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The Second Coming: Analysis
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... power that has unleashed it to the point where all control is lost and faith in God has been abandoned. The next line of the poem explains this process; “things fall apart” indicates that the runaway war has sparked disorder in the public. “The centre cannot hold,” signifies that the obedience to God has lost its value. Even though there may be more than one interpretation, the metaphor points up one socio-religious theme that society has lost order and in turn lost faith in God. The second metaphor conveys Yeats’ idea that anarchy has taken over. The metaphor begins with “The blood-dimmed tide is loosed," suggesting that the purity of the soul has been cor ...

Easter 1916 By William Yeats
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... uses animals in his poem that cause splashing and other disruptions to the stream. These animals represent the pivotal uprisings and revolts made by the liberty seeking Irish rebels. A horse-hoof slides on the brim, And a horse plashes within it; The long-legged moor-cocks call; Minute by minute they live: The stone’s in the midst of it all (932) Here is an example of events supporting the stone’s cause, in which the overall constancy is maintained. This constant is the underlying strive of the stone to disrupt the stream enough to cause a response that will favor the stone’s well being, that is independence. Indeed the disturbances and splashin ...

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... talked about going to fight Grendel , he denied himself the use of a sword because he wanted a fair hand-to-hand fight with Grendel. When one of Hroathgars' coast guards set eyes upon Beowulf he said ,"I have never set eyes on a more noble man , you are no mere retainer." Although the action in Beowulf consists of great deeds , the setting of the story is vast scope covering great lands and far off places. Beowulf said that his father was favored far and wide because he was a very noble lord. "The swift current , the surging water carried me to the far off Land of the Lapps ," said Beowulf as he told a story to one of Hroathgars' retainers. When Beowul ...

"A World Of Light And Dark"
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... is establishing that there can be no wavering where love is concerned. This establishes a sense of permanency which will linger through out the sonnet. "O no! it is an ever-fixed mark/ That looks upon tempests and is never shaken" (Shakespeare 5-6). Again, Shakespeare reinforces the importance of his theory. Love must not be taken lightly or trifled with, in its truest form it is a blazing seal upon the hearts of those who know it. Once someone is in love, they can not move on or change the object of their affection. Similarly, someone who is not in love is unable to fabricate the kind of devotion which such passion demands. It is this sense of definite ...

Sharpio's "Auto Wreck": The Theme Of Death
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... and sometimes transcendent effect. In some places in the poem, the words can easily be taken literally to convey scenery or an emotion, but they can also be taken so as to make the reader think about possible higher meanings. The thoughtsexpressed in the poem help to suggest these other meanings by clearly stating what is being felt by the speaker and the crowd around the accident. By stating clearly and vividly the emotions of the scene, it is easy for the reader to identify the theme itself, and also to identify with it. In the first stanza, the speaker describes the ambulance arriving on the scene more so than the actual scene itself. The ambulance is ...

Analysis Of Heaney's Punishment
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... exposed and darkened combs your muscles webbing and all your numbered bones" (Stanza 9) These lines indicated the straight forward almost scientific nature of the poem, through Heaneys choice of unemotive words. This simplicity is seen throughout the poem, where the reader initially could perceive the poem to solely be about the life, and appearance of a 'bog woman'. However at a deeper level, Heaney looks at the very human society functions, both in ancient and present times. This us summed up at the end of the poem; "who would connive in civilized outrage yet understand the exact and tribal, intimate revenge" (Stanza 11) Heaney here, writes that he ...

Analysis Of Frost's "Desert Places" And "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening"
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... the countryside on a beautiful winter eventing. He is completely surrounded with feelings of loneliness. The speaker views a snow covered field as a deserted place. "A blanker whiteness of benighted snow/ With no expression, nothing to express". Whiteness and blankness are two key ideas in this poem. The white sybolizes open and empty spaces. The snow is a white blanket that covers up everything living. The blankness sybolizes the emptyness that the speaker feels. To him there is nothing else around except for the unfeeling snow and his lonely thoughts. The speaker in this poem is jealous of the woods. "The woods around it have it - it is thei ...

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... but the glory of the king is also long forgotten. In Shelley's "",there are two speakers; the first speaker introduced the poem for the first line and then the second speaker carries the poem to realization. It is ironic that the words inscribed on the pedestal "Look on my works. . . and despair!" reflect the evidence of the next line, "Nothing beside remains," that is, there is nothing left of the reign of the greatest king on earth.One immediate image is found in the second line, "trunkless legs.". One good comparison may be when the author equates the passions of the statue's frown, sneer, and wrinkled lip to the "lifeless things" remaining in the "desart." A ...

Poetry: Not Me
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... though not for him. Though he never gave up, and gave it his all. He offered his best, and played always to win. Yet the harder he worked, the harder he'd fall. When his sports were done he had nothing to do. He had all of the time in the world. "Why not study?" said his mom, cooking the stew. He thought of that during supper and hurled. His mother soon tired of the grades he brought home. She made him study each day after school. He was grounded from TV, and from the phone. He was shut in his room and force-fed gruel. His grades slowly improved, thanks to his mom. ...

T. S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men"
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... he settled in London. He sought to make poetry more subtle, more suggestive, and at the same time more precise. He learned the necessity of clear and precise images, and he learned too, to fear romantic softness and to regard the poetic medium rather than the poet's personality as the important factor. Eliot saw in the French symbolists how image could be both absolutely precise in what it referred to physically and at the same time endlessly suggestive in the meanings it set up because of its relationship to other images. Eliot's real novelty was his deliberate elimination of all merely connective and transitional passages, his building up of the total pattern ...

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