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 childhood. Lines six through eleven “And then the wall rose,/ Rose slowly, /Slowly, / Between me and my dream. / Rose until it touched the sky-- /The wall.” These lines symbolize the act of losing sight of a dream, reinforcing what was mentioned previously.
In Edna Millay’s poem, “God’s World,” lines for and five help convey the theme of getting out and delighting in life. “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. Presenting a new look on an autumn day helps the reader know what the author was feeling when he or she wrote the poem. Instead of looking at an autumn day and thinking that ever...