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The Curious Case Of Vignettes And Poems

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Vignettes and Poems share similarities and differences like toast and bread. Poems use special words and rhymes while vignettes use specific traits when they explore setting or theme. The book, “A House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros and the poem, “Hope is a thing with feathers” by Emily Dickenson demonstrate these similarities and differences between poetry and vignettes. Overall, both poetry and vignettes are meant to convey the author’s emotions, but may do so in different ways.
Nerveless, the author of the vignette, “House on Mango Street” writes, “We didn’t always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor” (Cisneros 3). The quote describes the main ...view middle of the document...

The soul is something that is inside all of us and is directly tied with who we are and our mood. Both poems and vignettes explore setting differently, yet both use similar techniques when introducing it. In both examples, the authors used mood or feeling to show the setting. The vignette mainly focuses on the character’s mood while the poem focuses on the words to show case mood or feeling. This proves that poems and vignettes share similarities and differences like toast and bread.
Furthermore, poems and vignettes analyze theme both similarly and differently. From the words of Sandra Cisneros the writer of, “House on Mango Street”, “In English my name means hope in Spanish it means sadness” (10). The quote is mainly about a girl whose name means something negative in one language while her name means something negative in another. The author writes that one name is countervailing another in order to open up to the theme. The theme is promoted by using the main character’s sadness to display the theme of accepting who you are. Though Emily Dickenson has a different approach when it comes to expressing the theme of her poem, “Hope is a thing with feathers”,
“That perches in the soul
And string the tune without words
And never stops –at-all (1-4).
In order to effectively show the theme in this poem, Emily Dickenson has used a metaphor to enlighten the theme for any reader. She writes “Hope is a thing with feathers” to compare a heavy feeling with something light. Again, both vignettes and poems explore theme differently but use similar techniques when introducing it. Both the vignette and poem have two forces countervailing against each other. For the vignette it is the character’s name or identity and for the poem they are a heavy feeling and a light object. The differences lie when the vignette promotes theme with the character’s feeling and the poem uses a figure of speech in order to expose the theme. This clearly shows that both vignettes and poems have different ways in show casing theme.
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