THIS IS THE DARK TIME, MY LOVE
THIS IS THE DARK TIME, MY LOVE
The theme of this poem is about a people whose dreams of a better life have been threatened by the destructive power of the ‘strange invader’.
The atmosphere of the poem is one of tension, fear, anxiety. “Everywhere the faces of men are strained and anxious.” This is because of the presence of soldiers: “all around the land brown beetles crawl about.” Even nature is sympathetic to the cause of the people as expressed in the line “red flowers bend their heads in awful sorrow.”
The poet’s mood is one of lamentation for the misery of his people, the instability and sorrow brought about by the strange invader.
The images appeal to the sense of sight and sound. They present visual pictures that are striking.
The picture of the soldiers, “all around the land brown beetles crawl about”, in their thick armoury, the hard covering on their backs is like beetles. Here you hear the tramping of soldiers “whose boots of steel tramp down the slender grass”. You can also see the slender grass trampled upon and looking withered.
Metaphor: All around the land brown beetles crawl about.”
The soldiers are compared to brown beetles.
Personification: “Red flowers bend their heads in awful sorrow.” The poet gives the flower qualities of a human being - the emotion of sorrow.
Irony/Metaphor: “It is the festival of guns, the carnival of misery.” The words “festival” and “carnival” are indicative of joyous celebrations but what the country is really experiencing is sorrow, not joy.
...This is the DarkTimeMyLove
The title of the poem is ironic "Dark" time is symbolic of confusion, sorrow or chaos. The appellation "mylove", tempers this darkness with hope as though the speaker were expressing concern or affection for another person. The speaker is a patriot and there is a sense of urgency as he expresses concern about events taking place around him. The mood of the poem is "gloomy". The atmosphere is a dreary one and there is also a feeling of dread. The Speakers' tone is both matter of fact and reflective.
The themes include : Oppression
The Scourge of War
and Deferred Dreams
In the first stanza, the land is over run by "brown beetles", this a metaphor for the marauding soldiers. Collectively in this Stanza, Nature is in an apocalyptic state: For eg. "A Sun is shining but cannot be seen and flowers are writhing." In stanza 2, the poet uses a mixture of metaphor and oxymoron to characterize the horrific happenings. The poet contrasts the incongruity of war and the joy the war mongers find in it. Everyday events that bring joy and excitement.
For eg. Festivals and Carnivals are contrasting with War and Suffering. The idea of "Season" in this stanza suggests a period or time of moral darkness.
In line 8, when men's faces are...
...“This is the DarktimemyLove”
“This is the darktimemylove” was a poem written by a profound Guyanese writer by the name of Martin Wylde Carter in 1954. This poem of resistance was only one of the many poems Martin Carter wrote. Such as “I clench my fist”, “I come from a nigger yard” and much more. This poem was used to express the pain and agony British Guiana went through. His poems were powerful and inspiring to all who read it. Martin Carter was born June 7th, 1927 and died on the 13th December, 1997.
The author made use of many literary devices to help readers fully understand what took place in British Guiana during one of its dark periods in history. Such devices could be seen throughout the poem. The constant use of repetition enables one to see the importance of the point being made, to grab the attention of the reader and to show the love and concern the author had for his people and country. This can clearly be seen by the phrase “this is the darktimemylove” which was used twice in the poem.
There is use of personification to stress the agony and suffering of the people. An example of this is the phrase “red flowers bend their heads in awful...
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...Neither fame nor glory can compensate for the immense suffering that war inflicts on humanity. “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” is an ‘old’ lie told to youths ardent of joining the army. Not only are the targeted victims oppressed, but the soldiers who risk their lives fighting for their countries are left horrified. In both “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “This is A DarkTime, MyLove”, the intimate experiences of the personas give first-hand insights of the terrors and tortures of war. Imagery, pathetic fallacy and language vividly create the ghastly image of war.
“This is The DarkTime, MyLove” is about a people whose dreams of a better life have been threatened by the destructive power of the “strange invaders.” The persona conveys his intense anger against the British military presence and his belief that their rule is wrong and they display total injustice. Additionally, the persona accentuates the subjection, devastation, death and anger of the people of Guyana. It focuses on the “darktime” that the people are facing that the experience of the war where “all around the land brown beetles crawl about”. “Everywhere the faces of men are strained and anxious” tell of the fear and tension that the victims feel. Even nature is sympathetic as “red flowers bend their heads in awful sorrow.” The poet...
...DULCE ET DECORUM EST AND THIS IS THE DARKTIME, MYLOVE
DULCE ET DECORUM EST
Theme: (The theme of the poem is the subject with which the poet deals. It is the central idea around which the event or experiences revolve.)
In this poem, the central idea is the “horrors of war”.
The ghastly images of war, the torture to which soldiers are subjected, reflect the theme:
- “the haunting flares”, “gas shells dropping”
- “froth corrupted lungs”
are evidence of the atrocities of war.
Intention of the poet: (What does the poet hope to achieve?)
The poet here wishes to convey a universal message to the reader that one should not believe that it is noble to die for one’s country, because of the untold miseries which soldiers experience. To the poet, neither fame nor glory can compensate for the immense suffering that war inflicts on humanity.
The mood conveyed in the poem is one of anger, revulsion and disgust. The impact of the incident in which the soldier is caught in an explosion and the agony he suffers is one of loathing and revulsion.
- “I saw him drowning”
- “guttering, choking, drowning”
shows the immense suffering of a dying soldier.
The Main Incident:
The traumatic experience of a soldier who is caught in a sudden explosion while returning to his camp.
The poet achieves his...
...APUSH Notes #1: Semester II
Closing the Western Frontier
Native Americans Buffalo Hunters, Railroads, U.S. Government, U.S. Military
Cattlemen Sheep Herders
How should the land be used/exploited
Who should use the land
Ranchers let the cows eat the farmer’s grass
The farmers’ land was not that good of land that ranchers owned
Ethnic Minorities Nativists
Against immigration (Chinese) and Catholics
Cheaper competition of labor
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
First time a law restricted immigration based on a specific ethnicity
Environmentalists Big Business Interests (mining, timber), Local Government Officials, Farmers, Buffalo Hunters
Beginning of the national park system
Beginning of saying that you do not need to exploit every single acre of land in the frontier—leave land for outdoor on the frontier
- Lawlessness of the Frontier “Civilizing” Forces
The “Romance” of the West
If someone has had something stolen, they put together possies to hunt the thief done
People had to take matters into their own hands
Absence of justice
No civilization in these boom-towns for mining
Railroad industry fueling the movement to the west
First corporate big business in American society
Homestead Act of 1862
Promised settlers 160 acres of land hoping they would farm and had to commit for 5 years...
“In a DarkTime”
In times of darkness, people look to find light. Comfort is found in light because darkness is unknown. In Theodore Roethke’s “ In a DarkTime”, the reader is taken through a journey of one man’s internal struggle to find unity within himself. In a time of darkness the man contemplates the reality of light. His conflicting mental state is paralleled by the images of adark forest, and through this quarrel he comes to the revelation that he must face his darkest hour in order to achieve this unity. Roethke himself went through a mental struggle, giving the reader a better sense of the speaker’s voice. With Its somber tone, vivid imagery, and crucial metaphors Roethke forms a poem with endless literary elements; gracefully choosing his word order to depict this mental progression while maintaining its theme.
Roethke’s past and mental struggles throughout his life suggest that in this poem, the man’s internal conflict, reflects upon his own; therefore setting up its readers to determine the voice of our speaker. Unlike most poems were the speaker is merely a persona (Kirszner and
Mandell 679). In A biography of Roethke by the poetry foundation Allan Seager expresses the intensity of Roethke’s progression to mental illness, “ There was no great mystery about...
...innate conflict that resounds within him- he is torn between the love he holds for his country and the desire he possesses for his loved one. He begs ‘mitigation’ from the land for his act of treason or betrayal that he has committed through finding love with a woman.
2. Dulce Et Decorum Est [Pro Patria Mori] – Wilfred Owen
The intent of this poem is to demolish the stereotypical views of war from the political and social standpoint that it is ‘’befitting and sweet to die for one’s country.’’ The persona looks retrospectively at experiences in battle, and via the poem, the reader is presented a taste of the toxic trauma that seemingly torments the persona throughout his life. Unable to escape war as he even revisits the graphic encounters in his subconscious, the inevitability of being scarred physically and/or emotionally provokes the persona to appeal to his fellow human beings to protect and enlighten not only themselves, but also subsequent generations of mankind. ‘’Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori’’ translates to – ‘’It is sweet and befitting to die for one’s native land’. Ironically, Owen chastises the patriotism reiterated in the title; and is seemingly somewhat angered by the romanticized portrayal of war. Through this piece, we are able to gather that maybe it isn’t so ‘’sweet and befitting’’ to die for one’s native land after all.
3. This is the Dark...