Poem Analysis: The Lie By Anne Waldman

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There are many different types of poems and forms in the world. One of the types of forms is villanelle. “Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of five tercets and a quatrain, with the first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and with both repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain” (Google). “The highly structured villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines.…show more content…
In this poem it seems like the speaker is suggesting nothing is what it seams, and that everything is an illusion in art. “The poem's theme transcends not being limited to the art as an entity but using the art as an intrinsic part of the world, of the human existence which is also illusory” (Florina). This poem talks a lot about illusions that art has. This poem begins by stating, “ Art begins with a lie”. It ends with the same phrase at the end of the second and fourth stanza, as well as the third sentence in the last stanza. This is what makes this poem…show more content…
“The Lie” has the theme of perspective and exposure. She was telling the reader the brutal truth about art. The mood of this poem is bitter. She is upset because art is a lie. The tone seems to be frustration. In the poem ““Do not go gentle into that goodnight” has the theme of morality, old age, transience, wisdom, and family, and is written in the iambic pentameter. The tone in this poem is urgent. He wants his father to fight against death and not walk into the light. His mood is a mixture of dispersion and anger. These two poems have different themes, tones, moods, and meters. They have the same form. They are both villanelle

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