English 11 Poetry Project – Infinite Finite

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Infinite Finite

The infinite world is a group of finite things

Every product of nature, and their huge flow of a large mountain

The endless fence is only within the boundary of a heavy clock needle

A flock of sheep running around, and their vast fields

 

Everything that yearns for eternity is finite,

In The greatness of power

be eaten up by the infinity of the finite land,

In Cruelty of humans

 

 What pursues Infinity fails to stay infinite

Meaninglessness in life and death

Drowning deep, deep into the eternity

Struggles of our mother nature

 

Leaving the traits that perish, again, 

becoming of a small part of the universe.

 

Composition:

The type of the poem “Infinite Finite” written by Eunsoo Kim is a lyric attempting a sonnet. The poem has a theme; all the constructions of the world are finites by the infinite time. In this respect, the poem basically has a thematic relation with the poem, Ozymandias. Both say about that nothing can get ahead of time, but Infinite Finite is saying more deeply about it. Ozymandias tells that in front of time, nothing is able to exist forever, however, when even the power of the king of kings has gone with his power, the architecture still exists, and this tells the infinity of art. However, in different, Eunsoo Kim’s poem tells that everything is unable to get ahead of time even it is an art. The poem has tone of satire. In the first line, where Eunsoo shows the tone, “The infinite world is a group of finite things,” it contains the main content of the poem that even everything which seems powerful, time only makes them trifling grains of sand.

“Every product of nature, and their huge flow like a large mountain” is an example for the simile to express that the flow of nature, such as life and death, weather, etc., that much stronger than physical existences. “The boundary of a heavy clock needle” is a type of synecdoche that means time flow, which is even stronger than the flow of nature. “Fence” is also a metonymy that means the world. Therefore, the meaning of the line will be “the world is controlled by time.” From the eighth line, “infinity of finite land” is an oxymoron that means the ironic phenomenon that people cannot see the end of the world, so it feels like infinite, but it is not. From the two lines, “Meaninglessness in life and death” and “Drowning deep, deep into the eternity,” death, drowning, and deep are the alliterations. Lastly, From the second stanza, “What pursues infinity fails to stay infinite,” pursues is a personification that personifies every elements of the world, even which are not humans. “Struggles of our mother nature” and “becoming of a small part of the universe” are also the personifications.

 

Poem Analysis:

Ozymandias is a sonnet, written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The poem has a theme related to time, art and literature, which is, “In time, all power is gone and gone, but art is more eternal than power.” In the poem, the poet is a narrator, and he is telling about what the traveler said; there is a destroyed architecture on desert, and it symbolizes the power of Ozymandias, and there was stamped words which how Ozymandias was powerful in the past, but ironically, there was nothing left besides the architecture. From the poem, “My name is Ozymandias King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” is the lines that represents how the king Ozymandias had a great power in the past. However, from the next following line, “Nothing beside remains” shows that the power had lost its fame as time has passed through, except the architecture on the desert. The faded power is shown in the line, “Two vast and trunk less legs of stone Stand in the desert…,” through a description of the destroyed architecture. For the poetry devices from Ozymandias, “stone Stand” is a sound device of alliteration. The line, “Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip,” is a metaphor which expresses negatively about the face, which is also a symbol of power. The last five lines have an irony, also the tone of satire, because there has nothing left beside the powerful king’s architecture. In larger, the theme of Ozymandias is related to the Macbeth’s theme, “In front of great flow of the world, desire and longing are useless.”