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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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Comparing "We Wear The Mask" By Dunbar And "Richard Cory"

... He feels that our face is a mask that does not show how people really feel. We smile to hide the pain in our hearts. In the lines "Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and signs?" (6-7) Dunber is telling us not to show feelings. Why bother others with our troubles? We sing, laugh, and smile even though we are hurting and "let the world dream otherwise" (14) to hide our suffering. "Richard Cory" is about a man that everyone in town admires. "When ever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement loo ...

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The Saginaw Song

... but stock responses can block your perceptions. Instead, concentrate on the particulars. Every image here deserves to be pondered and tasted to the full, for its emotional richness. The overall tone and feeling contains love and pain and humor and nostalgia all blended. This is a poem worth memorizing. The structure of the poem rhymes at the end of each line, while the sentences end at each quatrain. The rhyme scheme is consistent throughout the piece and each line rhymes with every other line. For example, in the first line ‘whiskey on yo ...

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Analysis Of Heaney's Punishment

... yet is deceptive, as the poem deals with many other complicated and sophisticated ideas in relation to human nature and anthropology. The poem may seem simple at first such as; "your brains exposed and darkened combs your muscles webbing and all your numbered bones" (Stanza 9) These lines indicated the straight forward almost scientific nature of the poem, through Heaneys choice of unemotive words. This simplicity is seen throughout the poem, where the reader initially could perceive the poem to solely be about the life, and ...

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Nature In Frost's Poems

... in the poetry for the Library of Congress and received the Congressional Gold Metal (Pritchard 41). In "The Road Not Taken, Frost comes to a pat h that splits up. "Two roads diverge in a yellow wood." Frost is saying here in front of me is a decision to make and what one should I take. "Frost is sorry, but he can't travel both." He looks down the path, but can't see because of the undergrowth in the woods. Frost is saying that because the paths are so long he can't tell where they will end (Frost 84). "He looks down the other to be fair." ...

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Home Burial: Analysis

... once. I never noticed it from here before. I must be wonted to it-- that’s the reason. The little graveyard where my people are! ... There are three stones of slate and one of marble... We haven’t to mind those. But I understand: it is not the stones, But the child’s mound--- “ During this passage he is being so cruel. He is just sort of rubbing it in that they had lost so many children. It’s almost like it was his fault that all of this was happening. The husband seems to not be phased by the great loss that they have endured. Lat ...

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Blake's "London": An Analysis

... symbolize control over the common man. The chartered streets show that the government is prohibiting them to climb the success ladder. They are placed in poverty and this is just a reminder to them that they will stay. The common man is also bound by "mind forged manacles", which manifest themselves in every action. That the manacles are of the minds is significant, for the mind is the freest part of the individual. The body may be constrained by the environment, by other bodies, by health, or any number of other restraints. The heart, ...

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"A Small Elegy"

... his beloved sleeping elsewhere, unconscious, far away. The speaker is the sole operating consciousness mourning in a world where everyone else is asleep. Against the pitch-black darkness he starts saying things to himself, using white words, which I take to mean words that have a kind of unselfconscious purity about them. He daydreams about his mother ,an "autumnal recollection", and that in turn moves him back toward his childhood home where his mother seems still to preside--diminished now over an outmoded world. She is smaller, more vulne ...

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The Poetry Of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow And John Greenleaf Whittier

... own and rose against the odds by accomplishing a list of successful business ventures, in which, he was able to hand down from generation to generation. Venture Smith was brought to Long Island and made a slave. He was forced to accept his new way of life while having to cope with the memories of seeing his father brutally tortured at a very young age. He was separated from his land, his family and all that he knew. He was treated as mere chattel when he was forced to carry a 25-pound grinding stone on top of his head at the age of s ...

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... pushed my hands through the ceiling and kicked down the walls. I know he wonders why I do things like that. I just wanted to let some air in. I said, "Look hon, now we can see the stars." He brushed off the debris and put me to bed. He won't sleep tonight. His thoughts stay up with the moon trying to exercise the demons in his mind. Too intelligent, too spiritual for his own peace. A shaman, unstuck in time. A stroke of genius and a slap in the face of this world. Always restless, searching for answers. Impulsive and inspired, wri ...

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Masochism In Edgar Allen Poe

... as to make me the jest of my companions. I was especially fond of animals,...and I was never so happy as when I was feeding and caressing them. The peculiarity of character grew with my growth, and, in my manhood, I derived from it one of my principle sources of pleasure. To those who have cherished an affection for a faithful and sagacious dog. I need hardly be at the trouble of explaining the nature or the intensity of the gratification thus derivable. There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, whi ...

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Lesbian Poetry

... literary eras have eloquently described this romantic love between women. A few of the poets who wrote of homosexual love were in fact honored during their life, while others of them in more recent times have risked their careers as writers because they or their material were lesbian. Sappho was a pioneer in many aspects of Greek culture. One of the great Greek lyrists and little known female poets of the ancient world, Sappho was born soon after 630BC. Aristocratic herself, she married a merchant and had a daughter named Cleis (Robinson ...

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