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Joy and Darkness in William Blake’s ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ - Both William Blake’s ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ come from his book ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience. He first wrote ‘ Songs of Innocence’, published in 1789 followed by ‘ Songs of Experience’ in 1794. Though those two books were put together as one, there is a huge difference between the two: Songs of Innocence is written in a joyful way, whereas Songs of Experience is a darker and less joyful book. The first Chimney Sweeper poem was to be found in the Songs of Innocence. The poem talks about little children having to work as chimney sweepers....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1013 words
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Dover Beach - We humans are a crafty. Since the dawn of time immemorial, we have labored to make sense of an existence that, by and large, defies comprehension. There have been some successes; science, philosophy, love, and religion have all been forged and wielded in this struggle to offer the occasional light of truth. The problem is that they all deal in the definitive, but in a world without absolutes there might only be one human convention capable of truly answering the biggest questions of life: poetry....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1199 words
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Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” - ... Continuing on to stanza four Gray begins to describe the graves in the country churchyard and those who lie there. He states, “Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade, / Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, / Each in his narrow cell forever laid, / the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep” (13-16). The disturbance of the earth in line fourteen “heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap” showing the presence of a cemetery becomes the first concrete example of death used in the poem....   [tags: Literature]
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The Bells - ... In the words tinkle, night, twinkle, delight, time, and tintinnabulation, Poe’s sharp t sound creates the sense of a clashing of bells (4-9). The t alliteration provides a clinging and merry sound of bells. Since the bells describe a delightful and melodic tone, the quick and sharp melody of t sounds contributes to a pleasing and joyful tone. Ultimately, the repetition of the word bells impacts the overall flow and melody of the poem. The repetition of the bells mimics the sound of bells ringing (12-14)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Edgar Allan Poe] 1119 words
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The Literary Techniques Used to Evoke the World of Senses in Keats Odes - ... The use of assonance within the sixth stanza lure’s the sense of hearing through the stressing of vowel sounds. The use of sound also demonstrates the poet oppressed and disheartened mood, the long, stressed vowel sounds in the fourth stanza reflect this dejected nature in the poet, and suggest sounds of moaning or groaning in the reader’s aural sense, “Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.” In the fourth stanza combinations of images address the sense of touch by the onomatopoeia describing”the breezes blown”, and sight from the lack of luminous features, “But here there is no light”....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 1576 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 be better and he believes that slavery will be stopped, and white people will see how beautiful his people are and appreciate them.....   [tags: poetry, poem analysis] 745 words
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Analysis of The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks - Analysis of The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks The poem “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks was written in 1945. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first child of David and Keziah Brooks. She was born on June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas. Brooks wrote her first poem when she was 13 years old and was published in the children’s. Moreover she was the first black author to win the Pulitzer prize. magazine. In 1938 she was married to Henry Blakely and had two children. After a long battle of cancer Brooks died in December 3, 2000....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, The Mother, Gwendolyn Brooks] 429 words
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The Chimney Sweeper: Dispair - ... For example in the second stanza, while Tom Dacre has some concerns and even fear about the job, especially about having his hair shaved off, the other child (the speaker) attempts to comfort Tom, showing how society has corrupted these children into a state of obedience at the cost of having a childhood and more importantly a personality. Essentially, the shaving of the head symbolizes Tom Dacre’s demoralization and loss of character, since his hair represents his uniqueness and individuality as a person, which was abruptly taken from him....   [tags: William Blake, the chimney sweeper] 1217 words
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The Mental Journey to Freedom - ... By using blank verse, the poem flows spontaneously like an informal letter. This allows the poem to achieve a conversational tone which frees Coleridge from restrictions like rhyming (WriteWork). The common meter of iambic pentameter is present throughout the poem to create a tone that is relatable to the reader or perhaps to emphasize the steady heartbeat of the speaker that can be heard while he is alone. The inclusion of nature with detailed imagery of the surrounding landscape is a motif that unfolds throughout the poem....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Explication of La Belle Dame Sans Merci - John Keats’s poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” dramatizes the conflict between dreams and reality as experienced by the knight. On a late autumn day, the speaker stumbles upon an ailing knight and asks what is wrong. The knight reveals that he had fallen in love with a beautiful lady, “a faery’s child” (14), who then abandoned him after professing her love and spending one night together. The speaker is recounting his experience with the knight to his audience. Structurally the poem is a ballad written in twelve quatrains....   [tags: La Belle Dame Sans Merci]
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Comparing the Themes of Love in Lord Byron's “She Walks in Beauty” and Keats' Poem, “La Belle Dame sans Merci” - There are many different themes that can be used to make a poem both successful and memorable. Such is that of the universal theme of love. This theme can be developed throughout a poem through an authors use of form and content. “She Walks in Beauty,” by George Gordon, Lord Byron, is a poem that contains an intriguing form with captivating content. Lord Byron, a nineteenth-century poet, writes this poem through the use of similes and metaphors to describe a beautiful woman. His patterns and rhyme scheme enthrall the reader into the poem....   [tags: She Walks in Beauty, La Belle Dame sans Merci] 929 words
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Benson Theater Closing Night - Just recently, Benson Theater put on its last show, bringing an end to its storied history. I have had the personal honor of performing in Benson Theater four times and its atmosphere and character have had a profound effect on me as a student and actor. Benson is often home to the hardest-working people on campus: techies putting their blood, sweat, and tears into their work, actors reciting lines late into the night, and directors volunteering their time to ensure the perfection of the show. That is why on Saturday night it was bittersweet to see the last show in Benson....   [tags: Theatre] 1116 words
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Glimpses of Women in Overalls and Mrs Plum - ... Considering lines ten and eleven of the third stanza “like children, fearing any moment the door bursting open” (Chapman, 2002: 446) it can be assumed that the word “children” may mean young or innocent within this context. The word “fearing” could be understood as being freighted of whom may burst through the door. The following three lines “why did you, where is my, who said you” are all a line of questioning, as if being interrogated. It is possible to deduce from this stanza that the woman “off duty” is seamlessly attacked by an antagonistic line of questioning initiated by someone white presumably....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Disabled by Wilfred Owen - ... However, this interpretation not only disregards the subjects social isolation which Owen directly addresses in this poem, but also fails to acknowledge the subjects identity as a human being as defined by the language throughout the poem. ‘Disabled’ reveals the irony of war, a soldier’s fight for his countries freedom which in turn results in the soldier’s sacrifice of his mental and physical freedom. This poem details the tragic loss of humanity and the physical and mental torture that soldiers suffer....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Gather Ye Ice-Cream While Ye May: An In Depth Analysis of Wallace Stevens' “The Emperor of Ice-Cream” - Gather Ye Ice-Cream While Ye May: An In Depth Analysis of Wallace Stevens' “The Emperor of Ice-Cream” In the poem “The Emperor of Ice-Cream” by Wallace Stevens, a series of scenes are woven together through distinctly straightforward descriptions of the sights of a solitary man as he meanders through the dwelling of a deceased woman. The stanzas commence with the seemingly empty business dealing with the absurd: A scandalous setting dealing with whores, those that chase whores, and ice-cream....   [tags: Poetry] 1648 words
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Edgar Allan Poe - ... During the second stanza, Poe weeps on the “surf-tormented shore” (14) because he cannot hold the grains of sands which represent the transience of life. Desperately, Poe asks: “Is all that we see or seem / But a dream within a dream” (23-24). In the first stanza, he makes a statement as the result of a certain insight, but in the second stanza, he displays negation and unwillingness to accept it. Although seemingly inscrutable, this poem presents two approaches people can take when they understand the absurdity of life – acceptance and denial....   [tags: Biography] 1711 words
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Exploring Keats' Thoughts on Mortality through His Odes - Exploring Keats' Thoughts on Mortality through His Odes Throughout his short existence, Keats was aware of the impermanence of life. He had suffered great loss of his family, watching his father, mother and brother die and was exposed to pain and suffering in his work at Guy's hospital. He was also conscious of his own approaching death, recognizing the symptoms of tuberculosis. In spite of his sorrow, his work did not reflect a morbid tone, instead it showed how his experiences had given him a dramatic appreciation and great value of life....   [tags: Papers] 1087 words
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A Comparison of ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell and ‘Cousin Kate’ by Christina Rossetti - A Comparison of ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell and ‘Cousin Kate’ by Christina Rossetti Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) was a British writer. He was a poet during the Renaissance period. He was one of the metaphysical poets, known for his works like ‘To His Coy Mistress’. He was an assistant to John Milton and a Member of Parliament. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was a British writer. She was one of the greatest Victorian poets. She lived a reclusive life and was educated at home....   [tags: Papers] 1291 words
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A Comparison of Nooligan by Roger McGough with Street Boy by Gareth Owen - A Comparison of Nooligan by Roger McGough with Street Boy by Gareth Owen The poems "Nooligan" by Roger McGough and "Street Boy" by Gareth Owen both describe teenage hooligans. They both use distinct diction in their poems to project a certain image of hooliganism. There are similarities between the two poems, most clearly in their theme, but there are also slight differences between the poems as well. Firstly, both poems consist of four stanzas. In "Nooligan" all four stanzas are five lines long and in "Street Boy" all four stanzas are four lines long....   [tags: Papers] 900 words
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An Analysis of William Wordsworth's Daffodils - An Analysis of William Wordsworth's Daffodils Works Cited Not Included Daffodils are happy flowers.  They are the first flower of spring and seeing them brings joy to many people.  William Wordsworth is considered a poet of nature and a topographic or landscape poet.  Wordsworth's "Daffodils" has a meaning and structure in which different techniques such as figurative language, imagery, and personification are used to successfully express his joy and feelings of glee in the vision of the daffodils dancing in the breeze....   [tags: Wordsworth Daffodils Essays] 491 words
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Perspectives of the Characters in The Young Housewife - Perspectives of the Characters in The Young Housewife From the first stanza we decipher that there is a young housewife moving about her husbands house in negligee. Some important questions that come to my mind are: Is she alone?, and why is she moving. The answer to both of these questions we do not know. Is this young housewife dancing around the house in her negligee because her and her husband had a wonderfully romantic night, or is she merely shuffling along performing her wifely chores and duties....   [tags: Young Housewife Essays] 531 words
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Bnl - When I Fall Poetry - “When I fall” is a lyrical song written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. It is about a window washer who is at a critical moment in his life. The song is structured in such a way that a progression and transformation is seen in the window washers troubles from worrisome to life threatening. The window washer is the persona of the poem, and in the first stanza he expresses a fear. He is somewhere he doesn’t want to be and is scared. This is followed by the chorus of the song in which it is made clear that he wants to make a change in his life, but is afraid of failure....   [tags: essays research papers] 530 words
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Ballad of Pearl May Lee in Gwendolyn Brook's Street in Bronzeville - Ballad of Pearl May Lee in Gwendolyn Brook's Street in Bronzeville Gwendolyn Brook’s “Ballad of Pearl May Lee” came from her book called Street in Bronzeville. This book exemplifies Brook’s “dual place in American literature” (Smith, 2). It is associated with Modernist poetry, as well as the Harlem Renaissance. This book is known for its theme of victimizing the poor, black woman. “Ballad of Pearl May Lee” is a poem that uses tone to represent the complex mood of the ballad. While tone and mood are often used interchangeably, there are differences even though they often work together in a poem....   [tags: Ballad Pearl Gwendolyn Brook Street Essays]
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Critical Analysis of The Indifferent by John Donne - Critical Analysis of "The Indifferent" by John Donne "The Indifferent" by John Donne is a relatively simple love poem in comparison to his other, more complicated works. In this poem, "he presents a lover who regards constancy as a 'vice' and promiscuity as the path of virtue and good sense" (Hunt 3). Because of Donne's Christian background, this poem was obviously meant to be a comical look at values that were opposite the ones held by Christians. According to Clay Hunt, "['The Indifferent'] is probably quite an early poem because of the simplicity and obviousness of its literary methods, its untroubled gaiety, and its pose of libertinism, which all suggest that Donne wrote [the poem] when he was a young man about town in Elizabethan London" (1-2)....   [tags: Indifferent John Donne Essays Papaers]
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William Wordswoth's I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud versus The Solitary Reaper - I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud and The Solitary Reaper are both written by William Wordsworth and enjoy great popularity among the readers. When reading the two poems, the readers can feel that the tones of them are different. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud affects the readers with the happiness of the daffodils, while The Solitary Reaper transfers a sense of sadness. Apart from the language of the poems and the figures of speech used, the use of sound and stanza also contributes a lot to the creation of different tones....   [tags: essays research papers] 963 words
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Analysis of The Charge of the Light Brigade - Analysis of The Charge of the Light Brigade This particular poem deals with the unfortunate mistake of Battle of Balaclava in 1854. In an attempt to retrieve their stolen firearms, the British, lead by Lord Raglen, took their light cavalry to the innocent Turkish territory, rather than the guilty Russians. In self-defence Turkey protect themselves by attacking the British troops causing hundreds of deaths but "not, not the six hundred". Tennyson uses various techniques to involve the reader more personally....   [tags: Victorian Society Lord Tennyson Essays] 1092 words
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Explication of John Donne's The Flea - On the surface, John Donne’s poem “The Flea” dramatizes the conflict between two people on the issue of premarital sex, however, under the surface, the poem uses religious imagery to seduce the woman into having sex. The speaker in this poem is a man, who is strategically trying to convince a woman to have premarital sex with him through the conceit based on a flea, however, the coy lady has thus far yielded to his lustful desires. The speaker’s argument has the form of logic, which contradicts to its outrageous content....   [tags: essays research papers] 1079 words
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An Analysis of Frost's Tree at my Window -  An Analysis of Frost's "Tree at my Window"               The poem "Tree at my Window" was written by Robert Frost, an America poet who was born in 1874 and died in 1963 (DiYanni 624). The narrator in this poem appears to be speaking to the "tree at my window"; then, repeating the phrase in reverse order, he calls it the "window tree," as if to emphasize the location and nearness of the tree. Calling the tree a "window tree," might also suggest that this tree is something he sees through, perhaps to some higher truth, to something beyond the mere physical presence of the tree....   [tags: Tree at my Window Essays]
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An Analysis of Frost's Tree at my Window - An Analysis of  Frost's Tree at my Window      "Tree at my Window" was written by Robert Frost, an American poet who was born in 1874 and died in 1963 (DiYanni 624). His poem will be the basis of the discussion of this brief essay. The narrator in this poem appears to be speaking to the "tree at my window"; then, repeating the phrase in reverse order, he calls it the "window tree," as if to emphasize the location and nearness of the tree. Calling the tree a "window tree," might also suggest that this tree is something he sees through, perhaps to some higher truth, to something beyond the mere physical presence of the tree....   [tags: Tree at my Window Essays]
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Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gente Into That Good Night and Catherine Davis' After a Time - Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gente Into That Good Night and Catherine Davis' After a Time In Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" and Catherine Davis's "After a Time," there is a very clear concept of differences and similarities between the two poems. From a reader's standpoint, they seemed to be quite a bit more alike than dissimilar. Through an investigative analysis, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" and "After a Time" were proven to be comparable in almost every aspect in poetry, such as structure, rhyme scheme, and meter....   [tags: Dylan Thomas Catherine Davis Papers]
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The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy - The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy The poem entitled "The Darkling Thrush," written by Thomas Hardy, has a very appealing connotation. The work can be separated into two parts; the dismal part pertaining to the beginning of winter and the second part focusing on one small aspect of good in all of the dismal surrounding it. The general idea of the poem is that the dismal winter is approaching, but there are some incidences of goodness in this depressing time. The first part can be sectioned into the first and second stanzas....   [tags: Papers] 1019 words
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Explication of La Belle Dame Sans Merci - John Keats’s poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” dramatizes the conflict between dreams and reality as experienced by the knight. On a late autumn day, the speaker stumbles upon an ailing knight and asks what is wrong. The knight reveals that he had fallen in love with a beautiful lady, “a faery’s child” (14), who then abandoned him after professing her love and spending one night together. The speaker is recounting his experience with the knight to his audience. Structurally the poem is a ballad written in twelve quatrains....   [tags: La Belle Dame Sans Merci]
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The Spherical Image as the Central Paradox in Valediction: for Weeping - The Spherical Image as the Central Paradox in Valediction: for Weeping   In John Donne's "A Valediction: for Weeping," the speaker consoles his lover before leaving on a sea voyage and begs her not to cry.  Crying, the speaker tells his lover this poem at the docks before he boards his ship going abroad.  Donne uses a spherical image as the central metaphor in his poem. When Donne uses irony, paradox, and hyperbole including the use of round images such as: coins, globes, and tears he strengthens the spherical conceit.  By comparing two "seeming" opposites like tears and love as his conceit, Donne uses the spherical image as the central paradox in "A Valediction: Of Weeping."         Donne opens the poem with the speaker crying while talking to his lover before his departure abroad.  His first spherical images are in the first stanza,  and they are tears and coins:             "Let me pour forth      My tears before thy face whilst I stay here,      For thy face coins them, and thy stamp they bear,      And by this mintage they are something worth," (1-4)   Both the coins and his tears have "worth," literal and figurative values respectively.  His tears fall from his face because he hurts for leaving, something no amount of coins can pay to alleviate....   [tags: Valediction for Weeping Essays] 1086 words
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The Formalistic Approach to Hay's Rapunzel - The Formalistic Approach to Hay's Rapunzel Prayer has been always a symbol of faith, and even in modern poetry it is still used as a desperate cry to the One in Heaven. One of the great examples of this desperate cry would be Sara Henderson Hay's "Rapunzel".After reading her modern version, familiarity with Grimm's fairy tale "Rapunzel" will reveal a completely new interpretation. Sara Hay chooses Rapunzel's prayer to be in the sonnet structure. Sonnet, being a part of a lyric genre, represents the most personal and direct speaking manner....   [tags: Hay Rapunzel Essays] 834 words
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Essay on Nonsense Language in Carroll's Jabberwocky - The Importance of Nonsense Language and Sounds in Carroll's Jabberwocky     "Wn a bby fst ts 2 kmnikt the wrds snd gibberish. " No one knows what the baby is trying to say. The poem, "Jabberwocky," written by Lewis Carroll, uses meaningless speech to either frustrate or amuse the reader. When trying to pronounce the nonsense words in the poem, the sounds of the words come out as gibberish. The sounds are the important element of the poem. Often, people like to hear poets read in languages they cannot understand....   [tags: Carroll Jabberwocky Essays] 1029 words
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To His Coy Mistress Essay: Imagery, Symbolism, and Descriptions - Imagery, Symbolism, and Descriptions in To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell in his poem describes a young man convincing his fair mistress to release herself to living in the here and now.  He does this by splitting the poem up into three radically different stanzas.  The first takes ample time to describe great feelings of love for a young lady, and how he wishes he could show it.  The idea of time is developed early but not fully.  The second stanza is then used to show how time is rapidly progressing in ways such as the fading of beauty and death.  The third stanza presses the question to the young mistress; will she give herself to the young man and to life?  Although each stanza uses different images, they all convey the same theme of living life to the fullest and not letting time pass is seen throughout....   [tags: Andrew Marvell Poem] 1160 words
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Adnan - Charles Brown, a friend with whom Keats was living when he composed this poem, wrote, In the spring of 1819 a nightingale had built her nest near my house. Keats felt a tranquil and continual joy in her song; and one morning he took his chair from the breakfast table to the grass-plot under a plum-tree, where he sat for two or three hours. When he came into the house, I perceived he had some scraps of paper in his hand, and these he was quietly thrusting behind the books. On inquiry, I found those scraps, four or five in number, contained his poetic feeling on the song of our nightingale....   [tags: essays research papers] 2329 words
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why i dont want to submit this essay - One of Frost’s commonest subjects is the choice the poet is faced with two roads, two ideas, two possibilities of action. “The Road Not Taken” deals with the choice between two roads, and with the results of the choice which the poet makes. It raises the evident question of whether it is better to choose a road in which many travel, or to choose the road less traveled and explore it yourself. In “The Road Not Taken,” the speakers’ tone and setting help illustrate the struggle a person goes through in their lives to pick the right road to travel....   [tags: essays research papers] 2170 words
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Comparing The Flea and Valentine - Comparing The Flea and Valentine "The flea" is a metaphysical poem about a man trying to argue a virgin into bed to have sexual intercourse with him. This poem was most likely written to amuse the readers and probably more for a larger male audience. The poem was written in the late 17th century in a period where sex within marriage was like a household chore, but socially, sex before marriage was like a sin, because society was extremely religious. John Donne is attempting to get these thoughts out of her head and persuade her to have sex with him....   [tags: John Donne Sex Carol Ann Duffy Love Essays] 2179 words
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Comparing Twelve Songs by W.H.Auden and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas - Comparing Twelve Songs by W.H.Auden and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas The two poems I am comparing are 'Twelve Songs' by W.H.Auden and 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' by Dylan Thomas. Two themes run through both of these poems, those themes are grief and death. Although the subjects are the same, the poets each have a very different approach to the subjects. This is shown in many different ways, But although their approach to the subjects are very different, their overall views on grief and death are quiet similar....   [tags: English Literature] 1974 words
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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Q: In some poems what is described is given a meaning beyond the immediately obvious. Explore any one of the poems where this feature is most memorable. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost is a contemporary piece dealing with the typical human desire for escape. Whether this desire is manifested in avoidance of work, school or simply a relief from the mundane repetitiveness of everyday life this want is present in all humans. Throughout this poem Frost depicts and suggests that the "woods" are his means of escape from the "village", from society, and Frost conveys this by his respectful and almost wondrous diction when describing and referring to, the forest and the nature surrounding it....   [tags: Poetry] 895 words
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The Way Heany Uses the Theme of Nature to Achieve his Point in Poetry - The Way Heany Uses the Theme of Nature to Achieve his Point in Poetry The way Heany uses the theme of nature to achieve his point is by using language, and devices. The poems I have read about heany are an advancement of Learning, and Death of a Naturalist. I will first talk about an advancement of learning. An advancement of learning is about a boy who is scared to cross a bridge because they are rats near it. He has always had a phobia of rats since he was young because over his bed in a farm where he used to live rats would run around in the ceiling right over his head and makes funny noises....   [tags: Papers] 1007 words
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The Bull Calf - The Bull Calf In the poem "The Bull Calf" the stanzas go from good to bad feeling. This is the same way that the calf's life goes. This is also the way that the narrator's feelings for the calf's life go. There are also many symbols throughout the poem. Without these deeper meanings the poem is just about a calf the dies because it can't produce any milk. "The thing could barely stand." ("The Bull Calf" line 1). The calf is referred to as a thing not an animal or creature. This is the way the author blocks emotion....   [tags: Papers] 584 words
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To His Coy Mistress - by Andrew Marvel - To his coy mistress by Andrew Marvel - review. 'To his coy mistress' was written by Andrew Marvel, his exceeding love for his lover, but with closer analysis it is more intimate and is more persuasive. The poem is persuading his mistress to have sex with him, and have children however; it sounds more like he wants the pleasure, not the children. It was written in the 1600s. The poem can be split into 3 stanzas; the first stanza is romantic and flattering, but also persuasive. The implication of the first stanza she is playing hard to get or shy, and the shyness wouldn't matter if they had more time....   [tags: English Literature:] 629 words
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Overhead In County Slogi and Woman Work - "Woman Work" by Maya Angelou and "Overheard in County Sigo" by Gillian Clarke In this essay I am going to discuss two poems. "Woman Work" written by Maya Angelou, is about a woman who works all the time and just wants to rest. The second poem is called "overheard in County Sigo" written by Gillian Clarke which is about a married woman having a conversation with her friend about her life and looking back at what her ambitions were. "Woman Work" is a regular 5 stanza, rhyming poem, It is set in southern USA....   [tags: Woman Work Maya Angelou] 812 words
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Cruda Amarilli - Cruda Amarilli      The madrigal is a distinctive type of secular song that originated in Italy. It was an aristocratic form of poetry and music that flourished at small Italian courts. In the piece, Cruda Amarilli, Monteverdi uses many musical devices that are typical of a madrigal. The lyrics in this song are repeated, the music accompanies the text in interesting ways, and there is a wide range of vocal notes. After listening to the piece just once you can immediately feel the unrequited love Monteverdi is displaying through his words and music....   [tags: Monteverdi Renaissance essays research papers] 552 words
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