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“Telephone Conversation” by Nobel

In the poem "telephone conversation", the writer uses humour to deflate as well as to intensify the pain he endures as a result of racial prejudices.
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Dante’s Poem “The Divine Comedy ”

The Divine Comedy presents three aspects of objective reality such as personal drama of the poet, the story of humanity and the structure of the universe.
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The Poem ‘Song of Myself’ by Whitman

All in all, through the Song of Myself poem, Whitman presents a description of himself that demonstrates that the poet is intimately related to the concepts of life, death, and The Universe.
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Cummings’ Poetry

Art is a not only a tool used to reflect the happenings in a society, but it also reflects the feelings of the artist towards the society and towards themselves. Through the paintings of an [...]
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Analysis of the Poems by W.H. Auden

The poem is written in response to Homer's poem the Iliad, to show the heroic past as opposed to the unenthusiastic situation of the current society.
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Yeats’ “Leda and the Swan”

Though the main theme of the poem is derived from the Greek mythology and the plot is clear enough, critics have always been searching for a symbolic and psychological explanation of the poem's images.
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Gwendolyn Brooks, an African American Poet

Thus, the author always sought to forewarn the youngsters of the negative results of their thoughtless actions and tried to motivate them to gain education and become successful in life.
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Perception of Female Beauty in Literature

The current age has seen an acute upsurge in the value placed on the beauty of women; where the stigmatization, low esteem, and shame associated with being bad looking among women is leading to high [...]
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Ode to a Grecian Urn by John Keats

Given the fact that Keats belongs to the Romanticist era that ushered in the enlightenment period, it is not surprising that most of his poetry tends to cross the borders of physical reality.
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“Nothing in That Drawer” by Ron Padgett

Additionally, the object that is for is not being found and therefore the search continues repeatedly. The use of "that drawer" suggests the use of choice and effort in evaluating and deciding which drawer to [...]
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War in Poems by Dickinson, Hardy, and Jarrell

Dickinson experienced a great amount of attachment towards the Civil War and her expression for the cause had been expressed through the expression of death in its spiritual and eternal nature.
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Narrative Poems and Their Interpretation

A narrative poem is supposed to be a narration of a definite story in the form of a poem; it is a piece of literature where a plot of the story is more important than [...]
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Applying Intentional Fallacy to Shakespeare’s Sonnets

However, as a reaction against the extreme subjectivity of the Romantics and the social emphasis of the Victorian Age, literary criticism under the label of 'New Criticism' or the Formalists took the shape of a [...]
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John Donne’s Poetry Relate to the Culture

Donne's poems, especially religious ones, reveal the struggle in the mind of English people during the 16th and 17th centuries, before taking orders in the Anglican Church.
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Frost’s and Wright’s Stories Comparison

Then, the poet expresses the friendly stature of the ponies towards the poet and his companion. In spite of the above-mentioned similarities, both "A Blessing" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" share differences [...]
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Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” and “Cross”

Both poems are written about the relationships between children and parents; however, Mother to Son poem is written from mother's perspective while Cross is written in form of a monologue of a son. The first [...]
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“Growing Old” by Matthew Arnold

The language in which the poem has been written is quite commendable and I really have a passion for the words that have been used in the poem.
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“The Divine Comedy” by Dante

Capaneus reminisced the battle of Phlegra in Thessaly, wherein the Titans tried to storm Olympus, and Jupiter drove them away with the help of the thunderbolts which Vulcan forged for him in Mongibello, Mt.Etna.
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“Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall

The poem depicts the influence of the Civil Rights Movement on the social life of the population; the author tries to disclose the hopes of ordinary people leading to the great tragedy and mass death [...]
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“Diving Into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich

Using strong and highly sensual imagery, Rich is able to pull her reader into the story of the poem, catching their attention with the details and then teasing them with a sense of the poem's [...]
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“Morning Song” by Sylvia Plath

The respiration and heartbeat of the baby that has been metaphorically compared to a timepiece, begins with a slap on the foot soles by the midwife.
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“A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns

Therefore, the poet's intention is to foreground the element of time in love relationship and show the ambiguity inherent in it. The greatness of the poem is in its literariness.
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The “Aeneid” by Virgil: Haunting Memories

The past of Aeneas comes before his eyes in the forest as contrasted to the present of the Tyrians building the shrine for their Goddess and living their lives, and to the future of Aeneas' [...]
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Hesiod’s Views on Art and Poetry

It stands to reason that to a certain degree, the works of this famous historian and poet take their origins in Homers Iliad and Odyssey, but the two authors do not share the same opinion [...]
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A Poem Is a Fruit

It is a fruit of the tree that is the poet's mind. There is always a great satisfaction in finding out the meaning of those poems, it's like you have climbed a tall tree and [...]
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John Donne’s “Holy Sonnet X”

The poet confirms that death is "Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so". Donne refers to a world of privacy and solitude when it comes to the existence of the death.
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Aleatory Writing: Making Works More Expressive

Some poets use different stylistic devices to make their works more expressive and keep to a definite type of writing to stand out, whereas the others neglect all the rules of writing verses and rely [...]
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“A Priori” by Rachel Zolf: Critical Analysis

Hence, the poem provides a list of 'if' statement pertaining to the merits and the shortcoming of modern life. The poem present the concepts in the form of dependent propositions thus showing that everything in [...]
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“A Red, Red Rose” Poem by Robert Burns

Additionally, a certain pattern can be seen in alternating the rhyme of the last word in a line, where in the first two stanzas, the first and the third lines where unrhymed, while the second [...]
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“On the Subway” Poem by Sharon Olds

It should be stressed that the author strived to disclose the atmosphere of fear and silence not through the characters, but through the title; the subway is not described in the poem, but all its [...]
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Langston Hughes’s Fine Clothes to the Jew Poems

Rampersad, the biographer of Langston Hughes, says that Fine Clothes to the Jew is not a successful volume, though it is Hughes's greatest collection, which was published when the poet was at the height of [...]
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Romanticism and Victorian Literature Comparison

In this respect, literature can be proud of the Romanticism and Victorian literature, because of their gradual framework and applicable emergence due to the significant events, such as the French Revolution, American Revolution, the defeat [...]
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Recurring Theme in E. A. Robinson’s Poems

Anderson makes a conclusion that the poem is built on the ironic contrast between the unheroic Miniver as it is and his dreams of adventure, romance, and art associated with heroic figures of the Trojan [...]
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“Occupation” by Eliza Griswold

As the military conflict drains the country economically and males are not able to support their families as the main breadwinners, the woman faces the challenge of providing for herself, her children and often her [...]
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“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver

The theme of death is present throughout this poem with the first three stanzas repeating the words "when death comes" as many as four times. And in her opinion, the best way to avoid fearing [...]
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“Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is therefore described as the origin of language and the end of the same, where language is said to be born out of nature and to terminate in the same form, making nature a [...]
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‘Poetry Contest’ by Charles Bukowski

Through this poem, the author shows the readers, how some of the magazines which purport to be the heavenly figures of literature are actually exploiting the aspiring writers by their unethical practices.
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Deconstructing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Much in the same way that the human experience is characterized by mood shifts of good and bad days, Emily Dickinson's poetry captures the feelings of every day life, both mundane and fantastic; her poetry, [...]
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To Lucasta, Going to the Wars

In the second and the third verse: "That from the nunnery2 Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind3" The author uses figurative language to describe his mistress, where by using such words as nunnery, chaste, [...]
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Adrienne Rich: Poetry Response and Analysis

Although, many poets are concerned with transformation, in the case of Adrienne Rich, one of the brightest and influential poetesses of the second half of the twentieth century, this transformation included many elements in her [...]
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Shakespearean Sonnet: Term Definition

In the evening I went walking all alone Light was fading, dusk was falling all around Pipers pounded tiny legs in the foam Waves edge seeking ghost shrimp deep in the ground Lightning flashed a [...]
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Analysis of Rumi’s “Poem 14”

Therefore, during the course of working on this paper, we will refer to Rumi's Poem 14, and to his poetry in general, as to what it really is a poetic sublimation of Oriental soul's longing [...]
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Comment on Dante’s Inferno Hell

The encounter of the author Dante with Virgil in hell is inextricably linked to a diachronic mode that is defined not by the influence of literary history but by the actual situation of reading.
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Literature and Languages Analysizng

If one analyzes the various stages of English language and literature, it is clear that many English poets have influenced the growth of language.
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“In Time of Plague” by Thom Gunn

This paper will provide an explication of the poem, as well as a personal analysis regarding how it makes the writer feel, as well as his personal opinions of how the subject matter of the [...]
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“Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

At the same time, the reader can develop a finer appreciation of how these elements are constructed to contribute to the final impact of the poem.
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“Miller’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer

Though he could not succeed in getting all the tales, whatever has come from the pilgrims is sufficient enough to reflect the social life of the people of the fourteenth century, particularly their beliefs and [...]
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“Carpe Diem” in the Poems

Robert Herrick's poem carries the same urgent and passionate tone, he also reminds the listener of the fast passing time and the need to act now 'Old time is still a-flying: And this same flower [...]
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“Woman” the Poem by Nikki Giovanni

A great variety of cognitive metaphors highlighted in the poem outline a great desire of a woman to be loved and gain respect on the part of a man.
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Analysis of Robbie Burns’ Poetry

It is a tribute to the honesty and faithfulness of the peasant to master and to God. It shows the value that Burns placed on family, and most of the poem is spent telling us [...]
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Poems of Robert Burns Review

This is like the letter Burns sent to his father before being a poet and there he stood and proved to all that He is a great writer who strikes in every thing he writes. [...]
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“A Chinese Banquet” Poem by Kitty Tsui

It would have required many years of study for her to become a poet in Hong Kong as she would have had little access to the English publishing world and none to the Chinese unless [...]
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Pauletta Hansel’s Poetry: Divining

Paulette Hansel got used to read her poems in public in order to transfer her emotions and the mood of her poems to the people for them to understand the real sense of her art.
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