Grass by Carl Sandburg

Grass by Carl Sandburg

Many a times one has heard the phrase “history will repeat itself”. However, it is rarely fully understood. No matter how many times one hears the numbers, facts, statistics of war, humanity fails to end the cycle. In the poem, … Continued
Miniver Cheevy

Miniver Cheevy

1102 Explication Essay Miniver Cheevy In Robinson’s poem, Miniver Cheevy is a depressed dreamer who blames everyone for his low social status. Miniver Cheevy is full of self-pity. He feels as if his life would be fulfilled if only he … Continued
Poetic Devices

Poetic Devices

These words need to be precisely right on several levels at once: • they must sound right to the listener even as they delight his ear • they must have a meaning which might have been unanticipated, but seems to … Continued
The Tao Da Ching

The Tao Da Ching

Tao Te Ching Underneath the mysterious language, numerous paradoxes, and ambiguity of the Tao Te Ching lies a helpful, concise passage and interesting way of life. Its complex yet simple verses can give one great insight on moral behavior and … Continued
Christopher Marlowe’s Contribution to English Drama

Christopher Marlowe’s Contribution to English Drama

It was in the fifteenth century that tragedy came to English dramatic field. This was due to the Revival of Learning in Europe commonly referred to as the Renaissance and the translation of great Italian tragedies. Italian Renaissance exercised a … Continued
Poem Africa

Poem Africa

The entire poem is a extended metaphor to describe Africa as this beautiful woman who is going through devastating changes to her homeland. In Maya Angelou’s poem “Africa”, the speaker portrays the country as this African American woman. The speaker … Continued
An Analysis of Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy

An Analysis of Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy

The thief is so lonely that he wants a snowman as a mate which builds a compassion between the reader until the use of negative connotations in the next line. “With a mind as cold as the slice of ice … Continued
Critical Analysis of “Digging” by Seamus Heaney

Critical Analysis of “Digging” by Seamus Heaney

This poem “Digging” is in Heaney’s first collection of poems called “Death of a Naturalist” (1966). This poem is the first poem of this collection. It is a free verse poem written in first person narrative, with eight stanzas containing … Continued
Characteristics of Metaphysical Poetry

Characteristics of Metaphysical Poetry

What is a metaphysical poem? Metaphysical poetry is concerned with the whole experience of man, but the intelligence, learning and seriousness of the poets means that the poetry is about the profound areas of experience especially – about love, romantic … Continued
Belonging

Belonging

We are all torn between wanting to stand apart and wanting to fit in. How is this conflict explored in 2 poems and one text? (800 words) An Amerian psychiatrist, William Glasser, once said: “We are driven by five genetic … Continued
Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye

Anna Speed Abernathy Honors 9th Grade Literature March 2, 2011 Kindness Critical Analysis Kindness -Naomi Shihab Nye Before you know what kindness really is You must lose things, Feel the future dissolve in a moment Like salt in a weakened … Continued
Mr Bleaney Analysis

Mr Bleaney Analysis

The atmosphere and the very unusual feeling given by the poem relate the emotions of the poet through an “every man” character: Mr Bleaney. In this essay, I will look at the techniques used by the author to produce this … Continued
Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope Alexander Pope is the greatest poet of the neoclassical period. He is best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He preached correctness in literary composition, the filling and polishing of phrases and lines … Continued
Old English Lyrical Poetry

Old English Lyrical Poetry

The second part allegorically represents that the troubles of the seaman are the troubles of earthly life and the call of the ocean is the call in the soul to go to its true home with God. The poem is … Continued
Noiseless Patient Spider

Noiseless Patient Spider

Walt Whitman’s use of first person in his poems, allows the reader to be the author’s spectator. It is like the author is talking directly to the reader, which makes the reader feel more comfortable to read the poem and … Continued
The Charge of the Light Brigade Analysis

The Charge of the Light Brigade Analysis

The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson uses strong imagery and figurative language which creates the tone of exhilaration and the theme of honouring the qualities of the Light Brigade. With this imagery he describes … Continued
Blake’s Dialectic in the Songs of Innocence and Experience

Blake’s Dialectic in the Songs of Innocence and Experience

Blake’s dialectic is to be found everywhere in the Songs of Innocence and Experience – night and day, winter and spring, wilderness and Eden, etc. As Mitchell writes (1989:46), ‘dialogue and dialectic of contraries constitute the master code of Blake’s … Continued
Beowulf: Keenest or Deserving of Praise

Beowulf: Keenest or Deserving of Praise

Questioned Motivations The epic poem Beowulf translated by E. Talbot Donaldson has a great sense of heroism and bravery throughout. Though the main character Beowulf is a noble warrior, his motives are questioned as to whether he is “keenest for … Continued
Garden of Love

Garden of Love

Blake is oriented towards playfulness and fun activities and the chapel symbolizes the opposite of Blake’s desires which is stillness and order. The rhyme scheme of the first stanza is A-B-C-B. The use of figurative language along with the simple … Continued
How Does the Poet

How Does the Poet

How does the poet use language and form to give readers an insight into the thoughts and feelings of the speaker? Poems are a way of expressing yourself. To some people poems may seem like a bunch of meaning less … Continued
Australian Visions

Australian Visions

Prose Fiction – Peter Goldsworthy, Maestro Candidates who attempted this question tended to focus on different perceptions of life in Darwin and different attitudes to music. Better responses developed an analysis of how narrative structure and techniques were used to … Continued
Charge of the Light Brigade Analysis

Charge of the Light Brigade Analysis

Charge of the Light Brigade Mini-analysis The poem, Charge of the Light Brigade, has quite a complex rhyming scheme which can make the poem difficult to understand at first. I think that he may have designed it this way to … Continued
The Function of the Journey in Matthew Arnold’s Poetry

The Function of the Journey in Matthew Arnold’s Poetry

The Function of the Journey in Matthew Arnold’s Poetry We can see that much of Matthew Arnold’s poetry contains the imagery of a journey. Stefan Collini suggests that this is a three-stage journey “represented by a river, which rises in … Continued
The Relationship between Language and Content in Poetry

The Relationship between Language and Content in Poetry

For this assignment I have selected three poems to analyze the relationship between language and content in poetry. I want toattempt toanalyze the writting styles of three authors, whose work can be found from the book, The Art of Work. … Continued
Unity of a Plot

Unity of a Plot

Most important and the first thing in Tragedy is proper structure of the Plot. Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is complete in it and whole of a certain magnitude. A whole has beginning, middle and end. A … Continued
What Is Poetry?

What Is Poetry?

Poetry really has no set definition. Trying to define poetry can be very difficult as poetry doesn’t have a clear definition. It can be defined as the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. But to me Poetry is just simply writing … Continued
Ode to a Nightingale

Ode to a Nightingale

In poetry, there are several factors that help connect the meaning given out by the author. For this to happen the author must let these factors go hand and hand. In “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats, the tone, … Continued
Emily Dickinson and Her Social Seclusion

Emily Dickinson and Her Social Seclusion

Dickinson’s I Dwell in Possibility is one great example of how the poet transforms finite to infinite through the imaginative world of poetry. Through the use of metaphors, Dickinson has shown how domestic images such as house, chambers, roof, doors … Continued
Brooklyn Cop

Brooklyn Cop

The cop appears to be a savage yet we are later made aware of his underlying vulnerability. New York’s reputation of violence and crime leads to our awareness of the cop’s fear of not returning home to his wife. … … Continued
Warming Her Pearls

Warming Her Pearls

Undressing, taking off her jewels, her slim hand reaching for the case, slipping naked into bed, the way she always does…. And I lie here awake, knowing the pearls are cooling even now in the room where my mistress sleeps. … Continued