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Hart Crane´s My Grandmother’s Love Letters: The Difference Between Generations - ... As stated earlier, it also shows the delicacy of the situation playing out in the poem, as hair is easy to destroy much like the bond they appear to share. The line that follows suit also uses imagery to help convey the feel of the poem. Crane uses the phrase “It trembles as birch limbs webbing the air” to help picture in one’s mind the uneasy and nervous energy that appears to be tied in to the situation (14). As a reader, there are other interpretations to this line, for example one may picture the grandmother, as she is old, to have trembling hands, which stills shows the idea of nervousness as they are associated with one another....   [tags: symblism, imagery, ideas, techniques] 830 words
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Emotions in O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman - The poem, "O Captain. My Captain!" by Walt Whitman re-imagines the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by using emotions filled with shock and regret of losing a father figure. Walt Whitman has a patriotic attitude towards this poem as he describes Abraham Lincoln and all that he did for America by using imagery to develop a scene similar to the reality. The poet conveys his deep admiration for the achievements of Abraham Lincoln. Whitman shares his form by using a physical way of laying out and his attitude through the use of sound devices such as the iambic meter and the use of amphibrach....   [tags: abraham lincoln assassination, patriotic attitude]
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Analysis of Keats' To Autumn - Analysis of Keats' To Autumn   John Keats' poem To Autumn is essentially an ode to Autumn and the change of seasons. He was apparently inspired by observing nature; his detailed description of natural occurrences has a pleasant appeal to the readers' senses.  Keats also alludes to a certain unpleasantness connected to Autumn, and links it to a time of death.  However, Keats' association between stages of Autumn and the process of dying does not take away from the "ode" effect of the poem.    The three-stanza poem seems to create three distinct stages of Autumn:  growth,  harvest, and death.  The theme going in the first stanza is that Autumn is a season of fulfilling, yet the theme...   [tags: Keats To Autumn Essays Poetry]
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Meaning in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken - “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler” (Page 756 Stanza 1). This is the beginning of an iambic tetrameter by Robert Frost in which he expresses the thoughts of the speaker as they come to a fork in the road. The speaker faces a dilemma of deciding which path to take. Frost uses a closed form with a rhyme scheme of “ABAAB.” The speaker reaching the fork in the road is symbolism for a particular decision that he must make in life. The first stanza is setting up the situation in which the speaker must observe both choices and make a decision and stick with it....   [tags: Road Not Taken, Robert Frost] 769 words
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Analysis of What Are Years? by Marianne Moore - In the poem “What Are Years,” written by Marianne Moore there are two poetic devices being used in order to convey the meaning of the poem. Through the use of different figures of speech and unique forms, she discusses the different life stages a person experiences. The entire poem is based on powerful metaphors used to discuss the emotions and feelings through each of the stages. For example, she states “The very bird/grown taller as he sings, steels/ his form straight up. Though he is captive (20-22).” These lines demonstrate the stage of adulthood and the daily challenges that a person is faced with....   [tags: Poems, Poetry Analysis] 261 words
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Housman’s Poem, To an Athlete Dying Young - This poem is a part of Housman’s most famous volume of work called A Shropshire Lad. In these works Housman wanted the reader to think about life and the meaning of it all. In one of Housman’s most celebrated poems “To an Athlete Dying Young”, Critics dissect the themes of staying on top eternally, dying when one is a champion, and not letting the fame fade. Critic Scott-Kilvert says that Housman “voices the familiar passions of humanity with a death dealing sweetness” (Scott-Kilvert 628) This poem may be considered an elegy, or a piece of Romance literature....   [tags: A Shropshire Lad] 1255 words
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Song of Myself and Slant of Light - ... The slant of light turns into a mystery that captures everyone’s attention in the last stanza. The landscape listens, which can interpreted as the human race listening and waiting to understand the events that are happening before them. The last two lines of the poem are probably the last few moments of a person’s life before death. The look on the person’s face seems to be growing distant which is the conscience and life fading. In Walt Whitman’s “Oh Living Always – Always Dying,” he speaks of going through death and the fact that it happens over and over....   [tags: Walt Witman, Emily Dickison, poetry] 903 words
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After a Time and Stairway to Heaven - ... Fourth supporting point: Robert Plant’s “Stairway to Heaven” sees life as a mystical journey and a spiritual quest, but one can not buy happiness on his or her way to heaven. If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now It’s just a spring clean for the May Queen Yes, there are two paths you can go by But in the long run there's still time to change the road you're on. (Seventh stanza) Fifth supporting point: Plant uses figurative language like symbolism to show death and rebirth....   [tags: Catherine Davis and Robert Plant poetry comparison]
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The Poem Negro by Langston Hughes - The poem “Negro” was written by Langston Hughes in 1958 where it was a time of African American development and the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. Langston Hughes, as a first person narrator tells a story of what he has been through as a Negro, and the life he is proud to have had. He expresses his emotional experiences and makes the reader think about what exactly it was like to live his life during this time. By using specific words, this allows the reader to envision the different situations he has been put through....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 751 words
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The Skeleton in the Dog Wood - The poem, “The Skeleton in the Dogwood” by Ron Rash, dramatizes the conflict between love and how easily that love can be shattered, as demonstrated by two lovers who, while taking a walk in spring, find a skeleton hanging in a dogwood tree. The lovers get the town’s sheriff, however, he cannot figure out who the person was, who killed him, or why. So the sheriff helps the lovers bury the bones and moves on. In the winter the lovers get married and on their wedding night they dream about the dead man with “spring flowers” (15) in his hand....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Rash] 1537 words
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Lord Byron's When We Two Parted - Poetry can be linked to many different types of individuals, in countless diverse ways. Poems have been passed on from generation to generation, morphing into a new story each time it is passed on. Along with the actual poem changing, things are added to as well as taken from, the original story. Lord Byron was a man who went through many hardships, from his young childhood up until late adulthood. Byron suffered from a disability when he was born; he grew up with a clubbed right foot and suffered the consequences of mockery and jokes behind his back....   [tags: literary analysis, poetry]
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Lady Lazarus, by Sylvia Plath - “Lady Lazarus” is a poem by Sylvia Plath, written in 1962 shortly before her death in early 1963, and published posthumously by her husband, poet Ted Hughes, in 1965 in the collected volume Ariel. “Lady Lazarus” is a poem about suicide as a rebirth, and was in part inspired by Plath's own life and draws heavily on Plath's lifelong struggle with bipolar depression and suicidal feelings, and uses holocaust imagery to paint a bleak portrait of suicide and hopelessness. Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1932 to a German immigrant college professor and his graduate student-turned-wife....   [tags: biographical, historical and literary analysis]
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An Analysis of Countee Cullen's Any Human to Another - An Analysis of Countee Cullen's “Any Human to Another” Countee Cullen was man who struggled to be called a “poet” instead of a “Negro poet.”  His life during the Harlem Renaissance was filled with inequality and prejudice.  These facts have lead many analysts to perceive his poem “Any Human to Another” as a cry for racial equality.  However, Cullen’s manipulation of structure, imagery, and symbols in the poem reveals that his true theme is that all humans are individually unique but must live together in harmony and equality, caring for and helping each other....   [tags: Countee Cullen Any Human to Another] 897 words
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Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop for Death - Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" In Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death “ (448), the speaker of the poem is a woman who relates about a situation after her death. The speaker personifies death as a polite and considerate gentleman who takes her in a carriage for a romantic journey; however, at the end of this poem, she finishes her expedition realizing that she has died many years ago. The poem contains six quatrains, and does not follow any consistent rhyme scheme....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Stop Death Essays]
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Comparision of 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' and 'The Chalk Pit' - The poems 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost and 'The Chalk Pit' by Edward Thomas both convey a sense of place in their meaning. 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' is about how the narrator stops outside the snow-filled woods to admire the scenery along with his horse. The narrator does not stay for long as he has 'promises to keep'. 'The Chalk Pit' involves the conversation of two people about a chalk pit nearby. Speaker A adds a lot of imagination to the conversation while Speaker B is more plainspoken and mundane....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Compare/Contrast] 914 words
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Be Through My Lips to Unawakened Earth: A Breathed Request - Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Horsham, Sussex, England in 1792. He entered Oxford University in 1804, where he spent his time developing his idealism and controversial philosophies, and exploring the topic of Atheism. He was expelled from school for expressing these ideas, and was shunned by his father. Shelley continued to write poetry and take part in various political reform activities, and met Mary Godwin, a friend’s daughter, whom he fell in love with. They married in 1816, and moved to Italy in 1818 where they lived with their children....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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We Wear the Mask - William Shakespeare once proclaimed that “the past is prologue.” Are we really bound by history. Is our present a mere continuation, a monomorphic continuation if you will, of the novel that is our existence, or can it be developed in a bifurcated fashion. Paul Lawrence Dunbar, prominently noted as the "Poet Laureate of the Negro Race" (p 905) is a prime example of how the past can be depicted in a multifold manner. His two works " We Wear the Mask" and "An Ante-Bellum Sermon" illustrate the double-consciousness that Dunbar was most notorious for....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Paul Laurence Dunbar] 1759 words
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Dancing around the Truth of My Papa’s Waltz - The poem, “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, is about a boy reminiscing about an incidence with his father. From the beginning, this poem states the conflict between a father and son involved in a rambunctious dance, but as it continues, the story suggests the dance may actually be a physical altercation. Within the line, “Such waltzing was not easy,” is the proposal this is not a singular incident, but rather a routine ritual between the boy and his father (Line 4). The speaker is an adult recollecting, to himself as the audience, a childhood memory of an incident with his father....   [tags: Theodore Roethke, Poetic Analysis]
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Poetry Analysis of Maya Angelou's Caged Bird - Poetry Analysis of Maya Angelou's Caged Bird ‘Caged Bird’ is a poem written by Maya Angelou which considers the conditions of the ‘free bird’ and the ‘caged bird’. Actually this contrast between the birds enables her to express her own emotions about freedom and isolation. The poem is quite symbolic so there are various hidden messages she tries to convey about her feelings mostly indirectly. In the first stanza Maya Angelou breathes life into her description of the ‘free bird’ by using verbs like ‘leaps’, ‘floats’, ‘dips’....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Maya Angelou] 479 words
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Kenneth Fearing’s Dirge - Kenneth Fearing’s Dirge Traditionally, dirges are composed in the form of a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person. The very definition suggests that the particular qualities of the dead individual deserve recognition. The dirge is not just written for anyone, but for those deserving of glorification, who survive in the memories of the living as testaments to the greater capacities of humankind. It is against this traditional definition that Kenneth Fearing’s poem, “Dirge”, is working, not only as an overt commentary on the social, cultural, and political factors surrounding the destabilization of 1930’s America but also as an abstraction of the prevalent views of reality:...   [tags: Kenneth Fearing Dirge Essays] 1633 words
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In this study I will be comparing the 2 poems, To Autumn and Ozymandias. - In this study I will be comparing the 2 poems, To Autumn and Ozymandias. I have chosen these two poems because out of the four that we have looked at, I have found these to be the most interesting. In this study I will be comparing the 2 poems, To Autumn and Ozymandias. I have chosen these two poems because out of the four that we have looked at, I have found these to be the most interesting. Ozymandias revolves more around time than nature, whereas To Autumn revolves around nature more than time....   [tags: English Literature] 1393 words
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Escape in Ode to a Nightingale and La Belle Dans sans Merci - Escape in Ode to a Nightingale and La Belle Dans sans Merci    The two poems, Ode to a Nightingale and La Belle Dans sans Merci, clearly portray Keats' treatment of the idea of escape. Both poems construct vivid illusions but insist on their desolating failure. In Ode to a Nightingale it is interesting that Keats chooses to use the nightingale as the main vehicle for his idea of escape. It is through the comparisons to the nightingale's life that all other forms of escape become apparent in this work....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Poety Analysis: Adrienne Rich Poetry - Much of Adrienne Rich’s poetry is applauded for its rhythm and form, which helps emphasize the meaning of each poem. The freely placed lines and unique structure do not break up the poem, instead they bring power and significance to the unique features of her individual poems, stressing the meaning of the poem to the reader. Concretely, her poems have much imagery, and, also, most of the time, lack comment or conclusion to the emotions and purpose of her work. The structure, form, and rhythm of Rich’s poetry work together flawlessly to help portray the meaning of the poem, separate from just the images themselves....   [tags: rhytm, form, power]
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An Analysis of the Poem A Prayer for My Daughter by William Butler Yeats - "A Prayer for My Daughter" is a poem written by William Butler Yeats in 1919. This poem is a prayer-like poem. And it generally tells about the poet's ideas about his daughter who is sleeping at the same time while the poem is being told. Throughout the poem Yeats reflects how he wants his daughter's future to be. This essay will analyze the poem in three sections: 1- What does this poem mean?, 2- The poetic devices, imagery, rhyming, figures of speech, used in the poem and mood, diction, language, and the structure of the poem, 3- An essay in a feminist point of view titled "What does the poet want his daughter to become?" ....   [tags: Poetry, A Prayer for My Daughter] 1555 words
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A Battle with Life in Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton - A Battle with Life in Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton The poem "Wanting to Die" by Anne Sexton, explores a battle with life which many people endure. The speaker knows of the goodness of the world, yet she is unable to truly experience it because of her suicidal tendencies. She understands her feeling as more of an obsession with death rather than a hate for life. Though the speaker is still alive, she relapses, every so often, into the darkness of her soul. Through her vivid use of imagery, Sexton creates and elucidates the speaker's susceptibility to suicide....   [tags: Papers] 886 words
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Spirituality in John Greenleaf Whittier's The Worship of Nature - Spirituality in John Greenleaf Whittier's The Worship of Nature If man ever said that he could not experience God outside of the walls of a church, it is evident that he never read John Greenleaf Whittier. John Greenleaf Whittier was a Quaker who, like all Quakers, placed an emphasis on a simple life. Quakers believe in leading a life without artificial things. Because of his Quaker beliefs, he had a deep understanding of the spirituality of the natural world. In his poem, The Worship of Nature Whittier takes his readers on a spiritual journey through a world untouched by man....   [tags: Whittier Worship of Nature Essays]
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A Structural and Vocabulary Analysis of John Donne's The Flea - A Structural and Vocabulary Analysis of John Donne's "The Flea" In his poem "The Flea", John Donne shows his mastery in creating a work in which the form and the vocabulary have deliberately overlapping significance. The poem can be analyzed for the prominence of "threes" that form layers of multiple meanings within its three stanzas. In each of the three stanzas, key words can be examined to show (through the use of the OED) how Donne brilliantly chose them because of the various connotations they had to his audience....   [tags: Poem Poet Poetry Essays John Donne Flea] 1252 words
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Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll - The Poem “Barbie Doll (1969)” by Marge Piercy describes the life of a young girl who fell victim to society’s idea of beauty. Marge Piercy was a known social activist and uses this poem to bring attention to serious issues facing young females in society. “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy is a narrative poem; the poem is written in free verse. The author selects a free form of poetry and other devices to help get her point across. The central message of this work is that society is obsessed with appearances....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]
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Oh, Tis' Beauty We Learn - John Keats, a second generation romantic, is regarded as one of the most influential poets of all time. Though his work was anything but sad or bleak, Keats led a life of many tragedies. At the age of 8, Keats’ father passed away and only 6 years later his mother died of tuberculosis. After studying to be a doctor Keats realized his true passion was in composing poetry and followed his dream, but through another series of unfortunate events his brother died of tuberculosis and he could not marry his romantic love because of his health and financial state....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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The Beautiful Simplicities of Life - Samuel Taylor Coleridge was known for being a big hearted man. In his poem “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison” Coleridge proves this legacy by caring for his dear friend Charles. In his own discontentment, Coleridge sits in his garden and wishes his friend could enjoy the luxuries of nature daily. His situation that summer in 1797 provided him the opportunity to emotionally express this simple appreciation of nature in three brilliant stanzas. Initially, the situation of Coleridge’s circumstances and the story are vital in dissecting this poem....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Hymn To Intellectual Beauty by P. B. Shelley - In &quot;Hymn to Intellectual Beauty&quot;, Shelley describes his realisation of the power of human intellect. In seven carefully-constructed stanzas, he outlines the qualities of this power and the e ect it has had on him, using the essential themes of Romantic poetry with references to nature and the self. In the first stanza, the concept of the &quot;unseen Power&quot; – the mind – is put forward, and Shelley states his position on the subject. Throughout the stanza, extensive use is made of profluent similes....   [tags: Hymn To Intellectual Beauty] 1189 words
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The Lamb vs. The Tyger By William Blake - In this essay I am going to be looking at two poems from the Songs of innocence and experience works. These poems are The Lamb and The Tyger written by William Blake. Both these poems have many underlying meanings and are cryptic in ways and both poems are very different to each other. In this essay I will be analysing the two poems, showing my opinions of the underlying themes and backing them up with quotes from the poems. I will compare the poems looking at the similarities and differences between them and also look at each one individually focusing on the imagery, structure and the poetic devices William Blake has used....   [tags: essays research papers] 1087 words
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Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality - Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality The fifth stanza of Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” is especially interesting to me because of the images it presents. It is at this point in the poem that Wordsworth resumes his writing after a two-year hiatus. In the fourth stanza, he poses the question, “Whither is fled the visionary gleam?” Stanza five is the beginning of his own answers to that question. Contrary to popular enlightenment ideas, Wordsworth suggests that rather than become more knowledgeable with age, man if fact is born with “vision splendid” and as he ages, that vision “dies away” and he left empty....   [tags: Wordsworth Ode immortality intimations Essays] 390 words
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Poetry Analysis: "The Tyger" - William Blake’s 1793 poem “The Tyger” has many interpretations, but its main purpose is to question God as a creator. Its poetic techniques generate a vivid picture that encourages the reader to see the Tyger as a horrifying and terrible being. The speaker addresses the question of whether or not the same God who made the lamb, a gentle creature, could have also formed the Tyger and all its darkness. This issue is addressed through many poetic devices including rhyme, repetition, allusion, and symbolism, all of which show up throughout the poem and are combined to create a strong image of the Tyger and a less than thorough interpretation of its maker....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ] 928 words
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Idealism in Auden’s O who can ever gaze his fill, Out on the lawn I lie in bed (A Summer Night 193 - Idealism in Auden’s O who can ever gaze his fill, Out on the lawn I lie in bed (A Summer Night 1933), and The Shield of Achilles W.H. Auden’s poems are celebrated for their intelligence, detachedness, and musicality. Often, idealism is associated with romanticism and the excessively personal, because it is an attempt at envisioning the world as it ought to be and not as it is. However, Auden successfully blends idealism into his objective poems, and this idealism manifests itself in his “O who can ever gaze his fill,” “Out on the lawn I lie in bed” (“A Summer Night 1933”), and “The Shield of Achilles.” In “O who can ever gaze his fill,” mortals from various walks...   [tags: Shield Achilles Gaze Fill Lawn Bed]
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A Formal, Technical Analysis of the Poem "Prayer of Steel" - Prayer of Steel Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) Lay me on an anvil, O God Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar. Let me pry loose old walls. Let me lift and loosen old foundations Lay me on an anvil, Oh God. Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike. Drive me into the girders that hold a skyscraper together. Take red-hot rivets and fasten me into the central girders. Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper together through blue nights into white stars. A formalist reading of the poem "Prayer of Steel" is a short poem composed of 9 lines, the ninth being the longest....   [tags: Poetry] 1031 words
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Three Arthurian Misfits of Gawain and the Green Knight - Three Arthurian Misfits of Gawain and the Green Knight "Hevys hys handys one heghte, and to the hevene lokes: 'Qwhythene hade Dryghttyne destaynede at his dere wille That he hade demyd me todaye to dy for yow alle.'" p. 264 Awholly determined and brave commitment, mouthed by a gracious king. The Gawain poet, however approaches Arthur much differently in his tale. In stanza five, he describes the hot-blooded nature of the king, who makes rash demands as a rule before eating. Stanza twelve shows us a king who is overwhelmed in speech by the Green Knight, and who seems to have ignored the challenger's statement of peace completely....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1552 words
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Comparison of Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce et Decorum - Comparison of Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce et Decorum A Comparison of Two Poems In this essay I will compare two poems. The poems that I will discuss, are ’Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and ‘Dulce Et Decorum’ by Wilfred Owen. Wilfred Owen was actually a fighter in the war, where as Alfred, Lord Tennyson only wrote the poem on what he had heard and he had no experience of war. Although both poems are about war, they are a complete contrast to each other, not only in the way they are written but also with the message they deliver....   [tags: Poems Wilfred Owen Alfred Tennyson Essays] 1850 words
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Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe was a 19th century American poet, author, and critic. Poe is often described as a rebel against society and art-for-art's sake supporter who experimented in making his poems without didacticism and devoid of any meaning, but he is also respected as a genius in terms of his commitment to art and his ability to experiment with various forms of expressions (Fromm 304). In my opinion, Poe was not a rebel because he remained true to himself. Although he was influenced by traditional artists, he adapted this tradition to his personal being....   [tags: Biography] 1711 words
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The White Doe, by Francesco Petrarch - Title: When looking at this poem's title, one can get many ideas of what the poem will be about. One of the ideas that I got when I read the title was that it was going to be about a white female deer that was being hunted by a hunter. Another one that I thought up was that a white deer is an angel from heaven that will save someone. The last idea that I came up with was that it was about a white deer that was camouflaged in some snow to escape a predator. Paraphrase: In the first stanza, the speaker mainly describes the doe and its surroundings....   [tags: TPCASTT for The White Doe ] 1183 words
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Comparing Dulce et Decorum Est with The Charge of The Light Brigade - Comparing Dulce et Decorum Est with The Charge of The Light Brigade The poems I am going to compare and contrast are "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen and "The Charge of The Light Brigade" by the Poet Laureate of his time, Lord Tennyson. These poems both have a main subject of war. The main difference though, which leads to many other differences in the two poems are that they were written very in different centuries and times. This time difference meant approaches to war were different and hence the tones of the poems are very dissimilar....   [tags: Papers] 919 words
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