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Dylan Thomas’ and Philip Larkin’s Poems

The force of Dylan Thomas's feeling is as apparent in the short poem "The Force that through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower" as in the significantly longer "Fern Hill".
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Poetry and Its Changing Social Function

The epic poem serves to provide the transition between both worlds by linking the ideals of the Old Code to the ideals of the Christian belief system.
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“White Lies” by Natasha Trethewey

As in the second stanza, she writes, "I could easily tell the white folks" meaning she's addressing white people and without any fear whatever lies she had to tell.
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Poetry. “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes

The Harlem Renaissance, a period spanning roughly the decades of the 1920s and 1930s, is frequently referred to as a literary movement, but the movement also encompassed a great explosion of African-American expression in many [...]
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“Howl for Carl Solomon” Poem by Allen Ginsberg

The poem "Howl for Carl Solomon" by Allen Ginsberg is the brightest example of the artistic protest against the humiliating and unfair standards and norms according to which human society lives.
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The Poem “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

The beginning of the poem reveals the narrator's feelings toward Annabel Lee, determining the theme and the mood of the verse: "a maiden there lived whom you may know by the name of Annabel Lee; [...]
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“The Black Walnut Tree” by Mary Oliver

The walnut tree, which is the center of discussion, symbolizes the merry fruitfulness of a time when the family was affluent. The poem symbolizes the walnut tree as a remembrance of the father.
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Philip Larkin’s “Here”

The format of the poem also serves to create a sense of isolation and disconnection. The swerving described throughout the first stanza is adopted by the mind of the reader and is never fully brought [...]
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Ovid’s, Catullus’, and Sappho’s Love Poems

Again, the original rhyme is lost, though much of the original character of the words are intact, due to the close resemblance of Latin and English in much of the inherited vocabulary from French, a [...]
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Marked With D’, an Adaptation of ‘Pat-a-Cake’

The first two lines of the poem reveal the picture of an actual corpse being burned in the process and providing the readers with ideas regarding the subject of the poem; namely, Harrison's father the [...]
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Deviation in E.E. Cummings’ “Kitty”

The first syntactical violation we can point out is Cummings' failure to capitalize the first word of the first line which is also the beginning of the first sentence, this is due to his "ineluctable [...]
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Comparing Poetic Tributes to Fathers

In looking at the tone of the two poems, the humor in Roethke's poem sharply contrasts with the seriousness, almost desperate tone of Thomas's poem.
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“Ars Poetica” by Archibald Macleish

This poem, like most of the Cummings' other poems, exists, quite meaningfully exists, in both form and content. Indeed, the form both encapsulates and expounds the meaning of the poem.
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“The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy, written by Italian writer Dante Alighieri between approximately 1308 and his death in 1321, is commonly regarded as the most well-known epic poem of Italian literature and is seen as one of [...]
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Poetry on Death: Comparison of Two Poems

In this example, death is in the middle of the circle, and is, hence in the power of the person because death settles on to impede, whether the person is pleased with it or not.
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“Incident” by Countee Cullen

In 1923, he graduated from the New York University and published his first book of poetry, "Color". His works are in the tradition of Keats and Shelley, resistant to the techniques of modernism.
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Writing: A Reflection of Living

In High School, my only claim to "literary acclaim" was a short poem that got published in the school paper, probably due to a lack of contributions from other students.
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“Daddy” by Sylvia Plath

Finally, her description of the man she married as the model of her father indicates his deep cruelty because he has a "love of the rack and the screw".
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Early Chinese Music, Ritual, and Performance Review

Ceramic production and the carving of the hardstones known collectively as jade are part of the earliest horizons of Chinese cultures in the Neolithic period, and the products of these activities have been made continuously [...]
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Irish Literature In Irish Analysis

The main similarity of pre-WWII period and the Innti generation is close attention to Irish language and folklore. During the pre-WWII period of time, anxiety and desperation dominated in Irish poetry.
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Eliot and Okigbo: A Comparison of Poets

Okigbo spoke the language of his people in Nigeria, and Eliot spoke American English. Okigbo learned English in school and university as the language of the colonial government of Nigeria at that time.
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Gilgamesh’s and Joseph’s Dreams Comparison Review

The functions of dreams in both works are studied by the researcher, their significance is underlined, differences and parallels between the usage of dreams in both works are established, the enduring values that the works [...]
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The 1930s English Poetry: Pen at War

Auden's poem uses conventional structure in the form of a sonnet although the the rhymes are not as smooth and lyrical, but the substance of the poetry remains in the era of the 1930s.
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John Keats’ Comparison of Odes

Finding a paradox in nearly all that he finds, it is as if Keats examines both sides of every coin using the urn as a base of perfection and the mortal desires of man and [...]
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Alicia Ostricker’s poem “First Love” Review

In using this flower as her first symbol of the daughter's pain, the poet is again beginning to suggest that while this experience is painful and pervasive, it is also the necessary step before moving [...]
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Shakespeare’s Sonnet 20 Analysis

In the literal sense, the poet's master is having control over him, and in the figurative sense, the Lord is both male and female.
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George Gordon Byron – a Romantic Poet

Thus, Lord Byron was involved in political struggle and considered one of the revolutionists of his time. Byron died of malaria in Greece while preparing to assist in the Greek war of independence against the [...]
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Shakespearean Sonnets from Critical Perspectives

The excellence of the sonnets is the excellence of parts. Although the sonnets proclaim his affection for the young man and his indulgence of him, they also disclose the attitudes which Shakespeare takes to both [...]
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Sharon Olds’ “Rites of Passage” Poem

Having already presented the boys as a group of older men in characteristic business behavior, this comparison serves to bring into focus the concept that while the speaker's son is ostensibly the 'king' of the [...]
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David Herbert Lawrence’s “Piano” Poem

The tonal quality of the woman's voice sends the speaker of the poem into a child-time memory that is not actually a single event, but a compilation of impressions throughout the Sundays of his childhood.
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Parent-Child Relations in Poetry

Robert Hayden is probably one of the best known for his verses that discover and articulate the African-American practice, from the epoch of slavery, and the times of Civil War, up to the time he [...]
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“Jabberwocky” Poem by Lewis Caroll

The meanings in the glossary differed from those in the Through The Looking Glass, therefore, the translation read: "It was evening, and the smooth active badgers were scratching and boring holes in the hill-side, all [...]
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Contemporary Literature. Poems and Paintings

The poem and painting chosen for the analysis in this paper belong to the works of the second group, that is the picture came to existence much earlier than the poem which, in its turn, [...]
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“To His Coy Mistress” Poem by Andrew Marvell

The title shows the intolerance of the passionate young man to the lady who is hesitant. The literal meaning of the poem is that the passionate man is intolerant of the coyness of the lady.
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Van Jordan’s “How a Person Writes a Poem”

However, there is a hint, both here and toward the end of the poem, that, like the moon, the lover's body may not always be as open, available, and illuminating to him, thus the need [...]
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Rome and the Invention of the West

In " The Aeneid," Virgil tells of the adventures of the hero of the Trojan war, Aeneas, who was destined by the gods to stay alive after the destruction of Troy to come to Italy [...]
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“Thoughts of Hanoi” Poem by Nguyen Thi Vinh

The Vietnam War found a profound reflection in the literature and poetry of the country's citizens, affected by the continuous loss of lives and the division of the country into North and South Vietnam.
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“Blindness” the Poem by Krishna Tateneni

The choice of words in the second stanza, the second last line, which reads "glowing at dusk, a shrouded welcome" is a further confirmation of the sorrow in the mind of the narrator.
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Henry Wardsworth Longfellow and His Romantic Poems

Henry Longfellow composed poems, the themes of which echoed with the principles and cornerstones of that time. These ideas are depicted in the works of Longfellow of the 1830s throughout the interaction of man and [...]
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Black Experiences Portrayal in Langston Hughes’ Poems

Furthermore, in "Negro," the poet also tells his readers about the identity of a "negro," a Black person, showing that this identity is strongly tied to a number of highly adverse situations and conditions which [...]
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“My Papa’s Waltz” Poem by Theodore Roethke

The literary styles influence the interpretation of the poem by the target audience. In the poem "My Papa Waltz," the author has employed, vivid descriptions, figurative language, and unique poetic tones to communicate the meaning [...]
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“Up the Wall” by Bruce Dawe

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In the poem "Up the Wall," Bruce Dawe narrates about the depressing existence of a housewife who is talking to his husband.
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Gwen Harwood’s Poetry

The language used in many of her poems lacks a clear rhyme and at times is borderline prose, and yet still it manages to pluck at the strings located in a reader's heart, painting vivid [...]
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The Poem and the Sign by Ferdinand de Saussure

The basic idea of a new approach to the structure and function of the language was that language is a system of signs which can be distinguished and studied separately, "Language is a system of [...]
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The 16th Century Definition of Human Being

It is needless to mention, of course, that being essentially Nietzschean, the poet's stance, in this respect, did not correlate with the Christian paradigm of love and marriage.
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Sweet Silent Thought: Alliteration and Poetry

In the research article "Sweet silent thought: alliteration and resonance in poetry comprehension," the researchers were mainly interested in scrutinizing alliteration and how it generally functions as a memory cue during the process of poetry [...]
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Emily Dickinson’s Poem 202

The main purpose of the poem is to deepen the meaning of words when combined in a context and represented in a rhythmic pattern.
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The Difficult Miracle of Black Poetry in America

What is of great interest to the author is the fact that she went above the expectation of many, even to the point of attaining classical education at Harvard. The author remains skeptical, and he [...]
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Literary Elements in “Macbeth” Poem

In addition, use of Symbolism imagery and symbolism creates a better picture in audience mind, concerning the themes that the play covers; such as where dark is used to represent evil.
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The History of Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The citizens of the USA became familiar with the poet in the early sixties. I suppose that famous Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko is one of the most influential literary figures in the world.
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“We Real Cool” Poem by Gwendolyn Brooks

Critics attribute the change in style to the politically charged times that We Real Cool was written in, and the poem also includes a more generous sprinkling of the vernacular that made her work more [...]
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