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Blackberry Picking and Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney - The theme of childhood

...In conclusion, Seamus Heaney work in ''Death of a naturalist'' and ''Blackberry picking'' signifies outstanding poetry work that uses diverse stylistic devises to depict various themes especially the theme of childhood. Essentially, the theme of childhood is clearly depicted in ''Blackberry picking'' through the use of blackberries. Unlike in Owen Sheers in '' Hedge school”, Heaney serves to craft a sense of anxiety or rather longing among the audience through the persona’s bitter and exciti...

Close reading for George Elliott Clarke’s Negation

...Looking at Fanon’s sentiments, we see the depiction of blacks as subjects of the whites, most interesting is the inability of blacks to identify themselves as subjects and merely objects of service to the white, they are constantly in push to break away from the old york. Notice in the last two line stanza (couplet), the author is still in struggle with where his real stand is, this two-line stanza of a blank sonnet is usually meant to resolve the recurring theme in the previous stanzas but in...

St Augustine and the Understanding of Evil

... The review of the views of St. Augustine demonstrates a lot of truth to the views that evil is fashioned by humans and not God. This paper explored a variety of topics on the subject, and showed that the fall of man was one of his choices and that the responsibilities that come with free will proved difficult for humans. From the exploration of the nature of evil, it was found that it is the product of human actions, and not the creation of God, which supported the views of Augustine ...

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Dying a noble Death

... The use of this question is intended to act as a reminder to the reader that death is inevitable and everyone will face death at one point in life and what do human beings face to lose when they die? The author of this poem uses most of these literary devices as a way of creating a sense of urgency so that the reader is always ready and aware of the happenings in life and about death (Charters, and Samuel, 896). The author has also written the poem using 14 lines in addition to the rh...

Death of a Salesman Critical insights

...8. In "`I'm Not a Dime a Dozen! I Am Willy Loman!': The Significance of Names and Numbers in Death of a Salesman," Frank Ardolino takes a mainly psychological approach to the language of the play. He maintains that "Miller's system of onomastic and numerical images and echoes forms a complex network which delineates Willy's insanity and its effects on his family and job" (174). Ardolino explains that the name imagery reveals Biff's and Willy's failures. He sees the repetition of "Frank" as part ...

Sarojini Naidu

...Many critics have wondered about the reason for her apparently sudden departure from literary pursuits to political involvement. Some speculate that her popularity dwindled, particularly in England, when she moved away from the flowery, romantic style of her early poetry to a comparatively morbid and contemplative tone in her later work. Others contend that her preoccupation with patriotic themes caused readers to lose interest. In 1961 Naidu's daughter published a collection of her previously u...

Keat's Ode to Autumn

...questioned about its specialty in comparison to the more “lively” season spring. There is an ode to Autumn but there is no ode to spring, and Keats is praising Autumn by telling it that “thou hast thy music too”(Keats 44). Again Keats describes autumn as a time of subtle change with the “soft dying day”(Keats 44). The unique description of clouds blooming the “soft-dying” days lightens the tone of the stanza. Clouds that bring more darkness are usually associated with gloomy weat...

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

...W.H. Auden through the shift of narrative voices explores the different perspective of love. This technique shows us not only one sided opinions but various views. And readers are shown, that perhaps what is right in the minds of one, may vary to the eyes of another. The image of romance is often twisted to extremes by society. As human beings, we have the tendency to form opinions based on our own favours. To an extent, this poem may resemble a satire to society. Humans tend to be hypocrites an...

Stylistic Analysis of of the poem "Going"

...To contrast the idea the poet intended to put across in the third stanza he closes the poem with a question which expresses the oppression the new system is making on the poet. This is by the use of the words “loads my hands down” to show that he cannot feel the benefits rather fills burdened by something he does not know. In terms of style the poet in the first three stanzas has maintained a three-lined stanza pattern to indicate the flow of the theme (Change). Rather the last line deviates...

Poetry Analysis: Persimmons

...His experiences, although not entirely positive, have helped him grow into the man he is now. Li-Young Lee, by using sensory imagery and “precise” diction along with the informal stanza structure, reveals to the reader that, despite the speakers his bi-cultural past, he has now realized, through his experiences, that some of the most important things will not always be “visible” and he is at peace with his culture. The obscurity of words that Lee demonstrates in this poem correlates with...

?How do Larkin and Abse present the idea of disappointment and loss?

...The adverbial of place “Wasting my time at home” is juxtaposition and “you looked so much forward to” meaning his mum looked forward to it. This presents the idea of disappointment because Larkin isn’t entirely happy about having to go and spend time with his mum before she dies which any normal person would be happy about spending time with family and having memories whereas Larkin feels as though it is a chore and has no choice that he is ‘wasting his time.’ In the second stanza ...

?We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

...The poem opens with the scene of seven boys at a pool hall named the Golden Shovel. Seven is a number that is typically associated with being lucky. The seven pool players can also be seen to represent a small gang, and they need luck on their side, in order to survive their various financial and risky endeavors. The name of the pool hall, the Golden Shovel, signifies the short life expectancy of those who choose a life of crime over education. The golden part of the title implies that these poo...

?Commentary: An Advancement of Learning by Seamus Heaney

...An Advancement of Learning successfully conveyed the writer’s feelings and emotions while conquering a lifelong phobia. The use of enjambment and caesura as well as the alternating rhyming patterns, which reflected the increasing order of the situation, all contribute to the vibrant image the reader is provided with. Furthermore, the poet employed the motif of the bridge as a foundation for the poem’s structure while adding more dimension to the text by enforcing it as a symbol of the poet...

Critical Analysis of the poem “Breaking Through”

...Characterization of the father in the poem is also very effective. In the context, the father is portrayed as caring for he sends the persona a package box although its very far. Unlike other father figure, the father in the poem is very mild-not ruthless and cruel. Though there is a use of belt slapping in the poem, it is being done to discipline his child. The father did do it for a good purpose, for the benefit of the child when he/she grew up but not in the abusive manner. The father figure ...

"How Does Boey Kim Cheng Powerfully Convey His Attitude to the Planners in the Poem?"

...The use of the word 'blemishes' conveys something negative. Blemishes are something you usually have on your body, something people vehemently try to get rid off by using countless methods to seem attractive to another. The use of the phrase "useless blocks" is almost offensive because who are the planners to decide which parts of our history, our past are of no use? The second stanza uses and extended metaphor for the country described in the poem with teeth, words such as ‘dental dexterity...

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

...Robert Ray states that most critics and editors seem to think that the word “complexion” in line six refers only the physical appearance and it points to the face of the sun. The face of the sun is dimmed by passing clouds sometimes, and that the beauty of its face is destroyed, therefore Shakespeare is addressing the beauty of the young man. However, Ray feels that “complexion” stands for Shakespeare’s most common form of the four humors in his time, in a certain proportion. He feels ...

Theology Reflection Paper

...The fall of man marks the day where the relationship between God and man changed drastically. According to the Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia, “the Fall of Man occurred in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent tempted Eve to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.” By doing this, Adam and Eve were forever punished and were no longer allowed to have the intimate relationship they had with God. In Genesis chapter 3 verses 15 - 19, God explained to both Adam and Eve that their curse on this E...

William Wordsworth

...William Wordsworth was an outstanding English romantic poet. Even after many hardships, he found a way to be extremely brilliant and write some of the best poems of all times. Wordsworth’s most famous work, The Prelude, is considered by many to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism. Devastated by the death of his daughter Dora in 1847, Wordsworth seemingly lost his will to compose poems. William Wordsworth died at Rydal Mount on April 23, 1850, leaving his wife Mary to publish The...

Oodgeroo Noonucal Speech

...We are going conveys the spirituality of the aborigines. The poem lists the many belongings of the aboriginal culture that makes up who they are. We are the old sacred memories, the law of the elders, and we are the wonder tales of dream time, the tribal legends told, are the metaphors used, it compares the Aborigines to the sacred things that define them, this conveys the strong connection between the Aboriginal people and their spirituality. The repetition of we are emphasis all the objects li...

The Chimney Sweeper

...The phrase ‘wash in a river’ gives the thought of baptism, the children are being cleansed. This furthers the tone of innocence in the poem. The 1789 version is dominated by words of despair, such as ‘woe’, ‘black’ and ‘misery.’ It begins from the first line of the poem, which says “A little black thing among the snow.” This exaggerates the blackness of the soot upon the child. In line 8, the speaker refers to saying ‘sweep’ as “the notes of woe” and in line 12 calls ...

Use of Literary devices in The Hand That Signed That Paper by Dylan Thomas

...As a result of Thomas being a modernist and romantic, he strayed away from traditional literature and developed his works to be complex and difficult to understand. He did however was able to convey his message through literary devices. One-way Thomas conveys his message is through the use of personification. The use of personification is seen through the hand in how it is given human qualities such as being “taxed with breath,” “cramped with chalk,” “ rules with pity,” and “no tea...

A Critical Analysis of Sir Patrick Spens, The Ballad

...The dialect can also be used as a tool to highlight sections of the ballad, for example, when it is used to describe the King drinking blood-red wine or ‘blude-reid wine’ (line 2). This strong image is prefigurative of the tragic ending of the poem and echoes the previously displayed idea that the narrator feels the king is responsible for this misfortune. The narrator’s view reflects the idea of ‘power without responsibility’ which makes this ballad somewhat ahead of its ...

I was only 19- Redgum

...The song “I was only 19” is a real treasure for Australian folk literature, although its content is tragic and sad. This poem is full of expressive means and stylistic devices which show the writer’s rich vocabulary and good feeling of stylistics. The reader needs to research some of the words to understand all the nuances of the poem because some of them are colloquial. However, even after the first reading or hearing the song, its emotional message is clear without any extra explanation....

Power in ‘Ozymandias’ (page 14) and in one other poem from Character and voice: Compare

...Both Ozymandias and The River God believe they are more powerful than any other, they are both arrogant and do not see anyone as competition to their reputation. The River God says “O I may be an old foul river but I have plenty of go”. He is saying that even though he is worn down and old he is still as strong and mighty as he was when he was a young river. The use of the word “plenty” brings out his arrogance, he is not just saying he is powerful but he is saying he will carry on with ...

Shakespeare - Sonnet 116 Analysis and Interpretation

...This metaphor makes the message more clear, because you can imagine this star guiding the lost sailors in the middle of the ocean and you understand the meaning of the words in an other way than if he had just written: “love is priceless”. In the third quatrain, he begins with: “Love is not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle’s compass come.” First of all, “Love is not time’s fool” is a personification, because “time” is given a human quality ...

Emily Dickinson

...Cullina, Alice, Soman Chainani, and et al. "Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems Study Guide : Summary and Analysis of "Because I could not stop for Death"" GradeSaver. N.p., 26 Jul 2009. Web. 30 Apr 2012. Dickinson, Emily. Some Keep The Sabbath Going to Church. Johnson, Thomas H. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. New York: Back Bay Books, 30 Jan 1976. Print. Dickinson, Emily. Because I could not stop for Death. Johnson, Thomas H. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. New York: Back Bay Books...

Comparison of 'Bayonet Charge' and 'Belfast Confetti'

...Both poets use enjambed lines, but Carson’s poem is more chaotic and stuttering because of the caesuras in it, whereas Hughes’s is more fluid. Carson breaks up his lines and has a mixture of short and long lines because they represent the streets being blocked as he tries to get down them. Although Hughes uses caesuras too, the effect is different. Because Carson is using punctuation as a metaphor you notice it more and it is more powerful, whereas in Hughes’s poem the caesuras make it mor...

Sleep and Poetry

...The narrator, addresses (or talks to) its subject directly(specific characteristic of ode). Over the course of its eight stanzas, the poem alternates between the physical world of the speaker and the 'eternal' world of the nightingale, using allusion (references to other pieces of literature or mythology) and imagery (language that affects the reader's senses). Ultimately, the speaker realizes the nightingale's song is just as fleeting,and all he did was just trying to understand this feeling, a...

Gwen Harwood Relationships Throughout Poems

...In conclusion, Gwen Harwood deals with the constant relevant issues of loss and consolation by the enduring power of poetic treatment of age and youth. In my opinion, on the most profound of universal truths, there is no certainty in life and we must deal with events and situations as we encounter them. Harwood’s poetry distinctly presents a slight difference throughout exploration of the relationship between age and youth, which has greatly shaped my own understanding of these specific effec...

A Letter to Seamus Heaney Commenting on His Poetry

...Candidates must answer one of the following questions (1 – 4). 1. “The appeal of Eavan Boland’s poetry.” Using the above title, write an essay outlining what you consider to be the appeal of Boland’s poetry. Support your points by reference to the poetry of Eavan Boland on your course. 2. What impact did the poetry of Emily Dickinson make on you as a reader? Your answer should deal with the following: - Your overall sense of the personality of the poet - The poet’s use of language/im...

Seamus Heaney's the wifes tale

...The subtle, seemingly meaningless gratification the woman receives for her hard work is only that the men “kept their ease… grateful”. The fact that she has done her job to satisfaction makes the woman feel happy and perhaps explains why she does not seem to complain about her role of servitude, again reiterating the idea that both parties are not bothered by the inequality in the relationship. Overall, the poem “The Wife’s Tale” effectively takes the reader through the traditions of...

The Wholley Innocent Analysis

....Overall, Bruce Dawes “The Wholly Innocent”, which is an extremely powerful poem, successfully establishes the fact that the mother of this foetus has no right to take away his/her life. This poem also establishes that there is absolutely no justice in killing a life and that the mother has no entitlement in doing so, as she possesses little power. With the aid of the poetic techniques of repetition, word choice, and imagery he arouses sympathy, carefully manipulating the audience to reflect...

Water as a Frenemy in the Coromandel Fisher by Sarojini Naidu

...The role of water as Frenemy in this poem “The Coromandel Fishers” is an outstanding factor. Sarojini Naidu takes this as an essence of her poem to motivate the fishermen in a better way. At first, she clearly states the strength of their Enemy and the power of their wildness. The wildness is something that the fishermen must be ready to face as they are the disturbing factors of the sea. To this point there are many fishermen, who hesitate to go into the sea, which is their main source of l...

A Different History by Sujata Bhatt Notes

...Which language has not been the oppressor’s tongue?| This rhetorical question ( a question that does not need an answer because the answer is obvious) contains the main idea of the poem - all languages have once been the language of an invader or an oppressor. | Which language Truly meant to murder someone?| The repetition ‘which language’ is another rhetorical question which does not need an answer as it is obvious that language does not intentionally kill people.| that after the torture...

"I am not that woman" by Kishwar Naheed

...A similar theme is found in the novel “Surfacing” by Margaret Atwood in which the unnamed protagonist of the novel tried to create her mark in the world but tired of doing so she surrenders to the puppeteers namely the authorities of religion, politics and the patriarchs of the society thus making them control her life. This poem does not have any fixed meter as it is written in free verse and does not follow any fixed meter. Personification is used as a technique by the poet. Personificatio...

‘Miss Havisham’ by Charles Dickens

...In conclusion, ‘Miss Havisham’ a character from the novel ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens is further explored in the poem ‘Havisham’ by Carol Ann Duffy. In the poem Duffy reveals Havisham’s sinister character and makes her feel real to the reader. Duffy accomplishes this through the use dark themes to express Havisham’s sinister character and a menacing narrative voice is used to make Havisham feel real to the reader. Duffy also uses symbolism, word choice and other poeti...

The Canonization by John Donne

...Sainthood for him is not reserved for some rather it is achievable by all. What we need is to rise above the material world, to resurrect ourselves through true love. Here the beloved represents anything- a person, God, nature, the entire world etc. Love is the best way to reach the sublime state as it is love that makes a person selfless and passionate towards the beloved. And will it not be magnificent if we all pursue this path rather than the one based on materialism, if we all become selfle...

Sylvia Plath Daddy essay

...The speaker says “If I’ve killed one man, I’ve killed two” which probably means that she has the killed the vampire in her father who drank her blood for a year or tormented her for a year and the second man she has killed is her father himself. Further she emphasizes the killing of her father by describing a scene of a village which would celebrate after a vampire has been killed by stabbing a stake through his heart. By describing such a scene she is probably trying to convey how she i...

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