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  • Living Like Swans

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    A swan is elegant. Who knows what she ponders? She sleeps in her glistening body of water, her head tucked back under her wing. Sometimes she sleeps on land for days to take care of her eggs. Outside, she finds roots, tubers, stems, and leaves, dabbling more plants for her mate, and often carrying the detritus home. Calm to cautious, she eats her food slowly, either sharing some with the others or quietly chewing the plants by herself. One photographer avoided to give up on a swan who was aiming

  • Leda and the Swan Analysis

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    In William Butler Yeats poem “Leda and the Swan”, he uses the fourteen lines of the traditional sonnet form in a radical, modernist style. He calls up a series of unforgettable, bizarre images of an immediate physical event using abstract descriptions in brief language. Through structure and language Yeats is able to paint a powerful sexual image to his readers without directly giving the meaning of the poem. “Leda and the Swan” is a violent, sexually explicit poem with its plain diction, rhythmic

  • Tundra swan

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    TUNDRA SWAN The Tundra Swan is the most widespread and numerous species of swan in North America. Though the Tundra Swan is mostly found in Alaska or Canada, many flocks are now beign spoted in Oregon. Tundra swans, once called whistlers, are winter visitors to Oregon. More and more are now seen in the Willamette Valley and along the Columbia River northwest of Portland. With a wingspread to about 7 feet, males weigh around 20 lbs. Tundras vary in size from 4 to 4 1/2 ft. long. Females are slightly

  • Wild swans at coole

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    poem ‘The Wild Swans at Coole' (1919) is a self reflective poem, one of the overarching themes of which is the the transience of time. This notion is explored through the persona's witnessing of a flock swans swimming on the lake, a sight he had witnessed 19 years previously during his first visitation. This sight evokes the realisation that the persona has aged and changed dramatically following his last visit to the lake, despite the apparently ageless and eternal nature of the swans themselves. This

  • Power of Black Swan

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    year—Black Swan. My definition was even more well-established after watching this film. Most notably, the way the main character pursues power offers a variety of examples connecting with the themes of Ovid, Nietzsche, and Rilke in the form of drink, art, sexuality and finally her daily experiences. The movies opens up as Nina Sayers, a ballet dancer, has a dream of performing as white swan. Her dream foreshadows her interior aspiration of shining in public. She does get picked as swan queen for

  • The Life of Ninaseye in Black Swan

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    Ninaseye is a featured ballerina who are vulnerable, and strive to achieve a leading role in Black Swan . Nina through her repetitive daily schedule to clarify her almost monastic life. Her life is out with ballet. She does not drink, she did not go out with friends . She did not eat much , she constantly put themselves into a painful dance body. All she seems to do is dance in the company , go home and prepare for the next dance . In the dance competition atmosphere conveys Nina experienced tension

  • The Children of Lir: The Swan and Paganism

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    true in the literature, myth, and legends that focus on swans in Ireland. The swan has been imbedded in the folklore of Ireland for centuries, one of the most notable legends of Ireland, “The Children of Lir,” has inspired poets throughout the centuries. One can look at the wonderful poet, Eavan Boland’s poem, “Elegy for a Youth Changed to a Swan,” and see the great effect this legend had upon Ireland and it’s people. In these stories the swan is a supernatural element, a transformation, with a sort

  • Rhetorical Figures in Leda and the Swan

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    Rhetorical Figures in Leda and the Swan "Leda and the Swan," a sonnet by William Butler Yeats, describes a rape.  According to Perrine, "the first quatrain describes the fierce assault and the foreplay; the second quatrain, the act of intercourse; the third part of the sestet, the sexual climax" (147).  The rape that Yeats describes is no ordinary rape: it is a rape by a god.  Temporarily embodied in the majestic form of a swan, Zeus, king of the gods, consummated his passion for Leda, a mortal

  • Black Swan Analysis

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    Black Swan Black Swan is the story of Nina Sayer (Natalie Portman), a professional ballerina whose desire to achieve perfection as a performer ends in suicide. To play the role of the Swan Queen, Nina has to learn to play both the white swan and the black swan. A figure of innocence and naivity, Nina has little trouble adopting the white swan role, but she must endure the overt sexualization of her body by Thomas and find an inner darkness in order to become the black swan. Although Black Swan is a

  • Binary Oppositions in Leda and the Swan

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    Binary Oppositions in Leda and the Swan Yeats' "Leda and the Swan" uses the binary oppositions of the beauty and viciousness of Zeus as a swan and the helplessness and eventual strength of Leda, Yeats reveals that even the mightiest entities may suffer the consequences of their misuse of power. In "Leda and the Swan," the beauty of the swan is contrasted with the physical attributes of a swan who acts out his male animalistic power over his female prey, demonstrating the raw male and female