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A Prose Analysis On Milton's "Sonnet XIX"
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... of experience have been deferred when he became blind. The words, "dark", "death", and "useless" (lines 2-4) describe the emotional state of Milton. His blindness created a shrouded clarity within his mind. Line three, "And that one talent which is death to hide" is an allusion to the biblical context of the bible. Line three refers to the story of Matthew XXV, 14-30 where a servant of the lord buried his single talent instead of investing it. At the lord's return, he cast the servant into the "outer darkness" and deprived all he had. Hence, Milton devoted his life in writing; however, his blindness raped his God's gift away. A tremendous cloud casted over hi ...

Poe's Literary Vengence
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... of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge" (149). This line reflects Poe's despise of his estranging stepfather John Allan. This estrangement forced Poe to make decisions about his life that he would not have had to consider at such and early age. Fortunato was a wealthy man who was admired in his community. I feel that is how Poe relates Forutnato to his step- father. Martha Womack quotes from Kenneth Silverman's book Edgar A. Poe: A Never-Ending Remembrance. "Allan much resembled Fortunato being a rich man, respected, admired, beloved, interested in the wines, and a member of the Masons." Womac ...

The Plight Of The Toads: An Analysis
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... little being, with an ugliness characterized in it warts or more precisely the myth that those "uglies" are contagious. When this interpretation is used the poet is saying that work is a ugly and repulsive entity, and its ugliness is contagious. A second interpretation of the word toad can be found from fairy tales. In these types of works the toad is often seen as something detestable on the exterior and yet of great value or beauty on the interior. An example of this is the toad that when kissed by the princess was turned into a prince. In order for the real identity of this amphibian to be realized, one must to get past the outer shell. In keeping with t ...

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
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... the combine of the spirit and the firm affection would certainly last forever. Here I got one question: Why is "laity" the one that we tell our love to? Why can't we share it with a clergyman? Strong love is not evil at all ~ The third stanza is interesting, but contains a deep meaning. The earthquake causes damage and people regard it serious. The movement of the heavenly spheres is far greater, fiercer, 'cause it is harmless, people consider it innocent. I think (I do not know if I was right?) the author intended to indicate that death is just like the earthquake-brings harms and sorrow. Earthquake is not so common, when it happens, people are scared of it. ...

Song Of Myself: Divinity, Sexuality And The Self
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... autonomy with which his sexuality speaks in the poem. Much of the "Song of Myself" consists of a cacophony of Whitman's different selves vying for attention. It follows that Whitman's sexual self would likewise find itself a voice. A number of passages strongly resonate with Whitman's sexuality in their strongly pleasurable sensualities. The thoroughly intimate encounter with another individual in section five particularly expresses Whitman as a being of desire and libido. Whitman begins his synthesis of the soul and body through sexuality by establishing a relative equality between the two. He pronounces in previous stanzas, "You shall listen to all sides ...

Tony Harrison's Poetry And His Relationship With His Parents
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... this is reflected in his in his poem “Book Ends II” “You’re supposed to be the bright boy at description and you can’t tell them what the fuck to put!” This is the general reflection of the poets family life, behind these two lines there is great love, for both the mother and the poet, yet the father is unable to show this love, he feels the obligation to be the emotional rock of the family, his role as the father. Harrison’s father had great love for him, however Harrison resented the way that he put him down, however the father was proud of the son but had no way of conveying this emotion. In later life Harrison did not think of his father as an illiterate ...

Analysis Of Whitman's "Drum Taps" And "The Wound Dresser"
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... carrying his latest and final thoughts regarding what he held as an unnecessary encounter. However, to understand the contrasts between his first, then ultimately conclusive belief, one must delve into his earlier works. In the first poem of "Drum Taps", "First O Songs For A Prelude" the poem indicates to the reader that Whitman is staunchly enthusiastic towards the first battle: The tumultuous escort, the ranks of policemen preceding, clearing the way, The unpent enthusiasm, the wild cheers of the crowd for their favorites…War! Be it weeks, months, or years, an arm'd race is advancing to welcome it. As we can see, like most Americans, Whitma ...

Thanatopsis: An Analysis
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... lines eighteen through thirty. The best example of this is when Bryant writes: ..."the oak shall send its roots abroad and pierce thy mold"(29-30). In the third and final section of this poem, Bryant writes that you will die along with kings and others. The reader should get the most out of living he/she can possibly get because it is good, and do not be afraid to die but go pleasantly. This is described in lines thirty-one through eighty. The best example of this is when Bryants writes: ..."approach thy grave like one who wraps the drapery of his coach about him and lies down to pleasant dreams"(79-80) This poem has taught the reader that death i ...

"A Dream Within A Dream"
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... She was his sanity and his life. When she died of tuberculosis, he lost everything. He felt as though he had no control in his life. . . . I hold within my hand Grains of golden sand- . . . they creep through my fingers . . . O God! Can I not grasp Them with a tighter clasp? In the first stanza of his poem, Poe is speaking to a person who has seen him through some rough times. He is trying to convince her as well as himself that his life has not changed through the years. He questions the realness and significance of the everyday events of life and finally concludes that they are unimportant and superficial. "All that we see or seem is but a dream ...

Ceremonies In "The Waste Land"
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... He who was living is now dead" (ll. 322-328). The imagery of a primal ceremony is evident in this passage. The last line of "He who was living is now dead" shows the passing of the primal ceremony; the connection to it that was once viable is now dead. The language used to describe the event is very rich and vivid: red, sweaty, stony. These words evoke an event that is without the cares of modern life- it is primal and hot. A couple of lines later Eliot talks of "red sullen faces sneer and snarl/ From doors of mudcracked houses" (ll. 344-345). These lines too seem to contain language that has a primal quality to it. From the prima ...

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