This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A Song For St. Cecilia's Day

1159 words - 5 pages

In “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day” John Dryden describes music’s vast range of power. This theme is demonstrated within the contradictions throughout the poem. In the beginning of the poem, Dryden describes music as creating the world and at the end of the poem he describes music as destroying the world. The third and fourth stanzas within this poem were placed in this order to highlight the overall theme which is the vast range of music’s power as demonstrated through contrast. In the third and fourth stanza, Dryden creates a strong contrast through rhythm, diction, and figurative language to emphasize the vast range of music’s power.
After describing how music created the world and the ...view middle of the document...

The rhyme scheme is ABAB pattern emphasizing a short amount of time from one rhyme to the next. This quick recurrence of rhyme embodies the shrillness Dryden suggests.
In the second half of the stanza Dryden slows down the rhythm of the stanza only to increase it again:
The double double double beat
Of the thund’ring drum
Cries, “Hark the foes come;
Charge, charge ‘tis too late to retreat”

The fifth line of the stanza “The double double double beat” with its onomatopoetic qualities slows the reader down yet creates a steady rhythmic quality that is lacking within the first four lines. The fifth line embodies the sounds of snare drums right before battle. These snare drums represent the calm before the storm, essentially the few seconds of calm and quiet right before the passionate chaos of fury that is war. This steady rhythm is also evident in the shift in the rhyme scheme. In the last four lines of the stanza the rhyme scheme shifts to an ABBA pattern creating a longer, drawn out rhyme. This rhyme scheme would seem to suggest that the urgency within the first four lines is lost; however, in the last couplet the urgency that was demonstrated within the first four lines is renewed. The diction turns to short and smaller words. The words “charge, charge” renew this sense of urgency and rushing into battle. The alliteration on the t sounds in the words “’tis”, “too”, “to” within the last line emphasize this urgency. This alliteration is also onomatopoetic because the t sounds within these words resemble the sounds of the drums. This stanza represents the swift fury of the human emotions such as anger, passion, and revenge. Through diction, rhythm, and figurative language Dryden creates the sounds of the instruments he is describing to embody the emotions they illicit.
In stark contrast to this stanza is the very next stanza:
The soft complaining flute
In dying notes discovers
The woes of hopeless lovers
Whose dirge is whispered by the warbling lute
This stanza is completely different than the previous one. One of the first differences within this stanza we notice is Dryden’s diction choices to create rhythm. The longer words within these lines emphasize a slower, more drawn out rhythm. Dryden uses assonance with the long “o” sounds within “notes”, “woes”, and “hopeless” to emphasize the long, slow deliberate pace he is creating within this...

Other Papers Like A Song for St. Cecilia's Day

"The Proud", One Of The Most Famous Song From Talib Kweli. This Is A Response To The Song Of What He Lives For And How He Feels With The World Today

960 words - 4 pages Brooklyn's Talib Kweli, a Hip Hop artist who is not afraid to tell in his songs what he feels and convey his message is one of the most respected rappers in the Culture of Hip Hop. I choose his song called "The Pride" from his latest album "Quality" and found it the best song lyrically I heard for a long time. The song, "The Proud," outweighs any spokesperson or presidents' words on civil rights issues haunting the country of USA (and others

Some Read Between the Lines That Dunkirk for Britain Was a Triumph Because the Soldiers Escaped and Survived the Incident at Dunkirk to Fight Another Day

528 words - 3 pages Some read between the lines that Dunkirk for Britain was a triumph because the soldiers escaped and survived the incident at Dunkirk to fight another day; this can be seen in interpretations of source B1. Its written by a military historian who interprets Dunkirk as ‘a miracle’ he then goes on to say ‘Hundreds of troops were rescued from the German advance in a nick of time- it seemed like a victory just getting the troops back to fight another

The Middle East. A Bloody History Of Conflict Between The Followers Of Judaism And Islam. Speaks Of The Politics Involved And Judgement Day For The Peace Processes And

3866 words - 16 pages alter the process of peace indefinitely.On November 4th, 1995 a shot rang out that has altered the path for peace ever since. Alone assassin Yigel Amir a Jewish extremist shot Rabin dead moments after Rabin had sang asong about peace. Many thought the death of Rabin meant the death of peace between Israel andPalestine.The elections in May of 1996 was the Judgment Day for the peace process. At oddswere Likud leader Benji Netanyahu who ran under

Discuss The Life Journey Undertaken By Avey Johnson As She Searches For Herself, In The Novel "A Praise Song For The Widow" By Paulie Marshall

1478 words - 6 pages As an epigraph to the section entitled "LAVÉ TÊTE," the third section of her novel Praisesong for the Widow, Paule Marshall uses a brief quotation from a poem by Randall Jarrell: "Oh, Bars of my ... body open, open!" (148). It is in this section that Avey Johnson, the novel's protagonist, becomes aware of her body as a repository of memory, as a place where physical sensation echoes emotional feeling. This awareness is pivotal in

The New York Su

4798 words - 20 pages Intervale Av 2 •5 nd ra e G Prospect Av t– urs S 2 •5 9 co Jackson Av 14 on • 5 rp ou C 2 •5 D 125 St 135 ST 135 St M 5 2 •5 3 Av–149 St 3 MAL COLM X BLVD (LENOX AV) 1 ST NICHOLAS AV BR OAD WAY 137 St City College PL B •D 145 St 3 6 Morris Park The subway operates 24 hours a day, but not all lines operate at all times. Call our Travel Information Center at 511 for

Music 80 Notes

663 words - 3 pages is Gene Krupa’s drumming, which exists as a motif throughout the song o gene krupa very specific drumming style- jungle style→ pounding sound • band comes in screaming • very stylize- accurate- used for movie • not entirely written- drum and solos improvisation • drums center of it all o everything else is centered around that • IMPORTANT NAMES: • Benny Goodman (clarinet) • Teddy Wilson (piano) • Hampton Hawes (vibraphone) • Gene Krupa

Study Habits

566 words - 3 pages Category: Current Events Arellano University C. Merry Christmas Name that song What is the chemical formula for snow? A. co2 B. H2O C. NaCL 1. What is the birth sign of the people born on December 25? A. Saguitaries B. Pieces C. Capricorn 2. Which poem written by Clement Moore was originally titled “ A visit from St. Nicholas A. The night before Christmas B. The boy who laughed at Santa Claus C. A Christmas Carole

Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

948 words - 4 pages the rise of punk music, which received a lot of airplay. Like other punk music, the song is short, and expresses youthful rebellion with Sheena. The style promoted by the song at the 1970s era include specific styles of clothing that included offensive T-Shirts, leather jackets, and spiked jewelry. The song and the Rocket To Russia album was important to punk rock music as it laid the basis for other popular punk rock bands such as green day

Applications of Business Research

3946 words - 16 pages believes that ST > St + P See graph protective put Recall that from the put call parity we have: C + Xe r(T t) = P + St The above equation shows that a long position in a put combined with a long position in the stock is equivalent to a long call position plus an amount of cash: Xe r(T t) This explain why the pro…t pattern for a protective put strategy is similar to the pro…t pattern from a long call position The reverse of a protective put

Bob Dylan

1281 words - 6 pages The Ideas of an Influential Song Writer Born as Robert Albert Zimmerman in May of 1941, Bob Dylan grew up in an era of despair and hatred, were predigest filled the air with the civil rights movement. Dylan’s love for music revolved around one of his favorite idols which drew him into the music industry. Woody Guthrie influenced Bob Dylan to succeed and endeavor new beginnings as a singer and song writer. Guthrie was known as a true poet of

Music Description and Response Paper

1217 words - 5 pages blues and the summary of Thinking Blues by Susan McClary. Comparison between St Louis song and Black snake moan In St Louis song, Bessie uses a high Pitch trumpet solo during the intro emphasizes her sadness and hatred when the man she loves goes to see another lady. The piano introduces with a moderate tempo; the trumpet picks up with a high speed then the voice joins. In contrast, Blind Lemon introduces the song with a guitar

Related Essays

Gang Leader For A Day Essay

2404 words - 10 pages Gang Leader For A Day SECTION 1 1.) How would you respond if a graduate student from an elite university turned up at your door and announced his intention to study you? If a graduate student from an elite university showed up at my door with intentions to study me, I think that I would allow him access. I would like the chance to hear what they had to say about my lifestyle. I’ve always questioned the way I live and if other peoples

Comparison Of Shakespear Poem/Sonnet To A Modern Day Song From Kmfdm (With Citings And All)

627 words - 3 pages February 28, 2002Shakespearian Slam Dancing Thankz to KMFDMWhether it?s the thrashing of the heavy-metal guitars or the delicate disposition of a few tender words, a song can constrict an audience with an invoking message of passion. The modern day song, "Truth," by KMFDM, contains comparable likeness to Shakespeare's, "Sonnet 30." The two songs, although written in different periods of time and in variable fashions, embody similar topics

Perfect Day For A Rocking Horse Winner

1132 words - 5 pages “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” written by J.D. Salinger, and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence are two short stories which focus around protagonists who have decided that death is the only solution if they cannot reach their own unobtainable goals. The authors of the story, Salinger and Lawrence, share their own views on death through the depictions of the two main character’s actions. The two main characters are affected by women

Being Like Amelia For A Day

519 words - 3 pages BEING LIKE AMELIA FOR A DAY In 1975, my late husband was a flight instructor at a private aero club in Manila, Philippines. At that time, he would bring foreign business executive as his student pilots and fly them to the different islands in the Philippines. He would take me along during these flights and I would sit on the back seat of a 4-seater single engine planes usually a Beechcraft. On the way to various islands, my husband