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Victor Frankenstein the Villain

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Introduction

In our lifetime we deal with a constant loss: the loss of time at the grocery line, in traffic, a bad relationship, and loss of things important to us, worldly possessions, loss of people dear to us, and those we never met, loss of love and finally loss of life. Perhaps there is nobody better to describe emotions associated with a loss but poets themselves. They are kind of people that dwell on emotions, write about them and make their livelihood off of them. In "I felt a Funeral, in My Brain" by Emily Dickinson and "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop, the two noted American, female poets portray their own loss of a friend and sanity. In "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain", Dickinson uses structure and grammar to emphasize progression of the speakers' mental breakdown. This is a five stanza poem, with a rhyme scheme of ABCB. The second and fourth lines in each stanza rhyme with an exception of the final stanza which does not rhyme at all; illustrating the breakdown. Throughout the poem the meter alternates between iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter. ...read more.

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and it is all over and we lay our mind at rest just as our speaker does at the end of the poem. In "One Art", Elizabeth Bishop uses villanelle structure and content to describe emotions she's attempting to pass on. It's a six stanza poem. The first three stanzas are written in the second person and the other three in first except for the first line in the last stanza where she's addressing her beloved one with "you". Using meter and a complex rhyme scheme, she keeps the poems' form to illustrate a void which she tries to demonstrate in her words. In the beginning tercets, she starts off talking about the loss of small object and progresses to larger items. Don't be fooled by the title of the poem. It is most certainly not about "art" but more of a guide for acquiring the skill, like an "art of losing". Bishop suggests that mastering of losing everyday things such as "door keys" doesn't prepare one for a loss of someone dear. It is as if she's trying to demonstrate to us how losing a person dear to us is a separate suffering all together. ...read more.

Conclusion

Bishop builds pressure with loss till her attitude suddenly shifts at the very end, similar to Dickinson's poem which engages reader with repetitive use of words and abruptly changes her tone and attitude at the end. They both talk about loss and pressure with dealing with it. Speakers gradual suffering throughout the both poems, leads to self realization at the very end. Dickinson's content with her thoughts, and bishop with her loss. They are both fighting internal turmoil. Dickinson caught up with the progress of her mind loss while Bishop is mastering progress in loss and taking charge of it, unlike Dickinson who is submitting to it. Bishop is hopeful, objective at times ironic and Dickinson is withdrawn and depressing. Dickinson radiates terror throughout her poem, spreading it onto the reader while Bishop engages her reader, encourages, and urges him to master the "art". While Dickinson's writing appears to be very personal and she is sharing her emotions willingly, Bishop tends to distant herself. She is willing to a teacher yet she's not sharing her emotions with her readers. At the end all loss, great or small, is personal. We all suffer through it in our own way, till we reach the inevitable; we have to let go. ...read more.

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