Mona Van Duyn

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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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  • Nancy Lou Webster: A Short Story

    Over lunch one day, Lee Blocker told Bill about some land outside of Elgin that he wanted to develop. Nancy Lou and Bill drove to Elgin with their three children and were greeted by a downtown with all the first story windows broken out and boarded up, and many of the second story windows were broken with pigeons roosting in them. She remembers what a dreary place it seemed and said to Blocker, “If we come to live here, I will have to do everything in my power to revitalize this downtown.” In…

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  • Leonardo Da Vinci's Virtue: A Biography Of Leonardo Da Vinci

    age of 67, on May 2, 1519, in Amboise, France. He had a splendid career by being commissioned and eventually teaching his own pupils later in life. He is known for many great works. Leonardo da Vinci painted this portrait of who is thought to be Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, in 1503. It is alternately titled La Gioconda. According to The Louvre, the history of this painting is basically a mystery. Several aspects of the piece are unclear, such as the true identity of the…

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  • The Importance Of Cosmopolitan In Angela Carter's 'Puss In Boots'

    Though they are all in Europe, they still contribute to his knowledge of the world. Puss proves he is familiar with Italy in many aspects, from performances to cities to paintings. Many aspects of the story are derived from the Italian street performance, Commedia Dell’arte. The husband of the woman, Signor Panteleone, is based off a character from the performances. The character Harlequin is also a character from Commedia Dell’arte. He mentions Italian cities such as Bergamo and Milano. The…

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  • Essay On Leonardo Da Vinci

    Vitruvian Man, Self Portrait in Red Chalk, Lady with an Ermine, Mona Lisa, and The Last Supper. Leonardo da Vinci did not always live a privileged life. On April 15, 1452, da Vinci was born as the illegitimate son of a wealthy notary, Messer Pierro di Antonio da Vinci and a peasant, Caterina. Despite the fact that he had a noble father, he was mostly raised by his uncle and grandparents. Not much is recorded of his childhood, however, it is known that da Vinci started his apprenticeship…

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  • Born In Caprese Michelangelo: Italian Renaissance

    7 March 2018 Global 1 Research Paper Early Life Born in Caprese Michelangelo, Italy born March 6, 1475( Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni) most commonly known by his first name Michelangelo. His dad had a job working for the Florentine government, but shortly after he was born his family went back to Florence, the city where Michelangelo would say was his home. Michelangelo was arguably one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. During the Renaissance Michelangelo’s…

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  • Power Of Physical Beauty

    Perhaps The Mona Lisa crossed your mind? The painter, Leonardo da Vinci, is household name. His work, especially The Mona Lisa, is still admired, studied and copied by many. The Louvre has over 70,000 pieces of artwork, yet crowds flock to see da Vinci’s the 21 by 30 inch painting of the mysterious women with an enigmatic smile.We all know Leonardo da Vinci and The Mona Lisa, but little to nothing is known about the women who made this painting possible. Who was she? Why was da Vinci so…

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  • Carolee Schneemann Kinetic Painting Analysis

    Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting Review Xiao Xiong On May 13, 2017, Carolee Schneemann(American, b.1939) was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale - “VIVA ARTE VIVA”. For more than sixty years, Schneemann has made the groundbreaking innovations in the field of photography, performance, film, video, mixed media, and installations, she has constantly broken the boundaries and challenged the limits of contemporary art. As one of the most…

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  • The Adoration Of The Magi Analysis

    The Adoration of the Magi Leonardo da Vinci is a famous inventor, writer, mathematician and artist. His knowledge of life and wisdom of the world is shown through his many paintings such as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa.The Adoration of the Magi was one of da Vinci’s early paintings and was never finished. This painting took six years to be completely be restored from damage of the years of its life.The Adoration of the Magi by da Vinci, made with combined influences of individualism,…

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  • How Did The Renaissance Change European Culture And Society?

    more people would buy books (because of the printing press) and more books were being made and printed. The increase in Art/Literature became one of the most influencing items in the modern world today. Since the printing press was released into the world, the artist industries increased significantly. Some of the main artists were: artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Titian (Abruzzo, "How Did the Renaissance Change European Culture & Society?"). These artists just didn’t bring a…

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