Essay on Piano and Remembrance
This essay will portray the nostalgia in the poems Piano by DH Lawrence and Remembrance by Emily Bronte. Specific references will be made to each poem, identifying the Nostalgia.
Nostalgia describes a longing for the past in which it is often idealized. The word is a formation of Greek compounds, meaning “returning home” or a Homeric word meaning “pain” or “ache”. Nostalgia can also be interpreted as a longing for home or familiar surroundings, for instant homesickness. Lastly Nostalgia can be referring to a bittersweet yearning for the things of the past.
In Piano the poet seems to be proud to be a full-grown man, yet he loves recalling his blissful youth, and this nostalgic attitude causes him to feel guilty as if he has betrayed his current state of mortality, though other readers see the poem differently as they say the poem is about a man who misses his mother.
Piano is a poem about the poet’s longing for his mother, while Remembrance elucidates the memory of a beloved someone. In both poems the poets long for someone or something from the past.
This can be seen in Piano, where the poet writes “taking me back down the vista of years”(line 2), this shows us that the poet is going back in years of his memory.
In Remembrance the poet uses different diction to tell the readers they are moving into the past now, “Far, far removed, cold in the dreary grave!” (line 2). This tells us the poet is moving backwards into the past, “grave” also tells us that the beloved person she is talking about is long gone and dead.
We can also see in Remembrance that the poet is telling us about a loved one in line 3, “Have I forgot, my Love”, meaning that the poet have forgotten her loved one, as so many years has passed, “fifteen wild Decembers” (line 9). Here we can begin to see how she idealises this beloved person and also that she misses this person dearly.
Another example of Nostalgia can be seen in line 6-8 in Piano “Betrays me back,...