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    A theme ever-present in a large majority of poetry is conflict. Conflict can manifest in many different forms in the world and poetry, being a great form of social commentary, discusses the impact these forms of conflict have on the world. A diverse selection of authors discuss the themes of ethical conflict, romantic conflict, conflict in war, and existential conflict in their work. The theme of ethical conflict is highly predominant in the poetry of Langston Hughes, George Watsky, and Seamus…

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    What one person can decide on such a big decision in little time? The “Marriage” by Gregory Corso is a poem that throughout the whole reading Corso is super indecisive about whether or not to get married to the girl who lives next door. He gives quite a few examples every time he goes back and fourth whether or not to marry the women next door. It’s a poem that has to do with making choices in life. We can relate this to our own personal life because everyone has to make hard decisions whether…

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    Kathee Kollwitz Analysis

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    Description of work: The artwork by Kollwitz, is really deep and meaningful. It’s not like her other works where they’re dark, yet this sculpture isn’t. This artwork shows a man and a woman, which is her and her husband, grieving after finding out about the death of her son, Peter that had past away in WW1. The artwork is now located at the Vladslo German War Cemetery. Media: Kathe Kollwitz has used heavy, tough granite for this sculpture. This artwork is 3-Dimensional, and is about life size.…

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    Application of New Criticism: forgiving my father A short synopsis of the poem “forgiving my father”, written by Lucille Clifton is that it is about a daughters recollection of her life growing up, specifically her father’s inefficiencies. Throughout the poem, the persona shifts through boots of anger, bitterness and contempt as she reflects on the experiences she had growing up. To fully grasp what the poem is about in its totality, one could ascribe to many different types of criticism…

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    In poems, “Family Secrets”, and “The Whipping”, the tone is very unsettling. Both of these poems have a really deep story. The tone shows so much emotion that it almost makes one uncomfortable or feel pity. An example of this “I mean, she found me, sure, but who’s the one that told me go and play out in that goddamned field in the first place?” (Ceci, 6-8) The author does this to show the reader that this “boy” does not believe what others do about his sister, he is releasing something about her…

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    Emily Dickenson’s poem titled My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun – is one of the many poetic works she created in her lifetime. The staple ambiguity of her poetry is ever present in this poem, which reflects the eccentric nature of Dickenson herself. This poem reflect the anger within her life and show how she is carried away by the male personified version of her anger and becomes an instrument of his. This poem offers an inside look into Dickenson’s psyche, as it show that she feels empowered by…

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    My Last Duchess Theme

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    The theme of death is a potent idea portrayed across a range of poems, throughout these poems it is presented in various different ways. It is portrayed as simply a part of the cycle of life, or a tragic and sorrowful event when happening to loved ones, or a great evil that should be fought with every ounce of strength left in your body until everything in life that you wanted to accomplish has been fulfilled. These themes are portrayed throughout the 3 key poems that I will be focusing on: ‘A…

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    In poems “The Lighters” and “Nursing,” Rennie McQuilkin articulates the variety and complexity of his feelings towards the sickening and passing of his mother. To vividly illustrate his sentimental attachments, McQuilkin extensively and effectively utilizes literary techniques such as contrasts, diction, and allusions in these two poems, leaving an accessible yet woeful depiction of his desperation and resignation in response to his mother’s suffering. McQuilkin frequently employs sharp…

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    Daddy Issues

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    The situations that are experienced as a child has a big impact on who a person become as an adult and how they can function in society. For example, the term “daddy issues” is used in the situation that a young girl is treated poorly by her father or abandoned and then grows up to be overly sexually active with other males. Children absorb what surrounds them and process that information and take it with them throughout the rest of their lives whether it be positive or negative. All of this…

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    Letter To Daddy

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    The poem “A Letter to Daddy” is written in a letter format, composed by a faithful son with a kind heart that yearns to see his father again. The boy describes how well he is currently living in the Scout camp during the Holocaust. The tone of the story consistently stays happy, despite the unfortunate fate he’s most likely headed to, along with his mother. Although the way the boy writes to his father remains strong and positive, it still made me feel downcast. Jewish people were treated as an…

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