Posted at 10.31.2018
Derek Mahon is generally regarded as one of the most skilled in Irish poetry. Central designs in his poetry include oppressiveness, exile, culture, and fine art. In his poem The Snow Party, he runs on the series of brief lines to express two conflicting views. The first one is a world of serenity and the other an example may be a world of assault. His use of the simple terminology is his main technique in this poem. We observe that he uses the easy terminology and the clear images in both scenes. The only thing that distinguishes the peaceful arena from the violent an example may be the firmness and the audio of the words. The poem is observing the earth using simple assertions:
Crowds to the window
To watch the dropping snow.
When the poet moves to the landscape of violence, he uses the same simple vocabulary to present the violence, darkness, and the pain:
Thousands have passed on since dawn
In the service
Of barbarous kings;
The poem doesn't express any view about these deaths, it simply reveals them, recognizes them, and talk about the knowledge with the audience.
The images that are being used in the first area of the poem (snow, china) make reference to the wonder and tranquility of the scene, while we observe that the tone shifts in the second part of the poem (the fifth and sixth stanza). The terms stays simple but the images are darker:
Elsewhere these are burning
Witches and heretics
In the boiling squares,
The use of certain may seem has an enormous influence on the poem like the sound (ow) in window, snow, and cool. It offers the reader a sense of quietness and comfort, on the other side; the utilization of the strong sound (d) like "died since dawn" and (b) in using, boiling, and barbarous provides reader a feeling of hardness and cruelty.
Though the tone of the two parts of the poem is totally different but the simple language remains the same. The poet is making use of this simple technique to say that the same form can create very different effects. The man is the one who creates the calmness and the battle; he can make that effect on earth.
The poet wants to help make the reader question whether the second area of the poem (the arena of violence) undermines the first part (the world of calmness and beauty). Then finishes his poem by returning back to the peacefulness and the snow:
But there exists silence
In the houses of Nogoya
And the hills of Ise.
He does indeed this because he doesn't want his visitors to be captured with violence. He has recognized that evil does exist but they can complete it because he has the vitality as a poet to complete the poem the way he wants and for that reason; he goes back to peacefulness and beauty.
Mahon leaves the audience at the peaceful arena (the snow party) because that's what he needs us to be, he stresses on the positive images as opposed to the negative ones.
After the class discussion.
Derek Mahon is celebrated in Irish poetry traditions. He is a poet of dislocation. He is a poet of nostalgia and he should it deliberately. There are a great number of contradictions in talking about him. He has a desire to have resolving ambiguity in conditions of the partnership between your secular and the sacred, future and previous, natural and unnatural, local of the neighborhood and the general and the dark and light in his imagery. The theme of loss, exile, and isolation is a repeating preoccupation in Mahon's are is his related desire for figures that live on the fringes of contemporary society. "A knowledge of being cut off from the lives of common folk occupies a central devote the verse, and a lot of his most quality poems have a depressed, isolated amount or an unusual man-out at their centre. We face such figures in all of Mahon's literature. " (Dictionary of Literary Biography).
Looking back at the poem The snow Party, we see that the poet allegorically shifts to Japan as he is trying to make a relation to the Northern troubles. The poet doesn't talk about theses troubles straight. In such a poem, he is talking about Basho, the famous Japanese poet. This poet is asked to wait a snow party and in the get together you have the formal tea wedding ceremony. Mahon tries to create a relation between your tea get together, the snow fall season, and the death of thousands. The connection with Northern troubles through the use of the artist physique is to say that there surely is a pressure on the Northern poets to provide significant poems.
Mahon needs the reader to question if the poem validates the work of the poets in the snow get together in setting up themselves apart from what's happening anywhere else. The poet says that poetry can contain the politics but for the poets to attend a tea get together doesn't mean that they are engaged in politics.
If we try to read the poem from a gender point of view, we find that there surely is an association between femininity and the home setting (tea in China) and also there's a connection between femininity and art work, however; masculinity would be linked with barbarity of what goes on "thousands have passed away since dawn". We can also understand this poem as not being a male and a lady realm as mentioned but as two guys realm, is interested in fine art and the other is thinking about politics.
This poem is very interesting and just how it was talked about has revealed the cultural aspect of it. We have viewed this poem from a Traditional western perspective and we've understood it in terms of the masculine/feminine relationship, however; by checking out the cultural aspect of it we discover a new sizing.