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For most people, with differing religious backgrounds and beliefs, the words “homosexual” and “Christian” do not mesh. The church body as a whole does not recognize homosexuality as being consistent with Scripture, and leaders within the church provide extensive evidence as to why they have come to this conclusion. The Bible is used as their main source for refuting the gay lifestyle, and many Christians would argue that homosexuality is aiding the breakdown of the family structure in our society. While the evidence against homosexuality seems biblically based and compelling at first glance, a closer examination of the biblical context shows something somewhat different. People must also take into account the recent advances in scientific research regarding homosexuality, and question whether or not sexual orientation is truly a choice. Fortunately, many denominations are taking an active stand in support of gay and lesbian rights. There are churches headed by gay ministers; and in some places, same-sex unions are being provided as well. Perhaps in time, more churches will follow their example. In order to model what Jesus taught in the Bible, we are called to love God above all, but also to love our neighbors as well. Whether or not an agreement concerning the sinfulness and morality of homosexuality is made, there must be a recognition that we all share a common humanity and can learn and grow by building each other up – no matter what sex, nationality, age, religion, or sexual orientation a person might be. he major arguments against homosexuality are based on verses found within the Bible. Each of these verses should be reviewed and discussed. The story of the destruction of Sodom in Genesis 19:1-25 is referred to frequently. God had sent two angels to the city of Sodom and they took shelter in the home...
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“I love you, because in my thousand and one nights of dreams, I never once dreamed of you.” As most typical love poems start, all of them start with similes of live and what one would do for the satisfaction for love. Luis Lorens Torres wrote this poem about love because he must have been in love. This poem is very descriptive and would be difficult to make up if Torres was not in love. “I looked down paths that traveled from afar, but if it was never you I expected.” Looking back at Luis Lorens Torres life, he sees that nothing that he has ever done would come close to his feeling when he met you. “ Love me that way, flying over everything./ and , like the bird on its branch, land in my arms only to rest, then fly off again.” This poem like others where the poet describes his love to animals and compares the animal in a difficult situation where love would be the only way out for the bird. “Be not like the romantic ones who, in love, set me on fire. When you climb up my mansion, enter so lightly, that as you enter the dog of my heart will not bark?” Torres, in a sense alters himself from all the other love poems by being in a different animal situation. He portrays himself as an animal and says that the animal is within himself and it would be up to his lover to unleash the “beast” in him....
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Dream-Thieves Readers would not imagine it, but several things happened in Langston Hughes's 11-line poem "Harlem," which was written in 1951. In "Harlem," the author formally implies the many ways African American dreams can be deferred. In our American culture, 1951 was a year which still involved much segregation, so all the dreams of the Harlem Society could not become reality. Langston asks the readers to find the relationship of dreams that are being postponed and why. To begin with, the very first line of the poem states: "What happens to a dream deferred?"(Line 1) well it is obvious that the author might be substituting characteristics of irony, because the first line should not have been a question. The line simply should have been a statement; dreams are being deferred, if Harlem does not like it, then tough! The dreams were not being put off by the dream-seekers; they were clearly being automatically removed from African Americans as if they had no choice. The rest of the lines in the poem show what is happening to those dreams being deferred, Hughes uses metaphors, similes and analogies, to show the reader that, instead of being blunt. Many readers may agree or disagree with Hughes's answers to the first question of the poem; his answer's being the questions that he is asking the reader. For example, when he clearly asks "Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" (Lines 2-3), he is in all actuality giving an answer to his question, believe it or not. This quote is stating that dreams are going to disappear and shrink up and get smaller and smaller until somebody makes a stand. -1- Furthermore, if one read this poem then they would come up with several explanations of maybe why Hughes wrote this poem or why the author uses...
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"My Mistress's Eyes" is a poem written by William Shakespeare about the love towards an imperfect woman. This poem is also known as Sonnet 130, which is one of Shakespeare's many poems. Shakespeare was a master at producing sonnets, and that ability helped him get his messages across to the reader. In this poem, Shakespeare explains that although his mistress is imperfect, he finds his love special and rare. With that understood, the reader can focus on some important details of this poem: theme, tone, and form; to better understand and appreciate it. The theme of this poem is to reflect and understand true love; true love is considered unconditional love. This poem explains the imperfections and even flaws of the writer's love. He speaks of her eyes being "nothing like the sun", her lips not as red as coral, her breasts an off-white color, her cheeks less red than roses, and her voice not as pleasant as music. He even becomes a bit insulting when he points out that her hairs are like black wires, her breath reeks, and that she treads on the ground when she walks. But despite all these things, he still loves "to hear her speak" and finds his love rare, recognizable by heaven. This is why Shakespeare's outlook on love is different because he found the negative in his love but looked past it, yet most people who truly love are not able to see the bad at all. The tone in this poem displays contentment in love as well as being very ironic. Even though Shakespeare sees so much wrong with his love and even pokes fun at her, he still loves her. Shakespeare realizes that love is full of imperfections, yet that only makes love stronger. This is a realistic look at his mistress,...
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Rupert Chawner Brooke was an English poet whose career was cut short due to a tragic event while serving for his country during World War I. Rupert Brooke was a much loved English poet whose death spoke volumes to many and touched many people. His poetry was touching and beautiful and could be related to by many people. His life was short but had many events in that short time. Rupert Brooke was born at Rugby, Warwickshire on August 3, 1887. His father's name was William Brooke and was an assistant master at the school in Rugby. Rupert's mother's name was Mary Ruth Cotterill. Rupert was the second of three sons. Dick and Alfred were the names of his other two brothers (Keynes 1). Rupert attended school in Rugby where his father was assistant master, and in 1905 won a prize for a poem called "The Bastille" (Lavington 161). Brooke was a very athletic kid growing up and played both cricket and football for the school (Lavington 161). He soon found out that these games were not for him and so he took up the game of tennis and became very good at it. He also took a great interest in swimming. When he wasn't doing athletics he was always at a Russian ballet, which was another joy of his. In 1906 he went up to King's College, Cambridge, and became friends with G.E. Moore, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, and Leonard Fry (kirjasto). While at Cambridge, he was interested in acting and was the Secretary and President of the University Fabian Society. Later on in his years at King's College he went through a phase of vegetarianism which didn't last very long but was experimented with (Lavington 161). In 1910 Rupert's father died suddenly and Brooke for a short time was...
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Curtis Rockwell 10/02/03 Essay English The two poems, "The Beowulf Syndrome" by Cynthia Cheung and "Ozymandias" are two great pieces of work. The Beowulf Syndrome and Ozymandias can by compared in many ways. You can compare literary elements and techniques used in both poems. The Beowulf Syndrome is written in paragraphs of four. In this poem Cynthia tells about the novel Beowulf. In the beginning of the poem she write "specks of sand under darkened sky" this is a metaphor in which sand is really man. In this poem humans are shown as "poor". This is because the believed they could master time and their work could last forever. "With time out of reach". This did not happen because "once more the sands as flat as Haorot's shadows Crabs sidling in men's vanishing footprints. Man didn't achieve their goal to live forever. They returned back to the sand. The poem Ozymandias is a fourteen line poem in which the first eight lines get answer by the last six lines. In line eight "the hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed" is a metaphor . "The hand that mocked them" is really the sculptor hand mocked the king. And "the heart that fed" is the king feeding on power. In this poem Ozymandias is powerless. In both poems there are some sounds and tone. Like in The Beowulf Syndrome . She also wrote some alteration in the 2nd paragraph of the litter "T" in the 3rd and 4th line. "Only to turn on themselves biting their own tails, forgettable feats". This rhyming scheme is also like in Ozymandias. " I met a traveler form a antique land who said: two vast trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert…near them, on the sand, half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer...
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The Road Not Taken" I chose to do a poetry explication on Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken". I enjoyed this poem and have read many poems written by him. First, I just want to give a little background information on him. Robert Frost was one of the most inspiring and loved poets of the twentieth century. His work is concentrated on the New England Landscape. Most of the poems written by Frost have involved fear, tragedies, and life itself. Frosts poems have a great deal of symbolism involved, "The careful local observations and homely details of his poems often have symbolic, and even metaphysical, significance" (Robert Frost). In this poem he goes into the theme of life itself, the continuous journey, and the difficult decisions that have to be made along the way. This poem also is about choice. Choosing the path that is right for the person that will be traveling it. It could be the one less traveled or the more frequently traveled. It's up to the traveler to make that decision. In this poem, Frost believes that the road we choose will make us who we are. In line one of the poem, Frost introduces the metaphor that is sustained throughout the poem, the diverging roads. In line two "And sorry I could not travel both…" (1127,L2) conveys that it is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible not to wonder where each road will lead. It also shows limitation, he must choose just one. He may regret the choice he makes, he knows that in a lifetime, it is impossible to travel down every path there is. In line three he says "…and long I stood" (1127, L3), this shows that clearly he was in deep thought as to which road to take...
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'A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For the journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.' And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet. Then the camel men cursing and grumbling And running away, and wanting their liquor and women, And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters, And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly And the villages dirty and charging high prices: A hard time we had of it. At the end we preferred to travel all night, Sleeping in snatches, With the voices singing in our ears, saying That this was all folly. Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley, Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation; With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness, And three trees on the low sky, And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow. Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel, Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver, And feet kicking the empty wine-skins, But there was no information, and so we continued And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory. All this was a long time ago, I remember, And I would do it again, but set down This set down This: were we led all that way for Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly, We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death, But had thought they were different; this Birth was Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death, We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation, With an alien people clutching their gods. I should be glad of another death.' The Journey of the Magi is...
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Critical analysis on American literature I analyzed a selected poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson titled "Bacchus" written in 1847. In this poem I believe that he accurately depicted a metaphorical piece about everyone buying into things that weren't worth buying into, and jading their chance to boost themselves further in life. It sounds much like today, but was more realistic in the 1800's because it was spread by people and writings, real experiences, not television etc. Emerson starts out the poem with "Bring me wine, but wine which never grew". This to me expresses his need to thirst for things, which were true and solid. Truth is a reoccurring theme in many of Emerson's literary works. He wants knowledge, but things that have never been thought of before, ideas not yet conceived and put forth into motion in the world. He continues the poem with "Let its grapes the morn salute from a nocturnal root, which feels the acrid juice of Styx and Erebus". This represents the evil side of the world Emerson saw. He sensed that when people delved into things to gain more insight and connotation, they were withdrawn. He uses "grapes" again to show that this is linked to his first advance towards attempting to render new worldly ideas. All throughout the poem "Bacchus", Emerson uses wine to represent the "thirst" that people (mainly him) had for new, yet inspiring, not flippant, things in the world. He wrote "We buy ashes for bread; we buy diluted wine; give me of the true…". As I said before he used truth a lot, as a pure term to represent great knowledge, which he thought everyone could do with some taking of. "We buy ashes for bread…". This statement means they took part in things they didn't need. They accept authorities, and life "ingredients"...
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Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey, life. There is never a straight path that leaves one with but a sole direction in which to head. 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 interpetretations. It is one's past, present and the attitude with which he looks upon his future that determines the shade of the light that he will see the poem in. In any case howeever, this poem clearly demonstrates Frost's belief that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man who he is. "And sorry I could not travel both..." It is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible not to wonder about the opportunity cost, what will be missed out on. There is a strong sense of regret before the choice is even made and it lies in the knowledge that in one lifetime, it is impossible to travel down every path. In an attempt to make a decision, the traveler "looks down one as far as I could". The road that will be chosen leads to the unknown, as does any choice in life. As much he may strain his eyes to see as far the road stretches, eventually it surpasses his vision and he can never see where it is going to lead. It is the way that he chooses here that sets him off on his journey and decides where he is going. "Then took the other, just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim." What made it have the better claim is that "it was grassy and wanted wear." It was something that was obviously not for everyone because it...
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