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Harlem By Langston Hughs: Analysis

... so he kept it simple as far as language goes so most words were kept simplistic and not to hard to understand. The poem was not written in what was thought to be “proper” dialect. The writer uses contractions several times. In line eleven Hughs used “there’s”, line fifteen and 21 he used “we’re”, and in line fourteen Hughs used “can’t”. The tone Hughs expressed in writing “Harlem” can be confusing to the reader. The tone seems to be of anger and then almost threatening or hostile. Hughs is expressing th ...

Number of words: 442 | Number of pages: 2

Ceremonies In "The Waste Land"

... the frosty silence in the gardens After the agony in stony places The shouting and the crying Prison and palace and reverberation Of thunder of spring over distant mountains He who was living is now dead" (ll. 322-328). The imagery of a primal ceremony is evident in this passage. The last line of "He who was living is now dead" shows the passing of the primal ceremony; the connection to it that was once viable is now dead. The language used to describe the event is very rich and vivid: red, s ...

Number of words: 1243 | Number of pages: 5

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

... men except Gawain step to the challenge. Instead of letting his leader of sorts accept this challenge Gawain takes it. This is the first test that Gawain has to endure. After Gawain cuts off the head of the Green Knight, the knight tells him that he must meet him at his castle one-year and a day from now. He tells Gawain that if he does not show then he is a coward like he expected from King Arthur. After the Green Knight leaves all of the other members of the court cheer Gawain for his bravery. They see him as a hero and a savior of their ...

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An Analysis Of Updike's "Player Piano"

... clicking sound found in mechanical devices. The harsh "k" sounds of the second line in "chuckling", "knuckle", and "key" suggest the abrupt sound of air passing through the paper roll of a player piano. In the next line, the word flicker is a phonetic intensive, closely associated with word ‘flame'. Since the ‘flame' is a symbol of life and light, it gives the reader a feeling that the piano is alive, further adding to the effect of personification in this poem. In the last line of the first stanza, there is consonance in "these" ...

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Blakes's "London": Your Beauty, My Despair

... born Infants tear, and blights with plagues the Marriage hearse”(lines 14-16). Having children at a young age and while being unmarried is an occurrence we see far too much of today in our own society. What animal can rejoice in this truth of breeding poverty, of child abuse, of ignorance, and of uneducated children and call it beautiful? Those that are chosen, no forced to lead our society in the past of our grandparents, are not getting the proper training to do so because of teen pregnancy and drop out rates. I am reminded of a dear frie ...

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Matthew Arnolds Melancholy In Life, Religion, And Love

... is an author who strongly voices his opinion on topics on such topics as religion, life, love, and the sadness that goes along with what is gone or lost. For example, Matthew Arnold states, “Ah, love, let us be true To one another! For the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of strugg ...

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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 imp ...

Number of words: 1136 | Number of pages: 5

"Not Waving But Drowning" And "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers"

... his cries as simply being a wave hello. However, a deeper examination of the poem brings forth a more precise interpretation of its meaning. "Not Waving but Drowning," is referring to the man's struggle for help in his everyday existence. People perceive him, as being one who has everything desired in life; financial stability, strength, control, happiness, and independence. While in actuality, this man is emotionally bankrupt. But the front he has put on for so long prevents people from seeing the weakness and struggle he is end ...

Number of words: 1477 | Number of pages: 6

Beowulf: First Literary Superhero

... with the righteous, One against many and won...”(line 81,82). Despite the probability of Beowulf's death against Grendel, he still insists on attacking him and defeating him. Beowulf kills Grendel in an unusual way. Rather than attacking him with a sword like every other Geat, he grabs onto Grendel's arm and squeezes until the torture is unbearable. Grendel loses his strength, his body parts, and his blood in this violent scene. He later bleeds to death. “Saw that his strength was deserting him, his claws Bound fast, Higlac's brave fol ...

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Thanatopsis: An Analysis

... Go forth under the sky and list to natures teachings"(13-15). In the second section Bryant writes that the reader's place will be deprived of the sun, but nature will reach out to you. This is described in lines eighteen through thirty. The best example of this is when Bryant writes: ..."the oak shall send its roots abroad and pierce thy mold"(29-30). In the third and final section of this poem, Bryant writes that you will die along with kings and others. The reader should get the most out of living he/she can possibly get because it ...

Number of words: 318 | Number of pages: 2

What Is Poetry

... but the poetry written by the people living during these events allow us to understand and sympathize with them. We can even learn about different dialects and cultural differences through the poetry written in history. Poetry is a necessity. It envelopes the rages and the burning desire held in the hearts of many people. The catastrophic emotions of Romeo and Juliet were caught through poetry. After reading this work you can either walk away sympathetic or jealous of the love they had. Poetry is also a mystery. How is one to ...

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Politics

... deep rooted criticisms of the United States exist. Ferlinghetti has had an anti-government attitude since the 1950's. His beliefs strengthened when he was put on trial for publishing a highly controversial collection of poems written by Allen Ginsberg. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has chosen to express his political views through his poetry. Additionally, Ferlinghetti became more vocal with the use of protests and further publication of controversial and/or anti-government materials through his publishing house, New Directions. By using poetry, F ...

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