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Stanza Critical Analysis - Stanza 1129: Being completely honest with one another is will unite as all, and make for a better society in the long run. You can’t be honest with yourself or others if don’t tell the whole truth. If you don’t do the right thing, it will eventually come back at you. Lying and being selfish is a poison to society that will erode its values. As the truth gradually comes out mother nature becomes aligned (the lightning ceases). Mankind’s actions are directly correlated with nature. How can a society be democratic and civil if everyone is lying to one another....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1436 words
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Sir Gawain And The Green Knight: Stanza 74 - In stanza 74, fit III, the lady of the castle offers a magical, green girdle to Sir Gawain and explains to him that the wearer of this corset "cannot be killed by any cunning on earth." Sir Gawain, amidst an ethical dilemma, accepts the gift and chooses to conceal it from Lord Bertilak. This passage contains three of the main themes of the story – the inner and outer conflicts between Sir Gawain’s ethics and desire to live, and the test of religion. When Sir Gawain is offered the girdle, his knightly principles are questioned....   [tags: essays research papers] 1329 words
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Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden - ... “Hayden Robert.” Bloom’s Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 30 Mar. 2014 <http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=104863&SID=5&iPin=AAW0068&SingleRecord=True>. Balestrini, Nassim Winnie. “Those Winter Sundays”. Bloom’s Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 30 Mar. 2014 http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?itemID=WE54&WID=104863&SID=5&iPin=CAP458&SingleRecord=True>. Mandell, Stephen R. "Digging." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, Compact. By Laurie G. Kirszner. Eighth ed....   [tags: poems, stanza]
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Keats and the Senses of Being: Ode on a Grecian Urn (Stanza V) - Keats and the Senses of Being: "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (Stanza V) ABSTRACT: With its focus on the pathos of permanence versus temporality as human aporia and on the function — the Werksein — of the work of art genuinely encountered, John Keats’s Ode on a Grecian Urn is a particularly compelling subject for philosophical analysis. The major explications of this most contentiously debated ode in the language have largely focused, however, on various combinations of the poem’s stylistic, structural, linguistic, psychological, aesthetic, historical, symbolic, and intellectual-biographical elements....   [tags: Keats Poem Ode Essays]
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Comparison of the Two Versions of the Last Stanza in London By William Blake - London, by William Blake, was written in 1794. This poem describes how people within a society react, or don't react, when they are subjected to unethical and immoral socially accepted norms. William Blake wrote an earlier version of the last stanza in London, which he later adjusted. The second version is more effective, and dramatic for the reader. The first change Blake made was to "midnight harlot's curse." He changed this to "midnight streets" (13). The first version, "midnight harlot's curse", pertains more to the evil that results from a harlot's curse....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 289 words
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John Keats' Ode to Nightingale and Negative Capability Are Poems of Feeling - In a letter written to Richard Woodhouse on October 27, 1818, John Keats addresses the idea of his poetic identity. According to Keats, “A poet is the most unpoetical of anything in existence; he has no identity…creatures of impulse are poetical and have about them an unchangeable attribute-the poet has none; …he is certainly the most unpoetical of all God’s Creatures” (Keats 1818). Therefore, Keats views himself as a poet with no self, writing not from his own identity. In his mind: “the poetical Character itself, (I mean that sort which, if I am anything, I am a Member; that sort distinguished from the wordsworthian or egotistical sublime; which is a thing per se and stands alone)...   [tags: poet, stanza, conflict]
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To an Athlete Dying Young: Poem Analysis - ... Housman continues the image of celebration with, “Man and boy stood cheering by, / And home we brought you shoulder-high” (Line 3-4). Line three indicates that various generations of the community (both young and old folks) were excited to have the victory being brought home (Line 3). The last line in the stanza shows the various members of the community parading the runner across town until the runner’s home (Line 4). The first stanza shows a few similarities on how the runner and Martin Luther King Jr....   [tags: the runner, stanza, Dr. King] 1099 words
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Poem Analysis: The Soldier by Ruper Brooke - ... The “dust” in lines four and five is a metaphor for the soldier’s life; England created him and he will become “dust concealed” when he dies and is buried. The first stanza of “The Soldier” uses various lines of imagery: “some corner of a foreign field… In that rich earth a richer dust concealed… flowers… Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.” These forms of imagery emphasize the soldier’s death and how his death will cleanse him of any wrongdoings he had done in his time on earth. The “rivers” and “suns” are personified as they wash and bless the soldier, and give his death a sense of warmth and nurturing....   [tags: sonnete, stanza, the death] 785 words
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Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen - ... While this is not the most potent image in the poem, its immediacy works to show the reader from the beginning that war is tiring. It is also, in a way, showing that though they are headed toward “rest” (4), their circumstances are still not good. Lastly the use of enjambments and caesuras throughout the poem is fitting. Particularly in the first stanza in the lines “Many had lost their boots / But limped on, blood shod. All went lame; all blind;” (5-6) the word blood-shod halts in the middle of the line....   [tags: poem analysis, stanza] 766 words
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Simplicity in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost - "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a regarded as one of Robert Frost’s best pieces of work. However at a first glance, one typically overlooks the poetic finery of Robert Frost’s work. He embeds ambiguous meanings that allow the reader to take a dual interpretation of the text. The iambic tetrameter along with the simplicity of the poem conceals the actual meaningfulness. While creating a deeper meaning Frost also provides a perspective that gives off a remote and solitude feeling. The poem highlights the evening of a man who pauses to take a look at the beautiful scenery lying ahead of his long journey....   [tags: poem, struggles, stanza, life]
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Native American Poetry: Joy Jarjo - ... However, as the poem goes on, the speaker views the horse in different forms and sometimes appropriates the horse. In the first stanza, due to the incorporation of her culture in her writing, the horses are compared through nature, which as stated, plays a significant part in her culture. When Harjo writes, “She had horses who were bodies of sand”(2) and, “She had horses who were splintered red cliff”(8), can most likely be a reference to the landscapes that the speaker was surrounded by. The reference to the landscape can also emphasize the environment in which the speaker lives in, which ultimately places us in a setting for the poem....   [tags: society, adversities, culture, stanza] 915 words
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Forgotten Planet - In “Forgotten Planet” the speaker is reminded that knowledge erodes wonder. Through a series of events, the speaker discovers new destiny for his daughter, while he discovers knowledge waiting to be understood. The first stanza focuses on introducing the reason for the flashback to occur. For example, in lines 1 and 2, the poem takes the reader straight into a conversation between the speaker and his daughter, and when she says, “Venus...Mars...Plunis!”, it causes the speaker to go into a flashback, starting on line 3....   [tags: speaker, stanza, imagery]
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Comparing Wordsworth's Ode to Duty and Elegiac Stanzas - Comparing Wordsworth's Ode to Duty and Elegiac Stanzas A past attitude is reverted to and revised in Wordsworth's "Ode to Duty" and "Elegiac Stanzas." Employing geographic metaphors, both celestial and earth-bound, the poems climb over rocky Wordsworthian terrain that details his reconciliation between past and present and implications of the future. Though vastly different stylistically‹"Ode to Duty" utilizes an antiquated verse form and language, while "Elegiac Stanzas" is written in Wordsworth's beloved "language of men"‹and in the internal willfulness on the poet's part to change versus reaction to external stimuli, the poems parallel in their desires for resolution of a disarrayed sou...   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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An Analysis of the Third and Fourth Stanzas in Poe's Poem The Raven - An Analysis of the Third and Fourth Stanzas in Poe's Poem The Raven These two stanzas start at line 25 of the poem, they are the third and fourth stanzas. The persona has heard a knocking at his door, but no one was there. At this point in the poem, his fear and excitement are increasing as some voice keeps repeating the word "Lenore." It is not clear whether he actually hears some other voice speak the word, or if he just interprets the echo after he himself says it as belonging to someone else....   [tags: Poe Raven Essays] 904 words
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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost - ... I believe it is also a teasing of human behavior and humanity’s dissatisfaction and curiosity on one level, and also shedding light on the finalities of decisions, and the missed opportunities that go along with them. Within these four stanzas of the poem the speaker narrates coming before two roads while walking through the woods of an autumn morning. This is a fork on the road that I believe represents the choices that every individual comes across in the journey of life. The narrator is careful in his choice of road, though regretful that he can only choose one as he says, “long I stood / And looked down one as far as I could / To where it bent in the undergrowth;’’ (lines 3-5)....   [tags: four stanzas, power] 1005 words
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Introduction to Poetry Representation - Poetry is not just words formed into a line and a stanza; each poem is an opportunity to “dance” with the poet to his or her significant song. “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins is a reflection on how readers should read poetry. This poem is about how readers should take the time to understand and explore poetry. In addition, Billy Collins, also, states that readers should not torture poems and ignore the significance each stanza represents, but dissect, enjoy, and appreciate the journey they will take while reading poetry....   [tags: poems, poetry, billy collins, stanzas]
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An In-Depth Loot at Lord Byron´s She Walks in Beauty - An In-Depth Look at "She Walks in Beauty" Many people find it hard to express feelings of love or adoration to the person that has captured their attention. In Lord Byron's poem "She Walks in Beauty," the speaker describes his admiration of a beautiful lady in eighteen lines. The ABABAB tetrameter sets a soothing poem, the metaphors and similes describes the woman being a unique beauty, and the tone of the poem lets the reader believe that the speaker idolizes and adores the lady being describe, causes the reader to feel the adoration the speaker has for the lady....   [tags: love, stanzas, poem, adores, lady] 603 words
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An Analysis of the First Two Stanzas of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven - An Analysis of the First Two Stanzas of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven Picture yourself alone one night. You are sitting up in bed, your legs buried underneath your comforter while you read for what seems like the hundredth time that same paragraph from Franklin for your American Literature class, and trying to ignore the storm that is only getting stronger outside. Suddenly, the power goes out, and you only have candlelight to read by. The silence becomes deafening, and you watch the shadows play across the wall....   [tags: Poe Raven Essays] 867 words
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An Analysis of Selected Stanzas From Book II, Canto VII of Spenser’s Faerie Queene 1 - An Analysis of Selected Stanzas From Book II, Canto VII of Spenser’s Faerie Queene 1 I Her face right wondrous faire did seeme to bee That her broad beauties beam great brightness threw Through the dim shade, that all men might it see: Yet was not that same her owne native hew, But wrought by art and counterfetted shew, Thereby more lovers unto her to call; Nath’lesse most heavenly faire in deed and vew She by creation was, till that she did fall; Thenceforth she sought for help, to cloke her crime withall....   [tags: Faerie Queene] 1917 words
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Analysis of "Consolation in Hades Bosom" Poem - ... Within the poem, there are some symbols that I am going to mention in this essay such as: the beam of her life, shattered glass, the flesh, the beam of her life, and God’s place. These four have been selected because of their implication in the story. The premier "the beam of her life" makes reference to her son. Although it is not explicit said until stanza 7, form the very beginning we can infer that the poem is about a mother and her son (even earlier in "her own blood" at the first line)....   [tags: summarize, form, symbols, devices, emotion] 1221 words
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Naming of Parts, by Henry Reed - The Elaborate Use of Poetry Devices In “Naming of Parts” While one way of thought is factual, more literal, another is more reflective and abstract. In Henry Reed’s “Naming of Parts”, Reed uses both approaches to thinking with his speakers, and this allows his poem to include different points of view and tones. The two speakers are evident in different lines of “Naming of Parts”, and when they merge, they have a different meaning than both alone....   [tags: Poetry Devices, Factual, Literal]
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The Metaphysical Conceit in Donne's Poems - ... This of course is true, however, there is much more complexity to this flea and this bite. Line four says, “And in this flea our two bloods mingled be”, this is the first instance in where we see Donne’s use of a metaphysical conceit. We see through analysis of this line that the flea represents an intense bond between the victims, that originally “thou deniest [the speaker]”(stanza 1,line 2). We see more evidence of this metaphysical conceit in lines 6-9, “A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhood,/…/And this, alas, is more than we would do.” These lines support the idea that the flea’s bite represents an act similar to intercourse because there is a mention of virginity, and self-respec...   [tags: The Flea, A Valediction] 1188 words
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Exploring How Keats Finds Beauty In Death - There is no life without death, and no death without life. Life and death mutually define each other and without one, the other would have no meaning. Keats was an English poet very concerned with death and human mortality. His poems usually deal with his struggle to accept his own mortality and his attempt to flee from reality into a world of immortality. This poem, “To Autumn”, which Keats wrote after observing an autumn evening, is seemingly simplistic and purely descriptive. However, underneath the surface, Keats has finally begun to accept the difficult truth that death is inevitable....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Poets, Poem] 1193 words
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Keats: A Life Lesson from A Piece of Marble - Time is an ever constant moving aspect of life. It can build one up and tear one down in an instance, for everything revolves around time. In John Keats’s ever famous poem “Ode On A Grecian Urn” Keats ponders over the immortal world painted on the structure and the changing one in which all humans live in. The structure that makes the poem is one of many characteristics, two being rhyme and meter. “Ode On A Grecian Urn” is dominantly iambic pentameter (with ten syllables per line and five feet) which gives the poem a nice flow....   [tags: Literature]
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Explication of Diane Thiels "The Minefield" - Diane Thiel’s poem “The Minefield” is about a man who’s mind has been ravaged by memories of a war in his childhood. She shows that even though the war had been over for years, the memory of it haunted the man in everything that he did. Through a powerful combination of symbols, dark images, and a split chronology, she creates a full picture of a life changed forever by war. In the first stanza, the tone is lighter, describing a scene where two boys are running through towns. The boys race, the faster one being described as a “wild rabbit”....   [tags: essays research papers] 340 words
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Analyzing The Bells, An Edgar Allen Poe Poem - Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells" is a poem filled with alliteration, assonance, and rhyme. The musical words capture the reader as they pull him in with their rapid, lyrical flow. It consists of four stanzas, each a bit longer than the preceding one. Each stanza has it's own type of metal bell, representing different stages of human life. The first set of bells that we come across in this piece are the silver bells. These bells represent the first stage of human life: youth. Firstly, the color silver is pure and shiny....   [tags: American Literature, Literature Analysis] 322 words
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Religion and Education in The poem A Different History by Sujata Bhatt - The poem A Different History was written by Sujata Bhatt, and is about how the culture, language and identities of the colonisers have affected India’s values, culture, religion and spirituality. The first stanza focuses on respect for religion and education, and on India’s culture, whereas the second stanza emphasises how the language and the colonisers destroy this culture and values. This poem also focuses on the fact that language plays a crucial part in establishing national identity, linking people of the same nation together through common history, and a shared culture (which language is a part of)....   [tags: indian culture, language, identities]
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Unique Senses of Place in Poetry by Edward Thomas and Robert Frost - Both Edward Thomas and Robert Frost explore many poems where they describe a place which would transport the reader to a specific scene that implies that this place is somewhat important to the poet. Edward Thomas’ poem, ‘Adlestrop’ describes where he witnessed a place for only a few moments as his train stopped at a station, named ‘Adlestrop’. Adlestrop is a small rural parish on the eastern border of Gloucestershire, and it is very well-known for its countryside and walks. This poem begins with the line “Yes, I remember Adlestrop”; this leads us to believe that someone may have asked him if he knew this place and also creates a conversational feel of the poem to intrigue the reader to find...   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1027 words
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John Keat's Poem To Autumn - John Keats’s poem, “To Autumn” is an ode poem, exemplifying his feelings, experiences and thoughts towards the season of autumn. When a reader first reads the poem, it is clear to them that the speaker is somewhere midday admiring a beautiful fall day. It is not until analyzing the poem, does the reader understand the depth the speaker has gone to describe the day he is experiencing. However, beneath simple ideas the speaker presents, lays a complex structure that is uneasy to unpack but has a timeless component from the 1800’s....   [tags: poetic analysis, odes, ]
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Loaded Gun Symbolism Depicted in Emily Dickinson's Poem, 754 - In the beginning of Emily Dickinson’s poem “754,” the narrator immediately compares her life to a weapon, “My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun --” (754). Usually, when one thinks of a gun, he or she might think of death instead of love. In most cases, when a person owns or has a possession of a gun, that person might use the gun for protection. A gun is an inanimate object that has the potential or power to take the life of a human. From analyzing the poem “754,” the narrator symbolizes a loaded gun, full of potential, full of power, waiting to be in the possession of its owner for protection just as a bride waits to be wedded by her husband....   [tags: 754, poetry] 2006 words
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The Wasteland by T.S. Ellitot - ... By removing the safe rhyme scheme, Eliot is able to assert his message more assuredly. In the second stanza, we see a modification of structure yet again. Eliot chooses to remove the first word in the last two lines of the stanza: “And on the divan piled (at night her bed) / Are stockings, dirty camisoles, and stays”. By doing so, Eliot creates a “micro fracture” between the two lines. “Are” is a linking verb, and by removing the link, he is able to create a noticeable jump between the two lines....   [tags: poem analysis] 1824 words
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Role of Works of Art in Ode on a Grecian Urn and Musée des Beaux Arts - While differing in technique and subject matter, John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (1820) and W.H. Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” (1940) demonstrate how using the rhetorical device of Ekphrasis in poetry helps to guide the reader to the central themes and messages of the poem. Both poems confront and explore the works of art differently: while Keats uses the rustic urn (in which scenes and myths are depicted upon it) to confront the nature as well as the limits of the world of art and fantasy; Auden uses Brueghel’s painting, The Fall of Icarus, in his second stanza to help reinforce the speaker’s comments (stated within the first stanza) on the apathy or indifference that seems to be presen...   [tags: ekphrasis, poetry, composition]
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The Second Coming, by Willim Butler Yeats - William Butler Yeats’ “The Second Coming” is one of the famous and well-known poem. It describes an apocalyptic situation in the first stanza while also assuring the readers of the hope of the arrival of a messianic figure in the second. The gloomy, darksome picture that is delineated by Yeats creates a fear in the reader’s mind about the falling worldly conditions as optimistic language later tried to give hope. This feeling of apocalypse came into Yeats’ mind as the world was advancing at a fast speed and he felt it needed to slow down a bit....   [tags: Poetic Analysis, Description]
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Ode on a Grecian Urn - In “Ode on a Grecian Urn” Keats uses the urn as a symbolism he talks about the urn being a human being. The poet speaks of the urn designs that are process in time by the artist which the urn became a beautiful master piece of art that comes alive. The urn is a beautiful ancient object designed with fascinated pictures imprinted on the side. He brings the pictures to life as he goes into a fantasy world thinking of lovers that are frozen in time. He thinks of a relationship the lovers could have and what if they pursue their love interest....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 476 words
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