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    The poem

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    Many war poems such as “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae depict the typical war themes of death, despair, and sadness. In Alan Bennett’s book “The History Boys”, the students recite the poem “MCMXIV” by war poet Phillip Larkin who describes the more joyous part of the war, the celebrations held in the days before the men left for war. In this commentary, we will analyze the question the students made to their teacher Mr. Irwin asking whether the poem “MCMXIV” as a piece of art describes the truth

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    Afternoons by Philip Larkin. A poem which reflects on the subject of marriage is 'Afternoons' by Philip Larkin. The poem deals with Larkin's view on young mothers watching their kids playing in a playground and on this he concludes that marrying young and having children young, lead to the mothers losing their identity and destiny. The techniques used by the poet such as theme, imagery and tone deepened my understanding of the issue. The structure of the poem is simple; there are

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    Respect Religion

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    importance of churches, and the change in tone throughout the poem. To start with, the reader is greeted with the speaker of the poem. He strolls into an empty church. Larkin is very descriptive of this church. He describes everything from the little books to the restored roof. The speaker unveils himself here, “From where I stand, the roof looks almost new— Cleaned, or restored? Someone would know: I don't” (Larkin lines 11-12). This state statement is bold. The speakers is showing attitude and his

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    "High Windows" is viewed by many as an outcry, a severe description of everyday life that in it's bleakness does not leave space for the finesse or sensuous imagery that is associated with poets such as Wordsworth. However, in his array of supposedly 'harsh' poems one finds many moments of dreamy imagery dealing with an almost religious fascination with the elements, whether in length in "Solar" or as a thought in "Old Fools". What mesmerises him is the continuity of the elements, which constantly

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    Carol Ann Duffy's Poetry

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    How do Phillip Larkin and Carol Ann Duffy write about women in their poems? Both Carol Ann Duffy and Phillip Larkin use ambiguity and emotive language in their poetry to express their attitudes towards women. The poets utilize many congruent and contradictory techniques in the way they explore the theme of women which can be showed in Larkin’s Collection ‘’Whitsun wedding (1964)‘’ and Duffy’s collection ‘’Mean Time(1993)’’.The poems I chose from both poet’ collection coevals the theme of women in

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    English poet, playwright, critic, and librettist Wystan Hugh Auden had a major influence on the poetry of the twentieth century. Auden was born on February 21, 1907 in York, England. Auden was born and raised in a greatly industrial section of northern England. His father, a prominent physician with an extensive knowledge of mythology, and his mother, a strict Anglican, both had strong influences on Auden’s poetry. During his child he moved to Birmingham. Auden’s early interest in science and engineering

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    John's College, Oxford, and despite the war (Larkin had failed his army medical because of his poor eyesight), was able to complete his degree without interruption, graduating in 1943 with a First Class Honours in English. His closest friends at Oxford were Kingsley Amis and Bruce Montgomery. The first of his poems to be published in a national weekly was 'Ultimatum', which appeared in the Listener, November 28, 1940. Then in June 1943, three of his poems were published in Oxford Poetry (1942-43)

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    writing since he was a child. He always had a consuming passion to create a myth for England and a desire to make a new language, history, and mythology.(Hazell and Tuma) Before he became famous as an author,Tolkien was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, and he studied the curse of the Roman gold ring also, he studied and researched a cursed Roman gold ring two years before he wrote The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.(Kennedy) Not only was he a professor, Tolkien did military and wartime service as

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    William Butler Yeats

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    William Butler Yeats William Butler Yeats was born on June thirteenth, eighteen sixty-five, at ten-forty pm, in Sandymount, Dublin (Foster, 13). He grew up lanky, untidy, slightly myopic, and extremely thin. He had black hair, high cheek bones, olive skin, and slanting eyes (Foster, 34). It was presumed he was Tubercular. As a child he was ridiculed, mainly because of his Irish heritage (Foster, 16). He accomplished many things in his life time. His whole family was highly artistic. He was the

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    Philip Larkin: The Vulgar Versifier

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    Mordant, morbid, and withdrawn, esteemed British poet, Philip Arthur Larkin manifests all extremes: from an Oxford alumnus to a jazz music junky, from a witty poet and novelist to the chief administrator of the Hull University library. As an English poet, novelist, and jazz critic, Larkin is well-known for his vulgar and explicit language, and candid point of view. Although his cynical tone is persistent throughout his writings, Larkin brings a tempering element to his melancholic writing: humor

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    British Poetry

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    blunt totalizing which demonstrated the triumphant ability of "nation" to organize literary study and judgment--as it does still, perhaps more than ever. It remains the case twenty years later that there is a strong hint of the majority of the english poets to rediscover their ‘Englishness’ as a poet, and at the same time the presence of the various other cultures ensures that their remains a deep variety in the crative material. The temptation stubbornly to assert the coherence and power of

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    cancer on September 9th 1993, aged 72. Oodgeroo is from North Stradbroke Island and is one of seven. She is an Australian poet, political activist, artist, and educator. Not only is she well known to be the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse, but she is a legacy, a legacy that is highly deserving of this prestigious poetry award. Oodgeroo had a rough life as a child;

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    American Poets: Biography of E. E. Cummings

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    fascinating writing. Works Cited Everett, Nicholas From The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry in English. Ed. Ian Hamiltong. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. Copyright 1994 by Oxford University Press. Kennedy, Richard S. http://www.anb.org/articles/16/16-00394.html; American National Biography Online Feb. 2000. Access Date: Sun Mar 18 12:31:47 2001 Copgyright © 2000 American Council of Learned Societies. Publish by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Constantakis, Sara.

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    Analysis of a Corpus of Poetry

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    distinct patterns of stress and suggests that these patterns might "fingerprint" individual writers. In addition, the analysis shows that the variations of metrical patterns are in accord with the prevailing verse aesthetics of the period in which poets are writing. Introduction In English poetry, the single most compelling discriminator of that genre--that which defines a poem as a poem--has traditionally been its meter. Meter defines the length of the line, and thus the distinctive look of

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    Robert Frost

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    Frost Robert Frost is one of the few twentieth century poets to receive critical acclaim and popular acceptance (Magill 728). His simplistic style appeals to the novice and expert poetry reader alike. Robert Frost's understated emotional appeal attracts readers of all literary levels. Frost develops subtly stated emotions and a clever use of imagery in his poetry. Influences on his poetry include his family, work, and other life experiences (Oxford 267). Frost also works to develop iambic

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    Wystan Hugh Auden

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    February 21, 1907, in provincial York, England. Over the next sixty-six years, he became one of the most prolific poets of the twentieth century. He was a versatile poet who felt that poetry was "a game of knowledge." He boarded at Gresham’s School in Norfolk and in 1925 went to Christ Church at Oxford. Although he initially studied biology, he quickly switched to English. From there he embarked on a literary career that covered almost fifty years. Auden’s influences were plentiful: T. S. Eliot, Emily

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    john updike research

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    Updike read a great amount of popular fiction, more specifically mysteries and humor. After high school, for a couple of summers he worked for the Reading Eagle as a copy boy. Later he would go on to write stories for the company. Updike was an English major at the Harvard University. As an undergraduate he wrote numerous short stories and cartoons for the Harvard Lampoon, a humor magazine. In his senior year he was the magazine’s president. His junior year he met his soon to be wife Mary E. Pennington

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    show how tales about this imaginary realm enchanted millions of people from all around the world. It all started with the publication of The Hobbit (1937) which was so successful that the publishers, Allen & Unwin, asked for a sequel. The follow-up book, LotR, took twelve years to write. During this period professor Tolkien had no idea where his writing would lead him (too familiar a feeling for undergraduates). Luckily for readers, the laborious effort bore fruit and Allen & Unwin published LotR

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    George Orwell and Animal Farm

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    Eric Blair, achieved prominence in the late 1940's as the author of two brilliant satires. He wrote documentaries, essays, and criticism during the 1930's and later established himself as one of the most important and influential voices of the century. Eric Arthur Blair (later George Orwell) was born in 1903 in the Indian Village Motihari, which lies near to the border of Nepal. At that time India was a part of the British Empire, and Blair's father Richard, held a post as an agent in the Opium

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    Experimentation in Literature in the 1920s

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    original verse with the cliched, something that made his style very unique; never before had anyone so daringly put the common language and the esoteric together in such a fashion. Prufrock effectively presen... ... middle of paper ... ...ng Company, 1996 Anderson, Chester, James Joyce. New York, Thames/ Hudson, 1967. Brownstone, David and Irene Frank, Timeline of the Twentieth Century. Canada, Little-Brown and Company, 1996. Daniel, Clifton, editor, Chronicle of the Twentieth Century. United

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