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A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning: Love Between Two People

... the love between the speaker and his lady. Donne makes his first surprising analogy in the first stanza when he compares the impending separation of the lovers to death. The speaker compares his parting from his lover to the parting of the soul from a virtuous man at death. According to the speaker, “virtuous men pass mildly away” (line 1) because the virtue in their lives has assured them of glory and reward in the afterlife; hence, they die in peace without fear and emotion. He suggests that the separation of the lovers be like this sep ...

Number of words: 1092 | Number of pages: 4

Point Of View In Three Edgar Allan Poe's Poems

... plot, tone, symbol, point of view, and climax. In the story "Ligeia", the narrator did not love Rowena. Ligeia did not resemble Rowena in any way. Ligeia was just a figment of his imagination. The man was merely insane. He created Ligeia. "The narrator is obsessed with his Ideal to the point where it takes on a life of its own, and had no ability to control his mind"(Piethman 45). The narrator was always absorbed in the features of Ligeia and how wonderful she always looked. She was so perfect in every way that she could not possibly be huma ...

Number of words: 1122 | Number of pages: 5

Sharpio's "Auto Wreck": The Theme Of Death

... in getting the theme of death across to the reader. By bringing the scene of the accident to life and relaying the emotions of the spectators with language and several metaphors, the poem gains a realistic and sometimes transcendent effect. In some places in the poem, the words can easily be taken literally to convey scenery or an emotion, but they can also be taken so as to make the reader think about possible higher meanings. The thoughtsexpressed in the poem help to suggest these other meanings by clearly stating what is being felt by ...

Number of words: 1076 | Number of pages: 4

Owen's “Dulce Et Decorum Est”

... adds even more to his argument. Through the effective use of all three of these tools, this poem conveys a strong meaning and persuasive argument. The poem's use of excellent diction helps to more clearly define what the author is saying. Words like "guttering", "choking", and "drowning" not only show how the man is suffering, but that he is in terrible pain that no human being should endure. Other words like writhing and froth-corrupted say precisely how the man is being tormented. Moreover, the phrase "blood shod" shows how the troops ha ...

Number of words: 1871 | Number of pages: 7

Analysis Of Plath's "Daddy"

... the oppression that the speaker went through in her short life. The tone of this poem is that of an adult engulfed in outrage and who oftentimes slips into a childlike dialect; this is evident when the speaker continually uses the word "Daddy" and also repeats herself quite often. The last two stanzas of the poem, especially, portray a dismal picture of life for women who find themselves under a dominating male figure. The passage seems to show that the speaker has reached a resolution after being kept under a man’s thumb all her life ...

Number of words: 568 | Number of pages: 3

Allowing Evil To Triumph

... Therefore, by not exerting any effort to oppose the evil, the good are just inviting the evil to do as they wish. Being one of the themes of the poem The Hangman, this quotation can be related to the actions of the Hangman and the people he killed. Once the Hangman began killing, nobody tried to step up and stop the Hangman (except for one person who was killed). In this case, the good men did not attempt to stop the evil. As a consequence for this lack of action, each person was killed because he serves the Hangman best. The wa ...

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Poetry Analysis: “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death”

... reason to be in his situation. Yeats’ next lines, “My country is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,” alludes to a group of Roman Catholics who were directly related to the Air Force. These people had there own tartan, or color for their kilts that they wore. The different tartan colors represented different groups of people. The “Kiltartan poor,” exemplifies the Kiltartan people, who are unfairly ruled citizens of Ireland, who are poor because the do not have their own country. He then tells how no outcome of th ...

Number of words: 378 | Number of pages: 2

Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress": The Essence Of Time

... Next, he implicates "real time," to persuade her to become accessible to him. In real time, Marvell gives examples of her aging and how she will go to the grave with her pride if she doesn't give in. Finally, the use of "optimum time" plays on her emotions of how sweet the opportunity to make love to her would be. Marvell tells his mistress that the act would be almost animalistic and intense. Throughout the poem, he uses the phases of time in an attempt to frighten her into having sex with him. All three stanza's in the poem ...

Number of words: 384 | Number of pages: 2

Secret Lion: Analysis

... the boys around, trying to teach them lessons. That is a human quality that is given to nature. Nature itself is not human. The third passage is a metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two things that are basically not similar. The passage stated, "It was just perfect in the way it was that place, that whole going to that place, that whole junior high school lion." That meant going to that place was like a lion. That is what makes this passage a metaphor. The fourth passage is a simile. The passage ...

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Beowulf: The One Who Will Be King

... him. His backlash towards a society that rejected him as an artist spawned his anti-Semitic and political beliefs. The same anti-societal anger has found its way into the minds of countless other killers, both past and present. Take for example Theodore (Ted) Bundy, who in 1978, after watching students drink and dance in a college bar, witnessed "a healthy ritual of joy from which we know he forever felt exiled". Shortly thereafter, Bundy left the bar and traveled to the Chi Omega sorority house where he watched from outside, entered, ...

Number of words: 852 | Number of pages: 4

An Examination Of Similes In The Iliad - And How Homer's Use Of Them Affected The Story

... day. From the heroic efforts in the Iliad itself it is clear that the populace of his time were highly emotional creatures, and higher brain activity seems to be in short, and in Odysseus' case, valuable, order. It is also wise to remember that history is written by the winners. In the Iliad, there seems to be relatively little storyline from the Trojan's side. We are regaled with story upon story of the Greeks, their heroes, and their exploits, while the Trojan's are conspicuously quiet, sans Hector of course. It could almost be ...

Number of words: 1887 | Number of pages: 7

Criticism Of "The Sick Rose"

... no more than a knowledge of the language" (39). Riffaterre identifies psychological, philosophical, and genetic interpretations (connected to "mythological tradition") as "aiming outwards." These approaches find the meaning of the text in the relationship of its images to other texts" (40). Riffaterre argues for a more internal reading of the poems. Riffaterre emphasizes the importance of the relationships between words as opposed to their "corresponding realities" (40). For example, he states that the "flower or the fruit is a variant o ...

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