Realism in William Ernest Henley’s Poems


This study investigates the formalistic elements and the mimetic signification of reality in William Ernest Henley�s ten selected poems using the qualitative- descriptive discourse content analysis. An in-depth analysis is conducted on the poetic elements and life�s realities extracted through the persona- addressee transaction identified. After a thorough analysis, it is found out that Henley�s poems commonly use the figures of speech such as personification, simile, metaphor, hyperbole and hyperbaton that become elemental in drawing out the poetic vision , thus, these poems teach strength of character worthy of emulation by all regardless of age, gender and race. With these findings, it is concluded that William Ernest Henley�s poems reveal textual elements that are formalistic and mimetic in nature. On the basis of the findings and conclusion, it is recommended that the poetic elements such as the imagery, persona, addressee and the figurative language used by other poets of all ages be analyzed carefully to draw out the poetic vision of their works as these reveal life�s realities and that more didactic poems be written by creative writers.

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Roselyn T. Bustos, Cebu Technological University, Philippines

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Literature - Poetry

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