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I am in need of Music - Elizabeth Bishop

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Ananya Ravi

on 14 February 2014

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Transcript of I am in need of Music - Elizabeth Bishop

I am in need of Music - Elizabeth Bishop
By: Ananya Ravi

This poem is about a woman who is using the power of music to help heal her exhausting past. She lets the music flow through her, both her heart and soul, and it helps her recover and replenish her mind.
The theme of this poem is that music that has a deep and water-like flow can reinvent one's ambitions and help them move on from past failures.
The author portrays this theme using her vivid details of how the music is reaching into the inner depths of her mind.
I am in need of Music
I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

The author's message is that if people listen to music then they can relieve themselves from the tensions of every day life and remember what their goals are for the future.
Think about the emotions that this classic disney song
Reflections- Mulan
Literary Devices
This poem an ABBAACCADEFGFE rhyme scheme and is a sonnet, which makes the piece more formal and flowing, just as the author describes the way music is to her.

She uses alliteration and consonance many times in the first stanza with the repeating sounds "f" and "t"that can be related to someone stammering.

At the end of the first stanza the words

to fall like water
uses a simile to show that the author has been exposed to rejuvenation.
The first stanza has negative connotation words that reflect the narrator's anxiety and stress such as: bitter tainted and trembling
The final stanza uses tranquil words like stillness and magic to symbolize the peace that the author has finally experienced.
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