Getting Intimate with Similarities

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Getting Intimate with Similarities While reading the poems of Millay, Hughes, and Young two similarities jumped out of the text. Between “God’s World,” “As I grew Older,” and “For Poets” the theme of enjoying life became very evident. The other theme that jumps out falls along the lines of looking to nature for happiness and inspiration. Many lines in these poems support their themes so people find it easier to understand the message of what the poems mean. Enjoying life and experiencing different aspects of it becomes evident as people read through Langston Hughes’s poem “As I Grew Older.” In lines one and two, it reads, “It was a long time ago. / I have almost forgotten my dream.” A feeling of forgetting a dream doesn’t help people to enjoy life. The person in the poem that has forgotten his or her dream cannot experience different things because he or she has no motivation for experiencing life. If someone has a dream of becoming an astronaut, then they should pursue that dream. Instead the world tells people that they must have certain criteria for becoming that astronaut and if they don’t measure up they cannot become an astronaut. Hughes’ poem should help people remember their dreams of c Continue...


It's showing how life can be and how beautiful the world can be. Al Young wanted everyone to realize they should get out in the world. 383) Langston Hughes was an African American writer so he would want to write about this type of dream, and the sun was the best way he could describe it using nature. Instead of looking at an autumn day and thinking that everything is dying and winter is coming soon, it's looking at the trees, and the colors, and how wonderful everything looks. "Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag And all but cry with color! This reminds people that they could be missing out on a beautiful day. Here the authors are telling the audience to enjoy life to the fullest. These lines describe nature so they are a prefect example of how nature is used in poems. In lines four through seven the poem mentions a mole, a root, a stone, and a worm, all examples of the wrong thing to be. "In front of me, Bright like a sun- My dream The suns brings life, life brings happiness. Lines six through eleven "And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between me and my dream. In Edna Millay's poem, "God's World, lines for and five help convey the theme of getting out and delighting in life. Referring the dream to the sun means that the dream was just as big and beautiful as the sun. "Staying Beautiful, seeing things, knowing things, combine to make what is known as life. A major step towards helping the audiences understand what the author is saying is to use symbolism.