Essay on “Poem”
The poem begins with a declaration where the persona declares a stand of being voiceless in the public domain. The tone of the poem at the start portrays some who has relented in poetry and especially in the eyes of many. On the same stanza, the persona proceeds to seek solace where he asks, ‘who are you?’ she takes the assumption that the response of the audience as positive where she says, ‘then, there is a pair of us’. This tends to give a degree of comfort. The tone is changed by the exclamation where she feels comfortable in the status of having failed to make voice influence.
In the last line of the last stanza, the persona warns the audience about the negative status. She warns out, ‘don’t tell, they would advertise’. This shows a negative altitude about the public who are always on the lookout for the simple mistakes made. He sends out the point that people are the main hindrance to self expression. This paragraph introduces us to the impact of humans to the inability of any given individual to express their weaknesses.
The persona impacts a considerable influence to the audience in the following aspects. The major aim of the persona is to win the heart of the reader to belief that the public is bad. The reader is made to believe that the public are of no good especially when they are aware of your problems. The reader of this poem is also made to believe in the comfort of the crowd and the only way is to ensure that the crowd is unaware of your problems.
Similarly, the public is still deemed unimportant to the problems of the reader as well as the persona. The public is compared to the croaking frogs. Despite the noises they make, they have minimal input into the lives of the audience or the reader. It is also important to understand the essence of the reliability of the public. The reader is made to believe that the public is not at all important but simply noise makers.
In the last stanza, the persona gives further reasons for the caution of the public. He feels that it is best if the she is completely closed from the reach of the public in all his affairs. He negatively perceives the public. Mainly, he feels, one would be compelled that she has had past bad experiences with the public.
The level of irony is that the he is expected to develop poems for the public, and mainly the public constitutes the audience yet, he has a negative attitude towards them. He expects to make the best out of them by responding to their negative response to her problems yet he is wary them know her problems.
The persona has used rhymes to bring out the negative response of the crowd. They are interested in making themselves look important, ‘like frog, to an admiring bog’. The crowd seems to admire the agony that he is going through, yet they are so outspoken that they want to appear important.
The persona uses rhetoric questions such as, ‘how dreary, to be somebody’. He rules out the importance or any goodness of letting the problems known to the public. Having to mask the identity prevents the audience from suffering the dreariness of the croaking crowd.
Parataxis has been used to bring out the attitude of the poem , for instance, ‘To tell one’s name- the livelong June’. It is mind provoking that the understanding of the individual detail cause more public harm than good.
Anaphora has been used to being the play of words in the poem such as tone. For instance, the persona says, ‘how dreary, how public’. These are two independent lines and the reader is triggered to think that the dreary is used as public. This gives resonance as well as repetition which enhance emphasis.
Parataxis is one of the uses of lingual techniques which have been used to deliver the theme by the ‘tutor. ‘How public, like a frog.’ She draws comparisons between the character traits as portrayed in the poem. The persona gives much weight to the characters of the crowd where she compares them to frogs. The reader is compelled to sympathize with both the audience and the crowd who tentatively are incapable of relying upon each other.
The above techniques have been used by the persona to enhance rhythm. This is important because it creates an inner appeal and conviction that problems should remain undisclosed. The persona understands the crowd. With this understanding, the reader knows the degree to which the audience should trust the public with their problems.
With further emphasis, the persona woos the audience in the first stanza where he incorporates them in her unity of self conservation. The audience is…