Love and Stanza - 766 Words
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve,
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again,...
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Final Stanza - 620 Words
In London, William Blake portrays a very dark and abysmal picture of London. Throughout the whole poem, Blake never mentions a positive scene. The poem seems to deal with the lower class part of society, the part which lives in the poor neighborhoods. The first stanza begins with the speaker wandering around London. Throughout the poem, Blake repeats a word which he used in one line, in the next line. An example of this can be seen in the first two lines. He uses the word chartered...
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Stanza and Anne Frank - 821 Words
Anne Frank Huis - Andrew Motion
The poem Anne Frank Huis refers to Anneliese Marie who was born in 1929 in Frankfurt to Jewish parents. After the Nazi came to power in Germany Adolf Hitler became the chancellor and the Frank family fled to Amsterdam. The Nazis occupied in Netherlands in 1942 and Franks went into hiding. The poem reminds us one of the three years of fear and suspense undergone by Anne Frank and the family who took shelter in a narrow space in an upstairs building.
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Poetry and Stanza Shows Mariana
Mariana’ is based on a fictional character. Written in 1830 this poem portrays the feelings, thoughts and actions of the lonely ‘Mariana’. Like the other poems, Tennyson uses pathetic fallacy to show her mood thought the poem. As the poem is written in 3rd person narrative it makes the reader feel even more sympathetic toward ‘Mariana’. Written in the omniscient viewpoint it also gives the feeling of sadness and isolation. The rythem of the poem is worth considering as it takes the form of 7...
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All Stanza Essays
Harmonium: Poetry and Final Stanza
Harmonium by Simon Armitage
The poem is about a church harmonium that is deteriorating from age. Armitage states that it was “gathering dust / in the shadowy porch.” It would have been thrown in a skip had Armitage not wanted it. In the last line of the first stanza he says that he could have it “for a song”, a saying that means very cheaply. This is a clear play on words, as the harmonium is used to play songs.
The second stanza of “Harmonium” is twice as long as the first one and describes...
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Notes: Stanza and Poem - 10352 Words
CONTENTS Introduction: How to use these Notes The poems: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Sujata Bhatt, A Different History Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty Allen Curnow, Continuum Edwin Muir, Horses Judith Wright, Hunting Snake Ted Hughes, Pike Christina Rossetti, A Birthday Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Woodspurge Kevin Halligan, The Cockroach Margaret Atwood, The City Planners Boey Kim Cheng, The Planners Norman MacCaig, Summer Farm Elizabeth Brewster, Where I Come From 1
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States of Mind: Emily Dickinson's I Felt a Funeral In My Brain, and Two Other Poems
How does Emily Dickinson present states of mind in ‘I felt a Funeral, in my Brain’ and two other poems?
Emily Dickinson presents the state of mind in various ways, to portray inner turmoil for her lack of understanding, and of confusion towards her psychological state, in ‘I felt a Funeral, in my Brain’, ‘It was not Death, for I stood up’ and ‘One need not be a Chamber- to be haunted’. All poems present the speakers state of mind to the same effect; a descent into insanity with seemingly no...
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We Real Cool, Poetry Explanation
We Real Cool: Poetry Explication
“We Real Cool” is a poem written by Gwendolyn Brooks in 1959, and published in her book The Bean Eaters (We Real Cool, pg 1). A simple and light poem, “We Real Cool” is vague enough to allow readers to visualize their own characters and setting, but specific enough to keep a consistent rebellious image. Brook’s attitude toward the characters is undecided, as the tone is neither tragic nor victorious, but...
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Barbie Doll - 558 Words
I chose “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy as my poem to analyze. I selected it because it such a bold and powerful poem. The name caught my attention first off. I wanted to know why someone would name a poem after a child’s toy. The poem ended so much more seriously than a game of Barbie dolls would. To me it is about the pressure of society to look a certain way. That pressure has led girls into self-harm and suicide just like the girl in the poem. “Barbie Doll” was written in open form or free...
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How Does Browning Tell the Story in the Laboratory?
How does Browning tell the story in “The Laboratory”?
Robert Browning’s poem “The Laboratory” is set in France before the French Revolution. The dramatic monologue is about the narrator herself and her plotting of revenge against her previous lover and his current mistress and it tells the reader how she plans on doing so. She believes her actions in the story are justified and reasonable.
In the poem, the story’s tone is established with the setting, which also helps create vivid imagery...
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The Ruined Maid - 1583 Words
The Ruined Maid
The “Ruined Maid” was written by Thomas Hardy in 1866. This poem has six stanzas, which consists of four quatrains each. In the beginning of each stanza the farm girl speaks, and ‘Melia, the “ruined girl” speaks just for the last line; however for the last stanza ‘Melia begins to respond to the farm girl from the second to last line. This paper will break down each stanza of the “Ruined Maid” for readers unfamiliar with this poem. Further, this summary will give information on...
1,583 Words | 5 Pages
Drummer hodge - 1762 Words
What is Hardy trying to portray in his poem about ‘Drummer Hodge’?
The poem ‘Drummer Hodge’ has been carefully written by Thomas Hardy, this poem has a sombre and a grieving tone but on the other hand, Hardy has used some phrases and words that contrast this, which makes this poem sound peaceful and magical. However, by looking at the techniques and effects Hardy has used, this make us think that Drummer Hodge is a sad and melancholy poem.
In the first stanza of Drummer Hodge, Hardy has...
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When I Was One And Twenty
Professor Dr. Z. Yablokova
Dec 4, 2014
Poems “When I Was OneAndTwenty” and “My Heart Leaps Up”.
In the poem “When I Was OneAndTwenty” by A. E. Housman, the speaker receives
some advice from an older, wiser person not to rely on love too much. As it states in the
first line of this poem, the speaker is twentyone years old, and like any young person he ...
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Adrienne Rich's Rape: The Theme of Distrust of Male Authority
Rape by Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich's blatant poem, Rape, speaks a strong theme of a distrust of male authority. She establishes a male audience in the first stanza (the phrase "brothers" indicates male bonds), in order to show them what one of their brethren a cop, a figure of authority perverted to one of death ("machinery to kill you") has a sexist attitude, not in despite of his morals, but because of them.
Rich's portrait of the cop is one that shifts from a...
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First Love by John Clare
“First Love” by John Clare is a poem that explains something that everyone will usually endure in his or her life; the emotional journey of falling in love for the first time. The brief 24 line poem attacks the emotions of the reader and lures the reader into the poem by envisioning or reminiscing of the reader’s first love. John Clare writes about how he falls in love for the first time and his perspective from the first meeting to the end. The poem is structured with a rhyming...
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Commentary on 'Break, Break, Break' by Tennyson
Break Break Break by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The poem ‘Break Break Break’ by Alfred lord Tennyson was written in 1834, the year after the death of one of his closest friends; Arthur Henry Hallam. Hallam and Tennyson had been very close for almost six years, and Hallam had been engaged to Tennyson’s sister, so his fatal brain hemorrhage in 1833 came as a great shock to Lord Tennyson. Hallam’s death affected him so much that nineteen years later he named his son Hallam.The literate subject of the...
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theme of death in the poem 'Because I could not stop for Death-'.
Discuss ways in which Dickinson presents the theme of death in the poem 'Because I could not stop for Death-'.
In your answer, explore the effects of language, imagery and verse form, and consider how this poem relates to other poems by Dickinson that you have studied.
Death is one of the main concepts in "Because I could not sop for Death-" and Dickinson uses techniques such as language, context, imagery and verse form to represent the way she explores death.
In 'Because I could not stop...
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Channel Firing - 399 Words
The poem “Channel Firing”, written by Thomas Hardy, is set during the early 1900’s right before World War I. The poem describes the turmoil and restlessness that war creates. “Channel Firing” is written from the perspective of a corpse that is disturbed by gunnery practice. At first the corpse believes that it is the judgment day, giving a detailed description of the coffins shaking and the fear of the animals. However, god assures the corpses that it is only gunnery practice. God tells them...
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Mid Term Break Poetry Analysi
The poem ‘Mid- Term Break’ describes the phenomenal loss that a family is suffering from the death of a child and brother. It is written from a young boy’s perspective as it continues to inform the audience of the grieve suffering that the family is currently enduring. It focuses on the feelings of the family and the funeral being the first time that the young boy has seen his brother since a car accident.
The structure of the poem ‘Mid-Term Break’ positions its audiences in a specific way...
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During the Wind and Rain Language Anaylse
During Wind and Rain
“During Wind and Rain” by Thomas Hardy, a poem based on Time and Death, exploring the notion that in spite of the fact that life affects joy and happiness, the ‘years’ will catch up to us and take these moments away.
Hardy uses a range of literary devices to enhance the sense of the nature of death and time to the reader. He uses imagery in the form of metaphors to show that Time and Death work together to bring about the worst of an end to one’s life. “Sick...
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Consider the Role and Treatment of Love in Carol Ann Duffy’s Valentine.
Consider the treatment of love in Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Valentine’.
Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Valentine’ ultimately depicts a highly cynical attitude towards love and conventional gestures of affection. The poem uses traditional images of valentine as a starting point, before showing how an onion is much more true to the nature of love. An extended metaphor of the onion is then used to depict Duffy’s underlying implication that love can be destructive on many different levels.
One of the main ways...
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A Critical Analysis of The Send-off
Wilfred Owen’s poem “The Send-off” is about waving soldiers off to the war without realising the true reality of it. They leave by train, with their uniforms decorated with flowers they have been given by the women. The train moves off, and the Owen wonders whether they will come back in "wild train-loads" together in celebration, but concludes that too few of them will return. Although it is apparently about going off to war, the poem is really about how many soldiers are killed in war, and the...
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Analysis of "Dover Beach" - 886 Words
Analysis of “Dover Beach”
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) wrote “Dover Beach” during or shortly after a visit he and his wife made to the Dover region of southeastern England, the setting of the poem, in 1851.
The first stanza opens with the description of a nightly scene at the seaside. The speaker calls to his beloved to come to the window, to share the visual beauty of the scene. The speaker projects his own feelings of melancholy on to the sound of “the grating roar/Of pebbles, which the...
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"A Martian Sends a Postcard Home" by Craig Raine
Upon first read, Craig Raine's "A Martian Sends A Postcard Home", that was written in 1979, may seem to be a poem about random happenings on Earth. However, while reading the poem in depth and interpreting the poem it can be read as a Martian that was unfamiliar with Earth and its culture. This poem is filled with metaphors. In Craig Raine's poem "A Martian Sends A Postcard Home" the very literal in essence it is a Martian writing to his people back home. The theme of difference is represented...
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Ballad of Birmingham Response - 693 Words
Dudley Randall -- Ballad of Birmingham(1966) Response
The Ballad of Birmingham resembles a traditional ballad in that it tells a story in a song-like manner. The didactic tone seeks to teach us something; in this case it's the theme of needless destruction. There are many devices the author uses to create such a tone and to tell such a story.
First of all, the most visible element of importance is the irony. A kid dying in a church where his mom told him to go to be safe is very ironic...
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Finding Forgiveness in "Blackberries" - 649 Words
The poem “Blackberries” is about a young man spending his day eating handfuls of blackberries. Narrator Yusef Komunyakaa paints a picture of the day. The perfect stains left from the juices of the berries, as well as concluding the day of picking wild blackberries by describing a memory of when he was younger. His fingers not only stained from the berries, also by the blood from picking the berries that were “too ripe to touch.” This poem is about forgiveness and the affects of how limbo can...
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An Essay on Rizal's Juventud - 700 Words
Homer Sajonia II
This may seem like a blatant patronization of Rizal, but I like to say: I love this particular work of his. One can bask in the colorful language that he uses in this one. Also, this particular work presents a lot of allegories from which one can try to decipher and understand. And from these ideas we can see what Rizal is trying to say in the poem and in extention what is on his mind.
In the first stanza, the writer writes of the Philippine youth as a...
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Philip Larkin "Trees" Poetry Analysis
Philip Larkin – The Trees
Commentary by Merve Hilal Taş
The Trees by Philip Larkin is a 3 stanza poem observing the rebirth of trees. The trees are used as a metaphor for life in general symbolizing our hopes that we try to achieve to be reborn before eventually dying. There’s also a message within the poem implying that even though we as humans observe the trees to be reborn, they actually grow older. This poem shows that growing old and changing is inevitable. It also has a rhyming scheme...
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'Juggler' critical practicism - 1631 Words
Paper: Mid-term essay
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Signature: ______________ Date: __________________
‘Juggler’ by Richard Wilbur is a reflective yet kinaesthetic poem which consists of five sestets, each of which follows an abcbac rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme is not regular but it is consistent...
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Reread Prayer Before Birth by Louis Macneice. Explore how the poet conveys the modern world as brutal and a corrupting force.
In prayer before birth, Louis Macneice uses a baby to convey his thoughts and emotions on the current state of the world. Macneice wishes to emphasize how harsh and ruthless the world is, and how it can strip away a young unborn baby of its innocence. By cleverly combining uses of structure, rhyme scheme and rhetorical techniques Macneice effectively conveys the pain and suffering which occurs in society today.
The poem is set out like an appeal, a cry for help. The title itself, using the word...
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Explore How Hardy So Powerfully Expresses The Theme Of Resignation And Endurance In The Poems
Explore how Hardy so powerfully expresses the theme of resignation in the poem ‘The Pine Planters’
The poem ‘The Pine Planters’ by Thomas Hardy presents the theme of resignation, nature and time passing through reflecting upon shock, despair, resignation and reconciliation. The poem is about Marty South’s unrequited love. It is written as a persona which allows the reader to sympathise with the character. It is a poem of lamentation and has elements of being an elegy, as Marty seems to be...
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A Literary Analysis of "The Names"
Literary Analysis of “The Names” by Billy Collins
In the poem “The Names” by Billy Collins many words are used to paint vivid images of themes of war and sorrow-filled family members of soldiers lost in Vietnam. In literature, words are all that an author has to express their feelings and memories. Sometimes words are used in their literal sense to tell a detailed story, however, in poetry words are most likely to be used metaphorically to express things that don’t often have a specific look...
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Digging by Seamus Heaney - 944 Words
Consider Digging by Seamus Heaney. What impression do you get of the character, his ambitions and his background? How does he convey these ideas to the reader?
The poem starts with the short two line stanza of “Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rests; snug as a gun.” The ending simile shows that he is comfortable holding a pen through use of the word ‘snug’ as this conveys feelings of tightness and security but also that the pen is powerful because it can be used as a weapon.
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BrownGirl Brownstones - 2538 Words
The prose fiction Brown girl, brownstones by Paule Marshall, is a bildungsroman with autobiographical elements, tracking the life and experiences of the main protagonist, Selina Boyce and the family and friends in her life. Marshall uses various elements and techniques in the prose, to bring about different themes, characteristics and aspects in her novel. The text is set mainly in the 1930's Brooklyn, New York, at a community of brownstone houses occupied by the Bajan immigrants....
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The Road Not Taken Analysis
The Road Not Taken Analysis
Author: Poetry of Robert Frost
Mountain Interval1916Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally lay...
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Short Essay on Emily Dickinson's Poem 712
Short Essay on Emily Dickinson’s Poem 712
In Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death ---“ it deals a woman who basically tells the character Death she is too busy to die, but he takes her away with him anyway. Dickinson seems to deal with death time and time again in her poems, though she does not always use the same circumstances in each poem. When you read the first stanza it looks as if Death picks up the speaker in a carriage, which seems to be the metaphor throughout...
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Evening Hawk explication - 2524 Words
Poetry Explication Fill-in
1. Title of Poem: “Evening Hawk”
2. Poet: Robert Penn Warren
3. Important background information on poet relevant to poem:
Warren was seventy years old when “Evening Hawk” was published in 1975. He lies at the twilight of his
life and thus contemplates the death which he knows will arrive soon enough. This allows Warren to inject his
own thoughts into the psyche of the poem’s narrator, who is also in this position.
4. Who/what is the speaker? What kind...
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War Photographer - 2406 Words
War Photographer by Ms. Duffy
This poem is the only one by Ms. Duffy (in this selection) which is
written in the third person. It is about a person who is clearly not
the poet. The surface subject of the poem is the war photographer of
the title but at a deeper level the poem explores the difference
between "Rural England" and places where wars are fought (Northern
Ireland, the Lebanon and Cambodia), between the comfort or
indifference of the newspaper editor and its readers and...
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A commentary of "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
"Daddy", one of Plaths most famous and detailed autobiographical poems, was written in the last years of her life and is saturated with suppressed anger and dark imagery. The sixteen stanza poem, through Plaths use of ambiguous symbolism, arguably is bitterly addressing Plaths father, who died when she was only eight, and her husband Ted Hughes, who had broken her "pretty red heart in two" (st.12, line 1). The poem is intense with once suppressed emotion, setting an aggressive, desperate, almost...
1,644 Words | 6 Pages
Compare & Contrast - 2356 Words
Compare and Contrast
The short story that was chosen is “A Worn Path” (Welty,1941) and the Poem chose is “The Road Not Taken “(Frost). ) They both have the same theme, content, form and style. In this paper you will find that the story and the poem are alike and different in ways as for the symbolism, taking the path and facing obstacles along the way. Differences as in one an elderly lady dreams of her grandson, the other a man trying to decide what road he wants to take....
2,356 Words | 6 Pages
The Jaguar - 1105 Words
The Jaguar by Ted Hughes
How does Hughes effectively convey the power of the jaguar?
Ted Hughes’ poem ‘The Jaguar’ describes the animals in a zoo and their lifestyles. It also compares them to the jaguar, which is an animal that lives very differently to the others because of the way it views its life. Yet how does the poem depict the jaguar as a powerful and free animal? The first stanza of Hughes’ poem the jaguar is:
‘The apes yawn and adore their fleas in the sun.
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Poem Analysis' by Naomi Shihab Nye
So Much Happiness
It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.
But happiness floats.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either...
1,218 Words | 4 Pages
Stevie Smith’s “Not Waving but Drowning” Metaphor
Stevie Smith’s Metaphor of “Not Waving But Drowning”
How is it possible to be surrounded by a million people yet feel so alone? In 1957, British poet Stevie Smith wrote a short poem, “Not Waving But Drowning,” composed of twelve lines broken up into three stanzas. The literal words of the poem leave the reader with the image of a distressed man, thrashing around in the sea as onlookers lying around on the beach watch but do not help, as they believe the frantic man is fooling around and waving...
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July Man - 878 Words
The poem July Man seems to be a slightly muddled expression of sadness at first reading. Clearly the focus of the poem, identified in the simple couplet from l19:
“In the sound of the fountain
you rest, at the cinder-rim, on your bench”
is an elderly man taking his ease in a city park or piece of open ground. He sits on the cinder rim of a fountain suggesting both old age and the endless rushing of time in the metaphor of the fountain which is heard behind him. Possibly the fact that it...
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How Owen Sheers presents coming of age in Border Country
‘Border Country like other poems in the Skirrid Hill collection, suggests that coming of age is sudden and tragic’
How far, and in what ways, do you agree with this view?
The narrative of Border Country describes the relationship between the two boys one of whom has to make the jump into adulthood before he is prepared. Sheers presents coming of age as sudden and tragic and puts forward the idea that this period is delicate and is something requires time.
The title of the poem might serve...
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goma - 5429 Words
Where I Come From – Elizabeth Brewster
Elizabeth Brewster’s Where I Come From talks about the place where she spent some of her life and contrasts it with the place to which she belonged. We are all shaped by the places where we have lived – not just the places we come from but also the places where we have lived. The first stanza describes the city where everything in shining and new and impersonal. There are very distinct smells in the city and none of them very nice. Even the tulip...
5,429 Words | 15 Pages
Summer Farm - 921 Words
Summer Farm, Norman MacCaig
Norman MacCaig was born in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, in 1910, and spent much of his life in this and other Scottish cities until his death in 1996. His family came from the quiet countryside and this background is reflected in ‘Summer Farm’. This poem is characteristically about nature and personal reflection. It begins with simple descriptions of the natural world and the farmland that he sees...
921 Words | 3 Pages
Not Waving but Drowning - 943 Words
NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING
BY STEVIE SMITH
NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING
BY STEVIE SMITH
The poem ‘Not Waving But Drowning’, by Stevie Smith, is a poem in which there is a drowning man at sea. In this poem, the poet is talking about the difficulty of communication and the fundamental isolation of the individual in modern society. The title of the poem gives us an immediate indication that the poem will tackle a serious matter. The poem contains three voices; the drowning man, the...
943 Words | 3 Pages
Dover Beach - 1188 Words
July 15, 2013
“Dover Beach”, written by Matthew Arnold, is about a beach that is really beautiful, but holds much deeper significance than what meets the eye. “Matthew Arnold presents a very real theme of love and magnificence in his poem. He creates a scene of beauty among the sea and shores, mixed with night and moonlight” (Harrison). He also presents us with underlying misery, which is easily over looked and disregarded. Arnold writes of love and...
1,188 Words | 4 Pages
At Mornington & the Violets - 1334 Words
Module B Essay
Gwen Harwood’s poetry utilises a variety of textual forms to explore the complex relationship between memory and the passing of time. Her works address the concept of memory as a means of defying the years’ inexorable march forward, and thus make great use of time shifts and vivid imagery in painting an evocative portrait of time’s passage and its impact upon the individual. Both “At Mornington” and “The Violets” explore the connection between past...
1,334 Words | 4 Pages
Bereavement of the Lion Keeper - 1045 Words
What are your thoughts and feelings as you read this poem, and how do the words of the poem make you respond in this way?
The poem the ‘Bereavement of the Lion-Keeper’ explores the intensity and intimacy of a relationship between a lion and his keeper while also portraying the challenges of dealing with death and abandonment. The keeper faces a transition in his identity following his lion’s death, a sense of abandonment and an unwelcoming and cold world outside of his comforts with the lion....
1,045 Words | 3 Pages
Follower - 1121 Words
A Critical appreciation of " Follower"
( Cecilia Rafiq, 24.09.07)
"Follower" by an Irish poet, " Seamus Heaney" is a thought provoking poem in which he explores his relationship with his father when as a child he used to follow him around the farm 'stumbling' in his wake as he ploughed the fields. The poem deals with the passing of time, the innocence of youth and the knowledge which comes from experience. It raises issues such as childhood, growing...
1,121 Words | 3 Pages
The Devil's Wife - 2999 Words
‘The Devil’s Wife’
‘The Devil’s Wife’ is a dramatic monologue that is spilt into five parts depicting the thoughts and feelings of Duffy’s adopted persona – Myra Hindley the infamous Moors murderer. Throughout the poem we learn of the events surrounding meeting Brady, the murders, the trial, its aftermath and overall her conscience towards these events whilst serving life in prison.
The overall title of the five individual poems – ‘The Devil’s Wife’ – portrays that the adopted persona hasn’t,...
2,999 Words | 7 Pages
a beach - 1129 Words
Bayonet Charge Controlled Assessment notes
1. Hughes uses a metaphor to present the conflict, when he describes soldier uniform as “raw seamed hot khaki”. The use of the word “raw” implies pain and suffering as well as being hot and uncomfortable. It shows the reader how badly the soldiers were treated in WW1 as even their uniforms caused discomfort. Every seam of the uniform is painful.
2. The riffle is personify as being “numb as a smashed arm” because it indicates horror of war. The word...
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Carol Rumens' 'Carpet Weavers' - A Commentary
The poem, Carpet Weavers,Morocco by Carol Rumens is written in four stanzas each comprising three lines. There is no noticeable rhyme scheme. Vocabulary and sentence structure are relatively straightforward with every line except the final two end stopped. Themes of Social injustice/poverty, Childhood and Work run through this poem.
There is an emphasis on colour in the first stanza. The bright colours of their dresses are contrasted with the black of their braids. Braids is interesting as it...
685 Words | 2 Pages
Group of works - 3483 Words
Sea Fever............................................................................................................. 5
The Tiger............................................................................................................. 6
We are going to See the Rabbit.......................................................................... 9
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How does Rossetti use language, form and structure to convey the speaker’s anger towards Sister Maude?
How does Rossetti use language, form and structure to convey the speaker’s anger towards Sister Maude?
At the start of the poem, a rhetorical question is used. ‘Who told my mother of my shame, who told my father of my dear?’ implies that the poem is written to a specific person and it gives the poem an accusing tone. This suggests that the speaker blames Sister Maude for what has happened. The use of a caesura in the first stanza also demonstrates the speaker’s anger. ‘Who but Maude, my...
631 Words | 2 Pages
Analyses of "I Walked as Lonely as a Cloud"
AP English Language and Composition
2 February 2012
Word Count: 516
Analysis of “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud”
William Wordsworth’s, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, focuses mainly on the beautiful things that nature has to offer. Nature is very important to Wordsworth and it is clear in his writing. Originally the poem was two stanzas and the final version (published in 1815) had four. The feeling of the poem is positive and this attitude remains generally the same...
520 Words | 2 Pages
Near The School For Handicapped Children Essay
Near The School For Handicapped Children Essay
In the poem, ‘near the school for handicapped children’ by Thomas Shapcott a man and his daughter are passing by a local school for handicapped children and come across a handicapped boy from a distance. In stanza one, the poet (Thomas Shapcott) describes the boy physically. In stanza two and three, he is still describing the boy, but also telling us how he feels about seeing him and how he compares himself to the boy while watching him. In the...
559 Words | 2 Pages
In Memory of Jane Fraser - 830 Words
March 30, 2011
With Death, She Escaped Spring
Poems are small windows that look into a person’s soul and often convey deep emotions using figurative language. A poet can hide their darkest thoughts in a poem and leave it up to the reader to find their true message. Sometimes, poems do not hold a message at all and are meant to be taken as literally as they sound when read aloud. While “In Memory of Jane Fraser,” written by Geoffrey Hill, is...
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Ode to the West Wind - 1062 Words
The Summary of P.B. Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind
Published in 1820, P.B. Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind, is a poem which allegorizes the role of the poet as the voice of change and revolution. Shelley realizes that he cannot in actual life, rise to the height of imaginative perfection, which was his dream. But it is his bold optimism that he invokes the West Wind to blow the clarion call to the ‘unawaken’d earth’ and to sow the seeds of hope of regeneration.
The poem begins with three...
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The Good Morrow - 262 Words
Analysis: "The Good Morrow"consists of three stanzas which include 7 lines with an ABABCCC rhyme scheme. Donne’s use of figurative language, along with the point-of-view and tone of the speaker, enhances his poem. Sexual imagery is present in the first stanza with words such as ‘wean’d’ and ‘suck’d’ elicit breast images. These loaded terms also help identify pleasures as a metaphor for breasts. Another example of metaphor is the word ‘beauty’ in line 6, which actually represents the woman. In...
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Analysis of Hitcher by Simon Armitage
In the first stanza of ‘Hitcher’ shows the reader that the narrator is seeking a more relaxed lifestyle, and is unable to deal with the arduous tasks of everyday life. He states that he had been 'tired, under/the weather', but not especially ill, and therefore should not be taking time off work. He ignores all calls from work, and says that the answerphone 'screaming' that he will be fired if he continues to behave unprofessionally. He himself hitches a lift to the place where he has a hired car...
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Naming of the Parts Essay - 521 Words
Naming of the Parts Essay
In Henry Reed’s poem “Naming of The Parts” he achieves his purpose by pushing the idea of an officer and a student. Reed achieves it through such literary techniques as contrast, repetition, rhythm, and detail.
Henry Reed wrote this poem in a unique style. In the first four sections he had a particular way of ending a thought using repetition. In line four he ended with “naming of the parts.” In line six he ends it the same, which brings you to the way he uses...
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"The Panther" Imagery - 457 Words
Rilke uses an array of imagery techniques in his poem “The Panther” to help the reader arrive at a sense of theme. Rilke employs personification in the first line of the poem to help evoke an ironic tone upon the reader. For example, in this line Rilke personifies the fact that the panther’s vision “cannot hold anything else” but the bars he sees right in front of him. This adds a paradoxical element to the poem because the personification functions as a means to limit the panther instead of...
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Stealing - 328 Words
‘Stealing’ by Carol Ann Duffy shows the irrational and distressing life through the eyes of a mentally ill man or women. The 5 stanza poem is desperate cry for help from someone who can not stop their obsession with stealing, but also has no remorse or guilt for the things they have stolen.
‘Stealing’ is about a character who tells us the things he has stolen and his motivation for stealing. He tells what he does with the stolen goods and the thrill he gets from stealing. Although, he has...
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"Helen" by Hilda Doolittle, expressing her growing hatred of Helen.
The first thought I come up with when reading Doolittle's Helen is the extreme difference between her poem, and Poe's poem, Helen. Doolittle and Poe both describe Helen using her face, eyes, legs, hands, and knees; however, Doolittle expresses the speaker's growing hatred of Helen while Poe adores her deeply.
Doolittle makes an interesting choice when she says "all Greece" instead of "all Greeks." She appears to be referring to more than just the people of Greece, but instead the entire culture...
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Kath Walker's We Are Gloing
Basically the theme of the poem is the Aboriginals oppression. The fact they have had to give up on their old way of life and let go of the world that used to be theirs. The Aboriginals knew "We belong here, we are of the old ways" but eventually through white civilisation and development this life is "Gone and scattered," everything is gone and now they had to leave.
In summary, the theme of this poem is the oppression experienced by the Indigenous population that resulted in a loss of culture...
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Mrs Janet Rose - 755 Words
Explore the ways in which Larkin in ‘Mr Bleaney’ and ‘Home is so sad’ and Abse in ‘Leaving Cardiff’ depict a sense of belonging.
In the poem ‘Mr Bleaney’ Larkin uses ordinary and mundane objects, for example the ‘bed, upright chair, sixty-watt bulb’ are typical everyday objects yet at the same time could be suggesting how they and Mr Bleaney are not so very different and thus go hand in hand with one another. Also Larkin depicts a semantic field of confinement when we are told of the ‘one...
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"One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop
Feeling of lost is known to everybody. A human being will never be prepared for it, and no matter what we lose it brings anger and sadness. The time is the best doctor to heal our soul after loosing someone or something very important to us. I have close friend who lost his mother, when he was 16. I can`t even imagine how does it feel. One moment, one misgiving is enough to change your life forever. Someone you loved is gone and your hearts ache in sadness forever, and secret tears will flow....
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Poem Analysis of Thistles by Ted Hughes
Thistles by Ted Hughes
The title ‘thistles’ refers to a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles. The poem is very short and is separated into four stanzas of three lines each. The poem does not have a rhyming pattern but uses much alliteration. The poem conveys a negative mood, one that is aggressive and violent.
In the first stanza, Hughes portrays an almost countryside atmosphere for the readers to experience. He uses alliteration: “hoeing hands” that describe...
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Alter Ego - 1116 Words
Alter ego, by Gwen Harwood, is a poem about self discovery through inner journey and spiritual realization. This poem tries to tell the audience about her attempted journey to self discovery. Harwood uses natural references, feminist points of view and even a possible religious telling to the poem. This shows the audience that Harwood acknowledges and explores her inner self, or alter ego, in many different aspects. But the main question Harwood raises is "Who am I?"
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A Martian - 2533 Words
A Martian Sends a Postcard Home
Craig Raine, 1979
Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings
and some are treasured for their markings--
they cause the eyes to melt
or the body to shriek without pain.
I have never seen one fly, but
sometimes they perch on the hand.
Mist is when the sky is tired of flight
and rests its soft machine on the ground:
then the world is dim and bookish
like engravings under tissue paper.
Rain is when the earth is television.
It has the...
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One Perfect Rose - 642 Words
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet—
One perfect rose
I knew the language of the floweret;
“My fragile leaves,” it said, “his heart enclose.”
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
I will be talking about the poem, one perfect rose...
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Commentary on Grace Chua's Poem: (love song, with two goldfish)
“(love song, with two goldfish)” Commentary
“(love song, with two goldfish)”, by Grace Chua, is a humorous take on the kind of stereotypical romance that is often represented in popular music. In Chua’s version of the love song romance, goldfish seem to replace actual humans which gives her an opportunity to poke gentle fun at the genre as well as use some particularly fishy clichés and puns. In the poem we meet two young lovers who seem to be hitting it off. The male of the pair makes the...
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Memorial By Norman MacCaig - 621 Words
Memorial by Norman MacCaig
This poem is an elegy, a poem that is a lament for the dead, for a beloved person in Maccaig’s life, probably his sister Frances.
It is a sad and beautiful poem about how her death pervades every aspect of his life.
He makes it clear that her death is not for him an event that has its place in the past. Instead the process of her dying stays with him constantly- In the opening of the poem he states,’ Everywhere she dies’ and in the final stanza, ‘she can’t stop...
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Mid-Term Break - 1086 Words
The poem Mid-term Break by Seamus Heaney tells a story that reflects back on a memory from when he was younger. Heaney writes about the death of his younger brother that died in a Car accident when he was fourteen.
The title of the poem ‘’mid-term break’’ is ironic as it indicates that the break is a sort of holiday from school, a happy time, however the reason for the break from school is actually unofficial and an unfortunate event.
In the first stanza the reader learns...
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In Paris with You- Notes
In Paris with You is recounted by a (thenarrator) whose relationship has just ended and who is now in Paris with someone else ("I'm on the rebound"). This suggests a long-term relationship has ended and the speaker is currently enjoying a less serious liaison. The narrator doesn't want to examine the aftermath of the serious relationship: he doesn't want to talk things over or even visit galleries or landmarks; he just wants to enjoy the moment rather than thinking of the future or the past....
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Edward Thomas and the Theme of War.
Discuss the ways in which Thomas presents the effects of war in “Gone, gone again”.
In your answer, explore the effects of language, imagery and verse form, and consider how this poem relates to other poems by Thomas you have studied.
Throughout the poem the most prominent theme that Thomas includes are the references to the war. In fourth stanza “and when the war began” is a direct reference to the war, due to the context of the verses around it, the reference seems to be written quite...
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Wind-Ted hughes - 1005 Words
Wind - Ted Hughes
Setting: A house and the surrounding landscape exposed to a violent storm
Main Figure: The wind itself which represents the forces of nature
Theme: Man’s helplessness as opposed to the power of nature
Tone: Potent, Vigorous
Structure: 'Wind' is written in six, four line stanzas characterised by enjambment. Enjambment is when sentences, in poems run over the end of one line and into the next one(s). In 'Wind' lines spill into each other and the end of one stanza...
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A study of reading habits - 479 Words
The speaker indirectly recounts the kind of books he has read during three different phases of his life, and how they relate to his imaginative existence.
Time and Voice: The poem is written in the first person. It has a friendly, conversational feel, and a humorous tone – less formal than ‘The Whitsun Weddings’. It can be read simply as an autobiographical description of Larkin’s early experience of books. You might, however, choose to see the speaker as a persona (an adopted voice, which is...
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Cockroach Analysis - 677 Words
Essay: What significance does the poet sees in the cockroach? How does he convey it to us?
The poet “Kevin Halligan” has been traveled around the world and he wrote this poem when he was in somewhere in Asia, he has brings some idea of Buddhism through this poem. The cockroach in this poem can represent in two ways. First, the more obvious meaning is the poet is watching a cockroach “pace” around the floor. However, after reader analysis and understand that Kevin Halligan uses the “giant”...
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A study of Reading Habits Analysis
The theme of the poem is that trying to ignoring reality does not solve any problems. The speaker dives deeps into books to hide from his day to day problems. However, he does no benefit from this when his eyes go bad from reading. In the end, the speakers problems caught up with him and he could no longer escape from them in books. He unfortunately turned to alcohol to solve his problems. Larkin demonstrates the theme by hinting the character traits of his persona. Also Larkin uses...
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Emily Dickinson’s “the Snake”
Emily Dickinson’s “The Snake”
“The snake” by Emily Dickinson is a 24 line poem describing an encounter with a snake in the grass. The six stanzas of the poem flow together in an ABCB rhyme scheme yet are not formalized into any specific meter. “The Snake” says that Dickinson shares a friendly and appreciative connection with a snake because it is being of nature, just as she is a being of nature; but even while she appreciates this...
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So We’ll Go No More a-Roving – George Gordon Byron
The poem ‘So we’ll go no more a-roving’ by George Byron centers around the English Romantic ideas of nature to represent the divine as well as the reviving of devalued imagination. Byron’s poem was included as part of a personal letter sent to his unwell friend, Thomas Moore, in which Byron claims he suffers from a different kind of sickness. George Byron’s sickness is the wearing out of his principles as well as his physical body due to excessive partying during his over-lived Italian Christmas...
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Vicky - 540 Words
THE VIOLENT AND POWERFUL FISH
In the poem “Pike”, written by Ted Hughes, the author wants to show us the view of nature by exploring the power and violence by Pike using different words to transmit feelings towards it.
In the first stanza, he used the words “perfect” to transmit his feelings of admiration, the word “Tigering” on the second line suggest wilderness, savagery majesty and power. In another line, “Killer from the egg”, the poet suggest us that pikes are born to kill,...
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Men At forty analysis - 850 Words
Mini Essay #1
“Men at Forty” Donald Justice
The poem basically pertains to me turning the age of forty, which can be interpreted as a mid-life crisis. The idea of a child being a father’s inspiration also comes into play.
In the first stanza in lines 2-4 when the author states that “Men at forty learn to close softly the doors to rooms they will not be coming back to”, the author is referring to the thought of moving forward and the idea that the past must be left behind. In other words men...
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Skrzynecki - 1271 Words
Feliks Skrzynecki is the poet’s father and this poem is a tribute to his dignity and stoicism in the face of loss and hardship. Felix’s individual journey from Europe to Australia, from one culture to another, echoes through the poem and it is clear that the impact of the journey is as strong for the son as it is for the father.
Feliks Skrzynecki is an individual physical and cultural journey experienced by Felik’s and narrated by Peter Skrzynecki. It seems...
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Poetry and Yellow Wood - 705 Words
1. Where does the traveler find himself? What problem does he face?
2. Discuss what these phrases mean to you.
(i) A yellow wood
(ii) It was grassy and wanted wear
(iii) The passing there
(iv) Leaves no step had trodden black
(v) How way leads on to way
3. Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them
(i) in stanzas two and three?
(ii) in the last two lines of the poem?
4. What do you think the last two lines of the poem mean? (Looking back, does the poet...
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Advice to a Discarded Lover - 1021 Words
Advice to a Discarded Lover by Fleur Adcock explores both pity and revulsion, through the use of figurative imagery; a dead bird, maggots and the remaining bones. They are an analogy of the dead affair. With the use of figurative language the images are seen, smelled and heard. An authoritative voice is created to advise and command attention, through the use of instructive language throughout the six stanzas. Personification, analogy, rhetorical question and the way a word sounds, are also used...
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"The Landlady" Poetry Commentary
Margaret Atwood's theme in The Landlady is about the speaker's prison-like living situation in what can be assumed to be a dorm. The landlady has made home, the place where we can feel free and comfortable, to a suffering sentence. The landlady is sin control, and the speaker, a young university student, cannot escape from the landlady, physically nor mentally.
The Landlady is effectively written in free verse and is a run-on style of poetry, allowing the readers emotions and thoughts to carry...
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On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High”
Guided Literary Analysis
The Unique Senior Class
“On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High”
Subject: English A1 Word Count: 601
The short poem “On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High,” by D.C. Berry expands on its basic sense of imagery, by focusing on the key aspect of conveying uprising emotions that the narrator encountered with. Besides the evident presence of visual imagery being used by D.C....
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How Does Keats Tell the Story of La Belle Dame Sans Merci?
Keats uses many methods to tell the story in his poem ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’. The story is first hinted at in the title, which translates as ‘The beautiful woman without mercy’. For those who know of Keats’ background, it is easy to assosiate this poem with his instinctive distrust of women. Keats’ mother abandoned him in 1806, and these feelings of neglect influenced his poetry heavily, as he writes of women trapping men for their own gains rather than out of love. This is also visible in...
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The Solitary Reaper - 3923 Words
Wordsworth's Solitary Song: The Substance of " t r u e a r t " in " T h e Solitary R e a p e r . "
GEOFFREY J . FINCH
T has become a truism in recent years that the Romantic poets were preoccupied with the fundamentals of their own poetic talents. Clearly, a view of poetry which places so much emphasis on the poet not as an interpreter, nor as a mirror, but as a creator of reality, must impose a severe self-consciousness on the individual artist, and it is not surprising that running...
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BAZAARS OF HYDERABAD - 426 Words
In The Bazaars of Hyderabad is a vibrant, colorful poem describing the bazaars of Hyderabad. This poem was written during the British Rule when Indians were asked to boycott foreign products and buy goods from traditional Indian bazaars. During this time, publication of Indian newspapers was banned so she might have thought the best way to spread the message to people was through her poems.
In The Bazaars of Hyderabad begins with a question from the poet to the merchants in the bazaar about...
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Analysis of the Voice - 1000 Words
Analysis of ‘The Voice’ by Thomas Hardy
The voice is a poem written by Thomas Hardy in December 1912, shortly after the death of his wife. Hardy talks about how he is really missing her and that her death has left a big void in Hardy’s life, resulting in the latter falling into depression. His mental balance is left to ponder about as he starts to hear her voice again. Throughout the poem, Hardy uses many techniques in order to show his feelings and emotions. These different techniques...
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How Do We Forgive Our Fathers: Textual Analysis
As human beings we are often reluctant to let go of our anger and unwilling to forgive others. This becomes especially true in the case of loved ones or family members. The poem, “How Do We Forgive Our Fathers?,” written by Dick Lourie, addresses the different dilemmas associated with a child forgiving his/her father. In his six-stanza poem, the poet discusses how a child should forgive their father for traumatic events imposed on the child. This includes reasons for forgiveness, appropriate...
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Themes and Structure in 'During Wind and Rain' by Thomas Hardy
Hardy wrote ‘During Wind and Rain’ after the death of his first wife, Emma. Here, the poem provides various scenes that portray various seasonal activities done by possibly Emma and her family that spread over a number of years. However, the poem does contain examples of reversal; each stanza consisting of joyful images for the first five lines and the last two lines end with images relating to death that serves as a reminder that time will inevitably rob even our most cherished memories.
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In What Ways Do the Poems ‘Flag’, ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘Mametz Wood’ Convey the Emotions and Images of Conflict?
In what ways do the poems ‘Flag’, ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘Mametz Wood’ convey the emotions and images of conflict?
‘Flag’ considers the value of patriotism as symbolized by the flag, and explores ideas of national identity, with a running metaphor comparing to a flag. It considers how the flag is used and exploited, this creates sympathy, and the refrain explains subtly that the flag is ‘just a piece of cloth’. In each of the first four stanzas a question and answer is given which both asserts...
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