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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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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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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 soul via the calming sublime power of either an abstract concept or a naturalistic piece of art....   [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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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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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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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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Death - ... He described the girls as wenches which is a hedonistic representation. The Emperor is the leader of the party. In the second stanza he describes the dead woman with horny feet. The reader can surmise that she had a rough life and was not wealthy. Each stanza of Dickinson's poem follows her journey towards death and beyond. The first stanza explains that Dickinson was too busy for death but it was coming just the same. This is shown in the first two lines " Because I could not stop for Death/He kindly stopped for me" (1-2)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Dickinson] 1207 words
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Keats: A Life Lesson from A Piece of Marble - ... With lines such as “Fair youth, beneath the trees” or “What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape,” Keats provides the details of what he sees in order to fully grasp the meaning of it all. The world to which they give access is a world of happiness and beauty (Bloom 7). Keats describes the lovers who will forever be in love, unlike the reality of today’s world. However, even though the two will never be apart they will never be fully together, “Bold Lover, never, never, canst thou kiss.” They are frozen in time and this is yet another example how a ‘perfect’ life is not always what it appears to be....   [tags: Literature]
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Analysis of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Analysis of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Diction (i.e. choice of vocabulary) The diction of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is extremely simple. None of the vocabulary is difficult or unusual, and most of the most of the words are short and plain, for example 'woods', 'house', 'snow', 'horse'. None of the descriptions, either of the setting, or the horse, is detailed or elaborate: the horse is simply, 'little'; the lake is 'frozen' (but we learn nothing else about it), and the only time more than one adjective is used to described anything is when we are told that the woods are: 'lovely, dark and deep'....   [tags: Papers] 758 words
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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 out how exactly he did remember Adlestrop....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1027 words
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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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To His coy mistress by Andrew Marvell - In "To His Coy Mistress," Andrew Marvell presents a speaker who appeals to his love through persuasion. The speaker uses an appeal to reason as his main tool, but he also appeals to his mistress through emotion and character to garner a response. Each stanza utilizes a different method of appeal that relies on diction and punctuation. In the first stanza, the speaker appeals to character, in the second emotion, and in the third reason. By using different methods of appeal, the speaker hopes to win his mistress' love....   [tags: essays research papers] 1141 words
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An Analysis of Sunday Morning - An Analysis of Wallace Stevens' Sunday Morning         “Sunday Morning” by Wallace Stevens is a poem about a woman having a late breakfast and thinking about the purpose of religion. Stevens wants the readers to ask themselves the questions that the woman asks, and to explore their feelings towards Christianity. He also wants to spark an awareness of nature. The first stanza asks the first tentative questions before launching into a racy debate in the later stanzas.           Stevens uses stanza I to set the scene for the rest of the poem....   [tags: Sunday Morning]
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Formalistic Approach Ode to the Death of a Favorite Cat (Favourite) - Formalistic Approach Ode to the Death of a Favorite Cat (Favourite) In Thomas Gray's poem "Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat," we find many examples of the Formalistic Approach. In this poem, we find numerous examples of alliteration, rhyme scheme, puns, and creative word choice. This poem is very joyful and fun to read because the author is very creative in his choice of words and phrases. In the first stanza, we figure out where this event is taking place or in other words, we find out the setting....   [tags: Ode to the Death of a Favorite Cat Essays] 698 words
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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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The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me - The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me Commentary on “The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me” by Eavan Bolland The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me by Eavan Bolland reflects on the last of a love life of a couple during pre-war Paris using a symbol, a ‘Black Lace Fan’. Bolland achieves this through the use of weather imagery, the changing of his tense from past to present, and using literary features such as simile, metaphor, personification and repetition. In the first stanza of the poem, Bolland disconcerts the reader by using the diction “it” twice, though representing different things....   [tags: English Literature] 1071 words
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The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks - In a world in which abortion is considered either a woman's right or a sin against God, the poem "The Mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks gives a voice to a mother lamenting her aborted children through three stanzas in which a warning is given to mothers, an admission of guilt is made, and an apology to the dead is given. The poet-speaker, the mother, as part of her memory addresses the children that she "got that [she] did not get" (2). The shift in voice from stanza to stanza allows Brooks to capture the grief associated with an abortion by not condemning her actions, nor excusing them; she merely grieves for what might have been....   [tags: Poem Poetry Abortion] 1704 words
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Redefining Motherhood: The Desirability and Experience of Abortion - ... It is significant that this evolution occurs because without it, readers would be permitted to distance themselves from the struggle and understanding the decision if they have never personally been through abortion or held the belief that women who have abortions are irresponsible woman. Therefore, the evolution of the pronoun is necessary for eliciting the emotions required to truly comprehend the choice and the experience. The poem’s structure, specifically that in which the stanza’s are organized and what they aim to address, is also one of the most prominent factors to effectively relay that a woman’s choice of abortion is not always desirable or without struggle, while also re-evaluating the true experience of motherhood....   [tags: American Culture]
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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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Critique of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 - Critique of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 In “Sonnet 138” also known as “When My Love Swears that she is Made of Truth” is a sonnet written by William Shakespeare, has many examples of literary elements such as personification and various types of rhyme. In “Sonnet 138” the author writes the sonnet in iambic pentameter and writes in an ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG rhyme scheme. The narrator also includes examples of connotation and denotation to help change the meaning of the poem. Throughout the sonnet the author obviously is an older man than the younger woman that he is dating....   [tags: Shakespeare, Poetry Analysis] 700 words
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Slough by Sir John Betjeman - Sir John Betjeman’s poem, Slough, opens with a wonderful, dramatic stanza. There is huge tension between the ideas of cows grazing and the idea of death. Even in the opening line there is conflict ‘friendly bombs’ is a contradiction in terms, as bombs are almost never thought of as friendly, and Betjeman’s use of this defines what a bad place. Another tool Betjeman employs is rhythm; the stanza is at a steady, predefined pace until the last line where the rhythm is broken with the word ‘Death’, which gives a powerful image of Slough....   [tags: Poems Poetry Analysis] 452 words
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Blessing and Vultures - Blessing and Vultures In the poems ‘Blessing’ and ‘Vultures’, the poets both use vivid descriptive language to create pictures and moods. In ‘Blessing’, the poet begins the second stanza with the word ‘imagine’. This word involves the reader and tells them to create a mental picture of the scene. He uses lots of onomatopoeia in this stanza. Words like ‘drip’ and ‘splash’ create an image of a small amount of water falling into a tin mug. This also creates a mood of thirst and drought. The stanza is finished with the line “the voice of a kindly god.” This personifies the water and makes it seem heavenly....   [tags: English Literature] 534 words
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Hymn to Intellectual Beauty - ... All these similes culminate in the lines “It visits with inconstant glance/ Each human heart and countenance;” (6-7) and “Dear, and yet dearer for its mystery” (12). These lines serve to remind the reader how this beauty connects to us and how important it is to us because of its fleeting nature. However, in stanza two, while Shelley continues to develop the character of Beauty, there is a significant shift in the diction and tone of the stanza. In diction we see more use of words such as “dost”, “thou”, “yon”, and “shewn.” These words were not used during the time period of Shelley....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Percy Shelley] 1913 words
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Analysis of Ralegh's Nature, that washed her hands in milk - Analysis of Ralegh's "Nature, that washed her hands in milk" Nature, that washed her hands in milk” can be divided structurally into two halves; the first three stanzas constitute the first half, and the last three stanzas make up the second half. Each stanza in the first half corresponds to a stanza in the second half. The first stanza describes the temperament of Nature, who is, above all, creative. This first stanza of the first half corresponds to stanza four, the first stanza in the second half of the poem....   [tags: Ralegh Nature Washed Milk Poetry Essays] 846 words
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Comparison of The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found - Comparison of The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found are two poems that are quite different to each other, in the aspect of language used, themes and ideas, and imagery. I shall look at each poem in detail in this essay, along with the different ideas that I get from them. In The Little Boy Lost, the first stanza of the poem gives the reader images of a father ignoring, possibly abandoning his son and walking away from him. This stanza is written in first person, to show us how confused the boy is....   [tags: English Literature] 443 words
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Analysis of Heaney's Mid-Term Break - Analysis of Heaney's Mid-Term Break   Reading a story or poem about death is usually sad and overtly predictable.  However, Seamus Heaney inverts this mundane typicality to deliver a poem shrouded in mystery.  The main aspects of Heaney's poem  Mid-Term Break  are the plot development and how the diction sets the somber tone that slowly reveals the mystery.     One technique Heaney uses is diction, which aids in plot development.  In the first stanza he uses words that draw out the stanza and make it seem to last a long time.  In the first line the use of the word  all  drags out the line.  The sense of time is apparent in this first stanza.  The second line,  Counting bells knelling classes to a close,  uses words that describe him listening and counting the bells that signal when class is out.  This use of description emphasizes or supports the preceding line;  I sat all morning in the college sick bay.   Finally the reader is given a time,  At two o clock our neighbors drove me home.   The fact that the neighbors drove him home makes the reader question why that is the case.  Up to this point the reader is not aware that a death in the family is the reason the boy is coming home.  It could be that the boy himself is sick.  In the second stanza the boy is home and sees his father crying.   The reader now knows that someone died, but who is still a mystery.  The use of dashes at the end of the first two lines of the second stanza aids in lengthening the stanza similarly to the first stanza but in a more somber way.  The pause after his father is crying gives the reader a taste of what is happening.  Then the dash after  funerals in his stride,  gives a pause to really bring about a somber tone.  The last line of the third stanza,  And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow,  gives a slight bit of foreshadowing as to what happened but also shows sympathy from friends....   [tags: Heaney Mid-Term Break Poem Poetry Essays] 1053 words
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Disabled By Wilfred Owen - Disabled By Wilfred Owen In my essay,"Disabled" by Wilfred Owen. I am going to describe how successfully he uses poetic techniques to present the true effects of war in his poem. The main technique used in the poem is contrast, as well as other techniques. Which makes the fate of the young man more pitiful. The use of irony, word choice, and powerful images, all create the sense of atmosphere in each stanza. The contrast of mood and tone is used in the first and second stanza, which creates a change of mood....   [tags: English Literature] 537 words
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