Poetry

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…...
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…...
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…...
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…...
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…...
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…...
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…...
“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…...
“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…...
“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…...
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…...
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…...
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…...
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.…...
“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…...
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…...
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,…...
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…...
Sonnets and the Form of poems
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Some poems have definite patterns and structures, one of the most common poems are sonnets. The structure of a sonnet helps explain what the sonnet is saying and might have underlying meaning in the sonnet. Three sonnets that are affected by their structure are, “Sonnet” written by Billy Collins, “A Wedding Sonnet for the Next Generation” by Judith Viorst, and “My Mistress’ Eyes are nothing Like the Sun” by William Shakespeare. Sonnets are fourteen line poems that, most regularly, are…...
Sir Philip Sidney
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Sir Philip Sidney was an English poet and scholar born in 1554 in the United Kingdom. In his poem, "Thou Blind Man's Mark" Sidney describes desire as being able to take control of any man. There are descriptions of the effect it has on Sidney. He discusses his hatred of desire and his struggle to free himself. Sir Philip Sidney uses poetic devices to help convey his attitude toward desire. Sidney uses imagery to describe desire. He says desire has…...
Similarities Between Rap and Poetry
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Poetry and rap have been around for many years and have been used to appeal to the senses of audience members of many different ages, races, cultures. Poetry and rap are similar in many unique ways. One may look upon poetry and rap as two different genres, however, rap can actually be classified as a form of modern day poetry. Rap often talks about different ideas and subjects than most poems, however they hold similar formats to poetry and give…...
‘Disabled’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ by Wilfred Owen
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Introduction 'Disabled' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' are war poems by the poet Wilfred Owen. Imagery and vocabulary in both of these poems are significant in representing mood, atmosphere and purpose. By using metaphors, similies and other forms of creating imagery, the poems are made accordingly emotive, and easier to comprehend as they enhance the readers interpretations by drawing on the readers senses. By analysing the poems we can see the evidence for this, and by imaging alternatives to particular…...
Shirley Valentine – a lower class alteration of Thatcher
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Shirley Valentine revolves primarily around the working class population in Liverpool in the early 80's. The family environment which is introduced in the first scene is consistent through out the play. We can lucidly see that Shirley is repressed by the social back ground she comes from, it is not vitally her husband, but the social beliefs that they are both surrounded by which mean that they are both entrapped in a routine which entirely removes all the pleasure that…...
The seventeenth century was an era of beautiful poetry
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The seventeenth century was an era of beautiful poetry by important poets such as John Donne, Marvell, George Herbert, Sir John Supling etc... Just like on the other periods Love was one main theme on their poems. But on 17th century there were also religious themes that it was a bit more important than the other periods. I'll now have a look at the life's of important writers of the period so briefly to have an idea about how their…...
How does Robert Frost use rural imagery to suggest life’s journey in After Apple Picking and The Road Not Taken?
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In the poem After Apple Picking the literal meaning is after many long days of work after the apple harvest, the speaker is tired of apple picking and the narrator reflects upon what he has done and what he has left undone. Ever since the morning, when he looked through a sheet of ice lifted from the surface of the water trough he has felt drowsy and dreamy. Though his ladder is still leaning against the tree and he has…...
Robert Frost: Two Poems Review
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Introduction Robert Frost takes our imaginations to a journey through wintertime with his two poems "Desert Places" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". Frost comes from a New England background and these two poems reflect the beautiful scenery that is present in that part of the country. Even though these poems both have winter settings they contain very different tones. One has a feeling of depressing loneliness and the other a feeling of welcome solitude. They show how…...
“Road Not Taken” Literary Analysis
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Robert Frost is the most powerful and passionate poet America has ever produced. Moreover, his love of nature is so deep that he is tempted neither to paint pretty pictures of it nor to read into it an animism that he does not find. With this being said, Robert Frost uses a philosophy of common-sense throughout his poems in that several of his concepts derive from personal experience and this is why when reading a poem by Robert Frost one…...
How are the relationships between men and women represented in “My Last Duchess”, “First Love” and “How do I love thee”?
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The poems "My Last Duchess" (1842), by Robert Browning, "First Love", (1821), by John Clare and "How do I love thee" (1850), by Elizabeth Barrett Browning are all concerned with the relationships between men and women. These poems all portray the relationships in different ways and present love and the consequences falling in love has, in different ways. In the first poem "My Last Duchess", the Duke is in control as he is a very proud man. The Duke is…...
Poetry Andrew Marvell vs Aphra Behn
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The poems that I am going to compare are Andrew Marvell's (Marvell) "To His Coy Mistress" (Coy). A man called Andrew Marvell who was born in Winestead in Holderness and was the son of a vicar wrote "Coy". He also attended all the Grammar schools in hull. Although most of his poems weren't published until after he died they are favourites for schools to do coursework and to study for examinations. The other poem is Aphra Behn's (Behn) "The Willing…...
Poetry and Melancholy in Sheers Examination
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"Beneath the lyrical and pastoral influences on Welsh Border literature lies a deeply elegiac, even tragic note." Compare and contrast the different ways in which two of your chosen texts present poetry and melancholy in their examination of Welsh Identity. The borderland represents much to those that live there. It is a geographical, geological and linguistic border, plunging the entire area into a limbo of confused identity; twilight poised between the lyrical dreams of magic and myth, and the overcast, oppressive reality.…...
‘Poetry is the image of man and nature’ (Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads)
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Nature is a prevalent and vital motif in Romantic poetry, providing an essential polarity in the face of an increasingly industrialised society. The notion of nature, the great outdoors, for example, offers the poet both literal and metaphorical escape from the 'fever of the world' 1. In Lines Composed a few Miles above Tintern Abbey 2, William Wordsworth celebrates man finding solace in nature, seeking its 'serene and blessed mood', far away from the 'din Of towns and cities' 3.…...
Poetry Comparison
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How is death portrayed in the poem 'White Roses' by Gillian Clarke and 'Mid Term Break' by Seamus Heaney. In this essay I hope to explore how death is portrayed in the poems 'White Roses' by Gillian Clarke and 'Mid Term Break' by Seamus Heaney. In the poems, death is portrayed quite differently, In 'White Roses' Gillian Clarke is inspired by nature whereas in 'Mid Term Break' Seamus Heaney talks about his own experiences of death. The title of the…...
Poetry Comparison Draft
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The two poems that I am going to be studying are 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade' and 'Anthem of Doomed Youth, both which are war poems.' The Charge Of The Light Brigade was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1854 after reading a report about the war event in the Times newspaper. He was often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. As he wrote The Charge Of The Light Brigade, the poem was his…...
Poetry Comparison – Charlottle Mew
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What is immediately obvious to me in Charlotte Mew's 'The Trees are down' is the powerful, detailed description of her thoughts and feelings towards barbaric men slaughtering "great plain trees". Charlotte uses 'sound' words to illustrate the saw as it penetrates the bark of the trees, using words such as "grate" and "crack". The poet tells of how the trees "whisper" to one another suggesting that they are alive and friends of hers, and by cutting down these trees, they…...
Poetry and comment
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From your reading of poetry, show how two or three of the poems may have given you a new different sense of poetry or of human experience, and comment on how these effects were achieved in the poetry. Refer to poems of at least two different poets. Poets often describe a scene for us to absorb or understand. Occasionally they feed us ideas to make us wonder, question and think. I have chosen the poems "Hitler's first photograph" and "The Captain of…...
Poetry Analysis – I Took my Power in my Hand by Emily Dickinson
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I Took my Power in my Hand by Emily Dickinson I took my Power in my Hand- And went against the World- 'Twas not so much as David-had- But I-was twice as bold- I aimed my Pebble-but myself Was all the one that fell- Was it Goliath-was too large- Or was myself-too small? At first glance, "I Took my Power in my Hand" seems like a short, simple poem. However, the poem actually conveys the poet's puzzlement about a failure.…...
Poetry Analysis of Night of the Scorpion
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Night of the Scorpion" by Nissim Ezekiel is a poem about a child witnessing an event in his life. This was quite horrific, as vivid details of his mother being stung by a scorpion are portrayed in the poem. On the other hand "Sacrifice" by Taufiq Rafat (1927-1998) portrays a sacrificial ceremony, in celebration of laying the foundation of a new dwelling. The purpose of this sacrifice is to give the dwelling good luck. "Sacrifice" is by an English-language Pakistani poet…...
Perfect poetic
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"The sonnet is the perfect poetic form to express love. " Evaluate up to four sonnets of your choice in light of this quotation. The sonnet is a poem, which always consists of fourteen lines and has ten syllables in each line. It is the ideal form to express the poet's true emotions because a sonnet is a very tight form of writing and it consists of a very compact structure. The sonneteer has to craft his/her expressive feelings into…...
Ozymandias by Byron Shelley
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I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, 5 Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked* them and the heart that fed; imitated And on the pedestal these words appear: "My name is…...
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How does Robert Frost use rural imagery to suggest life’s journey in After Apple Picking and The Road Not Taken?

...In The Road Not Taken the title straight away suggests regret and choices not taken as it is negative and we would usually expect to see the road taken rather than 'The Road Not Taken'. The words are simple and uncomplicated as this then emphasises t...

How are the relationships between men and women represented in “My Last Duchess”, “First Love” and “How do I love thee”?

...In "My Last Duchess", the Duke is a proud man, he is confident and very arrogant, and the relationship is portrayed as unequal and is dominated by pride and not love. In "First Love", the woman is in control and the man is broken hearted because his ...
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