Comparison and contrast two poems
Form, Content, and Resonance in D.C Lynn’s “Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas’’ and
“ at seventy-something’’
By academically observing D.C Lynn’s Fancy, Motion & Imagination, it can be seen that there are variety of poems written differently in terms of styles and format. The book is divided into three categories which are Fancy, Motion and Imagination, respectively. Interestingly, the book is composed of fifty-seven poems where each section has nineteen poems.. ‘’Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas’’ one of the poems in the and ‘’j at seventy-something’’ another poem in the second part are two works that are really meaningful and logical. After looking at both poems thoroughly and vigilantly, it can be seen that there are some similarities and differences between two of them in term of form and content.
Firstly, there are some similarities in term of form. “Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas” and “john at seventy-something” is a free verse poem without any rhyme or specific pattern. “Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas’’ is a thirty-three line, confessional poem separated in six strophes. The first and the fifth strophes is comprised of 5 lines; whereas, the second and the strophes have three lines. The third and the sixth strophes have six and eleven lines, respectively. There are five space breaks. j at seventy-something” is a fifteen
line, narrative poem parted into four strophes. The first strophe has three lines and is separated from the second strophe in line three; whereas, the second strophe has four lines and is detached from the third strophe in line seven. The third strophe comprises of only two lines and is disconnected form the forth strophe which has six lines in line nine. “Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas’’ has an epigraph which was transcribed by Samuel Taylor Coleridge who was a really famous English poet. The poem is written in first person and has complex diction. It also has repetitions. For instance the word ‘’Dripping’’ occurs in the beginning of lines 14, 15, 16 and 17. that the particulars and the similarities and differences of poetic form, the poetic content of the two poems- what the two works try to “truly say”- is another matter altogether.
Secondly, in terms of content, “Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas” and “john seventy-something” are somewhat similar in . These two confessional poems have complicated connotation. “Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas” illustrates a person who spends sleepless night pondering about whether the world that he or she lives in is real or artificial. The author compares the artificial world to the digital world describing in “Matrix.” “Matrix” is a movie which was released on 15 May 2003. “Neo” who is the main character of “Matrix” is also mentioned in “Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas.” “Neo” symbolizes the person in the poem because he and the person in the poem are in the same situation. Both of them find it difficult to distinguish between the real world and the digital world. “Beauties, Elegant Extracts and Anas” also pinpoints the reason that causes the main awake at night and the reason is because of the dropping water. but the mass and the effect of the dropping water which is compared to “weight of
the world” also causes nightmare. The nightmare is mentioned in the poem as “Falling into the outstretched hands of the Oneiroi.” “Oneiror”, as stated by Encyclopedia Mythica, is the god of a bad dream such as nightmare, sexual dreams, etc. Other gods who are mentioned in the poem“Hypnos”, “Azazel” and “the Watchers”. Similar to “Oneiror”, “Hypnos” is also a personification of sleeping in Greek mythology. On the other hand, “the Watchers” refers to fallen angels who were the son of s and had human wives. “Azazel” or “Azael” as edin the First Book of Enoch is one of the leaders of the angels who desired the daughter of men. “Azael” taught human beings how to make weapons and ornaments. The Book of Enoch is a religious book which was created by Enoch. The final verse of the Book of Enoch is about the news concerning about the chaos that happen because of the angelic movement. The angelic movement in this case refers to the dropping water which falls down and causes the chaos. “Chaos” refers to the awaken feeling that the main character get from the distracting sound of dropping water. Since it is strange that the tiny dropping water has the ability to influence over the main character sleepiness, its oddness is compared to “Amharic Ge’ez.” “Amharic Ge’ez”, according to the presentation about “Geez Language and Heritage” in 27 September 2007 in the US embassy in Eritrea, is the only ancient African language that has its own alphabet and its alphabet is the combination of both consonants and vowels. In “john and seventy-something” the connotation is also complicated as well. John or John Lennon was a member of the Beatle. As mention in the poem “yoko’s cut-piece left four deep gashes in his left shoulder and chest”, this phrase exposes that John was shot to death in different places of his body. On the other hand, “Yoko’s cut-piece” is one of Yoko Ono’s performances in which the audience cuts the clothing from her body piece-by piece (Julia Bryan-Wilson, 101). This narrative poem also shows about
John Lennon’s love story and especially depicts about a film called “.” john married Yoko Ono in 1969 and after spending four years together, they broke up. John and May Pay, Yoko’s and John’s assistance embarked a relationship under Yoko’s permission. “The lost weekend”, as reported by the New York time, was the time when John and May Pang spent together at Los Angeles for eighteen months. Looking at the fourth strophe which exposes that “it screeched across the nipples of the timeless moon”, it illustrates about the ve work between John and Yoko called “the Fly”. As reported by cabinet magazine, “the fly” begins with a fly traveling around the naked body of a young actress, Virginia Lust (Steven Connor). Both “cut-piece” and “the Fly” were eccentric film and performance art; however, they have profound meaning. In term of connotation, both poems are somewhat similar since the two poems pinpoint about trust and self-esteem. “Beauties, Elegance Extract, and Anas” indicates about the main character finds it hard to distinguish between reality and digital; he finds it hard to believe that everything surround him is all authenticate or just a dream; whereas, Yoko Ono’s cut piece in “john seventy-something” illustrates the loyalty in each person.
In conclusion, a careful examination of “Beauties, Elegance Extracts and Anas” and “john seventy-something” reveals that indeed there are some similarities and some differences in terms of form and content. This perusal indicates that the two poems basically contrast in form due to line number, textual organization and diction. Similarly, these two poems are different in content due to the following denotation; however, they are somehow the same due to connotation and resonance. “Beauties, Elegance Extract and Anas” has connotation of complexity in distinguishing the authenticate world and the artificial world. As the poem mentions “Matrix”, it illustrates that everything that people see is not always true. Living in the digital world, people
create relationship easily, either with other people or with their electronic machines. People feel emotional about things that do not happen in real life. They might find themselves crying while they are watching a movie or laughing while textingtheir friends. All these things are not real, but they can make people trulyal. Because of these, “Beauties, Elegance Extract and Anas” creates resonance. The poem gives the audience’s negative mood since it makes the audience feel uncertain about everything that they see. “john seventy-something” has different themes. The poem discusses the “cut-piece” performance. This narrative poem also resonates because it makes people feel curious about why Yoko Ono decided to do “cut-piece”. Looking at the performance, people might say that “cut-piece” is the performance which somehow relates to sexuality. However, this performance has other meanings too. According to an article written by Julia Bryan Wilson called Remembering Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, it indicates that “cut-piece” is about the fight against sexism, racism and war. Yoko Ono’s clothes are the symbol of the brutality during the Vietnam War, and the painfulness of Japanese when American bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The poem gives the audience’s positive mood since it makes the audience feel the love of peace and the hatred toward war through the hidden meaning of “cut-piece.” Ultimately, “Beauties, Elegance Extract and Anas” and “john seventy-something” lend themselves to further academic examination and the opportunity to understand postmodern literature and academic writing.
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