Formalist poets

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  • Leda And The Swan Poem Analysis

    Yeats’s poem ‘’Leda and the Swan’’ and Dorothy Hewitt’s ‘’Grave Fairytale’’ have content that is both mythological and violently sexual. In Yeats’ poem the speaker retells a story from Greek mythology. It is that of the rape of Leda by Zeus. In Hewitt’s poem, the speaker creates a new version of Rapunzel’s fairytale. This essay will discuss the relationship between mythology/ folklore, violence and sex through the analysis of both poems. In Yeats’ poem, the speaker resents the rape scene, painting a vivid and terrifying picture of its aggressive violence. The father of Gods Zeus takes the form of a swan in order to seduce and to rape Leda, the beautiful woman that he desired. It is worth noting that a swan usually symbolises beauty, grace, elegance and peacefulness. In Yeats’ poem it is completely the opposite. This would imply the reason Zeus chose this bird for his disguise: to lure Leda close so that he may rape her. Yeats wants to communicate the violence of a sexual act. He draws a sexual picture without directly presenting the meaning of the poem. In the first stanza, we are directly exposed to the rape through the use of obscene and figurative language. Yeats begins his poem with an instance of ferocity and brutality that might have immediately brought an ultimate horror to the readers. The poem starts suddenly with violence that is ‘’a sudden blow’’ .”The absurdity of the rapist (Zeus) is transformed into the violent image of `great' wings `beating.' The bird no…

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  • Metaphysical Poem By John Donne

    John Donne’s metaphysical poem written in 1600’s follows an intricate love poem that is both humorous and playful. Donne uses a range of poetic techniques but his most influential is the continued conceit of the sun that is continued throughout the poem. Through this he is able to introduce an outrageous idea, that he is better than the sun, his woman is “all the states” and he is “all princes.” Donne uses his intellect throughout the poem to justify his claims, especially focussing on the idea…

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  • The Corresence In Thomas Hardy's The Importance Of Being E

    The line, “And for all this, nature is never spent,” refers to the fact that God would never let man destroy creation (Hopkins 1548). The poem’s speaker asks, “Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod…” (Hopkins 1548). The poet answers his question by realizing that God is the reason why man has not overly polluted or wrecked the world. The Holy Ghost is very much alive and active in the world, according to Hopkins. God is also viewed as something…

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  • To Wordsworth And I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud Comparison Essay

    era, There were poets like William Wordsworth and Percy Bysshe Shelley, who used their lives as inspiration.William Wordsworth is considered the father of modern romantic literature. While Shelley paid a tribute to William Wordsworth, however it was more of a look where you are now. Both poets used themes, symbols, and characterization to get their thoughts across. “To Wordsworth” was written by Shelly and “I wandered lonely as a cloud” by Wordsworth. To begin, there are multiple…

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  • Let America Be America Again By Langston Hughes: Poem Analysis

    From the beginning of time, inequality has been a necessity in the differentiation of one person from another. Whether in the Indian Hindu Caste System thousands of years ago or the segregation of blacks and whites in America 50 years ago; inequality has always separated classes. Langston Hughes, an African American poet front the Harlem Renaissance writes mostly about racial inequality in the poem “Let America Be America Again.” This work is about how all immigrants who come to America in…

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  • John Donne Love Poetry Analysis

    CONCLUSSION The development of a love poet, can be traced easily by subtle analysis of various strains that define different moods and shades of love. The great metaphysical poet, John Donne provides a great instance of this kind of analysis of the poem. The first phase of Donne's love poems are conspicuous for exasparation and eccentricity that owes its genesis to peculiar notion that woman is essentially unfaithful and the object of sexual pleasure only. The second phase begins with the…

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  • Reflection Of Virginia Woolf's Moments Of Being By Virginia Woolf

    Vinh Lee AP English July 19 2016 In Virginia Woolf’s excerpt from “Moments of Being,” she describes her adolescent years from her childhood when she would spend her summers in Cornwall, England. She uses many different kinds of language to convey and improve her memories as a child. In the excerpt she uses imagery and tone to help convey her memories with her family. Virginia Woolf uses specific events at the lake to explain her time with her father and how he gave her advice on being…

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  • Symbolism And Romanticism In The Daffodils By William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth “The Daffodils” “The Daffodils” by William Wordsworth, this poem is a typical romantic poem that reflects the essence of romanticism, Now after this being said, I will discuss how the poem embodies the features of romanticism and how it illuminates the personal life of the poet whilst transcending the private into a human public experience, also the importance of the context in inspiring this poem and the secret collaboration of writing between Wordsworth and his…

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  • Corinna's Going A Maying Analysis

    Robert Herrick and Andrew Marvell are two famous poets who have several things in common regarding their way of writing; Andrew Marvell is an English poet, a clergyman and a parliamentarian, he was concerned with politics for a very long time, also, Marvell was called a nature poet and he was one of the best metaphysical poets. Even though Marvell wrote less than some other famous poets like Donne and Jonson, his range was greater, “as he claimed, both the private worlds of love and religion and…

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  • Essay On Rhetoric In John Milton's Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost holds some of the greatest literary elements throughout its series of books. This work, by John Milton, showcases many persuasive skills and rhetoric. Aristotle once stated that rhetoric classifies as “the ability, in each particular case, to see the available means of persuasion.” Among the three main arguments in Paradise Lost, each carry, at least, one form of Aristotle’s rhetorics: Ethos, Pathos, and/or Logos. Whether it be Eve persuading Adam, or Satan persuading Eve, each…

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