Poetry

Sappho of Lesbos Sappho was born about 630 B.C on the island of Lesbos off the coast of Asia Minor and spent most of her life there; she was married and had a daughter. “Sappho’s poems give us the most vivid evocation of the joys and sorrows of love in all Greek literature.” (336) Her themes are those of a woman’s world –girlhood, marriage, and love, especially the love of young women for each other: “Swiftly then they came, and you, blessed lady, smiling on me out of immortal beauty, asked me w
School Growing up, most every child in America will go to school at some point in their life. In today’s age, the majority of those kids will want to end up in some form of higher education. Why is this? Most careers demand it. Its tough to get a good with out a GED or high school diploma much less a collage degree. People want to end up in collage whether it is a community collage, or IV league. People already in successful jobs with a collage go back to school so they can catch back up with th
Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney was born in the year of 1939 on a farm called “Mossbawn”, in the county of Derry, Ireland. In many of Heaney’s poems, we can see his own personal approach to the subject. In the four poems I am reviewing, his themes are that of : - the Irish landscape - prehistoric ritual killings and the contemporary killings of today in the North - deep love for his wife - fading tradition/ time and change *I am starting off with Heaney’s poem called “Bogland”. The themes of this po
Studying Drama Semester: WS 2003/2004 Abgabetermin: 8. Dezember 2003 Summary of Michael Patterson`s: “Studying Drama” The text „Studying Drama“ written by Michael Patterson deals with the question how drama as a literary genre really works and with its development from its origins in Ancient Greece till nowadays. At the beginning of the text Patterson exemplifies the general characteristics of a play. In a play environment and setting are not described directly to the reader like in a novel thos
Sudden Death in Poetry 1 Sudden death and the fact of dieing is something everyone must face. Some of us however, may not know death is coming, or some may be faced directly with death. Two poems, “Sir Patrick Spence” by an Anonymous author, and “Out, Out” by Robert Frost, have both similarities and differences when reviewing the literary elements of theme, tone, and style. These literary elements help tie in the topic of sudden death throughout these intriguing poems. Certain elements throughou
The effect of dramatic irony: Tension, humour, premonition, sorrow Dramatic irony could be secrets and makes the audience feel really involved with the deception, misunderstanding, suspense and comedy of Romeo and Juliet. Act 1, Scene 1 When Benvolio urges Romeo to go to the feast to look at other woman to forget her, he argues that that could not happen and this is ironic because we know that he will meet Juliet at the feast; “One fairer than my love! The all-seeing sun ne’er saw her match sinc
The Leiden Hymns Ancient Egyptian Poetry The Leiden Hymns evoke images of the sun god as one preeminent god, master of all creation, and the father of all other gods. This group of poems was found written on papyrus and can be dated from the reign of Ramses II (1238 B.C.) who was one of the greatest pharaohs of this era. It was probably composed by a poet-priest who uses metaphor extensively to evoke the image of the all creative being, Amun. As a poem of evocation, it has echoes that may be hea
The Revolutionary Literature There are two great revolutions take place in the eighteenth century American; one was American Revolution ;it ended with the independence of America as an achievement. The other was Enlightenment, an intellectual campaign which affected the American with rationalist and enabled them abandoned Puritanism. It focus on replace tradition with rationality, get rid of the unquestioning religious dogma and found scientific inquiry, set up representative government instead
“The Road Not Taken” February 10, 2004 The poem “The Road Not Taken”, by poet Robert Frost is about a man who goes through the woods and has to choose between two paths, one grassy and un-trampled, the other with no grass, has tons of leaves and was trodden black. He decides to take the less trodden one and liked his decision. Robert Frost says this by writing, “And that has made all the difference [positive difference]” because once you make a decision you cannot turn back and make another deci
The Romantic Age 1798-1832 - during 1770s, American colonies revolted against British rule - American Revolution divided British public opinion and aroused some awareness of the need for reform - French Revolution demonstrated that is was possible for a long-standing gov’t to be challenged by it’s own soil - French Revolution began on July 14, 1789; group of French citizens stormed the Bastille - Placed limits on the powers of King Louis XVI, established a new gov’t approved a Declaration of the
The Romantic Period 1 English 250-A March 18, 2003 Essay #1 Social Tyranny and Visions of Brotherhood in the Poetry of William Blake Romanticism was an intellectual movement that spread throughout Europe towards the end of the eighteenth century through to the middle of the nineteenth century. It was an age in which philosophers, artists, writers, and composers responded with enthusiasm to the forces of nationalism that were sweeping across Europe, but rejected the notions of the enlightenment t
The Tempest: Masque The Tempest: Masque World Literature Essay Question: What is the impact of the masque to the overall structural unity of the play? How does the masque differ from the rest of the play in theme and poetry? The ‘masque’ scene in The Tempest, in Act IV Scene I, clearly differs from all other scenes. Many producers of the play have chosen to eliminate this scene on the grounds that due to its differences it disrupts the overall structural unity of the play. The theory has in fact
W.B.Yeats:’The Tower’ – Analysis Yeats seminar paper There have been numerous critical approaches to Yeats’s poetry, influenced by his political, aesthetical, and personal views. Scholars have thoroughly examined the context and philosophy of his work, and often left the text, the body of poetry untouched (Cullingford pp 9). Nevertheless, a reader faced with a task of analysis, feels the urge of finding out about Yeats’s particular images and symbols, in order to be able to grasp the intention a
Heritage and Art in Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess” 1 English 250- A April 10, 2003 Essay #2 Robert Browning, a modern, experimental poet of the nineteenth century Victorian Age, presents the problems with mankind and morality and attempts to solve them through his dramatic monologues. He wrote about Victorian themes, where his characters explored problems of faith and morality and the role of the artist in the modern world. He used startling expressions, shocking his readers with the darker
Dylan Marlais Thomas 1 Dylan Marlais Thomas is considered one of the greatest modern poets. Like many other writers and poets, Thomas lived a life of loss, poverty, and adventure. His life began October 27, 1914 in Swansea, Wales. His father David John Thomas was an English Literature teacher at the Swansea Grammar School and at Dylan’s birth he was determined for his son to become the poet that he had failed to be(Fitzgibbon 25). Despite having very little education, Thomas began writing poems
Sonnet 73 Although at first glance this sonnet appears to be about death, it is, like the majority of Shakespeare’s poetry, about love. As is typical in his work Shakespeare has kept to the traditional sonnet form of 14 lines, all in iambic pentameter, and is arranged in three quatrains with a closing couplet. Its rhyme scheme is ab ab cd cd ef ef and gg. The most powerful imagery within the sonnet is that which describes the passing of time, giving the poem an almost palpable aura of pathos. Fr
William Shakespeare We know very little about Shakespeare's life during two major spans of time, commonly referred to as the lost years . The lost years fall into two periods: 1578-82 and 1585-92. The first period covers the time after Shakespeare left grammar school until his marriage to Anne Hathaway in November of 1582. The second period covers the seven years of Shakespeare's life in which he must have been perfecting his dramatic skills and collecting sources for the plots of his plays. Wha
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English 102 2/4/04 William Wordsworth, a poet from England, was the leading poet of the Romantic Movement in England. Wordsworth has written many poems and also collaborated on some too, with other leading poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge. William Wordsworth born on April 7, 1770 at Cockermouth on the River Derwent, in the heart of the lake district that he would come to be a legend in his poetry. William, son of the lawyer John Wordsworth was the second of fi
William Wordsworth Biography In his first acquaintance with the poetry of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge remarked that there is a harshness and acerbity connected and combined with words and images all a-glow, which might recall those products of the vegetable world, where gorgeous blossoms rise out of the hard and thorny rind and shell, within which the rich fruit was elaborating. Coleridge's natural metaphor is revealing, for Wordsworth effected a revolution in poetic language and
A Walk Through Chinese Dynasties History 105 Research Paper Over the years China has grown to have an exquisite culture, and to be a leader in the industrial empire. China has made some of the largest discoveries and has built some of the worlds greatest structures. Much of this happened in ancient times under the rule of Chinese emperors. The rule of the different empires spaned over many decades. Each new emperor trying to do something which they would be remembered for. The result is an impr
Australian Legend The emergence of the Australian legend in the late nineteenth century is largely explained as a desire of many artists and writers of the period, as an escape from the conditions and pressures of society, and as a retreat into an alternate reality. This essay, will examine the works of Graham Davison, Henry Lawson, Banjo Patterson, Tom Roberts, and many other writers and historians who have contributed, and/or interpreted the Australian legend of the nineteenth century. In exam
Charles Lindbergh Biography The life of an aviator seemed to me ideal. It involved skill. It brought adventure. It made use of the latest developments of science. Mechanical engineers were fettered to factories and drafting boards while pilots have the freedom of wind with the expanse of sky. There were times in an aeroplane when it seemed I had escaped mortality to look down on earth like a God. – Charles A. Lindbergh, 1927 Charles Augustus Lindbergh-Overview Lindbergh, Charles Augustus (1902-1
Courtly Love and Social Institutions For several thousand years, the world’s wealthy and nobility used marriage as a contract, a method of binding two families together to increase power or money. Only in the last century has that sort of arranged marriage disappeared. During the Middle Ages, arranged marriages were common in every station of life. From princes to weavers to peasant farmers, it was the social norm for two families to arrange a match between their children for the sake of power a
Voltarie French philosopher, historian, dramatist and man of letters, whose real name was Francois Marie Arouet simply, was born on the 1st of November 1694 at Paris, and was baptized the next day. His father was Francois Arouet, a notary; his mother was Marie Marguerite Daumart or D'Aumard. Both father and mother were of Poitevin extraction, but the Arouets had been for two generations established in Paris, the grandfather being a prosperous tradesman. The family appear to have always belonged
Plato Plato, the philosopher, centered his thoughts around the soul, which to him was the principal of life and movement. The immortal wisdom of Plato, is the guidance in which ethical theory and philosophy take root. His mentor was the great philosopher, Socrates. Plato, took the Socratic point of view and developed his main philosophy, which was the philosophy of the soul. THE LIFE OF PLATO Early Life Plato was born in 427 B.C.E. into a wealthy family that was both aristocratic and politically
Reconstruction Perspectives on History 1/4/03 Chapter 2 The civil war is over; the Union army defeats the militant, defiant Confederacy. Our agenda at this time was to embrace the citizens of the south back into our country, the way it was before the war. Even though the northern forces won, they felt obligated to rebuild what has been destroyed physically, economically and culturally. Reprobation’s came though in what is called reconstruction. Northerners could send money to finance their econo
Socrates Question 1 Explain Socrates’ claim that the crucial qualification for ruling is not wanting to rule. What is the role of philosophy in producing this qualification? Socrates first introduces philosophy as a qualification for rulers in Book V. It is here that he formulates the idea of philosophers as king, or kings as philosophers. Socrates feels that this is the most controversial idea he has put forward, the third and greatest wave of paradox. However, one could consider his theories o
Spain 1263 “The Jews furnish our viziers, chancellors and most of our officers of our army and we simply cannot do it without them.” This was answered by Alfonso VI in response to Pope Gregory VII”s complaints about rising Jewish prominence in Spain (Sachar, 1994). By the middle of the eighth century, the eastern half of the Byzantine Empire, Persia, North Africa, and the southern Iberian Peninsula, were ruled by the Moslem caliphs. Because of their love for science and the spread of knowledge,
Sparta The history tells us that the first display of European democracy begins, arguably, not in Athens but in Sparta. It seems quite strange that the very first features of democratic society came into the world exactly from this city which defined itself as the direct opposite of the “ Open society “. But what really matter to us is Athens, where the earliest innovation of political equality was created, more thoroughly than in Sparta and where newer and more rapid social reforms had occurred
To the University of Cambridge, in New England Black American Literature 313 February 11, 2004 In Phillis Wheatley’s poem To the University of Cambridge, in New England she uses the free verse form as well as vivid imagery to address the religious issues of the African slave. This poem communicates a very well stated opinion of a slave, who understands the doctrine of Christianity very well and attempts to get the young men of the time to understand it’s true meaning. The poem is comprised of th
Cannery Row John Steinbeck is a writer who experienced the pain of the Second World War and though it is true that many who have read his work have negatively criticized his writing, many have also embraced his work in acceptance and appreciation. Yet, showing his true colours, Steinbeck writes about his childhood in Monterey in a classical book called Cannery Row. This is perhaps the most humorous of all which he has written, especially since it was written during the war when most people belie
A Critical Analysis of ‘Angela’s Ashes’ by Frank McCourt Frank McCourt was born on 19th August, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York at the height of the Great Depression. When he was abut four, his sister Margaret died. The family subsequently returned to Limerick, Ireland, and is the main focal setting of this book, Angela’s Ashes, a memoir of his childhood. McCourt returned to New York when he was nineteen, and managed to become a teacher after studing at New York university. His brother Malachy came
“True Blue Revolutionaries or Tired Beowulf Reruns” “Beowulf to Batman: The Epic Hero and Pop Culture” by Roger B. Rollins compares the design of the epic poetry to the design of today’s pop culture. The epic poem refers to Anglo-Saxon poems such as Beowulf. Pop culture refers to movies, shows, and comics of today such as Batman and Spiderman. The main point of Rollin’s essay is to show the significance of epic poetry to the modern day pop culture. He does so by showing the connections between
The Importance of Fate English 12 16 September 1996 The theme of Beowulf, the Anglo- Saxon, epic poem is that man should always follow his fate and follow God’s word or he is bound to die in misery and burn in Hell. This theme is often found in poetry of that time, and it exemplifies the mix of the pagan beliefs of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes mixed with the Christian beliefs of the missionaries. The objective of this poem was to not only tell a beautiful tale but also to show the distinct diffe
The History of Joseph Brodsky. From my point of view, the best stories, novels and even poetry, which were ever written, were taken from real people lives. I know myself several people who are poets themselves. After I got to know them a little better I found out that their own life stories are really impressive. Well, when I started to look for information about Joseph Brodsky’s life I saw that the most of his poetry describes some moments from his own life. It came out that he had a very drama
Children’s spare time activity Most times creative solutions and wonderful inventions take place in free- times .For instance, plane is built in the inventor’s get-well time. If children put value on the life time even hobbies can help the society to make progress. Sometimes children go outdoors, have barbeques…with their family and friends in order to relax and prepare themselves for hard works. Spare times are not only to rest but also for educational programs; they must pay particular attent
“On the day they were going to kill Santiago Nasar…” Litera2 A. Historical Context The book “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” was written by 1982 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Gabriel García Márquez, and was translated from Spanish by Gregory Rabassa. Editorial La Oveja Negra Ltda, Bogotá, originally published Chronicle of a Death Foretold in Columbia as Crónica de una muerte anunciada in December 1981. Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, also originally published the book in English in Great Britain
Criminal Trials One of the most vaguely understood events in the United States is the modern criminal trial. Most people have a faint knowledge of the goings-on of criminal proceedings, mainly due to what is seen on television, but the person who knows the real course of a trial is rare. However, there is nothing mysterious about the events that determine criminal guilt. Trials are carefully orchestrated, following procedures that have been laid in legal concrete over the years, and generally fo
Divine Justice Dante crafted his Commedia in such a manner as to encompass as many opposing yet intertwining disciplines as possible, thus allowing a variety of readers’ emotions to be aroused, while still pulling through his own beliefs shaped by his political experiences and belief in Christianity. Using his own established literary style, Dante explores the disciplines of theology, Christianity, paganism, ethics, philosophy, history, and art. He depicts a full array of life through each sinn
English Essay- exploring the contrasting attitudes to love, which may be seen in the poetry of different writers, analysing the implicit themes and the poets’ use of language. 18 November 2000 Love can exist in a broad diversity of forms and feelings. The poems “Decorated for a Kiss” by Ian McDonald and “Alone” by Walter de la Mare emphasise this. Whilst the poem “Decorated for a Kiss” is obviously the description of unspoiled love blossoming, in which a man is coming to his woman for love, bear
Freedom and Opression in Literature Freedom. The basic, yet insubstantial, ideal for which America was founded. Described as liberty, autonomy, or sovereignty, freedom is possibly the most common basic right of humans. Despite this commonality, it is perhaps the one word in the dictionary that has an extraordinarily individualistic meaning to every single person. The studied authors of American literature represent this belief in each of their writings. The coercion of personal freedom is one of
I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud W. Wordsworth in his poem I wondered Lonely as a Cloud is possibly making an attempt to show the reader the essence of life in nature, and what kind of a role a memory from childhood can play on us as adults. I think that in his poem William Wordsworth is using daffodils as a metaphor for living, perhaps even eternal life, or life after death, “ Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the milky way, they stretched a never ending line”, as our life stretchin
Langston Hughes The poetry of Langston Hughes is an effective commentary on the situation of African-Americans in America during the 20th-Century. Langston Hughes places specific emphasis on Harlem, a black area in New York that “became a destination of many hopeful blacks in the first half of the 1900’s” (McKay, 23). In most/much of Hughes’ poetry, a theme that is constantly shown is the theme of a “dream deferred.” The recurrence of a “dream deferred” in several of Hughes’ poems shows a clear
Mathematics and Literature G1ASOC/G1A2SP-Mathematics and Society * Mathematics and Literature Lewis Carroll: Mathematics in Literature 'Can you do Addition?' the White Queen asked. 'What's one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?' 'I don't know,' said Alice. 'I lost count.' 'She can't do Addition.' The Red Queen interrupted. --Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass. The literary works of Lewis Carroll are littered with references to mathematics, the vast majority mo
Mind Improvements Focus. One of the reasons we forget things is that we don't really pay attention, Small notes. Multitasking isn't good for the memory – there is only so much a brain can handle. To correct the problem, Small teaches the Look, Snap, Connect technique, which goes like this: Look: Actively observe what you want to learn. For example, say you need to run errands. Pay attention as you make your list: Pick up stamps, milk, and dog food. Snap: Create a vivid mental snapshot and memora
Zeus vs. Odin Greek and Roman mythology are almost identical. It is very interesting, however, that the mythology of Vikings has many similarities with Greek myths. These myths are not identical to the Greek ones, but they are very distinct commonalities between the two. The god of all gods in the Greek myths is Zeus and the god of all gods in Norse myths is Odin. Zeus is the ruler of the Greek gods. He is the son of Cronos and Rhea, in fact the only son of these two to survive to adulthood. Zeu
On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High In his poem, “On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High”, the author, David Chapman Berry, has relied on metaphors and similes to carry out his view of a typical literature class and a teacher’s view of teaching. The setting of the poem is in a senior literature class, at South High School. The speaker in this poem is a teacher, who tells the reader about his or her students and about the course of his or her literature class. The teacher
Strange Meeting Question: Present a detailed commentary on the poem 'STRANGE MEETING' by Wilfred Owen. To include - Explanation of the ideas expressed in the poem. Links with specific moments with other Owen poems. Discussion of how the poem works in term of poetic technique. Answer: STRANGE MEETING is probably Owen’s most problematic poem. It’s title comes from Shelley’s “The Revolt of Islam” - “Gone forth whom no strange meeting did befall. It was written in the spring or early summer of 1918,
Poetry Assignment Discuss the poets’ different attitudes to war, as presented in The ‘Charge of the light Brigade,’ and ‘Exposure.’ Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the poem, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’; He was born in 1809 and died of old age in 1892. His poem was of second hand knowledge because it was formed from a report in the Times. Wilfred Owen wrote a poem known as ‘Exposure’ Owen was born in 1893 and died at a very young age in 1918. He died during the battle; therefore his poem reflect
POETRY PORTFOLIO People write poetry people to speak their minds when they cannot say something outright. When one cannot illustrate his or her emotions in a conversation, one can write them out. Poetry is not just words on a sheet of paper. It is an attempt to make intangible emotions tangible so it can be communicated. Poetry has many different sub forms, regulating pattern, verse or stanza length, ECT. Poetry is an important form of literature because when one is feeling strongly about someth