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Poem to the Snake by Denise Levertov

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Poem Analysis: "To the Snake"

Denise Levertov's poem, "To the Snake," uses the presence of a snake to express the speaker's simultaneous fear of and attraction to sexuality and intimacy. The snake itself is an overt symbol of the male member and, as such, illustrates the dangers which are presented by desire. The speaker hangs the green snake "round my neck" (Levertov 1) and strokes its "cold, pulsing throat" (2), actions which are suggestive of sexual activities. However, the snake's response to the speaker's ministrations are rife with peril. Indeed, the snake is heavy on the speaker's shoulders and responds with hisses which suggest that it is likely to bite or attack the speaker. The use of a snake in this context also evokes the Biblical story of Adam and Eve in which the snake in the Garden of Eden was used to tempt Eve to disobey God. Levertov…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Levertov, Denise. "To the Snake." Poem Hunter, 3 Jan. 2003. Web. 24 Nov. 2011.
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Poem Interpretation

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Dempsey gives a modern interpretation of Emily Dickinson's "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark." He raises uncertainties regarding the meanings of the various images and words, rather than providing clear meanings to clarify the meaning of the poem as a whole. Indeed, this appears to be a requirement with regard to the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Her images are vague, arbitrary and highly personal in ways that raise poetry to the art form it deserves to be. The images in this particular poem are no exception, as will be seen by the various interpretations offered by a variety of authors. Especially problematic is the image of "Darkness" that is found throughout the poem, and that appears to be dichotomized with the concept of "Light."

According to Dempsey then, the post-modern reading method applies the content of poetry primarily to the reader rather than the author or the context of the…… [Read More]


Dempsey, Jough. "Dickinson's Uncertainty Principle." Poetry X, 14 October 1999.

Kirkby, Joan. Emily Dickinson. London: Macmillan, 1991

Sister Miriam. "Poetic Traditions."  http://www.spondee.net/JessicaPowers/pagetwo.html
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Poem Is Donald Hall's Letter With No Address

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prolific black American writers recognized in the world of contemporary American literature is Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou was born Margurite Johnson in Arkansas, but later changed her name to Maya Angelou, after her husband's last name, a man named Tosh Angelou (Life and Times 2002). Maya Angelou had struggled through hard life and poverty, living her life in perpetual abuse to opportunist and abusive men. She had a difficult childhood, and was raped at the age of 8 by her mother's friend, and by the age 16, gave birth to her son (Quilt Pages 2002). She sustains herself and her son by working, and Maya Angelou worked on different odd jobs. She was considered the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco, the first black woman screenwriter and director in Hollywood, and became known for her work for the civil rights movement along with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King…… [Read More]

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Life and Times of Maya Angelou." Communications Academy of the Sir Francis Drake High School Website. 29 September 2002. http://drake.marin.k12.ca.us/stuwork/comacad/poets/ANGELOU/poems.html#af.

Maya Angelou." ClassicNotes Website. 29 September 2002 http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/Authors/about_maya_angelou.html.

Maya Angelou." The Quilt Pages Homepage. 29 September 2002.  http://wwwomen.com/users/hub/quilt/maya.html .
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Poem Fair and Unfair

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Louise Bogan was an American poet whose work "Cassandra" analyzes the impact that a curse has on the titular character. Born in Maine in 1897, Bogan led a tumultuous life that was often shrouded in secrecy and one in which she frequently battled personal demons. Through her poetry, Bogan analyzed and deconstructed the issues that haunted her. "Cassandra" is based on the Greek myth of Cassandra and the curse Apollo put on her when she rejected his advances and maintained that she wanted to stay a virgin. As a result, Apollo transformed the gift of foresight he had bestowed upon her because she was beautiful into a curse by having her predictions shrugged off by anyone that would hear them. Through the use of allusion, tone, and dualities, Bogan not only illustrates Cassandra's curse and personal struggle, but simultaneously comments on the prevailing social inequalities between men and women.…… [Read More]

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"Alcmene (Alcmena)." Ancient/Classical History. About.com. Web. 18 October 2012.

Bogan, Louise. "Cassandra." The Blue Estuaries: Poems 1923-1968. Poetry Foundation. Web.

18 October 2012.

Discovery Education. "Women of the Century." Web. 18 October 2012.
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Poem To William Wordsworth by Coleridge

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Romantic era poets like Coleridge and ordsworth both relied heavily on nature imagery to convey core themes, and often nature became a theme unto itself. In "To illiam ordsworth," Coleridge writes accolades for his friend using many of the tropes of Romanticism, including the liberal use of nature metaphors to commend ordsworth's creativity. The metaphors are mainly encapsulated by the spirit of springtime and the ebbing of energy that seasonal rebirth entails. Elements of nature in "To illiam ordsworth" include the tumultuous transition from winter into spring, with its attendant storms, as well as the swelling and ebbing of energy that comes from the act of gestation, procreation, and birth.

In "To illiam ordsworth," Coleridge shows that poetry and the act of creating poetic verse is akin to the mystery of creation itself. Coleridge uses analogies of pregnancy and birth to underscore the parallel between creative writing in poetic format…… [Read More]

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Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. "To William Wordsworth."
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WB Yeats's Poem

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Yeats' "The Stolen Child"

An Analysis of the Temptation to Flee Reality in Yeats' "The Stolen Child"

Yeats' "The Stolen Child" depicts a world in which fantasy and reality are in contention with one another. The conflict is between the sense of reality (barely perceptible and inundated by a flood of dreamlike perceptions) and the flight of fantasy. A parallel might be drawn between the poem and the social problem of addiction. If the poem on one level is about a child's escape/flight from reality into fantasy, it might also be said that the poem on a deeper level is about those who suffer from addiction are unable to face reality and must fly from it. Indeed, the imagery used by the fairy narrator evokes scenes comparable to states of inebriation or drunkenness. While fear and the ominous sense of death both appear to be underlying factors in the poem,…… [Read More]

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Ulysses Is a Poem by Alfred Lord

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Ulysses is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson that recounts King Ulysses' experiences during his journey back to Ithaca after fighting at Troy. Throughout the poem, Tennyson is able to develop Ulysses' character through a first-person introspective of the king's experiences, which allow the reader to understand what Ulysses is thinking and what his motivations are.

At the beginning of the poem, it is quickly established that the narrator of the poem is someone of high-ranking, specifically a king. Moreover, the narrator establishes that he is old and that despite his rule and authority, he feels as though his people do not know him. Tennyson writes, "It little profits an idle king,/By this still hearth, among these barren crags,/Matched with an aged wife, I mete and dole/Unequal laws unto a savage race,/That hoard, and feed, and know not me" (Tennyson lines 1-5). In these introductory lines, the narrator also establishes…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Tennyson, Alfred. "Ulysses." Web. 24 October 2012.
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Waking Poem a Poem on the Philosophy

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Waking Poem

A Poem on the Philosophy of Waking: Rhythm of the Morning

Ring ding dong

And the night that seemed so long

That stretched out like a knife

That was darker than my life

Is vanished like a dream

And I'm awakened by the scream

Alarming every time

And I cannot seem to find

The fingers to the button or a way to stop the sudden and never-ending bludgeon of the clock that keeps right on like that energizer jawn so I grab it off the stand and I take it in my hand

And now I'm carrying my time and now everything is mine the morning and the shine that takes me from my place into a higher space where I pray that every day could be exactly right this way that I get up with the sun and know that I'm a be the one to gathering…… [Read More]

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House Is a Poem About

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Line 12 - Again, he notes that the land and country will change, but it will still remain close to what it is today.

Line 13 - This line talks about creation and the birth of Earth, just as the poem celebrates creation and the birth of a building.

Line 14 - This line continues the theme of creation, using a metaphor of "Orion in December" to describe the theme of creation, rebirth, and permanence at the same time.

Line 15 - This beautiful line uses phrase and simile to create a beautiful illusion. "Evenings was strung in the throat of the valley like a lamp-lighted bridge" (Jeffers 15), and the image of the "throat" of the valley makes it seem delicate and beautiful at the same time.

Line 16 - This line brings the reader back to the house and the coastline, and the permanence of the ocean and…… [Read More]


Jeffers, Robinson. Selected Poems by Robinson Jeffers. New York: Vintage Books, 1965.
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John S Be Careful Poem

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The prevailing notion through the repetition of the line, "Be Careful," which is repeated four times in the eight line poem is that one should not take things for granted and act out of line. Even in the smallest details one should have good thoughts as bad thoughts will turn into bad actions and thus bad habits and the cycle will continue indefinitely. Be Careful is thus an effective poem and one in which its point is not only verbally articulated, but articulated through the form and expression of the poem as well. It is remarkable that such a short and simple repetitive poem can have such an emotional impact and even have a twist at the end as destiny is an important aspect of life that everyone tries to make the best. Destiny is the entire future and how the future effects not only a person, but others around…… [Read More]

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Elizabeth Bishop's Poem One Art Is Clearly

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Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art" is clearly about loss. She tells the reader that in the first line: "The art of losing isn't hard to master...." She might have called the poem "One Lesson" instead of "One Art," because on the surface she pretends to be telling other that loss is a natural part of life, something we have to accept and learn to live with. She suggests a sort of Zen-like approach to loss: instead of letting it bother us, we should embrace loss. She then lists losses she has experience in her life. She has gotten past them; losing things does not "bring disaster."

Her first example is trivial -- misplacing one's keys. She suggests that individuals are not so important that they should be upset over looking for a set of keys for an hour. The reader knows already that she is not being realistic: looking for…… [Read More]

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Bilingual Poem John S Bilingual Bilingue

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In the end of the poem she has tied together her themes to show that her words do not divide her from her father. The very fact that she, the daughter and the author has in English expressed her emotion and care towards her father indicates that language has not divided him from her. His fear is thus unjustified, and in spite of his fear that his daughter will learn a language different than his own and grow farther from him, he loves his daughter and the words she creates in English. Just because she is proficient and talented in English she is still a Spanish speaker and still a daughter.

Language is not a divisive element in Bilingual/Bilingue, as although a Spanish speaking father fears his daughter's learning of English, it does not change her heart. Utilizing English with Spanish synonyms until the end in which she describes her…… [Read More]

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Divorce Poem Before Dawn I Called for

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Divorce Poem

Before dawn I called for you,

My poem, but you didn't come.

I had woken up to the song

Of the cardinal perched

On the fence. You weren't at my desk in all the words that I wrote down and crossed.

You weren't in my shoes nor in the letters that had come and gone all month

Nor in the space held by a window,

Its fourteen trees, its seven stars

That always lag behind.

The poetic features in this poem are subtle yet effective. The line breaks are positioned so that there is some enjambment (going over into the next line) to give an articulate, forceful rendition of the poet's feelings. The subject of the poem is not difficult to ascertain. The poet is writing literally, about a divorce poem, not merely a divorce, and not merely a poem. You will note the "d" sound repeats itself…… [Read More]

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Light Woman in the Poem

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This indicates that the friendship he refers to never truly existed in the first place. Indeed, in Stanza XIII, he has the audacity to make a claim for the "truth."

This, as the reader has come to expect at this stage, is only very brief. The only claim to truth is that the woman was indeed light. However, because of this very lightness, she claims not to have done any wrong. She disregards the feelings of the friend in favor of her own desires for life with the speaker. Her exclamation to "Never mind that youth" appears to echo the feelings of the speaker. The woman has done the speaker no harm, and he has not harmed her. Instead, together they have harmed the innocent friend and broken what friendship there might have been left for him and the speaker. "Never mind" here can therefore also be interpreted as "I…… [Read More]

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Memory of Elena a Poem to Explain

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Memory of Elena

A Poem to Explain Grief

Often a poem's meaning is apparent from only the title. This is not the case with "The Memory of Elena," a poem written by Carolyn Forche in 1981. At first, the title suggests a poetic recollection of Elena, but as the poem develops, we see that it is at first a memory of a lunch with Elena and then Elena's own recollection of the tragic events that destroyed her life. The memories of the poet and Elena merge, becoming as one. The poet remembers her meal with Elena even as Elena recalls her last night with her husband years earlier in Buenos Aires. In the poem, Forche uses the simple symbolism of a meal shared together to bring to light how important remembrance is and how important it is to mourn and recognize the sacrifices others make on our behalf.

"The Memory…… [Read More]

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Message of the Poem This Narrative Poem

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message of the poem. This narrative poem follows one, dynamic event - the death of a boy using a saw to cut wood. The poem does not have rhyming lines; it is simply a block of text that narrates one single and very important event. It begins very quietly, and seems to be one of Frost's poems that celebrate nature and American life, but the end is far more disturbing and tragic. Frost may have written the poem to show how life is fleeting, and everything can change in a split second.

The content of this poem is quintessential obert Frost. It opens with fine imagery of the New England natural world that immediately gives the setting and tone of the poem. It reads somewhat like a Normal ockwell painting, with a perfect setting, close-knit family, and chores consuming their daily lives. The unsuspecting reader expects a perfect family farm…… [Read More]


Frost, Robert. "Out, Out." Skoool.ie. 2005. 5 July 2006. http://www.skoool.ie/skoool/examcentre_sc.asp?id=1250

Kelly, William J. "Frost's Out, Out." Explicator 38.3 (1980): 12-13.
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Qualities of a Poem Have

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The words "Out "and Over" both convey a sense of loss and leaving, which enhances the meaning and intention of the poem as an exploration of grief.

The final lines of the first stanza are very short and concise. They are almost brutal in their finality and in the way that they suggest the inescapability of death through their analogy to winter. The direct simplicity of these lines and the way that they are positioned after the other longer lines, adds weight to the meaning of the poem and we feel the sense of loss and grief. Note as well the use of alliteration in the second last line of the stanza: "Silent, and soft, and slow."

This also adds to the sense of inevitability and the finality of death.

The use of alliteration, combined with the shorter and longer lines in the stanza is an example of the way…… [Read More]

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Artwork Poem or Film That

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As mentioned, an important aspect of the poem is its style, which is easy to read but is also complex and deceptively simple. The poem uses simple but powerful images in order to express the central theme of the critique of the way that governments and those in control and authority can deprive us of our freedom. For example, the poem states that the citizen, had everything necessary to the Modern Man, phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.

The Unknown Citizen 2)

These ordinary images add to the impact and the meaning of the poem. In essence, what the poem suggests is that while the modern individual has all the material aspects and goods that are deemed by those in power to be necessary to a contented life, he has in fact been deprived of his personal and individual freedom.

Freedom is in effect replaced by material goods.…… [Read More]

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Firchow, Peter. (1999) "The American Auden: A Poet Reborn?." American Literary History 11 (3), pp. 448-479.

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Haffenden, John, ed. (1997) W.H. Auden: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge,.

The Unknown Citizen. Retrieved March 11, 2008, at http://bambooweb.com/articles/t/h/The_Unknown_Citizen.html
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Wanna Hear a Poem I Agree With

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Wanna Hear a Poem

I agree with you that Steve Coleman's piece "I Wanna Hear A Poem" would be an excellent choice of a first poem to study in an introductory poetry class, given the way that it frames all of the many weighty and sometimes contradictory expectations teachers and students bring to poetry. Questions which inevitably arise in a class when students begin to discuss poetry are: what is poetry? How is it different from prose? What purpose does poetry uniquely fill in the literary landscape? Coleman's ambitious demands for poetry, rendered as a long, searching, compelling drumbeat of a list highlight the 'specialness' we demand of the poetic format. Poetry must mean something that transcends the surface meaning of the poet's words. I also agree the poem is an excellent jumping-off point for discussing the various functions poetry has fulfilled in societies across the ages.

However, as well…… [Read More]

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Miller Williams' 1989 Poem Entitled

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" The stanza discusses how Bill's friends tried to "persuade" both themselves and him that they were not afraid and therefore showed this by comforting him with kisses. However, the following stanza shows how this statement is not entirely true. The poet goes on to state, "If we had more, we would have given more. As it was we stood next to your bed, stopping, though, to set our smiles at the door." At first the poet tries to convince himself that they did all they could, more than necessary, even going as far as standing guard over his deathbed. Yet in the last line the poet admits that this was not enough and was in fact nothing but prefabricated "smiles at the door."

The feelings of guilt continue in the final stanza, which states: "Not because we were less sure at last. Only because, not knowing anything yet, we…… [Read More]

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Horses This Poem by Edwin Muir Is

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This poem by Edwin Muir is in part about the bad things the "old world" (the world before the war) had to offer in comparison or contrast with the quiet power of the "new world" and its reliance on tools like horses. Horses once symbolized the society, but because of the disaster that silenced the radios and "swallowed its children…at one great gulp," there must be a dissent from acceptance of that old world. Hence, this is a dissenting poem. The "old" world was subjected to war and catastrophe, perhaps nuclear holocaust ("…that put the world to sleep"). It seems that while technology came along to supposedly help society, in the end that new technology (which is used not just for positive production but for war) is silent and rusting because society has abused its knowledge of technology.

hy do the horses appear? They are ghostly in this poem,…… [Read More]

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Muir, Edwin. (unknown year). The Horses.
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How to Eat a Poem

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Eat a Poem

At first, Eve Merriam's "How to Eat a Poem" seemed like an excuse for a silly metaphor. However, after reading the poem I realized that the poet does an excellent job in writing a poem about poetry. Its underlying message rings true: poetry should be devoured and savored fully for their personal impact. Poems should not be eaten delicately, as with "a knife or fork or spoon / or plate or napkin or tablecloth." They aren't elite gourmet meals, and they should not be treated, or read, that way. Rather, poems should be consumed without worrying about correct interpretations or analysis. The essence of a poem cannot be enjoyed if the reader is too polite and afraid, or too ready to throw away certain parts of it. I appreciated this because too often, people pick apart poems to try to eat them "politely."

Also, as Merriam states,…… [Read More]

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Rites of Passage' the Poem 'Rites of

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The poem 'Rites of passage' says a lot about the way society conditions young girls and boys to behave in a manner befitting their gender. This is not exactly a poem celebrating a young boy's birthday party, but it actually focuses on the way society and environment conditions people in a gender specific manner. The poem appeared in Sharon Olds' collection titled The Dead and the Living published in 1984. Olds is basically concerned with various stages and phases of life. Apart from celebrating various important milestones in one's life journey, the poet also goes a little deeper into these stages to find out how society trains young girls and boys to behave in gender-appropriate manner.

In this poem for example, Olds is surprised to see that boys from a very young age are aggressive in nature and therefore love playing generals and soldiers. This clearly shows…… [Read More]

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1) Sharon Olds, Rites of Passage, The Dead and the Living, (1984)
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Benediction Means Blessing English The Poem Found

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means Blessing english. The poem found " Les Fleurs du Mal " ( The flower evil ) 19th century french authors Charles Baudelaire. It poem. In analysis lexis choice words author lastly answer question flowers evil poem ?.

Charles Baudelaire's poem "Benediction" is composed out of nineteen quatrains designed in twelve syllable lines that hold an abab rhyme plan. This is a rather traditional type of verse when considering trends contemporary to Baudelaire. However, the poet compensates for the apparent conventional display of his poem by introducing innovative and vivid imagery that makes it possible for readers to look at matters from a whole new perspective and that is likely to have generated much controversy at the time when it was published.

It appears that Baudelaire inspired himself and influenced himself to get actively involved in devising "Benediction" as an attempt to reconnect with his personal identity. Even with…… [Read More]

Works cited:

Baudelaire, Charles P., "The Flowers of Evil," (New Directions Publishing, 1958)

Hiddleston, J.A., "Baudelaire and le Spleen de Paris," (Oxford University Press, 1987)

Leakey, F.W., "Baudelaire: Les Fleurs Du Mal," (Cambridge University Press, 09.04.1992)

Lloyd, Rosemary, "The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire," (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
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Analyzing a Poem

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alt hitman grew to fame in America for writing poems that were as long and as sprawling as his very strides throughout the wide walks of the country itself. In this respect, his poem "A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Grey and Dim" is very much different. It is certainly one of the poet's shorter works, and is not as ambitious as others he has written. And although the poem is set in a natural environment in the woods (which is a characteristic of many of the author's poems), its theme is not nearly as triumphant and as supportive of the country which his works were known to champion. An analysis of the language in this poem reveals that hitman carefully constructs elements of alliteration, anaphora and figurative language to express a dismay in America and in the form of religion that principally represented the country.

This particular poem…… [Read More]

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Whitman, Walt. "The Necklace." Valleau, Al and Jack Finnbogason, eds. The Nelson Introduction to Literature, 2nd edition. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2004. Print.
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Microtheme Gordonr's Poem - File Attached a

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microtheme Gordonr's poem - file attached a microtheme analysis paper focuses a specific poem a specific

Lorna Dee Cervantes' poem "To My Brother" addresses the ills of poverty. The poem's theme explores the effects and perceptions of poverty on the impoverished, which largely takes the form of the poem's speaker. The author utilizes a number of specific literary devices to emphasize the pervasiveness of this theme and of poverty's impact upon people; these devices include metaphor, diction, and onomatopoeia.

The theme of poverty and its debilitating effects upon the impoverished is demonstrated a number of ways in this poem of Cervantes. One of the most accessible of these is through her usage of metaphor. Poverty engenders the effect of dulling the lives and perceptions of people burdened by it. The author utilizes a metaphor about the weather to convey this fact. She writes, "Sun, scarcely a penny in that dreary…… [Read More]

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Cervantes, Lorna Dee. "To My Brother." Print.
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Stone Hammer Poem & Surfacing

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The mystery, which is representative for Kroetsch, would simply disappear once someone would give a translation for his poem.

Readers are likely to think that the poem is too authoritarian in the beginning. Their inability to understand its meaning when trying to relate to the exact meaning of the words used Kroetsch used would be frustrating. However, this is essentially wrong. The author wants people to feel free and to think what ever they want to instead of limiting themselves to a simple and rather restrained idea at the time they read his poem.

The protagonist in "Surfacing" is to a certain degree comparable to Kroetsch, as she too is discontented with the strict nature of language and with the fact that it does not give people total freedom. The use of language however affects Atwood's creation to a higher degree. It transpires the will to virtually abandon everything related…… [Read More]

Works cited:

1. Atwood, Margret. (1972). "Surfacing."

2. Kroetsch, Robert. (1975). "The Stone Hammer Poems." Nanaimo, B.C.: Oolichan Books.
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Charles Bukowski's Poem My Old

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Henry's father is hesitant to put across his feelings and actually influences the adolescent to channel his thoughts through his poems with the purpose of trying to connect with the world. The 'old man' is initially angered as a consequence of understanding that his son had the courage to express himself. However, he is concomitantly inclined to express admiration concerning this particular act. "Ideally both parents and adolescents learn to respect each-other's experiences and take responsibility for effectively shaping each-other's responses" (Greco & Hayes 121). hen considering Henry's approach, it appears that he took action regarding his relationship with his father. His poem acted as a catalyst and influenced the 'old man' to acknowledge that it was essential for him to change his attitude toward his son.

In addition to experiencing feelings normally associated with a parent's difficulty to connect with his adolescent son, the 'old man' amplifies the problems…… [Read More]

Works cited:

Greco, Laurie a. And Hayes, Steven C., "Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents," (New Harbinger Publications, 2008)

Kourkoutas, Elias and Erkman Fatos "Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection: Social, Emotional, and Educational Contexts"

Snyder, Wendy, and Ooms, Theodora, "Empowering Families, Helping Adolescents: Family-Centered Treatment of Adolescents with Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Problems," (DIANE Publishing, 1996)
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Robert Frost's Famous Poem Birches Might Be

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Robert Frost's famous poem, "irches," might be described as a poem of redemptive realism, a poem that offers a loving, yet tinged-by-the-tragic view of life as seen through the metaphors of nature. In fact, Robert Frost could be called a kind of subversive pastoralist, for unlike the romantic nature poets who preceded him, such as Wordsworth, he sees nature's wildness, her beauty, and yet her relentless harshness as well. The poem, "irches" is a perfect depiction of the balance we try to achieve between our own will and the will of nature; between joy and sorrow; between heaven and earth; between loving this life and weeping over it. "The desire to withdraw from the world and love of the earth is symbolized in the boy's game of swinging birch trees." (Lynen).

The poem is often thought to be divided into three main sections. The first is a very detailed, realistic…… [Read More]


Cox, Sidney. A Swinger of Birches. New York University Press. (1960).

Frost, Robert. Collected Poems. New York: Holt (1930).

Garnett, Edward. "A New American Poet" The Atlantic Monthly (1915). Available online at The Atlantic Unbound. http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/poetry/frost/garnett.htm

Lynen, John F. The Pastoral Art of Robert Frost. Yale University Press (1960).
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Love Poem John Frederick Nims Info Authors

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Love Poem" John Frederick Nims info authors life included literary criticism poem. essay a strong consistent thesis statement, written 3rd person

John Frederick Nims' poem "Love Poem" makes it possible for readers to understand that a love poem does not necessarily need to incorporate traditional concepts in order for it to be successful in sending the right messages. Nims' understanding of love appears to be much more complex in comparison to typical love-related feelings present in most poems. The poet wishes to surprise by putting across his strongest feelings and it is very likely that he wants readers to understand that loving words are not always enough to put across one's love. The lover that this poem is dedicated to is human and in spite of the fact that some might consider this to be a flaw, the poet intends to raise people's awareness regarding the perfection related to being…… [Read More]


Nims, John Frederick, "Love Poem"
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Noriginal Poem Rat Race Payday

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I especially liked the transition of the first line. In some ways I found I liked the second version better, sometimes payment is a daydream. One can only wish.

Revision Process

Noble-winning author William Faulkner stated, "The past is never dead. It isn't even past." As this statement pertains to the revision process one can argue that Faulkner is claiming that a written work is a living, growing entity, constantly in a state of flux. These changes are built upon past events: dialogue, scenes, plot twists, and so forth that instigate consequences, so that even portions of a written work that are discarded live on in the portions they inspired.… [Read More]

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Comparing a Poem to a Song

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Gentle into That Good Night and This Is it: A Comparison

Dylan Thomas' poem Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night and the Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald song This Is It both deal with the mortality of man. Each is a plea to a dying father, Thomas' and Loggins', not to give up the good fight as they neared death. Both works are saying that even at the end of life one should choose to fight against the inevitability of death.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Thomas' poem is composed of six stanzas of three lines each except the sixth with four. The rhyme scheme is A, B, A with the last line alternating between Rage, rage against the dying of the light, and Do not go gentle into that good night. The last stanza ends with both refrains, thus the extra line and an A,…… [Read More]

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Comparing a Poem and a Short Story

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Growing Up

A Quest for Knowledge and Answers with Plenty of Lessons Learned

The two works of literature to be examined here are the short story "The Stolen Party" by Liliana Heker and the poem "Hanging Fire" by Audre Lorde. These pieces detail the struggles, fears, successes and implacable worries of childhood. In them, one sees reflected one's own childhood, as the pieces are quite innocent and straightforward in their description. The most important theme, present through both stories, is the pervasiveness of those questions that are so reflective of growing and learning. This essay will examine some of these important childhood wonderments, and will discuss them below.

The events of childhood always seem of the utmost importance as they take place. Whether they are happy, sad, embarrassing or otherwise, these events, above all, teach. Sometimes it is true that they are important, but otherwise one might even forget them,…… [Read More]