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The Point Of View In "Porphyria's Lover"

... introduction refers to the weather, it also does an effective job in describing the speaker. In this case, it is nighttime, and the thunder is roaring. The speaker starts by saying: "The rain set early in tonight,/The sullen wind was soon awake,/ It tore the elm-tops down for spite,/ And did its worst to vex the lake(Barnet 567):" This description gives the reader the first glimpse of what is yet to come. These turbulent words help give the poem a gloomy feeling. When Porphyria arrives at the speaker's cottage, she is dripping wet. The s ...

Number of words: 1386 | Number of pages: 6

Critical Analysis Of "The Indifferent" By John Donne

... which all suggest that Donne wrote [the poem] when he was a young man about town in Elizabethan London" (1-2). The poem "mocks the Petrarchan doctrine of eternal faithfulness, putting in its place the anti-morality which argues that constancy is a 'heresy' and that 'Love's sweetest part' is 'variety'" (Cruttwell 153). The first two stanzas of the poem seem to be the speaker talking to an audience of people, w hile the last one looks back and refers to the first two stanzas as a "song." The audience to which this poem was intended is very im ...

Number of words: 1136 | Number of pages: 5

Marking Time Versus Enduring In Gwendolyn Brook's "The Bean Eater's"

... (line1) off "Plain chipware" (3) with "Tin flatware" (4) in "their rented back room"(11), Clearly, they are poor. Their existence is accompanied not by freinds or relatives--children or grandchildren aare not mentioned--but by memories and a few possessions(9-11). They are "Mostly Good" (5) , words Brooks capitilizes at the end of a line, perhaps to stress the old people's adherence to traditional values as well as their lack of saintliness. They are unexceptionl, whatever message they have for readers. The isolated routine of the couple' ...

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T. S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men"

... in 1948 and other major literary awards. Eliot saw an exhausted poetic mode being employed, that contained no verbal excitement or original craftsmanship, by the Georgian poets who were active when he settled in London. He sought to make poetry more subtle, more suggestive, and at the same time more precise. He learned the necessity of clear and precise images, and he learned too, to fear romantic softness and to regard the poetic medium rather than the poet's personality as the important factor. Eliot saw in the French symbolists how im ...

Number of words: 1263 | Number of pages: 5

Housman's "To An Athlete Dying Young"

... analysis helps to determine the purpose of the poem. The first stanza of the poem tells of the athlete's triumph and his glory filled parade through the town in which the crowd loves and cheers for him. As Bobby Joe Leggett defines at this point, the athlete is "carried of the shoulders of his friends after a winning race" (54). In Housman's words: The time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high. ...

Number of words: 1631 | Number of pages: 6

Herrick Vs. Marvell

... reflects the relaxed tone in his poem. In Marvell’s poem, his tone is serious. Marvell’s purpose is to persuade his mistress to have sex with him. He tries to lure her in when saying, “Had we but World enough, and Time.” He starts out very seriously, in attempt to convince his mistress. The relaxed tone of “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” and serious tone of “To His Coy Mistress” point out the difference in the way the writers feel about their characters. Both poems are directed to two different audiences. In “To t ...

Number of words: 533 | Number of pages: 2

Dover Beach: Conflicting Imagery

... with a “grating roar”. The poet has taken an image that most people associate with tranquility and turned it into a depressing scene. The stanza ends with “The eternal note of sadness” being brought in by the sea. The poet is comparing the sea to the sum of all human troubles. The sea is eternal just as human suffering is eternal. The sea has also seen all of the human suffering and in it's roar the poet can hear that suffering. When the poet talks about Sophocles and the Aegean he is clearly reinforcing the idea of the sea being ...

Number of words: 516 | Number of pages: 2

Shakespeare's Sonnet 19

... he commands it harshely to "blunt, n "make the earth devour, n "pLuck," and "burn." Not onLy are the verbs "blunt,n npluck," and "burn" linked by assonance, but also by their plosive initial consonants, so that the Lover's orders sound off Time's destructiveness as well. Each line offers a different image of Time at work: on the lion, the earth, the tiger, the phoenix-bird. Time is indiscriminate in its devouring. In the second quatrain, the lover grants to Time its own will: "And do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time," acknowLedging pr ...

Number of words: 387 | Number of pages: 2

An Analysis Of Frost's The Road Not Taken

... he will see the poem in. In any case however, this poem clearly demonstrates Frost's belief that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man who he is. "And sorry I could not travel both..." It is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible not to wonder about the opportunity cost, what will be missed out on. There is a strong sense of regret before the choice is even made and it lies in the knowledge that in one lifetime, it is impossible to travel down every path. In an attempt to make a decision, the trav ...

Number of words: 791 | Number of pages: 3

“Fanthorpe’s Poetry Stimulates The Reader To See People And Things In A New Light”

... of the illnesses and bizarre behaviour that occurs among the staff of the hospital. . The staff are “The undiagnosed?” there is nothing that can be done for them. The matron’s cats are a substitute for her family, the nurses are lazy, the psychiatrist has a lust for young girls and the director is becoming worried about his age. The poet regards herself as one of the undiagnosed “There is no cure for us” she wants someone to show understanding. It is very disquieting to see hospital staff presented in this light, as no doubt i ...

Number of words: 1536 | Number of pages: 6

My Interpretation Of Frost's "Birches"

... snow white bark on top of the black bark. It has an unusual appearance because both the black and the white are visible. Frost offers many suggestions for their appearance. It maybe due to the ice breaking that is burdened on the bark. The breeze causes the ice to move and crack certain parts of the bark, creating the crackling effect. "As the [ice] stir cracks and crazes their enamel." He also compares this image to that of breaking glass and compares it to the "dome of heaven" shattering. I enjoy how he offers such different interpre ...

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Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop For Death

... death is an unavoidable and natural part of life itself. The first line tells us exactly what we’re reading about and what we can expect. There is no gradual build-up to the main point. Instead, there is merely a progression of explanation. Many years beyond the grave, the narrator portrays the placid process of her passing, in which death is personified as he escorts her to the carriage. During her slow ride she realizes that the ride will last for all eternity. “The carriage held but ourselves and immortality.”(3) It is my opi ...

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