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Magic in The Descent of Innana and Sappho

- Magic in The Descent of Innana and Sappho In the ancient text The Descent of Innana and the lyric poetry of Sappho, language is viewed as magic. Not only are the words themselves acting as magic, as in an invocation, but other things manifest themselves as magic throughout the works. The most common throughout the works of Sappho is that of love. Sappho also shows us the magic of everyday life in many of her poems. Finally, the writing down of the works performs a magic all of its own; the magic of continuation....   [tags: Descent Innana Sappho Essays Greek]

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Gender-Based Notions of Homoerotic Love: Sappho and Plato’s Symposium

- Gender-Based Notions of Homoerotic Love: Sappho and Plato’s Symposium The poetry of Sappho, and the speeches in Plato’s Symposium both deal primarily with homoerotic love, although Sappho, one of the only female poets in Ancient Greece, speaks from the female perspective, while Plato’s work focuses on the nature of this love between men. There are several fundamental elements that are common to both perspectives, including similar ideals of youth and beauty, and the idea of desire as integral to both views on love....   [tags: Sappho Plato Symposium Essays]

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The Virgin by Sappho

- ... How in the beginning of life it goes through changes in its appearance and size and grows out to who they are today, and become more mature as time goes on. They become a delightful blessing as they come into the world and grow up. In line 1, when Sappho uses the words, “on a high branch,” it is showing that the apple may be forgotten about because it can be hard to see, since it is so high. It will especially be forgotten when people from below see the tree. They will not notice it sitting there....   [tags: critical analysis]

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The Cicada in Summer and Sappho

- ... In the middle of the poem, Sappho is trying to engage the reader into the moment of summer time. The season where we feel pure happiness and joy. It is shown that the more sun we get the happier we are. Just like the cicada in summertime that is happy, and makes noise by fluttering its wings, it’s singing its song of joy. Just like we show our happiness through summer so does the cicada. In line 5 Sappho uses the word incessantly, which means without interruption. In this sentence Sappho is referring to the wings of the cicada, that in the poem are constantly moving....   [tags: ancient greek poetry, poem analysis]

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Sappho 's `` Deathless Aphrodite ``

- Can a simple emotion such as love be regarded as one of the greatest weapons to create or attain power. It’s a renowned fact that human beings are by nature designed to need, crave, and even require love as part of their survival mechanisms. It comes to no surprise that one of the first accounts of antique poetry maintains love and the craving for it as its main theme; thereby, reinforcing the deep importance that it upholds in the lives of many individuals. Sappho’s “Deathless Aphrodite” clearly epitomizes the suffering and bitterness that arises from an unrequited love....   [tags: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Romance]

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Pain In Poetry: Sappho

- Pain can be expressed in both sorrow and anger. Sappho creates great imagery in this fragmented poem by taking pain into natural moving actions. She expresses how her feelings change from hurt to anger and how heavy pain can really be. Sappho uses physical movement to express her emotions in different directions. She also emphasizes how she sees revenge is the ultimate goal in order to recover from that pain. Throughout the fragmented poem, Sappho expresses how someone else’s degrading words affect her and how she handles that pain....   [tags: Physical Movement, Terrifying Winds]

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Definition of Beautiful in Beauty of a Man by Sappho

- When trying to interpret the word “beautiful” lots of different things often come to mind. First off, some may see beauty in nature; some may see it in people. If talking about the beauty in a person, it could be interpreted in two different ways: beauty on the inside, such as their kindness or respect towards others. Then there is beauty on the outside, which focuses more on someone’s looks rather than personality. If interpreting the word ‘beautiful’ in nature, it is usually based distinctly on the looks or sound that nature has to offer....   [tags: beautiful, challenges, deeds]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' With His Venom ' By Sappho

- In today’s society, there is nothing that is seen as a perfect marriage. Love and hate are both closely intertwined in our brain, making them the two most intense emotions. It is bazar to think that one can go from loving someone to hating (disliking) that certain individual, or from hating (disliking) that individual to falling mad in love with them. Society creates a barrier that makes one believe on what a loving relationship should be. In many occasions negativity and other factors come to play in a loving relationship....   [tags: Love, Marriage, Short story]

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Female Characters Of Helen, By Homer, And Sappho

- There is no doubt that Helen is one of the most famous and most significant figures in Greek history. She is spoken of in almost every renowned text written by acclaimed Greek poets, including Herodotus, Virgil, Ovid, Homer, and Sappho. This female figure was famous in the Greek realm for her beautiful appearance, capturing the hearts of men, particularly Paris who kidnaps her to make her his wife. She is also famous for weaving the tapestry during the Trojan War. These are only a few of the famous facts and cameos that Helen is famous for, and there are reasons for why the authors include those short but significant moments in the text....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Menelaus, Homer]

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Sappho's A Prayer To Aphrodite and Seizure

- Sappho's A Prayer To Aphrodite and Seizure Sappho wrote poems about lust, longing, suffering, and their connections to love. Her poetry is vivid, to the point where the reader or listener can feel the sentiments rising from the core of his or her own being. The poetry truly depicts a realistic picture of the bonds of love. Through the subtle differences of the poems, "A Prayer To Aphrodite," and "Seizure," Sappho conveys the intensity of the longing and suffering of love. In "A Prayer To Aphrodite," Sappho is offering a prayer, of sorts, to the goddess of love....   [tags: Prayer To Aphrodite and Seizure Essays]

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Medea And Sappho Tragedy Focused On Love, Sex, And Morality

- Medea and Sappho Tragedy Focused on Love, Sex, and Morality Eupriedes, Medea and Sappho’s writing focus on women to expose the relationships between a variety of themes and the general ideal that women are property. The main characters in both pieces of literature demonstrate similar situations where love and sex result in a serious troll. These themes affected their relationship with themselves and others, as well as, incapability to make decisions which even today in society still affects humans....   [tags: Love, Emotion, Greek mythology, Ancient Greece]

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A Strong Emotional Presence Of Medea, Sappho, And Force Majeure

- According to Plato, “Human behavior flows from three main sources, desire, emotion, and knowledge.” What exactly is emotion. Everyone has it, feels it, and sometimes we can’t control it. It is a dominating force that sometimes causes us to do the most remarkable and maniacal things. Strong emotion is a rational occurrence in human nature that can be demonstrated through examples in Medea, Sappho, and Force Majeure. One of the most prominent examples of a strong emotional presence can first be exemplified in Euripides’s Medea....   [tags: Psychology, Logic, Love]

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Critical Analysis of Sappho´s My Daughter

- There are some things that never change through the ages. Certainly natural cycles have always repeated themselves, but even in cycles there are some things that remain constant. One such constant is the bond found between a mother and child. From generation to generation, this deep and loving relationship has shaped families into what they are both today and in bygone centuries. The ancient poet Sappho captures her love for her daughter, Kleis, in a fragment of poetry wherein she describes the dearness and eternity of this incredible maternal bond using her excellent wordsmith skills....   [tags: mother, child, maternal bond, poetry, love]

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Letters to Jane and Sappho: An Exploration of the Way Women Write

- While reading the poetry of Sappho, it is clear that some poems might be read as having a strictly sexual interpretation; however, I much prefer to interpret her writings as more of a correspondence, mostly one sided, between her and the women with whom she interacted with daily. Some of those had left the town and were beyond reach. Sappho’s poems read much more like intimate notes to friends than risqué love poetry. She is a woman who writes for herself and for other women, much like Jane Austen did in the beginning of the nineteenth century....   [tags: relationship, love, persuasion]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Aesop, Hesiod, Pindar, And Sappho

- Aesop, Hesiod, Pindar, and Sappho were all great Greek poets that have work still alive today, but one author stands out above the rest. His name is Homer. Homer was a Greek poet that lived somewhere on the coast of Asia Minor into Greek territory. He grew up to become the most well known Greek poet ever. He is also one of the most influential writers in Western culture to have existed. Along with his writings being influential to others, these passages were shaped by his own experiences and learned knowledge....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Odysseus]

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Sappho And St. Teresa De Avila

- Day by day women are faced with obstacles simply because of gender. In the plays we have read women are faced with obstacles but overcome them. Women in the past were expected to be submissive and not object to the men’s decisions. The world today has changed its face. No longer are women quiet. Sappho and her work is a good example in our readings to represent today’s day and time. Her poems seem contemporary, very modern. The Descent of Inanna ,on the other hand, is a prime example of works we’ve read that represent the past much more....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sappho And Plato 's View On The Mysteries Of Love, Eros, And The True

- Our drive for human connection has been forever fueled by desire to seek love, truth, and wisdom, and to share that information with one another in our quest and pursuit of happiness. Our society is shaped by the process and product of every interaction, both between people, and man and nature. Some sexual, and non-sexual relationships that form between human interaction are better than others for us as individuals, morally and spiritually. In the very old works of ancient Greek poets, Sappho and Plato, we are offered different approaches and insights on the mysteries of love, eros, and the true meaning and desire of human interaction, sexually and non-sexually....   [tags: Love, Human, Socrates, Platonic love]

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Sappho 's Individual Identification As A Woman And The Historical Leader Of The Text

- Only when Sappho reintegrates herself into the community by claiming her family—returning to her son and marrying Will—does she personally gain. In this way, the novel does not completely foreclose individual interests, but certainly, in a time of intense racial and sexual violence, Hopkins advocates for the subordination of the individual for the protection and advancement of the racial group. At the same time, Sappho’s character arc illustrates that within Contending Forces and among African Americans, there must be allowance for acts of self-determination and identification without the disavowal of racial or social community....   [tags: African American, Black people, Race, Race]

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Construction of Desire in Sapphic Poetry

- Construction of Desire in Sapphic Poetry Many scholars in the past, looking at Sappho through the eyes of male experience, have heaped lukewarm praise on Sappho’s "chaste" poems, have translated them with an unyielding heterosexual bent. However, when read through a woman's experience, when read through people who do not wish to hide Sappho's desire for other women or hetero-sexualize it, Sappho's writing takes on a new light, and we can begin to piece together her desire and its contexts. In the work of Sappho, the goddess Aphrodite is frequently given homage, making her a kind of patron (a matron perhaps?) of lesbian desire....   [tags: Sappho Poem Poet Essays]

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The Virgin

- November 7, 13 Crit. 2 “The Virgin” What comes to mind when thinking about an apple. What about the colors, taste or even the texture of the apple. Not all apples have the same characteristics. The same is true for humans. Whether comparing apples to apples, or one human being to another human being, despite similar qualities there is always something slightly unique about each and every one of them. In many ways apples and humans can be compared, and Sappho beautifully illustrates this by her use of comparisons of apples to a child....   [tags: Sappho, apple, child, poetry, learning, maturing]

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The Nature Of Love And Plato 's Love

- This essay explores the differences between the nature of Sappho 's Love and Plato 's Love by examining their respective works. First, we will define each of the author 's idea of love. Next, we will discover what makes them different. After, we will find some of the objections and observations once one places these two philosophies together. Finally, this essay will explore personal extrapolations and opinions made from reading both works Before one dives into the depths of the respective philosophies, we should establish the definition and nature of each author 's form of love....   [tags: Virtue, Plato, Greek words for love, Love]

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Love Is A Feeling Or A Choice

- For some time, there has been a debate over whether love is a feeling or a choice. That is, whether love will simply erode away over time and stress or if two people can keep love alive if they are willing to look for the things that they first made them fall in love even when those things are not always easy to see. Poets of love poems commonly say that love is a feeling, and Sappho, a poet of ancient Greece, is no different. I believe that Sappho writes about love as a passion because her poems rarely consist of long-standing relationships, the love mentioned in the poems is commonly an all-consuming infatuation, and the characters mentioned in the poems are often affected negatively by th...   [tags: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Emotion]

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The Women Of Greek Women

- All throughout history, the writing and story telling of myths and histories were primarily done by well educated, and wealthy men. The knowledge of the past is naturally skewed when it is seen through specific lenses that do not capture the whole picture. The voices of women and the less fortunate are often left unheard. This concept is not a unique one, and it is found in ancient Greece as well. Well known Greek scholars and writers such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, and Homer were all men. Sappho is the only female ancient Greek author whose work survives, The reason why Sappho’s poems offers so much insight into the lives of Greek women in ancient Greece is because the poems are an acc...   [tags: Trojan War, Homer, Iliad, Achilles]

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Ancient Greece And The Modern Day Term ' Lesbian '

- Ancient Greece produced a multitude of sophisticated poets. One such poet, Sappho, happens to be the only female Ancient Greek author, in the midst of a male-driven field, whose work has survived. Frequently referred to as the tenth muse, Sappho often wrote on the topic of homosexuality. Her poetry, combined with the name of the island she lived on, Lesbos, inspired the modern day term ‘lesbian’. Another influential Greek poet was Catullus. Catullus typically wrote using intense emotion; this periodically led to the use of vulgar language....   [tags: Love, Poetry, Catullus, Martin Luther King]

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Plato And Aristotle 's Influence On Education

- Education is a process of learning in which we acquire knowledge and skills under the guidance of a teacher. Ideas, information and culture are conveyed from one generation to another (Murphy, 2006). Education is the development by which we are formed as human beings and by which a society preserves and transforms itself. Education is the most important way in which we can fight oppression, injustice and inequality by promoting and fighting for equality and justice in our society (Norris, personal communication, September 4, 2013)....   [tags: Education, Philosophy, Teacher]

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Poetry From China, Egypt, And Greece

- Often times, writers have their own unique source of inspiration. Many write about what they know, what they have seen, or where they have been. Literature comes from all over the world and every piece contains a hint about the period and place it was written in. The authors of lyric poems have their own special way of demonstrating his or hers’ culture and way of life. Poems derived from Greece, China, and Egypt are different in their own ways due to the fact that beliefs and practices vary in each region....   [tags: Poetry, Love, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet - The Power Of A Sonnet

- “Even if you walk exactly the same route each time - as with a sonnet - the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet 's health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same.” The power of a sonnet is endless and can produce a different message every time it has been analyzed. A sonnet is a one-stanza poem of a short fourteen lines. Sonnets are composed in two main forms: the English sonnet or the Italian sonnet. Renaissance lyric poetry is centered on the importance of English and Italian sonnets....   [tags: Poetry, Sonnet, Poetic form, Iambic pentameter]

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Sexual Fluidity in Ancient Greece

- Females in Ancient Greece Through all this it is obvious that the homosexual acts were a common feature of Ancient Greek society. That is, it is a common feature among men in ancient Greece. So there stands the question of what were the actions of women when their men were away seeking out young men and boys in bath houses or actually committing these homosexual activities. A look into this takes the use of Feminist Anthropology, which strives to understand the female position and power in society, in conjunction with archaeology and the synchronistic approach to truly understand the full dynamic of homosexuality in Greece (Walter, “Feminist Anthropology?”)....   [tags: homosexual acts, history]

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Siobhan Somerville’s essay Passing through the Closet in Pauline E. Hopkins’s Contending Forces

- Siobhan Somerville’s essay “Passing through the Closet in Pauline E. Hopkins’s Contending Forces” In Siobhan Somerville’s essay, “Passing through the Closet in Pauline E. Hopkins’s Contending Forces”, the tacit allusion to homosexuality within Hopkins’ story is argued to be a resource used to question the dominance or implicit strength of heterosexuality in the African-American community over Black women. While I do believe Hopkins may have intended for the novel to raise questions about the institution of marriage in relation to the African-American female, I do not believe the argument is as polarized as a difference between homosexual and heterosexual attraction in relation to politics...   [tags: Somerville Sexuality Hopkins Closet Essays]

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The Duty of Women

- The duty of women to have children creates a bias against them. Many laws for women and writings about women relate to their job of childbearing. It is their most important responsibility and also what gave them less freedoms then men. I will explore this fact in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome using the writings of Sappho, Aristotle and the scribe Any. The first laws regarding women that we have record of was Hammurabi’s code. In Hammurabi’s code it states that a man may only take a second wife if the first wife has born him no children (law 144)....   [tags: Gender Issues]

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Ancient Greek Classicism

- Like the Egyptians, artwork and architecture of the Greek Classical Age followed a canon of more freely accepted idealistic forms. While “proportion and order are guiding principles of the classical style” (Fiero 116), other features also played a significant role. These three major ideas, used in combination, are the Humanistic approach, the Realistic approach, and the Idealistic approach. The “Relief with a Dancing Maenad”, is a classical style of art that represents a time when “dance was prized for its moral value, as well as for its ability to give pleasure and induce good health” (Fiero 129)....   [tags: Culture]

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Sexual Morality Is Not Governed By Race

- In an argument developed further through heroine Sappho Clark, Hopkins uses Grace’s rape to demonstrate that sexual morality is not governed by race. Each woman responds to the loss of her virtue according to the dominant gender codes of her time. Grace, the Victorian fallen women, kills herself following her violation. The narrator tells us that “shortly after these events [the raid of the Montfort estate and the violation of her body], Grace Montfort disappeared and was never seen again. The waters of Pamlico Sound tell of sweet oblivion for the broken hearted found within their soft embraces” (71)....   [tags: Black people, African American, Woman, Gender]

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Treatment of Women in Ancient Literature

- Women are constantly portrayed as tempting men by using their sexual charms. And so women who remained chaste were held in a higher esteem than those who highlighted their sexuality. Walcot writes, “The Greeks believed women to be incapable of not exercising their sexual charms and that the results were catastrophic, irrespective of whether or not women set out to cause trouble deliberately or acted in a blissful ignorance of what they were doing” (39). In Homeric tales we see the character Odysseus being held by Calypso and Circe due to their sexual appeal despite him journeying home to be reunited with his wife Penelope after twenty years....   [tags: sexual appeal, odysseus, calipo, pandora]

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Social Life Of Rome And Greece

- Social life in Rome and Greece Rome and Greece are two countries with many similarities they have the same construction type, worship almost the same gods; they have some differences as well when they do not speak the same language, or have the same traditions. Their social life may have some small difference but is almost the same especially in the marriage where the man was the head of the house and the women come after him. In the ancient Greece, no women were allowed live without a man according to their law and if that is the case she did not receive the privilege of becoming a citizen but her son did but she did have the land and faily goods’ n The status of a free woman was strictl...   [tags: Ancient Greece, Athens, Marriage, Woman]

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A Lover’s Love: The Emotions and Conflicts of a Love Affair in Boccaccio’s The Decameron and in Virgil’s The Aeneid

- Love defies the test of time and endures when all things suggest its demise. Against odds, lovers meet, and in line with fate, lovers fall apart. The levels of love, and the numerous reactions to those relationships, help determine if and when the relationship will end. Though factors tear two people apart, the love does not always die. These ideas appear time and again, such as in Boccaccio’s The Decameron (the fourth day, first tale) or Virgil’s The Aeneid. Ideals of love and admiration also appear in Sappho’s poetry....   [tags: Complicated Experience, Obligatory Attitude]

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Different Traditions Of Cretan Pederasty Are Depicted By Ephorus Of Cyme

- Pederasty among Greek society was often thought to have emerged from ancient Crete in about 650 B.C. However, later Greeks believed homosexuality arose in order to cap off overpopulation and to institutionalize soldiers. The unique traditions of Cretan pederasty are depicted by Ephorus of Cyme. “They have a unique custom with regard to love affairs. For they do not win their boyfriends through persuasion, but through abduction. The lover warns the boy’s friends and family three or more days in advance that he is going to carry out the abduction… After giving him presents, he takes the boy away to any place in the countryside he wishes, and those who were present at the abduction accompany th...   [tags: Gender, Female, Pederasty, Male]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Fragment 31 '

- People have tried to describe love in many different ways throughout history. Thousands of years ago Sappho wrote many love poems to express the feeling of one who falls in love. Her lyric poem fragment 31 is a particular example that presents the inconsistent and complex emotion of a lover. In this fragment, when the speaker discovers that her loved one was chatting with an unknown man, the lover develops mixed feelings toward the man and wonders about her own encounter with her loved one. The honesty of the text intimately draws the audience to share a sense of empathy of what love means to a lover expanding from past to present moment....   [tags: Emotion, Love, Poetry, Sonnet]

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Lyric Poems in Ancient Times

- The lyric poems in the ancient times are presented in the first person point of view. Since lyric poetry expresses the personal and emotional feelings of a speaker, Sappho’s poems, Abu Nawar’s verses, Egyptian poems, and Neo-Christian Aztec poems explore the emotions of the speakers as they describe their culture, lifestyle, and tradition. These verses depict the passion, love, and perspectives of the ancient civilizations The Songs of Aztec Nobility encompass the curiosity of the speaker towards her social environment....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Egyptian Poems, Aztec Poems]

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Criterias Used to Define Homosexuality

- Those Lovers In this age,we can see more and more same-gender lovers in the streets and it won’t be uncommon any more. Lot’s of people regard them as unnormal individuals but I don’t agree with them. And today I’d like to show you something about Homosexual. How do you define homosexuality. Although it would appear to be simple, on closer examination defining homosexuality is more complex. Young people writing to magazine problem pages seem to define homosexuality using three criteria: 1. having sexual feelings towards other people of the same sex 2. sexual behaviour with people of the same sex 3. and describing oneself as homosexual (identity) It can be helpful to think of these elements...   [tags: same-sex, gay rights]

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Helen Humphreys’ Afterimage and Anne Sexton’s poems, For John, Who begs Me Not to Enquire Further a

- Helen Humphreys’ Afterimage and Anne Sexton’s poems, For John, Who begs Me Not to Enquire Further and The Black Art Woman artists have often been condemned as lesser artists than their male contemporaries, and this critical view appears in Helen Humphreys’ Afterimage and in Anne Sexton’s poems “For John, Who begs Me Not to Enquire Further” and “The Black Art”. The woman artists in these works use their creative talents to escape the mundane and sometimes painful realities of their lives....   [tags: Afterimage]

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Homoerotic Unions Make Up for Unsatisfying Marriages

- Homoerotic Unions Make Up for Unsatisfying Marriages Marriage is undeniably effective for some things such as procreation and rearing those produced children.Ê Biologically, all creatures need heterosexual union of some kind to continue their species, but this union need not be a required social construct.Ê In ancient and classical Greece, as well as in much of the world today, marriage is a social expectation.Ê Elders encourage young men to choose their even younger wives at the expected time and to create a respectable typical household.Ê But is marriage actually necessary or even what people desire?Ê Hellenic marriage seems to be constructed in such a way as to leave many G...   [tags: Marriage Marrying Essays]

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The Death Of Milton, By Thomas Edward, Thomas Warton, And Mary Robinson

- Upon the death of Milton, the sonnet form became sparsely utilised by English poets. However, this cannot be obfuscated by claiming that it was unsuitable for the English language, nor because Milton had little influence over the form. This disappearance occurred as a result of the cultural distance the eighteenth century imposed between itself and the Elizabethans, whose example was effaced in the subsequent refinements of language, literary conception, and versification. In the eighteenth century, Elizabethan practices were considered to be barbaric, which resulted the omission of the sonnet form from editions of Shakespeare produced in this time....   [tags: Sonnet, Shakespeare's sonnets, Poetry]

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The Greek Perceptions And Uses For Sex And Sexuality

- The Greek perceptions and uses for sex and sexuality were far from Victorian in nature. Illustrated in an early inscription on a vase promising sexual desire to anyone who consumes its contents, there was value in virility (Freeman, 132). On the more lascivious end of the scale, were the Corinthians, who engaged in ritual prostitution in their temples which they believed was overseen by goddesses (Freeman, 157). Yet in more conservative Greek culture there were defined roles and measures of appropriate sexual behavior....   [tags: Human sexuality, Sexual intercourse]

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Niall, A And Energetic, 21 Year Old Man

- Niall is a cheerful and energetic, 21 year old man. Niall lives a normal life, consisted of playing guitar and attending school to become a music producer. From a stranger’s viewpoint, there is nothing wrong with Niall. The teenage years are supposed to be exciting and reckless. As a teen, the average person becomes rebellious, starts to drink, and begins to have sex. While growing up, Niall only accomplished two of the three. Niall lacks understanding of the joys of having a sexual relationship and becomes quite disgusted when people refer to it....   [tags: Human sexuality, Human sexual behavior]

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A Patriarchal Society During The Early Mesopotamian Era

- The whole concept of a patriarchal society came about during the early Mesopotamian era, they believed that: “The husband and father made all the key decisions, and the wife gave humble obedience to this male authority. Patriarchal family structure rested on men’s control of most or all property, starting with land. Marriage was based on property relationships, and it was assumed that marriage and therefore subordinate to men was the normal condition for woman. (Woman in Patriarchal Societies, 42)” The roles that men have played throughout history haven’t changed much, men have always been at the top of the food chain....   [tags: Family, Female, Gender role, Gender]

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The Roles of Greek and Roman Women

- Greek and Roman women lived in a world where strict gender roles were given; where each person was judged in terms of compliance with gender-specific standards of conduct. Generally, men were placed above women in terms of independence, control and overall freedom. Whereas men lived in the world at large, active in public life and free to come and go as they willed, women's lives were sheltered. Most women were assigned the role of a homemaker, where they were anticipated to be good wives and mothers, but not much of anything else....   [tags: Greek, Roman, Women, feminism, ]

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Feminism Of The Modern Women 's Movement

- Kathleen Hanna stated: “There are just as many different kinds of feminism as there are women in the world.” This could not be truer. With different types of women, you have different types of feminism, all differing in levels of activism however enveloping around the same purpose. The most popular definition of the term feminism is “the doctrine for advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men” (Dictionary). These would include perception of appearance and attitude, equal pay for equal work – constitutional equality, reproductive rights, ending violence against women, and more....   [tags: Women's suffrage, Feminism, Women's rights]

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Homosexuality: Greco-Roman Period to Today

- Homosexuality, the sexual attraction between members of the same sex, is a term not coined until the late nineteenth century; however, its prevalence throughout Western history is apparent and cannot be ignored. Some of the earliest accounts of homosexual relationships date back to 700 BCE in Ancient Greece. Spanning from that period up to today, the history of the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) minority is one that is commonly overlooked. Only by analyzing the historical records of homosexuality can one fully understand the widespread GLBT movement of the current era....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative, persuasive]

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Sara Teasdale's Life and Accomplishments

- The work of Sara Teasdale captured the hearts of many Americans through her lyrical simplicity and delicate craftsmanship on the major themes of love, beauty, and death. Her poetry was often quoted, parodied, and set to music by the public. They awarded her the Columbia University Society Prize and the Poetry Society of America Prize in 1918 for her poem collection title Love Songs. However, her major success as a lyrical poet proved true when her work continued to sell posthumously. Throughout Teasdale’s lyrical poetry, she depends heavily on metaphors and personification, simple diction, and romantic imagery to produce a melancholy tone and to gain a sympathetic response from her reader on...   [tags: lyrical poet, poetry metaphors, love]

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The Myth Of The Titan

- Introduction Prometheus the Titan is a prominent character in Greek mythology. His legend pertains to the creation of human kind and the mythological world in which the Olympian gods ruled. Prometheus participated in the Titanomachy, a war between the Olympians and the Titans, which took place during the golden age. To provide a time frame, the golden age took place after the creation of the world and the castration of Uranus. Therefore, the Titan Prometheus was a part of the sixth generation to exist, with Chaos being the first generation (Parada “Mythical Chronology”)....   [tags: Greek mythology, Prometheus, Twelve Olympians]

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Elements of Modernist Writing

- Catherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bishop and William Carlos Williams were poets and writers of short fiction that belonged to the Modernist movement. The movement itself was triggered mostly by the industrial revolution and the horrors of World War I. It was an inter-continental movement and spread into all spheres and disciplines, such as art, philosophy, literature, architecture, music, culture and so on. During the movement of modernism, the individual moved into the spotlight, and it the human subjectivity and self-consciousness was themes around which most of the art and literary worked evolved....   [tags: poetry, imagism, interior monologue]

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Marriage: Religion or Love?

- To understand same sex marriage you must first understand a compressed history of homosexuals until it meets up with the most important books that same sex marriage comes a crossed; The Bible or any other religious book that brings up marriage. Our earliest knowledge about homosexuals and same sex marriage comes from the Greeks and the Romans. Although, there is still some evidence of homosexuals before the Greeks and Romans. “Alexander the Great, the founder of Stoicism, Zeno of Citium, were known for their exclusive interest in boys and other men” (“Homosexuality”, Picket)....   [tags: same sex marriage, homosexuality, gay rights]

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The History of Feminism

- ... The first wave is the most familiar and took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The goal of the first wave was to open up opportunities for women with its primary focus on suffrage. In its early stages, feminism was interrelated with temperance and abolitionist movements while giving a voice to now-famous activists like Sojourner Truth. The discussions about voting and women’s participation in politics soon led to the examining about society’s views on men and women and their differences (Rampton)....   [tags: equal rights for women]

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Women in the Apology of Socrates

- Women in the Apology of Socrates The most striking thing about women in the Apology of Socrates is their absence from where we might expect them. Only two specific women are mentioned: 1) the Pythia, the priestess of Apollo, who answers Chaerephon's question that no one is wiser than Socrates (21a); and 2) Thetis, the mother of Achilles (who himself is not mentioned by name but only referred to as the "son of Thetis"), who warns him that he will die if he kills the Trojan hero Hector (28c)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Validity of Names in Machiavelli’s Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex

- Validity of Names in Machiavelli’s Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex   People often drop names to assure the achievement of whatever goal it is they are trying to achieve. This tactic works especially well in business, but it can also work in argument. Names of influential people have influential affects. “I know Don Corleone,” would certainly have gotten nearly anything done in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. Both Simone de Beauvoir and Niccolò Machiavelli used the names of well-known people to add a sense of importance and truth to what it was they were saying....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays]

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Teaching and Modeling Homosexual Tolerance in the Public School System

- Teaching and Modeling Homosexual Tolerance in the Public School System I am an advocate of acceptance and tolerance as well as equality for homosexuals. I am going to try and explain to you the course we as a society needs to take. I want to share with you the history of the world in relation to gay relationships, genetics, statistics, and Christianity in order to familiarize you with the topic in hopes of helping you see things my way. I will be doing all of this to try and persuade you to agree with me on the idea of supporting gay rights and equality in our society and in our public school system right here at home in America....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Unconscious in James Joyce's ‘Dubliners and Charlotte Bronte's ‘Jane Eyre

- Unconscious in James Joyce's ‘Dubliners and Charlotte Bronte's ‘Jane Eyre Although the notion of a human unconscious preceded Freud, his work is certainly most useful for explaining what it actually is. With an understanding of a human unconscious we can apply some of its characteristics to the literature studied thus far. Much of Freud's work on the unconscious is contained within his book ‘The Interpretation of Dreams' but a concise definition is hard to come by. Essentially Freud believes that the unconscious is the ‘part of the mind that is beyond consciousness which nevertheless has a strong influence on our actions' ....   [tags: Dubliners Jane Eyre Joyce Bronte]

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Poetry in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own

- Poetry in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own According to Laurence Perrine, author of Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, "poetry is as universal as language and almost as ancient"; however, "people have always been more successful at appreciating poetry than at defining it" (517). Perrine initially defines poetry as "a kind of language that says more and says it more intensely than does ordinary language" (517). After defining literature as writing concerned with experience which allows us to imaginatively participate in it (518-19), Perrine adds, "poetry takes all life as its province" (522); no sharp distinction between poetry and other forms of imaginative literature exists (52...   [tags: Room of One's Own Essays]

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David Lurie's Worshipping of Eros in J.m Coetzee's "Disgrace"

- David Lurie's worshipping of Eros keeps him from recognizing the guilt of his actions and he uses his beliefs to justify his bad behavior throughout Disgrace. His beliefs help him to defend his approach to attaining personal satisfaction, sexual release, autonomy and passion. Lurie is very condescending of women and sees them as a way to "solve the problem of sex" rather than as an equal. He shows a prejudice towards women who do not attempt to make themselves look appealing and he sees himself as a "predator" of the women of which he is intimate....   [tags: Personal Essays]

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Paris in the 1920’s – “The Lost Generation”

- Paris in the 1920’s – “The Lost Generation” Between the end of the First World War and Hitler's seizure of power a cultural explosion occurred in Paris that altered our notions of art and reality and shaped our way of viewing the world ever since. In the 1920's, Paris became the undisputed international capital of pleasure and was regarded as the cultural and artistic center of Europe with a reputation for staging one of its most glamorous eras, as well as some of the most spectacular revues in the world....   [tags: History France Paris Fitzgerald Hemingway Essays]

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Critical Evaluation of Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

- Critical Evaluation of Stone Cold by Robert Swindells A novel that I have read recently is "Stone Cold" by Robert Swindells. In this novel there are two main characters called Link and Shelter. These characters have very different personalities. I intend to consider the ways in which the author has created these two very different personalities and will explain my reaction to each of them. This novel tells both sides of one story, Links side and Shelters side. Link is a 16year old boy that left home because of family troubles and Shelter is a 47year old man who was discharged from the army on medical grounds and doesn't agree with this....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing the Poetry of Wordsworth and Keats

- The Poetry of Wordsworth and Keats John Locke (1632-1704) sparked the "Age of Reason" by teaching that all true knowledge must be empirically verified. Empiricism taught that "a statement is meaningful only if it can be verified empirically (Sproul 103)." Thus any statements about metaphysical entities (e.g. God, Unicorns, Love, and Beauty) would be meaningless terms because they cannot be proven by the scientific method. In revolt, Rousseau (1712-1778) cried: "Let us return to nature" (Schaeffer 154) because only in nature can the spirit of mankind be found meaningful....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Understanding Thomas Weiskel's The Romantic Sublime

- Understanding Thomas Weiskel's The Romantic Sublime In order to understand Weiskel's argument on the sublime, it would be helpful to briefly review the influential treatises on the sublime by Longinus, Immanuel Kant and Edmund. Longinus understands the sublime as intrinsically related to linguistics, as being achieved mainly through language and literature. The "linguistic sublime" causes one to transcend oneself. When one perceives an experience as producing ecstasy, he asserts, that experience can be considered sublime....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Female Protagonists in Women's Literature

- They feasted upon it. They thirsted for it. Society looked down on them for it, but these women remained honey mad, remained desperate for salvation in flavor, and craved salvation in indulgence. Considered half-savage and more than a little deranged, they roamed, free to do what so many of the women in "civilized" society longed to do. In Honey Mad Women: Charlotte Bronte's Bilingual Heroines, Patricia Yaeger hypothesizes that "bilingual heroines... are also honey mad women: women who consume, to excess, the languages designed to consume them" (Yaeger 11)....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone

- In ancient Greece, men who died in war fulfilled the civic ideal to the utmost. The women, destined to live out a degrading life, died in bed. Certainly, not all men died in battle, but every epitaph shows in one way or another, the city would always remember the men who died in war. Additionally, not all Athenian women died in bed; nonetheless, it was left to her family to preserve the memory of her not the city. No matter how perfect a woman was she would never receive the same status or level of social expectations from the city that a man received....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Homosexuality

- Homosexuality Homosexuality is the sexual orientation toward people of the same sex. This contrasts with heterosexuality, which is being attracted with individuals of the opposite sex. Female homosexuals are referred to as Lesbians. In recent years, the term gay has been applied to both homosexual women and men. Homosexuality appears in virtually all-social contexts – "within different community settings, socioeconomic levels, and ethnic and religious groups" (Web Page #2)....   [tags: Sexual Orientation Homosexuals Essays]

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