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The Judgments And Moral Lessons Of Robert Browning’s Poetry

... the attentions of his readers, Robert Browning accomplishes this goal through the dramatic monologue. In this form of poetry, a fictitious or historical character reveals a personal testimony of his life, often disclosing the undesirable attributes of his character. While some of Browning’s monologues serve to inform and entertain, others provide a hidden message for the reader to cogitate. After reviewing the circumstances and issues concerning the speaker’s life, the reader forms a moral approval or disapproval. Thus, the dram ...

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Poem "Lucifer In The Starlight": New Meanings And Ideas

... to first examine how the title, "Lucifer in Starlight" relates to the body of the poem. Obviously, Lucifer is the defiant angel that was banished from heaven, and sent to the underworld of hell, where he known as Satan. The title refers to the devil as "in starlight", so this means he has to rise to a place where the stars are visible, not the fires of hell. This rising from the underworld is summed up in the first line. It is later explained that he is doing so because he is tired of his ‘dark dominion." Ironically, the first line refers ...

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Analysis Of Langston Hughes'"The Negro Speaks Of Rivers," "I, Too," And "Mother And Son"

... wonders of spiritual faith and peace of mind. Hughes' "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," is a poem showing survival on a ongoing long journey. Through all this time, he has survived and is still here. He has seen it all and done it all. Like rivers that often grow over time, the soul of this man, and the soul's of his ancestors and descendants, have grown/will grow deep with patience for a better time to come, and determination to go on until that time finally arrives. All things that have been experienced, all hard rains of troubled times, ha ...

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Analysis Of Blake's "London"

... emphasizes the social and economic differences that separate the citizens of London. By repeating the word "charter'd", he reminds the reader of the commercial nature of the city, the fact that portions of it are owned, and that not everyone has equal access to goods or property. In the first line of his poem as Blake speaks of how he is wandering through the "charter'd" streets, he is commenting on this commercial aspect of London. As he moves on in his poem he also refers to the "charter'd" Thames, he is telling us in this second line ...

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Poetry Analysis: Holmes' Old Ironsides

... included somewhat of the family issue in the poem. In the poem Holmes talks about the ship and all its glorious days on the sea and this is what I referring to as the family aspect. The nature aspect of the poem is always present with the sea and all of the other things that are happening around the poem. He talks about the winds and the water when setting the mood. This poem was written in order to save the mighty ship in writing this poem he accomplished two things. That was he saved the ship from its end and it made his poem an master ...

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"The Ruined Maid” By Thomas Hardy

... “Your hands were like paws then,” and “You used to call.” In the same way, Hardy continues with description of what is happening in the present stage of the lady, and then the poor lady gets a chance to defend herself and explain that the situation has another perspective, which is a negative one; “We never do work when we’re ruined” (16). The narrator life is not wealthy, it can be understood by “you left us in tatters” and so she looks up with jealousy to her friend who has managed to change and to become a part of a h ...

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Andrea Del Sarto: A Statement Worthy Of Examination

... that we have studied this past semester. That meaning, symbolized by del Sarto’s life, is summed up best in lines 137-138. Browning writes, “ In this world, who can do a thing, will not;/ And who would do it, cannot,. . .” These lines represent the struggles of most poets and writers we’ve read this past semester, in particular Byron, Shelley and Hardy. Before the lines can be used to generalize a broad range of artists, first the lines must be thoroughly understood. Several themes can be inferred from these relatively simple li ...

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Romanticism, Poe, And "The Raven"

... into the strange and fantastic aspects of human experiences. “To escape from society, the Romantics turned their interests to remote and faraway places; the medieval past; folklore and legends, and nature and the common man.” Edgar Allen Poe is noted as one of the few American “Romantic” poets. Poe's poem “The Raven” portrays Romanticism as characterized by emotion, exotica, and imagination. A friend of Edgar Allen Poe, R. H. Horne, wrote of “The Raven”, “the poet intends to represent a very painful condition of ...

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Romantic Sonnet

... of a stormy sea and reflects upon life and the "wild gloomy scene" that suits the "mournful temper" of his or her soul (ll.4, 7,8). While much Romantic writing dealt with love and the struggles endured due to love, there was also emphasis placed on isolation, as seen in the emotions of Smith's speaker and also in the setting on the work. Nature, in many Romantic sonnets, is in direct parallel with the emotions being conveyed. Smith, for example, uses the water to aid the reader's comprehension of the speaker's state of mind. Includ ...

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Dulce Et Decorum Est: Analysis Of Military Life

... gives greatly contrasting images of army life, complete with graphic accounts of catastrophic death, destruction, and terror that one will probably never find in an incentive brochure. Owen's powerful words are not only a far cry from the positive images that some associate with the war and dying, but an outcry for human beings to stop spreading the notion that men and women who die in battle also die in honor. Most of the men going off to fight during the World Wars could be classified as men at all. A person would be oblivious to this ...

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The Poetry Of William Blake

... bright; Gave thee such a tender voice" (line 5). "Blake develops an elaborate personal mythology that underlies virtually all symbolism and ideas in his work." (Shilstone, p.223) Blake discusses that the creator of the lamb is also calls Himself a Lamb. With this he brings religious significance into the poem. It the New Testament, Jesus of Nazareth is referred as God's Lamb. There are a few themes developed in "The Lamb." Blake describes the lamb as symbol of childhood innocence. He also questions about how the lamb was broug ...

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Essay Interpreting "One Art" By Elizabeth Bishop

... the speaker addresses her beloved "you," and then in the last line, herself. Language in "One Art" is simple, yet many literary devices are used. The last line repeated, to the effect of "The art of losing isn't hard to master" suggests that the speaker is trying to convince herself that losing things is not hard and she should not worry. Also, the speaker uses hyperboles when describing in the fifth tercet that she lost "two cities...some realms I owned." Since she could not own, much less lose a realm, the speaker seems to be comparing ...

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