet also makes a heavy use of images & words association to convey his emotions in an emphatic manner as visual, audio & tactile imagery in first stanza.
    the subject of the poem is 'praise from the beloved'. the subject of a poem dealth with beauty & close to nature so comes into pastoral kind of subject.
    the speaker of poem is poet himself however he use persona by introducing his beloved.
    the tone of a poem can range from being happy to being said.by repetitions of a words of a words like i have seen, i have seen & by description of word her, poet wants to stresses her feelings about her beloved's beauty
    the choice of a diction is denotative as well as connotative because its highly evoked the emotions, thoughts, ideas & feelings of a poet
    dennotative as 'but the loveliest things of beauty god ever has shown to me and her voice, and her hair and her eyes....(the real meaning is his girl friend)
    connotative as 'i have seen the lady april....(the real meaning is his girl friend)
    syntax of a pom is highly ordered, poem has been written by poet in past tense.
    a variety of techniques also used by poet to express his thought like the use of simili in 1st stanza of a poem in sentences as 'coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of spain'
    personification by words like 'i have heard the song of the blossoms & the old chant of the sea'
    synecdoche by the words like her voice, her eyes & her lips these all belongs to her beloved's beauty or figure (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Shahid Khan (11/7/2009 3:55:00 PM)

    A poem can stir a world of senses together at the same point of time, and the tone of a poem can range from being happy to being sad and so on and so forth. John Masefield’s poem Beauty is one such poem. The poem is an exemplary example of a Romantic poem.’ Beauty’ encompasses a variety of emotions expressed by the poet by the use of a variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The poem follows a rhyme pattern of abab cdcd. However, what marks out the poem is its musical cadence. It is as though the poet is singing out the song to his ladylove in order to woe her.
    The gradual ascent in the tone of the poem as well the gradual shift from a formal address to a more personal and romantic appeal also stands out as yet another credential of the poem. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme, which commonly distinguish Romantic poetry from Romantic prose, can also be seen in the poem. The poem also makes a heavy use of imagery and word association to convey emotions in an emphatic manner. The structural elements in the poem include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. The poem combines the use of language and a specific structure to make it an imaginative and expressive enterprise. The fact that the poem has been written in past tense smacks of a nostalgic reminiscence
    The poem marks a prominence of the consonants n/s/l/j: nasal, fricative, lateral and semi-vowel. These give the poem a staccato movement. However it is regulated by the other semi-prominent continuants d: plosive, w: semi-vowel and v: fricative. Besides, there are some other plosives and affricates, b/t. In addition, there are a few consonant clusters such as wn and nd, the clusters giving out a nasal movement that makes the movement of the poem slow. The poem also incorporates a number of strong adjectives such as springing, strange, arched, and liveliest, which may be interpreted as the poet’s impassionate assertion to his beloved. The poem has been written in first person narrative (I) , thereby, making it a purely personal poem shorn of mundane issues. The poem also highlights some promising but old images. Interestingly, the poem has echoes of some of Masefield’s earlier works too. ('and April's in the West Wind, and daffodils' –‘The West Wind’) , the sea and ship imagery from a number of poems. Masefield seems to be at his very best when it comes to borrowing images from nature but ‘Beauty’ being one of his rare love poems, has a strikingly different significance when it comes down to the use of images in the poem. Masefield is deliberately expediting the use of some of the images he has lauded in other poems, in stating that even these fall short of 'her voice, and her hair, and eyes, and the dear red curve of her lips.’ (Report) Reply

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