Coming to the United States, a nation that was supposed to offer better life to newcomers was a major turning point for immigrants. For few it was joyous, others adventurous, and for many it was a heart wrenching experience. The fear of not being accepted as equal human beings in the US was a fear that all immigrants shared, especially the Africans, Latinos, and Japanese immigrants. This fear has been expressed not only by the immigrants themselves, but also by poets throughout history. White settlers referred to African immigrants as blacks, Africans, slaves, and other hurtful words. The African immigrants that came to the United States were called every name in the book except African American. African American immigrants had every right to fear not being accepted by society. Upon their arrival to the United States, these immigrants were exposed to racism, violence, and hatred. People from adults to children expressed strong and hateful feelings towards African Americans. Countee Cullen, a colored poet from the Harlem Renaissance, opened this idea up to the public in his poem, "Incident". The poem paints the image of an African American boy on a visit to the city of Baltimore. Having never seen anything that could compare to the city the small boy is overtaken with feelings of joy and awe. The small African American comes across another child, similar in age and size, but who happens to be of the opposite color, white. The difference in their skin color is like night and day. The sight of the African American's dark skin stimulates the white boy to recall what his parents, elders and society had taught him, to shun the dark people. The African American's instinct is to smile at the white boy. Therefore, he does just that, and in return, the white...
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TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY BRITISH POETRY Knowledge of contemporary British poetry is of great importance when it comes to understanding the reigning trends of England. The 1970s saw a fair amount of polemic concerning the discontinuities of the national "traditions," most of it concerned with poetry, all of it vulnerable to a blunt totalizing which demonstrated the triumphant ability of "nation" to organize literary study and judgment--as it does still, perhaps more than ever. It remains the case twenty years later that there is a strong hint of the majority of the english poets to rediscover their 'Englishness' as a poet, and at the same time the presence of the various other cultures ensures that their remains a deep variety in the crative material. The temptation stubbornly to assert the coherence and power of national traditions is strong not only among cultural conservatives dedicated to the perpetuation of poetic practices associated with or promoting "little-englandism" but increasingly in other, less visible communities of readers as well--and here I think especially of the small but vital communities of poets and critics dedicated to exploratory practices, where the pressures to locate indigenous varieties of Modernist and postmodernist practice are increasing. Now at this stage this would be notable that the English poetry of the present day had to come a long way before it achieved its present mould. It includes the evolution of thought process from the likes of Yeats and Eliot and on to Auden, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin and finally to the present day poets like Andrew Zawacki, Brian Patten etc. The poetry of the present day England is one that has many voices to it. There are various ethnicities, cultures and nationalities involved in shaping the face of the contemporary British poetry. But a walk down the memory lane and...
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"Stout as a horse, affectionate, haughty, electrical, I and this mystery here we stand." This small quote is the most personally descriptive and unique in the free verse poem Song of Myself. It described every human aspect of our human lives and personalities. The stanza is a perfect representative of my thoughts, my attitude, and my traits. "Stout as a horse" can mean any number of feelings. To me, it represents the strong-souled person. Almost everyone that I call my "close friend" I call them stout as a horse. Of course, I don't mean this in a literal sense, but a sense with a special and deeper meaning. Everything in their attitude affects us. We are all stout as a horse. We all have that forceful determination telling us not to give up. And it's that same determination that takes us wherever our fate and dreams take us down life's rocky road. That assertiveness is a treasured quality that should be a great privilege to possess. It gives you inner power and tells the world around you that you are not afraid to look at new challenges that you are faced with everyday. Just as that stanza indicates, there truly is no death. Your soul lives in you forever and so does your personality. "Affection" is a part of us that we would never change. It is the part of our heart that never grows old. It is the part of us that is compassionate, friendly, and willing to embrace new people, concepts, and experiences. Affection is the one simple word that inter-twines our lives together like a woven, silky, spider web. Interconnection of all people comes into play here. Including myself, people all around this world are connected somehow. Whether it be a sweet touch and a hug from...
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Yeats and Arnold, the authors of these two Poems, have taken an existential view regarding the way religion affects the society, and why there is such turmoil in nearly the same way. Each uses methods of cause and effect and by using similar style and tone with diction, varied the presentation to bring a romantic view and a gothic view of religion and the world society. The two poems have no fixed form but are modern and leave no rhyme or reason in their content. "Dover Beach" indirectly tells a story, and "The Second Coming" is quite blunt and to the point, say directly what the author wishes to tell you. The first part of "Dover Beach" begins with a beautiful tone relating how religion has been seen in this chaotic world. It uses the vast sea as a symbol of the world in a continuum to begin and then ends, and finally tells how the speaker feels that the lack of religion has been the major cause of immorality and chaos for humans. The author tells of the destruction of all that is beautiful and then goes on into the existential view of the dark side of life with the confusion of battle. "The Second Coming" is very gloomy and gothic in telling how we continue on in chaos turning one fold of life after another, and ignorant of what we do to bring such chaotic turmoil and blaming too much religion as the background for this turmoil. As mentioned above "Dover Beach" uses the diction of romance the sea, and the beauty he sees as he describes the world and religion. He continues on through the beginning verses and then casts a shadow with his words to the dark side of existential belief. This is seen in the...
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"Robert Frost, born March 26, 1874" (Robert Frost), is considered by most to be "one of America is leading 20th century poets" (Frost 15). Some of his most famous work includes The Road Not Taken, Design, and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. "Frost won an unprecedented number of literary, academic, and public honors" (http://encarta.msn.com) because he allows all readers from all different experiences to relate to his poems. "Frost's poetry is based mainly upon the life and scenery of rural New England," (Frost 15) and the language of his verse reflects the compact idiom of that region. Although he concentrates on ordinary subject matter, Frost's emotional range is wide and deep and his poems often shift dramatically from a tone of humorous banter to the passionate expression of tragic experience. He uses vivid imagery, calm words, and rhythm that sets a tranquil mood for every reader. He used every aspect of the poem to play on the senses, so that all readers could relate. Through his use of creating vivid images, different moods, and all aspects of each poem to relate to every reader in a different way every time, that is why I have chose to analyse Robert Frost. Regardless of the original message that Robert Frost had intended to convey, his poem, The Road Not Taken, has left its readers with many different interpretations. The poem is most commonly interpreted as an advertisement of individuality, but that definition is dependent on whether or not there is a road not taken in Frost's poem. Many scholars believe that Frost was too ambivalent in his descriptions of the difference between the two roads, and have therefore challenged the existence of a less traveled road. The subtraction of a less traveled road from The Road Not Taken produces an...
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