Category: Poetry

“A Lecture Upon the Shadow”: The faults of a metaphor Liana R. Prieto (March 1998)  “A Lecture upon the Shadow” seems to be a poem signaling the inevitable decline of love, but it is not. John Donne metaphorically equates the rising and setting of the sun with a love affair. The metaphor says that love grows, reaches a peak, and then quickly declines, as…

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Apology for Impatience for Gloria. On first reading, this poem seems quite incomprehensible. Out of context, the poem appears to be about love and relationships. “Apology for Impatience” was written in 1963 (wife dead?) and it was written for Gloria, his wife. Dawe rarely uses a first person persona and it is through his use of the first person persona and the fact that it…

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John Keats was an amazing poet during England’s Romantic Movement. He produced extraordinary work in his short 25 year life span. “…Had he lived it is possible that he would have taken his place among the ‘big three’ of English Literature – Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton” (“Before You Read” par.1). Keats achieved such a remarkable accolade despite a less than desirable childhood. Born on October…

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Maya Angelou term paper

Posted by July 26, 2016

In 1993, when Bill Clinton decided to invite a poet to read at his first inauguration ceremony – for the first time since John F. Kennedy invited Robert Frost in 1961 – he chose fellow Arkansas native Maya Angelou to write a poem celebrating the new beginning of his first presidency. The panoramic piece that Angelou composed, “On the Pulse of Morning,” reached millions of…

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Five Poem Analyses Robert Frost is a simple, yet unconventional poet. Frost did things his own way and as a result took quite a bit of heat from the critics of his time. The main reason why I chose Robert Frost is because his poems are relatively simple and fairly easy to understand. “Ghost House” is an extremely descriptive poem descriptive poem illustrating an old…

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Essay on “The Centaur” May Swenson’s poem “The Centaur,” reveals the endless bounds of a child’s fancy. It radiates a feeling of adventure and discovery typical of youth. Such elements as language, imagery, structure, and point of view serve to spotlight the girl’s imagination. The language in this poem is characteristic of the innocence of a young girl. In selecting ” . . . a…

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The Road Not Taken term paper

Posted by July 26, 2016

Title: The Road Not Taken – an analysis “Do not follow where the path may lead… Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Robert Frost Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey, life. There is never a straight path that leaves one with but a sole direction in which to head. Regardless…

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Through childhood, there were always forces that were beyond our control: gravity hurling us down a slide, the recess bell, or an older brother. In this period of time, we were innocent, unable to know what the effects of these factors were; they caused scars, single file lines, and temper tantrums in the back seat. We were too young to understand what we had gotten…

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Romanticism officially began in 1798, when William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge anonymously published Lyrical Ballads. This work marked the official beginning of a literary period which had already begun many years before 1798. A work is defined to be of a certain period by its characteristics, therefore to be considered a Romantic work, the work must contain aspects which are termed “Romantic.” A few…

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Since his first major poem, Howl, Allen Ginsberg has been a center of controversy. His poems talked about homosexuality before it was considered acceptable to discuss, and openly admitted his use of marijuana. He was an advocate of making it legal for adults to have sex with those under 18 years or age. Because of the views that Ginsberg had, his poems all have some…

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