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The Effect Of Poetry
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... a song that portrays the fear of those who are dying. They are often afraid of the unknown and of leaving others behind to live without them. "Fly" eases those fears and reassures everyone that everything will only be better. Celine Dion sang this song in remembrance of her infant niece. She had no children of her own at the time and was very close to her niece, who died SIDS, and she expresses her feelings for the child very eloquently in the song. In the song, she gives her niece permission to stop fighting and to fly above the clouds on an endless journey of happiness. A friend of mine introduced me to this song while I was in the hospital with my daughter. A ...

"The Princess, The Knight, And The Dragon" By Malarkey - Poetry Analysis
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... her code. It is because of this that she can is taken prisoner and eventually eaten, for if she had not been so eager to be courageous she would have run home and avoided being captured by Faggon. The princess is directly contrasted by the characters of the maid and the knight. Where the princess follows her code of noble action and is punished, the knight and maid undertake unchivalrous actions and are rewarded. Both the maid and knight follow the natural instinct that is ignored by Miranda. Faced with the same threat the maid and the knight both react in a logical manner. They see that there is little chance of being in any way triumphant over Faggo ...

Beowulf: An Epic Hero
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... explains the reason he "lost" a simple swimming match with his youthful opponent Brecca. Not only had Beowulf been swimming for seven nights, he had also stopped to kill nine sea creatures in the depths of the ocean. Beowulf is also strong enough to kill the monster Grendel, who has been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years, with his bare hands by ripping off his arm. When Beowulf is fighting Grendel's mother, who is seeking revenge on her son's death, he is able to slay her by slashing the monster's neck with a Giant's sword that can only be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf. When he chops off her head, he carries it from the ocean with ease, but it takes f ...

Not So Hidden Agendas: Wilfred Owen And His Early Editors
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... English literature, one must examine the different editions of Owen=s poems and the agendas of each editor. The first edition of his poems, co-edited by Sassoon and Sitwell, created problems immediately, as Sitwell and Sassoon argued over control of the project. After the war, Edith Sitwell had begun to prepare the poems for publication; she had even published seven of the poems in Wheels, the magazine she edited, and was preparing to publish more. It was then that Sassoon became involved. Sitwell, in a letter dated 3 October 1919, wrote to Susan Owen (Wilfred's mother) and told her, I wrote to Captain Sassoon, to ask him if he could help me ...

Beowulf: The Ultimate Hero
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... of his physical strength, but like Favre, gives the glory to God. Beowulf is the ultimate hero who put his life on the line for an entire kingdom. Beowulf's heroism can be seen when he takes 14 of the bravest in his land to go help Hrothgar. Hrothgar was Beowulf's father's close friend who had been plagued by attacks for twelve years that threatened an entire kingdom. Beowulf did not have to offer Hrothgar's kingdom help, but does so because he wants to uses his God given strength to the best of his ability. As soon as Beowulf heard of the troubles in this land he set sail immediately. Beowulf continues to show his thankfulness by thanking God for giving them ...

Shakespeare's Sonnet Number 126: Critique
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... in the couplet his happiness is generalized in a final contrast. To elaborate on what I have just said seems unnecessary but one must assume that one's audience is completely stupid, thus the elaboration. In the first line the poet speaks of himself as being out of luck, and/or money and not well received by his fellow man. He has taken to crying about his social ostracism in line two. In an attempt to clarify for himself why he is in such a state he “ troubles” heaven with his “bootless” or useless cries. But as the poet has made clear heaven turns a deaf ear and no response is forthcoming. Again he becomes introspective and curses his fate. This first ...

Comparison Of "Speaking Of Poetry" And "966"
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... end to both loves (Othello smothers Desdemona after Iago tells him that she has been unfaithful, and Dickinson states her regrets over the choices she has made in the pursuit of her love.). In “Speaking of Poetry” states that it would not be enough to out wit the father for she still would end up smothered. Bishop says Othello is a barbarian and that he would have killed her any way, “For though Othello has his blood from Kings his ancestry was barbarous, his ways African his speech uncouth.” Dickinson implies how impossible their relationship was in the simple phrase, “Overlooked I all-”, this I interpret as how she ignored her senses. She knew it wouldn’t work ...

"Gunpowder Plot" By Vernon Scannell
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... devastate and the children running around screaming are running for their lives. That in war time these beautiful fireworks kill and injure people. The man in the poem was in a war and being around the antics on a Guy Falkes night bring back evil, unpleasant memories of war with people dying. Later in the poem we learn that the man's brother had dies in the war as the line reads : "I hear a corpse's sons -- 'Who's scared of bangers!' 'Uncle, John's afraid!' In the story the author uses a lot of comparisons, the first one we come across is between fireworks and "Curious cardboard buds" where he describes them as flowers that have yet to ...

Nature In Frost's Poems
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... Frost is saying here in front of me is a decision to make and what one should I take. "Frost is sorry, but he can't travel both." He looks down the path, but can't see because of the undergrowth in the woods. Frost is saying that because the paths are so long he can't tell where they will end (Frost 84). "He looks down the other to be fair." "Frost thinks he would heave a better claim." Frost thinks he would do better if he took the one less traveled. "The paths are wanted wear." He is saying no matter what which one, he goes he will have to take a path (Frost 84). I should say this doubtfully because I know where I am going. "Two roads diverged in a woo ...

Analysis Of The Poems Of William Wordsworth
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... for nature and the outdoors. Unfortunately, once again, the peacefulness of his life was disturbed by his father's death in 1783. William was sent from relative to relative, all of whom thought of him only as a burden. It has been pointed out by biographers that Wordsworth's unhappy early life contrasts with the idealized portrait of childhood that he presents in his writings (Wordsworth, William DISCovering). Wordsworth went to college at St. John's College in Cambridge and later wrote that the highlight of those years was his walking tour of France and Switzerland taken with his friend, Robert Jones (Watson 1421). He graduated in 1791 when the French r ...

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