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Poem Essay Examples

The Poem Valediction by Sherman Alexie
The author employs two important artistic features that facilitate the presentation of the poem as a complete piece against the choice of its size and design.Firstly, the precision adopted in the poem manifests through the economy of words, without compromising on the delivery of the...
Pages: 6 (1690 words) , Essay , Literature
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My father's song (Poem analysis)
The joy that the boy feels for his father’s “undivided attention” is greater than his fear. Moreover, the plot shows the diction of a working-class family and the difference between the boy and his father. The “palm caked hard by dirt” is a sign of...
Pages: 5 (1250 words) , Essay , English
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Analysis of the Structure of Wordsworths Poem Tintern Abbey
  Once this essential connection between man and nature is established, Wordsworth moves on to acknowledge that it is not a state that can be maintained indefinitely, but rather something that one takes with them into the world to remember against times of tribulation.  “Man...
Pages: 5 (1250 words) , Essay , Philosophy
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The Poem War is Kind by Stephen Crane
The author says not to cry, though a soldier has lost his life (Crane). The use of figures in the poem enhances the visualization of the readers while reading the poem (Crane). Through this, the effectiveness of the objective in the poem is more enhanced.Analyzing...
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Essay , English
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Summary of Kevin Roberts Poem Titled The Fish Come in Dancing
It the poem there is stated ‘flurry of white silver.’ As it builds further upon the descriptive phrases of the fishes’ movement in the water, the phrases have gradually grown – from the one word ‘iridescent’ to the four-word ‘flurry of white silver;’ this functions...
Pages: 8 (2000 words) , Book Report/Review , Literature
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Poem Explication of "Guys like that" by Joyce Sutphen
“Guys Like That” by Joyce Sutphen. Joyce Sutphen is an American poetry writing who was born in Minnesota. Ms. Sutphen has a PhD in the matter of Renaissance drama, which she acquired from the University of Minnesota. She has taught creative writing and English literature...
Pages: 3 (750 words) , Essay , English
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Analysing a Poem Directions For Resisting The SAT By Richard Hague
In the poem, the poet presents a conflict between the inner-self versus social pressure and urges the students not to succumb to it. He presents a strategy with the help of which the students can carve out their own world. He asks them to refute...
Pages: 4 (1125 words) , Essay , Literature
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John Clare 'The Flitting' Poem commentary and analysis
John Clare’s “The Flitting” Although the Romantic Period would seem to be so d because of an unusual fascination with stories of love and what we consider ‘romance’ today, the actual literary movement was characterized by a complete ideology that focused on the natural, picturesque...
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Essay
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Poem: On the amtrak from boston to new york city by Sherman Alexie
Essay There has been a great deal of interest in the nature of poetic language. Brooks’ “The Language of Paradox” refers to an earlier prominent literary theorist and critic, Coleridge …reveals itself in the balance or reconcilement of opposite discordant qualities: of sameness, with difference;...
Pages: 7 (1750 words) , Essay
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The Positive side of being an African American in poem On Being Brought from Africa to America by Phillis Wheatley
In a critical article from the Long Island University at Brooklyn website, it has been observed that Wheatley’s “On Being Brought from Africa to America” entails a celebration of God’s mercy in “bringing her from the “Pagan land” to the New World, and immediately creates...
Pages: 11 (2750 words) , Essay , Literature
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The Analysis of the Poem Heaven by Cathy Song and A Far Cry From Africa by Derek Walcott
The eventual perception of the ideal reference captured by the poem’s topic is achieved at the terminal stanza. Elementarily, the author remained concerned with the capturing of the dilemma bestowed to the poet. The poet has to make a decision pertaining his support to the...
Pages: 4 (1500 words) , Essay , Literature
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How the epic poem Iliad influenced Alexander the Great
/ If I voyage back to the fatherland I love, / my pride, my glory dies. . . .”1 The famous Historian Plutarch comments that being pleased by Alexander’s passion for Achilles, Aristotle himself prepared an annotated copy the ‘Iliad’ and gave it to the...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Research Paper , History
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Analysis of To an Athlete Dying Young in Terms of the Tones, Word Choice, Imageries, Sounds and Symbols
Choice of the appropriate words in poetry is so important that poets take great pains to find the right word. An effective poet is able to make use of words that suggests both connotations and denotations. “Poets often strive for words that point to physical...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Assignment , Literature
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The Writing Style of Lucille Clifton
“Sanctified mother” poured down the Baptist aisle, huge as love, her hand outstretched toward mine” she continues to describe the scene very poetically. “Come on, baby,” she smiled, then turned to address the church: “she doesn’t have to do nothing, she doesn’t want to do”...
Pages: 5 (1250 words) , Essay , Literature
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Dante's Divine Comedy
“The events in the narrative are represented as having taken place in the past; the writing of the poem and the memory of these events, however, are represented as taking place in the present. For example, we find references to both past and present, and...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Book Report/Review , Literature
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War is Kind - Stephen Crane
Essay, English Topic: War is Kind- Stephen CraneIntroduction The poem begins with the words ‘do not’ that imply negativity and ends with the word ‘kind’ that generates positivity. This is the best way to describe the ways of the world that...
Pages: 3 (750 words) , Essay , English
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Analysis of the Poems Diving into the Wreck and Daddy
Two poems that reflect feminism will be analyzed in the paper and those are entitled “Daddy” and “Diving into the Wreck.” The poem “Daddy” was written by Sylvia Plath while “Diving into the Wreck” was made by Adrienne Rich. Both female poets had the concept...
Pages: 8 (2253 words) , Coursework , Literature
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Coherence & Interruption
The argument by Jamake Highwater that poetry destroys everyday language is true. This emergence of sound poems, which are abstract, poems or poems that without words is what has contributed to this. For one to construct them, they have to break down language into its...
Pages: 3 (750 words) , Essay , Literature
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Compare and Contrast Oranges by Gary Soto and Oranges by Ronald Wallace
One can notice the alacrity of the fishermen and the progression of day. ‘The sun ripens in the sky. The wind turns thin and citrus, The day precise, fragile.’(Wallace,116) Both the poems are about a sojourn- a lover makes for his girlfriend. Soto has described the outer...
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Essay
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Analysis of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
is a medieval romance of the late 14th century that foregrounds an unusual story that takes place in King Arthur’s court, the Camelot. Even though the author of the poem is unknown, the text made of four parts resembles narrative poetry that tells a story...
Pages: 5 (1250 words) , Essay , Literature
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Lullaby by John Fuller
LULLABY BY JOHN FULLER A lullaby is song, which is usually sung to young children before they go to sleep. The intention of a lullaby is to speed up that process of sleeping in children. Lullabies are often simple and sometimes repetitive. John’s lullaby goes as follows: Sleep little...
Pages: 8 (2000 words) , Essay , Literature
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William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper intends to change the mind and hearts of its readers. Explain how this might be supposed to work upon the consciousness and conscience of Blake's contemporaries
The events of the poem take place in the 18th century London. At that time poor parents had a tradition of selling their children to be chimney sweepers (Fulford 39). The central theme of the poem is child labor existing in England during the 18th...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Essay
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Analysis of The Race by Karen Gershon
Karen’s autobiographical touch that has been used to focus on the life of refugees cannot be wholly accepted as the voice of the Jews together. “Race” is more of an emotional outburst of a child rather than a developed writer; in addition, the poet appears...
Pages: 3 (914 words) , Book Report/Review , Literature
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Comparison of Works by Thomas Hardy and Gwendolyn Brooks
Analyzing the rhetorical elements of Hardy’s The Ruined Maid and Gwendolyn’s Sadie and Maude, the reader can find the fact that both of them have practised various rhetorical features like pathos, ethos and logos in different forms. Both Hardy and Gwendolyn Brooks depict the story...
Pages: 5 (1306 words) , Coursework , Literature
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Compare how VOICE is presented in The River God (Stevie Smith), My Last Duchess (Robert Browning) and The Hunchback in the Park (Dylan Thomas)
In the former, the River talks about ordinary, river experiences at the beginning, but mentions how he drowned a beautiful lady to keep her with him forever. The latter poem also starts out somewhat casually with the Duke discussing a wall-painting of his Duchess and...
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Essay , Literature
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Compare and Contrast I Hear America Singing and I, Too
This can be almost attributed to a communist type of thought where everyone is a member of the overall big picture. It is a well known fact that Whitman embraced the idea of preserving and celebrating humanity, and thus it makes sense for some...
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Research Proposal , Literature
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Comparison of Wordsworth Tintern Abbey and Blakes Songs of Innocence and Experience
Blake’s emphasis on children is due to his perception of how they view the world in its purest form to comprehend the natural world through a visionary attitude. The collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, manifests the philosophical, theological development of Blake winding...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Coursework , Literature
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Bruce Haymans How Old is Prufrock - Does He Want to Get Married
It is really quite essential to state that Hayman concludes that it is more of a sexual proposition than a marriage proposal because “Prufrock seems to know so little about the woman or even care about her” and that “she has no name, no distinguishable...
Pages: 4 (1240 words) , Article , Gender & Sexual Studies
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The Question of Loyalty by Mitsuye Yamada
The poem “The Question of Loyalty” by Mitsuye Yamada discusses the emotions and reactions of a time in American history where the loyalty and honor of the Japanese people are questioned. In creating this distrust, the Japanese people were put into a position to choose...
Pages: 9 (2360 words) , Book Report/Review , Social science
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Postwar writings
The metaphorical meaning of the title of the book represented the situation of his mind. At one point, Cumming said the following as he described his position of the brain, “I am too tired to think I merely felt the town as a unique unreality....
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Essay , Literature
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The Renaissance Period in English Poetry in Poems To His Coy Mistressby Andrew Marvell and The Good Morrow by John Donne
The expression that love controls other sights further appears to indicate the degree of exclusivity the lovers enjoy because their love appears to have inhibited their desire to look upon anything else other than each other. The poet appears to indicate that their joining has...
Pages: 12 (3000 words) , Research Paper , Literature
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Literary analysis of Emily Dickenson poems
However, her navigation skills of domestic based on writing beautiful lyrics of nature with her imagination is quite appealing. Analysis and comparison of three of her poems Based on the tragic life experiences that she faced throughout her life, this has led to the theme of death...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Essay , English
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Significance of the Hunting and Temptation Scenes in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The author offers even a more elaborate description of the slaughter and butchering of the meat, to emphasize its metaphorical significance; butchering of the deer symbolizes the fate that awaits Gawain at his encounter of the Green Knight. Inside the castle, the Lady first tempts...
Pages: 5 (1250 words) , Essay , English
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Tintern Abbey
The body “sleeps” from its material concerns and the individual transforms to a “living soul” (47). When the eyes are “quiet,” the soul stirs enough to enable people to “see into the life of things” (Wordsworth 50). This “seeing” allows people to perceive beyond their...
Pages: 5 (1250 words) , Research Paper , Literature
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Art, Literature, and Music in 20th Century
Art, Literature, and Music in 20th Century Question I feel that the best example of a poet’s response to the devastation of war comes from Owen (1921) who wrote a poem titled Dulce et Decorum Est. The poem shows the horror of war and how...
Pages: 3 (750 words) , Essay , Culture
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Elisa's Flowers in Steinbeck's Chrysanthemums as a Symbol of Repressed Sexuality, and the Color's Role in Joyce's Araby
The Chrysanthemums by Steinbeck had been a short story about a leading character in Elisa Allen who presents the skills of an exemplary gardener facing challenges in her family life. She cares for the flowers like she would offer the love and attention in her...
Pages: 8 (2000 words) , Assignment , Literature
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My Last Duchess Is A Dramatic Irony
Language is critical to the poem’s meaning and Browning (1842) uses dramatic irony to depict that the more the Duke hides his inner demon, the more he reveals his real self. Browning (1842) shows the difference in words and deeds. The Duke wants to be...
Pages: 6 (750 words) , Essay , English
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Poetry: Byzantium
This is further emphasized with the belittling of mankind in their description as “mere complexities” (7). In the second stanza, the speaker in the poem describes what he sees as “shades” (9-10), refers to figures bound in “mummy-cloth” (11) and “hail[s] the superhuman” (15),...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Essay
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To the Daisy and The Stolen Boat by William Wordsworth
The poet assigns the role of transformation from adolescence to maturity to nature and cites circumstances to show the impact on his young mind. ‘The Stolen Boat’ is one such creation where the poet talks about himself as a young boy who steals a boat...
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Research Paper , Literature
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Analysis of Poems of Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830-1886) is regarded as one of the greatest and most prolific American poets. During her life, she wrote an enormous number of poems, and only several of them were published. The first volume of her poetry was published only four years after...
Pages: 3 (750 words) , Essay , Literature
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Wishes for sons
Today, one only realizes the worth of his relations when it is too late. The damage is already done. These days, children abandon their own parents and arrogantly accusing them for not providing sufficient comfort. To this, the poet tastefully yet honestly adds: let them think...
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Essay , English
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Comparison within the Context of Romanticism within the Four Poems
The poems by Keats and Wordsworth will be analyzed under the rubric of poems that approach emotions by otherwise dark and/or mysterious means.  In this way, Keats makes an “Ode to Melancholy” as a praiseworthy and thoughtful rendition of how sorrow and sadness integrate within...
Pages: 5 (1358 words) , Coursework , Literature
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The Book of the Dead: The History of Plight
“The Book of the Dead at once resembles and revises The Waste Land. The rituals of burial and their concomitant promises of rebirth set up the descent into the underworld, where Rukeyser locates redemptive and revolutionary possibilities.” (Thurston, 173) Rukeyser exploited the new strands of documentary...
Pages: 7 (1750 words) , Essay , Literature
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Sonny's Blues and the Weary Blues
One can see that the problem of identity crisis faced by immigrant communities in a host nation is similar to this problem. For instance, the problem of identity crisis faced by the narrator, Sonny, and the musician are same. But they made use of different...
Pages: 5 (1250 words) , Essay , Literature
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A comparison and analysis of poems from William Carlos Williams
“The surge of the blue / mottled clouds driven”4 provides us with a sense of motion, time and space as well as the imagery of the ocean with all its hidden life. However, this idea of life is again contradicted with the description of...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Essay
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The Ramayana: A Telling of the Ancient Indian Epic
While in the forest, Shurpanakha, the she-demon, saw Rama and wanted him for her husband. She used magical powers to turn herself into s beautiful maiden and tried to lure Rama, who of course was true to Sita and was not interested. This angered Shurpanakha,...
Pages: 6 (1500 words) , Term Paper , Literature
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Opium Use In Victorian England And Its Impact On Literature
Plant with the Latin name Papaver somniferum through a process of cutting the seedpod so that the juice oozes out and then drying it and combining it with other substances (Booth, 1998, pp. It has a soporific effect and is a relaxant and an efficient...
Pages: 15 (3750 words) , Research Paper , Literature
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Influences of Beat Poetry to the Society
The debate surrounding the obscenity of the “Howl” brought more fame and national interest on the works of the beat poets. Ginsberg’s poem “Howl’ had lines that talked about homosexual sex. These lines were of much concern to the authorities. Other beat poems such as...
Pages: 4 (1000 words) , Essay , Literature
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Jonathon Edwards Sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
Jonathon Edward’s sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is a beautifully woven eloquent sermon preaching the love for God to the men who are an unrepentant sinner and the sermon effectively aims to disturb their heart in order to drag them in...
Pages: 7 (1750 words) , Assignment , Literature
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The Mercy by Paul Levine
 The irony of the ship’s name is not lost on us as Levine proceeds to tell us about the trials that were suffered by those traveling on this particular ship.  His nine-year-old mother was presumably traveling alone as “She prayed in Russian and Yiddish /...
Pages: 7 (1696 words) , Literature review , Literature
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