Sirens 5th Stanza Analysis (Horace (wrote satires, career happened as…
Sirens 5th Stanza Analysis
MEANING OF POEM: mermaid represents human creativity and mermaid attracts people. This represents how human creativity inspires lust and corrupts the minds. The end part about how the tutor reigns in fantasy demonstrates his understanding that fantasy and creativity leads to abominations
MEANING OF POEM: Howe sees the girl as a fish, then a bird, then she can't decide whether or not in her mind the girl is a fish or a bird and thus she thinks of Ars Poetica, where she realises that human imagination corrupts by mixing incompatible concepts.
work is characterised by its introspection, rhythm and natural imagery
American poet (1908-1963)
Wrote 'Elegy for Jane' which is the poem Sarah Howe referenced in 'Sirens'
career happened as Roman Republic transitioned to an Empire
leading Roman lyrics poet
Why do we use Classical allusion in contemporary poetry?
Allows author to reflect upon historical greatness
To reference famous themes, ideas and symbols used in the past
Is this effective? Why?
Not really, because it requires a certain degree of base knowledge which assumes that the reader also possesses the same amount of knowledge concerning Western historical poetry and mythology. It is thus highly esoteric
In the case of a poem alluding to Chinese mythology, we might find classical allusion more effective as it represents certain emotions and ideas relatable to our cultural heritage, allowing immediate connections to specific concepts unable to be described purely with words.
poet doesn't need to explain because readers already understand the reference: provides context in a concise manner. Allows for a better understanding of author's intention and places emphasis on the main idea
About unnatural formations that human creativity makes out of art (specifically paintings and poetry)
The art of poetry
Written by Horace (Roman poet)