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  • Speaker's Reflection On Death
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    Explication of "Because I could not stop for Death " The poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson expresses the speaker's reflection on death. The poem focuses on the concept of life after death. This poem's setting mirrors the circumstances by which death approaches, and death appears kind and compassionate. It is through the promise of immortality that fear is removed, and death not only becomes acceptable, but welcomed as well. As human beings, we feel that death never com...
  • Rest Of Society As Patterns
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    On the outside, the speaker in Amy Lowell's "Patterns" acts the way Victorian society expects of her. However, on the inside, she expresses her emotions and what she truly feels. The speaker is confined to each "button, hook, and lace" of society's values. When confronted with an emotional situation, she bottles her feelings and only confesses them to herself. The "patterns" serve as guidelines for the speaker's life. The speaker is constantly bombarded by what Victorian society expects of her. ...
  • Sad Tone As The Speaker
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    Upon a first reading of Emily Dickinson's poem's I found them very difficult to understand due to her unique style of writing. Once I was able to comprehend the general theme of her poems, they became clearer with profound meaning. Dickinson's writing style, leaving words absent and not completing sentences, allows the reader to fill in the gaps through reflection of their own life and experiences. Dickinson writes from experiences that have occurred in and around her life, her writing technique...
  • Speaker Looks Back On His Life
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    The apple of life: a critical analysis of Robert Frost's "After Apple-Picking " In the poem "After Apple-Picking", Robert Frost has cleverly disguised many symbols and allusions to enhance the meaning of the poem. One must understand the parallel to understand the central theme of the poem. The apple mentioned in the poem could be connected to the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. It essentially is the beginning of everything earthly and heavenly, therefore repelling death. To understand ...
  • After Apple Picking
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    Subject: Write an explication of After Apple Picking. Robert Frost's poem, After Apple-Picking, describes the personal reflections of an elderly man who lives on an apple orchard. This old man has lived a good life, and now must contemplate its quality and meaning. By performing an honest assessment of his past, the old man is better able to accept his inevitable future. The first six lines of this poem develop the situation in which the speaker has found himself. He has led a long and successfu...
  • Hopkins And Johnson's Ideas Of Grief
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    The Geometry of Grief: Analysis of Poems by Denis Johnson and Gerard Manley Hopkins Among the most potent subject matter for any writer is grief. In secret, in the dark, we have all felt a pain too powerful to convey. It is for this reason that describing a poem as mournful is generally a compliment. Why do we rave about books and films that make us cry We love these works because they give us a glimpse into another soul, one with some of the same problems and vulnerabilities as we have. We cry ...
  • Speaker Views Death As An End
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    Analysis of "Elegy for My Father, Who is Not Dead" Andrew Hudgins' diction, point of view and tone used in "Elegy for My Father, Who is Not Dead" convey feelings of fear, jealousy and uncertainty in the possibility of an afterlife. The speaker, discussing the future death of his father, is forced to confront his own convictions as to the finality of death. All religions have a belief in a "life after death" in some form. Hudgins' is pessimistic as to any form of a life hereafter. He is attemptin...
  • Blake's Poem Garden Of Love The Speaker
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    William Blake's "Garden of Love" In William Blake's Garden of Love, published in 1794, the speaker shows that from day one of any persons life, nothing remains uniform. That life is always in a state of change, disarray, and inconsistency. The speaker tries to do this by bringing you to a state of being and realization of the church, nature, and sentimental meaning. He accomplishes this task thoroughly by using many different poetic forms such as symbolism allusions and imagery. The speakers mai...
  • Keats Speaker
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    When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be There are many aspects of the world today that give us reason to overthink and be fearful. John Keats, When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be, discusses this and warns the readers of what may happen if this is taken to an extreme. The narrator goes through life until finally he understands the inevitability of time and realizes the things most precious to him. In the first quatrain of the poem, Keats uses a substantial metaphor comparing the gathering o...
  • Same Fate As The Decayed Groundhog
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    The Groundhog In Richard Eberhart's poem The Groundhog, the speaker analyzes the death of a groundhog. The groundhog, described as lying dead and maggots eating away at its flesh, is used by the speaker to show an understanding of life. Through the metamorphosis of the dead groundhog, the speaker portrays death and its cruelty. The speaker, once filled with happiness, transforms into a state of sadness as he observes the decay of the groundhog. By using metaphors, similes and personification, th...
  • Distant From The Speaker Only The Speaker
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    Emily Dickinson poem entitled I felt a Funeral, in my Brain is directed towards a death in the speakers life. This death could have been a romantic love that had left him or her behind. It seems that they go through a type of struggle that is sort of bound to them. The first line of the poem is I felt a Funeral, in my Brain. This is the title of the piece because Dickinson did not title her work, so when it was published, the first line of each piece was used as the title. This line describes a ...
  • Situation Of Hardy's Poems
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    In "The Last Chrysanthemum", Thomas Hardy asks, "Why should this flower delay so long / To show its tremulous plumes" He might have well have been posing this question to himself. The British poet wrote most of his greatest verse after the age of sixty. Hardy proves, that through life's journey, a metamorphosis can take place in one's perspective. Through time and experience, innocence is lost, only realized after a death or startling event. Hardy takes three approaches at this theme in "The Dar...
  • Ice Storms Of Life And The Birches
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    The Ice Storms of Life and the Birches that Survive them After reading Birches by Robert Frost through many times the main thing I see is the comparison between the consequences of growing out of childhood and whether birches will survive through the harshness of winter. I kept getting a feeling of the inevitable and the feeling of care freeness of childhood. The first image is one of birches bending towards the ground and there are straight, dark trees by these sad trees. At first there was no ...
  • Randall Jarrell Poem Next Day
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    Next Day by Randall Jarrell I think, generally, people wish they were somewhere or someone else, no matter where they are or how objectively good their situations are. Theyre not really complaining; consciously they know things are going relatively well for them, but there is always that nostalgia for more romantic times past, or that nagging what if in the back of the mind. These feelings, which more or less everyone has more or less all of the time, are what Randall Jarrell poem Next Day is al...
  • Speaker's Life Experiences
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    Critical Analysis of Robert Frost's "After Apple Picking" In the poem "After Apple Picking", Robert Frost uses many symbols to enhance the meaning of the poem. The apple in the poem could be symbolic of be said to be the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden was basically the beginning of everything earthly and heavenly, therefore repelling death. For you to understand the poem, you have to realize that for something to be dead, it must have been alive before. This may not ...
  • More Difficult Path In Life
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    No Choice is Easy No choice is easy, and people face many of them in their lifetime. Some decisions to these choices are clear while others are sometimes more difficult to decipher between. The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is a first person narrative tale of a monumental moment in the speaker's life. The speaker is faced between the choice of a moment and a lifetime manifested in his poem. Walking down a rural road the narrator encounters a point on his travel that diverges into two...
  • Lines Seven And Eight The Speaker
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    Explication of sonnet 30 William Shakespeare's thirtieth sonnet is one of his more somber and nostalgic poems. Full of melancholy language and legal terms, this sonnet explores the author's discontent with life as the he surveys his past life and all the sorrows it has brought him (Ox quarry). The poem follows the form of an English sonnet with 3 quatrains and a couplet, and has a rhyme scheme A BAB C DCD EFE F GG. In the initial quatrain, the poem establishes its two major ideas. First Shakespe...
  • Different Questions To The Urn
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    Analytical Essay In the poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats, the speaker struggles with the trials and tribulations of life compared to immortality. He then speaks to the Grecian Urn in attempt to engage with the static immobility of the sculpture. He questions the urn, but gets no response from it. The speaker ultimately has to decide the answers to his own questions, leaving the poem with a higher level of understanding about life. This was a poem from the Romantic Period and that made i...
  • Point In The Poem Our Speaker
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    In After Apple-Picking After Apple-Picking In the poem "After Apple-Picking', Robert Frost has cleverly disguised many symbols and allusions to enhance the meaning of the poem. One must understand the parallel to understand the central theme of the poem. The apple mentioned in the poem could be connected to the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. It essentially is the beginning of everything earthly and heavenly, therefore repelling death. To understand the complete meaning of Frost's poem ...
  • One Road
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    Robert Frost Comparison Of His Two Most Robert Frost Comparison Of His Two Most Famous Works Robert Frost is America's most beloved poets. Throughout most of his work, we can see his ongoing battle between good and evil. In his works, we see many people who are forced to face challenges that are essential in the course of ones life. Frost exhibits these themes in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' and in "The Road Not Taken' by capturing the essence of an individual that has encountered and ...

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