Poetry is a fundamental genre of literature and contributes has a notable role in society. Remarkably, there are vital aspects of poetry that keep every poem lovable by the audience and among readers. Essentially, poems evoke emotions and feelings among readers. The preservation of poems’ inaugural newness emanates from their role in evoking emotions. The ability to express experiences through selected wording and surprise readers is a vital characteristic of great poets. The power to astonish readers is important in enhancing the love for a poem by the audience and its readers. A masterpiece poem is a constellation of diverse poetic symbols, for instance. A poet, therefore, focuses on the necessity to astonish readers and promote lasting enjoyment of the poem by readers and the audience. The application of symbols to promote surprise in poetry breaks the over-familiarity with the normal environment.
Hirshfield examines the contribution of surprise in poetry and other works of literature (Hirshfield 45). Besides surprise, she examines the role of hiddenness and uncertainty as avenues used by poets to promote the readers’ love for poems. Poetry is never complete without vital creative energies of poems such as surprise. Surprise, as it appears in poetry, promotes psyche and the poetic culture among poets (Hirshfield 46). The poem’s impact on the audience depends on the extent of surprise as depicted by the author. Surprise enhances the extended feeling and broad knowledge of the poem among readers. Surprise further promotes the dominance of the poem across generations. The surprise is equally central and necessary in enhancing other aspects of poetry such as promoting culture. Poems that have a surprise as central generative energy preserve their novelty since they are like emotions that do not fade from readers’ memory. Surprise, therefore, constitutes a central contributor to the attainment of masterpiece poems.
The surprise is evident in most masterpiece poems such as Cinderella. The poem is a presentation of a dark and ironic story of Cinderella. It has several surprising, aggressive and bloody descriptions used to show transformations in Cinderella’s life. There is an evident transformation towards the grievances of death and neglect by her family. The gruesome depiction of the tale forms a vital aspect of surprise in the poem. Surprise, as used in the poem, is effective in showing the story’s reality. Cinderella endures abuse from the father, stepmother, and siblings. She faces the experience of neglect by family members.
Surprise in the poem is effective as a means to develop a criticism of traditional fairy tales. The surprise is challenged by the fairy tale ideology. Surprise in the poem plays a notable role in revealing the narrator’s viewpoint of women and femininity. The narrator presents a cynical view of women and femininity through exposing the gruesome action of self-mutilation. It is surprising that women can perform self-mutilation to gain the attention of Prince Charming. The stepsisters’ actions of self-mutilation as a strategy to find a husband are surprising. The poem has a central theme of good versus evil. The surprising experience that Cinderella undergoes is a depiction of evil in society. The poem is an application of fairy tales to show unexpected life events, love, and experience through surprise. An analysis of the gruesome events in Cinderella affirms to Hirshfield’s examination of the contribution of surprise in poetry.
Hirshfield, Jane. Hiddenness, Uncertainty, Surprise: Three Generative Energies of Poetry. Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2008. Print.