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Don Quixote
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He was a retired nation scholar: Alonso Quijano, obsessed with books and knowledge, dried up his brain and lose his wit; chose to be a knight-errant, journeyed the world with horse. He wore himself in armour though rusty it was and a cardboard helmet; rode in his horse, searched his adventures, called himself: Don Quixote de la Mancha. Alas! Metamorphosis revealed. Married a farm girl whom he renamed: Dulcinea del Toboso. Beat up by servants of traveling merchants, who refused…...
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The Significance of Home in The Odyssey by Homer
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What is the significance of 'home' in the Odyssey? Word Count: 1,474 The Odyssey is the story of a man, Odysseus, on a journey back to his home, Ithaca. Odysseus was displaced from his home after the battle of Troy which took place many years before. However, reaching his home is not a simple task and Odysseus must fight to get back and take his rightful seat as king of Ithaca once again. “In his 10-year trip from the battlefields…...
Comparing the Similarities and Differences in the Works of William Blake and Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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The double works created by William Blake and Dante Gabriel Rossetti are evidence of the immense amount of work and great attention to detail these two artists dedicatedto both their literary art andtheir pictorial art. Although both artists created memorable compositions, the difference in how they created their pieces is crucial in understanding the different levels of the audience's analysis pertaining to the work's central themes. William Blakeused illuminated printing to create his double works in the Songs of Innocence…...
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Gwendolyn’s Apprehension and We Real Cool
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“We real cool/We Left School/We lurk late. We Strike straight/We Sing sin/We Thin gin/We Jazz June/we die soon.” These are the words from the famous poem “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. Brooks resided in Southside Chicago and wrote most of her poetry portraying the inner city life she witnessed on her corner. Mick Jenkins is a music artist from Southside Chicago as well putting out two albums titled “The…...
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Warrior Culture Exemplified in English
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The course description on the CSUN website describes English 258 as: Major English Writers. The premise of the course is, “completion of the lower-division writing requirement. Study of works of major English writers from the middle-ages to Samuel Johnson, with attention to literary movements and backgrounds.”(CSUN.edu) As a professor of this course, I believe there are three eras that have the most importance of being taught. The Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and the Early Modern era. The corresponding readings should be Beowulf,…...
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Recurrance among Centuries in Literature
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When looking at all of the classical literature eras, three come to mind: Ancient, Medieval, and the European Renaissance eras. The ancient era being the oldest starts around 8th - 3rd century BCE. This era includes a number of epic poets such as Homer, Hesiod, Aesop, Sappho, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophicles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Menander, and Apollonius of Rhodes from Ancient Greece. Then there was Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Seneca the Younger, Lucan, Juvenal, and Pliny the Younger from Ancient Rome (Mastin,…...
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Blaming Women in ” Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an amazing, drama filled story that contains tons of action and keeps readers on the edge of their seats; yet, the story has one major issue. In the end of this story, starting in line 2414, Sir Gawain talks about the fact that he should have known better than to trust the woman. He continues to describe women as if they are all deceptive. Then he rants on, listing multiple Bible stories in…...
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Sir Gawain and Modern Knights
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Knights, in time, have evolved and become something much different from that of what they were in the Middle Ages. They have always been looked at as men who were in war and whose main duty was to protect. While this is somewhat true, they had a much broader job. It was the duty of a Knight to fight for and serve their King while following the code of Chivalry. This Code stated that a Knight should have bravery in…...
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Sir Gawain and Knight`s Righteousness
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In medieval times, a knight’s worth was not simply determined by their battle prowess. The code of chivalry brought a set of virtues which shaped their followers’ words and actions. Among the values of the code of chivalry was loyalty and righteousness. Loyalty was crucial since a knight lived to serve and protect their lord and others who depended on them in order to maintain the social order. Righteousness was another key trait of a medieval hero as knights strives…...
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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“Arthurian legend” is an evocative term for those with even the faintest grasp of the subject (as in, they have at least heard of Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, maybe watched The Sword in the Stone when they were five, whatever). Coming across the term on a syllabus might lead one to imagine that they will be reading about the epic adventures of chivalrous knights, whether they be engaged in glorious battle against various agents of evil…...
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The City in the Sea
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"The City in the Sea”, by Edgar Allan Poe, starts off by setting the mood for the rest of the poem by starting giving death life, which allows Poe to access his preferred theme. Poe has written many gothic works. The story is not set in a realistic setting but is placed in a romantic land that gives off a feeling of mystery. The City in the Sea is a rewrite of Poe's earlier poem called, The Doomed City. This…...
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Beowulf Modern Hero Comparison
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According to this definition, an epic hero is a hero that is on a quest with superhuman powers that displays courage, generosity, and loyalty, they are also one who embodies the values of their community. In the Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf is used to expressing the values that Anglo-Saxon had bravery, power, and commitment. Bravery is a trait that every character must have because no one will show any interest in a character who isn't. Beowulf isn't a real-life person. In…...
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Streak Upon That Internal Eye
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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud and The Calypso Borealis show how both authors share their love for nature by using diction throughout the poem. The words that the author uses describe adopted in the poem which is very interconnected and related to each other experience about the daffodils. William Wordsworth uses a positive connotation to show how the imagination of nature happens to brings happiness to his life and how society makes him feel so lonely inside. One Model,…...
Essay About The Calypso Borealis
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I Meandered Desolate as a Cloud and The Calypso Borealis show how the two creators share their adoration for nature by utilizing phrasing all through the sonnet. The words that the creator utilizes portray embraced in the sonnet which is exceptionally interconnected and identified with one another experience about the daffodils. William Wordsworth utilizes a positive implication to show how the creative mind of nature happens to carries satisfaction to his life and how society affects him so desolate inside. …...
Second Poem “Fredrick Douglass”
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The reason why I chose these two poems is because it’s Black History Month, known as “African American History Month”. It’s to pay tribute to generations before us who scuffled with adversity; even recognize heritage, achievements and culture. My first poem is “Phenomenal Women”, by Mya Angelou. I honestly believe that every woman can relate to this poem. Throughout, each stanza you tell that Mya was confident in everything. Angelou quoted, “It’s in the reach of my arms…. The curl of…...
Poems Are Still Being Taught and Analyzed Today
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To understand the beauty of poetry one needs to dig deep into what each poet has created. Some poems have withstood the test of time and have made an impact, hence the reason why poems are still being taught and analyzed today. Poetry knows no genre or boundaries, but the most exquisite thing about it is that it finds multiple ways to express love, even when the word love is not heavily incorporated in each line of the poet’s work.…...
The Poem “Living in Sin
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Adrienne Rich was an American poet, essayist, and feminist. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, 1929. Her work in the literature field made her recognizable and allowed her to achieve the National Book Award for Poetry and many more. The poem, “Living in Sin” was written during the 1950s and became quite popular during this time. Her phenomenal work serves as a perfect example of how the reality of relationships can never be perfect, leaving one to…...
Poem Essay – To an Athlete Dying Young
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In the poem “To An Athlete dying young” Alfred Housman praises a young and famous athlete for dying before he became old and forgotten. As the title suggests this poem is, in some ways, an elegy because it is directly written “to” a person who is not named. This poem considers that a young person’s death should be seen as a way to avoid watching their glory fade away. Housman delivers his message of death being a form of escape…...
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Beowulf vs Batman: Comparison of Heroes
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A hero is someone who posseses great strength, moral ethics, and fights evil that comes their way. These heroic qualities were stapels during the 6th century when the hero Beowulf was created and they are still stapels in the modern world. Differences and similarities can be seen between Beowulf and modern epic hero’s like Batman. Both Batman and Beowulf are mortal men who posses great strength. Although Beowulf’s strength is more physical than Batman in a general case, Batman can…...
The Courage of Odysseus in The Odyssey
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The book “The Odyssey” is about Odysseus’ journey trying to get home after fighting in the Trojan war. On his way back his trip ended up being 10 years. While on his journey he made many stops along the way. A lot of his men died along the way and he was the only one left, he started with 630 men and he was the only one to survive. In the book, he helps his crew get through their stops.…...
Odysseus: Hero or God
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What does it take to be a hero? Heroes are often stereotyped to be larger than life and capable of doing the impossible. However, these heroes still have qualities that make them like everybody else. Take Superman for example; despite his superhuman strength and seemingly flawless stature, his weakness towards kryptonite reveals that there is more to his personality than meets the eye. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is extolled by the people of Ithaca for his strength and cleverness,…...
“Nothing Gold Can Stay” in The Outsiders
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In The Outsiders, the theme “Nothing Gold Can Stay” mentioned in the Robert Frost poem, plays a large role in the life of Ponyboy as he grows from being a naïve boy, who’s smart but doesn’t use his head a lot, to a more grown up, tougher boy who still has all the kind and caring qualities from when he was younger. In the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, Frost talks about the first buds of spring, which are gold,…...
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Odysseus and the Gods
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Many Greek have been telling the world about the story of The Odyssey, by Homer. This story was written and peaked in a time of believing in many gods and Greek values. These values in one way or another have crept into The Odyssey. Odysseus has set the example of a Hero’s Journey during the poem, but not only is he going through the Journey, but teaches Greek values such as Xenia, Nostos “don’t defy the gods”, and Kleos, through…...
Women in The Odyssey
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Women and men have never had truly equal rights. Women played an extremely important role in ancient greek culture but are often overlooked by society. Ancient Greece evidently had a patriarchal culture in which women were disregarded and ignored. The rise of elitism towards men increased rapidly when the epic, The Odyssey was written in. In The Odyssey by Homer, women are portrayed in a negative light because they are shown as the cause of the majority of the problems…...
Archetype of Odysseus
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What do you think makes a good leader? Is it standing up for what you believe in or is it earning the respect of the team? Well, it is both that makes a good leader. In Odyssey, Odysseus shows the quality of neither of them. In all through the book, Odysseus shows us time after time that he is a bad leader. One of the bad reasons that Odysseus show bad leadership is that he is arrogant and failure to…...
The Heroic Nature of Odysseus
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The Odyssey tries to bring out the heroic nature of an individual in the middle of cultural ties and family obligation. This poem written by Homer brings out the suffering of a hero as he strives to get back home to his family in Ithaka. The Odyssey brings out the qualities of a hero and what makes a man stand out amongst the others in the society. The narrative about Odysseus and other characters bring out the culture and how…...
Heroes in Action: Odysseus and Spider-man
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The idea of what exactly a hero is, is subject to change with whoever is answering the question because the idea of a hero is redefined as society changes and its pantheon of heroes changes (White, O’brien 17). Some will say a hero is a someone who saves other people or someone who has powers or just simple someone people are able to look up to. Christopher Reeve, popular for playing one of the most well known heroes, Superman, is…...
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Epic and Modern Day Heroes
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Most of us have heard of modern day heroes such as Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman. Each is a hero to numerous kids. The idea of heroes are acquainted with individuals right off the bat in life usually as imaginary characters. However, as the young kids become older, their impression of heroes change.  Epic and modern day heroes have numerous similarities and differences. Their qualities, identities, and physical abilities vary. That is what makes the heroes memorable and unique. Many modern…...
Analysis between Two Emily Dickinson’s Poems 
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Emily Dickinson became a world renowned poet after her death. Much of her work involves the use of nature as a metaphor along with common meter. Dickinson uses metaphors to present her interpretation to both the world around her, and the thoughts within herself. We will be analyzing Dickinson’s views of death and how they compare in poems like “I heard a Fly buzz when I died” and “Because I could not stop for Death”. In both works, Dickinson describes…...
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Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant by Emily Dickinson
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The title in Emily Dickinson's poem, 'Tell all the truth but tell it slant', suggests already that the use of the conjunction 'but' shows that she commands the reader to do something in a particular way. In this case, the word slant signifies that the truth should not be told all at once, or in a straightforward way, as a slanting position has a slope or is set at an angle. The poem is one stanza that is eight lines…...
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Theme in Emily Dickinson’s Poems
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Poems are considered a form of art because a speaker always paints a picture in your mind when you are reading. Many poems have similar meanings but it is always how you interpret it. Poems are always full of hidden messages but they leave us to figure it out. In both poems “A narrow fellow in the Grass” and “ I died for beauty-but was scarce” by Emily Dickinson, she shows the meaning of truth by showing how someone can…...
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How Emily Dickinson’s Life Influenced Her Poems?
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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. She was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts where she lived her entire life up until she died from Bright's disease on May 15, 1886. Amherst was a small farming village that was made up four to five hundred puritan families. Education was important to the Dickinsons. Her grandfather had founded Amherst College in 1821. Her father was successful attorney and, at thirty-two became the treasurer of Amherst College. Her other Emily…...
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Promises Like Pie Crust
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In a poem by Robert Wrigley, he takes the reader through a man’s thoughts and dreams. The man never dreamed to be a lake and after thinking why not he instead concentrated on what it is to be a lake, revealing to himself slowly the beauty within being a lake. Wrigley beautifully symbolizes through this piece the way people dream, or in this case how people lack the sense. He shows the nature of people on how what they think…...
Odysseus Strengths and Weaknesses
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As we grow up, we need to know what makes a great leader because we need to choose people to lead us to create a better country. In The Odyssey, Odysseus shows the qualities of a great leader: he is brave, clever, and caring. By using Odysseus as an example, we would know what good leadership is. To be a great leader today, he or she must be fearless. By showing fear, it can affect the entire team. According to…...
O Captain, My Captain: My Father As My Role Model
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Growing up, I have always resented my father's strictness, not understanding the decisions he made. Doing things in life that I thought were completely irrational and unreasonable. It was only until I became the captain of my basketball team when I really started to understand my father and the decisions he made. Both a father and the captain of a basketball team constantly show their reliability to the ones around them. Being reliable is difficult; it takes hard work. Reliable…...
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Beowulf the Prideful “Hero”
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Following the actual meaning of an epic: “long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventure of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation” we can start seeing why beowulf might not be an actual hero. In an epic the hero is on a journey to accomplish one thing and learn from it to accomplish something quite different from the actual goal. In actuality, Beowulf does not apply to that term, he’s…...
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Epic Poems The Odyssey
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In the Epic The Odyssey by Homer, Homer emphasizes the sacrifices made by the brave heroic Odysseus as he faces many harsh obstacles fighting in the Trojan War for the past 10 years. This Epic portrays many emotional and mental values as it is depicted by many brave heroes who were willing to make very difficult decisions. The value of relationships and hospitality is revealed throughout the novel. The author acknowledges the value of culture of the characters as there…...
The Lais of Marie de France Narrative Essay
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A Lai is “a short narrative or lyrical poem, usually in octosyllabic couplets, intended to be sung” . These poems fit into this form of a Lai in that they are multiple short stories recounted by Marie de France.The poems draw on folktales for educational purposes in that it gives the reader educational insight as to issues related to relationships between men and women during Celtic times. Also, the write Marie de France uses the literary “narrative technique” in the…...
Beowulf is Ideal Epic Hero
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The Mead Hall can be seen as the soul of a Hrothgar’s kingdom in ‘Beowulf’, the reasoning behind it is the offerings of coziness and warmth to the soldiers and the civilians. Because of this, the merit of the mead halls were ineffable. Often, the Mead Hall’s would be embellished in all kinds of expensive metals and treasures, since it is the most vital establishment in the Anglo Saxon Culture. Heorot the amazing mead hall in ‘Beowulf’. Is regarded as…...
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Loyalty and Devotion in The Odyssey
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In Greek society, loyalty was the most necessary and prestigious value. It was embedded in everything the Greeks did. Showing loyalty to your family, community, and to the Gods was necessary as it conveyed you as a virtuous person. A major theme found in The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson is loyalty and devotion. The theme is revealed through Penelope’s actions, Odysseus’s slaves, and Odysseus’s perseverance. Penelope’s actions support the thought that the central idea in this text…...
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How Emily Dickinson’s Life Influenced Her Poems?
...Howard Faulkner explains (2002) ,” Dickinson life was kinesthetic; she recorded the impressions of experience on her nerves and on her soul” (pg.1). Dickinson used her own experiences and thoughts to create her poems.Her writing interpreted great...

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