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  • Sonnet 73 Poetry Analysis

    The importance of nature in Shakespearian poetry is certainly used as a reflection of the speaker’s inner feelings. Sonnet ‘73’ by William Shakespeare takes us on a journey demonstrating the artistry of the natural world. The sonnet is written in iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of abab, cdcd, efef, gg. It is divided into three quatrains that each use literal nature to metaphorically explore the impact of ageing and death. Shakespeare engages the readers through the metaphoric use of natural symbolisms. He uses figure of speech to accentuate that oncoming death is gruesome, ineluctable, and, most importantly natural. The general idea is that the speaker is moving further from youth and closer to death. In the opening quatrain, the speaker says that his age is like a “time of year” when there are “yellow leaves, or none, or few” (Lines 1-2). This line allows the reader to visualize not just the color of the leaves, but the diminishing number or absence of them. The yellow leaves indicate that autumn is coming to an end while winter is approaching. The speaker’s youth no longer compares with the beauty of a tree in the blossom of autumn. Furthermore, winter is used to illustrate the last years of human life. “Upon those boughs which shake against the cold” incorporates personification while describing tree limbs that ‘shivers’ against the cold (Line 3). Shakespeare compares the branches of the tree to the speaker’s limbs. This line represents an image of a weak person…

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  • William Wordsworth's The World Is Too Much With Us

    William Wordsworth 's "The world is too much with us" cautions us to maintain high value in nature 's importance. The sonnet discusses his perspective on people 's relationship with nature, nature 's importance, and his personal values in life. Wordsworth 's use of imagery and diction clearly displays just how essential nature is to human life. The symbolism exhibited throughout the poem shows how Wordsworth views nature and the significance of recognizing its true beauty. The speaker is…

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  • My Pretty Rose Tree

    Love can always turn sour when misunderstandings happen and jealously enters the heart. The poem, My Pretty ROSE TREE, in The Longman Anthology of British Literature, was originally published in Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience by William Blake. My Pretty ROSE TREE, under the section of ‘Experience’, tells a simple yet heartful story about a love gone wrong. Blake uses tone, rhyme, and figurative word choice to paint a picture with nature imagery to highlight the emotions and themes of…

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  • John Milton Sonnet 7 Analysis

    Christian Ammerman Dr. Boynton ENGL310 – Nature of Poetry 20 February 2018 Just On Time Originating in Italy in the 13th century, sonnets are a shortened and intense poetic form, which are composed of 14 lines, with 10 syllables in each consequent line. Sonnets have evolved over time, yet their functionality remains the same. John Milton, renowned writer and poet, incorporated his religious beliefs into many of his works, in which he utilized his skills as a poet. Almost 400 years ago, Milton…

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  • Ambiguous Diction In 'Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town'

    The poem “anyone lived in a pretty how town” by E.E. Cummings describes the life of a man who the townspeople do not care for because they obsess over improving their own lives with insignificant objects. The man lives, falls deeply in love, and eventually surrenders to death. Yet, the townspeople pay no attention to his death because they “are busy folk,” running around infatuated with things that do not matter (line 27). Little do they know that death will soon take them also. E. E. Cummings,…

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  • Analysis Of Emily Dickinson's Autopsy Of Grief

    In Poem 341, commonly referred to by the opening phrase, “After Great Pain,” Emily Dickinson performs an “autopsy of grief” by dissecting the turmoil of the speaker -- allowing the reader to enter the headspace of a person who has experienced a tragedy (ppt). Within each stanza, the speaker travels along the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. However, just like the actual grieving process, Dickinson does not give the poem a finite resolution, but…

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  • Her Kind Anne Sexton Summary

    Anne Sexton’s poem, “Her Kind,” is a portrayal of a women who do not fit into society. The women of the poem are independent and powerful. Sexton uses two voices in each stanza. Each stanza describes a woman who is an outcast. These descriptions are based on stereotypes of women who go against the norms of society. The repetition of “a woman like that” and “I have been her kind” uncovers the true speaker of the poem. “Her Kind” reveals the expectations society has placed on women and how denying…

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  • Acquainted With The Night Analysis Essay

    Robert Frost is remembered as the famous poet, scholar, and author to many acclaimed poems such as “The Road Not Taken”, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, and of course, “Acquainted With the Night”. Knowing Robert Frost as a person can give us a much better view of Robert Frost, the poet. The life of such a celebrated author wasn’t exactly always a party. Beginning at a young age Frost began to know the misfortunes of death when his father died of tuberculosis, forcing the entire family…

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  • Anne Bradstreet

    Anne Bradstreet was born around 1612 to a Puritan family in England. Bradstreet was known as being one of the first published poets in America. Her first poem entitled “To My Dear and Loving Husband” was written between 1641-1643, but published 6 years after her death in 1678. It was rare for women in these times to become writers given that more than half were educated due to father’s often feeling that education should not be wasted on girls. However, her father Thomas Dudley held a high…

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  • The White House Claude Mckay Analysis

    “The White House” is a poem written by Claude McKay in 1919 to express the struggles of African Americans with the Jim Crow Laws. McKay was born in Jamaica and his work consisted of poetry, novels, and scientific texts. During this time in America, African Americans were experiencing harsh segregation laws; which caused McKay to portray the struggles of African Americans trying to fit in the society. Title of the poem “The White house” is referring to the whites and the house refers to the…

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