Poetry Papers

  • American Identity In “Dear John Wayne” And “A Supermarket In California”

    1300 words, 6 pages

    Twentieth century authors such as Louise Erdrich and Allen Ginsberg use their skills in writing to challenge the dominant narrative of American-ness and American identity. Both authors point out the illusion that has been created of America and how this illusion was actually made from those who lead the culture. Those who fell within the margins of an ideal American constructed the dominant discourse of the country at this time. Erdrich and Ginsberg, however, discuss the issue of how America depicts itself – the “America” that exists for some does not exist for others – specifically those who

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    Edgar Allan Poe

    1487 words, 6 pages

    The Poe(t) Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 as Edgar Poe. He was the second son of David and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, both whom were actors. In 1810, shortly after Poe’s birth his father deserted the family. The subsequent death of his twenty-four year old mother on December 8, 1811 in Richmond, Virginia, left Poe an orphan at the young age of three. After his mother’s death, John, a strict unemotional tobacco merchant, and Frances Allan, a weak woman due to health problems, took in Poe; his paternal grandparents took in his brother William Henry; and foster parents cared for his sis

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    The Life Of Emily Dickinson

    338 words, 2 pages

    Born in Amherst, Massachusetts to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After being schooled at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before retiring to her family's house, the Homestead. Throughout her adult life she rarely traveled outside of Amherst or very far from home. Thought of as an eccentric by the locals, she became known for her penchant for white clothing and her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, even leave her room. Most of her friendships w

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    Skrzynecki

    241 words, 1 page

    Everyday people undertake physical journeys. They can be as simple as walking down the street or as complex as moving to a whole new place. Some are big and some are small, but they all have a unique significance for the individual. Journeys can be meaningful or unimportant but they all come with their own obstacles that may or may not be overcome. Journeys provide opportunities such as challenges and obstacles to help us discover ourselves and the world around us. One’s perspective and opinion can be changed along the way of a journey in a good or even bad sense. Many composers of text use th

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    Speech On Conlict

    805 words, 4 pages

    Good morning/afternoon teachers and fellow students, I am here today to discuss my knowledge of conflict in the poem “weapons training” by bruce dawe and the movie “Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban”. The poem “weapons training” is about a group of Australian troops getting ready to go to war trying to stand at attention while their drill instructor is yelling and insulting them trying to earn their respect so that they will succeed in the war that is ahead. There are two types of conflict in the poem, conflict between the drill instructor and troops and conflict between the troops and

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    Two Sisters Of Persephone - Plath

    1749 words, 7 pages

    “Two Sisters of Persephone” The poem, “Two Sisters of Persephone” by Sylvia Plath, introduces a stage in Plath’s life. Written in 1956, the same year Plath got married, this poem presents two potential paths for Plath and also exposes her severe depression that began as a young girl and endured throughout her adulthood. The speaker’s inability to reconcile two personalities in this poem leads to her demise. This is illustrated though textual and literary devices, as well as mythological allusions. Plath’s background along with Greek myths allows the reader feel a part of Plath’s dilemma

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    “Richard Cory”

    594 words, 3 pages

    Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem, Richard Cory, was a window into the life of a lonely man, who had everything ones heart could desire. He was good looking, wealth and well known there out the town. Even though he had all of these things he still “put a bullet through his head”. Sixty nine years later Paul Simon wrote a response to Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem, also entitle Richard Cory. Paul Simon response came in the form of a song. The speaker in Simon’s poem is a low class working citizen, who wishes he was Richard Cory. Even though both poems are about Richard Cory and have the same tit

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    Shakespeare’s Writings

    587 words, 3 pages

    Shakespeare’s Writings William Shakespeare used many different writing styles in order to capture the minds and hearts of his audience. He wrote thirty eight plays (Boyce 119), two narratives (Boyce 294), and 154 sonnets (Boyce 607). In order to do his writing, Shakespeare had to put his mind, body, and soul into his work. Shakespeare wrote three different types of genres, comedies, histories, and tragedies. “A comedy is a drama that provokes laughter at human behavior, usually involves romantic love, and usually has a happy ending.” The plots of the comedies were usually about the strugg

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    Sonnet 18 Analysis

    558 words, 3 pages

    Eternal Beauty In Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”, the narrator employs an extended metaphor when comparing the addressee to a “summer’s day”. The metaphor is emphasized by the tone shift in line nine, and the comparison is finalized by a couplet that expands on the theme of immortality. The sonnet makes it clear that the individual’s beauty and vigor cannot be compared to commonplace nature and that the individual is something more than human. Sonnet 18 is part of the group of sonnets that is written to address men. In this particular one, Shakespeare compares the man’s beauty to that of nature

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    Plath

    833 words, 4 pages

    Gianna Sacco Pursuit – Sylvia Plath This poem begins with a vivid image of someone being followed by a panther. Plath feels like “there is a panther stalking” her down. The title of this poem, being “Pursuit” summarizes the poem. It is the pursuit of her doom, she is trying to get away from the panther which is chasing her until the end, however, at times she feels guilt and a sort of drive towards him. She is attracted to this panther which will eventually lead to trouble. Hence, Plath uses many themes in this poem such as color and feelings and the aggressiveness of nature, which leads to

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    Edger Allen Poe

    1388 words, 6 pages

    Edgar Allan Poe 1 Edgar Allan Poe “The Life and Tragedies of Edgar Allan Poe” Jesse T. Smith Axia College of University of Phoenix Professor Lorelie Kaid October 19, 2008

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    Crap

    715 words, 3 pages

    a Journey Is Not Where You Go, but What Occurs along the Way" Summary: The importance of the journeying process was explored and exposed by Peter Skrzynecki and a variety of other composers. Skrzynecki, using the powerful textual vehicle of poetry explores the importance of the journeying process and its various outcomes, a journey often results in the confused and mixed emotions of the traveller and this was reflected within Skrzynecki's poems, "Crossing the Red Sea" and "A Drive in the Country." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "A j

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    Rap Culture In Comparison To The Tone Of Hughes And Brooks

    891 words, 4 pages

    Rap Culture in Comparison to the Tone of Hughes and Brooks Today it is hard to get into a car and turn on the radio without hearing a song about money, sex, or fame. Modern day rap culture tries to force those three things on our population through their music and lyrics. They have changed many people’s perception of the perfect life through their tone, music, and lyrics. Many poems help express and can relate to the tone of the modern day rap culture. The tone in the poems, “Red Silk Stockings” by Langston Hughes, and “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, can be tied to the tone in rap culture

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    Letter To A Cat

    787 words, 4 pages

    Have you ever felt invisible or alone in a filled crowd? Top that with being ignored and disrespected of your own family, and you have the most condescending situation imaginable. In the short story "Letter to a cat" from 1997, respect and care is one of the main themes. It takes respect and care to build a relationship. But disrespect and carelessness can equally tear a whole family apart. Our main character is Norma, a very obese Irish housewife with a life dominated by routine and pleasing her family. She is a lady with very few hobbies in life: reading English literature, collecting she

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    Revelation

    1575 words, 7 pages

    Heaney was born on 13 April 1939 into a family of nine children at the family farmhouse called Mossbawn, between Castledawson and Toomebridge in Northern Ireland. Heaney initially attended Anahorish Primary School and when he was twelve-years-old, he won a scholarship to St. Columb's College, a Catholic boarding school situated in Derry. In 1957, Heaney travelled to Belfast to study English Language and Literature at the Queen's University of Belfast. During his time in Belfast he found a copy of Ted Hughes' Lupercal, which spurred him to write poetry. Heaney's work often deals with the local

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