Essays on Poetry

Nature in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Works
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The attitude of the narrator in the prose passage by Ralph Waldo Emerson towards nature is that of pure admiration. He is very found of nature and appreciates its ethereal beauty. Emerson makes use of the literary devices of metaphor, symbolism and personification to help readers understand this admiration. One example of a metaphor Emerson uses is when he states that “nature never wears a mean appearance” (Emerson). This line is an oxymoron. Since nature is, in fact, violent, and…...
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Poetry Research Paper About Nikki Giovanni
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Giovanni was born on July 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a poet, writer and was a significant influence of the Black Arts movement. In 1960 she enrolled at Fisk University, and in 1967 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Giovanni published her first book of poems in 1968, and it was titled, 'Black Feeling, Black Talk.' Her poems helped define the voice of the African-American people in the 1960s and '70s and continue to connect…...
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The Family Relationship In My Papa’s Waltz
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Just as every family is different, the dynamics inside of each family’s relationship are different. The way in which a family can feel and the way in which a family can express emotion varies. While the complications demonstrated inside of Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” may differ from the nature of our own experiences, there’s no denying that every family presents its own unique dynamics. Theodore Roethke was born in 1908 to a family of German migrants. His family had…...
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My Papa’s Waltz Analysis – Literary and Poetic Devices
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The American poet, Theodore Roethke, is considered one of the most influential and talented composers of his generation, and 'My Papa's Waltz' is one among many of his exceptional writings. 'My Papa's Waltz' draws from the poet's childhood relationship with his father sometimes during his early days. It features a boy who, despite fearing his father, still loves him. “The boy is dancing with his drunk father who is described as having dirty palms and knuckles, which are battered” (Jolley…...
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Critical Analysis “Mending Wall”
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“Mending Wall” The understanding and practice of community, and being a good neighbor means different things in different eras, although, there are many common themes within the topic that remain constant through time. The understanding of personal property, boundaries, and personal privacy, somewhat contrast with the need for community, being neighborly, allowing people in to your life, and to know you in a personal way. Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” speaks to a timeless tug of war that is truly found…...
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Conflict in Poetry of Ann Bradstreet
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Ann Bradstreet was a very popular poet. She was the first women poet in the American Colonies. Being a women poet is very challenging. Society expected women to work in house than to be a author. She was very passionate about the poetry she wrote . she knew that men and women have different power in the male dominated society. This is the real conflict created in her writing between the Puritan society and her identity as a woman throughout…...
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The Extent of Destiny: Gods, People, and Fate in The Iliad
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When does fate and when does choice play a role in our lives, or in this world? That question may always be asked but in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad fate and choice happen often. Throughout The Iliad Homer creates numerous conflicts between not only the mortal Greeks and Trojans but the Gods as well. Though there is a difference between what fate is and what choice is; their similarities coincide with each other. Fate causes one to act in…...
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The Interaction Between Fate And Choice In The Iliad
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When does fate and when does choice play a role in our lives, or in this world? That question may always be asked but in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad fate and choice happen often. Throughout The Iliad Homer creates numerous conflicts between not only the mortal Greeks and Trojans but the Gods as well. Though there is a difference between what fate is and what choice is; their similarities coincide with each other. Fate causes one to act in…...
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The Narrative of the Iliad
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The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem that was set during the Trojan War. It tells of the battles and events between King Agamemnon and Achilles. Though it only covers a few weeks in the final year, it does give you a look into the events that led to the war. It also alludes to stuff in the future, like the death of Achilles, before it even happened. Even though it was told what happened during the war and…...
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Divine Presence in the Iliad
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The gods in Homers Iliad were more physically and visually involved throughout the story than in the movie Troy. The Iliad describes the gods intervening on behalf of various characters or for their own reasons. In Homers Iliad the gods used manipulation to give them an advantage so that outcomes could play into their favor. Characters were emotionally manipulated, the climate was changed and certain characters in battle were given an advantage over others to win battles. The gods were…...
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The Iliad: Ancient War That Represents The True Nature Of Wars
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Homer’s Iliad, despite having been published over 2,700 years ago, continues to teach us about the nature of war today. Especially, the Trojan War depicted in both The Iliad and The Odyssey share an uncanny resemblance to the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Both wars could have been resolved earlier but extended for a long period of time, sacrificing soldiers who didn’t know what they were fighting for because of people with power demanding more war. The Afghanistan War, the official…...
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Understanding The Raven: Poem Analysis
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The Raven reveals the uncertainty, fear, and loneliness of a person who is involved in unfortunate situations. The poem is about somebody who is badly affected by the death of the love of his life. The person who is talking is trying to forget about his pain through reading. The important themes of this poem involve death, rationality, irrationality, the poem explores the results of the death that tortures those left behind. The mood and subject of this poem also…...
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Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven: Summary and Analysis
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The most famous poem by Edgar Poe The Raven was first published on January 29, 1845, on the pages of the New York daily “Evening Mirror.” The work quickly gained popularity within the English-speaking society and during the lifetime of the author was reprinted eighteen times by both American and English editions. The classic version was the publication on September 25, 1845, in the “Richmond Semi-Weekly Examiner.” The Story of Creation Already the name of the poem itself prepares the…...
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Achilles’ Heroism in The Iliad
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In the 8th century, a Greek poet decided to write a heroic poem named “The Odyssey.” The person who wrote such an epic poem goes by the name of Homer. The Iliad was a sequel to the Odyssey. The Iliad discusses war, the Trojan War because it was around those times, the Trojans and Achaeans, the gods and their goddess, and the violence that was around it. The Iliad portrays the fight by the Greeks to capture the city-state of…...
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“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
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The author of The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe is widely known for his Gothic writing style of suspense and horror. Poe’s mysterious style of writing appeals to emotion and drama. His stories all shame similar themes of lost love, death or both. In The Raven the first major theme in the writing is loss. The death of the unnamed narrator’s love Lenore. Poe uses first person point of view in his writings to get try to get the reader to…...
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“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Tyger” by William Blake
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Symbols are found within all works of literature. As the class read the given readings, symbols like darkness often appeared. Darkness as a symbol can take many forms. One of the most common forms is animals. While some animals represent purity like sheep, others represent evil like tigers. Tigers represent darkness because of their killing nature and ferocious appearance. Many authors use animals to represent darkness because they are easy to relate to the average reader. Authors like Edgar Allen…...
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“Paradise Lost” and “The Duchess of Malfi”
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To some respect, both Milton and Webster present their characters with certain motives of ambition. Milton once said "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. " highlighting that ambition is an internal cause, simply a human flaw and cannot be ignored and can cause tragedy in some respect to what is good or perhaps manipulate the way of thinking in men. Paradise Lost In Paradise Lost, Milton shows us…...
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The Worlds Wife anthology
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The dramatic monologue is a poetic technique which allows poets to create and develop a persona, who addresses the reader through the telling of a story through their perspective, portraying their inner thoughts and feelings in the process. This poetic technique is used by many well respected poets, including Carol Ann Duffy, a feminist poet whose "World's Wife" anthology consists of poems in which this technique can be found. The aim of this essay therefore, is to look at how…...
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World’s Wife
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Therefore, on a larger scale reminding the reader of two poems that serve as a repertoire to the 'World's Wife', as the somewhat condescending title is a clever over turning of 'the world and his wife' implying that women are the property of men. Yet with this exaltation of men, we see that these two poems are not only reminders of the feminist characteristic of 'The World's Wife' but these two women have been given voices by Duffy. Consequently, archetypes…...
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World War I Poetry Analysis 
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World War I, also known as the War to End All Wars, was a worldwide conflict which occurred between 1914 to 1918. A majority of the fighting took place in Europe between the Entente Powers (comprised of France, Russia, and the United Kingdom) and the Central Powers (comprised of Austria-Hungary, Germany, and the Ottoman Empires). The occurrence of the war was very momentous and left a permanent scar in the lives of many, most notably the brave soldiers that fought…...
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Wordsworth
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A study of the literary works of Wordsworth, focussing on romanticism. Wordsworth poetry derives its strength from the passion with which he views nature. Wordsworth has grown tired of the world mankind has created, and turns to nature for contentment. In his poems, Wordsworth associates freedom of emotions with natural things. Each aspect of nature holds a different meaning for Wordsworth. 'The beauty of morning; silent, bare' (5:WB*) A main source of interest for Wordsworth is the absence of an…...
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William Butler Yeats
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Introduction I believe that William Butler Yeats shows while desire is a destructive force, human experience will never be reached without it. This memorable idea has been influenced by the principles of Romanticism and is most evident in the poetic techniques used in "The Wild Swans at Coole", "The Second Coming" and "Leda and the Swan". William Butler Yeats was deeply troubled by the Anglo-Irish conflict and influenced by the principles of Romanticism, and I believe that it is these…...
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“When We Two Parted” by George Gordon Byron
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In the entire history of world literature, millions of love poems have been written. "When We Two Parted" by George Gordon Byron (which is more commonly referred to as Lord Byron) is one of them. So how does this poem differ from all the others? How does it stand out? In When We Two Parted, Lord Byron reveals a gamut of emotions that a person feels when a separation from a loved one occurs, and after it has occurred (Schroeder…...
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War Poem Comparison
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This essay will compare the poems “On Passing the New Menin Gate” by Siegfried Sassoon (1927) and “Anthem For Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen (1917) and decipher whether there are any contrasts of worthwhile note. It will explore the meanings of both poems and consider the importance and effect of formal features that Sassoon and Owen use to convey their ideas. One immediate comparison that can be made about these two poems is that they are both anti-war poems. Sassoon…...
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Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson
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Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are two illustrious and significant 19th century poets. The analysis of two poems, "Of Him I Love Day and Night", by Whitman and "A Death-Blow is a Life-Blow to Some", by Dickinson, portray that despite Whitman's free verse and Dickinson's rhyme and meter the poems still convey similar messages concerning the eternal cycle that exists between death, body, and soul. The writing style of these two poets could not be more different. The differences originate…...
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Unit 4 literary heritage pre 1914 poetry
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I have been assigned a coursework to compare and contrast three poems which are 'The Ruined Maid', To His Coy Mistress' and 'Remember' all these poems have got points and I am going to make similarities and dissimilarities about the poems in comparison to each other. Most poems have aspects of a pace, a point, a structure and also different types of language, all of the above poems have these and express them well. Then again all the above have…...
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Tony Harrison is concerned at least as much with the problems of inarticulacy as with the power of words
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'My upbringing among so-called "inarticulate" people has given me a passion for language that communicates directly and immediately. ' 1 In Tony Harrison's 'The School of Eloquence' he explores the various shapes and forms of language, structured according to social interpretations. Harrison was brought up in a working class environment, his father was a baker and his mother was a housewife. However, at the age of eleven he won a scholarship to Leeds Grammar School and went on to study…...
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On the Tombs in Westminster Abbey, Death the Leveller, Ozymandias, My Busconductor and Let Me Die a Youngman’s Death 
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In opening line of the poem On the Tombs in Westminster Abbey, Francis Beaumont draws our attention to the subject of death and specifically our own with his use of the ominous and commanding line, "Mortality, behold and fear!" This immediately reminds us that we are all mortal and therefore will all die. The poem then goes on to demonstrate the fact that we are all equal due to our mortality and thus worldly power is rendered meaningless by death.…...
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Themes Of Postmodernism In Nissim Ezekiels Poems English Literature Essay
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The survey of the postmodernists to the realistic, historical and proficient facet of modern epoch has been strongly deep rooted in being self-aware, ironical and experimental. Postmodernism focuses on subjects such as sarcasm, gaiety, black temper and so on. This paper focuses on the facets of Postmodernism in an Indian context, with a particular mention to NISSIM EZEKIEL. This presentation concentrates on the techniques such as sarcasm, lampoon and anti - thesis that has a free drama in the verse…...
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The poem ‘Piano’
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When compared to 'My Parents kept me away from Children who were Rough', the poem 'Piano' bears a significant variance. The emotive language throughout the poem marks its soft tone, manipulates the readers, and makes them unaware of the underlying childhood problems. The soft tone can first be noticed from the title. The word 'Piano' is ambiguous, signifying that it could have a double meaning, either indicating the physical object, or alluding to the tone of the poem as gentle…...
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“The Old Fools”
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Introduction Larkin is often portrayed as being obsessed by death, but High Windows is as much about life as it is about death. How true do you find this statement? Larkin was 52 when High Windows was published and the collection is dominated by poems about the loss of youth, time passing and the imminence of death. Even in poems not explicitly based on these themes, they are still hinted at. Although some of the poems are about youth, some…...
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The Lady of Shallot
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Introduction Our task was to choose a poem from an anthology we were given and to perform it in groups. We could use drama or music to go with it, or we could use both, we could also use props if we thought it would suit it. In our group there were three of us and we chose to do a poem called The Lady of Shallot by Lord Tennyson. The Lady of Shallot has five parts but in my…...
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The Female Vagrant
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One poem that differs greatly from The Dungeon and The Convict is The Female Vagrant. However, although the poem differs in setting and narrative, it nonetheless captivates the suffering of a person as a result of the social and political agendas of the time. Wordsworth evokes sympathy from the offset in the juxtaposition of the noun "female" with the adjective "vagrant" in the title of the poem. This is effective because Wordsworth stresses that it is a "female" who is…...
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The Eolian Harp
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Introduction In Coleridge, more than any other writer from the Romantic age, we see a body of work dominated by underlying theological ideas. I will be concerned mainly with the young Coleridge and his early work; rather than discussing Coleridge's philosophical and theological ideas about the nature of things and God, I will be predominantly looking at his the more subjective facet of Coleridge's ideas, expressed in his poetry: his relationship and emotional reactions to these ideas, and more specifically,…...
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The Brutality of War
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The brutality of War involves the sacrifice of many lives with death and suffering the only consequence. The physical and mental suffering that the soldiers endured along with family grievance are the horror effects of war on men. The poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ (Dulce) and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ (Anthem) by war poet Wilfred Owen, conveys the dehumanisation of man through war’s utter destruction and brutality in order to support the mother country. Ultimately, the harsh realities of war…...
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The Battle Of Blenheim
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Introduction Robert Southey's poem,The Battle of Blenheim was writen because the writer wanted to express his opinion of this partucular war through poetry. The poem is anti-war. It shows the futility of it, because all that came of it was "many thousand bodies here lay rotting in the sun" and "land was wasted far and wide", nothing good actually came of it, as Kaspar and his family are still living just as happily as they were before the war, indicating…...
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Ted Hughes poem “Wind”
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Ted Hughes’s poem, “Wind”, describes the impact and strength nature has over human beings. The poem is written in first person, which emphasizes the idea of a personal experience and suggests that the speaker of the poem is Hughes. The poem is situated away from the cities, presumably in the countryside or in a very isolated place, this can be supported by the use of words like “fields” and “hills”. The setting of the poem is in autumn since the…...
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Analysis “La Figlia Che Piange”
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Analysis “La Figlia Che Piange”, which means “young girl weeping”, is the last poem of T. S. Eliot’s “Prufrock and Other Observations”, the first collection of poems published by him. Even though Elliot wrote a relatively small number of poems throughout his life, he believed that each of them “should be perfect in their kind, so that each should be an event”. This short poem was written in 1917 and it describes two lovers parting. From the title of the…...
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‘Sunlight on the garden’ by Louis MacNeice
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It starts to become apparent that MacNeice talks about the finality of death. We are shown this in the first stanza where MacNeice states that the ‘sunlight in the garden hardens and grows cold’. . The sunlight, which displays a sense of warmth and beauty, ‘grows cold’. The phrase ‘grow cold’ clearly shows that we will eventually experience death. This is also a reference to a battle field, this image has been used to express the horror and pain war…...
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A striking old man poetry
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In lines two and three of the poem, the poet mentioned that he "did not know how old nor how reliable" the grandfather clock was. This shows that initially, the poet was suspicious of the grandfather clock's efficiency, standard of functioning and quality, which tempts me to read on to find out more about the grandfather's clock. Further down the poem in line six, it was written that the grandfather clock "reminded [the poet's family] of things [they] had not…...
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