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    In Mending Wall, nature seems to be the third wheel of the story, the silent character surrounding the neighbours. However, the protagonist of Mending Wall has profound respect for nature and the beings that occupy it. He uses nature in trying to convince the neighbour not to build a wall. This is evident when the persona says “… apple trees will never get across/ … and eat the cones under his pines…”. The apple trees are personified as the speaker claims that they will never cross onto the…

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    Everyone has their own idea of how they should live their life. "What Life Should Be" is an inspiring poem written by Patricia A. Fleming. Patricia A. Fleming was the middle child of three and had a middle-class upbringing. She worked as a psychiatric social worker for 36 years and after retiring, she began writing inspirational poems about life. The poem "What Life Should Be" argues what it means to be a human. She uses many different strategies to make the point across to the reader. In…

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    Monosyllabic Poem Gone

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    To me, this poem is an absolutely haunting piece about the truly relevant human issues: death after love, isolation from the world, stolen moments of salvation through connection with another, and the return to ultimate despair, to death. The monosyllabic “Gone” conveys- simply and brilliantly- the finality, abruptness, and cruelly simple matter-of-fact nature of the situation. Her parents are gone, and so is she; her departure from church is her rejection (“refusing”) of conventional…

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    Non-Dalit Autobiography in Marathi: The autobiographical writing in Marathi Literature emerged with different structure, themes and dimensions in the 19th century. Lokhitwadi’s letters, Mahatma Phule’s writings, Mukta Salwe’s ‘complaint’, Chiplunkar’s essays and Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s speeches were autobiographical in tone. In this phase, preaching was the main impulse of their autobiographical literature. Those who lived an extra-ordinary life got the authority to explore their…

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    ‘Such a Long Journey’ is a 1991 novel by Rohinton Mistry. The novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won numerous other awards too. However, it came into the light when the book was withdrawn from the syllabus of the University of Mumbai's English Literature in 2010 after complaints from the family of the Hindu nationalist politician Bal Thackeray. In this light, a renowned writer Salman Rushdie points out that: The famous novel of Rohinton Mistry's 'Such a Long Journey' was withdrawn…

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    Christopher Plevinsky Topic 1 In The Death of Ivan Ilych death reveals the purpose of life by showing the regrets that he had. “Ivan Ilych's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.” (p. 21). It was not until his death that he realized that his life was terrible. On his death bed as he looked back upon the life he lived and wondered how he had gone through it with no purpose. He was also filled with self-doubt about his life when being confronted by death.…

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    publish their work during the early 1990s. His works have been published in numerous Indian and International journals, including Poetry Review London, Rattapallax, Lyric Poetry Review, Kavya Bharti and Indian Literature his poems have also appeared in German translation in Die Zeit, Akzente, Wesoewbest and Art & Thought. He is the author of four collection of poetry, has translated the Marathi poet Vasant Abaji Dahake, Co-translated the German novelist and essayist Ilija Troja now, and edited…

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    Bloomquist 1 Sarah Bloomquist Coen AP Literature 11/2/17 Poetry of the Week Questions 1 In what sense does the poem offer suggestions for approaching poetry? What advice does the speaker provide in lines 1-11? The poem recommends that people read poetry with an open mind and that they should be able to come to their own conclusions about a poem without outside pressure or views. In other words, the poem advocates for personal interpretations rather than an outside one imposing on individuals.…

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    Unsettling Curiosity Oftentimes people think of the ideal nostalgia, getting comfort from looking back on the past, instead of the reality of pain and hardship. In A Separate Peace, a novel written by John Knowles, Gene the very impressionable narrator, looks back on his past with strong discomfort about what happens and what actions he commits. Every time Gene thinks of the tree where he pushed Finny (his best friend and roommate) off of, he is overridden with immense guilt. We intend to look…

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    The composer romanticises ideas of motherhood throughout this poem and expresses the hardships experienced. Her childhood home was a place of stories and songs, recounted to her by her mother and grandmother and her childhood had a pivotal effect on her writing. Everything she writes about has been infused with the radiance of those days in Brisbane growing up through the 1980s. The poem is about a daughter who has just faced the death of her mother. She is saddened about her last encounter…

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