Critical Essay

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Micheal Macklem writes that Housman?s devotion toward classics has been thought of as an unfortunate digression from his poetry. Edmund Wilson tried to find a relationship between the poetry and classical scholarship of Housman, but came to a conclusion that the scholarship in Housman?s poetry sho ... Continue Reading


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Socrates believes that the everyday world is an illusion compared to the world of knowledge. People are often too distracted by money and materialistic things to appreciate truth and reality. Socrates says, “the capacity for knowledge is innate in each man’s mind.” This exemplifies the point t ... Continue Reading

Cats Rule, Dogs Drool

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The use of symbolism in poetry is common. It takes a poem with a literal meaning and adds a figurative meaning to it. One can look at something with symbolism, see either the literal understanding or the figurative interpretation, and get something out of the poem. In any example of symbolism, a ... Continue Reading

Robert Frost

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Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, Mar. 26, 1874. He was one of America's leading poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Being known very well in rural England, he wrote his poems with meaning and dimensions. As being a master in rhythm and meter, his writings seemed to be ... Continue Reading

A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

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The Meaning of “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal” Usually any writing on the topic of death, from a novel, to a newspaper article, is written in a negative light. But an eight line poem written by William Wordsworth titled, “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal” shows death in a positive light. Even ... Continue Reading

Auto Wreck Critical Analysis

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Death is tragic and influences powerful emotions in people. In the poem “Auto Wreck” by Karl Shapiro, he conveys the unpredictability and grimness of death while probing for a deeper meaning of it within himself as well. Shapiro's usage of imagery in conjunction with figurative language is a ... Continue Reading

Emily Dickinson

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The beauty of the English language is that the usage words can be interpreted in many different ways. One person can perceive a writing to mean one thing, while another person may be thinking the complete opposite. Because of this, each reader can form his or her own point of view on what the autho ... Continue Reading

Travelling Through the Dark

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Stafford’s “Traveling Through the Dark”: A Formalistic Interpretation Poems can be considered forms of expression that allow the reader to explore the ultimate meaning behind everyday situations. William Stafford’s “Traveling Through the Dark” is a wonderful example of a dil ... Continue Reading

Traveling Out and Through the Darkness

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The poems “Out, Out- “by Robert Frost and “Traveling through the Dark” by William Stafford, both shares the theme of civilization destroying nature. In both poems, life and nature is conveyed as fragile and vulnerable, and that technology and civilization has disrupted the nature of life ... Continue Reading

Because I could not stop for death

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Symbolism in “Because I could not stop for Death” “Because I could not stop for death” by Emily Dickinson, is a poem that you really have to read deep into to get any meaning of it. If you just look at the surface of the poem then it is going to be meaning less and confusing because of Dic ... Continue Reading

Meaning of Life

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Approximately six billion people inhabit the earth, and with each person come a new philosophy on the meaning of life. Some are based on reason and logic while others are simply sewn together with ones dreams and imagination. The beauty is, no matter how fantastic each one is; it carries just as ... Continue Reading

Do Not Go Gently Into That Goo

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Dylan Thomas was born in Wales in 1914 and died in New York City in 1953. In his lifetime, he wrote several collections of poetry. One of the common themes in his work was the continuing process of life and death. This process of life passing into death can be seen in his poem “Do Not Go Ge ... Continue Reading

How to live, as instructed by the poetry of Edwin Arlington

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How to live, as instructed by the poetry of Edwin Arlington Robinson Edwin Arlington Robinson, one of the premier poets of his day, portrays a wide variety of characters in his verse. These characters are multifaceted and layered with depth despite their apparent shallowness. Each ... Continue Reading

Shakespeare Sonnets

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“When I do count the clock that tells the time” and “Full many a glorious morning have I seen”, are both beautiful sonnets which are reflective of the natural world and its consequences. Both sonnets are divided into three quatrains with a rhyming couplet at the end. The rhyme scheme is in A ... Continue Reading

Carpe Diem

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“Yesterday is our past – tomorrow is our future – but today is a gift… that’s why it’s called the present.” It’s a gift! Right now, right this second, just look around – you have been given the gift of life today. But have you ever thought about the fact that ... Continue Reading

Internal evidence 2 stories are by Flannery O'Connor

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Authors write short stories, novels, poetry, or plays sharing their own beliefs to inspire, challenge, and entertain an audience. Every author has their own distinct qualities, beliefs, and styles that are reflected in the writings they create. By knowing the author alone, one can predict wh ... Continue Reading

The Use of Allusion in Poetry

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When writing a poem, an author often uses allusion to enrich the text - calling on noteworthy figures, ideas, or events that emphasize the poem's deeper meaning. This use of allusion is often double-sided, with allusion being used positively as a more direct comparison, as well as in the form of iro ... Continue Reading

Emily Dickinson

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In 1874, Dickinson’s father died. This left her deeply distressed. Her mother suffered paralysis a year later and was invalid for the rest of her life. It was during this time that Dickinson cared for her mother and really came to love her. Dickinson’s mother died in 1882. While growing up, the ... Continue Reading

Emily Dickinson - Poetry Analysis

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In Emily Dickinson's “There's a certain slant of light,” the poet provides yet another glimpse into her world of patriarchal oppression and the overall entropy of the seasons. In this poem, even light is oppressive – the contrast between light and dark is shown to be quite close to the contrast betw ... Continue Reading

Ode: Intimations of Immortality - An Analysis

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William Wordsworth's "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" is rife with Romantic symbolism as well as many of the author's own viewpoints on his society. Throughout the poem images are found of nature's splendor juxtaposed with a sense of sadness and longing for unity with that nature. Th ... Continue Reading

Explanation / Comparison

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We all have the choice either to take advantage of time or allow time to take advantage of us; we make promises or do we not because promises are always made to be broken. These two ideas respectfully are from the literary works of authors Andrew Marvell and Christina Rossetti. In To His Coy Mistres ... Continue Reading

William Blake

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“The human abstract” written by William Blake depicts actual human nature while, satirically, its title suggests the human ideal. With the help of a group of critical materials, the theme and symbolism of the poem, through my point of view, will be divulged, verse-by-verse and stanza-by-stanza, ... Continue Reading