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Literature and Virtue in Sidney's Apology for Poetry - Literature and Virtue in Sidney's "Apology for Poetry"       In "An Apology for Poetry" Sir Philip Sidney attempts to reassert the fundamental importance of literature to society in general as well as to other creative and intellectual endeavors. Though Sidney's work does provide a synthesis (and in some cases an aberration) of much Greek and Roman literary theory, his argument aspires to go beyond an esoteric academic debate. Literature can "teach and delight" in a manner which other methods of communication do not possess (138)....   [tags: Apology for Poetry]
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Apology for Poetry - An “Apology for Poetry” is a compelling essay refuting the attack on poetry by Puritan and fundamentalist Stephen Gosson. This complex article written by Sir Phillip Sidney represents the decisive rebuttal defending poetry. His strong emotive passages defend the uncongenial comments of poetry from Gosson. Although, his justification for the rebuttal is alluded to Gosson’s durable attacks on poetry; it is known Gosson’s remarks prompt Sidney’s attitude to defend not only against Gosson but as well as Plato....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Stephen Gosson] 1887 words
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The Defense of Poetry and An Apology for Poetry - ... -HOW EFFECTS READING – CONVINCINGNESS OF THE ARGUMENT -SOME QUOTES ON THE FORM HOW SIDNEY ACTUALLY DEFINES POETRY (AND PERHAPS HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY ASWELL) Sidney is broad in his definition of poetry, which equates more-so to fiction than what may conventionally considered poetry. He states that ‘…it is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet’ but rather: ‘is is that feigning of notable images of virtues, vices, or what else, with that delightful teaching, which must be the right describing note to know a poet by’....   [tags: Philip Sidney essay analysis] 2874 words
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The Plato of the Apology - ... Both uncontrollable events and the fate of external objects or people have no effect on the virtuous person. She remains virtuous no matter the circumstances. Additionally, returning to The Republic, Plato denies the cognitive value of emotions. Thinking connected to the emotions necessarily focuses on the immediate, the finite, and the uncontrollable, and, therefore, the false. Poetry must be banned from the ideal city for the protection of the citizens. The only true teacher of the best human life can be philosophy....   [tags: Western philosophy] 531 words
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Mary Jo Bang's Apology for Want - Mary Jo Bang's Apology for Want Quiet, unassuming, serene. These characteristics define the appearance of poet Mary Jo Bang. There is, however, another side to the humble St. Louis native which is not readily apparent by either her looks or her demeanor. Beneath her deceiving facade lies another person entirely, which only emerges through her poetic talents. Although she also read from her new manuscript which has not yet gone to print, Mary Jo Bang primarily read from her collection which won the Katherine Bakeless Nason poetry prize in 1996, entitled Apology for Want....   [tags: Free Essays] 430 words
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Ancient Japanese Poetry - While reading early Japanese literature, it is apparent that poetry embedded within the prose is a significant part of the overall experience of the storylines. There are times at which, in the case of Ise Monogatari, it is apparent that the story, written in prose, is not the main focus of the entry. The poetry is a delicate form of self-expression that was the only form of expression in the time before fiction and journal entries. “The seeds of Japanese poetry lie in the human heart and grow into leaves of ten thousand words....   [tags: Man'yōshū, Romance, Heian-Era]
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Sir Philip Sidney and an Analysis of Six of his Poems - Everyone in this world starts somewhere, thousands of new beginnings each day, a new story drafted every moment. A story can be written, told by mouth, or acted out, but it is the original telling, the occurrence of such a story, which remains the most engaging and interesting, leading to the stories that will be told long after the characters are gone. With each birth a new story begins, with each achievement the plot of a story is established, and with each death a story is passed on. Some people create more stories than their own, weaving their words into a tale of their choosing....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Cancer and Lucille Clifton's Poetry - Cancer and Lucille Clifton's Poetry Sometimes knowledge of someone’s life can be taught by stanzas. It is not always simple being honest and open to discuss past troubles, but it is important that those negative thoughts do not stay bottled inside you. Expressing these feelings can help aid in recovering. Lucille Clifton uses poetry as her therapy to bring out all the shadows in her life. From the beginning of her career with the publishing of Good News About the Earth in 1972 to the most recent addition, Mercy in 2004, we see how Clifton relies on her writing to capture her past....   [tags: Lucille Clifton poem Poet Poems Essays]
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Modernism Is a Prodigious Movement - ... It was a new approach to society's standardised conceptions, and was marked by experimentation and manipulation through the apprehension that knowledge is not absolute. “Modernism released us from the constraints of everything that had gone before with a euphoric sense of freedom,” Arthur Erickson. It didn’t only materialise throughout literature and philosophy but also throughout the arts, anthropology, sculpture, music and architecture. Dan Cruickshank described this movement as being one of a, “positive rejection of the past and the blind belief in the process of change, in novelty for its own sake, in the idea that progress through time equates with cultural progress; in the cult of...   [tags: poetry, freedom, moral] 840 words
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Cultural Engineering of the Poetic Parental Instinct - Cultural Engineering of the Poetic Parental Instinct It seems that biological genetic engineering is not a contained threat; in the last decade it seems to have spilled significantly into cultural and literary studies. In Renaissance studies, this trend becomes evident in Richard A. Goldthwaithe's Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy: 1300-1600 (1993) and especially in Lisa Jardine's Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance (1996). These "new histories" of "worldly and wealthy" Renaissance attempt to present consumerism and Thatcherism as the moving spirit of Renaissance society and art....   [tags: Areopagitica John Milton Poetry Essays]
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The Apology: The Understanding of the Soul in Life and Death - Four main themes are the most important in the assigned section of The Apology. I will begin with a brief synopsis of each major theme, with an analysis and my opinion following, and ending with the question of Socrates' own death. Firstly, Plato introduces the important concept that it is far worse for one to do wrong than to suffer wrongdoing. Socrates, refusing to be harmed by Meletus, believes that “it is not allowed that a good man be injured by a worse” (pg. 41). Despite Socrates' impending death or banishment, he does not think that these are the worst possible situations and still goes on to say that “it is a much greater evil to do what [Meletus] is doing now, and to try to put a m...   [tags: Apology, death, philosophy, Plato, Socrates, ] 1739 words
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Elements of Modernist Writing - Catherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bishop and William Carlos Williams were poets and writers of short fiction that belonged to the Modernist movement. The movement itself was triggered mostly by the industrial revolution and the horrors of World War I. It was an inter-continental movement and spread into all spheres and disciplines, such as art, philosophy, literature, architecture, music, culture and so on. During the movement of modernism, the individual moved into the spotlight, and it the human subjectivity and self-consciousness was themes around which most of the art and literary worked evolved....   [tags: poetry, imagism, interior monologue]
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Shame and Learning in Plato's Apology - Shame and Learning in Plato's Apology ABSTRACT: In the Apology, Socrates proves to be the master teacher (1) of Athens in the way that he invites the city to overcome its "cognitive shame." Psychologist and teacher Paul Shane contends that much of the learning process begins in shame. (2) Shane defines shame in this way: Shame is the feeling of being exposed and wanting to hide one's nakedness. It is related to ego-ideal. One has a conception of self, an image of what one can be, and the feeling of shame is experienced in not having achieved a desired and attainable goal, in lacking something, in being inadequate....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Apology Plato Essays]
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Plato's Apology - Plato's Apology Plato’s Apology is the story of the trial of Socrates, the charges brought against him and his maintaining of his own innocence throughout the process. At the onset of the trial, Socrates appears to challenging the charges, which included corrupting the youth, challenging belief in the gods that were accepted and reveled by the State, and introducing a new religious focus, but also belittles his own significance and suggesting that he will not attempt to disprove that he participated in the actions maintained by the court....   [tags: Apology by Plato] 1076 words
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How to Make an Effective Business Apology - How to Make an Effective Business Apology Whether it’s a missed deadline, a flawed product, or a billing error, somebody got injured, and even if the offending party is savvy enough to acknowledge the gaffe, there’s far more to an effective apology than just, “Whoops. Sorry.” When your turn to beg pardon arrives, here are the five steps to follow in completing an effective apology: FIRST, OWN THE PROBLEM This is your bad. Even if it was a representative or underling who blundered, accept responsibility personally....   [tags: Apology Letters emails Process Essays] 963 words
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Plato's Apology - Plato’s Apology In the retelling of his trial by his associate, Plato, entitled “The Apology”; Socrates claims in his defense that he only wishes to do good for the polis. I believe that Socrates was innocent of the accusations that were made against him, but he possessed contempt for the court and displayed that in his conceitedness and these actions led to his death. In his defense, Socrates claims over and again that he is innocent and is not at all wise, “…for I know that I have no wisdom, small or great.” Throughout the rest of his oration he seems to act the opposite as if he is better than every man, and later he even claims that, “At any rate, the world has decided that Socrate...   [tags: The Apology Socrates Plato Philosophy Essays] 807 words
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The Apology - In this paper I will be discussing the four charges brought against Socrates in Plato’s essay The Apology# and why exactly each of these charges is completely fictitious. The four charges brought against Socrates were that he argued the physical over the metaphysical, he argued the weaker claim over the stronger claim, he went against the gods, and he was corrupting the youth (Singer, lecture, 9-15-11). Each of these four charges is false for varying reasons and I will be addressing each explanation on why each charge is a complete sham, after discussing each charge....   [tags: Greek, Socrates, Plato] 1464 words
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Relationship of Walcott's Poetry with History - Discuss the relationship Walcott’s Poetry has with History. How is this demonstrated in his poetry. ‘I have Dutch, nigger and English in me, and either I am nobody, or I am a nation.’ This is a quote from ‘Shabine’, a Walcott persona. A central theme that runs through Walcott’s poetry is his search for identity. In many of his poems he focuses on an internal dissonance between established cultural heritage in his African, English and Caribbean ancestry in developing one that encompasses each one without disregarding another....   [tags: Poetry] 1061 words
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Analyzing the Elements of Poetry - In my preparation for this essay I thought that there was going to be very little that I would learn about the elements of poetry. This is not because I am an expert and have nothing new to learn, but rather the opposite. I have never really spent the time to break down and appreciate poetry. One of the reasons I think that I haven’t spent the time on poetry is due to my reading habits. I usually read to gather information and poetry is on the other end of the spectrum. Fredrick Gruber sums this up, “Poetry tends to give general truths while history gives particular facts.” (Gruber) Having said all of this though, I did see a couple of things that I could apply to my own writing....   [tags: poetry]
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The Poetry of Robert Frost - Have you ever looked outside your window and wondered what the world really means. Reading Robert Frost’s poetry you will be able to form your own opinion and thoughts about this pulchritudinous world. His poetry is so deep and meaningful you will be overwhelmed with what was going through this man’s head. Life is not paradisiacal, and this is something Robert Frost knew but his poetry gave insight to the people of his time and the generations to come. Although Robert Frost's life was far from perfect he was still an extraordinary person; his great inspirations, themes, and figurative language have won him many honors and awards thus creating one of the greatest American poets known to this...   [tags: Poetry] 1331 words
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The Poetry of Robert Burns - Despite his later fame as the greatest Scottish poet, Robert Burns had humble origins. He was born on January 25th, 1759, to William Burns in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. He lived in several places during his life, including Alloway, Tarbolton, Mauchline, and Dumfries, Scotland. He died of heart disease at age 36. His early death was a great tragedy. Burns' father was a farmer named William Burns. Robert Burns was the eldest of seven brothers. Burns also had a tutor named John Murdoch. Burns had many loves during his life, to which he had fourteen children....   [tags: Poetry] 991 words
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Poetry of Lucille Clifton - According to Jocelyn Moody, the contemporary poet Lucille Clifton was born on June 27, 1936 in Depew, NY. She was very smart and always proved it ever since she was young. As result, she graduated very young, at the age of sixteen. As soon as she graduated she graduated she received a scholarship to attend Howard University located in Washington, D.C. Two years after, in 1955 she transferred to the Fredonia State Teachers College. She met Fred Clifton; he thought philosophy at the University of Buffalo....   [tags: Poetry]
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Victorian Poetry Writing Styles - Elizabeth Gaskell writing style was type cast as early Victorian style, which concern characteristics of women in society, gentle, domestic, tactful, low IQ, supersensitive, and melodramatic. With societies limitations and boundaries for women, Gaskell gracefully accepted tranquil satisfaction and portrayed these stereotypes of women in her writing. Some critics have labeled Gaskell’s writings as a mere feminine style, but this would be a worthwile angle for her to approach social problems more wisely Christian perspective....   [tags: Poetry] 729 words
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Thank You Mousie, For Everything - Although he was a late eighteenth century poet, Robert Burns also was a farmer, in fact it was on his farm where he came up with the idea for his famous poem, “To a Mouse.” Upon plowing his field in Scotland one afternoon in 1785 he accidentally dug up and ruined a mouse’s nest, and he feels bad for doing so and wants to apologize to the mouse. In his apology, Burns not only stresses his feeling of guilt for destroying the mouse’s home but he seems to go on a tangent where he conveys a deeper meaning....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]
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The Beats’ Defining Poetry - The Beat generation of the fifties and sixties were a unique and strictly American group of writers who began a distinct movement in the world of literature. What is so unique about the Beats begins simply with the fact that they defined themselves as the Beat generation, and touted their own literary style every chance they had, promoting each other’s work, shamelessly and pretentiously. This is opposed to the normal sequence of events in literary chronology, as specific literary movements and styles are often recognized and defined retrospectively, often posthumously, rather than recognized by the author (or authors) involved....   [tags: Poetry]
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Characteristics of Poetry During the Romantic Period - Due to the personal nature of the romantic poetry, there has always been a fascination with the lives of Romantic poets. Taking place from 1780-1830 the Romantic period began as a reaction to the Enlightenment ideas. It started a new emphasis on feelings of sadness and happiness. Along with believe in imagination and the idealism of nature. The Romantic poets saw nature as a source of spiritual renewal and means of escaping there troubled lives. In Wordsworth Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey....   [tags: poetry] 687 words
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Edgar Allen Poe's Philosophy of Poetry - Edgar Allan Poe had a philosophy that poetry should appeal only to the sense of beauty, not truth. I think that what Poe is trying to say with this philosophy is that not everything that we sense is beautiful is necessarily truly beautiful. In all of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems there is a haunting aspect of beauty that he describes, however, his life was not full of beauty or happiness. I will show the beauty Edgar Allan Poe describes in his poetry that may have escaped his life or not even existed....   [tags: poetry] 644 words
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The Role of Poetry in Narrative Prose of the Heian Period - If I happen to encounter poetry imbedded within prose, I tend to either skip over it, scan it, or otherwise read it as quickly as possible if it seems uninteresting. I am almost shamed to admit that my reading habits hold no exception for traditional Japanese literature, although I guess I am forced to go back and actually read them thoroughly now, since that happens to be the topic of this paper. First of all, I can grasp the meaning of the poem if it is obvious enough in context. For someone unfamiliar with Japanese literature, history, language, etc., it is difficult to understand, let alone recognize the allusions present....   [tags: Poetry]
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The Role of Poetry in Narrative Prose During the Heian Period - Nearly a thousand years ago, the country we now know as Japan was in the early stages of development. During that time China was considered the “center of the world,” therefore many other countries, including Japan, envied China’s power and wanted to borrow elements of their culture to become more like China. One of the many things that Japan “borrowed” from China was the high art of poetry. In this paper I will discuss elements in two major Japanese works of poetry: Man’yōshū and Kokinshū. By examining literary components of both anthologies I plan to make educated inferences about the roles they played in the time period they were compiled....   [tags: Poetry]
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Affect of Literary Patronage on Early Eighteenth Centruy Poetry - Examine how literary patronage affected the role of the poet in the early eighteenth century. The eighteenth century saw both the emergence and growth of a willing to learn, literate middle-class and the death throes of patronage. Poets still sought patrons , but, gradually, their own writings would support them, at least partially . This is a period of writers’ quarrels between those supporting patronage and those who did not, as well as between those supporting the Tory party —also known at the beginning as the “Court Party”, in favour of the gentry, the English Church and the restoration of the Stuart monarchy—, and those supporting the Whig party —originally called the “Country Party”, o...   [tags: Poetry]
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The Fire Sermon: An In-Depth Look at Modernist Poetry - Just in case the document does not open i have pasted my essay below. See you in class FCA's 1. Three paragraph response 2. Examples and citations form the poem (3 minimum) 3. Sophisticated language The Fire Sermon - an in-depth look at modernist poetry Humanity relies on its life lessons and morals to carry itself through time. Different ideals and points of view on human life mix and provide the diverse culture that humanity owns today, and humanity can thank its ancestors for creating the preaches, speeches, literature pieces, and even religious sermons that carry these morals and lessons throughout generations....   [tags: Poetry] 1010 words
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Isolation in Poetry - Walt Whitman, a poet and journalist of the nineteenth century, is famous for his ability to see past the physical and write about themes that delve deep into the emotional. In his lyric poem, “A Noiseless Patient Spider,” this fact is highlighted by his concise yet sublime description of isolation as felt by both the spider and reflective speaker. This particular theme of isolation is commonly utilized in writings of detective fiction, such as those by Edgar Allan Poe, to highlight the crazed emotional state of man as well as his fervor and ability, when provided with an enclosed space, to connect the dots and thereby come to a conclusion....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Confessional Poetry - Confessional poetry is a style that emerged in the late 1950’s. Poetry of this type tends to be very personal and emotional. Many confessional poets dealt with subject matter that had previously been taboo. Death, trauma, mental illness, sexuality, and numerous other topics flowed through the works of the poetry from this movement. Confessional poetry was not purely autobiographical, but did often express deeply disturbing personal experience. (Academy of American Poets) Three important poets who are typically associated with the confessional poetry movement are Anne Sexton, Allen Ginsberg, and Denise Levertov....   [tags: Poetry]
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The Apology by Socrates - ... Socrates Apology is about lying to rest the accusations of both the earlier and later accusers, while proving that all he was searching for is human excellence and truth, which he does not have, but in Socrates view is the main purpose and greatest achievement of life. In the Apology, Socrates begins his argument saying that he was brought before the court in Athens due to his accusers on false pretenses, and that these accusers should not fool the men of Athens and into believing that Socrates would deceive them....   [tags: defense, forgiveness, callias, athens] 1083 words
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The Influence of Nature on Victorian Poetry - The significance of nature is apparent in Victorian poetry. There are Victorian poets who view the connection to nature of human beings. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Coventry Patmore, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti exemplify nature as being exuberant, indifferent, and sorrowful in a variation of their poetry. In Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Splendor Falls,” nature is vividly depicted as being alive. Tennyson uses many active verbs to illustrate his view of nature clearly. In the first four lines of stanza one, nature is portrayed as splendid....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 756 words
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The Poetry of Michelangelo - Michelangelo Michelangelo was very talented in many fields of art. One is able to see a relationship between his art and his poetry due to its realistic aspects. People who are acquainted with his art and poetry are able to understand his emotions and ideas. Michelangelo was the greatest living artist of his time. Michelangelo focuses on topics of life. In his poems he discusses categories pertaining to love, death, evil and good, beauty, and women. The first is the fault the artist finds in his ability to be both a poet and painter....   [tags: Poetry] 996 words
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Poetry Analysis - A quote from Seamus Heaney’s poem entitled “Summer 1969” is “He painted with his fists and elbows, flourished / The stained cape of his heart as history charged” which will greatly influence my discussion of his developing expressions of his role as an Irish poet. In this essay I will be discussing his poems entitled “Bog Queen”, “Punishment” and “Summer 1969”. In discussing any poet, one must always consider the social and political background to the poetry since poetry never exists in a vacuum but is always influenced by its social and political times....   [tags: Poetry] 1679 words
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Romantic Poetry - Poetry is a varied art form. Poetry is expression with words, using aesthetics and definition. Word choice in poetry is the single most important thing. Devices such as assonance, alliteration and rhythm work in a poem to convey a certain image or to facilitate understanding. Similes and metaphors can take two unlike objects, such as a potato and cinderblock, and if done the correct way use them to describe how Abraham Lincoln dealt with scoundrels. Poetry is beautiful. One of the best genres in poetry, let alone a great literary movement is Romanticism or the post-enlightenment Romantics....   [tags: Poetry]
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The Life and Poetry of Langston Hughes - According to Becky Bradley in American Cultural History, Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Growing up, he dealt with some hard times. His parents divorced when he was little and he grew up with neither of his parents. Hughes was raised by his grandmother since his father moved to Mexico after their divorce and his mother moved to Illinois. It was when Hughes was thirteen that he moved out to Lincoln, Illinois to be reunited with his mother. This is where Hughes began writing poetry....   [tags: poetry, biography]
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The Life and Poetry of Sylvia Plath - Sylvia Plath was a novelist and a poet in which she expressed her deep feelings about death, nature and her opinions about the universe. Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston. Her father, Otto Plath, was a professor at Boston University and was also expert with bees. He published a story in 1934, “Bumblebees and Their Ways.” Sylvia was impressed by they way her father handles the bees. When Plath was only eight years old, her father died from diabetes, but before his death he was known as authoritarian....   [tags: biography, poetry] 1667 words
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Pastoral Poetry - It is in the nature of pastoral poetry that human desires are projected into a natural setting and lived out only through fantasy. The real world, full as it is of unpredictability and unwanted emotions, is accessible to everyone, while the idyll of the pastoral is preserved “for poets’ fantasies;” its ground is not to be trampled by everyone (Ettin 43). After failing to retreat into the traditional pastoral landscape, John Milton begins, in his poem “Lycidas,” to exercise the control he does not have in the real world over the elements of the pastoral, defying the customary idyllic landscape and turning it into one of mourning....   [tags: Poetry] 2162 words
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The Life and Poetry of Bret Harte - Authors, a lot of them surround us today, they are the person who enhances our imagination, or gives existence to anything that is plain and different. In American history, there were a number of poets and authors who rose to popularity. They changed people’s outlook on everything, and added a great amount of different things in American literature. Throughout this time, there were a couple of great poets and authors who helped create the local color school in American fiction. One poet who helped in this movement was Bret Harte....   [tags: American Poetry] 1577 words
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Elements of Poetry in 'Harlem' - In poetry, it is critical t bring out a theme. This makes the reader learn something and realize what the poet is attempting to say. A good theme can really impact the reader. Most poets use elements of poetry to do this. In Harlem, Langston Hughes uses elements of poetry to show his theme, which is when you give up on your dream, many consequences will arise. In the poem Harlem, Langston Hughes uses many elements of poetry to prove his theme, including similes, diction and personification. Langston Hughes uses a profusion of similes in "Harlem" "Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" This simile compares a dream deferred to gross food that has dried up....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 431 words
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Dominant Themes In Whitman's Poetry - The dominant themes that are more pervasive in Whitman’s poetry are democracy, life/death cycles, individualism, and nature. These themes play major roles in some of his more notable poems such as “Songs of Myself” or “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” He used democracy as a theme to bring society together, and unite everyone based on their general beliefs. He depicted life and death cycles to merge society together on a spiritual level. Despite his eagerness to unite society he also embraced individualism, and is also a persistent theme in most of his poetry....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 698 words
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The Poetry of Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman is considered by many to be one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century. Whitman grew up in New York and was a member of a large family, having eight siblings. Only four of these siblings lived to adulthood. His father was an alcoholic, which led to Whitman becoming more like a father-figure than a brother to his siblings. Whitman quit school at the age of eleven. He then worked as a journalist, as a carpenter, as a teacher, and as an editor before focusing on poetry. Whitman is most well-known for his book of poems, Leaves of Grass....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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The Poetry of Robert Frost - Robert Frost was a well-known American poet born March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He began writing poetry at the age of 11 years old. His first poem was published during high school and his first book of poetry wasn’t released until he moved with his wife and children to England in 1912. Robert Frost became known as “America’s Poet” because of his significance in American culture. The 1920’s when many of Frost’s poems were written, marked an era noted as “The Roaring Tweenties.” As the WWI was ending, this was a time of fundamental change, marked by events such as the stock market crash, women’s voting rights, and other major world events...   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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A Comparison and Contrast Between the Two Poems, Poetry and Modern Poetry - “I, too, dislike it: There are things that are important beyond all this fiddle.” Poetry has been around for a long time. As the years go by poetry adapts to the time period. However, the authors have different views. Majority of them will read and enjoy all types of poem, but they have their own opinions. The new, has to be truly unique to the author and to the time period. Shakespeare still had plays that we study, but it is hard to comprehend the message behind the words. Worlds change and the literature's change with the trends....   [tags: modern poetry, true poetry]
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Poetry Analysis: "The Red Wheelbarrow" - From the beginning of William Carlos Williams’ poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” the reader is captured by the statement “so much depends” (Williams line 1). As this short work continues the reader is seeing a graceful image that Williams creates. The mind’s eye can envision a painting that is tranquil, yet has the quiet activity of a rural farm home. With this in mind, what exactly is the author sharing with the reader. The poem communicates charmingly the dependence a man has for a vital piece of equipment....   [tags: Poetry Anlaysis]
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The Poetry of Robert Frost - Robert Frost has long been recognised as one of America’s greatest poets. Each poem begins with a straightforward description of a place or situation and then gently moves towards commentary and reflection on human life. There are life lessons to be learned in every poem which appeal to the reader both intellectually and emotionally. Frost deals with various aspects of human life throughout his poetry, such as; childhood, relationships, death, decision making, depression etc. Frost expresses these themes and emotions in a very personal way and yet each can be interpreted on a universal level....   [tags: American Poetry] 770 words
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Poetry and Figurative Language - Poetry is a type of literature written in meter. Meter is the rhythm established by the poem. Figurative language explains the method poets use to describe a factor by comparing another factor. To comprehend poetry and figurative language, this paper uses three distinct poems to define imagery, metaphors, rhyme, and structure, and discusses the importance of figurative language in poetry, and ways in which figurative language communicates to the reader. The poems are “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, “Chosen” by Marilyn Nelson, and “When in disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes” by William Shakespeare (Theil, 2005, p....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Analysis of Roethke's Poetry - Theodore Roethke Didn’t Know He’d be a Poet Born in Saginaw Michigan in 1908, Theodore Roethke grew up in his parent’s home, which was built in 1911 for his parents Helen and Otto Roethke. (Theodore Roethke) This was a family estate with Theodore’s Uncle, Carl living on property as well. (Theodore Roethke) The family was in the flower business and Theodore spent many a day in the greenhouse. This is the source of many of his poems, along with his childhood experiences. Roethke is credited with saying the greenhouse, “is my symbol for the whole of life, a womb, a heaven-on-earth” (Theodore Roethke) Theodore Roethke went to school at John Moore Elementary School, and attended Arthur Hil...   [tags: American Poetry]
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Poetry Analysis: "The Lanyard" - Rough Draft We have all had those memorable moments that send us back in time; a song on the radio, the smell of cookies baking, driving in the car. They make you think of good times passed. But Billy Collins’s poem, “The Lanyard”, is not only a recollection of the past, but a personal insight to about the things his mother has done for him and what he has done in return. The poem starts off with the speaker recounting an event that occurred the other day. We see him moving about a blue-walled room “ricocheting slowly” from one thing to the next (1)....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Poetry: Emotions in Words - Poetry is an art form of expression and emotions through words. It encompasses the writer’s mood and point of view about a certain idea. Two poems that demonstrate the use of emotions in words are “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, and “A Dream within a Dream”, by Edgar Allan Poe. Both of these poets are very important in the literary field even though their ways of writing contrast each other. Angelou is a revolutionist who is known around the world for her astounding stories of racism, family, and overcoming adversity....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Poetry Analysis: Mending Wall - “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost, the fifty-six line lyric poem gives off a sarcastic tone that expresses impatience with his neighbor and the “wall.” The poem focuses on a theme of separation, the necessity of boundaries and the illusory arguments used to annihilate them. Frost uses the phrase “Mending Wall” to show that the relationship between the narrator and the neighbor is not being repaired. The poem focuses on two men who meet amongst a wall to stroll and make repairs. The narrator feels that the wall shouldn’t be there....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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A Research on Spoken Word Poetry - ... He wrote and performed the speech "I Had a Dream". This speech was considered a Spoken Word piece based on the content and the way it was delivered. Even though this piece made history not a lot of people identified this piece as a Spoken Word piece but rather a speech. People who aren't fluent in spoken word or even poetry wouldn't be able to identify the key components used in his speech which are still used today by many spoken word poets. Dr. King used powerful words, blending them into metaphors and similes painting pictures in thin air and evoking true internal unforgettable emotions....   [tags: ancient greek, poetry slam] 2128 words
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Role of Poetry in Heian Narrative Prose - Poetry has a long history in both Western and Eastern literature. As an art form, it is thought to even pre-date the written word (“Poetry,” n.d.). Some argue that the role of Eastern poetry, specifically Japanese, differs from that of the West because in Japan it is meant to capture a moment of emotion whereas Western literature is meant to describe an emotion. Nonetheless, poetry plays an extensive role in new and old Japanese society—some of the earliest written texts and the most important were poem anthologies....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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E.E. Cummings: The Birth of Modern Poetry - “The greatest poets are those with memories so great that they extend beyond their strongest experiences to their minutest observations of people and things far outside their own self-centeredness.” This quote said by Stephen Spender depicts a great poet as someone who utilizes their past observations to increase their knowledge about people, nature, love, and life. Like a great poet, E.E. Cummings employed his past experiences in his poetry and life. Known as one of the preeminent poets of the 20th century, E.E....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]
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Plato's The Apology - ... “Does one man do them [horses] harm and all the world good. Is not the exact opposite the truth?” (786). He goes on to say that the world would be a much better place if all but one person were virtuous. He, then, asks if it is better to live among the good or the bad. Meletus agrees that it is better to live among the good (786). Socrates asks if his corruption of the children is intentional or unintentional and of course Meletus says that it is intentional (787). Socrates dismisses this accusation by indicating that either he unintentionally corrupts the children or he does not corrupt them at all (787)....   [tags: Socrates, literary analysis, classics]
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Emotion and Feeling in Lord Byron's Poetry - The genre of poetry itself produces connotations based around raw emotions, especially when considering poetry from the Romanticism era. Furthermore, poetry which is based on emotions (whether negative or positive) is what makes it successful in evoking a more personal response from the reader. When exploring poetry references such as 'The English Poetic Mind' by Charles Williams, he states how when 'We are told of a thing; we are made to feel as if that thing were possible to us; and we are so made to feel it-whatever the thing may be, joy or despair...knowledge is an intense satisfaction to us '1....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]
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Role of Poetry in Heian Narrative Prose - The Heian Period (794—1185 A.D.) is remembered as a period of great creativity and literary innovation by the Japanese court—waka, true Japanese poetry, became established as an art form of its own, independent of Chinese poetry, and Ki no Tsurayuki compiled Japanese poems written by the aristocracy into the famous Kokinwakashū in 905 A.D. Although literature continued to thrive and new forms that were written mainly in prose developed under the court as well, poetry was never forgotten and was constantly included in these narratives....   [tags: writiting, poetry]
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Poetry Analysis: "Ode On a Grecian Urn" - The twenty-four old romantic poet John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” written in the spring of 1819 was one of his last of six odes. That he ever wrote for he died of tuberculosis a year later. Although, his time as a poet was short he was an essential part of The Romantic period (1789-1832). His groundbreaking poetry created a paradigm shift in the way poetry was composed and comprehended. Indeed, the Romantic period provided a shift from reason to belief in the senses and intuition. “Keats’s poem is able to address some of the most common assumptions and valorizations in the study of Romantic poetry, such as the opposition between “organic culture” and the alienation of modernity”....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Psychoanalytically Analyzing the Poetry of Sylvia Plath - The poetry of Sylvia Plath can be interpreted psychoanalytically. Sigmund Freud believed that the majority of all art was a controlled expression of the unconscious. However, this does not mean that the creation of art is effortless; on the contrary it requires a high degree of sophistication. Works of art like dreams have both a manifest content (what is on the surface) and latent content (the true meaning). Both dreams and art use symbolism and metaphor and thus need to be interpreted to understand the latent content....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ] 1843 words
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Bishop's Inner Emotions in Poetry - Approaching a topic as broad as loss can be a simple step; however, translating one's own attitude and perspective of the common experience can be a complex idea to communicate without a clear and organized transition between thoughts. Bishop's ability to craft this poem about such a variable and poignant concept with the lucidity and emphasis with which she does is evident in her unique use of language and structure. The most obvious thread throughout Bishop's poem is her clever and rhythmical use of repetition....   [tags: Bishop, poetry, emotions,] 552 words
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The Poetry of William Blake - William Blake is considered one of the greatest poets of British history due to his recognizable talent and unique style of writing and illustrating. As a young boy, Blake began having visions that he claimed were the source of his inspiration. His parents did all they could to nurture his “gift” and made sure he retained it throughout his life. His imagination definitely stayed with him as he grew up and wrote Songs of Innocence. This series of poems included Blake’s favorite themes of the destiny of the human spirit and the possibility of renewing our perceptions....   [tags: poetry, william blake] 601 words
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The Poetry of Tosa Nikki and Oku No Hosomichi - The origins of kiko, or travel literature, in Japan spans to well over 1000 years ago. One of the earliest examples of kiko is Ki no Tsurayuki’s Tosa nikki, a diary which Tsurayuki wrote most likely in 935 during the Heian period of Japan. Another important example of kiko, which is similar in ways yet also very dissimilar to Ki no Tsurayuki’s Tosa nikki, due in part to the many years that the two are separated by in terms of when they were composed, is Matsuo Basho’s Oku no hosomichi, or Narrow Road to the Interior/Narrow Road to the Deep North, which was written in the late 17th century during the Edo period of Japan....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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The Poetry of William Blake - This essay will aim to show the relationship between Innocence and Experience in William Blake's Songs. Both Songs of Experience and Songs of Innocence serve as a mirror Blake held up to society, the Songs of Experience being the darker side of the mirror. Blake's Songs show two imaginative realms: The two sides to the human soul that are the states of Innocence and Experience. The two states serve as different ways of seeing. The world of innocence as Northrop Frye saw it encapsulated the unfallen world, the unified self, integration with nature, time in harmony with rhythm of human existence....   [tags: Poetry] 1799 words
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Feminism in Adrienne Rich's Poetry - Adrienne Rich's poetry serves a prophetic function by articulating the history and ideals of the feminist struggle. By recalling the ancient chthonic mysteries of blood and birth, by reconnecting daughters with their mothers, by drawing parallels between women today and their historical counterparts, and by envisioning the women of the future who will emerge from the feminist struggle, her poetry celebrates women's strength and possibilities. Elaborating her vision, Rich brings a nurturing ethos to her analysis of social priorities: I simply believe that human society is capable of meeting the fundamental needs of all human beings: we can give them a minimum standard of living, we can give...   [tags: Poetry] 2813 words
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Wilfred Owen's War Poetry - 1. Introduction Trudging through ravaged landscapes with rooted out trees, blood and mud everywhere, trenches infested with rats, half filled with water and with corpses – these were the circumstances in which some 8,700,000 lives had been lost during the First World War. However, this reality was long kept from the knowledge of the civilians at home, who continued to write about the noble pursuit of heroic ideals in old patriotic slogans (Anthology 2012: 2017). Those poets who were involved on the front soon realized the full horror of war, which is reflected in their poetic techniques, diction, and imaginations....   [tags: WWI, English poetry, Sassoon]
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Johnson Poetry Analysis - Ben Jonson was said to be born June 11, 1572 in London, England. Jonson was educated at Westminster School by William Camden a classical scholar. Ben Jonson was a big man with a lot of courage. He lived with his mother, but his father; who died a month before his birth. His mother then married a bricklayer, Jonson then drop out of school to work for his stepfather trade. Ben Jonson really did not like the trade his stepfather did so he went off to the army. He was to poor to go to college so he fought in the was for the Dutch freedom from Spain.(434) Jonson married Annie Lewis on November 14, 1594, but there is not a lot know of their marriage....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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