10 November 2016
Nature and man can create connections showing that both have common experiences, and that nature and man are bonded. In the poem “Starfish” by Lorna Dee Cervantes and the essay “Sea Stars” by Barbara Hurd, both relate nature and man through the use of rhetorical devices. Both Hurd and Cervantes use figurative language and tone shifts to develop the theme that life has challenges, but ultimately there is hope for regeneration which makes life both beautiful and tragic.
In the poem “Starfish” by Lorna Dee Cervantes and the essay “Sea Stars” by Barbara Hurd, similar tones of peace and sorrow are shown to develop the theme that life is both beautiful and tragic. In “Starfish”, Cervantes begins her poem with hope and peacefulness. Cervantes uses rhetoric such as “lovely”(cervantes 1), “white”(4) and “baby”(6). These words connote feelings of peace, which Cervantes uses in order to imitate the emotion associated with beaches and starfish. In doing so, the reader understands, through the delicacy of the starfish, the beauty of life and the innocence of nature. The poem does not maintain its peaceful ambiance, however. Because Cervantes is discussing the sorrow and tragedy inherent in life, she shifts her tone with words such as “darkness” (10) and “suicides” (13); these words invoke sorrow. Cervantes’ tone shift evokes sadness for the life of the starfish. Just as the life of the starfish is both beautiful and dismal, so too is all life. In contrast, “Sea Stars” by Barbara Hurd uses a tone shift of sorrow to hope. She states, “we in contrast, have to live with those burdens, made heavier by loss and the sensation that often emanates from what’s missing”(Hurd 5). She uses “Burdens”, “missing”, and “loss” to invoke feelings of sorrow and desperation. Hurd then shifts the tone to hope when she explains, “there’s a chance for the lucky encounter with someone or something—a painting or poem, a place—that can beckon to what lies broken and hungry inside us all.” (8) The “chance” she refers to is the possibility of healing, of a “regrowth” after a loss or hardship. Her introduction of “lucky,” “chance,” and “beckon” represent the ability to regenerate. If humans have hope, if they take a chance, if they open their hearts when restoration beckons, healing is possible. The two pieces “Star fish” and “Sea Stars” both include tone shifts using hope and sorrow....