Essay on Rhyme Scheme

“Sailing to Byzantium” Prose Commentary

As Leon Battista Alberti once said, “Painting is possessed of divine powered, for not only does it make the absent present, but also makes the dead almost alive”. This seems to summarize the central theme of William Butler Yeats’ poem, “Sailing to Byzantium” that through human imagination, nature and its raw materials are transformed into […]

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Semester Poetry

This unit will attempt to offer an overview of Spender’s well known sonnet sequence, the Alienator sonnets, Slung primarily on formal elements and literary Influences. It will offer analyses of three sonnets boom the Amaretto. The Influence In particular of Italian court poets like Patriarch, and the reworking of the sonnet will be explored. The […]

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‘The Sick Equation’ – Brian Pattern

The poem ‘The Sick Equation’, by Brian Pattern is one of the many poems which comes from the book ‘Armada’, which was published in 1996. The book is dedicated to his mother. This poem is in retrospect and is about his childhood. The poet uses enjambment in this poem. ‘The Sick Equation’ focuses on the […]

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Comparing ‘ Follower ‘ and ‘ Digging ‘

The title ‘ Follower ‘ intrigues curiosity for what the poem is about, and what is doing the following. This poem, the ‘ Follower ‘, is about the writer looking up to his father whilst he ploughs some land, and how the roles have changed. The title ‘ Digging ‘ is quite plain, and unusual […]

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Comparing “Mid-term Break” and “The Early Purges”

The two poems I have looked at are both wrote by Seamus Heaney, they both deal with death but in very different ways. One poem is set in the countryside and shows that death is part of the life there; the other is set in the city and shows how hard a family member dieing […]

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Flanders Field, Fall In and Anthem for Doomed Youth

My essay is going to discuss the comparisons and contrasts of the three poems I have chosen. The first is called ‘In Flanders Fields’ and is written by John McCrae, born in 1872-1918. McCrae was a Canadian doctor who first served as a gunner in Europe and gradually became a military medical officer. He partook […]

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The Drum

The subject of War is one that rouses many varying attitudes amongst writers, which is evident through their respective compositions of literature. Throughout the duration of World War I, many soldiers who originally harboured enthusiasm towards the notion of fighting for one’s country to attain honour became incredibly cynical and satirical of the war. One […]

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Figure Of Speech

Simile : A comparison between two distinctly different things, objects or events. It consists in placing two different things side by side and comparing them with regard to some quality common to them. First the two objects must be different in kind. Secondly, the point of resemblance between the two different object or event must […]

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The ways the writers present attitudes to the war

War poetry prior to 1914 captured the excitement of war due to the success of the British army in conquering and expanding its empire. Poetry previous to 1900 therefore, focused on the victory of fighting, such as Newbolt’s Vitai Lampada. At the start of the First World War there was a surge of recruitment poems […]

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Sonnet Eighteen: An Analysis

Sonnet Eighteen is one of the most famous sonnets written by William Shakespeare. The sonnet is about the love that another has for his lover. Many argue that the sonnet is actually written about another man, but either way it is about love. Sonnet eighteen’s theme is that even though the summer and things of […]

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Analyses of “I Walked as Lonely as a Cloud”

AP English Language and Composition 2 February 2012 Word Count: 516 Analysis of “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud” William Wordsworth’s, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, focuses mainly on the beautiful things that nature has to offer. Nature is very important to Wordsworth and it is clear in his writing. Originally the poem was […]

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Analysis of Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town

In the poem Anyone Lived in a Pretty how Town E. E. Cummings plays with jumbled syntax, a seemingly random rhyme scheme, and the paradox of non-identical repetition to convey his message about the ordinariness of daily life, the passing of time, and the inclusive anonymity of people we encounter in our lives. Anyone Lived […]

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A Surprising Read and Analysis of Brueghel’s Two Monkeys

Szymborska’s poem, “Brueghel’s Two Monkeys,” starts in an odd way. The reader is thrust straight into the scene of an exam, which at first seems all too familiar. However, Szymborska surprises the reader when the voice says what she dreams about as she takes the final exam, “two monkeys, chained to the floor. ” This […]

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