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    'Anxiety of Influence' by Harold Bloom is the book in which the author presents the idea of poetic influence as an imperative in creating a poem. Poets stick to settled methods of writing, which appeared in the literary works of their predecessors. In another words, poets are rarely revolutionary when it comes to bringing new ideas of writing to literature and introducing new themes in their poems. What inspired a poet more than reading one great piece belonging to a literary canon? Writers don't

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    “Munro’s people are the immanences of our daily lives” (Bloom 2). This quotation, written by Harold Bloom, American literary critic, captures the essence of Alice Munro’s work splendidly. Munro does not aim to be a great literary hero, though she is, but rather to write about life as it is. Her work is naturalistic, one of the greatest appeals of her writing. Through that naturalism, Munro writes of ordinary sorrow, ordinary love, and ordinary passion. Nothing is meant to transcend the human existence

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    Crushed Dreams in The Glass Menagerie

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    entire play -  an ironic pattern of romantic expectations, momentary fulfilment, and ultimate loss' (Thompson 13). Works Cited and Consulted Bloom, Harold. Introduction. Tennessee Williams. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. 1-8. King, Thomas L. "Irony and Distance in The Glass Menagerie." In Tennessee Williams. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. 85-94. Levy, Eric P. "'Through Soundproof Glass': The Prison of Self Consciousness in The Glass Menagerie." Modern

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    The Tragic Defects of Mankind

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    includes the character of Ralph, to represent a naturally born leader. Ralph is elected by the boys of the island to become chief due to his differentness. Harold Bloom states, “…his actions prompt the reader to believe there is hope that practicality and civility can exist, even among youngsters left to care for themselves in the wild” (Bloom 14). As Ralph continues his role as leader throughout the book, Golding incorporates how Ralph attempts to live by the rules, but emerges from innocence toward

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    Richard III by William Shakespeare

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    one hour in his bed Did I enjoy the go... ... middle of paper ... ...Bloom, Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2000. 32-34. Pearlman, E. “The Invention of Richard Gloucester.” Shakespeare’s Histories (Bloom’s Major Dramatists). Ed. Harold Bloom, Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2000. 28-30. Plasse, Marie A. “Corporeality and the Opening of Richard III.” Shakespeare’s Histories (Bloom’s Major Dramatists). Ed. Harold Bloom, Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2000. 30-32. Schlegel, August Wilhelm. “Lectures

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    The Awakening

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    The Awakening, by Kate Chopin is a novel that should be read. It is beautifully written, deals with important issues of oppression, and is a true quest for ones self. Unfortunately it does not meet Harold Blooms criteria for the Canon. According to Harold Bloom in his critical essay An Elegy for the Canon, a novel must embody certain characteristics in order for it to be canonical. Sadly, The Awakening falls short of one major criteria of the canon that can not be overlooked. There are many characteristics

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    Critical Interpretations, ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987) 43. For further discussion on renaissance gender performance and identity politics among Shakespeare's cross-dressed heroines, see Michael Shapiro's Gender in Play on the Shakespearean Stage: Boy Heroines and Female Pages (Ann Arbor: The University of MIchigan Press, 1994). 6- Elliot Krieger, "Malvolio and Class Ideology in Twelfth Night," Modern Critical Interpretation, ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea HousePublishers

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    Superficial Beliefs

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    “She would have been a good woman if it had been someone there to shoot her for every minute of her life.” Flannery O’Connor’s depiction of Christian faith can be seen in almost all of her works. Inevitably, the plots in all of O’Connor’s stories end with a shocking conclusion, and this leaves the reader with freedom to interpret the central idea. From the endless list of themes that O’Connor embeds into her stories, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is largely influenced by the idea of divine grace,

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    Tennessee Williams. By Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. 9-11. Print. McLeod, Saul. "Id Ego and Superego." Simply Psychology. Simply Psychology, 2008. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. O'Connor, Jacqueline. "Babbling Lunatics: Language and Madness." Bloom's Modern Critical Views: Tennessee Williams. By Harold Bloom. New York: Infobase, 2007. 11-26. Print. Riddel, Joseph N. "A Streetcar Named Desire-Nietzche Descending." Modern Critical Views Tennessee Williams. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House

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    In Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Harold Bloom evaluates the character, writing: Lear’s utterances establish a standard of measurement that no other fictive personage can approach, the limits of human capacity for profound affect are consistently transcended by Lear. To feel what Lear suffers strains us as only our own greatest anguishes have hurt us; the terrible intimacy that Lear insists upon is virtually unbearable. (Bloom 513) Mr. Bloom asserts, that Lear reckons with love, and its

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