This poem was very hard to interpret for me. As it had a much deeper meaning than the other poem we read “Otherwise”. I think that this poem calls out a lot to happiness. But what really intrigued me was the second line
“or the way it turns up like a prodigal”
This line really [...]
This poem is a very interesting poem as it contrasts the different opinions about a happy and a sad life. I like how Jane Kenyon tells us that even though she is doing all the things she describes she is also doing the work that she likes to do, it might be sewing, knitting or [...]
jane kenyon is a poet born in may 1947 and dead in april 1995 of a leukemia .
the poem is posthumous title from a poem book: new and selected poems, edited in 1996 though we don’t really know the exact written date but we can suppose that it was written during her sickness.
Happiness is a poem written by Jane Kenyon. Jane Kenyon is a poet that died in April 1994 because of cancer. In this poem, she says that happiness is “a prodigal who comes back to the dust at your feet having squanered a fortune far away”. She also says that happiness can come to everything/everyone, [...]
The poem “Happiness” by Jane Kenyon is about, well, happiness. It talks about how anyone in any situation can get happiness even though they might be hopeless. She mentions the prodigal in the bible who wasted all his money and came broke back to his father who was not mad at him like expected but [...]
Happiness by Jane Kenyon made me to wonder about what is happiness’s true meaning. I read through this poem as I contrast with other poem from Jane Kenyon, “otherwise”. I think there is evidence of author wondering by herself to figure out certain thing in the poem. There was two idea of what happiness mean. [...]
Happiness is the second poem we have read by Jane Kenyon. This one is noticeably more sophisticated and harder to interpret than Otherwise, the first poem we had analysed. In Happiness, Kenyon uses her powerful descriptions to personify happiness in ways never imagined before. Her unique and eccentric personifications bring the poem to life and [...]
Happiness by Jane Kenyon is a poem that really makes us wonder what happiness is. In this poem, the author, Jane Kenyon first says that happiness might just turn up like a prodigal, which means that happiness might just turn up like a waste. She is trying to tell us that we never know when [...]
The poem “Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon talks about the day of a person. Her life is very normal, nearly boring and nothing unexpected or surprising is happening. She gets up, has breakfast, walks her dog, works. She meets a mate, has a nice dinner, sleeps in her lovely room and plans another day, just like [...]
The Poem”Happiness” by Jane Kenyontalks about how people judge happiness to easily, even though at the same time there is no way of describing what it is. The Poet is saying that happiness comes to everything and everyone even if we don’t know it. she somehow gives the cup, boulder, and rain personification by saying [...]
When I read Happiness by Jane Kenyon, It reminds me of how happiness is unexpected and will surprise you. In the first two stanzas she writes of a bible story where the son went off with his inheritance money, spent it on fun and came back to his father penniless hoping for forgiveness, and his [...]
“Happiness” by Jane Kenyon is a poem about the different forms of happiness and the how everyone and everything can find it. She tells us how when we are destroyed and completely depressed happiness will surely come to us. How even a tired glass holding wine will be rid of the wine in it.
Otherwise by Jane Kenyon is a poem that is describing a very normal day of a person. It was very easy to understand the poem because the poet did not contain any difficult vocabulary. The person start his/her day with getting out of bed. The poet then eats a very typical breakfast and takes her [...]
this poem is in my opinion very thought-provoking. thoughts like why it could be otherwise and who this character is, and when will it be otherwise. i liked this poem because it is so mysterious and it keeps you guessing, feeding you only small crumbs of the story at a time, yet at the end [...]
The poem is called “Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon. The poem is about the speaker in the poem’s daily life. The speaker repeats the word otherwise a lot. I like the way the author mentions or uses otherwise again and again. She does something that is perfectly normal things for us such as work, go have [...]
Otherwise by Jane Kenyon is a poem I personally think, about a person who is stuck in a rut and hopes that one day, they will be able to escape from their routine. In the poem we see that the narrator daily gets out of bed, eats cereal and a peach,walks the dog to the [...]
“Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon is a poem that tells the story of a person with a very ordinary life. This person eats, takes his dog out, works, hangs out with his friends and then goes to bed. This seems like something everyone does almost everyday and there is nothing special about it. The poet then [...]
This poem describes a daily life of a person. However, the strange part is that it repeats “otherwise” over and over again. It made me feel relaxed when it was describing the person’s daily life, hungry when it was describing the food she or he ate and wonder when it kept on saying otherwise. It [...]
Otherwise, a poem by Jane Kenyon, describes the routine-led life of an anonymous female/male (I will refer to the person as she). It is hinted that the character leads a repetitive and tedious life, for she plans her following day to be exactly the same as the one prior. This made me wonder about normality [...]
It became one of my favourite poem since “Our other sister”. I liked how the writer Jane Kenyon repeated word “otherwise” few times and describe the setting of the story in detail. It confused me sometimes but it built up it’s own personality of the poem by repeating specific word to emphasise and make the [...]
“Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon was an interesting Poem. I Like this Poem because, it calls us into realizations about life that we take for granted thinking as if things will be the same forever. In another way as you look back on your life, you realize that things have changed . The word, “Otherwise” pushes [...]
The poem gives me several feelings. The first and foremost feeling is mortality. I am not sure you can technically feel mortality as it is not a emotion. However after eating the poem i feel mortal. The whole poem is about how one day things will change whether you like it or not. The most [...]
Personally I don’t really think that this test we did a week before was a lot like the exam we did last year in our end of year exam on Romeo and Juliet. To me, there’s a big difference in how to answer and analyze the poem and it’s context. It was quite hard and [...]
The poem, The Early Purges, is written by Seamus Heaney. When “I” was six years old, “I” witnessed kittens being drowned by a person called Dan Taggart. Dan threw the kittens into a bucket that was hung on the snout of a water pump and filled it with water. The cats were making every effort [...]
Spring is in the air! It was such a great feeling that I wrote this poem:
Poem: That spring breeze Written by: Jolly Yau
That sweet spring breeze swept across the sea, Came tumbling into my window, in front of me. It’s getting colder now, it whispered into my ear. But I am here, so [...]
Poem: And you left me Written by: Jolly Yau
You took away my happiness And shut them all into a jar Why did you do such a thing? I can’t believe you went that far.
You sealed away that jar. And threw it into the sea. You said, “Good luck finding it.” And then you [...]
Did you see the sunrise, so colourful, vibrant light shimmering? Did you sight the horizon, the wonder, waiting there for you to seek?
the clouds blankets over the sun, as it stretches and wakes, a pale orange glow is shone lightly, pink and blues join together in harmony.
When dawn was breaking, that day was [...]
Much like an Italian sonnet, this post comes in one part, with two distinctive sections; but unlike said poem structure, said distinct sections don’t correlate very well and are very convoluted indeed… which makes this a terrible metaphor.
Over the past few days, our class has been studying a variegated collection of love poetry. From [...]
In class we have been studying love poetry. At first I wasn’t very fond of love poetry because I found it pathetic as all the poems just kept repeating the same thing. The poems went on saying something like I love you but you broke my heart which got annoying at some point. However I [...]
Poetry is not my favourite thing in the world, but it’s something I do not hate. Although, there is something about poetry that drives me nuts and that is when some authors name their poems ‘Sonnet #.’ I know that it is a sonnet what they wrote, but at least the writer could be more [...]
In the Poem Horses, Edwin uses lots of descriptive words to describe the horses as terrible, wild animals. The horses were ‘lumbering’ in a ‘steady plough’ on the ‘bare field’, ‘through the blackening rain’ – this immediately creates an image of dark, petrifying horses moving in a heavy, awkward way, ploughing their hooves into the [...]
In the poem, “A Birthday”, Christina Rossetti uses extensive and positive imagery, mostly pertaining to natural descriptions. In fact, the whole poem is composed of imagery, that are all solely for the purpose of relaying the sense of pure joy the speaker is feeling. The first line starts off with “My heart is [...]
Although at first it seems like the author is quite depressed, you can notice that the speaker is not as depressed as you first may think. One obvious reason is because in the end Dante Rosetti say “From perfect grief there need not to be Wisdom or even memory”. This shows that Rosetti shows that [...]
“Poets often use unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things” This makes you think twice, about what the poets are actually trying to convey to the readers. Some examples from poems would be:
“A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti,“peacocks with a hundred eyes” (which can be found on the second [...]
‘Poet often uses unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things’
To be honest, this idea is the basic reason why I don’t like to read poems. If you read any poems, most of you will agree with my opinion that poets confuse readers by using complicated vocabulary that we [...]
“Poet often use unusual images that forces us to think in new ways about familiar things.” says Mr.MacKnight, while writing on the board, in one of year 10′s english classes. “Our next poem is Pike. We are going to silently read it first.”
There was silence in the room. A little while later, when Mr.MacKnight [...]
Usually in most of the poems, poets often use unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things. This not only emphasizes the fact that the poem has variety expressions (descriptions) but also it displays the deep meanings under the actual literal meanings.
Though, sometimes readers get confused about what [...]
‘Poet often uses unusual images to force us think in new ways about familiar things’
This sentence can be approved easily on almost all the poems. Poets use these techniques to make us to rethink about those things we might ignore in everyday life around us.
In ‘Continuum’ the poet says ‘…bright clouds dusted (query) [...]
“Poets often use unusual imagery that force us to think in new ways about familiar things.” Throughout the many poems read in class, all of them had many examples of unusual imagery, specifically in latest poems we’ve read. Like in “The City Planners” the author uses very abnormal adjectives to describe certain aspects of the [...]
Poets often use unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things. In the poem “The Planner” the author writes, “… The blemishes of the past, knock off useless blocks with dental dexterity. “ The phrase “ dental dexterity” gives us an impression of the houses on the street are the [...]
The poem’s title is “A Birthday”, Stanza one talks about how the poet, Christina, is feeling about this “birthday”. The thing I like about this poem is that Christina repeats “My heart is like a…” in the first stanza and indents the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th line. I like the feeling of when you [...]
“A Birthday” is a beautifully written poem by Christina Rossetti, which contains a good deal of outstanding features features. The most obvious features that is shown in this poem is the rhymes; the rhymes in the poem creates a rhythmic beat when you read it. From the first stanza, it is noticeable that the poet [...]
As I read the fist stanza of the poem, it helped me to bring back my memories of my previous birthdays. According to my memories, birthday was my best day of the year. When I was young, I was always counting how many days that are left until my birthday. On that day, [...]
The feature I like about this poem is that Christina Rossetti uses a lot of similes in the poem, that in the deeper meaning they represent love. Like what Mr. Macknight said, “Poets are the people who play with word”, “Boughs are bent with thickset fruit”, “Paddles in a halcyon sea”, “Raise me a [...]
‘A Birthday’, is a really poem fill with happiness and joy. The birthday here, might not be a real birthday but it is certainly a day worth celebrating for the poet. Her heart is like a ‘singing bird’, she wants to share the happiness with others. Her heart is like an ‘apple tree’, she would [...]
This complex but interesting poem is a great representation of the feelings that you experience on a birthday or on a wedding. For instance the use of poetic conventions such as symbolism and imagery helps express the complex but genuine feelings that can be unique to that individual on a special day.
Although this [...]
The feature I like most about this poem is that this poem has so many similes! In the first stanza every other line is a simile! All of the similes she uses are happy things. “Singing bird”, “Rainbow shell” and “thickest fruit” are all things that we combine with happiness. She is clearly describing a [...]
The feature I like the most about this poem is the author’s use of descriptive similes comparing herself to nature which depicts joyful, blissful, and beautiful imagery, like “a singing bird” or “a rainbow shell.” This strongly emphasizes the passion her heart is feeling and the author depicts a clear picture of how she feels. [...]
There are a lot of features to mention about this poem. Firstly, the feature that I thought the most impressive was that Christina Rossetti the writer of this poem wrote many similes to describe or express her feelings of happiness and delightfulness. Using similes were very surprising to me as a reader, because often writers [...]
This week I was introduced to a whole new way of looking at poetry. Prior to this week I thought of poetry as a time consuming nuisance, a labyrinth of different connotations, different interpretations and differently structured wording. And it is all of those things, however, now I understand how a poem can mean different [...]