HELP! A2 English Literature courseworkWatch
I'm supposed to come up with another poem later today so any help is appreciated
Thanks for your response
Not really sure you could use any Rossetti or Browning poems for that question? Porphyria's Lover might be good but the idea of 'communicating something that is hard to explain' isn't present in either.
You could consider how they use metaphor to discuss something which is contextually taboo?
1 • a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
synonyms: figure of speech · figurative expression · image · trope
• a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else.
synonyms: parable · analogy · metaphor · symbol · emblem
Also, as for metaphors in 'An Apple-Gathering':
- "I plucked pink blossoms" may be a metaphor for seeking love/sex too soon or outside wedlock
- "Her basket full" could be a metaphor for pregnancy, fertility, or romantic/sexual fulfilment
- The talk of love being "worth" various things in stanza five is a conventional metaphor relating to money
- "By this way we used to walk // We shall not walk again!" may allude to the familiar conventional metaphor that 'life is a journey': the narrator may be saying their 'paths' in life will not cross again as they did
- "I let my neighbours pass me", in relation to the previous point, may mean more than physically pass, but imply they surpass her in life, moving forward to finding partners and starting families, whilst she is left at the time of her mistake, unable to move forward
I've talked a ton about symbolism in my coursework (which is also on metaphor) and I just handed in a first draft for my teacher to look over. I'm pretty certain it all counts (especially as some of the example questions we were given in class were on metaphor and had 'symbolism' in the title), but I'll try to remember to reply on this thread if I get it back and am penalised for writing about symbolism as well as metaphor.