Poetry

Maya Angelou Dr. Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father, Baily Johnson, was a doorman, and, later a dietician for the navy. Her mother, Vivian Johnson, was a registered nurse. When Angelou was three years old, her parents were divorced. They sent her and her four-year-old brother, Baily, Jr., to live with their paternal grandmother, Annie Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas. Henderson ran a small general store and managed to scrape by. She contin
Trees Joyce Kilmer in her Poem “Trees” writes of the attributes of a tree, equating it to a woman. A.E. Housman in her poem “Loveliest of Trees, The Cherry Now” writes of how she enjoys the beauty of a blooming cherry tree. Does this perfunctory reading of these poems provide the reader with a true meaning as to why they were written. Did Kilmer and Housman write these poems only to tell us of what they see when they look at trees. In “Trees” Joyce Kilmer gives us a view of what she thinks are t
American History Timeline I. The Prohibition "Experiment" A. Eighteenth Amendment 1. Abolished alcohol 2. Popularity a) Popular- Midwest and South b) Unpopular- East B. Prohibitionists 1. Naive 2. Hostile C. Questionable Conditions 1. Many wanted to violate law just to violate it 2. Wanted a repeal 3. Speakeasies were constructed to drink in without being caught D. Home brew & Bathtub Gin 1. became increasingly popular 2. less liquor was consumed in the days before the amendment II. The Golden A
William Wordsworth William Wordsworth and the Romantics Question One:- Analyse the two poems, taking into account language use, structure tone, and any other aspects worth commenting on. The Solitary Reaper and Daffodils are both poems by the Englishman William Wordsworth. William Wordsworth was one of the first writers of the era known as the Romantics. The Romantics reshaped writing, poetry and literature in general. The Romantics placed an emphasis on passion, emotion and freedom of the indiv
Emily Dickinson "186" Emily Dickinson was one of the greatest poets of the 19th century. Many of her poems dealt with the issue of life and death, poem "186" is no exception. This poem focuses on a speaker who has lived a life of not feeling alive within. Throughout this poem she starts off with experiences of death, then heads into experiences of life, and why this life is so great. Through the use of the concepts persona and implication I can get into to mind of the speaker and see how she dea
Japan The leading industrial state of Eastern Asia and of the non-Western world, Japan rivals the most advanced economic powers of the West. It rose rapidly from a crushing military defeat in World War II to achieve the fastest-growing economy of any major country in the postwar period. Today only the United States out produces it, although the industrialization of China poses a strong challenge. The Meiji Restoration of 1868 launched Japan onto the road of modernization. The Japanese skillfully
Titanic and Ballad of Birmingham In many great works of literature, such as short stories and poetry, there is the inclusion of events that shape the future and will forever be engraved in the history of the world. These works account for the happenings that caused such celebration or tragedy. Many times an author will use this occurrence as a way of portraying the feelings of the victims at the particular time. In the following works of poetry, Slavitt’s “Titanic” and Randall’s “Ballad of Birmi
Seamus Heaney: Physical and Mental Digging In the poem "Digging," Seamus Heaney seems to use his father\'s and his grandfather\'s digging into the homeland ground as a comparison to his writing and development of his poetry. Heaney\'s father and grandfather use their shovels to work with the land, and Heaney is now using a pen to work on his ideas to write poetry. The beginning of this poem starts out with Heaney describing what he might do before he starts to write a poem. Heaney writes, "Betwe
Henry David Thoreau Caesar. He was not, on the whole, a striking or compelling figure except for one feature, his eyes, which were strong, serious, large, and deep set; bright blue in some light. Henry David Thoreau was fascinated by nature as he grew up and like all the other kids his age, he loved the countryside. Thoreau was a good student, who behaved somewhat shy and solemn with his classmates. He didn\'t really participate in what all the other kids did, so they nicknamed him, "The Judge."
Ceremonies in "The Waste Land" Ceremonies are prevalent throughout T.S. Eliot’s poem "The Waste Land". Eliot relies on literary contrasts to illustrate the specific values of meaningful, effectual rituals of primitive society in contrast to the meaningless, broken, sham rituals of the modern day. These contrasts serve to show how ceremonies can become broken when they are missing vital components, or they are overloaded with too many. Even the way language is used in the poem furthers the point
Dylan and the Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowland Regarding significant musical movements in history, more specifically the twenty first century, few were more important than the folk revolution that took shape in the mid-nineteen hundreds. One of the leaders of this revolution was Robert Allen Zimmerman, known by his popular assumed name, Bob Dylan. Born in 1941 in Minnesota, Dylan grew up the grandchild of Jewish-Russian immigrants and had a surprisingly unexceptional childhood. His interest in music
POETRY IN WORLD WAR I Jason Martin History/English Swift/Forensic 8 March 1999 World War I was a long bitter war fought between the world’s powers between 1914 to 1918. In this “Great War”, trench warfare was the primary type of fighting. In the trenches, soldiers experienced horrible conditions. These conditions led to some of the greatest poetry of the 20th century. Wilfred Owen was one of the most talented poets of World War I, but he died before the war was over. Wilfred Owen’s poems such as
The Hittites So who exactly are the Hittites you ask? A group of people in the ancient Middle East obviously, but who are they? Who did they worship, and how did they get their food? The answers to the questions were untold until recently when the Hittites were finally recognized as one of the Great Powers of the Middle East much like the Egyptains or the Assyrians at the time. This established group of people created a kingdom in what we now know as Turkey and Syria. This big area of land was t
Romantic Poetry Romantic poetry is animated, expressive, and somewhat free of convention. Yeats defied convention, avoided derivative style, and expressed himself with flowery emotion. He spoke through a stream of consciousness that allowed his imagination to flow and yielded images of beauty that speak volumes of perception of human life. The poetry of William Butler Yeats has much to offer in terms of Romantic ideals, despite the fact some of his poetry is considered modern British literature.
Egypt Crystal Heaven Anthropology Research Paper 9 December 98 The Egyptian Hall at the Carnegie Museum is an excellent way to study ancient Egyptian culture. I was surprised to see all of the interesting facts I could gather about the culture I once knew very little about. The research project for my anthropology class taught me a lot about the history of Egypt, and now I know more about the culture than I ever thought I would. The first topic about Egypt we were to study was its geography. The
The Book of Idols The account of one ancient historian named Abu-al-Mundhir Hishâm ibn-Muhammad ibn-al-Sâ\'ib ibn-Bishr al-Kalbi, better known as ibn-al-Kalbi, gives report of around twenty idols that existed in the Middle-East in a book called, The Book of Idols. This book of idols shows the work of a Moslem historian who attempted to create a listing of all the idols worshiped by the Arab people before the coming of the Prophet Muhammad. The research of this historian, who lived in the eighth
The Career of Teaching Today, as we enter a new world of technology, and new discoveries, we must remember how we got where we are today. How did we learn how to do all these skills like reading, writing, and arithmetic? We got to where we are today because of teachers. Those special people, who taught us how to read, write our names, and gives us courage when we could not do that one hard arithmetic problem. As read on you will discover how these people got their jobs, and exactly just what it
Women in Literature It is a man\'s world. It is man who battles in wars and who lead nations. It is man who first ventured into the seas and into space. And it is man who write of these adventures, real and fabled. The master writers of the past comprise a dominantly male club. Homer, Chaucer, Shakespear, and Dante are members of this exclusive club. But, as Virginia Woolf points out, it was woman who "[imaginatively]...is of the highest importance; practically she is completely insignificant. S
On the Human Experience and Tradition During the Renaissance, a writer named John Milton became the center of much acclaim and much controversy. His writings, though focused on various subjects, always revolved around his thoughts about religion and the human experience. Particularly, Milton wrote from the standpoint of a Christian Humanist. The term Christian, which seems fairly simple to a reader, becomes complex as Milton imposes his ideas on who \'true\' Christians are. The term Humanist als
SIGMUND FREUD THE FATHER OF MODERN PSYCHOLOGY Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 and died in 1939. He was a successful psysiologist, medical doctor, and psychologist. He was recognized as one of the most influential and respected thinkers of the twentieth century. He originally worked in close association with Joseph Bruer, and created the theory of psychology. He refined teh concept of the unconscious, of infatile sexuality, of repression, and proposed a tri-partite account of the mind\'s structure
Evil Emperors Block F Augustus was one of the single most extraordinary emperors to ever rule the Roman Empire, he was also the first. Augustus set a precept for emperors to come. Some emperors followed it, some tried, and some didn’t try at all. My report is about two emperors of Rome that didn’t rule in light of Augustus, and probably couldn’t help it, considering they were most definitely insane. Caligula Gaius Caesar was born in the ancient city of Antium on August 31, 12 A.D.. Gaius had two
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare THE STORY PROLOGUE The Prologue is in the form of a sonnet, a type of poem that was popular in Elizabethan times. A sonnet has very strict rules: it must have 14 lines, have five accented syllables and five unaccented ones per line, and a consistent pattern of rhyming. NOTE: Throughout the play, we will see that Shakespeare uses different types of poetry to make special moments stand out. The Prologue does three important things: 1) it tells us what events wi
AUTHOR’S POINT OF VIEW In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s point of view is to persuade people that slavery is wrong and immoral. It tells the story of a harsh slave trader who gets Uncle Tom from a debt to a kind plantation owner. Simon Legree, who owns an isolated plantation on the Red River, buys Tom. Legree is cruel and sadistic, and his plantation is a living hell for his slaves. They are worked so hard they have no time to think or feel, and Legree sets them against each other. M
Carl Sandburg I. Introduction A. Attention Grabber 1. Few people have impacted American literature quite as much as Carl Sandburg. From his dramatic and though-provoking poems to his insightful biography on Abraham Lincoln, he will be forever remembered and honored in America as well as the world. B. Thesis Statement 1. As one of the most profound and articulate literary figures in American history, Carl Sandburg had a huge impact on American society that is still felt today. Two major themes do
Sherman Alexie I am writtin my essay on Sherman Alexie, author poet, and screen writer for in my personal opinion he teaches, inspires and entertains. Sherman Alexie has a flair for taking you to a creative , playground that interculterally is familiar and unfamiliar to all of us. I will begin with his biography: Alexie , a Spokane/Couer d\'Alene Indian,grew up in the spokane indian reservation in Washington State, he was born october 1966. his father held varous jobs, including truck driver, lo
Thomas Hardy Few things attract more attention than controversy, and no other author knows that better than Thomas Hardy. During the late 19th, and early 20th centuries, Hardy’s work shocked the public and threw the critics into an uproar. And yet, he managed to change the face of literature for the better. Mr. Hardy’s work was filled with controversial topics, and his influence is evident in many different aspects of literature. As the child of a professional stonemason, Thomas Hardy was taught
Walt Whitman Biography Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Long Island, New York. He was the second of six children. From 1825-1830, he attended public school in Brooklyn. After his years of education, Walt Whitman experimented with many different jobs. From 1836-1838, Whitman taught at several schools in Long Island. After teaching, Walt Whitman returned to printing and editing in New York. During this time he edited many papers such as the Aurora (daily newspaper), Evening Ta
Aldous Huxley and his Impossible Utopia Jim Everland Everland 1 Mr. Mahoney College English IV 8 October 1999 Novelist and essayist Aldous Leonard Huxley was born on July 26, 1894 in Godalming, in the county of Surrey, England which included his father , Leonard Huxley, a prominent literary man and his grandfather was T.H. Huxley , a biologist who led the battle on behalf of the Darwinian evolutionary hypothesis. He once almost quit school because of a eye disease but Aldous went and studied at
Dalai Lama Muller1 I choose to do my research paper on the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, because I think that he is a very interesting, inspirational, and good man. I think that a lot of people do not know about the problems that are going on right now in Tibet. If more people were aware of these problems that I am going to explain then more people could try to persuade higher authorities to step in and try to stop the problems. It is sad that the most powerful country, America, cannot listen to th
Albert Einstein Of all the scientists to emerge from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there is one whose name is known by almost all living people. While most of these do not understand this man\'s work, everyone knows that its impact on the world of science is astonishing. Yes, many have heard of Albert Einstein\'s General Theory of relativity, but few know about the intriguing life that led this scientist to discover what some have called, "The greatest single achievement of human though
1984: George Orwell Imagine a world full of hate and devoid of love for anything except the government. Imagine a world where the government controls all aspects of humanity, including the past. This is the world George Orwell depicts in his novel 1984. In 1984 Big Brother and The Party control every aspect of the lives of the citizens of Oceania. Winston Smith, a citizen of Oceania, is a secret enemy of this government. He rebels against The Party in several ways, among which is his affair with
Hip Hop "Talkin bout what we gonna be when we grow up I said what you wanna be, she said, "Alive" (hmm) It made me think for a minute, then looked in her eyes I coulda died"( Outkast: " the art of storytellin") It’s lines like the above that release the real thought and social conscious in hip music. It’s no longer just making words rhyme. It’s making people think. Hip hop has come a long way since The Sugarhill Gang and Furious Five. It’s not just music anymore, it’s life. Hip hop really just s
Edmund Spenser In 1552 Edmund Spenser was born in the city of London. As the son of a poor cloth maker Spenser found himself working his way through Cambridge by serving as a waiter. Spenser received his Bachelors degree in 1573, followed by his Master’s in 1576. Soon after, Spenser served as a secretary to Bishop John Young in Kent. Within the next year, Philip Sydney, Edward Dyer, and Fulke Greville joined with Spenser to form what Spenser called the “Areopagus.” “The Areopagus was a literary
ANALIZATION OF CHARACTERS-- ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT - PAUL BAUMER - Paul Baumer is the 19-year-old narrator of the story. At the front, Paul\'s special friends in Second Company include his classmates Behm, Kemmerich, Muller, Leer, and Kropp. The six of them were among 20 who enlisted together, prodded on by Schoolmaster Kantorek. Although he doesn\'t say so, Paul is obviously a natural leader: Franz Kemmerich\'s mother implored him to look after her son when they left home. Paul is also
Aunt Karla "Hey Carrie" hollers my Aunt Karla, "c\'mon over here for a sec." I walk over to where Karla is sitting, expecting another one of her far-out stories about ghosts, fairies, aliens, or maybe "little people" once again. "Now give me your hand." Rolling up my sleeve, I prepare myself for the worse. Over the years I have learned to expect anything from my "flake-of-an-aunt". A very open mind is essential to have any conversation with her. Once she taught me how to find the answers to all
Catholic Mariology an, who would give all of his followers something they had never had before; faith, and the ability to see others, love others, and talk to others. The basic lines of Catholic Mariology (theology of Mary) are now to talked about and to debated beyond dispute, written as they are in the Scriptures, in the liturgy, in prayer, poetry, song and art, in the writings of saints and theologians and in the teaching of popes and councils. Mary holds a secure place as the mother of Jesus
Carl Sandburg Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born in the three-room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg on January 6, 1878. The modest house reflects the typical living conditions of a late nineteenth century working-class family. Many of the furnishings once belonged to the Sandburg family are still in tact. Behind the house stands a small wooded park. Underneath Remembrance Rock, lie the ashes of Carl Sandburg, who died in 1967. Carl August Sandburg was born the son of Swedish immigra
The Ancient Olympics The ancient Olympics were a festival that had probably been going on long before the first champion was ever crowned. The Olympics were not just for athletic competition; the festival was also for music, poetry, and other art forms. When the events were revived in the early 19th century the art festivities were not revived with them (Girardi). The Olympics took place at Olympia, located in a wooded valley in the western Peloponnese. The area is surrounded by hills on three s
Anna Karenina The world of Tolstoy\'s Anna Karenina is a world ruled by chance. From the very opening chapters, where a watchman is accidentally run over by a train at Moscow\'s Petersburg station, to the final, climactic scenes of arbitrary destruction when Levin searches for Kitty in a forest beset by lightning, characters are brought together and forced into action against their will by coincidence and, sometimes, misfortune. That Anna and Vronsky ever meet and begin the fateful affair that b
Dante\'s Inferno Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages, was born in Florence, Italy on June 5, 1265. He was born to a middle-class Florentine family. At an early age he began to write poetry and became fascinated with lyrics. During his adolescence, Dante fell inlove with a beautiful girl named Beatrice Portinari. He saw her only twice but she provided much inspiration for his literary masterpieces. Her death at a young age left him grief-stricken. His first book, La Vita
What is a Good Novel? Modernism is a generic term applied to the beginnings of the "new literature" that came with the twentieth century. In Great Britain, it followed Victorian period, steeped with grandiose subject matter and moralizing, didactic themes and lessons. In 1901 Arnold Bennet published The "Average Reader" and the Recipe for Popularity. He describes in this short essay somewhat satirically, what to do when one wants to write a novel that will have mass appeal. In this essay it will
Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst Massachusetts. She had a younger sister named Lavina and an older brother named Austin. Her mother Emily Norcross Dickinson, was largely dependent on her family and was seen by Emily as a poor mother. Her father was lawyer, Congressman, and the Treasurer for Amherst College. Unlike her mother, Emily loved and admired her father. Since the family was not emotional, they lived a quiet secure life. They rarely shared their pro
Albert Einstein Of all the scientists to emerge from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there is one whose name is known by almost all living people. While most of these do not understand this man\'s work, everyone knows that its impact on the world of science is astonishing. Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1874. Before his first birthday, his family had moved to Munich where young Albert\'s father, Hermann Einstein, and uncle set up a small electro-chemical business. He was f
The Catcher in the Rye MAIN CHARACTERS 1. D.B. is Holden’s older brother. Holden’s older brother works in Hollywood as a writer. 2. Holden Caulfield this person try’s to act mature when he’s about twelve years old. This character is someone who always says bad things to the people he meets. 3. Phoebe Caufield is Holden’s sister. She’s very sweet, and nice. They have a good time with each other because Phoebe cares a lot about Holen. 4. Robert Ackley is a character that has a lot of acne on his f
Prince of Tides The novels Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy and The Great Santini by Pat Conroy are different in terms of order and detail. It is from these events that the reader is able to see how the main character in each novel progresses with his growth, how he sees his life, and how others view his life. In both novels the main character seems to view himself as normal but really he is very unique. In The Great Santini the focus is more on the father and the way that he treats his children wh
SIMILARITIES OF BRADSTREET AND WHEATLY M.A. Richmond states in Bid the Vassal Soar, “There is a marked similarity between the two poets in the accent on personal humility and deep religious feeling.” The two poets that the quote is referring to, are Anne Bradstreet, and Phillis Wheatley. Bradstreet and Wheatly may have been different on the outside, but their writing styles are very similar. They both wrote much more intellectually than women of their time were expected to be able to. In Anne Br
Alexander the Great Alexander the Great, a patient and often devious man; had never struck without careful planning. The youthful, headstrong Alexander liked to settle problems by immediate action. Making decisions with great speed, he took extraordinary risks; his success was achieved by the amount of sheer force and drive to overcome these risks. Alexander was one of the greatest and most courageous fighters in the world. He was educated as a student by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. The phi
One Thousand Years of Chinese Footbinding: Its Origins, Popularity and Demise March 7, 1998 In addressing the subject of footbinding, one primary difficulty becomes apparent - that much remains within the realm of the unknowable. Any factual knowledge about the practice may only be drawn from 19th- and 20th-century writings, drawings or photographs. In addition, many of these documents represent a distinctly Western point of view, as they are primarily composed of missionary accounts and the lit
Mr. Flood\'s Party Name: Course/Sec.: Instructor: Assignment: POETRY ESSAY: Due on Nov. 5 In Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem, “Mr. Flood’s Party,” Eben Flood is dealing with some hard times. It is the stage in life where time is catching up to the elder. When friends are passing on and daily routines don’t seem as simple. Getting old is something that is natural, however in Mr. Flood’s Party” it shows how Eben Flood refuses to let time get the best of him. He uses unique ways to deal with the lo
Howard Zinn\'s- "A People\'s History"... History 1004 The Zen of Zinn: A look at the first 3 chapters of A People\'s History of The United States of America. Dr. Howard Zinn\'s A People\'s History of the United States might be better titled A Proletarian\'s History of the United States. In the first three chapters Zinn looks at not only the history of the conquerors, rulers, and leaders; but also the history of the enslaved, the oppressed, and the led. Like any American History book covering the