Philomela Essays

  • Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus - A Powerful Tragedy

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    quite clear. He makes it no secret that the rape of Lavinia is analogous to the rape of Philomela in Ovid's Metamorphosis. In this tale, The daughter of the King of Athens, Procne, marries the King of Thrace, Tereus, and the two of them have a son, Itys. After a number of years, Procne desperately wishes to see her sister, Philomela, and sends Tereus back to Athens to bring her to Thrace. When Tereus sees Philomela, he becomes obsessed with her and carries her into the forest, rapes her and cuts out

  • Lust In Ovid's Metamorphoses

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    her stunning appearance. Additionally, Myrrha was in love with her father and was unable to resist that feeling. Lastly, Tereus sexually assaulted Philomela with force because of lust. Each of theses stories showed the different sides of lust, as it is an inherent part of life. Book I described the story of Apollo who became in love

  • The Metamorphoses By Ovid

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    Ovid’s wrote the Metamorphoses during an important time period in Roman history. Ovid is growing up during the last days of Julius Caesar’s reign and the beginning of Augustus’ new reign as Emperor. This period marked great change, or metamorphosis, in Roman ideology. Although it was not obvious to the average person until many years later, genius’ like Ovid understood the change that Roman society was going through. At this time, Ovid was already a highly successful poet, writing erotic poetry.

  • The Waste Land: Allusions

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    T.S Eliot’s poem, The Waste Land, is written in the mood of society after World War I. By using these allusions, The Waste Land reflects on mythical, historical, and literary events. The poem displays the deep disillusionment felt during this time period. In the after math of the great war, in an industrialized society that lacks the traditional structure of authority and belief, in the soil that may not be conductive to new growth (Lewis). Eliot used various allusions that connected to the time

  • Elizabeth Singer Rowe: So Much More Than The Pious Poet

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    Why are women writers just beginning to be discovered? When doing a survey of literature, we learn about many different writers, however the large majority of these writers are men. We sparsely hear of women, but a few are anthologized alongside men, some including: Emily Dickenson, The Bronte sisters, and Anne Bradstreet. However, as of late, more women writers and more works are being discovered. After blowing the dirt off old volumes, diary entries, court documents, and other things to get an

  • Lanyer Hero's Journey

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    In addition of praising the Countess and her daughter, Lanyer also covertly alludes to her own worth as a poet by making use of references to Greek mythology to show to the Countess, as well as potential patrons who might have read her poetry, that despite her low class, she is educated. Though Lanyer does not explicitly state this, by using such references she is suggesting her education is great though her status may not be. Lanyer makes reference to Phoebus-Apollo, the Greek god of light, in the

  • Cheating and Plagiarism - It’s Not Plagiarism, It’s Recycling

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    It’s Not Plagiarism, It’s Recycling What does plagiarism have to do with Shakespeare, Marlowe, Ovid's Metamorphosis, Titus Andronicus, Revenge Tragedies, Adam, Eve and the apple, and The Tempest? All these and many more are the result of plagiarism. There seems to be a great discussion on whether or not Shakespeare is the true author of the plays associated with his name. The internet seems to be full of essays, discussion boards and book reviews all dealing with this particular topic and

  • Compare racial and cultural struggles in Alice Walker’s The Color

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    women? In The Color Purple, Celie’s original intended audience is a white, male God w... ... middle of paper ... ... the voiceless, to overcome the patriarchal oppression and gradually find her ‘Self’. Bibliography Cutter, Martha. Philomela Speaks: Alice Walker's Revisioning of Rape Archetypes in The Color Purple - Critical Essay. MELUS, Fall – Winter, 2000. Davis, Thadious M. Walker’s Celebration of Self in Southern Generations. Hooks, Bell, ‘Writing the Subject: Reading The

  • Awakening

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    When Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" was published at the end of the 19th Century, many reviewers took issue with what they perceived to be the author's defiance of Victorian proprieties, but it is this very defiance with which has been responsible for the revival in the interest of the novel today. This factor is borne out by Chopin's own words throughout her Preface -- where she indicates that women were not recipients of equal treatment. (Chopin, Preface ) Edna takes her own life at the book's end

  • The Real Hero of Titus Andronicus

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    explores the myths Shakespeare uses as bedrock for the background and plot of his first Roman tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Most notably, Miola discusses two Ovidian myths, The Rape of Philomela and The World's Four Ages. The Rape provides Shakespeare with his basic characters and the events involving Lavinia, his Philomela, while Ovid's fourth age of iron describes Shakespeare's physical Rome, "a quintessentially iron city," writes Miola, "a military establishment protected by walls and filled with sword-carrying

  • Eliot's Innovative Approach to Form and Theme in The Waste Land

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    The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot is considered an open text that could be regarded as a seminal piece of modern literature. By the term modernism, Graff (in Barth [1984] cited in Collins, 1992, 328) suggests that it can be understood to mean a movement that “began as a criticism of nineteenth-century bourgeois culture, a rejection of both its values and its most favored style, realism.” The period of modernity is defined by Best and Kellner (1991, 2) as “a historical periodizing term which refers to

  • Romanticism And Symbolism In The Waste Land By T. S. Eliot

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    The symbolic literature is the earliest and most influential literary genre, it mainly focuses on poetry and drama. The symbolism uses vague insinuations to replace precise statements, and the subtle words would awaken emotions. The symbolism pursues a rich spiritual world in the reality. Thus, it can be says that if a literary work is lacking symbolism, then this work is not perfect. T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land is a milestone in modern British and American poetry. This poetry is the most representative

  • The Powerful Force of the Imagination in Keat's Poem, Ode to a Nightingale

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    Nightingale, Keats describes the power and force of imagination belonging to a man who desires to escape the emerging consumerist society of the 19th century. The Nightingale in the poem is based off of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and the narrative mirrors Philomela escaping the threat of her murderer. In the poem, the narrator travels to the dark forest to join the nightingale, which Keats’ uses as a symbol of freedom and immortality however, he realizes to be able to experience the luxuriousness of it, he

  • The Country- House Poem Genre

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    The country- house poem developed into a literary genre in the early decades of the seventeenth- century. Aemilia Lanyer's, `The description of Cooke- ham', and Ben Jonson's, `To Penshurst' namely represent the small genre which flourished so briefly. These poems are much more than domestic architecture and are more than simple exercises in praising and pleasing a wealthy patron and the readership at large. In country- house poetry, poets use the conjunction of the ideal family (the patron's) and

  • Women In The Love Song By Prufrock

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    Although Eliot portrays woman as subjects of physical abuse in the Wasteland, he idealizes women as unattainable to the common man in The Love Song. The disparity between man and woman is so great that the protagonist Prufrock enters a state of mental paralysis. In lines 13-14, “the women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo”. The action of talking about a well-known figure may indicate the educated status of the women, one of the reasons he cannot approach them. The women appear to have a continually

  • Tracing Changes in Pythagoras' Speech in Ovid's Metamorphoses

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    Tracing Changes in Pythagoras' Speech in Ovid's Metamorphoses Change in Ovid, as well as in life, seems to be the only constant.   Change is the subject of the Metamorphoses and Ovid's purpose in recounting myths is established from the very beginning: "My intention is to tell of bodies changed to different forms... with a poem that runs from the world's beginning to our own days" (1.1-4).  From this foundation, Ovid launches into his stories, using metamorphosis more as a vehicle for telling

  • Jenny Saville Art Analysis

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    The art world gained a great talent when Jenny Saville chose art as her path. Rejecting the idea of conventional beauty displayed in classical painting, Saville paints women as beautiful in their own individuality, while still taking inspiration from classical painters. This paper will explore her life, art, and how she is associated to some influential artists. Jenny Saville was born in 1970, in Cambridge, England, on the seventh of May, and had three siblings. Before college, Jenny studied at the

  • Words and Spectacle in Shakespeare’s "Titus Andronicus" and Julie Taymore’s "Titus"

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    Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy is a play infamous for its gore and spectacular violence. Within the play there are multiple murders and lopped limbs aplenty, but the chief victim of the play – the primary spectacle – is Lavinia. Her ill fate is first conveyed to the reader through the ornate words of Marcus, and from this point on Lavinia is seen, but heard only through the words of the other characters. Indeed, in Titus Andronicus Lavinia is the spectacle of the play, and her manifestation is created

  • How Did Alice Walker Use Abuse In The Color Purple

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    better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy.” Cellie is silenced by an external source, and like Morrison’s and Naylor’s protagonists, she experiences the nullification and subjectivity internal voice allied with rape by the myth of Philomela” (60). After Celie’s rape by her stepfather, she is shushed by him and only presumes it as

  • Comparing Coleridge and Wordsworth's Views on People's Relationship to Nature

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    Comparing Coleridge and Wordsworth's Views on People's Relationship to Nature Although Wordsworth and Coleridge are both romantic poets, they describe nature in different ways. Coleridge underlines the tragic, supernatural and sublime aspect of nature, while Wordsworth uses anecdotes of everyday life and underlines the serene aspect of nature. In order to imply a connection between nature and the human mind, Wordsworth uses the technique of identification and comparison whereas Coleridge