Helen Gardner

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  • John Donne And The Metaphysical School Of Poetry

    specific forms of lust and pride, but continued to struggle with sin throughout his life (White 62). Thus, it is agreed by many that much of Donne’s life was consumed with Christianity. Other critics have argued Donne’s religious faith based on the quality of his writing after his conversion to the Anglican church. Austin Warren describes Donne as student of the Bible, and comments on the literary merits of his later sermons. “…he was a great preacher: I venture to think a greater preacher than poet, able to express in that medium…a range and depth which the poems rarely reach" (276). Helen Gardner elaborates by commenting on Donne’s capitalization of the literal sense of scripture. Gardner writes that Donne’s understanding of scripture should have an impact on how we read his poetry (Gardner 51). However, in modern critical evaluations the true subject of the poems is avoided and the focus is on style. Gardner argues that Donne’s poetry shows a profound connection to God but “…we concentrate upon the imagination’s power to perceive analogies and neglect its primary power to apprehend and express what touches the mind and heart” (52). Thus, Gardener and other critics believe that Donne’s religious works describe his sincere belief in the church. They argue that faith was central to his life because of the level of commitment he devoted to his religious works. In counterpoint, some critics argue that Donne never believed in the church as much as his work suggests. Sidney…

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  • Garden Of Earthy Delights Analysis

    Andrew Marvell and Description of Garden of Earthy Delights in his Poems Andrew Marvell is a British poet who lived in 17th century. His poems cover a wide variety of themes: from the love to politics and nature’s role in people’s lives. Marvell often used exalted topics/ However, he chooses different approaches compared to other famous poets like William Wordsworth who was born and worked hundred years after Marvell’s death. The last author often covered metaphysical motifs like his experience…

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  • Her Arming Trope In Homer's The Iliad

    beauty is believed to have been seduced by Paris, a Trojan prince, and brought over to Troy. Menelaus is understandably enraged by this and wants satisfaction. Thus, the Trojan War commences, a long and onerous plight. Although it seems completely rational to use military force to save such a high-level captive, the fact that the war lasts about twelve years is a bit illogical. It is stressed throughout The Iliad all of the misfortune and unnecessary death that the cumbersome war has caused.…

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  • The Characteristics Of Great Leadership In The Iliad

    Paris has shown many times that he is a coward and will run away when faced with a life or death situation. During the first day of battle Paris challenged the Greeks to a duel, but when Menelaus came to accept the challenge Paris ran back into the Trojan line (III. 15-41). Even after taunting the Greeks Paris runs away back to the Trojans. Paris’s action causes Hector and many others warriors to criticize Paris and call him a coward. Even after he loses the fight and is saved by Aphrodite he…

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  • Heroes And Conflicts In Virgil's The Aeneid

    The Aeneid is bursting with violent acts from the beginning to the end. The main character, Aeneas, faces conflict from both humans and gods. Aeneas is a Trojan hero and prince who embodies pietas, or driven by duty, honor, and devotion, which makes him an example of an ideal Roman citizen. Aeneas was determined to be a successful founder of Rome, but he faced complications along the journey. In each conflict, Aeneas dealt with fighting and violence; therefore, Rome was founded on violent…

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  • Antigone Character Analysis

    Jean Anouilh’s play Antigone is a tragedy inspired by Greek mythology and the play of the same name (Antigone, by Sophocles) from the fifth century B.C. The play Antigone tells the story of a brave girl (one of Oedipus’s daughters) who stands up against the law in order to honor her brother. The play had many important characters without which the meaning would be incomplete. However, there were many minor characters that completed the play and aided the reader’s understanding which leads us…

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  • The Homecoming: The Character Of Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

    The Homecoming The Odyssey by the ancient Greek writer Homer takes us into the life of a man called Odysseus. Odysseus, the son of Lartes, has left both his son, Telemachus, and his wife, Penelope, to fight a war in Troy. After 10 years of fighting the war, Odysseus and his men were finally ready to return home to their families, however, the Gods were not finished with Odysseus. They needed to test his wisdom, honor, piety and prudence to prove that he is truly a noble hero. While Odysseus was…

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  • Direct Characterization Of Achilles In The Iliad

    Like an avalanche in the mountains change is inevitable and unstoppable. In the Iliad, by Homer, an epic/poem retelling the tale of the Trojan war, there was a bloody battle between Greece and Troy. One of the main characters is Achilles, an almost invincible Greek warrior. The author uses characterization to show Achilles experiences great change throughout the poem, from stubborn to devastated to avengement seeking, all because his good friend and comrade, Patroclus, was killed in battle.…

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  • Clytaemnestra's First Speech Analysis

    In Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon, the dynamic, strong female character of Clytaemnestra is introduced. Left alone for ten years, she has become bitter after Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter, Iphigeneia, in order to sail to Troy. Clytaemnestra is waiting for her revenge. Clytaemnestra’s two speeches after Agamemnon has returned to Argos and is entering the palace reveal that she is convicting him of the murder of Iphigeneia and sentencing him to death. In Clytaemnestra’s first speech when…

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  • Is Hector A Hero In The Iliad

    The Trojan War was being fought in the 13th or 12th BC which was a period of time known as the Bronze Age. In Greek Mythology, the war was fought against the city of Troy after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband who is the King of the Spartans. Many people fought wars to achieve and gain pride or themselves and their family. Although in Ancient Greece many were fearless and brave: in the Trojan War, Hector, a fierce Greek warrior, portrays the most hero-like qualities, in the epic poem,…

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