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American Poet: Phillis Wheatley

- American Poet: Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley was an African-born slave in the last quarter of the eighteenth-century in New England. She was born in West Africa and brought to America on the slave ship Phillis. She was, however, much more than chattel-she was a poet. Phillis was the first African American to have a book published. In a time when women were not expected to be able to read or write, and when teaching an African American to be literate was frowned upon, Phillis Wheatley became educated in Latin and English literature....   [tags: African American Poet Poetry Essays]

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Walt Whitman: The American Poet

- Walt Whitman was arguable one of the most influential poets during the Civil War era. Though never directly involved in war, Whitman was able to talk about the war in a more insightful way than many poets at the time could. Whitman was most active in writing during the times before and after the war, choosing to dedicate himself to helping wounded soldiers during the war instead. Walt Whitman’s poetry reflects the progression of his philosophy of America: his initial view of America was uplifting, represented in his Pre-Civil war poems and while the Civil War poetry presents the degradation of American society, Whitman’s final poetry returns to a realistic, optimistic view for America....   [tags: American Literature ]

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Sylvia Plath : An American Poet

- Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath born into a middle class family in Boston Massachusetts USA on October 27, 1932. Sylvia was an american poet, novelist and short story writer. Sylvia studied at the University of Cambridge before she starting her carrier as poet and writer. Sylvia Plath was married with the famous poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and in 1962 they separated. Sylvia Plath father death and the chaotic relationship with her husband brought to the surface her mental disorder. Sylvia Plath suffers for clinical depression and bipolar disorder most of her adult live....   [tags: Suicide, Bipolar disorder, Sylvia Plath]

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Emily Dickinson : An American Poet

- Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson was a reclusive American poet. Unrecognized in her own time, Dickinson is known posthumously for her unusual use of form and syntax. She was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She left school early, living a reclusive life on the family homestead. There, she secretly created bundles of poetry and wrote hundreds of letters. Emily Dickerson is now considered one of the towering figures of American literature. Dickinson died of kidney disease in Amherst, Massachusetts, on May 15, 1886, at the age of 55....   [tags: Emily Dickinson, Poetry, Stanza, Amherst]

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Walt Whitm An American Poet

- Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in the state of New York. He was the second child of Walter Whitman and Louisa Van Velsor. Walt grew up in a large family which consisted of 9 children. They lived in Brooklyn and Long Island for about twenty years. Self-taught and self-made, Whitman was an American poet who can be considered as one of the greatest poets to ever take ink to paper At only twelve years old, Whitman began to understand the basics of reading and writing and became passionate with the subjects....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman]

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Langston Hughes, An American Poet

- Langston Hughes, an American Poet, is one of the most influential poets in American history. He was a social activist and novelist that spoke up for others that couldn 't and spread his ideas and thoughts amongst America. He was born on February 1,1902 and died at the age of 65 on May 22, 1967. He might of died but his legacy still lives amongst the world, his work still being translated into to todays meaning and being published for all to see. Langston has said that his most influential writers were Paul Laurence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman; all having an influential and deep background in novels and poems....   [tags: Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes]

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Langston Hughes, An American Poet

- James Mercer Langston Hughes was one of the most influential African-American writers during the Harlem Renaissance. He was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri to James and Carrie Mercer Hughes. Hughes parents divorced shortly after his birth and his father moved to Mexico. Hughes went to live with his grandmother, Mary Patterson Langston in Kansas while his mother travelled back and forth with jobs. After his grandmother died he went to live with friends of the family, James and Mary Reed for two years....   [tags: Biography]

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Ted Kooser: A Major American Poet

- Ted Kooser was born in Ames, Iowa, an area within the great plains of America. He credits his influences to both his mother and his father. His father worked as a store manager while his mother stayed home to raise him and his sister. During an interview he was asked how his parents influenced his poetry, he replied, "My Father was a storekeeper, loved the public, and was a marvelous storyteller. I remember a women once said to me that she'd rather hear my dad describe a person than see the person herself." (Meats, 335)....   [tags: abandoned farmhouse, american writer, carrie poem]

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Robert Lee Frost: The Most Influential American Poet of the Twentieth Century

- "Don't ever take a fence down, until you know why it was put up"- a quote from Robert Lee Frost, a well-known American and English poet. Following the death of his father he faced many challenges, including failing to finish college and many unsuccessful jobs. Shadowing his father and mother, he began a career in poetry. With his literary career failing, he and his family moved to England and then back to America a few years later. His success in America began in 1915 when his collection of poems became a sensation....   [tags: Biography, Writer, Poet]

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Ted Kooser : A Western American Poet

- Ted Kooser: A Western American Poet With his lucid writing style, Ted Kooser uses his Midwestern background to create thoughtful and honest poetry that reflects the values of his home. Three of his poems, “Abandoned Farmhouse”, “The Early Bird”, and “So This Is Nebraska” each demonstrate his unique writing style. Kooser chooses to make his poetry accessible for readers, even those with little to no prior knowledge in analyzing poetry, writing on topics of the mundane and those relatable to his audience....   [tags: Poetry, Literature, Writing]

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William Carlos Williams : An American Poet

- William Carlos Williams was an American poet as well as a skilled physician in the medical field of pediatrics. Williams received his degree from the University Of Pennsylvania Medical School and operated a medical practice for over forty years in his home in Rutherford, where he delivered over two thousand infants. All this while, he kept the second floor of his home as a writing studio where he composed poetry as well as some of his memoirs as a practicing doctor. The Doctor Stories is a compilation some of the great works written by Williams and was compiled by Robert Coles....   [tags: Medicine, Physician, William Carlos Williams]

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Billy Collins: A Great American Poet

- “I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive…” (3); so begins a poem titled “Introduction To Poetry” by Billy Collins. “Introduction To Poetry” is, in fact, the introduction to a collection of poetry called Poetry 180, a program started by Collins during his time as poet laureate for the United States. The aim of this program is to get people, especially teenagers, interested in or reconnected with poetry. Collins selected an assortment of poems that are just fun to read and not meant to be discussed; he says in the forward to the collection, “High school is the focus of my program because all too often it is the place where poetr...   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Poem]

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Emily Dickinson : The Great American Poet

- Emily Dickinson is deemed one of the great American poets. She wrote nearly one thousand eight hundred poems (Tredell). However, only a few of her poems were published in her lifetime. She was a peculiar women often called the “Myth” (Tredell). She was given this nickname because she had many speculations about her. Emily Dickinson, the woman poet, adapted her own way of living and a writing style that was different than anyone had seen before. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10th, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts....   [tags: Emily Dickinson, Poetry, Emily Dickinson Museum]

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Gwendolyn Brooks: An African American Poet

- Gwendolyn Brooks’ did not let her hurdles in life slow her down. In fact, Brooks’ used her obstacles to her advantage, and sprinted towards the finish line. Gwendolyn faced financial struggles, and limited opportunities due to her racial background. However, Brooks’ achieved many accomplishments and used her African American heritage to become one of America’s best poetic authors. Gwendolyn Brooks has said that her poetry was written for blacks and about blacks, yet any person of any race can relate to the universal themes portrayed in her pieces....   [tags: Literature, Biography, Author]

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Anne Bradstreet: The Wife, the Woman And the Legendary Poet

- Anne Bradstreet is considered by many experts to be the first English-speaking/writing American poet. Although arguments can be made that Phyllis Wheatley is indebted that title, the complexity, breadth, depth and ingenuity found in Bradstreet’s poetry is of such magnitude that she ranks among the top five poets, male or female, in American history. However, as with most issues, there is contention on both sides. “The question of Anne Bradstreet’s value as a poet has often receded behind the more certain fact of her value as a pioneer....   [tags: first American poet, American history, poetry]

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Anne Bradstreet: The Pioneer Puritan Poet

- Quite atypically for a renowned American poet, Anne Bradstreet was an English-born writer who moved to America in 1630 after enduring an arduous journey (“Anne Bradstreet”). Bradstreet was a devoutly religious Puritan, following the precedent of her father and husband, the most prominent men in her life. Her dedicated Puritan beliefs greatly molded her writings. Many of her poems contain references to sin, redemption, and immortality among other recurrent Puritan topics (“Anne Bradstreet”). Anne Bradstreet’s published poetry collections were the first published works of poetry by an English-American (Eberwein 161-163)....   [tags: American poet, writing, poetry, the tenth muse]

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Poet

- Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an American poet best known as a leader of the beat movement of the 1950's. The beats were writers who condemned commercialism and middle-class American values. Ferlinghetti writes in colloquial free verse. His poetry describes the need to release literature and life from conformity and timidity. He believes drugs, Zen Buddhism, and emotional and physical love can open the soul to truth and beauty. Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919. After spending his early childhood in France, he received his B.A....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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American Poet Robert M. Hensel

- BIOGRAPHY- Robert Michael Hensel Born: May 8th 1969 Place of birth: Rota, Spain Parents:Mother-Linda Helen Conzone & Father-Robert John Hensel Hometown: Oswego, New York Robert M. Hensel was born with a birth defect know as Spina bifida. A disability that has not stopped him from achieving success in his life. Robert serves as an advocate for the disabled, an on going effort to better the rights of all Americans with disabilities. He is an International Poet-Writer with well over 900 publications published World wide....   [tags: poets]

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Walt Whitm The First True American Poet

- Walt Whitman is recognized today as one of America’s top 5 poets, next to Crane, Dickinson, Frost and Stevens, and is regarded as the first true american poet. His highly unique style of writing, theoretically caused by a form of spiritual illumination, created a new form of poetry now identified as free verse Whitman was born May 31st, 1819 in West Hills, Long Island as the second of eight surviving children. Interestingly enough, 3 of his 5 brothers were named after various presidents, Andrew J Whitman, Thomas J Whitman and George W Whitman....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, United States]

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Still I Rise By African American Poet, Maya Angelou

- The poem Still I Rise by African American poet, Maya Angelou. She is a 20th century poet, who uses her voice to broadcast the oppression and hardship that African American women face. Maya Angelou spoke for those who don’t have the ability to or courage as well as using life struggles and accomplishments to uplift and give power back to the African American population especially towards women. The poem consist of many different tones of voice, varying from playful, defiant, and bitter, this help Maya Angelou beautify showing the strength and the endurance of the black women....   [tags: African American, Black people, Race]

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Melvin B. Tolson : An African American Modernist Poet

- Melvin B. Tolson was an African American modernist poet. Tolson is compared to the likes of Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison and Gwendolyn Brooks, some of the biggest names in African American literature during the realism, naturalism and modernist era. Melvin B. Tolson was born February 6th although his true birth year is unknown. Tolson was raised in a Methodist Episcopal church and his family moved around quite a bit. Beginning his career very young, Tolson’s first poem was published at the age of 14 in the local newspaper....   [tags: Black people, African American, White people]

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Emily Dickinson: An Everlasting American Poet

- “Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.” was one of Emily Dickinson’s most famous quotes, showing much of her swaying from Romanticism to a more Realistic view, and changing the standards of writing along with it. Between 1858 and 1864 Emily Dickinson wrote over forty hand bound volumes of nearly 1800 poems, yet during her lifetime only a few were published. Perhaps this is why today we see Dickinson as a highly influential writer, unlike those during her time who did not see the potential....   [tags: romanticism, emotions, humming bird]

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Robert Frost: the Great American Poet

- Robert Frost is one of America’s most loved and respected poets. He did a great job capturing the hearts of his readers with his natural imagery and ability to use metaphors to reveal the truths that he was trying to convey. Frost’s life was filled with many struggles including several losses in his family. His early struggles would continue through his educational period, as he wouldn’t graduate from college. Frost traveled to Great Britain to gain some ideas on poetry, and then returned the America to begin writing again (Famous Poets and Poems 1)....   [tags: Biography, Frost, Informative]

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Gary Snider the American Poet

- A spiritual man, conscious of nature and his surroundings. He recognizes good and evil, and struggles to find his own special place in the realm of all other men. He searches far and wide for places of interest , upon arrival, he hopes to find a solemn sanctuary for man and nature. Gary Sherman Snyder, the son of Harold and Lois Snyder, was born in San Francisco, California, on May 8, 1930. The Family moved quite a few times before they settled down in Portland, Oregon, in 1942. Snyder was granted a lot of freedom at a young age, he was allowed to hike and camp on his own....   [tags: Papers]

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James Dickey All American Poet

- James Dickey All American Poet James Dickey was an American Poet whose life has been very diverse, and in his poetry that diversity is shown. He has a lifestyle that most poets do not get to experience. He has lived in many states and countries. That gives me the reason to think that his poetry resembles this life’s diversity. James Lafayette Dickey, III was born in the town of Atlanta, Georgia on February 2, 1923. His parents were Maibelle and Eugene Dickey. He went to Ed S. Cook Elementary School and North Fulton High School as a kid, both of which are in Atlanta....   [tags: essays papers]

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Robert Frost : The Most Recognized American Poet Of The Twentieth Century

- Robert Frost has been called the most recognized American poet of the twentieth century. In a time of modernism for American Literature, Frost set himself aside by sticking to the traditional contemporary style of poetry that had been used for many decades. On March 26th, 1874, Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, California to his parents William Frost and Isabelle Moodie. Frost spent the first eleven years of his life on the West Coast with his parents and sister Jeanie, until his father’s untimely death in 1875....   [tags: Robert Frost, Poetry, Ezra Pound]

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Langston Hughes: American Poet and Social Activist

- ... Langston continued to reside with his grandmother into his early teenage years when she had passed away. After this point, Langston resided with his mother, who was then remarried, in Lincoln, Illinois. Langston and his mother had moved often before they had finally settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1916. In Cleveland, Ohio, Langston attended and graduated from high school before moving to Mexico to be with his father. In 1920, Langston Hughes traveled to Toluca, Mexico to reunite with his father....   [tags: jazz poetry, novelist, playwright]

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E.E. Cummings- Innovative Poet

- E.E. Cummings was one of the most innovative poets in American literature. He is especially known for violating the rules of composition, rejecting punctuation, and capitalization (Costello 1). Cummings wrote prolifically: nearly 800 poems, plays, ballets, fairy tales, and autobiographies (Smelstor 2). Mr. Edward Estlin Cummings was born on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was the first born of twochildren, his parents were Edward Cummings and Rebecca Haswell Clarke (Smelstor 2)....   [tags: American Literature, Poetic Analysis, Poet]

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African American Theorist, Poet, And Activist 's ' The House On Mango Street ' And The Bluest

- In today’s society, there are certain types of women who are born with the advantage to prosper, and others who will ultimately face challenges. Certain factors are involved when discussing what types of women are more likely to encounter difficulties throughout their life. Audre Lorde, an African-American theorist, poet, and activist, stated tat the American norm is, “usually defined as white, thin, male, young, heterosexual, Christian, and financially secure” (Lorde 19). If a woman does not identify with all of these characteristics, she is more susceptible to hardship....   [tags: African American, White people, United States]

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Carl Sandburg: American Writer, Poet and Editor

- ... Where they stayed until they died. (Bildir) Carl wrote many poems throughout his college experience that many people did not know about. One person that really influenced and helped him was Prophesier Philip Green Wright. Prophesier Wright was a literature teacher at Lombard College. He paid for the publication of Carl’s first book of poetry “Reckless Ecstasy” (Buehrmann). This book contained many of Carl’s poems he had written and had five of his most popular poems. One being “Mary Lincoln, Wife and Widow” he wrote in 1932....   [tags: Pulizer prize winners, Joy]

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No Indians, Native American Writer And Poet Deborah A. Miranda 's `` Bad Indians ``

-     “California is a story. California is many stories.” But whose story is heard. What stories are forgotten. In the memoir, Bad Indians, Native American writer and poet Deborah A. Miranda constructs meaning about the untold experiences of indigenous people under the colonial period of American history. Her memoir disrupts a “coherent narrative” and takes us on a detour that deviates from the alleged facts presented in our high school history books. Despite her emphasis on the brutalization of the Indigenous people in California during the colonization period, Miranda’s use of the Christian Novena, “Novena to Bad Indians,” illustrates an ‘absurd’ ironic stance amidst cruelty and violence....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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What Teachers Make By. Taylor Mali, An American Slam Poet And Teacher

- Taylor Mali, an American slam poet and teacher, wrote a poem titled, “What Teachers Make”. In this poem, he rhythmically tells about other professions criticizing teachers based on their choice of occupation. While teachers will never earn six figure incomes, they make a difference. Teachers dedicate their lives to leading, inspiring, and educating future generations, all while earning meager pay. Though teachers form foundation of education, their pay does not accurately represent their skills....   [tags: Education, School, Teacher, High school]

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Robert Penn Warren: Distinguished American Writer and Poet

- Robert Penn Warren: Distinguished American Writer and Poet Robert Penn Warren, born in Guthrie, Kentucky in 1905, was one of the twentieth century's most eminent American writers. He was a distinguished novelist and poet, literary critic, essayist, short story writer, and coeditor of numerous textbooks. He was also a founding editor of The Southern Review, a journal of literary criticism and political thought. The primary influences on Robert Warren's career as a poet were probably his Kentucky boyhood, and his relationships with his father and his maternal grandfather....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Analysis of The Poem What Work Is by Philip Levine

- Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928, poet Laureate Phillip Levine’s work traverses a wide range of diction and syntax, while he epitomizes dark, brooding, and grim poetry. Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, best known for his poems about working-class Detroit. He has been noted by some that in his poetry there is “a recurring specificity of time (days, months, years) and of place”(The Atlantic, interview 2000) having been deemed to have the past, present, and future in his poems all at once....   [tags: detroit, american poet]

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Biography of Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken

- Robert Frost is a well know American poet born in San Francisco on March 26, 1874. Robert's father, William Prescott Frost Jr., a Harvard educated man, who decides to bring his wife and children to California in order to pursue a dream in politics and journalism (Kerly). Robert's father dies of tuberculosis in 1885. Soon after the death of his father, Robert and his mother, Isabelle, move to Derry, New Hampshire where Frost and his family live in a barn from 1900 to 1909 (Kerly). Robert graduates as class poet and co-valedictorian from Lawrence High School in Massachusetts....   [tags: american poet, imagination, conciousness]

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Robert Hayden: Success from Controversial Creativity

- “Art is not an escape, but a way of finding order in chaos, a way of confronting life” (Berry, Wendell). These were the judicious words that were once stated by American poet and educator, Robert Hayden. Despite being raised in an unstable home, moving from his family to a foster family, on top of struggling with impaired vision, Hayden found an interest in black history and poetry which would later bring him great recognition and success. And he would do so by utilizing his broad study of black history to “illuminate the American black experience” (Contemporary Authors Online)....   [tags: Biography, American Poet, Educator]

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The Life of Robert Frost

- ... The outdoors inspired to him to write, many of his poems like “The Pasture” or “Mowing” came to him while outside. He enjoyed the outdoors because it soothed him, as did writing. The two went together for him like apples and bananas. Frost achieved an internal dynamic in his poems by combining everyday speech and line and verse (The Norton Anthology). His poems were well taken and the meaning was deep and meaningful, which is what makes a good poem. While writing Frost faced many struggles. He farmed because he needed a way of life to provide for his family....   [tags: american poet, tragedies]

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Life vs Death and Human vs Nature in Dickinson´s poems

- Emily Dickinson was an American poet from Massachusetts, who lead a strange but mysterious life. She was a very reluctant woman she stayed in her room and rarely talked to anyone, she had an amazing talent she could write poetry. Emily Dickinson wrote over a thousand poems throughout her life that later after her death were published. Dickinson’s poems were brought to life due to her weird but wonderful use of various literary terms. Majority of Dickinson's poems reflect her lifelong fascination with illness, dying and death....   [tags: poetry, American poet, Emily Dickinson]

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The Lanyard by Billy Collins

- The popular American Poet, Billy Collins, is playing a significant role in the evolution of poetry. His writing style evokes an array of emotions for the reader. Every stanza in his poetry passes the satirical standard that he generated for himself over his career. Collins swiftly captivates his readers through his diverse use of figurative language. More specifically, his use of vivid imagery paired with humorous personification and extended metaphors create his unique style of satirical poetry....   [tags: american poet, writing style, accesibility]

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An Autobiography of a Columbia University Student, Langston Hughes

- “Theme for English B” at surface value is the autobiography of a well-educated, twenty-two year old college student at Columbia University. This autobiography is in response to an assignment given by the student’s professor. The assignment provides a way for the speaker to address his feelings to his classmates about the unjust treatment he receives at school. This young man is African-American and although his references to his race could be taken as basic facts about himself, they mirror his struggles with the racism, inequality, and feelings of inadequacy he deals with....   [tags: harlem, african american, poet]

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Robert Lee Frost

- Robert Lee Frost was a classic American poet. His work, however, did not first receive recognition in the states, it all started in England. Robert Frost was born March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. He was the son of William Prescott Frost, Jr., a journalist, and Isabelle Moodie. For the first eleven years of his childhood, Robert lived in California. His father suffered from tuberculosis, until his fight sadly came to an end on May 5, 1885. With nowhere to go, his mother resorted to moving to New England with their grandparents....   [tags: American poet, poetry, England, America]

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The Life and Times of Charles Bukowski

- The Life and Times of Charles Bukowski One night in Andernach, West Germany, a sergeant in the United States Army serving in Germany crossed paths with a woman following the defeat of Germany from World War I. He had an affair with her, Katharina, whom was a German friend’s sister, and she became pregnant. A month before the baby was born, they wedded. On August 16, 1920, the baby boy was brought into the world and was named Heinrich Karl Bukowski, but we simply know him as Charles Bukowski....   [tags: American poet and writer]

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The Life of Walt Whitman

- The Life of Walt Whitman “Whitman seems to have had the theatrical flair of a con artist and the selfless dignity of a saint; the sensibility of an artist and the carefree spirit of a hobo; the blustery egotism of a braggart and the demure shyness of a shrinking violet.” (Holt Rine Hart and Winston 362). All these are statements make no sense at all but that was just how Whitman was. He wrote in ways you could never figure him out. He lived a life where he had to help his father support the family by getting a job instead of attending school....   [tags: American poet, journalist and essayist]

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Elizabeth Bishop's One Art and The Waiting Room

- ... When her aunt cried out from the dentist office she felt her as a fullish women, but because she is reacting In a similar way to the magazine, she compares her aunts foolishness to her own. It was an unexpected realization that her reactions connected her to her aunt in a way she never felt before in her six years. “Lose something everyday. Accept the fluster/of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.”(48-49), The speaker wants to show us that theres nothing you can do but to accept you will lose things and to not let it get to you....   [tags: american poet, short story, writer, author]

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Emily Dickson

- Almost unknown as a poet in her lifetime, Emily Dickinson is now considered as one of the most mysterious and original American poet of 19th century for her innovation in rhythmic meters and creative use of metaphors. Her poems were rarely published in Russia because most of them had religious content (to express religious feelings was restricted in Russia for almost a century). However, some poems that I read impressed me at the first glance. Dickinson’s poems spoke powerfully to me about meaningful events in living....   [tags: Literary Analysis, American Poet]

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Biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the most popular American Poet in the 19th Century and the best at writing books and famous for one of his poems that is named after him. Henry Longfellow was the best poet in the 19th Century for writing some of the best poems and books that was heard in almost every literate house in the United States. Henry wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride” that became a national favorite. When Henry was little and in school he attended a private school called Portland Academy. Henry graduated from Bowdin College and was offered a professorship at a college in Europe....   [tags: poet, american, popular]

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Walt Whitman and the Civil War

- Walt Whitman is a famous poet in American history and the founder of free style of writing poem. He was well-known with his work of Leaves of Grass and Drum-Taps. Walt Whitman was inspired to write poems about Civil War and changed his style of writing after experiencing the horrible result of the war. Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, Long Island, on May 31, 1819. He is the second son of eight siblings in the family. In his early life, Whitman received a formal education until age of 11 because he needed to help his father to support the big family....   [tags: american history, poet, drum-taps]

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A Brief Look at Phillis Wheatley

- It can be argued that Phillis Wheatley has undoubtedly made significant contributions to literature on a grand scale. At the time that she began to showcase her talent for versifying poems, she was faced with the enslavement of her race. It can be argued to what extent someone is being held in slavery actually enslaved. It was inconceivable that a black slave female could achieve such a level of intellect that she was asked to verify that she actually did write her poems. Wheatley’s works have been critical in contrasting the assumption that African Americans were of inferior intellect....   [tags: first published African American poet]

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Gwendolyn Brooks, For Every Action...

- According to Newton’s Third Law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This concept was primarily applied to physics, but it is evident in many aspects of life. This universal law can be seen everywhere, from roller coasters in Hershey Park, to the grounding of the kid with the messy room, to the change winds before a storm, and, of course, to the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks. Spending her whole life in the poor inner-city, Brooks was surrounded not only by choices good and bad, but people living out the consequences of the choices they made....   [tags: Biography, American Poet, Teacher, Pulitzer Prize]

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Analysis of Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes is translating her life to her son, by telling him what has went on in her life, the hardships and how she kept climbing up, and finally made it to where she wanted to be. Langston Hughes demonstrates this through telling about the hardships in her life, they are portrayed as the "tacks, splinters, boards turned up, and places with no carpet. BARE." in the story. Sometimes she "went into the dark, where there ain't been no light". She also said now "boy, don't turn your back, don't you set down on the step, just cause it's kinder hard." She means she doesn't want him to give up, no matter how much it hurts, or how much work he has to put into it, don't give up....   [tags: American poet, activist, jazz poetry]

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Analysis of Because I Could Not Stop for Death

- Emily Dickinson is one of the most important American poets of the 1800s. Dickinson, who was known to be quite the recluse, lived and died in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, spending the majority of her days alone in her room writing poetry. What few friends she did have would testify that Dickinson was a rather introverted and melancholy person, which shows in a number of her poems where regular themes include death and mortality. One such poem that exemplifies her “dark side” is, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”....   [tags: Emily Dickinson, American poet, poetry, morality]

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Harlem Renaissance and Jessie Redmon Fauset

- Originally referred to as the “New Negro Movement”, the Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement during the early twentieth century. It was started by the Great Migration of blacks to the North during World War I. This period resulted in many people coming forth and contributing their talents to the world, inspiring many. One of the poets of this time, Jessie Redmon Fauset, was one of those who wrote about the life of blacks and life in general during this time period. She used her good and bad past experiences as influences for her works....   [tags: Poet, African-American]

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Confessions of Sylvia Plath

- The 1950s and 1960s were viewed as the start of not just the age of “hippies” but also an age of different revivals and movements that Plath was involved deeply in with her poetry: the revival of the occult and the confessional movement. The revival was seen as a back seat to many of the other movements happening during the ‘50s and 60s and some even say Plath just used it as a metaphor in her poetry. However, with her personal level written poems from the confessional movement combined with the occult we see a deeper side to her life and what was happening in her’s and everyone else’s lives....   [tags: American poet, novelist and short story writer]

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Gwendolyn Brooks- Influencial Poet

- Gwendolyn Brooks was an extremely influential poet. Her poems inspired many people. Brooks’ career started after publishing her first poem Eventide. This poem started Brooks’ career as a well-known American poet. Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas, to KeziahWims Brooks and David Anderson Brooks. Brooks’ family didn’t have much income. Her father David Brooks was a janitor. Keziah Brooks, Gwendolyn’s mother was a school teacher. Soon after Gwendolyn was born her family moved away from Kansas....   [tags: Poet, Poetic Analysis, Biography, Writer, Eventide]

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Description of Aga Shahid Ali as a Daisporic Poet

- This paper attempts to study the diasporic dimension of Indian diasporic writer late Aga Shahid Ali who emigrated from Kashmir to America. Aga Shahid Ali narrates the loss of his homeland due to enforced migration and rexhibit the original exilic resonance of diasporic experience. In his poetic collection ‘the country without a post office’, the poet articulates diasporic experience of exile, loss, pain and creates possibilities of Kashmiri diaspora in America. Key words: Aga Shahid Ali, The country without a post office, Diaspora....   [tags: india, freedom, diaspora, daisporic poet]

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Ted Kooser: Great Poet of the Great Plains

- Thomas Jefferson, one of the greatest men in American history, described his vision for the United States of America as a land of agrarian people. However, now, over two centuries later, the US faces a very different reality dominated by the growth of the urban metropolis, by industry, by the stoic bankers of Wall Street. Despite this, the poetry of Ted Kooser immortalizes a quickly vanishing lifestyle of rustic America on the vast expanses of the Great Plains. Kooser was born in a small Iowa town in April 1939 and received a degree from Iowa State University....   [tags: american history, great plains, jefferson]

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No Man By The Rap Artist / Poet, Kendrick Lamar

- Accommodating for lost time can be a struggle, however education is the perfect key to allow a human a better diagram for survival in this world. Mortal Man is full of the reality that is blinded to society, because they have been confused by the experience of the struggle. Comparing two poems written within the song titled Mortal Man by the rap artist/ poet, Kendrick Lamar, provides an opportunity to engage in the Burkean Parlor; discussing the experience of the struggle and the proper way to survive through it....   [tags: African American, Black people, Life]

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The Life and Achievements of Famous Poet, Langston Hughes

- I Am Negro, Black as Night The title of this paper was inspired by the famous black poet, Langston Hughes’, poem Negro, which is included in the book The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes’ works are world renowned classics years after the start of his career. Hughes’ works were very influential in the age of the Harlem Renaissance. They are some of the greatest and most eye-opening works of that time. The research undertaken in this paper will include some aspects of his personal life, educational background, important works, the difference in his writing styles and the achievements that he acquired during his career....   [tags: poetry, biography, biographical, african american]

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Maya Angelou

- Distress in Maya Angelou's Life Marguerite Ann Johnson, commonly known as Maya Angelou, was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a famous African-American poet, novelist, and playwright and also worked during the civil rights: "Angelou is a very remarkable Renaissance woman who hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature" (www.mayaangelou.com). She is also an activist in civil-rights. Angelou went through many controversies during her childhood and adulthood; her romantic life was never joyful and there are questions that come consecutively in my mind: how does Angelou's "Artful Pose" demonstrates the attitude toward writing of her poetry....   [tags: Maya Angelou Biography Poet African American]

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Sherman Alexie and Native American Writing

- Sherman Alexie began his literary career writing poetry and short stories, being recognized for his examination of the Native American (Hunter 1). Written after reading media coverage of an actual execution in the state of Washington, Sherman Alexie’s poem Capital Punishment tells the story of an Indian man on death row waiting for his execution. The poem is told in the third person by the cook preparing the last meal as he recalls the many final meals he has prepared over the years. In addition to the Indian currently awaiting his death, the cook speaks of a black man who was electrocuted and lived to tell about it, only to be sent back to the chair an hour later to be killed again....   [tags: Native Americans, Author, Poet]

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Emerson as a Poet

- The American literature of the nineteenth century is characterised by a spirit of Romanticism. The years, from 1828 to 1865, from the Jacksosian era to the Civil War is called "the American Romantic Period." It was the era of the blossoming of a "distinctively American literature" (Abrams, page 206). Also known as the American Renaissance, this period was marked by eminent writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The age produced works of originality and excellence in all literary genres (except drama) not exceeded in quality by later American literature....   [tags: Poetry]

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The Poet, The Diplomat, The Figure - Pablo Neruda

- THE POET, THE DIPLOMAT, THE FIGURE PABLO NERUDA Does the poet develop the poetry or the poetry develops the poet. Pablo Neruda is a figure in literature and poetry, he is also a well-known diplomat. He wrote numerous poems that focused on a variety of genres. He also wrote a special poem about Spain during the Civil War called "Spain In My Heart". The challenges and problems Pablo Neruda faced throughout his years of poetry and Diplomacy developed his way of writing poems. Pablo Neruda's place of birth, Chile, provided a constant geographical and emotional center for his poetry and political concerns....   [tags: peace, influence, spain]

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Does Gender Explain The Importance Of A Poet?

- Does gender explain the importance of a poet. Gender is just the state of being male or female. When it comes to gender no gender is superior than the other. Some individuals would imagine a poet becoming important by them excelling intellectually, being able to write about the things one could relate to, and sometimes being that voice for those who cannot be heard. Anne Bradstreet, an early American poet, takes on the gender stereotypes of women not being better poets than men in her poem “The Prologue”....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Poetry, Female]

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The Farmer Poet: Robert Lee Frost

- Robert Frost was described as one of the greatest poets in the 20th century and became a sensation for poetry. It is not just his poems that interest the reader, but also his quotes can fulfill your compassion. This quote for example, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader” (Frost), shows that Frost will not feel a connection with the reader if the reader does not connect with his poetry. Frost presented a poem called “The Gift Outright” at John F....   [tags: Writer, Poetry]

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Walt Whitm The Perfect Poet For This Young Nation

- "But what merit is to repeat the old tricks, and hum the old tune. If man has the ability to make us feel the fitness, the necessity, the beauty of common things, he is a poet of the highest type.” (Walt Whitman Archive) This quote by George Santayana cited in the Whitman Archive perfectly defines the American poet Walt Whitman. One could say this 19th century craftsman, Walt Whitman, was the perfect poet for this young nation. He constructed a poetry with a less formal structure, utilized language of the common man, celebrated individualism, acknowledged cultural differences, was not bound by the past, was energized by the American move westward and its flourishing democracy, and was moved...   [tags: Walt Whitman, Poetry, United States]

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Walt Whitm The Perfect Poet For This Young Nation

- “But what merit is to repeat the old tricks, and hum the old tune. If man has the ability to make us feel the fitness, the necessity, the beauty of common things, he is a poet of the highest type.” This quote by George Santayana cited in the Whitman Archive perfectly defines the American poet Walt Whitman. One could say this 19th century craftsman, Walt Whitman, was the perfect poet for this young nation. He constructed a poetry with a less formal structure, utilized language of the common man, celebrated individualism, acknowledged cultural differences, was not bound by the past, was energized by the American move westward and its flourishing democracy, and was moved by the struggles and jo...   [tags: Walt Whitman, Poetry, United States]

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Langston Hughes: A Poet Supreme

- Langston Hughes: A Poet Supreme Black poetry is poetry that (1) is grounded in the black experience; (2) utilizes black music as a structural or emulative model; and (3) "consciously" transforms the prevailing standards of poetry through and inconoclastic and innovative use of language. No poet better carries the mantle of model and innovator the Langston Hughes, the prolific Duke Ellington of black poetry. Hughes's output alone is staggering. During his lifetime, he published over eight hundred poems....   [tags: Papers]

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Edgar Allan Poe: Amazing Poet and Writer

- ... Poe began his military career. He enlisted in the United States Army as a private using the identity "Edgar A. Perry" and he then lied about his age saying he was 22 but he was only 18(Poemhunter). This is where Poe finally released some of his work. Poe released his first book, collection of poetry titled Tamerlane and Other Poems which only had 50 copies printed and received almost no attention(Poemhunter). Poe was eventually discharged from the military on April 15, 1829. Poe was now seeking something different so he decided to go to the United States Military Academy at West Point(Poemhunter)....   [tags: origin of horror & detective fiction]

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Teacher, Lover, Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is not dead. Certainly, he comes alive in every one of his pieces. Longfellow was never just an average person. He appreciated the arts ever since a young age and continued to attract towards them. He definitely led most other writers in the Romanticism Era. His pieces were considered the best of that time. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born in 1807, is one of the most renowned authors of the Romanticism Era, with one of his most famous works being “A Psalm of Life” which is still treasured by the American society....   [tags: biographical summary]

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Emanuel Xavier: A Latino Poet in America

- Poetry is one of the most unique and intense methods of literary expression. A poem is not simply a stack of meaningless lines and stanzas, it is an emotional tornado of words, symbols, metaphors, all meant to convey a point. The poet Emanuel Xavier divulges into the most provocative intimacies of his past life in his poems. He is an artist who uses writing as an outlet to reveal who he is – to both the world, and himself. Emanuel Xavier was born on May 3, 1971, in Brooklyn, New York to an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father....   [tags: Poetry]

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Being A Poet Is Not An Easy Thing

- Being a poet is not an easy thing. Well at least not without experience. I have discovered this after writing a poem modeled after Langton Hughes poem, “Theme for English B”. I chose to model my poem after Hughes poem for two reasons. One reason being that the assignment required that my poem be modeled after this specific poem and the other reason is what better way to write an original personal poem for an assignment then by modeling it after someone who did the same thing. Hughes poem is about himself; his likes, his day to day life, and his struggles....   [tags: Poetry, Writing, Mind, Linguistics]

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Langston Hughes: A Jazz Poet

- Langston Hughes (James Mercer Langston Hughes) was a poet, columnist, dramatist, essayist, lyricist, and novelist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes, like others, was active in the Harlem Renaissance, and he had a strong sense of racial pride. Through his poem, novels, short stories, plays, and kids books, he promoted equality, condemned racism, and injustice, and celebrated African American culture, and humor. (Illinois). Langston Hughes was the son of Carrie Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes....   [tags: dramatis, essayist, lyricist, novelist]

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God Is a Perfect Poet

- ... According to “Is a Hero Really Nothing but a Sandwich?” Ted Tollefson says most of people recognize that heroes tend risk their life to help another. It is true that heroes’ goal is living for another one. They will do all things which they want to do for everyone without caring their action can be illegal. In addition, features of heroic personality are justice, humanity and truth. These characteristics make them involve in social and political issues easily, and these problems are usually relate to law....   [tags: hero, vietnam, law]

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A Poet By Percy Shelley

- A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds – Shelley (sparknotes Percy Shelley). Percy Bysshe Shelley was born August 4, 1792 in Broadbridge Heath, England. He was the eldest son of Timothy Shelley, a Member of Parliament, and Elizabeth Shelley (Bio “Percy Bysshe Shelley”). He was very respected by all five of his younger siblings and even by the maids that worked for his family. Since he did stand in line to inherit not only his grandfather’s considerable estate but also a seat in parliament (“Academy of American Poets”)....   [tags: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley]

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Poet Portrait: E.E. Cummings

- Poet Portrait: e.e. cummings Introduction: One might not think a renowned poet would speak of making a mark in a toilet in his attempt to make his mark on the world, but e.e. cummings was no ordinary poet. e.e. cummings was a famous poet of the 20th century; is unique style in his poems helped him become the second most commonly known and read poet in the United States during his lifetime (“E.E. Cummings”). Being raised in a well-educated, literary family; Cummings had a strong background to develop in his chosen career....   [tags: Biography ]

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Langston Hughes: Jazz Poet

- ... The poem is very descriptive in detail of what went on and because of this it make the poem seem like a true story and not a work of fiction. In “Who But The Lord” it talks about an African-American walking down a street committing no crimes being pursued and mugged by a police officer. He also state in the poem “who but the lord cares for me” and “dose the lord even care” making the reader feel sympathy and what he feels. In “Way Of The White Folks” it talks about all of the “Whites” Enslaving “Blacks” all throughout history, the “Whites” taking all of the good jobs and being rich, greedy selfish people....   [tags: brief biography]

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Emerson And The Poet

- Ralph Waldo Emerson states in The Poet the question, which is what is the poet. He says that all men express their feelings, but what makes a poet is that he has more ability to express his own. For example, a poet would express the beauty of nature well, while men who are less expressive cannot give nature the worth it should be given, related to reality of course. A poet would talk, as well about “the common wealth” not “his own wealth”. What is meant by that is that he does not only convey his own feelings and his own experience in life, but he carries the beauty of truth he sees with his art, and mostly the beauty the poet would see is in nature....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Langston Hughes- Poet

- John Christopher once said, “In the realm of dream and imagination, all men are equal.” Langston Hughes was a man that had this simple dream. He wrote constantly of a hope that someday blacks wouldn’t be mistreated but be equal with whites. Almost all of his poetry had this common theme, especially, “Ku Klux”, “The Bitter River”, and “Let America be America Again”. Langston Hughes focused on dreams in his poetry in hopes of bringing his dream of bringing harmonious relations between blacks and whites to reality....   [tags: Race, Blacks, Whites, Poetic Analysis]

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E.E. Cummings and his Life as a Poet

- ... Cummings” pg.15). (In his poetry he often ignored the rules of capitalization and has sometimes been referred to as e.e. Cummings) expanded the boundaries of poetry through typographic and linguistic experimentation (Frazee, “E.E. Cummings). An avoidance of capital letters and creative placement of punctuation soon became his trademarks. His experimental poetry took many forms, some amusing, some satirical, some beautiful, some profound, and some which did not make much sense (Frazee “E.E. Cummings”)....   [tags: three poem analysis]

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John Greenleaf Whittier: A Poet and Activist

- ... The year after, Whittier attended Haverhill Academy, studying there for two years while supporting his economy working as a shoemaker and schoolteacher. By the time Whittier turned twenty years old, he had published enough verse and poems to give himself the attention of several editors and readers in the antislavery movement – being a Quaker, Whittier devoted himself to social causes, working passionately as an editor for several abolitionist newspapers and magazines such as the American Manufacturer and Essex Gazette in Boston, later becoming the editor of the New England Weekly Review....   [tags: Slavery, Abolition, Author]

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