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William Carlos William’s poem “Raleigh was Right” was a reaction to Sir Walter Raleigh’s poem “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd.” Raleigh in his poem “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” was trying to come up with an authentic view pertaining to the relationship between humans and nature. He was...

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Both poems compare between different things. The first poem distinguishes between two people’s lives, and the other poem compares between two distinct roads or paths. “The Sadie and Maud” poem talk about two individuals with different lifestyles. While the other poem “The road not taken” is about a traveler who...

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William Blake’s two poems, The Tyger and The Lamb have a number of critical similarities that demand analysis. As a poet, Blake was a complex thinker, and he often used symbolism to get across his points. The two chosen poems are ripe for comparison because, among other things, they both...

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Introduction THESIS: Donne’s poem “Death be not Proud” uses theme, symbolism and mood to provide comfort for those who fear death or grieve for the dead. Introduction to Donne’s poem “Death be not Proud” Themes in “Death be not Proud” by Donne Death is nothing to fear because the power...

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My favorite thing about Robert Frost"s poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is definitely that its simple form is mirrored by its simple imagery, but both the form and wording open up to show more depth. When I read or hear a four-line-stanza poem, my mind tends to...

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In William Blake's "The Tyger", the poet explores through the example of a particular instance of creation, the natural evolution of the tiger, the entire causality and logic behind existence itself. In other words, on the one hand, Blake in this poem asks primordial questions regarding the reasoning behind existence,...

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Agha Shahid Ali seems to pack a lot into the 14 lines of his poem “Postcard from Kashmir.” A personal reflection on his homeland of violence-ridden Kashmir, Shahid Ali’s poem does not provide much in the way of historical or political facts about the country. However, the poem does provide...

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It may not be surprising that the agitations that sent many young able men into WWI fundamentally differed from those of WWII. Soldiers who sought heroism, and fighting to the death for one’s king and country in the previous war, gave rise to a generation of silence as the horrors...

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In Denise Levertov’s poem “The Wedding-Ring”, a woman casts a long, nostalgic look at her ruined marriage that is symbolized by an abandoned wedding ring. By connoting mixed feelings of sadness and regret over a relationship gone awry, Levertov employs a number of poetic devices to enable the reader to...

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“Sunday Morning,” which was first published in 1915 in Harriet Monroe’s Poetry, is believed by many to be Wallace Stevens’ first significant poem. This poem is permeated by explicit philosophical and religious themes. It presents thoughts that are apparently attributed to a lady who sits with comfort eating her late...

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“Felicity” by Gavrila Derzhavin is an ode, a piece of poetry written in a formal manner, ceremonious in nature and one with considerable length (Felitsa by Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin, n.d.). Used for stately occasions, this ode to Catherine the Great focuses on clichés that reflect upon the panegyric tradition of...

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Introduction Donne wrote the poem “Death Be Not Proud” in the 17th century, at a time when death was rampant. In those times death came often due to a lack of safety, disease, lack of vaccinations and living conditions. In the poem Donne presents a new idea which must have...

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I think I know who owns this land, but he lives in the village and is not here to see me stopping to watch snow gather in the woods. My horse is probably confused why we are stopping somewhere without a farmhouse, in the middle of nowhere, on the year’s...

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Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken is a poem that deals with the nature of contingency, action and the manner in which seemingly inconspicuous rescissions may come to form an integral part of a person's life. By demonstrating the manner in which an individual is faced with a simple choice...

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Gothic writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts to a family of actors. Both of his parents tragically passed before Poe was three years old, so he was raised by foster parents, John and Frances Allan (“Edgar Allan Poe”). Poe excelled in academics, later...

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Elizabeth Barret Browning is a famous British poet that lived during the Victorian era. She was born in County Durham and had a good eye for poetry when a child at the age of six. Elizabeth was born in a family of a plantation owner in 1806 and was the...

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When addressing Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, no one can fail to note that the poem raises concerns in respect of nature. Throughout this poem, Frost makes stress upon illuminating a little incident occurring in a snowy evening. Sure enough, readers are given the impression that...

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It is always interesting to compare the different treatments of two poets on a similar subject. Through poetic analysis, finding similarities and differences, we gain a deeper understanding of the content of both poems. Such is the case with Thomas Hardy’s “The Ruined Maid” (1866) and Edwin Arlington Robinson’s “Richard...

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In the poem “Mirror,” by Silvia Plath, the speaker takes on two separate yet similar personas that are represented in two distinct stanzas. In the first, the speaker is representing an actual mirror as it is noted that it hangs on the wall and only shows truthfulness in the reflections...

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Both Louis Simpson's "American Poetry" (1963) and Mark Strand's "Eating Poetry" (1968) are poems that discuss the subject of poetry itself. In Simpson's poem, a poem is described as needing to have a strong stomach, as it must be capable of absorbing details such as "rubber, coal, uranium, moons, poems"...

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Some of the best writing is done by writers who break expectations in order to make a point or to add a deeper level of meaning to their text. Allan Ginsberg and Tim O’Brien are two such writers. Both of them use the expectations people have about the genres of...

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Selected poem: Range-Finding by Robert Frost. Part 1: Scansion and Analysis. Range Finding is a symbolical poem which depicts the moment of human death from nature’s perspective. Plants and tiny insects are slightly bothered by ‘sudden passing bullet’ which kills a soldier. It was dedicated to the memory of Edward...

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I cannot say that I have had the same poetry-reading experiences as Stephen Burt. I had not considered that poetry was neither right nor wrong; I had been intimidated by poetry. Poems seemed to me to be a collection of words that came together in order to create a singular...

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Regardless of being released more than 16 years ago, Sting’s song ‘Desert Rose’ continues to attract more and more listeners, partly due to its emphasis on cultural differences. Namely, it is argued that while in other countries the song was just a moderately successful single, in the States ‘Desert Rose’...

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Part I: Scansion and Analysis In Rita Dove's poem, 'Describe Yourself in Three Words or Less', she fails to describe herself in three words or less; however, she succeeds in describing herself in three stanzas or less. Dove uses repeated symbolism of the number three in subversive ways. There are...

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