Poetry

“He fumbles at your Soul” Emily Dickinson

Dickinson uses diction to outline the idea that the act of death is unjust because God uses his superior being to manipulate the defenseless human soul. Dickinson’s first instance of diction is, “He stuns you by degrees-“(4). The idea of God stunning by degrees suggests the bringing about of the iciness of death. That God […]

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Compare and Contrast two Romantic poems

In this essay I will compare and contrast the treatment of relations between men and women in the poem ‘Indian Woman’s Death Song’ by Felicia Hemans and an extract from ‘Don Juan’ (Canto 1, stanzas 8-36) by Lord Byron. Hemans created a narrative poem in a serious tone of voice as befits the lament she […]

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Mortality and Immortality in Romantic Poetry

Eternity and immortality are phrases to which it is impossible for us to annex any distinct ideas, and the more we attempt to explain them, the more we shall find ourselves involved in contradiction – Wiiliam Godwin, Political Injustice. The writers of the Romantic period found in immortality a topic which was not only of […]

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Patriotism

Patriotism is something that all citizens of a nation have or lack. Some say that patriotism is poetic in its own essence and it would only make sense for poets to write about this subject. E. E. Cummings inscribed his views of patriotism in a poem. At first glance the poem can be seen as […]

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Sophocles’ Ode to Man

This descriptive poem, “Ode to Man” reflects the usage of power by man in society. The writer uses natural imagery, diction, personification and the structure of 4 lines per stanza to indicate and ensure how the poem and society can reflect between each other and its conflicts. It vividly explains how man became powerful with […]

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Australian Poetry – Survival

Survival has been a part of Australian history and culture since the beginning. When white man first settled on Australian soil, it was a survival of the fittest. From the many wars that Australian diggers fought in (and won) to the Great Depression to the present in this economic crisis, Australia has been surviving through […]

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Poetry Analysis: ‘Miracle on St David’s Day’

Gillian Clarke, born in 1937 in Cardiff, is known for writing poems about nature – and this one is no exception. Also, if we consider Clarke’s Welsh roots, it’s also no surprise that ‘Miracle on St. David’s Day’ features numerous references to the Welsh celebration. Furthermore, this poem is “Ars Poetica”: it is about poetry. […]

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‘Telephone conversation’ and ‘Nothing Said’

Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian, and Brenda Agard, a West Indian, are both black poets. They want to portray their views and beliefs on colour prejudice. Although the poems are written in different decades they have many other similarities in the theme and message. ‘Telephone Conversation’ was written in the 1960s. Peoples’ views, beliefs and opinions […]

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Comparison of “Prayer of a Black boy” and “Telephone Conversation”

These two poems, “Telephone Conversation” by Wole Soyinka and “Prayer of a black boy.” Guy Tirolien. Are both about how a black person coped in the white mans part of the world. Both these poems highlight the problems of racial and cultural differences. Prayer Of a Black Boy The “Prayer of a Black Boy” poem […]

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Stopped by Woods on a Snowy Evening vs The Collar

Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and George Herbert’s The Collar can be compared in that both poems emphasize the roles and responsibilities people have in life and the duties they have to fulfill. What separates the two poems is a distinct difference in speaker and situation, which implies a different purpose in […]

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