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Gilgamed vs Aeneid

The Evolution of the “Highway to Hell” in Classical Mythology Mythology, by denotation, is “a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.” Myths are an entity that evolve through time and through the changing of culture in order to tailor to the people telling the story; as such, we often see a series of different versions develop reflecting a relatively similar story.…...

Thematic Analysis - Beowulf

Assignment Write a well-crafted three-paragraph essay analyzing a universal theme you've identified in Beowulf and submit it to your teacher. 1. Your essay should have to following structure: Paragraph 1: Introduction and thesis statement (your thesis statement should state the universal theme you've identified) Paragraph 2: Evidence to support your statement of the theme Paragraph 3: Explanation of why you think this is a universal theme; conclusion and clincher Your assignment should include properly cited references from the text. Your…...

"Up the Down Staircase"

 The text under consideration with a very unusual and remarkable title “Up the Down Staircase” is one of the best novels of our time was written by Bel Kaufman, an American author. She worked as a teacher of the English language and literature in a New York high school for 15 years. “Up the Down Staircase” is her first semi-autobiographical novel about an idealistic young English teacher, who is really excited about her future work with children at school. But…...

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Walt Whitman Most Popular Poet

Walt Whitman is one of America’s most popular and most influential poets. The first edition of Whitman’s well-known Leaves of Grass first appeared in July of the poet’s thirty-sixth year. A subsequent edition of Leaves of Grass (of which there were many) incorporated a collection of Whitman’s poems that had been offered readers in 1865. The sequence added for the 1867 edition was Drum-Taps, which poetically recounts the author’s experiences of the American Civil War. Walt Whitman was born May…...

The poem As I Walked Out One Evening - W.H.Auden

The poem in study is As I Went Out One Night by W.H. Auden. His views predicted in this poem are suggested to have not varied given that the time he composed this piece. Unlike his other poems, this piece was never ever revised. Here, Auden exposes the two sides of romance through the control of narrative voices, the poet, the fan's tune and the chiming of the clock personified. As I left one evening is made up in a…...

A Long Way Gone Novel Analysis

Violence has a major impact on teenagers and children in today’s society. In the novel A Long Way Gone; memoir by a boy soldier Ishmael Beah, displays how teenagers are exposed… Through the medias they are showed that the movie Rambo, which influences them to be violent and fight. Another way to seek violence is in real life when the boy soldiers are sent to fight the rebels. The violence that the young boys are exposed to caused them to…...

Stylistic Analysis Of The Poem "Going"

The author of the poem “Going” had a specific message that he intended to set across to his readers. To do this, the author used a number of stylistic elements that include foregrounding, imagery, symbolism, diction, synthetic parallelism and structure among others. This essay intends to give a brief stylistic analysis of the poem and describe how these devices have affected the meaning of the poem. Basically the poem “Going” according to the essay is about a new era that…...

Love Should Grow Up Like a Wild Iris

Since the beginning of human existence love has earned a meaning of pure bliss and wild passion between two people that cannot be broken. Through out time the meaning of love has had its slight shifts but for the most part, maintains a positive value. In the poem “Love Should Grow Up Like a Wild Iris in the Fields,” the author, Susan Griffin expresses that this long lost concept of love is often concealed by the madness of everyday life…...

My Researching - Sherman Alexie

According my researching from Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, Academic Search Complete, and Superman and Me in class, I found out biographical information on Sherman Alexie. The reason I searched about Sherman Alexie because I wanted to know about how he had been through his life and become a successful American poet. He also writes essays and novels. In childhood, Sherman Alexie was born October 7, 1966 on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. He lived where surrounded by alcoholism, crimes, and…...

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

The Poem We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. Summary: This poem was written in 1959, which was in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. In the case of Brown v. Board of Education, in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to segregate schools; however, desegregation was slow and many African Americans became frustrated. Segregation caused more than just…...

Critical Analysis of the Poem “Breaking Through”

The poem Breaking Through written by Myrna Peňa-Reyes is very profound in terms of its appeal to the reader. The poem is all about the filial relationship between a son/daughter and a father. The poem basically revolves around the father and his son/daughter. The plot of the poem tells the reader that a certain persona in the first stanza receives a parcel that came during that morning. The persona lamely opened the small box and it takes for him/her a short…...

Foils for Odysseus

The Odyssey is the epic that has been read time and time again, by varying ages, digging its way into our hearts, becoming an instant classic. Odysseus and the adventures of his homecoming create a much different tale than Homer’s other work, the Iliad, provided. The epic is not about bloodthirsty men trying to get their hands on kleos anymore; it is about the homecoming of a man who uses his wits, not his weapon. In the Odyssey, the characters…...

The Relationship between Man and Nature in William Wordsworth’s poems

Nature has a dominant role in Wordsworth’s poetry especially in ‘There Was a Boy’ and ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’, because in both there is a connection between Man and his surroundings, Nature. In ‘There Was a Boy’ and ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’ Wordsworth expresses his love for nature in imaginative and creative way, for example ‘Uplifted, he, as through an instrument, Blew mimic hootings to the silent owls’. What Wordsworth was trying say is that he boy spoke to nature…...

Oodgeroo Noonucal Speech

Good morning 10.06. Oodgeroo Noonuccal, an Australian poet, uses her work to convey aspects of Australian experience. Noonuccal’s poems are mainly focused on her own perspective of the culture and beliefs of both the aboriginal people and white Australians, the racial discrimination that the Aborigines suffered and their peoples spirituality. Oodgeroo uses language and poetic techniques repetition, colloquial language, metaphors etc. to portray this. No more boomerang compares the differences between the two unlikely cultures of the Aborigines and the…...

Comparison Between Beowulf the Epic and Beowulf the Film

Contrast and Similarities between Beowulf and “Beowulf” Beowulf, an epic written down in the year 1060 by the Beowulf Poet, is the epitome of what true writing is, defining the standard of the epic itself. The more modern film of “Beowulf”, produced in 2007, is an attempt to do justice to the Beowulf Poet’s masterpiece. The poem and film have several key similarities and differences which influence the reader/viewer. Important similarities between the two include the heroic characteristics of Beowulf…...

Poems-in the Shadow of Signal Hill

In the Shadow of Signal Hill Signal Hill is a strikingly shaped hill or small peak overlooking the harbour of Cape Town. It has been used as a lookout post since the early days of the Cape colony. From it, the viewer can see Robben Island, the bare scar where the suburb of District Si stood before its occupants were evicted and its buildings demolished and Langa, a black township on the outskirts of suburban Cape Town. The overall significance…...

Rizal Chapter 6-7

IN SUNNY SPAIN(1882-1885) * Rizal’s Secret Mission To observe keenly the life, culture,, languages and customs and laws of the European nations in order to prepare himself in the mighty task of liberating his people. - Djemnah with 50 passengers on board * Secret Departure for Spain Paciano, uncle Antonio Rivera, his sisters (Neneng and Lucia), The Valenzuela family, Pedro Paterno, Mateo Evangelista, Chengoy and the Jesuit priest * May 3, 1882 - departed on board Salvadora - 16 passengers-…...

Rizal's Poem

Sa aking mga kabata This poem attempts to awaken the Filipino Youth, to enjoy our nation and respect individuals. It also tells the significant role of the youth for the improvement of the country. At 8, he composed his very first poem in Tagalog, Sa Aking Mga Kababata (To My Fellow Kid). The popular poem was a nationalistic venture to encourage Philipinos to adopt Tagalog as their language. Supposedly, it was composed by Rizal at the age of 8 or…...

‘Minority’ – Unseen Poem Analysis

Minority is a poem about feeling displaced and rejected from society. It conveys to the reader how helpful literature can be in voicing important opinions to society. The poem communicates the idea of exclusion and the feeling of being unwanted to the reader through meaningful lexical choices and imagery. Dharker begins with the line “I was born a foreigner.” It is impossible to be born a foreigner, as everybody is born somewhere. However, this line helps to convey to the…...

Analysis of Poems Hawk Roosting and Golden Retrievals

In the two poems Ted Hughes’s, “Hawk Roosting,” and Mark Doty’s, “Golden Retrievals”, the writers use tone and visual imagery to present the animals’ unique point of view in the poems. The tone of “Hawk Roosting” is powerful, sinister, and arrogant compared to the lighthearted, playful tone that is set in “Golden Retrievals.” The hawk’s monologue in “Hawk Roosting” shows how the Hawk sees the world with such power and a sense of ownership as he tells the reader that…...

Comparison of 'Bayonet Charge' and 'Belfast Confetti'

Both ‘Belfast Confetti’ and ‘Bayonet Charge’ present individuals caught up in conflicts. However, the speaker in ‘Belfast Confetti’ is a civilian whereas ‘Bayonet Charge’ the subject is a soldier who has chosen to go to war. Carson is writing about a topic he knows well as he is an Irish poet living during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Hughes is imagining what it must have been like for a soldier in World War One. The speaker in ‘Belfast Confetti’ is…...

Gwen Harwood Relationships Throughout Poems

Gwen Harwood’s poetry endures to engage readers through its poetic treatment of loss and consolation. Gwen Harwood’s seemingly ironic simultaneous examination of the personal and the universal is regarded as holding sufficient textual integrity that it has come to resonate with a broad audience and a number of critical perspectives. This is clearly evident within her poems ‘At Mornington’ and ‘A Valediction’, these specific texts have a main focus on motif that once innocence is lost it cannot be reclaimed,…...

Mi Ultimo Adios Poetry

Mi Ultimo Adios was the farewell poem of Rizal that originally had no title and was unsigned. This was believed as Rizal’s last will because he wrote it on the night before he was executed. Also through this poem, Rizal was giving his last message to his countrymen. For him, offering his life was the best way he could show his love for the country. Even he was going to die, he was not resentful instead he challenged the each…...

Imperialism in Africa in White Man’s Burden Poem

“Take up the white man’s burden/ send forth the best ye breed -“Rudyard Kipling mockingly wrote in 1899, he was describing the aggressive European imperialism that took place in the 1880’s. In 1884 Africa was divided up among European nations, only two African countries remained independent. One may question, what the driving force behind this European imperialism was. Although technology, political and cultural causes were factors in the Europeans imperializing Africa, ultimately the primary reason for imperialism was economic benefit…...

Consolation by Billy Collins Poem Analysis

In his poem “Consolation,” Billy Collins attempts to comfort himself after not being able to visit Italy in the following summer. He creates a “consolation” for himself by listing all of the downsides to travelling to another country so filled with history and culture. However, his tone makes it seem as though he is unsuccessful at convincing himself that staying at home is actually a good thing. The reader can tell that he is actually disconsolate, that his efforts were…...

Grace Nichols

In the poem by Grace Nichols ‘Of course when they ask for poems about the ‘Realities’ of black women’, this poem contains certain splits which reflect upon her experience as an immigrant moving from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom and how she collaborates her two worlds together, by using both Creole, the language from her homeland and Standard English. She resists the notions of the black women in a contemporary society through her poetry and is rather fond of…...

Seamus Heaney - The turnip snedder

The poem “The Turnip-Snedder” by Seamus Heaney is about an archaic machine that was used in traditional farming, to cut the heads off turnips. The turnip-snedder is personified and portrayed in multiple ways. It is personified in a monstrous way but also in a very god like and powerful manner. The turnip snedder is also used to reflect the idea how some people refuse change even though it is inevitable. The poet’s attitude is nostalgic with a sinister undertone of…...

The Journey in Poems

The journey undertaken by the ‘traveller’ opens a wide range of experiences. These experiences lead to growth and development in the traveller. These journeys taken by the traveller relate to the travel undertaken from one place to another. This journey can be physical, but it can also be an inner journey as well. An inner journey refers to the growth, development and enlightenment of a person as a result of the experiences. In the prescribed texts, Lewis’ ‘Fax X’, Lalic…...

"Mental Cases" by Wilfred Owen

The poem “Disabled” is taken from Wilfred Owen’s collection of poetry referred to as Trench Poet. It was written in 1917 and tells the story of a soldier who lost his limbs in battle leaving him utterly helpless. It aims to crush the glorified image of war present in the minds of the public. The messages and content present in the poem heavily resemble that of other poems from the collection such as; “The Send-Off”, which also uses contrast to…...

Australian Culture in Jack Davis's Poems

Jack Davis’s poems present a passionate voice for the indigenous people; it explores such issues as the identity problems, the wider sense of loss in Aboriginal cultures and the clash of Aboriginal and White law. This can be seen in the poems “Desolation” and “The First Born”. Both of the poems clearly emphasises the plight of the Aboriginals in today’s society. Through the first poem “Desolation”, the title already hints the poor situation they are in, with complete no recognition;…...

Belonging in Human Life, Literature and Visual Arts

“The longing to belong seems to be ancient and is at the core of our nature” The 1623 play As You Like It (AYLI) by William Shakespeare, the 2004 poem ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ from the Immigrant Chronicle by Peter Skryznecki and the 1942 painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. The play, poem and painting were constructed by completely different composers with completely different contexts, and this fact alone shows us that belonging is universal and will always play an important role in…...

Like the Molave

Not yet, Rizal, not yet. Sleep not in peace: There are a thousand waters to be spanned; there are a thousand mountains to be crossed; there are a thousand crosses to be borne. Our shoulders are not strong; our sinews are grown flaccid with dependence, smug with ease under another's wing. Rest not in peace; Not yet, Rizal, not yet. The land has need of young blood-and, what younger than your own, Forever spilled in the great name of freedom,…...

Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth

Abstract This paper raises important questions concerning the “ethics” of criticism with reference to Wordsworth scholarship. Reviewing the major critical approaches to Wordsworth’s canonical poem “Tintern Abbey,” I explore their implications for doing literary criticism today. I begin with an analysis of the polemics between the New Historicists and their opponents regarding the defense of and attack on Romantic bardolatry. Then I investigate how the debate has subtly involved such issues as the critic’s attitudes toward the author, other critics,…...

“A Blessing” by James Wright

“A Blessing” by James Wright Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota, Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass. And the eyes of those two Indian ponies Darken with kindness. They have come gladly out of the willows To welcome my friend and me. We step over the barbed wire into the pasture Where they have been grazing all day, alone. They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness That we have come. They bow shyly as wet swans.…...

Poetry Analysis: Incident By Countee Cullen

Probably the most underrated African American poet of his time, Countee Cullen is a really rebellious protester themed writer who is everything about securing the rights and self-respect of black individuals and utilizes that extremely passion to fuel his poetry. In the poem "Occurrence", Cullen uses a mixture of rhetorical devices which he incorporates into his ironic balanced syntax to help stress to readers the effect of bigotry had on children living in the early -mid 1900's, a huge time…...

The poem Ode on a Grecian Urn

The poem `Ode on a Grecian Urn’ is a poem written by John Keats in the form of an ode. In its original (Greek) form, an ode is an elaborately structured poem written in praise of an event or individual, with a perfect amalgamation of intellectual and emotional approaches. In the history of British poetry, the ode has retained its purpose (glorification), but altered the structure. The Great Odes by Keats The ode being discussed is one of the `Great…...

Poetic Techniques in Kevin Gilbert's "The New True Anthem"

The poem “The New True Anthem” by Kevin Gilbert acknowledges the fact that there is more then a single opinion of what has happened to the lives of people both English and native aboriginal, also what has happened to the beautiful land once home to many native aboriginal tribes all over the continent of Australia. It also says that people of English descendent say that they do love Australia while in fact they don’t and are treating it as a…...

"On Being Told I Don't Speak Like a Black Person" by Allison Joseph Poem Analysis

"On Being Told I Don't Speak Like a Black Person" tells a story of the importance in identifying your own speech and how there is nothing more personal than your own speech. Many people change their attitude, personality and in some cases the way they speak based on their environment and surroundings. The meaning of what the author wants to get across to the reader is exemplified in lines 52-70. In those lines she says how we shouldn't care how…...

Nature vs. Culture in Odyssey

The imagery of nature and culture connects every scene from Book 9 to Book 12 in Odyssey. On the land of Cyclopes, Odysseus’s encounter with the one-eyed uncivilized giant unveils Odysseus’s cleverness as a civilized human being; Nevertheless, Odysseus eventually fails to overcome the flaw of human characteristic, as he tells Polyphemus about his real mortal identity when he is sailing away, which ultimately brings Poseidon's revenge to Achaeans. At one point human civilization teaches Odysseus the skill of using…...

A Moments Indulgence by Rabindranath Tagore

A Moments Indulgence by Rabindranath Tagore was written in 1910 as part of the Gitanjali collection, 157 poems in the original language of Bengali, and 103 in English translated by Tagore himself. About the Author Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7th May 1861 in a wealthy family in Calcutta. He was the youngest of the thirteen children born to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. His father was a great Hindu philosopher and one of the founders of the religious movement,…...

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