Vietnam Poetry - 779 words
My essay is a comparison of a song and a poem about the Vietnam war. The song is "Goodnight Saigon" written by Billy Joel and the poem is "No Word Spoken" by Edward J. Domaleski. These two are very different but revolve around one main point; the American soldiers experience in the Vietnam war. Joel writes about the whole war experience while Domaleski writes just about one solitary battle. Domaleski is also more detailed than Joel in his writing. Domaleskis lines of poetry discreetly describe the scenes of a battle, while Joels generally describe the hardships of the American soldiers during the war. "No Word Spoken" stars off by describes some soldiers marching through a forest. They hear ...
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Poetry - 303 words
Identify and discuss the elements of Romanticism as given expression in John Keats' poem Lamia and William Wordsworth's excerpt from The Excursion. The term 'romanticism' is used to describe the aesthetic movement during the period from about 1776-1834. It was a revolutionary movement because it focused on ideals which in stark contrast to the 'Classical' movement, The Enlightenment, which preceded it. More importantly however is the fact that it reflected the social climate of the period which with the development of the French Revolution was in itself revolutionary. Rationalism, empiricism, materialism and mechanism were the central were the central philosophies of The Enlightenment and wa ...
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An Analysis Of The Indomitable Spirit Of Man In Henry Wadsworth Longfellows Poetry - 1,604 words
Henry Ford, the automobile magnate, once stated that the "world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward (Daily Quotations Network). Man has always struggled with uncontrollable aspects of his environment, but his ability to overcome these seemingly indomitable obstacles has earned recognition from numerous classical writers and poets, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. One of the real American Poets of yesterday (Montiero, Preface), Longfellow elaborates on mans perpetual struggle with life and nature in his poetry. In A Psalm of Life, The Village Blacksmith, and The Rainy Day, Longfellow explores many ...
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Medieval Literature And Poetry Illuminated Manuscripts - 963 words
The Middle Ages was a period of about one thousand years, between the collapse of the Roman Empire during the fifth century AD and the revival of classical art and learning known as the Renaissance around the fifteenth century. During this dark and chaotic period small groups of devout Christians could live with security and pursue a religious life. These people were doing something that almost no one else could do at the time- reading and writing. They were making something that almost no one else could make or have any use for- books. The first of these books was the Bible, and as time passed, more forms of literature such as poetry and illuminated manuscripts were created. Christianity, l ...
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Imagery In Robert Frosts Poetry - 1,948 words
And the work is play for mortal stakes, For Robert Frost it seemed that the deed of writing and interpreting his poetry never ended. His technique included simple dialect and description, his imagery was physical yet hypothetical, and his method showed his opposing views of the universe. Frost said, The subject of poetry should be common in booksit should happen to everyone but it should have occurred to no one before as material (Trachea 165). He was known to use anything he could to help the reader understand his writings, and in their own way, learn to interpret them into useful paragons for everyday living. Frost said that poems were merely a basis for which humans can perform in the fac ...
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Poetry Analysis - 761 words
In todays modern society, the entertainment industry plays a vital role in peoples everyday life. From movies to Broadway, music to television, or even NASCAR to lawn mower racing, everyone has some form of entertainment that grabs their attention. In case of the hunger artist, he was trying to set a record number of days for fasting. However in the end, there was no good reason why he chose to do so, except that he didnt find the foods he liked. The Hunger Artists talent, in a way, describes the overall actions of society as a whole, in the way that it treats entertainers or celebrities. When a person first enters the entertainment industry, or when someone enters the public eye in any way ...
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Pree 19th Centurey War Poetry - 1,744 words
With reference to poems of my choice show how the war poetry (Pre 20th Century) reflect both the glamour and horror of war. The overall image that the reader can grasp after reading these poems is of a mans view of what war is and how it affects the human race. Full of tawdry lace, and glittering arms, they maybe thinking of seeing. However, after all the glamour and battery smoke, has faded and settled, what is it, that will know face them, will it be Parading round, and round, and round or are you just theirs, but to do and die. After reading these poems what the reader can understand is that during, and before 1900 it would be seen as an act of bravery, a sign of patriotism and also they ...
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John Donne Poetry - 1,878 words
By Referring Closely to at least 4 poems, examine the distinct characteristics of John Donne poetry, paying particular attention to the Relationship Between Intellect and Emotion. John Donne was born in 1572 and both of his parents were Roman Catholics and as a result religion played a very prominent part in his upbringing, and this influenced his poetry greatly. Throughout his poetry there is a strong feel of religion. He was also an educated man and this is also shows in his work with his logical arguments and thought and feeling that goes into his poems. He often uses a paradox and likens things such as love and religion to other things as well. This also shows his range and variety of la ...
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Poetry Is - 1,597 words
In what sense and how far is the genius master of his madness? For it goes without saying that to a certain degree he is master of it, since otherwise he would be actually a madman. For such observations, however, ingenuity in a high degree is requisite, and love; for to make observation upon a superior mind is very difficult. --Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling Madness in great ones must not unwatch'd go. Poetry is not inspiration. Poetry is neither reasonable, irrational, or a result of some sort of mania. Poetry is language through which the writer affects and as a result the reader is affected. Within this, one finds a cause and effect relationship. Plato, in Ion, refers to the poet as, "a ...
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War In Poetry - 922 words
There is no single event that evokes more emotion than a war. It has the power to bring together a nation or tear at its very fabric. It has the power to give a nation its standing, as easily as it can take it away. It has the power to move men to acts they thought themselves uncapable of. It gives its participants a view of the world some will never understand. War is an inevitable result of a world diversified in its beliefs. However it is the view of the solider that is often ignored, the labors of war viewed as an honorable thing for a man to go through. Only through writing do we understand the horrors of war that seem to escape the tales of heroism we often hear. Poems such as Dulche a ...
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Civil War Poetry - 1,000 words
There were many reasons why Civil War poets wrote about the war. Some used the war to express their ideas concerning society, religion, and mans place in the world. While others aspired to capture the effects of the war and its impact on the soldiers and their families. Few of the poets trying to capture the wars effects approached realism because sentimentality and melodramatic temper was typical for their era. There were so many different feelings express in the poetry about the Civil War. I plan to compare the similarities and contrast the differences of poems by authors of this period, both black and white. I also plan to discuss the affect of the North verses the South conflict from the ...
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Civil War Poetry - 1,004 words
... bar called, The Colored Soldier depicts, as well as The Reason Why how African American soldiers fought bravely for the union. I think its horrible especially the line They were good to stop a bullet And to front the fearful fray. (African American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century) This shows how terrible it was on the blacks fighting for the south. It was terrible because the South, or the Union, was fighting to legalize slavery. They were used and abused as people. It seems they all stand so brave, Im not sure everyone, but in the poems I have read they are all honored and proud to stand up for their rights. Again, in the poem The Colored Soldier they refer to the American flag, whic ...
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Phonology In Poetry - 765 words
Poetry offers a wide variety of forms by which thoughts and emotions can be expressed . The way these poetic forms are constructed has a significant impact on the effect each respective poem creates. The Tyger by William Blake is a very emotionally turbulent and deeply religious poem . Blake utilizes several poetic devices to create the wonderful imagery and dark mesmerizing beat. The phonological qualities of the vocabulary of The Tyger have connotations of power and savagery. Alliteration underscores the harshness of the voiced explosives to produce a rhythm which symbolizes the Tygers strength and the danger he represents. The literal meanings of the wording in the poem the Tyger describ ...
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Poetry - 743 words
Demonstrates and points out the harsh and pacific realities of life. The river teaches us to let go of regret and move forward in one direction. The more constricted a river is the more violently out of control it becomes. Growth. Give the river credit. Every river is different. What matters? Why do you love? What do you know that no one else knows? Take a chance. Talk, listen, cry, roll off a waterfall. Laugh. You know how to laugh. Make a fool of yourself. Enjoy the high water, appreciate the lows... they're humbling. Learn, learn about you. Be aware at what might be lurking around the bend. Patience. Slow the river down and melt into it. Be positive. Be hopeful. Don't ever let anyone dest ...
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War Poetry - 1,033 words
During a war people do not understand the pain, sacrifice, and hardship that the soldiers endure. Many are just interested with the outcome. Many questions asked are, Are we winning? as if it is a game they are watching. Propaganda is used to lure boys into the army and comfort family members. It is not until the soldier returns from war (if lucky) deformed and mentally traumatized, that the true colours of war are seen. War poetries are written by many soldiers to tell their experiences, the hurt and hardship they have gone through. They are traumatized by the great amount of death they have seen, the fear of been killed. The dark red colour of blood will forever be engraved in their mind, ...
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Emily Dickinsons Life Experiences And Their Impact On Her Poetry - 1,609 words
Throughout the history of literature, it has often been said that the poet is the poetry (Tate, Reactionary 9); that a poets life and experiences greatly influence the style and the content of their writing, some more than others. Emily Dickinson is one of the most renowned poets of her time, recognized for the amount of genuine, emotional insight into life, death, and love she was able to show through her poetry. Many believe her lifestyle and solitude brought her to that point in her writing. During Emily Dickinsons life, she suffered many experiences that eventually sent her into seclusion, and those events, along with her reclusiveness, had a great impact on her poetry. Emily Elizabeth D ...
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Gillian Clark And The Subject Matter Of Her Poetry - 688 words
Gillian Clarke is obviously a poet of her locality - Wales, and she also writes in her poems of what it's like to be a woman. In this essay I intend to show whether or not her awareness of this affects the subject matter of her poetry. Gillian Clarke being a woman might affect the subject matter of her poetry, because in the poem: Letter from a far country, Gillian Clarke undoubtedly uses the idea of what its like to be a woman to get her point across. She says in her poem that basically women do great things but these are not always appreciated my males, because men do not see these tasks as being great. Clarke for instance obviously believes that the tasks she does at home are extremely im ...
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Poetry Intertextual - 1,208 words
The anthology "Lines to Time" includes a wide range of poems written by a selection of poets. What makes "Line to Time" interesting and enjoyable to read is the variety of topic and treatment the poets use to make their poetry effective. The range of poets featured in "Lines to Time" use a variety of poetic devices and writer's techniques such as symbolism, imagery, alliteration, onomatopoeia, tone, metaphors and humour, to effectively construct an evocative poem. Symbolism and imagery plays a large role in Gwen Harwood's poems "Suburban Sonnet", " Suburban Sonnet: Boxing Day" and "Father and Child". "Suburban Sonnet" tackles the issue of the harshness of motherhood. Harwood creates the imag ...
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Poetry Intertextual - 1,165 words
... he birth of his first child. Campbell's sonnet makes the audience question their views on life, due the way they structure their lives. "On the Birth of a Son" looks at the impact of a man's life when his first son is born, breaking the cycle of his comfortable life. Campbell uses symbolism to show the changes the child makes to the man's world. The "espaliered pear" is symbolic of the things in his life that he had trained and nurtured into the direction of his own liking. Campbell explores the way man had built his life around this wall he had built himself and had admired comfortably. Campbell uses the wall as a symbol of something planned in his life, "locked stone with stone", addin ...
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London - Poetry Analysis - 398 words
In this poem, Blake is trying to dispel the myth of grandeur and glory associated with London and to show the 'real' people of London and how they felt. London was seen and portrayed as a powerful and wonderful city where the wealthy lived and socialised. However, Blake knew that London was really a dirty, depressing and poverty-stricken city filled with slums and the homeless and chronically sick. To reveal the truth, Blake combines description of people and places with the thoughts and emotions of the people. For example, the second stanza says: "In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind forg'd manacles I hear" Blake combines the desc ...
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