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Poetry
"Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave," Thomas Hardy Critical Analysis "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave," is a poem written by Thomas Hardy. The central theme of this poem is death, which is also seen in several different forms throughout the works of Thomas Hardy. There is a great deal of disappointment expressed in this poem. The Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy deems it, "a satire of circumstance" (Page 378). Thus, death and the afterlife are things of tragedy in this particular work. The point that Hardy makes is that no love or hate outlasts death. An important aspect to the poem's structure is that it is written sequentially in order to prepare the reader for an unsettling ending. Hardy takes us on a downward spiral through, as The Pattern of Hardy's Poetry puts it, a "series of steps from appearance to reality" (Hynes 53). The dead woman believes that someone she loved is there at her grave. This, however, she finds out is untrue through a devastating sequence of disappointments. The woman originally suspects that the person at her grave is her husband, but sadly it is not. In reality, her husband is off with his new love, and feels that since she is dead it, "cannot hurt her now" (p.48; l.5). Consequently, the woman guesses again, thinking this time it is her closest of kin. She is, yet again, disappointed. She finds out that they do not care to think of her anymore. This feeling of neglect is seen in the line, "What good will planting flowers produce?" (p.48; l.10). In other words, the family of the woman would rather not think of her than hurt themselves by doing so. Their reason for not going to see her is that nothing can bring her back from,...
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added: 01/06/2012
"Ars Poetica" Critical Analysis Every person has his or her own opinion about poetry. Some analyze and go into deep thought about poetry and others just look at the superficial appearance presented by the author. Either way, interpretations are created and opinions are based. The poem "Ars Poetica", by Archibald MacLeish is a very simple and blunt poem. His feelings about poetry are presented in a very simple way, so that no one can get the wrong idea. The first stanza summarizes the whole poem. He starts out by stating how quiet and simple a poem should be. He compares all of his ideas with examples and similes. In this case, it is a piece of fruit. He goes on to say that poems are dumb and that they should be wordless and effortless. From this stanza, we can tell that he is a man with a very simple mind and very straightforward thoughts. He gives no indication of symbolism or hidden meanings, he just wants the reader to know his feelings on what a poem should be. He wants the reader to realize the non-complicity of this poem. "A poem should be wordless, as the flight of birds" means that it takes no thinking to observe birds, their actions are sight only. As you can see, he is a very comparative writer with shallow thoughts and simplistic verses. The second stanza follows the exact same organization and flow as the first. It seems as if the moon rises and falls without us even knowing. We just look and its there. That is what MacLeish believes a poem should be like. He continues on with the comparison to the moon and the way it falls in the third line. As the moon passes through the trees there are times at...
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added: 01/25/2012
The "Ode on a Grecian Urn" portrays what Keats sees on the urn himself, only his view of what is going on. The urn, passed down through many centuries portrays the image that everything that is going on on the urn is frozen. In the first stanza, the speaker, standing before an ancient Grecian urn uses apostrophe when he speaks to the urn as if it is alive. The speaker describes the pictures as if they are frozen in time. It is the "still unravish'd bride of quietness," "foster-child of silence and slow time." He speaks to the urn and not about the urn, he treats the urn like it is listening to him like a human. He also describes the urn as a "historian," which can tell a story. He wonders about the figures on the side of the urn, and asks what legend they portray, and where they are from. Keats uses an oxy moron "unravish'd bride" meaning a virgin bride, a bride who has not been taken though she is married. In the second stanza, the speaker looks at another picture on the urn, this time of a young man playing a pipe, lying with his love beneath a tree. The speaker says that the piper's "unheard" melody's are sweeter than to a mortal's ear or melody, because they are unaffected by time. Though he can never kiss his lover because he is frozen in time, He should not grieve because her beauty will never fade. In the third stanza, he looks at the trees surrounding the lovers, and feels happy that they will never shed their leaves; he is happy for the piper because his songs will be "for ever new," and happy that the love of the boy and the girl will last forever, unlike...
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added: 01/24/2012
During the 17th century, certain poets wrote poems with the specific purpose of persuading a woman to have sexual intercourse with them. Three of these seduction poems utilize several strategies to do this: Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress," and Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning" and "The Flea." Some of the reasoning used by both poets is similar to the reasoning used today by men to convince women to have sexual intercourse with them. These gimmicks vary from poem to poem but coincide with modern day rationalization. The tactics used in 17th century seduction poems are relevant and similar to the seduction tactics used in the 21st century. Through his writing, Andrew Marvell uses several strategies to get a woman to sleep with him. In his seduction poem, "To His Coy Mistress," Marvell first presents a problem and then offers his solution to the problem. Marvell sets up a situation in which he and his lover are on opposite sides of the world: "Thou by the Indian Ganges' side/ Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide/ Of Humber would complain…." (5-7). He has set up a circumstance in which his lover is in India and he is in England; however, this situation can be interpreted as a metaphor for sexual distance. Marvell then goes on to profess his love for this woman, telling her that he will always love her, saying "...I would/ Love you ten years before the flood" (7-8) and saying that his "vegetable love should grow/ Vaster than empires and more slow" (11). This suggests that he is promising permanence in their relationship. In doing so, Marvell is also trying to pacify his lady's fears of sexual relations. He wants his lover to feel secure and confident about having intercourse with him. In the second stanza, Marvell...
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added: 09/18/2011
Analysis and Comparison of "The Lamb" and "Pied Beauty" God's presence is apparent in the beauty of nature. The world created by God is a perfect home to all living things. God has created an intricate world that is astonishing in its variety. In William Blake's 'The Lamb' and Gerard Manley Hopkins' 'Pied Beauty,' the poets illustrate the theme that the beauty of the earth proves the existence of a benevolent creator. Gerard Manley Hopkins was born on July 28, 1844. He was the first of nine children. He grew up in a family of writers and artists. At grammar school in High gate, he won the poetry prize for 'The Escorial' and a scholarship to Balliol College in Oxford. While there, he began to struggle with his Protestant faith and in 1866, Hopkins joined the Roman Catholic Church. This distanced him from his parents and even more when he joined the Jesuit order and was ordained a priest. As a young man Hopkins experienced conflict between his desire to write poetry and his religious commitment. When he attempted to publish his first poem it was rejected. Hopkins died at age 44, of typhoid fever. 'His poetry will always be among the greatest poems of faith and doubt in the English language' (Gerard Manley Hopkins: An Overview). William Blake was born on November 28, 1757 in London. He was the third oldest of five children. Blake went to school long enough to learn how to read and write. He then worked in his father's hosiery shop until the age of fourteen. His father then apprenticed Blake to an engraver when he saw his talent for drawing. William Blake married Catherine Boucher at the age of twenty-five. He taught her to read and write in order to help him in his...
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added: 10/14/2011
Analysis of "A Dream within a Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe's philosophy in his poetry was certainly demonstrated in his poem "A Dream Within A Dream." Poe did most of his work from Richmond, Virginia, in which he was also raised; Poe's first poem came out in 1827. I chose Edgar Allan Poe because I had heard so much about him, people saying that his work was amazing, and I wanted to know all about him. Edgar Allan Poe's odd literary style and amazing philosophy are clearly noticeable in his poems. Poe reveals his wonderful style by explaining his unusual themes and writing with techniques like another poet. Relating his life experiences to his poetry is another way that Edgar Allan Poe had shown his style and theme. Showing of all these aspects of his writing, Edgar Allan Poe's poems have amazingly influenced society and created remarkable poetry, appreciated by many people. Nearly all Poe's criticism on poetry was written for the magazines for which he worked. Poe believed that a poem's emotional impact was inspired by music or "sweet sound." He thus devoted considerable attention to techniques. Reflecting his interest in musical effects, Poe made no rigid distinction between music and poetry. Poe's influence on literature has been immense his story "The Murders in the Morgue"(1841) is considered the first modern detective story. His reviews of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne mark him as the first significant theorist of the modern short story. His poetry and his stories of terror are among the most influential in modern literature. Writers as diverse as the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky have used Poe's stories to help their own fictional experiments. Poe celebrated pure forms of beauty and opposed a tendency to instruct or moralize...
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added: 11/19/2011
Analysis of "Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall I know you aren't a huge fan of poetry but I think you would change your mind if you just took one look at this poem. I was looking through my Literature book and saw this poem and thought that it fit what I am always telling you; if it is my turn to die I am going to die regardless of what I am doing." The poem, "Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall is about a little girl and her mom discussing why she can't go downtown. The mother thinks it is too dangerous for the little girl and says that she can go to the church instead. In the end, the child goes to the church but dies in an explosion, in the church. I thought of you when I read this because you are always concerned with what I am doing and if I am going to be all right. You are terrified that I am going to be flying in a 4 seated airplane next Friday, but you just need to remember what I always say "if it's time for me to die, then it doesn't matter what I'm doing" along with remembering this poem. There are phrases in the poem that are more meaningful and stand out drawing you to this poem in spite of your disinterest in poetry. This has a very interesting rhyme sequencing that draws your attention even more. Every other line usually rhymes, which makes each stanza, stand out. In the first stanza, "Mother dear, may I go downtown/Instead of out to play, / and march the streets of Birmingham/ In a Freedom March today?" (1-4), you can see the rhyming that occurs between lines 2 and 4. This poem also shows a...
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added: 04/08/2012
Analysis of "The Road Not Taken" by Robery Frost Robert Frost is the author of the poem The Road Not Taken, he is a man of many faces. He has written poems and books explaining why humans are the way they are. Unfortunately, it seems to me that this leads to a generalization of the human species as a whole. Along the way in his writings he has made blanket statements about human nature and what he believes is the right way to go about choices and crossroads in life. Also, he has established himself as a great metaphorical writer on many levels. He has written works that deal on religion and politics but never really saying exactly what it's about. This makes the reader need to look deep into the rhetoric and past the surface, just look into the real soul of the piece. "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood." From the beginning sentence one can understand that the person who wrote this poem is a very deep thinker. It is marked with symbolism and metaphorical thinking, The symbolism in this paragraph explains the choice between two of life's many options. It's directly related to fate in that there are only two roads that can be traveled. The diverging is symbolic of the distancing between the two decisions. Both are far apart, yet they started from the same point. The person speaking (the author) says that he looks down both the paths, trying to see where they may lead but he can only see so far. Eventually the underbrush of both paths shrouds the rest of the path including its ending. The author uses weird ways to rhyme the words. It doesn't have a lot of rhythm to it, it's very hard to read this the first time...
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added: 12/23/2011
The three poems "The Passionate Shepard to His Love", "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time", and "To His Coy Mistress" contain similarities and differences. The synonymity and variations between these poems are found within the subjects, themes, and tones. The subject matter of these poems varies among each other. "The Passionate Shepard to His Love" is about a man, the speaker, attempting to convince his love to surrender to him and return his love. He attempts this by listing all the beautiful items that he will give her. "A gown made of the finest wool, /… Fair lined slippers for the cold." The speaker of "To His Coy Mistress" is also trying to win the heart of his love, but he attempts this in a different way. He uses the carpe diem theme to reason that they must live life to its fullest while they are still young. The speaker of this poem states his belief that waiting too long for love is a waste. "… then worms shall try/ That long-preserved virginity, / And your quaint honor turn to dust." The speaker of "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" also urges young women to marry while they are still in their youth. The difference is that the speaker is giving general advice to all women and not courting just one. All three poems share the common theme of carpe diem. All of the poems tell the reader that life doesn't last forever so you must live life to the fullest. The last stanza of "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" shows this theme. "Then be not coy, but use your time, / And, while ye may, go marry;/ For having lost but once you prime." The poem "To His Coy Mistress" displays this...
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added: 01/16/2012
Analysis of Anne Sexton's Poem "Her Kind" Anne Sexton was a poet and a woman, but most importantly, she was an outcast. Subjected to nervous breakdowns and admitted to a neuropsychiatry hospital, Sexton must have been all too familiar with the staring eyes and the judging minds of the public. Just being a woman in today's world often can be enough to degrade a person in the public's eye, let alone being labeled as a crazy woman. But Anne Sexton did not let society remain unchallenged in its views. She voiced a different opinion of women through poetry. In Anne Sexton's "Her Kind" the speaker of the poem embraces society's negative stereotype of modern, liberated women and transforms it into a positive image. Two voices, the voice of society and the voice of the speaker, duel about the issue of the stereotype of modern women. Like Anne Sexton, the speaker in this poem is an outcast woman. Basically, the speaker of "Her Kind" is outcast because she is powerful. Traditionally, society expects women to lead sheltered lives. Women are to be obedient, quiet, and timid. They are viewed as gentle and kind, not "dreaming evil" (Line 3). The modern, liberated woman completely shatters this tradition by courageously speaking her mind and living an independent life. She is empowered as she seeks education and a stable career instead of a domestic life. Since the modern woman does not fit the traditional label, "A woman like that is not a woman quite" (Line 6). Society would view this line of the poem as a negative slam on the modern woman and paraphrase it by saying, "She's not quite right in the head; therefore, she does not belong here in civilization." Society appears to recoil from the idea of a powerful woman. Male...
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added: 01/31/2012
Poems relate to many people in society. Two poems that relate to a character in a novel are "Desert Places" by Robert Frost and "Mirage" by Christina Rossetti; they relate to the main character, Ethan Frome, in the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. In the poem "Desert Places," Robert Frost portrays snow falling down to the point where all you can see is bright white with a little bit of shrubs and weeds sticking out of the ground. He describes the frozen desert very vividly. In one of the stanzas Robert Frost says, "All animals are smothered in their lairs." The word "smothered" can relate to the feelings of Ethan Frome. Ethan is smothered in a way by his duties and missions in Starkfield, and can't do what he truly wants to do. Moreover, the setting of the poem is also much like the setting of Ethan Frome. It was a harsh and bitter winter in which the town of Starkfield is covered entirely with snow with some weeds stick out the ground. Another fact that is noteworthy would be that like the animals from Robert Frosts, "Desert Places," were just as trapped in their lairs as the people in Ethan From were trapped in Starkfield. In the poem "Mirage," Christina Rosetti talks about her hopes of her dream and that she is now awakened, and she knows that her dream can not be accomplished. In the third line of her poem she says, "Exceeding comfortless, and worn and old." This line, along with the theme of theme of this poem, can go along with the themes of Ethan Frome. Ethan had a dream. His dream was to leave Starkfield and live a happy life with Mattie. However, this dream did not come true. Instead, it led to disaster,...
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added: 01/07/2012
Analysis of John Mansfield's Poem "Sea Fever" John Masefield's poem "Sea Fever" is a work of art that brings beauty to the English language through its use of rhythm, imagery and many complex figures of speech. The meter in "Sea Fever" follows the movement of the tall ship in rough water through its use of iambs and hard hitting spondees. Although written primarily in iambic meter, the meter in "Sea Fever" varies throughout the poem. The imagery in "Sea Fever" suggests an adventurous ocean that appeals to all five senses. Along with an adventurous ocean, "Sea Fever" also sets a mood of freedom through imagery of traveling gypsies. Perhaps, the most complex part of this poem is the use of personification and metaphor. These figures of speech go beyond the meter and imagery to compare life to a sea voyage and portray a strong longing for the sea. The two main themes of "Sea Fever" bring the reader closer to the sea and help the reader understand why the speaker must return to the sea. "Sea Fever" not only depicts a strong longing for the sea through its theme, but also through use of complex figures of speech, imagery, and meter. "Sea Fever" is an excellent example of varied meter which follows the actions of a tall ship through high seas and strong wind. Lines one and two contain the common iambic meter found throughout the poem. "Sea Fever" may be categorized as a sea chantey due to its iambic meter and natural rhythm which gives it a song like quality. This song like quality is created through the use of iambic meter and alliteration. For example, lines three and ten contain the repeated consonant sound of the letter "w". In line three, the meter becomes spondaic through the use...
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added: 12/25/2011
In poetry it is important for meanings and themes to be conveyed to us in a unique and interesting manner. Margaret Atwood uses many literary devices so the reader can really feel her poems and come to a greater understanding through her wonderful narrative voices. In the poem, "This is a Photograph of Me," Atwood uses haunting, ambiguous imagery to bring the piece to life and support its mysterious theme. The first image we receive from the poem is in the title itself. The image is an actually "image" of the narrative voice. We get a pretty good idea that the "photograph" of the narrator will be revealed to us by the straight-forward title. As we begin to delve into the poem itself, we discover that it appears to be a "smeared print" at first. This imagery hints to us quite literally that there is much more to this photograph than "blurred lines and grey flecks blended with paper" and on a more hidden level it reveals something much deeper that we discover in the latter half. In the second stanza the narrator, "she" if you will, begins to guide us through a deeper understanding of the cryptic blurriness of the print. She points out to us not a branch, but a "thing that is like a branch." This adds to the mystery of the picture and begins to build a curiousness about our narrator. We are shown "part of a tree emerging," which gives another hint to secrets which will soon "emerge" and be revealed. There's also "a gentle slope, a small frame house," which would normally have a positive connotation, but the "ought to be" in front of the two descriptions, gives the images the ambiguity and mysticism like the rest of the poem. The third stanza consists...
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added: 12/27/2011
Alfred Lord Tennyson, a Victorian poet, used characters from history and mythology for his poetry. Much of his poetry touches upon the subject of death and loneliness. For example, the Lady of Shallot dies when she looks beyond her inner world, Mariana lives in constant sadness over her departed lover, and Tithonus lives forever in an agony worse than death. With a background of melancholia, isolation or anguish Tennyson conveys themes of half-life and death-in-life by the use of uses imagery, symbolism and figures of speech. In the dramatic monologue "Tithonus," Tennyson instructs the reader that immortality is not necessarily a desirable thing as Tithonus tries to convince Aurora to make him mortal again. In the poem, Tithonus asks Aurora to grant him immortality, which she does. Although in actual mythology Zeus grants immortality, it is immortality and not eternal youth that Tithonus receives. Therefore, he now "withers slowly" with a fate worse than death since many jealous gods "beat me down and marred and waste me." Tithonus presents the natural cycle of life followed by death by describing how first, "Man comes" then he "tills the fields" and finally "lies beneath". However, his "cruel immortality" prevents him from following the same pattern. The rhetorical question, "Why should a man desire in any way/To vary from the kindly race of man…as is most meet for all?" indicates his realization of the absurdity in asking for immortal life. His wish to be immortal like the gods can be interpreted as alluding to Adam and Eve's desire for the knowledge of God. Anyway, as a "soft air fans the clouds apart" (personification), Tithonus sees the "dark world" to which he belongs. Tithonus uses much imagery as he recalls those days of youth when he "felt my blood/Glow with the glow that slowly...
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added: 12/09/2011
John Donne's poetry is characterized by complex imagery and irregularity. In his four pieces of poetry, Song, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Meditation 17, and Death Be Not Proud, Donne effortlessly displays the traits of a metaphysical poet. He uses a variety of arguments in all of his work. He also incorporates many significant comparisons in his poems. Finally, Donne includes a fine use of language in all of his poetry. Overall, John Donne enlists all of the conventions of a metaphysical poet in his prose, meditation and poems. John Donne uses a great variety of arguments in all of his work. In "Death Be Not Proud," Donne expresses his view that death is not something feared, as it often is, and has been, since the beginning of time. He points out the weaknesses of death and, with confidence, declares his victory over it by means of his lack of respect and fear for its implications. The basis of his argument is to show the weakness of death in his poem. For instance: …Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death, not yet canst thou kill me… (Donne, "Death Be Not Proud" 1-4) He goes on to describe death as a mere transition, which does not serve as an end, but instead, a new awakening to an eternal afterlife. Throughout Donne's poetry, he incorporates many significant comparisons. In A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Donne expresses his feelings about his wife with a great use of comparisons. The metaphors of earthquakes in line 9, and celestial spheres, line 11, portray a great understanding of his relationship with specific details about the magnitude of love. Donne uses these to explain how two different,...
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added: 11/17/2011
This poem talks about an astronomer lecturing the narrator's class. The narrator ¡§[becomes] tired and sick¡¨ implying he is bored by the class and dazes off to his fantasy. While he thinks the class is boring, the audiences give the astronomer much applause in the lecture-room. Whitman uses repetition, starting the first four lines with ¡§when¡¨ to emphasize how boring the class is. This also shows an orderly and tensed feeling and is elaborated through his choice of words. He uses words such as proofs, figures, columns, charts, and diagrams to support the systematic astronomer lecture. The systematic words reflect a strict sense of science, contrasting nature not having an orderly manner. The narrator finds it extremely dull to view nature in a scientific way. Whitman shows how the class is uninteresting compared to when the narrator dazes off in his wonderland, and [looks] up in perfect silence at the stars. The last three lines show how nature should not be viewed in a systematic way, but rather with a Romantic attitude. Mystical moist night-air and perfect silence at the stars show a comfortable feeling and inner peace towards the stars in the sky. It also slows relaxation compared to the tensed lecture. The attitudes toward science and nature are very contrasting in this poem. Although it seems like the narrator loves astronomy, he feels bored in this lecture class. The narrator simply loves the beauty of nature. However, when nature is approached with a scientific perspective, it alters his view from interesting to tedious....
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In Emily Dickinson's poems, " 'Heaven'- is what I can not reach," and "Success is counted sweetest," the reader can see there is a desire. One poem shows the desire to reach heaven or a heavenly feeling. The other poem shows a desire to win, to accomplish something. In both poems Dickinson uses end rhyme and eye rhyme. Meyer defines rhyme as, " The repetition of identical or similar concluding syllables in different words, most often at the end of lines." (1601). Meyer also states "….words may look alike but not rhyme at all. This is called end rhyme." (1601). Dickinson also uses images to tell a story with each poem. Meyer defines images as, " A word, phrase, or figure of speech that addresses the senses, suggesting mental pictures of sighs, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings or actions." (1593). She also added form. Meyer defines form as, "The overall structure or shape of a work, which frequently follows an established design." (1591). With images, rhyme and form Dickinson shows the reader the similar way of using image, rhyme and form of both poems, and the feeling of desire. She shows the desire to reach victory or heaven or maybe both. In " 'Heaven'- is what I can not reach," Dickinson has many images to help the reader see and understand how heaven is unreachable. " The apple on the Tree / Provided it do hopeless-hang / That – "Heaven" is –to Me!" (2,3,4). The out of reach apple is heaven to her. Being able to reach it would be reaching heaven. The reader can see the image of the apple up in the tree so vividly. The reader knows that there is a desire to eat that particular apple. When it is reached and a bite is taken, the taste...
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added: 01/24/2012
Compare and Contrast Wordsworth's poem 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' with 'God's Grandeur' by Hopkins 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' and 'God's Grandeur' are both traditional poems written in the romantic era which looks upon changes that need to happen and looks away from those to the places which haven't been affected by the misery of the world. 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' is a typical romantic sonnet expressing Wordsworth's love for the beauty and amazement of London. This is in much contrast to 'God's Grandeur' in which Hopkins expresses his feelings towards the beauty of nature in comparison to the wretchedness of man. Both poems have endeavoured to use their different rhyme schemes, language and similes to propose their own strong views on the world. 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' and God's Grandeur both use a traditional petrachan sonnet as the structure for their poem. 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' uses this sonnet format of two quatrains followed by a sestet (the traditional form of a love poem) to show Wordsworth's intense love for London. 'God's Grandeur' uses the form of the sonnet but uses an octave followed by a sestet to help aid him in showing his two different views on the world today. Hopkins has used the first quatrain to declare his idea of God's presence and the second quatrain to show how mankind have rejected and destroyed the nature and beauty of the world around us, 'Generations have trod, have trod, have trod.' To relieve this pressure Hopkins has fostered through the octave he uses a characteristic volta in order to show a shift in the argumentative direction between the octave and sestet. In the sestet, Hopkins argues that despite of the interdependent deterioration of human beings, God has not abandoned the Earth 'And for all this nature is never spent'....
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added: 10/06/2011
Comparison Of "Composed Upon West Minster Bridge" And "London" In major cities across the world, glamour, money, prestige and opportunity flourish. However, in many of these cities, this is only the lining which hides away the other side of the city. The two poems are "West Minster Bridge" by William Wordsworth, and "London", by William Blake. These are two poems a are about the capital city of England, London. It shows the appearance in one, and the reality in the other. "London" shows the pain and the plight of the common man, whereas "Composed upon West Minster Bridge," displays how the rich thrive and prosper, by creating a smoke screen to hide themselves from this poverty. The first poem is some one who is visiting London for the first time, and has lived in the country. He has expectations of a grubby, smoky place, yet is greeted by a slightly diluted view of London. He is show a view of beauty, as the light is reflecting of buildings, and giving an impression of calm peace and tranquility. " The beauty of the morning, silent, bare…" However, as he says "morning", we could come to the conclusion that as it is early, the city has not yet woken up to life, and Blake is seeing the naked; the inhabitants which make it the thriving city it is have not risen from the beds, to bring the city out of its sleep. The second poem is the total opposite of the colorful and tranquil city that Wordsworth portrays. Blake, an inhabitant of London all of his life, know the truth about the city form hand on experience, the poverty and the suffering which happens there, He describes with lots of imagery the plight that the working class people face. " I wander...
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In the "Unholy Sonnet; after the Praying" by Mark Jarman and "Batter my Heart, Three-personed God, for You" by John Donne, there lies very common subject matters. Both poems are expressing a feeling that the author has about his religion and it's purpose in his life. Yet, although the subjects both poems are addressing are the same, the messages being delivered are slightly different. The likenesses within both of the poems are very great. They are similar in that the both are talking about their common religion, which seems to be Christianity. The common theme in both poems is centered on what the speaker in the poem wants God to help him do. Both speakers share the belief that being sin free is very hard work. This is shown in Jarman's poem when the speaker states, "After the praying, after the hymn singing, / After the communion, after the hand wringing" (Jarman 1, 4). This is shown in Donne's poem when the speaker states, "That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend / Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new" (Donne 3). So as you see one of the main common themes is that being good and pure is no easy task. Although both poems are very similar, the points of views are very different. In the poem by Jarman, the author is trying to portray the feeling that one gets after he or she is done repenting for past sins and praying for forgiveness. It is present in the uncomfortable feeling that the sinner is still not fully clean, and that personal desires will always be present. In the lines stating, "There is, as doctors say about some pain Discomfort knowing that despite your prayers Your listening and rejoicing, your small part In this...
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