Stanza Essays

  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight: Stanza 74

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    In stanza 74, fit III, the lady of the castle offers a magical, green girdle to Sir Gawain and explains to him that the wearer of this corset "cannot be killed by any cunning on earth." Sir Gawain, amidst an ethical dilemma, accepts the gift and chooses to conceal it from Lord Bertilak. This passage contains three of the main themes of the story – the inner and outer conflicts between Sir Gawain’s ethics and desire to live, and the test of religion. When Sir Gawain is offered the girdle

  • Comparing Wordsworth's Ode to Duty and Elegiac Stanzas

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    Wordsworth's Ode to Duty and Elegiac Stanzas A past attitude is reverted to and revised in Wordsworth's "Ode to Duty" and "Elegiac Stanzas." Employing geographic metaphors, both celestial and earth-bound, the poems climb over rocky Wordsworthian terrain that details his reconciliation between past and present and implications of the future. Though vastly different stylistically‹"Ode to Duty" utilizes an antiquated verse form and language, while "Elegiac Stanzas" is written in Wordsworth's beloved

  • An Analysis of the Third and Fourth Stanzas in Poe's Poem The Raven

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    An Analysis of the Third and Fourth Stanzas in Poe's Poem The Raven These two stanzas start at line 25 of the poem, they are the third and fourth stanzas. The persona has heard a knocking at his door, but no one was there. At this point in the poem, his fear and excitement are increasing as some voice keeps repeating the word "Lenore." It is not clear whether he actually hears some other voice speak the word, or if he just interprets the echo after he himself says it as belonging to someone

  • An Analysis of the First Two Stanzas of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

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    An Analysis of the First Two Stanzas of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven Picture yourself alone one night. You are sitting up in bed, your legs buried underneath your comforter while you read for what seems like the hundredth time that same paragraph from Franklin for your American Literature class, and trying to ignore the storm that is only getting stronger outside. Suddenly, the power goes out, and you only have candlelight to read by. The silence becomes deafening, and you watch the shadows

  • Keats and the Senses of Being: Ode on a Grecian Urn (Stanza V)

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    Keats and the Senses of Being: "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (Stanza V) ABSTRACT: With its focus on the pathos of permanence versus temporality as human aporia and on the function — the Werksein — of the work of art genuinely encountered, John Keats’s Ode on a Grecian Urn is a particularly compelling subject for philosophical analysis. The major explications of this most contentiously debated ode in the language have largely focused, however, on various combinations of the poem’s stylistic, structural

  • Stanzas On Freedom By James Russell Lowell

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    “They are slaves who fear to speak/ For the fallen and the weak.” This line is from the poem “Stanzas on Freedom”. It was written by one of the Cambridge poets, James Russell Lowell, during the 1800 's, a time when the issue of slavery was constantly debated, and was on everyone’s mind. Some felt that slavery was a completely virtuous practice, saying that life as a slave in America was far better than being a free man in Africa (Miller, 132) Others didn 't themselves agree with slavery, but believed

  • John Keats' To Autumn

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    frame, imagery, and diction of the stanzas. To begin with, the time frame of the stanzas begins to prove the theme. By itself, it doesn?t prove the theme, but, when added with the imagery and diction, it gets the job done. The second and third proofs build off of the time frame. The time frame of the stanzas progresses through autumn and a day as a person?s life does. It shows that autumn and a day are being paralleled to a person?s life. The first stanza is set in early autumn and the morning

  • The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me

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    using a symbol, a ‘Black Lace Fan’. Bolland achieves this through the use of weather imagery, the changing of his tense from past to present, and using literary features such as simile, metaphor, personification and repetition. In the first stanza of the poem, Bolland disconcerts the reader by using the diction “it” twice, though representing different things. The first ‘it’ represents the lace and the second ‘it’ is used to substitute the climate of the setting. “It was stifling. /A starless

  • Marvel to His Mistress: Carpe Diem!

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    flows as a classical argument. He uses the three stanzas to address the issues of time, love, and sex. In doing so, he creates his own standpoint and satirizes his audience in the process. Using appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos; logical reasoning; and even a hint of the Rogerian technique - Marvell proves that acting now is essential. The logical argument for the "carpe diem" theme is built up from beginning to end. At the start, the first stanza of the poem is full of flattery. This is the

  • Analysis Of The Poem The Schoolboy

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    paper ... ...ful experiences in school can adversely shape the lives of kids and students. In the second half of The Schoolboy, William Blake gives a passionate call for the insightful handling of juvenile minds. In the fourth stanza, an additional element from the first stanza is used figuratively to exemplify the negative results of an authoritarian way of learning. The tenor of this allegory is an anxious kid required to go to school and disregard his or her way of thinking. The comparison is to

  • Comparing Digging and Follower by Seamus Heaney

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    poem. The metaphorical meaning is that Seamus Heaney is "Digging" into his past and back round, which is farming. So, the title is rather effective. Now I will examine the rest of the poem. Firstly, I will look at, and comment on, the first stanza. In this verse, Seamus Heaney is not doing anything. It seems as if he is waiting for inspiration. In the second line, there is a strange simile; "The squat pen rests; snug as a gun". This is strange because "snug" is a comfortable word which

  • Analysis Of When I Was One And Twenty

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    of two rhymed stanzas; each stanza a ballad of its own. The first stanza has a rhyme scheme of ABCBCDAD etc. while stanza twos rhyme scheme is of ABCBADAD scheme giving it a musical ballad.

  • Two Similar Poems Written by the Same Author 39 Years Apart

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    his fiancé. While both poems can be considered similar to each other, they each have a different story when read throughout. “Effusion XXXV” has three stanzas and fifty-six lines. It is a conversational poem where Coleridge is speaking to the woman he loves, Sara, who he would marry two months after the creation of the poem. In the first stanza, the speaker of the poem addresses Sara and where they are. He explains his love for her and often relates it to sound. “The world so hushed! / The stilly

  • John Milton's On the Morning of Christ's Nativity

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    Puritans. Moreover, he relied heavily on the historic Christian doctrine of Calvinism. In the first four stanzas of On the Morning of Christ's Nativity Milton paints a beautiful picture of man's redemption in Christ. First, the first four stanzas of Milton's poem have a distinct rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme is an adaptation of the rhyme scheme in Spenser's The Faerie Queen. In Spenser's poem the stanza rhyme scheme is ababbcbcc. In Milton's poem the rhyme scheme is ababbcc. The two poems have similar

  • Julie's Poem 'Able To Find Light In The Darkness'

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    The first simile is in the very first line of the third stanza. I chose to put this simile in this location because I thought it was most logical to explain what comes next after she hears footsteps coming towards her cell. In addition, I wanted this effect to happen at this point because if you were to analyze the first three stanzas, you can see that the intensity of that the darkness

  • O Captain My Captain Poem Analysis

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    rhythm, repetition and metaphors. The first and second stanza addresses the metaphoric “captain,” Abraham Lincoln. As the poem progresses the final stanza recognizes that the captain of the “ship” is the leader of the country and the “victory” that the ship experiences coming into shore represents the end of the civil war that was won. Ultimately Whitman has successfully written the poem as an extended metaphor by the use of poetic

  • Dover Beach Tone

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    Matthew Arnold’s 1867 poem “Dover Beach” is a five stanza poem with irregular stanza lengths. The stanza lengths go as follows: six, seven, five, eight, and nine lines. This could be significant for the rise and fall climax in the poem. It is unknown to the reader if the narrator of the poem is the author; but it is also unknown whether or not the narrator is male or female. In Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach,” the narrator makes use of imagery, metaphors, and personification to compare the sea, his

  • Metaphors in Sylvia Plath´s Poem: "Mushrooms"

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    The poem ‘Mushrooms’, by Sylvia Plath has multiple meanings within the one poem which can be deciphered differently to give altering views. Mushrooms is a poem made up of eleven short three line stanzas and has an underlying sense of gloom throughout the poem. The poem is written in a way that it can be interpreted differently and to different levels of complexity. The most obvious meaning is the conception and ‘birth’ of mushrooms which is described in detail throughout the poem. Looking deeper

  • Literary Analysis Of David Kalstone's 'Crusoe In England'

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    with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. (1–3) In the face of overwhelming loss, Bishop appears in this first stanza to have constructed an admittedly bittersweet, but nonetheless

  • Introduction To Poetry By Billy Collins

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    powerful, which are metaphors and stanzas organization. How does these techniques work? Let us analysis it. First, the most powerful literate technique Collins uses in this poem is metaphors. Collins makes many impressed fairness images to metaphor poetry. In this way, he let readers feel the important information he wants to express. Indeed, there are five interesting metaphors the author made in this short seven stanzas poem. For example, in the second stanza, Collins wrote “press an ear against