Critical Analysis of That’s Success by Berton Braley

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Critical Analysis of That’s Success

“That’s Success” by BertonBraley is an passionate poem, which captivates the reader’s mind provoking them to introspect and think twice about the notion of success they have. It  essentially conveys adiscerning message to all – Success is a part of life, the latter being made up of both failure and victory, accepting this and acknowledging both the facets with equal grace is important in the walk of life. This poem effectively reveals the true meaning of success. When one sets a goal and charts a way to it, all one can do is do their best, remain sincere in their efforts of achieving it and on the way make sure that they take fair means to reach it. Many a times or rather most of the times human beings measure success with the amount of money they make, this notion has been challenged and defied, elucidating how remaining true to one’s dream and holding friends close on the way is true success, for most lose close ones on the way of chasing money. Dreams give birth to aims, and actions give birth to them becoming reality, this journey from dreaming to doing is an important one. Being in harmony with one’s core, transforms into an endeavour of finding out the answers and acquiring what the being aspires to have.

One always wishes to ornament their dreams with perfection, thus leading to a time consuming process of choosing and applying only the best for it to turn out the exactly the way it was envisioned. What needs to be kept in mind however is that time waits for none, and each moment has to be treated as precious, utilizing it and maintaining a steady pace in the tryst with chance and fate, moving ahead bravely with courage. Romances break the heart dragging one to hell and then again if they last, its like living in heaven, one and all take this chance, for that slim possibility of it being the glimpse to an eternity of bliss, it’s a gamble all take part in. Success too is a similar concept. Rising up in the face of defeat, accepting failure with a smile, and crushing disappointment, building a ladder with its dust and climbing up with a will made of iron is an indispensable part of success. Losing hope on the way, at the sight of obstacles shall deter one farther away from the goal, it’s the gallant approach towards life, that shall bring success to those seeking it. How one overcomes failure shall decide how one shall procure success, how hard one works for it decides how great the success would be and how nobly one lives his life decides how idyllic its taste would be.


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Poetic Devices

Figures of Speech:

1st stanza :

making money : This is an example of alliterations, for we spot the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of the closely connected words.

3rd Stanza:

minute more : This is an example of alliterations, a figure of speech characterized by the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of the closely connected words
brave romance :This is an example of an oxymoron, that is a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory

 4th Stanza:

laughing lightly: This is an example of alliterations, a figure of speech characterized by the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of the closely connected words
dame despair : : This is an example of alliterations, a figure of speech characterized by the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of the closely connected words.
Also we spot “Personification”, another figure of speech, where an abstract idea is personified, here for example despair has been personified.

5th stanza :

drinking deeply: This is an example of alliterations, a figure of speech characterized by the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of the closely connected words
cheerful grin: This is an oxymoron, that is a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory

6thstanza :

sharing sorrow: This is an example of alliterations, a figure of speech characterized by the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of the closely connected words
serving, striving : This is an example of alliterations, a figure of speech characterized by the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of the closely connected words

Rhyme Scheme:

The poem “That’s Success” by BertonBraley, has six stanzas with four lines each. End rhyme has been used extensively is the poem all throughout. It follows the rhyme pattern of aabb/ccdd/eeff/gghh/iijj/kkll

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