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Introduction The poems in the collection by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken and Other Poems, utilize language that is simple, clear and colloquial, yet contain deeper meanings and significance. Louis Untermeyer, in his introduction to The Road Not Taken: A Selection of Robert Frost's Poems, said, 'His central subject...

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'Holy Sonnet XIV: Batter my heart, three-person'd God' 1. Donne's 'three-person'd God' references the Holy Trinity, i.e., the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost of Christian orthodoxy. The paradox in the first few lines is the juxtaposition between the violent imagery, i.e., 'batter,' 'knock,' 'break,' 'blow,' 'burn,' etc., and the...

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There are certain subjects that work to move different people in similar ways, serving as the muse for the creation of other works, as in the case of 'An Ancient Gesture' by Edna St. Vincent Millay and 'Penelope' by Dorothy Parker. In each of these poems, the women writers indicate...

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Sarah Halls titled work, 'She Murdered Mortal He' leaves the reader with a sense of ambiguity. This young author has won and has been nominated for many awards for her short writings. She clearly illustrates how the power of fiction can inflict certainty and uncertainty. The point in question; did...

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” while stilted as it is strange, is not a story most readers would anticipate was written by an author who had created the classic Last of the Mohicans. The work is dark, filled with elements that can only be described in terms of paranoia and...

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The poem is remarkably sad as it deals with death and how people are perceived after passing. The poem is about ways that death uncovers true attitude of people towards a particular person that is no more in our world. Death and how people are remembered is the underlying theme...

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Title and meaning Whenever the author mentions death in the title, any poem holds extraordinary effect. Seamus Heaney tricks us with the image of death while nobody actually dies in the poem. While the image bears figurative meaning only, still it hooks our imagination right from the start. The naturalist...

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The poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes is written in the form of an address of loving and caring mother to her child, with a warning about the hardships and turbulences of life. She relates how difficult and unforgiving life has been to her but she always went on...

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Sappho, like her contemporaries, wrote about the degradations of time on a person’s health and appearance, the wealth of gold versus the wealth of virtue, and the joys and tribulations of love. She does, however, share one concern that her contemporaries do not. In the poetry of Sappho, she uses...

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“Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town” is a poem by E.E. Cummings, an American poet active during the first half of the twentieth century. The poem seems to take the stance that no one really matters, as we are all tiny insignificant people in tiny insignificant towns, just going...

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Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Purloined Letter” (1844), ends by revealing who stole the compromising letter from the unnamed female and thus provides a resolution to the immediate mystery of the letter. In, “The Man of the Crowd” (1840), the ending is far more obscure because of the narrative’s...

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In Emily Dickinson's poem, "I'm Nobody! Who Are You?" the famous writer muses on the joys of being anonymous, unknown, and private, as opposed to a public persona who must be surrounded by crowds and noise at all times. Dickinson herself was unknown during her lifetime, and was an unpublished...

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In The Ballad of the Landlord, Langston Hughes makes a tone of frustration and anger appear in his words. Even though the poem’s rhythm is like a nursery rhyme, there is the underlying anger that comes through in his language. Why is this tenant angry? Because he has been mistreated...

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David Shapiro’s poem, ironically entitled “Poem,” is a complex piece that resists attempts at classification. “Poem” is written in open, free verse form, with no regular meter or rhyme. Spatially, “Poem” contains twenty lines in a lessening and descending order. With ten lines, the first stanza is the longest, followed...

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William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” has one of the most famous and compelling opening lines in all of poetry. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The question remains, who was he talking to and what was he trying to say about her, or him. Shakespeare published this sonnet along...

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We live in a society where celebrities are idolized for their wealth and fame. We assume that because they are rich, they must be happy. We envy their fancy cars, elaborate wardrobes, palace-like mansions, and carefree social lives. Most of us, if given the opportunity, would put ourselves in their...

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(1) In Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son,” the speaker is, as the title implies, a mother to her son. (2) Hughes writes the poem from the first-person point-of-view of the mother addressing her son; however, it is not a true dialogue poem since the son is not a character...

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Introduction The Japanese poetry of Manyoshu, as is true of any culture's poetry, reflects both similarities based on the culture and differences arising from the natures of the poets themselves. There is a sense of approach that is common and seems linked to the culture, but there is as well...

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Introduction In Wordsworth's “Tintern Abbey” and Stevens's “Anecdote of the Jar,” two poets take an approach often seen in romantic verse, in that both focus on the relationship between humanity and nature. Moreover, and for each poet, the relationship is intensely strong. Wordsworth and Stevens similarly immerse themselves in the...

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In the poem “Ambition” by Wilfrid Scawan Blunt, the author uses alliteration to move the structure of the poem forward. Alliteration refers to the author using a repetition of the same or similar sounds. The author uses alliteration repeatedly in the poem as a means to advance to the next...

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Consider the figurative language and imagery in this poem. What do they suggest about the poem’s theme? What idea is Lord Byron, the author, communicating, and what poetic techniques does he use to convey his message? Byron’s figurative language of movement and texture communicate the theme of beauty in “She...

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“To be or not to be” is a famous monolog which occurs in the tragedy “Hamlet”. The main character, Hamlet, touches upon the fight between good and evil. The lifelong struggle between the two bothers Hamlet all the time. It ruins his life and destroys his thoughts. He asks whether...

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Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 is almost a satirical version of his other sonnets: instead of describing his mistress’s perfect features and qualities, he appears to be pointing out all of her flaws and the ways in which she is not perfect. The poem is written in iambic pentameter, and like all...

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Poetry is meant to move us, shape us into something more than what we were before we read it. But what about the relationships poets have with their own words? Where do these poems come from and how do they exist as tangible beings once written? It is through relationships...

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Introduction It is interesting that poetry does not rely on length to have impact. The nature of poetry, in fact, is that language may be used in ways to create entire worlds of thought and feeling, and within only a few lines. The key lies in how the poet chooses...

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