Rose Terry Cooke often had themes of nature, freedom and passion embedded into her poetry. These themes come alive in her poem Captive by her strict structure and her word choice. She paints a picture of desire for freedom and of love. The Idea of the Summer coming then dying In the first line, creates a dark undertone to the poem. The summer dying and no sunshine expresses a feeling of hopelessness. She describes leaves falling from the trees also creating an Image of these beautiful red leaves dying.
It creates such a dark undertone with such dutiful natural language. The fact that she uses nature to describe this sort of dying image shows how she shows this dying and entrapment as natural. It shows how it is Just a cycle that does not seem to change. Each stanza in the poem is four lines with eight syllables in almost every line. In the second stanza, the second line muff deck the bars with tropic flowers” has nine syllables. This puts an emphasis on it especially because it is in the middle of the stanza.
Here she is comparing the cage she Is In to nature. It seems like something cocked her up yet tries to make it beautiful and natural. However the cage she Is In she realizes Is not natural. The cage Is there to keep her from the freedom of her desires. This cage Is a metaphor for society and how women are enclosed In a cage rather than free to express themselves. This cage Is shown In the tight structure because she is restricted. Her two lines which are nine syllables are her way of pushing on this desire but being restrained.
Her word choice such as service, rage and rapture, all create the idea of a strong annalistic desire. Words used like this with a definition not commonly seen, makes the poem seem to be less passionate and more restrained. It seems the reader must look into the words to see the pure desire. It is again hidden, just like her cage. Rapture and trampled are controlling words showing her restricted heart and her want to be free. Throughout stanzas two and three It seems that the desire she feels Is what needs to be contained. However In the last stanza the desire Is what Is caging her In.
She has such a strong desire however she would do anything for “rapture of the elderliness”. The way Cooke uses the word rapture is very intriguing. Rapture is either a desire or pleasure or the transport to heaven in the second coming of God. It is interesting word choice because the two definitions when applied to this poem create completely different endings. If the rapture is her being transported to heaven, she will need to suffocate her desire and die without it. However if it is extreme desire, she will not be transported in the rapture since her desire will overcome her.
Her desire overcoming her and trapping her may be why the first Tanta creates a scene of hopelessness, like she cannot win either way. Cooke uses her Interesting word choice, strict structure to create the cage of desire she Is explaining. She shows us the double meaning she is balancing between and the way women are caged. She vividly depict natural wants with the cage society and religion have put on her. Questioning If her rapture, whether It be pleasure or heaven, will ever come. Captive By Stacey The idea of the Summer coming then dying in the first line, creates a dark hopelessness.
She describes leaves falling from the trees also creating an image of the second stanza, the second line Mimi deck the bars with tropic flowers” has nine stanza. Here she is comparing the cage she is in to nature. It seems like something locked her up yet tries to make it beautiful and natural. However the cage she is in she realizes is not natural. The cage is there to keep her from the freedom of her desires. This cage is a metaphor for society and how women are enclosed in a cage rather than free to express themselves.
This cage is shown in the tight structure look into the words to see the pure desire. It is again hidden, Just like her cage. Throughout stanzas two and three it seems that the desire she feels is what needs to be contained. However in the last stanza the desire is what is caging her in. She Cooke uses her interesting word choice, strict structure to create the cage of desire she is explaining. She shows us the double meaning she is balancing between and religion have put on her. Questioning if her rapture, whether it be pleasure or