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    The Portrait of a Lady: A Fiction of Portraits I. Introduction Indicated from the title, The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James is a novel full portrait of a young lady named Isabel Archer, the main character. In first sight, it is easy to think this novel simply as a description of a lady provided by the narrator. The term “portrait” gives us a feeling that we are to see a lady fully depicted, or, portrayed inside the frame of the narrative. However, as readers read along, they get to know that there is more depth to the title and therefore that the title can imply more significance. Indeed, as the story unfolds, various versions of these “portraits” of a lady are given. They change, and new versions are constantly created and discarded. As…

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    Analysis of the Portrait of a Lady The Portrait of a Lady by Marie-Guillemine Benoist is shown at the San Diego Museum of Art. The painting once attributed to Jacques-Louis David and Vigee-Lebrun. However, was recently attributed to Marie-Guillemine Benoist. Although little known today, she was one of a number of prominent women artists working in Paris in the late 18th century. She studied with David and Lebrun(San Diego, CA: San Diego Museum of Art, 2015), so it is reasonable that traits from…

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    The characters in “The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James are mostly American people who came in Europe at a moment in their lives. They have lived in Europe from the beginning of their life, as in the case of Madame Merle, or they came there in their adulthood, like Isabel did. Either way, the European lifestyle had an influence on their shaping of identity. Isabel Archer is the main character of James’s novel “The Portrait of a Lady”. The personality she has created while…

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    Friedrich Nietzsche once spoke about poets as being “shameless with their experiences: they exploit them” (109). This quote most definitely describes one of the most descriptive British poets in the world, John Keats. Autumn is the season of steady decline and sadness, a time of the year when beauty dies and despair takes over. The pride and glory of the people plummets like autumn leaves. However, John Keats believes autumn to be the season of beauty, awe, and tranquility and he backs it up…

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    T.S. Eliot is known to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century due to his wide-ranging contributions to poetry, criticism, prose, and drama (Explanation of: “The Waste Land”). In this case, his work becomes stronger as his allusions contribute to help convey the meaning of each poem. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock seems to start out as a love poem when he tells someone, “Let us go then, you and I” (Sound and Sense, 284). Farther on though, it starts to stray to Prufrock…

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    Within a reality encircled of spiritual deaths and where the forces of time and death calls and lurks on their prey, is a man who lost himself in every sense. Among an industrialized dark world in which a reasonable sign of vivacity is seldom found, is the present time for the man who oughts to believe his mind and soul are rich in color. Yet in all sensibility, he too is a foreigner who lacks zeal for life- unknown to the outside world. The mysterious speaker in T.S Eliot’s “The Love Song of…

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    Sometimes an individual’s desires cause them to face internal suffering. The poem “For That He Looked Not upon Her” by sixteenth-century English poet George Gascoigne explores this idea through illustrating the reasoning of why a man cannot look into the eyes of the women he once loved anymore. Gascoigne portrays the man in the poem as being hopeless and unable to unhook himself from the passion he has for the women which mesmerized him. Gascoigne depicts his hopelessness, and rather bleak…

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    In the ‘Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, T.S Eliot gives the readers a view through a twenty-two-year-old modernist, around the beginning of World War 1, set in a bedraggled, populous city and its persona is represented by an extremely caliginous man under the name of Prufrock. He is depicted as one that is afraid of living and hence is continually procrastinating. In contrast, ‘Mirror’, written by Sylvia Plath in 1961, around two years before her suicide, carries one into the mind of a woman…

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    In the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, written by T.S. Elliot, there is one main theme that branches into subthemes throughout the poem. The theme at hand is one that most people can relate to, including myself. Acceptance. Acceptance is the feeling everyone wants, and fear not having. We are psychologically “wired to seek love and acceptance” states Dr. John Amodeo from PsychCentral (web). Fear of not looking like society says you should look. Fear of not living up to the…

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    Exercise 2: Crux Buster, Harrison’s “On Not Being Milton” In Tony Harrison’s poem “On Not Being Milton” he writes, “my Cahier d’un retour au pays natal” (3). According to the footnote, the French phrase comes from the title of Aime Cesaire’s poem about colonized West Indian people and a journey back to their homeland. The translated version would read, “Notebook of a return to one’s land of birth.” The first two lines of this poem set the theme of the speaker returning to his roots in the form…

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