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Interpreting Poetry

... (speaking) to a woman he is fond of. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature’s changing course, Untrimmed: But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his ...

Number of words: 688 | Number of pages: 3

Frost's Home Burial

... have done their individual “styles” of grieving. Amy’s is long and painful and her husband’s seems shorter and to the point. The poem begins with Amy’s husband being somewhat annoyed as he looks up to the top of the stairs and asks her why she always gazes out that window. She tries to immediately escape any discussion and threatens to leave for fresh air before trying to talk anything out. He obstructs her attempt to escape and forces her to describe what she is looking at when she continually gazes out the window. She ...

Number of words: 936 | Number of pages: 4

Byron's Don Juan

... three times and was considered to be very smooth with the ladies. Byron was born on January 22, 1788 in London, and the following year he and his mother moved to Aberdeen, Scotland. His father soon followed, but it wouldn't be long before he would disappear to France and end up dying in 1791. It was just as well because his parents never got along very well. In Lord Byron's early years he experienced poverty, the ill-temper of his mother, and the absence of his father. By 1798 he had inherited the title of 6th Baron Byron and the esta ...

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The Works Of Poet Carl Sandburg And His Effect On American Poetry

... his fellow authors, left a detailed account of his wanderings, his numerous jobs, his early struggles, and his successes in life. His own life fascinated him.(Rogers 19) Therefore, he felt he wanted to share his fascination with the people he enjoyed writing about. Carl Sandburg is so greatly remembered because his writing was considerably different from the writing of his contemporaries. He let his mind travel, and be free. His works included the use of free verse, colloquialisms, an original type of rhythm, and oddly structured, ...

Number of words: 1871 | Number of pages: 7

Frost's "Desert Places" And "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening"

... made up of simple stanzas and diction but they are not simple poems. In the poem "Desert Places" the speaker is a man who is traveling through the countryside on a beautiful winter evening. He is completely surrounded with feelings of loneliness. The speaker views a snow-covered field as a deserted place. "A blanker whiteness of benighted snow/ With no expression, nothing to express". Whiteness and blankness are two key ideas in this poem. The white symbolizes open and empty spaces. The snow is a white blanket that covers up everything ...

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The Poetry Of John Keats

... of that man is irrevocably subject to decay and death. This theme is one which dominates a large portion of his late poetry and is most readily apparent in three of his most famous Odes: To a Nightingale, To Autumn and on a Grecian Urn. In the Ode to a Nightingale, it is the ideal beauty of the Nightingale's song - as permanent as nature itself - in the Ode on a Grecian Urn, it is the perfection of beauty as art - transfixed and transfigured forever in the Grecian Urn - and in the Ode to Autumn it is the exquisiteness of the season - id ...

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Song Of Myself: Divinity, Sexuality And The Self

... with which he integrates the spirit with the flesh. Key to this integration is Whitman's notion of the ability of the sexual self to define itself. This self-definition is derived from the strongly independent autonomy with which his sexuality speaks in the poem. Much of the "Song of Myself" consists of a cacophony of Whitman's different selves vying for attention. It follows that Whitman's sexual self would likewise find itself a voice. A number of passages strongly resonate with Whitman's sexuality in their strongly pleasurable sensualities. ...

Number of words: 1236 | Number of pages: 5

Analysis Of "13 Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird"

... to be that bird. By the end, he has concluded that by seeing this blackbird, a connection has been made and he now knows the blackbird has becomes a part of him. In the first stanza, he focuses on the eye of the blackbird as an outside observer. This symbolizes the thoughts and the consciousness of the blackbird. It is also a transition from the observer's perception to the blackbird's perception. In the second stanza, Stevens goes on to say that he was of “three minds, Like a tree, In which there are three blackbirds.” This was the fi ...

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The Theme Of Death In Poems

... doesn't take her quickly. He drives her past things that the narrator had not taken the time to notice in a while. The narrator watched as he drives her past a school, where children are playing, and then on they go past fields. She sees the sun go down, and the carriage driver past the sun, but she realizes they weren't passing the sun, it was passing them; time was passing by, past her life. Her life has now past her by, and she is arriving at her final destination, which was her grave, yet she describes it as her house. In the end she ...

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Analysis Of Jarrell's "The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner"

... of view of a young fighter aboard a bomber during World War II. The fighter is positioned in the ball turret which was an enclosed bubble with a swivel gun in the belly of the plane. This poem reads like a nightmare or dream being told by a soldier who has been taken from his childhood and thrown into war. The soldier describes the fear of awakening from the naive state of childhood into the preeminent likelihood of his death during the "State" of war (line 1). He describes the disconnection he feels from Earth and what he calls it ...

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... clear of duplicity As they sit pondering On the lonely bench The thoughts penetrate their mind Finally, reality is clinched! ...

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The British Renaissance Produced Many Types Of Literature And Was Influenced By Shakespeare, Marlow, And Spenser

... the name of the girl is not stated anywhere in the former poem, Raleigh decided to use a wood nymph as his subject. The Shepherd seems to be a meaningful man. His plead for the nymph's love seems true, but is hollow. The Nymph's reply frankly points this out to the Shepherd in her reply and jokingly refuses him her love. The themes of age, weather and the seasons, and materialism all appear in the two poems. Though, both authors use them differently to show how love should be attained. Love should be attained by use of the ...

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