Bertolt Brecht, Philip Larkin and Edna St. Vincent Millay in their poems “Send Me A Leaf”, “The Trees” and “Autumn Day Break” respectively, all achieve different purposes through their poetry, whilst using the same subject matter. Bertolt Brecht describes a scene in which the protagonist asks someone known close to him to complete an arbitrary and hard task in exchange for very little. Philip Larkin on the other hand describes the connection between the constant cycles of life and death between leaves and human life. Lastly Edna St. Vincent Millay describes the cold beauty and starkness autumn season.
In the poem “Send Me A Leaf”, Bertolt Brecht informs the responders of the effort friends go to for the smallest returns. He describes a scene in which the protagonist asks someone whom he knows closely to send him a leaf from a bush “that grows at least one half hour/Away from your house”. He is showing the responders how this arbitrary and time consuming task can show the lengths to which a close friend will go to for very little in return. When the composer is detailing the task, he then demands for his friend to leave and be strong in addition to thanking the friend for the “pretty leaf”, the small reward offered for the completion of the arbitrary task. He uses very simplistic words to get his point across through to any audience to achieve his purpose of teaching responders about the deeds that can be done for a friend.
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In “The Trees”, Philip Larkin describes the relationship between the coming and going of seasonal leaves to that of the life and death of human life. In it he describes “The trees coming into leaf” as “a kind of grief” detailing the sorrow he believe is felt by the organism each spring due to the death of the leafs each autumn. Even though he does describe the sorrow felt by both trees and humans, he does inform the responders about the forwardness of life, “Last year is dead, they seem to say,”. He details the connection between humans and trees by stating, “Is it that thy are born again/And we grow old? No, they die too,”. In the poem he emphasis that leaves do die just as we do, a trick which is written down in the “rings of (the woods) grain”. The composer of this poem hopes to show that trees do not simply “sleep” every autumn but they die just like us at the end of their life span after which the next generation takes over and starts “afresh, afresh, afresh.”.
Lastly in the poem “Autumn Day Break”, Edna St. Vincent Millay details the stark beauty of the autumn season, in direct contrast to the other two poems, as the each autumn the leaves wither and die. She describes the cold, harshness of the autumn season by the line, “Cold wind of autumn blowing loud…/Jostling the doors, and tearing through my bedroom”. In the poem she details the slow and meagerness of the season, as the bright greens and yellows of spring dissolve into the stark beauty of the red autumn leaves. She describes this quick change between two beautiful seasons by the line, “by the meagre light…/Bleak and remembered, patched with red,/The hill all summer hid from me”. Millay achieves her purpose through her use of descriptive language to put a point across that it does not have to be spring to be beautiful or awe inspiring.
All three poems, “Send me a leaf” by Bertolt Brecht, “The Trees” by Philip Larkin and “Autumn Daybreak,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, all achieve different purposes even though they use the same subject matter. “Send Me A Leaf” by Bertolt Brecht is made to inform responders to the poem about the sacrifice that one friend can make or another for very little in return. In “The Trees”, Philip Larkin describes and shows responders the relationship between trees and human life, outlining the similarities of life, death, grief and rebirth. In stark contrast to both the above poems “Autumn Daybreak” by Edna St. Vincent Millay details the stark beauty of autumn and tells responders to remember that aesthetic qualities do not just come from the fresh spring. Each of the poems achieve their respective purposes through different ways but they do so whilst keeping the same subject matter as a drawing and discussion point between them.
Essay on Katherine Mansfield! |s Bliss The pear tree as a symbol for Bertha! |s life Katherine Mansfield! |s short story Bliss is filled with a lot of underlying mean-ing's and themes. There are as well many symbols that Mansfield uses and among those the pear tree is an important one. In this essay I will prove that the pear tree is both a symbol for for Bertha and her life and the awakening of ...