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  • Analyzing Thomas 'Melancholy'

    The poem is written as one continuous stream of consciousness, as though this is what depression feels like. The changing of ideas within the single stanza shows the reader how Thomas must have been feeling at the time of writing this. The poem also contains a rhyme scheme. The single stanza contains rhyming couplets throughout. However, Thomas, through the use of punctuation does not allow the reader to read the poem in the traditional way rhyming couplets allow the reader to be read. As rhyming couplets are traditionally associated with happy and upbeat poems this contradicts the tone of what Thomas is trying to explain. However, by not allowing the reader to read the poem in the traditional way, it leaves the reader reading it in a much more staggered way, which could reflect Thomas ' desire to be happy but his inability to know how to become that. It presents to the reader a sense of confusion about what he wants and what he wishes, as the poem reflects this too. Overall the poem reflects Thomas 's deep depression and perhaps reflects his desire to be happy again. He contradicts himself slightly by talking about nature, positively, and says…

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  • Analysis Of To My Dear And Loving Husband

    Anne Bradstreet’s To My Dear and Loving Husband is a love poem that was published in 1678. Bradstreet explores the themes of time, faith, value, and identity through the speaker’s love for her husband. Through this poem, Bradstreet expresses Puritan values towards love and discusses the potential immortality of love. To My Dear and Loving Husband shares similarities to a sonnet, but alters with the rhyme scheme and use of twelve lines in comparison to the usual fourteen lines. Bradstreet crafts…

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  • Comparison Of Miss Rose Bradwardine And The Chieftain's Sister

    Ironically, when Byron insults “the four first rhymes” and begs “take them not for mine” he is disparaging the rhymes of his own stanza as well. The Ottava Rima is consequently an expectation and a denial of the content contained within a signal form. This combination of two vastly different types of content, the lyrical beginning, and the punchy concluding rhyming couplet, demonstrates Byron’s use of different conventions and his combination of genres to his own egotistical, burlesque…

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  • American Cultural Identity Analysis

    rights. In the poem, Claude McKay utilizes a Shakespeare sonnet format along with various metaphors, rhymes and repetition to illustrate Stuart hall’s second argument of various transformations of cultural identity over time by presenting a terrific battle scene. In the poem, " if we must die" McKay borrowed Shakespeare sonnet format for his poem. As a sonnet, this poem has 14 lines and it is divided into four parts. The first three parts are each four lines long, and are known as…

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  • The Raft Of Flowers Analysis

    perspective of himself and the world around him. Within the introductory heroic couplets of the poem, the stanza “And I must be, as he had been - alone” suggests the greater challenge of loneliness faced by the persona. The use of the caesura within this couplet emphasises the personas emotions within the introductory aspects of the poem, highlighting the key challenge portrayed within the text. As the poem progresses, the persona gains a renewed perspective of himself and the world around him.…

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  • Analysis: Poems Written By Me

    It has three lines for each stanza and the rhyming scheme is ABA, ABA. I was a little hungry here, so it influenced my writing. I wanted detail and visuals, but tongue in cheek. There are a lot of sensory details in this poem, which is the literary term I used for this. Vows Do you say “I do”? Yes, I do, I do, I do Bless you! This poem is a modern haiku with the syllables, 5 7 2. I came up with this one when I was falling asleep, and I think it’s pretty funny. True Identity I look like…

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  • Walt Whitman's O Captain ! My Captain

    The theme of "O Captain! My Captain!" is that sacrifices have to be made in order to be successful and gain greatness. Elegy: somber toned poem, lament for the dead This poem is an Elegy in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Walt Whitman wrote this poem a little after Lincoln's assassination. This poem is a big metaphor because it is about a captain -Abraham Lincoln- and his crew -Lincoln's followers- obtaining their sought out prize-winning the civil war- but after getting what they want the captain…

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  • Heroism In Alexander Pope's The Rape Of The Lock

    tantrum. The Rape of the Lock can be compared to Beowulf in that it follows the guidelines of a heroic epic. However, The Rape of the Lock transforms the ideas of heroism by heavily satirizing it. The reason for this mocking lies in Pope’s society at the time the poem was written: a society that had fallen far below the standards of classical heroism and nobility that ancient epics usually consist of. It seemed as if Pope believed that epic tradition was unsuited to the ways that people behaved…

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  • Symbolism In Furniss And Bath And Love's Last Lesson

    ‘Passion’ Drayton depicts that he is suffering very much and he does not know what do with his feelings. He uses the oxymoron ‘pulse failing’ to symbolize life and death (Drayton, 1593). Indirectly that could symbolize hope, as he is hoping that his long-lost love is still alive. The last two stanzas are a heroic couplet, a couplet or rhyming iambic pentameters forming a rhythmical unit. The significance of the two extra words, ‘over’ and ‘recover’, emphasize that the relationship is over, but…

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  • The Country Without A Post Office Poem Analysis

    Country Without a Post Office 88). With the use of alliteration, and the contrasting imagery of roses and blood Ali depicts desire and loss constantly intersecting, and violence overriding everything that is close to his heart. Amitav Ghosh outlines that Ali’s encounter with James Merill radically altered his direction of his poetry. Ghosh says, “after this encounter he began to experiment with strict metrical patterns and verse forms such as the canzone and sestina” (Ghosh 202). Because of…

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