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Ozymandias Poem by Shelly Literary Analysis

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Outline
Thesis: A poem about the ravages of time and the fallibility of human power, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” exemplifies the use of irony, imagery, and symbolism.
I. Context
A. Shelley wrote “Ozymandias” during the period known as Romanticism.
B. Context has an important role to play in poetry due to the cultural and historical implications of the symbols and imagery used in “Ozymandias.”
C. The Romantic era hearkened to an idealized past, with special affection for ancient civilizations, which is why Shelley uses imagery of ancient Egypt in “Ozymandias.”
II. Themes
A. Although brief, “Ozymandias” is a complex poem with interlocking and layered themes related to time, power, and identity.
B. One of the main themes of Shelley’s poem is the passage of time, and how people from different eras perceive reality differently.
C. Another main theme of “Ozymandias” is the fallibility and fleeting nature of authoritarian power in…… [Read More]

References
Glenn, C. & Gray, L. (2019). Harbrace Essentials. Boston: Cengage Learning.
Johnson, G. & Arp, T.R. (2018). Perrine’s Literature. Boston: Cengage.
Shelley, P.B. (1818). Ozymandias. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46565/ozymandias
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Sonia Sanchez and Her Haiku

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Sonia Sanchez
Sonia Sanchez is a poet who specializes in giving focus to the black identity in works that combine socio-political elements with more maternal and matriarchal tones to effect a unique voice of blackness in America. Born in Alabama but raised in New York, Sonia incorporated the sounds and linguistic expressions of urban blacks in Harlem into her poetry. As an adult, she introduced Black Studies at her college where she was teaching. She was a follower of Malcolm X and a member of the Nation of Islam for a few years in the 1970s. However, her views on women’s rights conflicted with those of the Nation of Islam, so they parted ways (Daniel, 2002).
Sanchez viewed the socio-political struggle of blacks as integral to their stories, and she represented a type of militant blackness at times while also retaining her core maternal feelings and expressions. Her first book…… [Read More]

References
Daniel, C. (2002). Sonia Sanchez. Retrieved from http://www.howard.edu/library/reference/guides/sanchez/
Sanchez, S. (n.d.). [question from a young sister]. Retrieve from https://terebess.hu/english/haiku/sanchez.html
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ts eliot poem love'song of j alfred prufrock

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More a synopsis of emotional entanglement than a treatise on gender or sexuality, T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” encapsulates the ennui and numbness of the modern world. The speaker reveals gender only tacitly, as through two separate mentions of encroaching baldness. The choral incantations of the women who “come and go/ talking of Michelangelo” refer to a bourgeoisie existence and do not reveal gender discrimination (lines 14;36). The speaker’s frustrated sexuality comes more from a lack of intimacy or authenticity in human relationships than from a desire for power or dominance. Therefore, accusations of misogyny against Eliot are unfounded, at least with regards to the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
Prufrock, the speaker in Eliot’s poem, comes across as bitter and disillusioned as he muses about love and physical intimacy in human relationships. He shifts back and forth between a familiar, second person…… [Read More]

Works Cited
Eliot, Thomas Stearns. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Representative Poetry Online. https://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/love-song-j-alfred-prufrock
Schlib, John and Clifford, John. Arguing About Literature. MacMillan, 2017.