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Analysis of the Poem A Weak Wall - ... This particular wall of Frost’s has many problems that keep it from being a steady and permanent one. It has one major enemy that “sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, and spills the upper boulders in the sun; and makes gaps even two can pass abreast.” (870). Using a tactic like freezing the ground and creating cracks, this enemy proves to be none other than nature itself. By having nature attempt to bring down the wall, Frost is suggesting that walls used to separate are, in fact, unnatural....   [tags: communication, robert frost, poem]
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Analysis of Lowell's Poem, Patterns - “Patterns,” Amy Lowell explores the hopeful of women in the early 20th century through a central theme. A woman’s dream of escaping the boundaries that society has placed on her dissipates when she learns of her lover’s untimely death. She also expresses her emotions and what she truly feels. She mustn’t show any form of feeling, so she feels as if there is “not softness anywhere” about her. Confined by “whalebone and brocade,” the speaker continues to live up to the expectations society enforces upon her....   [tags: poetry, poem analysis] 1194 words
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Love As a Theme In a Poem - Love is one of the main sources that move the world, and poetry is not an exception, this shows completely the feelings of someone. In “Litany” written by Billy Collins, “Love Poem” by John Frederick Nims, “Song” by John Donne, “Love” by Matthew Dickman and “Last Night” by Sharon Olds navigate around the same theme. Nevertheless, they differ in formats and figurative language that would be compared. For this reason, the rhetoric figures used in the poems will conduct us to understand the insights thought of the authors and the arguments they want to support....   [tags: poetry, Litany, Love Poem, Song, Last Night]
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Poem Explication: “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison” - Throughout life, we have all experienced the loneliness of being excluded at some point or another. In “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,” Samuel Taylor Coleridge shows how his experience with this resentful jealousy matured into a selfless brotherly love and the acceptance of the beneficial effects some amount of denial can have. Each of the poem’s three stanzas demonstrates a separate step in this transition, showing Coleridge’s gradual progression from envy to appreciation. The pervading theme of Nature and the fluctuating diction are used to convey these, while the colloquial tone parallels the message’s universal applications....   [tags: Poem Analysis]
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Analysis of John Donne's Poem, The Flea - The Flea John Donne’s poems are similar in their content. They usually point out at same topics like love, lust, sex and religion; only they are dissimilar in the feelings they express. These subjects reflect the different stages of his life: the lust of his youth, the love of his married middle age, and the piety of the latter part of his life. His poem,’ The Flea’ represents the restless feeling of lust during his youthful days but it comes together with a true respect for women through the metaphysical conceit of the flea as a church in the rhythm of the sexual act....   [tags: Poetry, Poem Analysis] 1411 words
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Emily Dickinson’s Poem It Was Not Death - In Emily Dickinson’s poem “It Was Not Death”, Dickinson is stuck in a mental state of hopelessness and despair which she cannot define nor understand. As Dickinson does not know the cause of her anguish, she begins the poem by referring to her condition with an unidentified “it”, and throughout the poem she is trying to make sense of this “it”. The poem is written in ballad meter as it consists of four line stanzas that contain alternate lines of iambic tetrameter followed by iambic trimeter. In both the first and second stanza, Dickinson is trying to make sense of her feelings by eliminating the different possibilities of her current mental state....   [tags: Poetry, Poem Analysis, Poetry Analysis] 562 words
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Beowulf Poem Review - ... That grief and rage made Grendel’s Mother a formidable enemy. Once Grendel’s Mother made her presence known in the mead hall, Beowulf was called upon to defeat her. Beowulf did not hesitate to agree, and he set out to find and defeat Grendel’s Mother. Beowulf fought Grendel’s Mother in her territory, and this also was an example of the great courage Beowulf had. Beowulf fought Grendel’s Mother under water. It took great courage and strength for Beowulf to defeat Grendel’s Mother given the conditions he was fighting her under....   [tags: grendel, poem, germanic people, loyalty]
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Analysis and Interpretations of Reed's Poem, Naming of Parts - “Today we have naming of parts”. In the poem “Naming of parts” written by Henry Reed, the author uses subtle text to get his message across. The poem could be interpreted two ways; one way is that the poem depicts a group of military recruits receiving a lecture from their head officer on guns and how to use them. Another interpretation of this poem could be about love making, and what young men should be doing with their parts. In the spring they should be learning what to do; and enjoy them selves....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Poem Analysis] 793 words
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Sexual Meaning in John Donne's Poem, The Flea - Following a unique poetic language of the Renaissance, John Donne's ‘The Flea' is a poem illustrating the metaphor of a flea to represent the sexual act and relations between a man and woman. Portrayed through language, imagery, and structure John Donne's poem is one of conceit and seduction, as the speaker (assumed to be a man) follows a consistent pattern of persuasion to have premarital sex with a woman. Written during the 17th century, John Donne utilizes an unconventional genre in his poem, demeaning and objectifying the female sex....   [tags: Poetry, Poem Analysis] 1479 words
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The Symbolism of Hands in Jon Stallworthy’s Poem - Jon Stallworthy’s poem is about the narrator comparing the nature of his hands to his father’s hands and more importantly, how it reflects their difference in personal abilities. The narrator says “hands so alike- spade palms, blunt fingers, short in the join - would have no more in common”, translating to even though their hands may be identical in terms of the physical appearance however, they are poles apart when it comes to their skills and functions. This quote directly links to the choice of the author’s title because “Two Hands” not only sets the theme of the poem but it is also built upon the idea of how two hands can look so similar and yet have such variance in their roles....   [tags: Poem Analysis, Poetry] 736 words
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The Reality of War and Death Depicted in Owen's Poem, Dulce Et Decorum Est - If we look at the history of the world with a kaleidoscope, we can see the different aspects of war and what effect it had on the mind of different people and artists such as poets, painters and authors. Many poets romanticized war, luring it with their pen and giving it a beautiful look by glorifying death and obliging young blood to fight for their motherland. For example the poems “Peace” by Rupert Brooke and “Fall In” by Harold Begbie painted war with the highlights of glamorous and sensation....   [tags: Poem Analysis, War Poem, Poetry] 1091 words
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Literary Techniques Used in Sylvia Plath's Poem, Mirror - Mirrors show us who we really are, whether we want to believe it or not. Makeup may help cover the exterior flaws, but when we look in that mirror we all know what we really look like. Mirrors let us see how we are changing and the way we perceive ourselves. Women, more often than men, have self-esteem issues because of what they see in the mirror. They find every little thing they believe is wrong on their face. A huge cause of their insecurities is because of the pedestal's women are put on by men....   [tags: poetry, poem analysis, literary analysis] 922 words
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The Risk and Luck of Beekeeping Demonstrated in the Poem, Venom - Beekeeping is a dangerous and risky activity if the right precautions are not taken. Tanis MacDonald demonstrates the risk and luck involved in a beekeeping career in her poem “Venom”. She illustrates a young girl’s experiences through the poem, and the irony of the career the beekeeper chose later. Imagery is used continuously throughout the poem to entice the reader so they might have a better connection with the poem. Furthermore MacDonald incorporates symbolism in the poem to enhance its meaning....   [tags: Tanis MacDonald, poem analysis, Poetry] 872 words
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An Explication of Sharon Olds’ Poem, Feared Drowned - An Explication of Sharon Olds’ Poem “Feared Drowned.” Fear is an amazing emotion, in that it has both psychological as well as physiological effects on the human body. In instances of extreme fear, the mind is able to function in a way that is detached and connected to the event simultaneously. In “Feared Drowned,” Sharon Olds presents, in six brief stanzas, this type of instance. Her sparse use of language, rich with metaphors, similes and dark imagery, belies the horror experienced by the speaker....   [tags: poem analysis, poetry, critical analysis] 907 words
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Analysis of Bruce Dawe's Anti-War Poem, Homecoming - An anti-war poem inspired by the events of the Vietnam War, Homecoming inspires us to think about the victims of the war: not only the soldiers who suffered but also the mortuary workers tagging the bodies and the families of those who died in the fighting. The author, Australian poet Bruce Dawe, wrote the poem in response to a news article describing how, at Californian Oaklands Air /Base, at one end of the airport families were farewelling their sons as they left for Vietnam and at the other end the bodies of dead soldiers were being brought home....   [tags: Poem Analysis, Poetry, Vietnam War] 1412 words
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Comparing and Contrasting Jenkins' Poem "He Loved Light, Freedom and Animals" and Bush's Poem "Pneumoconiosis" - Both poems have been written about death dying and the loss of loved ones, in a once thriving Welsh mining community. The first poem by Mike Jenkins is a reflection and remembrance by a Father who tragically and suddenly lost his son in a horrific and unfortunate disaster that happened in Aberfan in 1966, where many young lives were lost. The second poem by Duncan Bush in 1995 was written when he was riddled with the disease Pneumoconiosis hence the title of his poem. Pneumoconiosis is a disease contracted by miners who worked underground toiling unaware of the affect the dust was having upon their lungs....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Poetry, Poem Analysis] 1026 words
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Australian Poetry: An Analysis of Bruce Dawe's Poem, Life-Cycle - Bruce Dawe is considered to be one of Australia’s most influential poets of the 20th century. Dawe’s poems capture Australian life in numerous ways, whether it is our passion for AFL in Life-Cycle or our reckless nature towards war as in Homecoming. Dawe creates very complicated poems reflecting the author’s context relevant to the time period, your context is based upon your reading of the poem, where you may gather different meanings, to that of the original intent, hidden within the text. Life-Cycle: Written in the 1960’s this poem is one of the most famous of Dawe’s collection....   [tags: Poems, Poem Analysis] 970 words
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The Poem Girl by Jamaica Kincaid - The poem "Girl" by author Jamaica Kincaid shows love and family togetherness by creating microcosmic images of the way mothers raise their children in order to survive. Upon closer examination, the reader sees that the text is a string of images in Westerner Caribbean family practices. Jamaica Kincaid has taken common advice that daughters are constantly hearing from their mothers and tied them into a series of commands that a mother uses to prevent her daughter from turning into "the slut that she is so bent on becoming" (380)....   [tags: Poetry, Poem, Jamaica Kincaid]
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Human Imperfection Illustrated in Frost's Poem, After Apple Picking - The poem “After Apple Picking” by Robert Frost expresses the feelings of the narrator during and after the process of harvesting apples by showing the sustainability and ambition of human spirit. Frost’s poem is an accurate reflection of life and of human imperfection through the use of repetition, literal and figurative language and various symbols. The repeated use of the word “sleep” resonates throughout the poem and suggests that the narrator is experiencing fatigue and weariness, “I am drowsing off / I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight / Upon my way to sleep before it fell / My instep arch not only keeps the ache / [Woodchuck]’s sleep” (Frost 8-21) One interpretation of sleep is...   [tags: Poetry Analysis, poem analysis] 509 words
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Analysis of Dickinson's Poem, My Life had Stood a Loaded Gun" - “My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun” In the poem, “My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun,” published around 1863, Emily Dickinson effectively uses metaphorical language in making the speaker compare him/her self to a loaded gun. The speaker speaks as if he/she is a loaded gun waiting to expose their full potential. When reading this poem, one could definitely see religious connotations in that one cannot reach his/her full potential without The Master’s – God’s – help and direction. In “My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun,” the speaker speaks as if he/she is a loaded gun sitting in a corner until “The Owner” comes along and carries it away....   [tags: Poetry, Poem Analysis] 615 words
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Love vs. Lust in Andrew Marvell's Poem, To His Coy Mistress - I know that there is a unique difference between love and lust. In the Andrew Marvell poem “To His Coy Mistress,” I would argue over the issue of love versus lust. In this poem, we are introduced to a man who is infatuated with a young woman and wants to become intimate with her. He tries to pursue this young woman, but the woman is playfully hesitant. The man is trying to explain to the young woman if she keeps being resistant to him, they would never get a chance become intimate. Could it be that the man really does have true love for the young woman....   [tags: Poem Analysis, poetry, poems] 747 words
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Analysis of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Epic Poem Ulysses - Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s epic poem "Ulysses" is composed as a dramatic monologue, consisting of four stanzas each of which frankly discuss the speakers current situation and yearning for adventure. The use of iambic pentameter provides a sense of fluidity to the speaker’s voice. The speaker reveals himself to be the protagonist of the poem with the opening line “It little profits that an idle king” (1). The use of the word “idle” offers the first clue as to one of the main themes of the poem....   [tags: Epic Poem Ulysses]
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A Story of Blood, Death, Loyalty and Honor Depicted in the Poem, The Song of Roland - In the poem The Song of Roland, the author relates the spectacular fight between King Charlemagne’s army, the Franks, and the Muslim Saracens. The poem tells a story of blood, death, loyalty and honor. Around 1095, the year in which the First Crusade was initiated, we find the first extant version of this great French epic. While there is truth deeply rooted in the poem, much was emphasized and embellished to attract followers in the crusades. Despite appearing as propaganda, the author succeeded in assembling thousands of volunteers for the launch of the crusades....   [tags: Crusades, Poem Analysis, Poetry] 994 words
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Tragic Death of a Young Boy in Frost's Poem Entitled Out, Out - “Out, Out” is a graphic and emotional poem about the tragic death of a young boy. It is a powerful expression about the shortness of life and the fact that death can strike at any time. ¹ The fact that the boy’s death came right before he could “call it a day” leads one to think that the tragedy could have been avoided (line 10). This poem brings the question of mortality to the reader’s attention and shows that death does not discriminate. It could strike at any time no matter who the person is or what they have or have not done in their life....   [tags: poem analysis, poetry] 2953 words
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The Inferiority of Women in Robert Browning's Poem My Last Duchess - Written by Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess” is a poem about an egocentric Duke who has a painting of his last wife upon the wall and is trying to impress an ambassador who is negotiating his next marriage. Although it is obvious that the Duke is trying to persuade this ambassador, however, this is where the first mystery is created. It is almost as if he is trying to persuade no one more than himself. This poem was set in Renaissance Italy and women were denied all political rights and considered legally subject to their husbands....   [tags: Poetry, Poem Analysis, Poetic] 796 words
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Response to Langston Hughes' Poem I, too, sing America - Hughes, Langston. “I Too. Sing America.” New York Times 5 Jan 2010: A16 Online. [Summary] This poem is about the struggle of a working minority, a black man, suffering the hardship of unfair labor. Langston Hughes gives out such a real and positive impact on the read, too which makes them think about how they can hope for the future. ' But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong ' This doesn't only suggest that he is getting stronger physically but also mentally which states that he doesn't take the slavery personal and hopes for tomorrow and he knows that tomorrow will...   [tags: poetry, poem analysis] 745 words
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An Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poem, Because I Could Not Stop for Death - In the poem “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson refers to death as a gentlemen who unexpectedly visits Dickinson to take her on a journey “towards eternity” (I. 24). It is very ironic that she considers death as a gentleman, but as we all know it is the total opposite. On the second stanza they both start the slow and peaceful journey. “We slowly drove, he knew no haste” (I. 5). We can see the tranquility of the scene in which they are. Dickinson here understands the seriousness of the situation in which she is, and she forgets about everything....   [tags: Poem Analysis, Poetry] 620 words
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Emily Dickinson’s Poem 67, Poem 1036, and Poem 870 - Absence and Loss in Emily Dickinson’s Poem 67, Poem 1036, and Poem 870 Emily Dickinson often refers to loss and absence in her poetry. It is not often seen as strictly negative though. It is, however, seen as inevitable. It is not always inevitable in the negative sense though. It is sometimes seen as necessary in order to understand life. There seems to be an overall theme of loss being a part of life. This theme can be seen upon examining poems 67, 1036, and 870. Poem 67 is a good example of Dickinson portraying absence as positive....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem 67 1036 870]
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Pro War Attitude Conveyed in Robert Bridges' Poem Wake Up, England - In the poem “Wake Up, England” by Robert Bridges, the speaker expresses his pro-war attitude and urges his English citizens to support the war by playing with our fears, duty and patriotism. In stanza one and two, the speaker asks the citizens to stand up for England because now is not a time for happiness. This is shown when, ‘Thou peace-maker, fight/Stand, England, for honor.’ (Line 2-3); meaning that the speaker is wanting the citizens of England to fight, either physically in the war or supporting it....   [tags: Poetry, Poem Analysis] 666 words
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Emily Dickinson's Use of Loss in Poem 67 and Poem 1036 - Emily Dickinson's Use of Loss in Poem 67 and Poem 1036 Many of Emily Dickinson's poems touch on topics dealing with loss. While loss is generally considered a sad or unfortunate thing, Dickinson uses this theme to explain and promote the positive aspects of absence. Throughout many of her poems, one can see clearly that she is an advocate of respecting and accepting the state of being without. Dickinson implies that through these types of losses, one can gain a richer and stronger appreciation for both success and belongings....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem 67 Poem 1036] 815 words
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The World of the Child in a Rural Setting in Frost's Poem Out, Out - Throughout ‘Out, Out’, Frost utilises a multitude of techniques in order to express the thoughts, feelings and poignancy of a young child and the rural idyll he inhabits. The exploration of this important theme, and the injection of subtle vocabulary, allegory and syntax it entails, is of paramount importance to Frost and he treats it with according lustre. Throughout the poem Frost conjures a bleak and wholly malicious image of innocence being overwhelmed by the adult, and industrial, world: a theme prevalent throughout a large proportion of his poems....   [tags: literary techniques, poem analysis, poetry] 829 words
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Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the Epic Poem of Gilgamesh - Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the Epic Poem of Gilgamesh In this paper, I seek to explore the identities and relationships between Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the epic poem of Gilgamesh, up through Enkidu’s death. I will explore the gender identity of each independently and then in relation to each other, and how their gender identity influences that relationship. I will also explore other aspects of their identity and how they came to their identities as well, through theories such as social conditioning....   [tags: Gilgamesh epic Poem Essays]
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An Interpretation of Emily Dickinson's Poem #315 - An Interpretation of Emily Dickinson's Poem #315 Emily Dickinson had an interesting life, and is a profound woman in the history of America and literature. Emily wrote many poems. Some are titled, and many are given chronological numbers instead of headlining the main theme. I am interpreting Poem #315. I read the poem, and had to read it again and again. As with most poems, the meaning is always clouded from me and I need a little help to figure out the true meaning of the author's intentions....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem 315 Essays] 921 words
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Sylvia Plath's Poem Daddy - Sylvia Plath's Poem "Daddy" Overbearing fathers who dominant their children’s lives dispose of comfort and security and instead cause irreversible damage. Sylvia Plath writes about her own experiences dealing with her authoritarian father in “Daddy.” In this poem, Plath utilizes literary devices like allusion, child-like diction, and dualistic organization to communicate her bitterness in this theme of resentment and scorn. Plath’s usage of allusion calls the reader to bring their own knowledge to the poem....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy Poetry Poem Essays] 684 words
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An Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poem #315 - An Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poem #315 I believe that this poem can be interpreted in many different ways. Who is to say that there can only be one explanation or meaning to Dickinson's #315. Since being introduced to this poem, I have heard many different interpretations either from others in my group or from reading about it in web sites or books. In this close reading, I will concentrate on the very first word of this text: He. I will explain who I think this person is and how "He" is responsible for the actions in this poem....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem 315 Essays] 836 words
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An Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poem 670 - An Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poem 670 Have you ever been scared by your own shadow. Or have you ever been walking home at night, and nothing unusual is happening, but you can't shake this feeling that some mass murderer is following close behind, waiting to strike. Maybe you are crazy. More likely, though, you become scared by thinking of old tales or stories, like all the people who have gone into the woods and mysteriously vanished without a trace. I knew one girl who saw The Blair Witch Project and had to sleep with all the lights and the TV on that night, and still to this day won't go traipsing into the woods....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem 670 Essays] 775 words
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Harlem, An Analysis of a Langston Hughes Poem - Harlem, An Analysis of a Langston Hughes Poem The short but inspirational poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes addresses what happens to aspirations that are postponed or lost. The brief, mind provoking questions posed throughout the poem allow the readers to reflect--on the effects of delaying our dreams. In addition, the questions give indications about Hughes' views on deferred dreams. "Harlem" is an open form poem. The poem consists of three stanzas that do not have a regular meter. To catch the reader's attention, the writer made sure that specific words and questions stood out....   [tags: Poetry Hughes Harlem Poet Poem Essays]
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e. e. cummings' Poem of Simplicity in Life - e. e. cummings' Poem of Simplicity in Life This poem by e. e. cummings describes the link between age and happiness by relating the two with simplicity. With this simplicity, however, there is a break from reality, and there are consequences. We can only do what is natural for us. you shall above all things be glad and young by e. e. cummings you shall above all things be glad and young. For if you're young, whatever life you wear it will become you;and if you are glad whatever's living will yourself become Girlboys may nothing more than boygirls need: i can entirely her only love whose any mystery makes every man's flesh put space on;and his mind take off time that you should ever th...   [tags: Poetry Poem Essays] 1722 words
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Thomas Hardy’s poem “Hap" - Thomas Hardy’s poem “Hap" Poetry is ultimately defined as a major literary genre. How boring that is for such a beautiful literary form. I believe that poetry is a genre devoted to art, complexity, and precision. All in which the poet does more than just writing; he or she takes that which is indescribable and finds words for it through poetry. Granted, this leaves poetry vastly open to interpretation. After all, each and every poet expresses him or herself in a different way; with different meter, rhyme, mood, and meaning....   [tags: Thomas Hardy Hap Poetry Poem Analysis Essays] 2212 words
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The Extensive Use of Symbolism in Emily Dickinson's Poem #315 - The Extensive Use of Symbolism in Emily Dickinson's Poem #315 As I had no prior experience with Emily Dickinson's work, I was unsure of what to expect from this assignment. I read the poem about fifteen or twenty times before I was even able to ask myself legitimate questions about Dickinson's thoughts as she composed this work over two hundred years ago. I couldn't even look to the title for guidance..."ugh, this is going to be tough" ran through my head over and over. I began by researching #315 on the Internet and in our library....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem 315 Essays] 784 words
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An Explanation of Haunting Thoughts in Emily Dickinson's Poem 670 - An Explanation of Haunting Thoughts in Emily Dickinson's Poem 670 Poem 670 is about the inner workings of your mind. The beginning of this poem addresses everyone. She does that by saying, "One need not be a Chamber....One need not be a House." This is saying whether you are small like a chamber or big like a house you will be haunted in your mind. The phenomenon of haunting thoughts, in your brain, exceed anything externally at that moment. Your mind becomes totally focused on the inner dealings that external people or actions are perceived as ghosts....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem 670 Essays] 656 words
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Exploration of the Brain in Emily Dickinson's Poem 670 - Exploration of the Brain in Emily Dickinson's Poem 670 The brain is one of the most complex organs of the entire human body. How many people over the course of time have explored and tried to explain the brain. Even with millions of peoples' opinions of how the brain works, we still do not understand the most intrinsic parts of it. The tricky part is the subconscious. We are able to hide things, even from ourselves, for years. How is it that we can bury so much information that becomes so hard to find....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poem 670 Essays] 822 words
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Robert Frost's Poem Fire and Ice - Robert Frost's Poem "Fire and Ice" If you had a choice on how the world would end, what would you choose. Would your choice to be go painfully but fast. Perhaps you would rather it be so slow and painless you do not even realize it is happening. That's what I believe Robert Frost's poem Fire and Ice is meant to express. Although the poem is short, it holds a very interesting question to think about. The question is which way would you rather the world come to an end. There are two choices.      The first two lines in Fire and Ice express the choices, "Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice.'; I feel that he uses the term fire not to hold the direct meaning of a burning fla...   [tags: Robert Frost Fire Ice Poet Poem Poems Essays] 829 words
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Parent-Child Relationships in the Poems Refugee Mother and Child, Poem at Thirty-Nine and Piano - In Refugee Mother and Child, the nature of relationship portrayed between a mother and child is very tender and personal. The title of this poem directly suggests a connection between a mother and child. The very first line elaborates on this idea, as seen in the metaphor; “No Madonna and child could touch, that picture of a mother's tenderness...” Here the sustained sacred love between the mother and child surpasses the iconography of Mother Mary and Jesus. This signifies that the refugee mother and child shared a distinctive kind of closeness and loving relationship, experienced by no other parent and child....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Alice Walker, Poem Comparison] 1286 words
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