• Death Of A Toad
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    People have many different ways of dealing with one of the most feared and respected portion of the human life cycle, death. Death is unavoidable, and we all meet our ends sooner or later. Many people react to the death of a loved one with remorse and sadness, some rejoice it as beginning of the afterlife, but no matter how we deal with death, we all come to accept it. In Richard Wilbur's poem "The Death of a Toad," the speaker expresses his acceptance and respect towards death as he witnesses a...
  • Gettysburg Address Speech Henry Lincoln
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    The Similarities of "The Gettysburg Address" and "Speech in the Virginia Convention" In Abraham Lincoln's famous speech, "The Gettysburg Address", Lincoln uses emotional appeal, persuasive traits, and powerful diction to make one of the most well known and respected speeches of our time. Also the "Speech in the Virginia Convention" by Patrick Henry is similar to Lincoln's speech in all the same ways. Both of these speeches have similar characteristics, all of which contribute to their effectiven...
  • Blackberry Picking Vivid Diction
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    In Seamus Heaney's "Blackberry-Picking" the use of vivid diction, juicy imagery, infantile rhythm, and simple form conveys to the reader the deeper meaning of life's own mortality and childhood's innocence through the literal description of a memorable adolescent experience. The poems simple form engulfs the reader into an almost reminiscent conversation with an adult reflecting on a childhood experience. This simple form gives the poem the simplicity and care-freeness that of which a child woul...
  • Dulce Est Decorum Est
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    Dulce et Decorum Est All exceptional poetry displays a good use of figurative language, imagery, and diction. Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" is a powerful antiwar poem which takes place on a battlefield during World War I. Through dramatic use of imagery, metaphors, and diction, he clearly states his theme that war is terrible and horrific. The use of compelling figurative language helps to reveal the reality of war. In the first line, "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks," (1) show...
  • Poets Use Of Mockery As Diction In Poem
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    Poet's Use of Mockery As Diction in Poem Tom Dink el The poet's use of mockery as diction conveys his disillusioned attitude toward the men that plan the battles without actually fighting in them. Using the words "If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath," to describe the majors allows the reader to picture the majors as old, fat, out of shape men that spend their days "guzzling and gulping in the best hotel" safe from any danger. Fierce, bald and short of breath give the reader a negativ...
  • Paradise Lost By Milton And Hell
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    Thesis: In Paradise Lost, Milton creates a Hell that is easily imagined through his use of concrete images, powerful diction, and serious tone. I. Paradise Lost is a great epic A. "John Milton. a dedicated figure, in the seventeenth-century English literature" (Diaches 390). B. Paradise Lost is considered to be "a triumph beyond which, in its own kind, the force of English poetry could no farther go" (Hopkins 153). C. In Paradise Lost, Milton creates a Hell that is easily imagined through his u...
  • Comparison Of Mark Twain And William Hazlitt
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    Ideas can be conveyed in many different ways dependant on the tone, style and diction of the piece. Both William Hazlitt and Mark Twain present a very similar topic in two very different ways. Hazlitt s Education of Women speaks of how classical education is not proper for women. Twain s Female Suffrage reiterates the idea that women should not be able to vote or hold public office. Hazlitt s 1815 essay is a true opinion of his own feelings against having educated females. 1867, a different time...
  • Richard Cory Analysis Tone Poem Shift
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    'Richard Cory " Paraphrase: A man named Richard Cory appeared to have it all: looks, a suave persona and a respectable social status. These qualities were respected and admired by the townspeople, even envied to a small degree. Despite his apparent perfect life, Richard Cory shot and killed himself. Purpose: The purpose of this poem is to show that people are not always who they appear to be. Moreover, the people that seem to have it all may still be emotionally unstable and act irrationally suc...
  • Poems Helen Poem It Is Tone
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    Edgar Allan Poe and Hilda Doolittle use diction, imagery and tone to offer two distinctly different views of Helen of Troy. Poe gushes over her beauty and Doolittle demonizes her for "past ills." In the Edgar Allan Poe poem the speaker is an admirer of Helen who is professing his love. His tone is one of wonder at her perfection and beauty. With Poe's diction you can imagine Helen's majestic beauty. He describes very aptly the "face that launched a thousand ships." The author uses imagery effec...
  • My Last Duchess Duke Reader Guests
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    Poets often use literary techniques to clearly convey the personalities of their speakers. In " My Last Duchess", Robert Browning uses point of view, diction, and imagery to achieve a powerful effect, underlining the attitude and personality of the Duke. In a dramatic monologue, character development is based on what the speaker says, and how he says it. In "My Last Duchess", the speaker of the monologue addresses a fictional audience, and the reader is seen as an unnoticed third party. It is be...
  • Third Stanza Life Imagery Autumn
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    Life is a beautiful thing that should not be wasted. Life must be lived without warning; it is not to be taken for granted. We will never fully understand life, not even in a million years. The theme of John Keats' "To Autumn" is to enjoy life, even as you grow old and it begins to move away from you. He spreads his message through the time frame, imagery, and diction of the stanzas. To begin with, the time frame of the stanzas begins to prove the theme. By itself, it doesn't prove the theme, b...
  • Gods Grandeur Second Stanza
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    Gerard Nan ley Hopkins' poem "God's Grandeur", illustrates the relationship connecting man and God. Hopkins uses alliteration and stern tone to compliment the religious content of this morally ambitious poem. The poem's rhythm and flow seem to capture the same sensation of a church sermon. The diction used by Hopkins seems to indicate a condescending attitude towards society. The first stanza states that we are "charged with the grandeur of God", or the direct quality of God's being. This statem...
  • Book Of Jonah Diction Reader Descriptions
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    In the Book of Jonah and Chapter 9, The Sermon in Moby-Dick, there are similarities and differences in diction, descriptions, and graphics. These two brilliant pieces of literature use diction to provide the reader with a clear understanding of the important religious roles involved in the life of a sailor. With the help of Melville and the Book of Jonah, the reader is brought back in the past to relive these events as they happened. What is most intriguing is the fact that through the Book of J...
  • Sir Gawain 2 Green Knight
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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the most intact of the Middle English Romances, and for this, it is one of the most important pieces that allows the reader to better understand the style and influences of Middle English novelists. While the story of a chivalric quest in search of a mystical being allows the reader to delve into the ideologies and ways of thinking of the medieval people, it is the author's diction and literary devices that make this work able to be fully appreciated by the rea...
  • Blackberry Picking By Seamus Heaney Poem Review
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    In the poem "Blackberry-Picking" by Seamus Heaney, the author uses powerful metaphors, strong diction, descriptive imagery, and an organized form to compare picking blackberries to holding on to your childhood. Metaphors are the strongest tool the author uses to convey his deeper understanding of the experience of picking blackberries. The blackberries in themselves are a metaphor for childhood. The ripened berries suggest a new life, a child. The author speaks of flesh and blood to call to ...
  • Commentary On Keats Chapman's Homer
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    During the time or the Romantic era, many poets were influenced by the serenity that nature possessed. However the one poet that touched everyone's hearts is John Keats. His sonnets, odes and poems were filled with nature imagery and diction and many more different literary devices. One of Keats's sonnets "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer" is an Italian sonnet that expresses the serenity and beauty of literature. In an Italian sonnet there are two sections, the Octet, and the Sestet. The f...
  • Recipe A Poem About Racism
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    Each poems subject is based around a person's ethnicticity. The common theme is racism, prejudice, and stereotyping of individuals who are non-white. These poems were all wrote at a time were segregation and equal rights were becoming a major issue. Even though laws for equality were being established, sadly, discrimination was still being used against those of color. "Recipe" by Janice Mirikitani, is a narrative poem regarding a persons facial features. Miriketani gives directions on how to tem...
  • The First Two Soliloquies Of Hamlet
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    In the play Hamlet, Shakespeare varies the diction and the images of the first two soliloquies to reveal the change in Hamlet's character from one of purposeless depression to one of a determined anger. Hamlet's mental state in the first soliloquy is analogous to the diction and images that he uses to voice his concerns - all three are highly negative. He calls the world an "unheeded garden" with "things rank and gross" and expresses his wish to disappear with the imagery of melting flesh that o...
  • Story Of An Hour Figs Chopin Style
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    Regina Kerb's October 20, 1999 M/W 8: 30 – 9: 50 All About Style Every writer illustrates a certain style in his / her work. Kate Chopin uses the same style in her short stories "The Story of an Hour' and "Ripe Figs.' This style includes her use of diction, imagery, and symbolism. Chopin uses language that is comprehensible. Neither "The Story of an Hour' or "Ripe Figs' contains words that the average reader has difficulty in understanding. The sentence structure she uses is short, yet ill...
  • Aristotle Jeffrey Bass Romeo And Juliet
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    Professor Aristotle Jeffrey Bass Professor Willis English 250, Section 1 21 November 2001 According to Aristotle, a tragedy is "an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions' (Nahm 7). Aristotle categorizes t...