Okay so I thought I would deviate just this once from Kung-Fu and use my audience as a tool for improvement lol. So, here’s the deal, I’m an aspiring writer, nothing major just wanting to write articles for the local newspaper and that. I have a sample of my writing here and was wondering you guys would be able to review it for me? Let me know of any mistakes and that sort of thing. Thanks and again, this wont be usual, just a one off I think. Okay, here it is:
James K Baxter was a famous New Zealand poet who wrote about political problems as well as personal tragedies. Baxter’s life was one filled with ‘wrong turns’ and mistakes which is evident in through his failed relationships and/love affairs and changes in religious views. His life ended in 1972 in his self acclaimed favorite place, Jerusalem. He was happy there, this in contrast to his early life is a drastic change. This is shown In the difference of morals and tone when comparing his earlier poems to his later ones. His earlier poems include: The Cave, Wild Bees, Rocket Show and The Bay. These poems are identical in their grim ideals and dark imagery. The underlying grim atmosphere these poems create can be linked with each other through the theme of nature. Nature is diverse and explains the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Baxter often informs the audience of his low moods and thoughts through nature.
Wild Bees is a poem Baxter wrote in the 1940s and is telling a reminisce about when he and his friends destroyed a bee hive many years ago. The importance of nature is exaggerated in Wild Bees, much the same as Baxter’s other poems. He expresses his emotions in a simple yet effective way. In Wild Bees allusions are used to describe the destruction of the unsuspecting beehive. He seems to use nature to specify important objects or ideals. This is because Baxter is more ore comfortable talking about these dark emotions through nature. Baxter feels strongly about nature as it acts as a means of successful communication between himself and his audience. “O it was Carthage under the roman torches, or loud with flames and falling timber, troy!” this quote is a representation of the actual destruction of the bee hive which, I’m comparison of falling cartage and troy is much less significant however, in Baxter’s mind they have the same premise, showing how seriously he takes natures and how nature taught and continues to teach him life long lessons about random acts of destruction.
The Cave is another dark poem by Baxter. He
explores life’s problems and difficulties by personifying parts of nature and using allusions. Despite all the negative points in Baxter brings attention to a place of peace and serenity he finds in nature, specifically, a cave. He goes into detail of the sheer beauty of the cave which in contrast to the harsh imagery of life’s problems “loves contagion” is a much softer and lighter subject. “Gladly I would have stayed there and been hidden from the beast that lives under the sun, from ages enmity and loves contagion” This harsh representation of aging and love (“contagion” representing love as a sickness) shows Baxter’s feelings towards life and its hardships but he conveys that peace can be found within nature, almost like a savior when his life gets difficult, yet he must continue with his life.
Rocket Show is yet another one of Baxter’s earlier poems that explore the loss of love, which is another dark and sad subject. Baxter’s graphic imagery shows what it is like to fall in love and then be heartbroken. “With fire bird wings trailing an arc of grief across a night so inhuman as the grave.” Once again Baxter reverts his dark feelings back to nature. “White steel sparks against the night sky” This quote is somewhat a hyperbole, exaggerating the feeling of losing love. Baxter has attempted to put a visualization of losing love in the audiences mind to help them relate to Baxter’s personal feelings and thoughts. This is much the same throughout all of Baxter’s earlier poems, they all have the same similar goal of trying to help the audience understand Baxter’s message of nature’s true beauty through uses of imagery of nature.
James K Baxter’s earlier poems were mostly dark and full of sadness, he conveyed his points through use of allusion and imagery that were always nature representing something good or being able to represent a certain idea or moral Baxter wants to share with the audience. Wild Bees, Rocket Show and The Cave are all poems that use descriptive and sometimes harsh imagery to efficiently and effectively get across a point, he does this with nature as it is common ground with the audience and as they are in contact with nature all of their lives.
That’s all, I should have stated earlier its an essay on a poem analysis of James K Baxter, a famous poet I really enjoy. Take it easy guys, Kung-Fu talk to come.
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