Quest for the Ideal Essay
The quest for the ideal can encourage us to develop and evolve for the better. But if perfection – something that is impossible to achieve is what one strives for, it can be quiet unthinkable. It is elusive and complicated on many degrees. Lady of Shalott by Alfred Tennyson, The woman I am in my dreams by Maxime Tynes and Chicken Hips by Catherine Pigott provide a realistic perspective of how beauty shapes the literal and the present world by utilizing rhetorical devices such as (allegory, anaphor and tone.)
The Lady of Shalott, one of the most well known poems about beauty is an allegory, a story that contains a literal and a hidden meaning. Parallelism of both meanings can be seen throughout the poem. For example, the lady of Shalott represents the artist and Shalott represents the artist’s shadow world. This poem has greatly influenced other poems related to beauty and has become one of the most discussed subjects in the literal world. Although the poem itself is unrealistic, the perspective of beauty presented at that time is realistic. The writer attained this by using literal device – anaphor, simile and symbolism. “The lady of Shalott” is emphasized and extensively used numerous times at the beginning of the verse. In this case, the usage of anaphor reinforces the meaning of beauty of Lady Shalott and how she views the world inside and outside of the tower. “The gemmy bridle glitter’d free, like to some branch of stars we se’(Tennyson). Simile is used here to demonstrate the beauty of Sir Lancelot that is seen in Lady Shalott’s eyes – she compares his bridle to the stars at night. Finally, the usage of symbolism is also evident in the poem. The mirror indicates the false hopes of the outside world but it is only an illusion. On the other hand, “The mirror crack'd from side to side” (Tennyson) signifies her weak connection to the outside world that has been broken by the spell.
The woman I am in my dreams by Maxime Tynes is a typical poem that explores the imperfection of beauty experienced by women. The anaphor of “the woman I am in my dreams” is used many times as a way to isolate herself from her true physical appearance. She does not feel confident about the way she walks: “The woman in my dreams is taller than I am…with eyes always and ever on the ground.”(Tynes) The woman dreams of being taller than her true self to boost self esteem as well as a change in attitude. “Breaks all the rules about shoes…with killer spike heels/moves from Nikes,” this shows that the woman in her dreams is what she wants to become but is unattainable. “Nikes” represents sports while “spikes” represents attractiveness. The dream itself is a paradox: “The woman I am in my dreams I wake up/and carry part of her with me...