Essay on Rhyme

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls

Analyzing Poetry (the DFTT model): 1st reading – Just read the poem. Most of us have to read a poem multiple times to figure out the meaning. 2nd reading – DECODE: Try to figure out what is being said literally. What is happening in the poem? Start with the biggest, most obvious things first. When […]

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Compare Before You Were Mine

Both “Before You Were Mine” by Carol Ann Duffy and “Mother Any Distance” by Simon Armitage focus on the role of being a mother and having to give up something. In “Before You Were Mine” its Carol Ann Duffy’s mother letting go and giving up her carefree lifestyle, to take up the important role of […]

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In Exile (Arthur Nortje

English 101D First Assignment Unique Nr: 826883 Dedre Immelman Student nr 5012-960-0 In Exile (Arthur Nortje) Question 1 The poem “In Exile” was written by Arthur Nortje in the 1960 – 1970 period. There could be different interpretations to the meaning of the title “In Exile”. Arthur Nortje won a scholarship to study at the […]

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Seven Ages of Men

The Seven Ages of Man poem also has a rhythm to it. It even contains some rhyme, but not to much. There is no specific amount of rhythm, as some lines are short, while others a a little bit longer, which keeps the poem interesting. Did not notice to much onomatopoeia in this poem, but […]

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“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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Night of the Scorpion

‘Night of the Scorpion’ is a poem by Nissim Ezekiel, in which the poet uses Indian English, to bring out Indian culture and ideology. Ezekiel uses a style known as ‘Poetry of Situation’ to depict the typical maternal reaction of selflessness on being bitten by the Scorpion – ‘Thank God the scorpion picked on me […]

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Montague

Montague poems give us a good picture of the kind of man who wrote them. Based on your readings of the poems you have studied give your oppression of the poet. Montague is a lyrical poet and his poems are all written from the perspective of “I”. As a poet he’s generally engaged in contemplating […]

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Critical Essay Before You Were Mine

“Before you were mine” by Carol Ann Duffy is a very emotionally charged poem about loss and cherished memories. The poet explores the significance of the past by looking back nostalgically and celebrating her mother’s previous, glamorous life before she was blessed with her child. The poet uses the techniques of tone, word choice and […]

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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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Explication of Design

“Design”, by Robert Frost, contemplates fate and the role it plays on the lives of every living thing, regardless of size. By definition, design is the purposeful or inventive arrangement of parts or details ( Webster ). The poem starts with the description of an observation made of a spider that has caught a moth […]

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Theme of Identity in “Summer Farm” and “The Bay”

The theme of identity is featured in the poems “Summer Farm” by Norman MacCaig and “The Bay” by James K. Baxter. Both poems are set in a natural foreground and address the issues associated with the theme of identity. Through the use of various literary techniques such as parallelism, metaphor and imagery, the theme of […]

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Critical Analysis of “Fire and Ice”

Critical Analysis of “Fire and Ice” One said, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. ” Four time Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, teacher, and lecturer, Robert Frost quoted this. Frost was born in 1874 and died in January of 1963. He lived in New England for […]

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Love is a very common theme in poetry

Many people have different views on love. Many of these views throughout the ages are explored through poetry as love has much contemporary relevance in today’s society as it ever did before. Two love poems I read which inspired me were Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 116’ and Carol-Anne Duffy’s ‘Valentine’. Shakespeare’s poem is a traditional sonnet written […]

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A Rediscovery of Juvenilia by Douglass Dunn

The poem is written as eulogy to the poet’s wife, and the somber tone is instantly evident. However, the title suggests the unearthing of a mislaid youth. The speaker of the poem speaks of sorting through old belongings, and he seems to take sentiment from things that at the time were just part of every […]

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Lust or Love

Poetry is used to convey an idea that can not be expressed in words, but rather in thought. The contemplative state of the poet, not the actions, is mimicked in the flowing lines of poetry he/she emit. In “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” the emotional state of Shakespeare is exemplified in the […]

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An Essay Comparing ‘Medallion’ and ‘Snake’

The title of the poem ‘Medallion’ automatically conjures up the image of a gold medal with a picture on it, usually awarded to commemorate an achievement. The first stanza, comprising of three lines, sets the scene for the rest of the poem. There is a gate with a moon and a star carved into 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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The Places Fault by Philip Hobsbaum and Nothings Changed by Tatamkhula Afrika

The Places Fault: This is an autobiographical poem recounting a short unhappy period of the poet’s childhood. He was evacuated to North Yorkshire during the war years. While he was little there, he experienced severe bullying, both on the streets and in school and the suffering and taunts and beatings he endured at the hands […]

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In what ways is Grace Nichols Using an Individual

The ways in which Grace Nichols using an individual, characteristic poetic voice is very different from other poets such as Ted Hughes or Seamus Heaney. From a first impression of the poem, we can see there is no set poem structure. This is a free verse poem, almost in a conversational style. The fifth and […]

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Analysis of the daffodils by Wordsworth

In this verse form the poet speaks to a friend or household member about a dramatic group of Narcissus pseudonarcissuss that he recalls seeing when on a walk one twenty-four hours. The poet has an exultant tone which is obvious when reading this well-known verse form. The subject is introduced with an terminal rhyming strategy […]

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