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Ballad of Birmingham
Ballad of Birmingham
Ballad of Birmingham In the poem Ballad of Birmingham, by Dudley Randall, written in 1969, Mr. Randall uses of irony to describes the events of the mothers decision, and also her concern for the welfare of her darling little child. It seems odd that this child would even know what a freedom march is, but this would be considered normal back in the early 1960's, when Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. had rallies and freedom marches to free the African American people from discrimination and segregation
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar by English 102 August 4, 1995 Outline Thesis: The major accomplishments of Paul Laurence Dunbar's life during 1872 to 1938 label him as being an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. I. Introduction II. American poet A. Literary English B. Dialect poet 1. Oak and Ivy 2. Majors and Minors 3. Lyrics of Lowly Life 4. Lyrics of the Hearthside 5. Sympathy III. Short story writer A. Folks from Dixie (1898) B. The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories (1900) C.
There Will Come Soft Rains
There Will Come Soft Rains
There Will Come Soft Rains There Will Come Soft Rains was written by Sara Teasdale as part of one of her works, Collected Poems. It is a lyrical poem that deals with the subsistence of mankind and nature together. It also deals with the serene beauty and existence of nature itself. Throughout the poem, Sara Teasdale emphasizes the existence of mankind and nature in two different worlds, yet the two worlds are also still one in the same. There Will Come Soft Rains has both a literal and figurati
Suffering Ignored
Suffering Ignored
Suffering Ignored On February 21, 1907 Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York England. Auden was a poet, dramatist, and literary critic whose everyday language and conversational rhythms has had a major influence on modern poetry. Auden was initially a science major but after several years at Gresham School he realized science was not the career for his future. With the influence from Robert Medley, Auden began to write poetry. Due to this big change in Auden's life, he enrolled in Christ Church, at
Peiffer 1
Peiffer 1
Peiffer 1 Writing with uncommon strength, Gwendolyn Brooks creates haunting images of black America, and their struggle in escaping the scathing hatred of many white Americans. Her stories, such as in the Ballad of Rudolph Reed, portray courage and perseverance. In those like The Boy Died in My Alley Brooks portrays both the weakness of black America and the unfortunate lack of care spawned from oppression. In The Ballad of Chocolate Mabbie Brooks unveils another aspect of her skill by en
Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman Walt Whitman wasn’t a very big fan of war. He thought everything about it was negative. We can see this in his poetry. In “Beat! Beat! Drums!”, he expresses his feelings toward war using symbolism. The drums and the bugles are examples of two symbols. He is using these objects as representing war. Whitman starts off each stanza with the same line every time. “Beat! Beat! drums! - blow! bugles! blow!” He uses this symbolism of war to show the effects it has on the world. The drums a
A Critical Analysis of Tensions In Memorial A H H
A Critical Analysis of Tensions In Memorial A H H
A Critical Analysis of Tension’s In Memorial A. H. H. During the Victorian Period, long held and comfortable religious beliefs fell under great scrutiny. An early blow to these beliefs came from the Utilitarian, followers of Jeremy Bantam, in the form of a test by reason of many of the long-standing institutions of England, including the church. When seen through the eyes of reason, religion became “merely an outmoded superstition” (Ford & Christ 896). If this were not enough for the faithful t
Analysis of Because I Could Not Stop for Death
Analysis of Because I Could Not Stop for Death
Analysis of Because I Could Not Stop for Death The poets of the nineteenth century wrote on a variety of topics. One often used topic is that of death. The theme of death has been approached in many different ways. Emily Dickinson is one of the numerous poets who uses death as the subject of several of her poems. In her poem Because I Could Not Stop for Death, death is portrayed as a gentleman who comes to give the speaker a ride to eternity. Throughout the poem, Dickinson develops her unus
Analysis of 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Analysis of 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Analysis of “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” “Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird” by Wallace Stevens is a poem about what it means to really know something. In this poem, Stevens shows this connection by writing a first person poem about a poet's observation and contemplation’s when viewing a blackbird. He does this by making each stanza an explanation of a new way he has perceived this blackbird. First, he writes about his physical perception of the blackbird as an observer. Then, he w
Essay interpreting One Art by Elizabeth Bishop
Essay interpreting One Art by Elizabeth Bishop
Essay interpreting One Art by Elizabeth Bishop In One Art by Elizabeth Bishop, the speaker's attitude in the last stanza relates to the other stanzas in verse form and language. The speaker uses these devices to convey her attitude about losing objects. The verse form in One Art is villanelle. The poem has tercet stanzas until the last, which is four lines. In the first three stanzas, the poem is told in second person. Lose something every day. seems to command one to practice the art o
The casual reader of John Keats poetry would most certainly be impress
The casual reader of John Keats poetry would most certainly be impress
The casual reader of John KeatsÕ poetry would most certainly be impressed by the exquisite and abundant detail of itÕs verse, the perpetual freshness of itÕs phrase and the extraordinarily rich sensory images scattered throughout itÕs lines. But, without a deeper, more intense reading of his poems as mere parts of a larger whole, the reader may miss specific themes and ideals which are not as readily apparent as are the obvious stylistic hallmarks. Through KeatsÕ eyes, the world is a place full
Comparison and Contrast of William Blake's Poems
Comparison and Contrast of William Blake's Poems
Comparison and Contrast of William Blake's Poems Introduction (Innocence) Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: Pipe a song about a lamb! So I piped with merry chear. Piper, pipe that song again; So I piped, he wept to hear. Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe; Sing thy songs of happy chear: So I sung the same again, While he wept with joy to hear. Piper, sit thee down and write In a book, that all may read. So he va
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Babi Yar by Yevgeny Yevtushenko Yevtushenko speaks in first person throughout the poem. This creates the tone of him being in the shoes of the Jews. As he says in lines 63-64, No Jewish blood is mixed in mine, but let me be a Jew . . . He writes the poem to evoke compassion for the Jews and make others aware of their hardships and injustices. Only then can I call myself Russian. (lines 66-67). The poet writes of a future time when the Russian people realize that the Jews are people as well
The British Renaissance produced many types of literature for the worl
The British Renaissance produced many types of literature for the worl
The British Renaissance produced many types of literature for the world to see. Shakespeare, Spenser, and Marlowe all contributed to the shaping of the time period. Christopher Marlowe’s The Passionate Shepherd to His Love portrays one of the typical love poems that can be seen from the Renaissance. A man is in search of the love of another girl, or woman. Sir Walter Raleigh wrote a poem in response to this passage of Marlowe’s entitled The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd. Although the name o
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories set within a framing story of a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, the shrine of Saint Thomas à Becket. The poet joins a band of pilgrims, vividly described in the General Prologue, who assemble at the Tabard Inn outside London for the journey to Canterbury. Ranging in status from a Knight to a humble Plowman, they are a microcosm of 14th- century English society. The Host proposes a storytelling contest to pass the time; eac
Death is a common theme in many poems It is viewed so differently to e
Death is a common theme in many poems It is viewed so differently to e
Death is a common theme in many poems. It is viewed so differently to everyone. In the poems, Because I could not stop for Death, First Death in Nova Scotia, and War is kind death is presented by each narrator as something different. To one it is a kind gentle stranger while to another it is a cold cruel being. A kind gentleman stranger personifies death in, Because I could not stop for Death. The narrator of the poem is a busy person, with little time, and definitely no time to die. He
Dickinson vs Whitman
Dickinson vs Whitman
Dickinson vs. Whitman After receiving five years of schooling, Walt Whitman spent four years learning the printing trade; Emily Dickinson returned home after receiving schooling to be with her family and never really had a job. Walt Whitman spent most of his time observing people and New York City. Dickinson rarely left her house and she didn’t associate with many people other than her family. In this essay I will be comparing Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Emily Dickinson's life differs gre
Although Emily Elizabeth Dikinson and David Herbert Lawrence lived and
Although Emily Elizabeth Dikinson and David Herbert Lawrence lived and
Although Emily Elizabeth Dikinson and David Herbert Lawrence lived and wrote during two different times, and in different parts of the world, their poetry contains many similarities. At the time Dikinson was being laid to rest in Massachusetts, Lawrence was born in Nottingham, England. Also, along with the likenesses, they both have many differences. These affinities and dissimilarities can be seen in poems written by these authors dealing with snakes. The first disparities can be seen in the m
Dover Beach
Dover Beach
“Dover Beach” by: Matthew Arnold In the poem “Dover Beach” by: Matthew Arnold there is a lot of irony, appeal to the auditory and visual sense, and illusions. The tone in this poem is very sad and dismal, but he shows us how to keep faith and hope in spite of that and how important being honest, true, and faithful to one another, really is. Throughout this poem , Arnold mentions all of these traits and ties them all together. The irony in this poem is the main plot of the poem. A man has taken
John S Ward
John S Ward
John S. Ward Dr. Larry Brunner English Composition II November 2, 1994 Dying Young A. E. Housman's To an Athlete Dying Young, also known as Lyric XIX in A Shropshire Lad, holds as its main theme the premature death of a young athlete as told from the point of view of a friend serving as pall bearer. The poem reveals the concept that those dying at the peak of their glory or youth are really quite lucky. The first few readings of To an Athlete Dying Young provides the reader with an unders
Emily Dickenson
Emily Dickenson
Emily Dickenson And the Theme of Death By Luke Palmer Emily Dickenson, an unconventional 19th century poet, used death as the theme for many of her poems. Dickenson's poems offer a creative and refreshingly different perspective on death and its effects on others. In Dickenson's poems, death is often personified, and is also assigned to personalities far different from the traditional horror movie roles. Dickenson also combines imaginative diction with vivid imagery to create astonishingly po
Palimaro Zerboni 1
Palimaro Zerboni 1
Palimaro Zerboni 1 Although she lived a seemingly secluded life, Emily Dickinson’s many encounters with death influenced many of her poems and letters. Perhaps one of the most ground breaking and inventive poets in American history, Dickinson has become as well known for her bizarre and eccentric life as for her incredible poems and letters. Numbering over 1,700, her poems highlight the many moments in a 19th century New Englander woman’s life, including the deaths of some of her most beloved f
The Essence of Time
The Essence of Time
The Essence of Time The male species has a very creative mind. The creative mind becomes particularly active when the case involves the female species. In Andrew Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress, the author shows how his creative mind is put to use. Marvell, uses time in an attempt to manipulate his coy mistress. Time is depicted in three different manners. First, Marvell uses ideal time. In ideal time, he tells how many years he would spend loving her if they were given the opportunity. He ex
For Whom the Bell Tolls
For Whom the Bell Tolls
For Whom the Bell Tolls Few subjects can be discussed with more insightfulness and curiosity than death. The unpredictability and grimness of it are conveyed well in Karl Shapiro's poem, Auto Wreck. The poem starts with a description of an ambulance rushing to the scene of a crash, and hurriedly gathering up the victims and rushing them away. The aftermath of the police investigation that follows leaves the crowd gathered around the scene to explore privately and individually a range of feeli
Barrett Marum
Barrett Marum
Barrett Marum AP. English In the poem Dover Beach, the poet uses conflicting imagery to give meaning to the poem. The differences in the way that the poet sees the relationship between the beach and the sea and the way that most people would see it become more pronounced as the poem develops. He also uses the change in attitude from the first stanza to the last to emphasize his message. The poem starts with the normal image one would expect of a beach and a peaceful moonlit night, but quickly m
I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Emily Dickinson is
I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Emily Dickinson is
I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Emily Dickinson is an interesting complex statement on ther relationship between the body and the soul during a time of mental anguish. The poet uses imagery to evoke the mind in a state of mental shock. This is a five stanza poem on the nature of mental anguish. The poet conveys a sense of the mental pain which is torturing her by speaking of the pain as if it were a funeral being carried on in her mind. In the first stanza, the poet states that she felt a fu
William Blakes The Chimney Sweeper offers a graphic portrayal of a par
William Blakes The Chimney Sweeper offers a graphic portrayal of a par
William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper” offers a graphic portrayal of a particular cultural aspect of England in the 1790s. By examining my interactions with the poem, I will attempt to analyse and contrast my own belief system against that which is presented in the text. Blake’s poem was initially very striking to me. While reading the first stanza, I was shocked and horrified by the imagery presented by the young narrator. I felt compelled to cry for the poor boy, and then became angry at his f
History in Langston Hughes's Negro
History in Langston Hughes's Negro
History in Langston Hughes's Negro The topic of Langston Hughes's Negro deals with an extremely general description of the history of African Americans or blacks from the pre-1922 era until 1922. Hughes lets the reader know about historic experiences of blacks to show us the impact that blacks have had in past eras. He touches on past, historical events, like the days of Caesar and the Belgians...in the Congo (5 and 15). The murderous oppression that Hughes speaks about uncovered when h
In the poem London Blake shows that oppression can not be defeated W
In the poem London Blake shows that oppression can not be defeated W
In the poem London, Blake shows that oppression can not be defeated. Weakness and cursing which then leads to death play the dominant roles in the poem. Throughout the poem there are descriptions of woe and misery. Blake uses these to emphasize that poverty and neglect result in confusion, chaos, and turmoil. Weakness is one of the dilemmas, in which the poor find difficult to overcome. In the first stanza Blake says: I wander through each chartered street. Near where the chartered Thames d
In his Poetics Plato contemplates the nature of aesthetics and existen
In his Poetics Plato contemplates the nature of aesthetics and existen
In his Poetics, Plato contemplates the nature of aesthetics and existence. He postulates that for every existing object and idea there is an absolute ideal which transcends human experience. He further concludes that art, including literature, is an aesthetic representation of real objects and ideas that is used to better understand their ideals. In theory, as an object becomes closer ideal it also becomes a better subject for the artist. American artists in particular have been given an in
The Bells
The Bells
The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe “The Bells” is one of Poe's famous poems, in which Poe tries to make the bells sound real. He tries to make the sounds by using words instead of sound, which is really annoying when you read it, because he repeats things so often in the poem. He uses words like shrieking and twinkling. In every stanza he talks about different bells, and what noises they make, and for what occasion they are for. In the first stanza he talks about sleigh bells and Christmas bells. In
THE DEEPER MEANING TO THE POEM
THE DEEPER MEANING TO THE POEM
THE DEEPER MEANING TO THE POEM We often call Edgar Allen Poe one of the fathers of terror and mystery. His twisted, Macabre tales and poems are filled with great detail and often end with a dismal twist. The Conqueror Worm is one example of his masterful rhymes and tells how a play on life turns into reality for mankind. The setting is a theater but it is not just a site for plays. Poe describes it to be that way to trick the reader, but the theater is actually the setting for mankind. We pla
Evaluate the effectiveness of diction as an adjunct to meaning in John
Evaluate the effectiveness of diction as an adjunct to meaning in John
Evaluate the effectiveness of diction as an adjunct to meaning in John Updike's Player Piano. In Player Piano, John Updike uses personification to give life to a ‘unhuman' piano. By using diction to communicate his ideas, he effectively allows the reader to explore the psyche of a Player Piano. In the first couple lines of the poem, assonance and consonance are present. In line one, these musical devices dominate the sentence as there is a repetition of the ick sound in stick, click
The Plight of the Toads
The Plight of the Toads
The Plight of the Toads Toad. The word conjures up images of a grotesque, little amphibian and yet it is this little animal that Larkin decides to base his poem on. He describes two toads. One is the exterior influence that society has on and individual to work, and the other is the interior or personal prompting to work. He takes a thirty six line attempt at finding away to elude the squatting of the toads, and yet in the end his conclusion is that there is no way to hide from them. As the p
William Wordsworth is widely considered one of the most influential En
William Wordsworth is widely considered one of the most influential En
William Wordsworth is widely considered one of the most influential English romantic poets. In the preface of his book, Lyrical Ballads, published in 1798, Wordsworth declared that poetry should contain language really used by men. This idea, and many of his others, challenged the old eighteenth-cuntury idea of formal poetry and, therefore, he changed the course of modern poetry (Wordsworth, William DISCovering). Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, England, to John, a prominent aristocrat, and
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21397
2/13/97 The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam presents an interesting challenge to any reader trying to sort through its heavy symbolism and not-so-obvious theme. Not only does the poem provide us with a compelling surface story, but a second look at the text can reveal a rich collection of seperate meanings hidden in the poem's objective descriptions and sprawling narrative-which in the space of a few pages includes such disparate characters as the Moon, God, the Snake (and his traditional Christian ne
At first there would appear to be little in common between a poem that
At first there would appear to be little in common between a poem that
At first, there would appear to be little in common between a poem that attempts to persuade a mistress and one that commemorates an anniversary. Indeed, there are few sentiments that The Anniversary and To His Coy Mistress share. Yet, these are love poems and there must be some common ground that unites them on some plane. There is, of course, such a common point of reference and it lies in the attitudes towards time that we find expressed in these poems. Marvell's conception of time is ev
February 28 1996
February 28 1996
February 28, 1996 E2-10 Vacation Project On His Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three To Help You Understand 2. In the first eight lines the poet, John Milton, is talking about his character and how on the inside he still feels like a child. The character still wants to enjoy life as a kid and go around and have fun. He feels that he did not get enough time to enjoy his childhood and he plunged way too fast into manhood. John Milton also describes the phisical details of his character. He t
William Blake's works include many of which relate to the role and int
William Blake's works include many of which relate to the role and int
William Blake's works include many of which relate to the role and interest of many figures of children and caretakers who appear in Songs of Innocence and Experience. The poems I will be discussing in this thesis are, from the Songs of Innocence: The Little Girl Lost, The Little Girl Found and The Chimney Sweeper. All of which show caretakers in a good light. The other poems, from The Songs of Experience: The Chimney Sweeper, NURSE'S Song and Infant Sorrow all depict caretakers in
Outline
Outline
Outline Thesis: Handguns should be outlawed with the exception of law enforcement purposes. I. Why Not Real Gun Control? A. Handguns are too easily accessible to America's youth. II. Kids: A Deadly Force. A. Kids are killing each other all across America. III. A Look At The Brady Bill IV. The Economics of Crime. A. Americans are spending too much money each year to protect themselves. V. Charts and Figures. A. Where Americans are spending all their money on protection. Handgun Control in the Un
Boozer
Boozer
Boozer English 11/4/95 The Byronic Hero In ByronÕs poem, ÒChilde HaroldÕs PilgrimageÓ the main character is portrayed as a dark brooding man, who doesnÕt like society and wants to escape from the world because of his discontent with it. Through the poem we see the strong resemblance the Byronic hero has to many of todays popular characters, such as Batman. In the third stanza of the poem we learn that Childe Harold is the product of a long line of nobility. ÒChilde Harold, was he hight-but when
Plato vs. aristotle
Plato vs. aristotle
Plato vs. aristotle Plato and Aristotle, two philosophers in the 4th century, hold polar views on politics and philosophy in general. This fact is very cleverly illustrated by Raphael's School of Athens (1510-11; Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican), where Plato is portrayed looking up to the higher forms; and Aristotle is pointing down because he supports the natural sciences. In a discussion of politics, the stand point of each philosopher becomes an essential factor. It is not coincidental that
To Helen by Edgar Allen Poe is a letter written as a poem
To Helen by Edgar Allen Poe is a letter written as a poem
“To Helen” by Edgar Allen Poe is a letter written as a poem to the mythical person, Helen of Troy. She was believed to be the most beautiful person in Ancient Greece. Poe describes her beauty by using metaphors and rhymes to give the reader a clear perception of Helen’s beauty. In the first stanza Poe uses the sea to describe her beauty. “That gently, o’er a perfumed sea, The weary, way-worn wanderer bore To his own native shore.”(line 3) This representation displays the fact that her beauty ma
Philip Larkin's A Study of Reading Habits is the ironic difference b
Philip Larkin's A Study of Reading Habits is the ironic difference b
Philip Larkin's A Study of Reading Habits, is the ironic difference between slang and formal language. The formal language in the title, implies the poem is about a research paper, possibly about drawing conclusions of people's reading habits. Instead, the poem is the confession of one man whose attitudes toward reading have slowly diminished to the point where books are nothing but a load of crap (543). The poem is not about the man's reading habits, but the reality of his life. The poem i
MIXED EMOTIONS
MIXED EMOTIONS
MIXED EMOTIONS Should the upcoming stanza from Byron’s poem be omitted from the final draft of the poem? Many people ask this question because it could change the meaning of the poem entirely. Each individual needs to look at the entire poem and decide for himself and make a fair judgement. Then fare the well, Fanny Now doubly undone, To prove false unto many As faithless to one. Thou art past recalling Even would I recall, For the woman once falling Forever must fall. This is a verse that was
IMAGERY
IMAGERY
IMAGERY The term imagery has various applications. Generally, imagery includes all kinds of sense perception (not just visual pictures). In a more limited application, the term describes visible objects only. But the term is perhaps most commonly used to describe figurative language, which is as a theme in literature. An example is animal imagery in Othello When Iago tortures Othello with animal images of his wife's supposed infidelity, were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys… (3.3.403
Samuel Coleridge Kubla Khan
Samuel Coleridge Kubla Khan
Samuel Coleridge – “Kubla Khan” The middle of the 18th century was a period of transition and experiment in poetic styles. Shifts in the view of nature and function of poetry started from the idea that poetry is imitation, to the view that poetry has or its major function the expression of the poet’s emotions. Now what matters is the poet’s relation with his poem, rather than with his audience. Romanticism brought along new sources of inspiration, such as the primitives – the Bible, Homer’s writ
Anyone lived in a Pretty How Town
Anyone lived in a Pretty How Town
Anyone lived in a Pretty How Town In a society, where fitting in is so important to many people, the unique ones are often overlooked. Although many might actually envy their courage to stand out in a crowd, their first instinct is to label them “weird”, possibly because they are angry at themselves for not expressing the same type of individuality. Deep down everybody is unique in some way, and it is the people who ignore the critics, and possibly don’t even acknowledge their existence, who mak
Emily Dickinson Maya Angelou Essay
Emily Dickinson Maya Angelou Essay
Emily Dickinson Maya Angelou Essay Q. Analyse the presentation of human suffering in the poetry of Maya Angelou Emily Dickinson. Many of Emily Dickinson’s poems touch on topics dealing with loss and human suffering. While loss and suffering is generally considered a sad or unfortunate thing, Dickinson uses this theme to explain and promote the positive aspects of absence. Throughout many of her poems, one can see clearly that see is an advocate of respecting and accepting the state of being with
Commentary on Elegy for Jane
Commentary on Elegy for Jane
Commentary on “Elegy for Jane” In this poem the persona speaks “the words” of love for Jane, his student who was “thrown by a horse”. This love that he feels for the girl, though, is described as neither that of a lover nor that of a father but is clearly very strong because of the way in which he reacts to her death. With the use of continuous references to nature, the author creates a harmonious depiction of his student and delineates how this event has affected him emotionally. “I remember”