Poems Essays

Three Poems – an English Comparative Analytical

Three masterfully written poems, “Does it Matter? ” by Siegfried Sassoon, “Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits” by Martin Espada, and “Undertaker” by Patricia Smith all depict how people toil or feel about their jobs and the hardships or disappointments that come with it All three poems tackle the common theme of work and people. The three literary pieces also highlight how some people struggle for human dignity and muster courage and perseverance while tackling their jobs. All three poems…

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Journal on Poems

The poem portrays the definitions of sanity and madness. However, these definitions vary from the perspective of people and the surroundings as pointed out in the second line. In other words, the poem points out that for certain people, something normal is considered insane and vice versa. 2. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Basically, for me, the poem depicted a common experience in life wherein one makes a choice between two things and then wonders what could’ve happened…

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Confusion and Anxiety in Robert Frost’s Poems

During his lifetime, Robert Frost wrote poems that relate the confusion, anxiety, and struggles of the human mind. In his poems, he depicts how people’s minds may be imbued by confusion and anxiety as they experience pain and explore life’s possibilities. Particularly, in “The Road Not Taken” and “Acquainted with the Night,” the poet illustrates how thee two themes can lead a person to attempt to escape reality and give up one’s life. The two poems share similar elements, one…

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Poems from the Kokinshu_ a Literary Analysis

Poems from the Kokinshu is an anthology of poems from the Japanese medieval times (Lawall. ed, 2002). The anthology is divided into different poems depicting human emotions as they vary season after season, or as people move into an entirely new environment. The principal theme of the poems revolve around the concept of love—the progression of feelings, the “entire course of the love affair, early yearnings, passionate meetings, sadness and regret” (Rodd and Henkenius, 1996). As each season, starting from…

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Writers and Poems

In this particular question the two writers that I have chosen are T. S. Eliot and E. E. Cummings. Their literary outputs have attributed certain natural tendencies and even appreciation. The poems to be used are ‘The Hippopotamus’ by T. S. Eliot and ‘Somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond’ by E. E. Cummings. The main comparison and evaluation from both the writers’ works is that they have perused nature. To be accurate, both the writers had used a particular…

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Ways to Understand Poems

Billy Collins’ “Introduction to Poetry” is a short poem consisting of seven stanzas but is nonetheless a colorful piece of literary work that is filled with figurative language. Collins explores how poems in general suffer from the hands, in a manner of speaking, from those who attempt to study them, especially students. The narrator tries to guide the students about the proper way of unraveling the mysteries of poems. However, the students instead prefer to, in the words of Collins,…

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Emily Dickinsons Nature Poems

Emily Dickinson’s use of nature imagery in her poetry incorporates elements of both romanticism and realism. These usually contrasting visions allow Dickinson to express a duplicity of perception, a duplicity which can be considered as a part of nature itself, as expressed through human consciousness. Although the overall impact of Dickinson’s nature imagery is romantic and reveals perception of nature as a mode of transcendence, the imagery and diction of Dickinson’s poems also establish a convincing realist tone, which separates…

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Compare How Feelings Are Presented in Two of the Poems Harmonium and Brothers

Everyone experiences feelings; they cannot be ignored as we have no control over them. In ‘Harmonium’, Simon Armitage explores the feelings of the relationship between himself and his father, using the extended metaphor he presents the instrument ‘harmonium’ to test his feelings that exists between the father and son. The name itself ‘harmonium’ immediately highlights the connection or ‘harmony’ between them. Armitage also underlines the feeling of regret throughout the poem, as the harmonium is “gathering dust”, which means by…

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A Child’s Voice as Reflected in Victorian and Romantic Poems

Child labor is one of the most sensitive and controversial issues today, as it is association with child maltreatment. Nowadays, children are entitled to several rights and privileges like the rest of a country’s population, which secure and protect them from all the possible abuses and maltreatments that they may experience. Today, people’s resentment and disagreement towards child abuse and child labor can be observed in campaigns, advocacies, television programs, and other kinds of promotional advertisements. Yet, considering this, one…

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Little Thing

Of the five poems I have selected beforehand, I happen to choose the poem “The Pebble”. It took me awhile to choose which poem to talk about but somehow, I keep coming back in reading this poem. I favour this poem compared to the other four because of the simplicity it implies. It starts off with the title which gives out a plain imagery of the thing that will be talked about. The poem struck me in the way that…

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Keats Ode Poems

This essay will work in unifying themes of Keats’ poems, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode to Melancholy, Ode to Psyche, Ode to Indolence, and Ode on a Grecian Urn. The paper will analyze these poems and then apply thematic links. In Keats’ poem Ode to a Nightingale, the first stanza begins with the narrator describing heartache. The following emotions each illustrate this main point through the use of words such as ‘drowsy numbness’, and ‘dull opiate’ (Lines 1-3). The first…

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A Reading of My Papa’s Waltz

Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” speaks of how a daughter is able to see past the defects of her father with such adoring calm and respect. The poem is playful and innocent, the choice of words child-like, and the rhyme measured at a pace of a child’s anxious breathing. Yet a sense of caution rings true throughout, right from the very first lines down to the end of the poem. There is the unmistakable obedient but anxious anticipation in the…

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Consider the Poems Dreaming Black Boy and Epitaph

a) Compare the ways in which these two poems deal with the experience of oppression and racism. b) State which of the two poems you find more disturbing, and give reasons to support your answer. c) Identify and comment on TWO poetic devices used in each poem to highlight the workings of oppression or racism. “Dreaming Black Boy” and “Epitaph” are two poems which address the issues of oppression and racism. though they both deal with the same problem, it…

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Stone’s Throw Vs Woman Speaks to Man Who Has Employed Her Son

The poems “A Stone’s Throw” and “The Woman Who Speaks To The Man Who Has Employed Her Son” both deal with different views of women and how they are treated. The speakers in each poem have different attitudes towards women and various devices are utilized to illustrate the treatment of women in each poem. In the poem “A Stone’s Throw”, a group of self-righteous men earnestly wanted to stone and condemn an indecent prostitute when they said, “We’ve got her!…

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The Underworld and How It Reflects the Goals and Realities of Virgil and Homer

The Underworld and How it Reflects the Goals and Realities of Virgil and Homer Two epic poems from two great civilizations depict their authors’ varying views of the Underworld: The Odyssey and The Aeneid. The Greek poet Homer describes the hardships of Odysseus and his struggle to return home to his beloved wife and family after the Trojan War in The Odyssey. The Roman poet Virgil composed The Aeneid for the first emperor of the Roman Empire, Caesar Augustus, in…

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