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Ode to the west wind – questions and answers

What is the tone of Stanza I? Explain. Stanza I has a tone of calm and sensuality created in it. The poet is only depicting the real image he sees in front of him, explain the monotony of an Autumn Day “conversing” with the Wind. There are no feelings involved in the depiction of the…

Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes: An Explication of the Poem

“Old Ironsides” is a poem entitled to an old U.S. battleship. After news spread that this ship would be destroyed, Holmes nicknamed the ship as “Old Ironsides” to help construct a foundation of defense so that this battleship would not be demolished. The poem saved the ship from being destroyed and gave Holmes national recognition…

Journey Representations through Texts and Visual Image

From the area of study on journeys, several texts evidently provide and present ideas, concepts and themes on journeys. A journey can be considered a physical movement from one place to another, but there are much deeper meanings conveyed in a journey. This can be seen in two of the Peter Skrzynecki’s poems in the…

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Peter Weir’s film ‘Dead Poets Society’

One of the major themes/ideas explored in the Dead Poets Society is that of freedom versus conformity. The theme of conformity is introduced in the very opening scenes of the film. Close-ups of the boys chanting in unison, all identically clad in their starched uniforms at a ceremony at Welton Academy, we see that they…

Poetic Techniques Employed by Robert Herrick

Much of the poetry of the 17th century was heavily romantic, focusing on damsels and decadent parties where the Roman wine God Bacchaus ruled supreme. Amongst the movements’ teachings was the idea of “Carpe Diem” – the Latin phrase for “seize the day”. Herrick, fascinated by this ancient philosophy, centred many of his poems on…

The Anaylitical Approach to John Donne’s “The Apparition”

John Donne was to most, considered a metaphysical poet, or a poet who finds their inspiration on expressing the world not as it would be universally revealed but in the world as science and philosophy account it. The poem “The Apparition” lacks many of the general characteristics that distinguish metaphysical poetry but continues to be…

Barbara Allan a Typical Ballad

To this day, ballads are still enjoyed by some individual although, many generations ago they were at the very heart of amusement. They were passed on orally, centring interesting subjects such as tragic love. Typically, ballads are fairly simple, they do no tend to focus on characterization, they have a rapid dialogue, they are usually…

Bishop’s “The Fish” Poetry Response

In the poem “The Fish,” Elizabeth Bishop uses a fish as a symbol to express the theme of life and experience. The poem by itself has little structure to it. There are no apparent rhyme schemes, nor any clear meters. However, Bishop uses very powerful diction and ideas in the poem, forcing the reader to…

“Bonny Barbara Allan” a Typical Ballad

To this day, ballads are still enjoyed by some individuals; many generations ago they were at the very heart of amusement. Passed on orally, they centred such interesting subjects as tragic love. Typically, although ballads are fairly simple, in that they do not tend to focus on characterization, they have a rapid dialogue, and are…

A brief analysis of Sir Philip Sidney’s Sonnet

Sir Philip Sidneys Sonnet 7 is from the sonnet sequence Astophel and Stella dating from the sixteenth century. It is a lament by one of the central figures, Astophel, a man who is in love with the other central figure, Stella, who is ultimately unattainable because she is married to another man. In the first…

Bruce Dawe’s “Enter Without So Much As Knocking”

“Remember, man, thou art but dust, and unto dust though shalt return.” This is a translation of the quotation which begins Dawe’s poem, Enter Without So Much As Knocking. The quote reminds us that life is not forever; and that we are all faced with mortality. The poem itself is discussing a man’s journey from…

Charles Lamb “Thoughtless Cruelty”

Most people, at some point of their lives, have tortured inferior insects whether it be pulling the wings off a fly or crushing an ant. In the poem “Thoughtless Cruelty” by Charles Lamb the reader can see that the author is indeed angry about such a thing. The author uses the poetic devices such as…

“Crossing The Swamp” by Mary Oliver

The poem, Crossing the Swamp is a well organized work of literature, which uses many techniques to develop the relationship between the speaker and the swamp. Some of these techniques include diction, narrative structure, repetition, imagery, personification, tonal shift, as well as many interesting sound devices. Before the scrutinizing search for the figurative language begins,…

D. H. Lawrence “Piano” analysis

The passing of time in a person’s life is filled with many different stages. The poem “Piano” by D.H. Lawrence is a complicated example of how a poet might think. The speaker in “Piano” is proud to be a full grown man, yet he loves remembering his happy childhood; his nostalgic attitude causes him to…

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Message of the poem “On my first Sonne”

“On my first Sonne” is a poem where Jonson describes his reaction to sorrow when his first son dies. Jonson confronts conflict, loss and despair when “Ben Jonson his best piece of poetrie” was “exacted by fate, on the just day”. He uses his son as an inspiration in this poem and describes his different…

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