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    Donne's Religious Sonnets

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    the Swan is a popular sonnet that depicts the myth of Zeus and Leda. We find the poetic form of sonnets used across languages and times. In the late 19th century, the Limerick shaped up as a popular poetic form. Limerick is a five-line poem, usually a humorous verse. The origin of the limericks links back to the French literature in the medieval time period. Often used by playwrights, Limericks existed in the English literature…

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    This captivates the reader and reels them in further as it allows a concise relationship to form between the character and reader. It also permits the reader to grasp an accurate, attached and sympathetic understanding of the monologue. The persona in the last duchess has been criticized by many theories. A feminist theory states that he speaks directly about a woman but never adds anything that she has said or experienced, he only speaks of her as though she is an ‘’object’’. There is also a…

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    Eliot opens the essay by redefining the word “tradition” and arguing that criticism in his view “is as inevitable as breathing.” The first principle of criticism that he asserts is to focus not solely upon what is unique in a poet but upon what he shares with “the dead poets, his ancestors.” This sharing, when it is not the mere and unquestioning following of established poetic practice, involves the historical sense, a sense that the whole of literary Europe and of one’s own country “has a…

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    ground, purifying and enlivening it. This humble purpose is steady with the Movement’s overall attitude of avoiding excess or adopting a pompous rhetorical tone. As Morrison notes: “Movement poetic practice is based on certain general principles about the origin, nature and function of poetry. These in term bespeak a different view of the poet—the poet as citizen concerned with social issues and politics. Poetry not only is made thing, it is a said thing and it is discourse” (Morrison 32).…

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    Collins explains how exhausting it is to analyze Dickinson and her poems through the metaphor of undressing her, mocking the complexity subtly throughout, then summing it all up at the end with “and I could hear her sigh when finally it was unloosed, the way some readers sigh when they realize that Hope has feathers, that reason is a plank, that life is a loaded gun that looks right at you with a yellow eye”. His poem “Cliché” explores the popular cliché that “life is an open book”, but in a…

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    However, although Coleridge has often expressed a fear that his poetic powers have declined, I believe his melancholic feelings may have inspired his poetry more than he realizes. As my colleague, Christopher Murray notes, by writing this poem Mr. Coleridge’s melancholy is “productively transformed in the writing of the poem itself’ (Murray, 722). Although Coleridge has insisted to me time and time again that his poetic powers are waning, I believe that this may be one of the greatest poems that…

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    Marilyn Hacker Villanelle

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    achieve happiness. Happiness for someone, however, can be love. In the poem “Villanelle” by Marilyn Hacker, Hacker uses the title to inform her readers that this is a specific poetic structure. This type of structure takes a form in which the first and last line of the first verse repeat throughout the poem. Hacker creates these repetition of words to make the reader become aware that the lines are important. By making this poem a villanelle, Marilyn Hacker can successfully create a deep…

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    Hegel begins by describing poetry as a form that manifests ideas into concrete actuality, rather than abstract feeling (p. 960). From the inner imagination comes the formation of material in poetry–but this material is not made poetic by being harboured in ideas, but that it is being harboured in an artistic imagination. Here, Hegel defines the artistic imagination as to keep the abstract universality of thought separate from the sensuously concrete objects. Poetry employs language as an…

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    volume The Half Inch Himalayas Ali make mention of the ‘Banaras thumri-singers’. The verbal structure relates to an art form which defines the unique style originated in Banaras. The poet’s language here is referential of a region that relates to its musical tradition. For a western reader ‘Banaras thumri singers’ is entirely new zone of experience and knowledge which he/ she is subjected to, by the poet because of cultural mobility that the poet indulges in, through his writing. This entails…

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    Comparative Literary Analysis Robert Frost once said, "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thoughts and the thought has found words." This quote is especially true when it comes to "Birthday" by M. T. Buckley and "The Secret Life of Books" by Stephen Edgar. Poetry is a form of communication that does not have just one interpretation. Every author speaks with their own personal signature, using particular literary devices. In both poems, the authors use diction, extended metaphor, and…

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