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Othello and King Lear: A comparison
Othello and King Lear: A comparison
Othello and King Lear: A comparison If Shakespeare was alive today it is certain that there would be a lot written about him. We would read reviews of his new plays in newspapers, articles about his poetry in the literary papers, and gossip about his love life and his taste in clothes splashed across the glossy magazines. His views about everything under the sun, from the government to kitchen furniture, would probably appear regularly in the colour supplements. His face would be familiar on tel
Shakespeare's World
Shakespeare's World
Shakespeare\'s World Almost every nation on earth reads, studies and performs the works of William Shakespeare. No writer of any country, nor any age, has ever enjoyed such universal popularity. Neither has any writer been so praised. As William Hazlitt observed, The most striking peculiarity of Shakespeare\'s mind was it\'s generic quality, its power of communication with all other minds. It is perhaps this quality that has earned Shakespeare the supreme accolade, that of lending his name to
Shakespeare and his Theater
Shakespeare and his Theater
Shakespeare and his Theater Compared to the technical theaters of today, the London public theaters in the time of Queen Elizabeth I seem to be terribly limited. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. Many say that these limitations were in a sense advantages. What the theater today can show for us realistically, with massive scenery and electric lighti
Doubt of Shakespeare's Authorship of His Plays
Doubt of Shakespeare's Authorship of His Plays
Doubt of Shakespeare\'s Authorship of His Plays Over the years, various persons have expressed doubt as to the authorship of William Shakespeare. These doubts are as old as his plays. American author, Henry James once said, I am haunted by the conviction that the divine William is the biggest and the most successful fraud ever practiced on a patient world. (Hoffman 27) On the other hand, author Calvin Hoffman was convinced that Shakespeare was the author of the most magnificent English dramati
The Character of Macbeth
The Character of Macbeth
The Character of Macbeth The play \'Macbeth\' is a portrait of one man, Macbeth, showing how he changes. Although we are presented with his deterioration from good to evil, we can see his human side throughout the play, which makes it a tragedy. It is the shortest of Shakespeare\'s tragedies, and has a very fast pace. Once Macbeth\'s ambition has ‘set the ball rolling\', events happen quickly in the play as it gathers momentum. The themes of ‘Macbeth\' are ambition, effects of evil, and violence
Shakespeare's Sonnet Number 126: Critique
Shakespeare's Sonnet Number 126: Critique
Shakespeare\'s Sonnet Number 126: Critique Shakespeare\'s sonnets, as poems, have been obscured by the enormous amount of speculation, much of it unjustified, that has grown up around the problems presented by the dedication. The following sonnet is commonly grouped with 125 others that are believed to have been written to a much admired young man, who was Shakespeare\'s junior in both years and social status. The form in which the poem is written is often referred to as Shakespearean or English
Books; Life Long Friends
Books; Life Long Friends
Books; Life Long Friends Looking around my living room, I see my greatest friends of my life are all around me on my book shelves. Every book I lift off the shelf pinpoints a time in my life. They represent all the joy, sorrow, and laughter felt in my life. The large, shiny red poetry book my father read to me reminds me of all of these. It is probably my favorite. Then I recall my people friends that attended school with me through the years. What great fun they were! I doubt I\'ll ever forget
The Catcher In the Rye: First Person Narration is
The Catcher In the Rye: First Person Narration is
The Catcher In the Rye: First Person Narration is Critical In J.D. Salinger\'s The Catcher in the Rye, the first person narration is critical in helping the reader to know and understand the main character, Holden Caulfield. Holden, in his narration, relates a flashback of a significant period of his life, three days and nights on his own in New York City. Through his narration, Holden discloses to the reader his innermost thoughts and feelings. He thus provides the reader not only with informat
Criticism of The Sick Rose
Criticism of The Sick Rose
Criticism of The Sick Rose By analyzing more information from different authors, I was able to draw a greater amount contrast from the authors. I had a better feel for what they were trying to convey when they wrote their critical essays in their books. Whatever the case, it was easier to judge The Sick Rose by having more sources to reflect upon. Michael Riffaterre centers his analysis of The Sick Rose in The Self- sufficient Text by using internal evidence only [to analyze the poem] a
Cyrano De Bergerac
Cyrano De Bergerac
Cyrano De Bergerac Every generation has its own heroes that display, what they believe to be, ideal characteristics. While each is different in their own way, many of these role models share similar qualities. Most tend to have courage, strength, compassion, or another respected trait, but this is not necessarily why they win the adoration of their followers. Cyrano De Bergerac is a perfect example of how many protagonists win our allegiance because his sensibilities will not be denied, because
The Heart of Darkness: The Horror!
The Heart of Darkness: The Horror!
The Heart of Darkness: The Horror! David Yu In Heart of Darkness it is the white invaders for instance, who are, almost without exception, embodiments of blindness, selfishness, and cruelty; and even in the cognitive domain, where such positive phrases as to enlighten, for instance, are conventionally opposed to negative ones such as to be in the dark, the traditional expectations are reversed. In Kurtz\'s painting, as we have seen, the effect of the torch light on the face was sinister (W
The Influence of Personal Experiences In Emily Dic
The Influence of Personal Experiences In Emily Dic
The Influence of Personal Experiences In Emily Dickinson\'s Poetry None of Emily Dickinson\'s readers has met the woman who lived and died in Amherst, Massachusetts more than a century ago, yet most of those same readers feel as if they know her closely. Her reclusive life made understanding her quite difficult. However, taking a close look at her verses, one can learn a great deal about this remarkable woman. The poetry of Emily Dickinson delves deep into her mind, exposing her personal experie
The Major Years: Isolation and Emily Grierson - A
The Major Years: Isolation and Emily Grierson - A
The Major Years: Isolation and Emily Grierson - A Deadly Combination William Faulkner, one of the most famed writers of our times, explores in his writing the themes of alienation and isolation. He interweaves these themes with his female characters. In A Rose for Emily, Miss Emily Grierson is a woman who is alienated and lives in isolation from the people in her town. The theme of isolation is the focal point of the story, since it is what drove her to her madness. Faulkner\'s theme of alienati
Life Is But A Choice
Life Is But A Choice
Life Is But A Choice Greg McGuigan Beginning with the time of birth until the time of death, people have to make choices everyday on how to achieve the goals in their lives. One can imagine life as a long winding road with millions of other roads branching off in many directions. The only problem is that life is too short to explore every single road. In addition, the essence of time will not allow anyone to go back to a road that was passed. Everyone must choose his/her own roads through life r
Differences Between 18th Century Literature and Ro
Differences Between 18th Century Literature and Ro
Differences Between 18th Century Literature and Romantic Poetry Seen Through The Works From Alexander Pope and John Keats The differences between eighteenth-century literature and romantic poems, with respect to history is constituted here. This is seen through the influential works of John Keats and Alexander Pope. These works are acknowledged as, The Rape of Lock and The Eve of St. Agnes. Alexander Pope takes his readers on a hatred filled epic. A robust piece of literature and love induce
Paradise Lost: Milton's Approach To Lust, Sex, and
Paradise Lost: Milton's Approach To Lust, Sex, and
Paradise Lost: Milton\'s Approach To Lust, Sex, and Violence There is no reason to apply modern theories to Milton if we do not care whether Milton remains alive. However, if we wish him to be more than a historical artifact, we must do more than just study him against the background of his time. We must reinterpret him in light of the germane thought of our own age. -James Driscoll The Unfolding God Of Jung and Milton Images and allusions to sex and death are intermingled throughout John Milton
A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man: Themes De
A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man: Themes De
A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man: Themes Developed Through Allusions to Classical Mythology James Joyce\'s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel of complex themes developed through frequent allusions to classical mythology. The myth of Daedalus and Icarus serves as a structuring element in the novel, uniting the central themes of individual rebellion and discovery, producing a work of literature that illuminates the motivations of an artist, and the development of his individ
Poetry: The Law Makes Me Go
Poetry: The Law Makes Me Go
Poetry: The Law Makes Me Go I drag out of bed just to come here, And you expect me to get up and Cheer? I walk through the doors to join the mass, Then It\'s off to my most boring class? Band is it and we play our song, Why does this class last so long? In Spanish I\'m lost, and with help from my pal, All I haved learned in that class is Qué tal?; I head for my desk just to wait for the bell, Then it\'s off again, get me out of this hell; In Biology we\'re learning what makes you cough; In Histo
Zinn's A People's History of the United States: Th
Zinn's A People's History of the United States: Th
Zinn\'s A People\'s History of the United States: The Oppressed 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 time period of 1492 until the early 1760\'s, A People\'s History tells the story of the “disc
T. S. Eliot's The Hollow Men
T. S. Eliot's The Hollow Men
T. S. Eliot\'s The Hollow Men Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri of New England descent, on Sept. 26, 1888. He entered Harvard University in 1906, completed his courses in three years and earned a master\'s degree the next year. After a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, he returned to Harvard. Further study led him to Merton College, Oxford, and he decided to stay in England. He worked first as a teacher and then in Lloyd\'s Bank until 1925. Then he joined the London publishing
Unbroken
Unbroken
Unbroken I wouldn\'t know how to describe a painting or a sonata, but I can tell someone how I feel, though they rarely know what I mean. Words fail me often, but nobody notices. They aren\'t listening anyway. One person knows me. When I talk to him I feel like a knife in a drawer, because my words have power. The possible damage would be irreparable. He and I are like a house falling apart. Our sidewalk is askew and our mailbox is missing. It is painted pink and yellow. We love it, it\'s unique
Ancient Greek Beliefs of Religion and Death Differ
Ancient Greek Beliefs of Religion and Death Differ
Ancient Greek Beliefs of Religion and Death Differs From Other Cultures How does the Ancient Greek beliefs of religion and death differ with the view of other cultural groups? Death, the way it is represented in Homer\'s book, The Odyssey, is always caused by human error. Whether their death was caused by greed, selfishness, or just being curious, many people died in The Odyssey. Still, the question of what happens after we die remains. Many religions have different beliefs of religious ideas fr
A Comparison and Contrast of Love in Christopher M
A Comparison and Contrast of Love in Christopher M
A Comparison and Contrast of Love in Christopher Marlowe\'s The Passionate Shepherd to his Love and C. Day Lewis\'s Song In the poems The Passionate Shepherd to his Love by Christopher Marlowe and Song by C. Day Lewis, the speakers display their individual views of what can be expected with their love. Both speakers produce invitations to love with differences in what they have to offer. A list of promised delights is offered by the speaker in The Passionate Shepherd, and through persu
Alfred Tennyson and His Work
Alfred Tennyson and His Work
Alfred Tennyson and His Work Alfred Tennyson was born on August 6th, 1809, at Somersby, Lincolnshire, fourth of twelve children of George and Elizabeth Tennyson. Tennyson, said to be the best poet of the Victorian era and his poetry will be discussed in this essay. Tennyson had a lifelong fear of mental illness, because several men in his family had a mild form of epilepsy, which then was thought of as a shameful disease. His father and brother Arthur made their epilepsy worse by excessive drink
Poetry: Always and Forever
Poetry: Always and Forever
Poetry: Always and Forever When nothing makes sense and every thought is blurred, Love finds it\'s way and somehow I understand. I know why it is and what must be, No matter what arises or what happens, Love will always find its way, And lead us to our place, Our fairytale. When you look into my eyes you view my soul, And see the love I have to give. It is everything I am and because of it, I will always love you, For you have given it to me. In a world full of despair, You\'ve given me hope, A
Analysis of Frost's Desert Places and Stopping
Analysis of Frost's Desert Places and Stopping
Analysis of Frost\'s Desert Places and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Robert Frost takes our imaginations to a journey through wintertime with his two poems Desert Places and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Frost comes from a New England background and these two poems reflect the beautiful scenery that is present in that part of the country. Even though these poems both have winter settings they contain very different tones. One has a feeling of depressing loneliness and the
Analysis of Because I Could Not Stop for Death
Analysis of Because I Could Not Stop for Death
Analysis of Because I Could Not Stop for Death The poets of the nineteenth century wrote on a variety of topics. One often used topic is that of death. The theme of death has been approached in many different ways. Emily Dickinson is one of the numerous poets who uses death as the subject of several of her poems. In her poem Because I Could Not Stop for Death, death is portrayed as a gentleman who comes to give the speaker a ride to eternity. Throughout the poem, Dickinson develops her unusu
Analysis of The Age of Anxiety by W.H. Auden
Analysis of The Age of Anxiety by W.H. Auden
Analysis of The Age of Anxiety by W.H. Auden The themes and ideas in Auden\'s The Age of Anxiety reflect his belief that man\'s quest for self actualization is in vain. I. Auden\'s background A. As a 1930\'s poet 1. Views of Society 2. Diagnosis of the industrial society B. Major conflicts of his works II. The Age of Anxiety overview A. As a quest poem 1. Characters\' search for self-actualization 2. Characters\' inevitable failure in the quest B. Characters\' views on the general situatio
An Analysis of British Literature
An Analysis of British Literature
An Analysis of British Literature Death is inevitable and what happens after death will always be a mystery to the living. For this reason, the afterlife has always been a topic which artists have chosen to explore in their works. Throughout the chronology of British literature, artists have used society\'s views as a basis to examine the afterlife, and look at it in new ways. The afterlife has been a theme in British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period of Beowulf to the twentieth century wri
The Work of Poet and Philosoher Archibald Lampman
The Work of Poet and Philosoher Archibald Lampman
The Work of Poet and Philosoher Archibald Lampman Poet and philosopher Archibald Lampman (1861-1899) led not a life of his own, but an existance forced upon him by peers and an unfeeling and cold society. Dying far before his time, Lampman led a life of misery. He was supported only by a few close friends and his immortal poetry. This essay is founded around one particular of his works but I feel it necessary to discuss the conditions in which he lived in order to fully understand what he was tr
A Study of Wordsworth's Poetry
A Study of Wordsworth's Poetry
A Study of Wordsworth\'s Poetry Wordsworth poetry derives its strength from the passion with which he views nature. Wordsworth has grown tired of the world mankind has created, and turns to nature for contentment. In his poems, Wordsworth associates freedom of emotions with natural things. Each aspect of nature holds a different meaning for Wordsworth. \'The beauty of morning; silent, bare\' (5:WB*) A main source of interest for Wordsworth is the absence of an unnatural presence, such as a city.
What I Would Place In A Time Capsule
What I Would Place In A Time Capsule
What I Would Place In A Time Capsule As the turn of the millennium approaches, the human race will continue to develop new technology and new ways of thinking. It is always enjoyable to take a visual journey back in time, to view what was considered advanced and what thoughts of future times represented. A time capsule stored with precious documents and possessions from a past era can serve as a visual and material presentation of what past times were like, and put in prospective the accomplishm
The Beginnings of a National Literary Tradition
The Beginnings of a National Literary Tradition
The Beginnings of a National Literary Tradition Canadians throughout their history have been concerned over the status of their national literature. One of the major problems facing early Canadian writers was that the language and poetic conventions that they had inherited from the Old World were inadequate for the new scenery and conditions in which they now found themselves. Writers such as Susanna Moodie, Samuel Hearne, and Oliver Goldsmith were what I would consider Immigrant authors. Even
Biography of Ogden Nash
Biography of Ogden Nash
Biography of Ogden Nash Fredric Ogden Nash was an American humorist who lived from 1902 to 1971. He was born in 1902 in Rye, New York, where he grew up with well educated parents. Microsoft Encarta 95 said that his parents names were Edmund Strudwick Nash and Mattie Nash. During his childhood years, Nash was educated at several private schools. At these schools, he enjoyed writing his own comical and dramatic free verse poems. After graduating out of grammar school, Nash moved on to one of the b
Summary of The Canterbury Tales
Summary of The Canterbury Tales
Summary of The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories set within a framing story of a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, the shrine of Saint Thomas à Becket. The poet joins a band of pilgrims, vividly described in the General Prologue, who assemble at the Tabard Inn outside London for the journey to Canterbury. Ranging in status from a Knight to a humble Plowman, they are a microcosm of 14th- century English society. The Host proposes a storytelling contest to pass the
A Biography on Carl Sandburg
A Biography on Carl Sandburg
A Biography on Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg was a great man. His life was one of fame, once he began writing. He inspired many people. He also became an American Marvel. His works still remain read even today, 30 years after his death. His life was an interesting one. His parents immigrated to the US from Sweden. His parents moved to Galesburg, Illinois. He attended public schools. At the age of thirteen, he had to give up public school and go to work to help earn money for his family. First, he
The Works of Poet Carl Sandburg and His Effect on
The Works of Poet Carl Sandburg and His Effect on
The Works of Poet Carl Sandburg and His Effect on American Poetry The beloved poet, Carl Sandburg, changed the course of American poetry. He was a poet, novelist, journalist, and songwriter, yet the influence of his works have not always been acknowledged. Carl Sandburg\'s evocations of American urban and rural life, compassion for people, and his love of nature, through his works have made an enormous contribution to the American literary scene. Carl Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878 to illi
Characteristics of the Beowulf Poem
Characteristics of the Beowulf Poem
Characteristics of the Beowulf Poem There are many characteristics of the Beowulf poem that make it a significant part of the history of literature. It is a perfect representation of how the people in eighth century England communicated, what their feelings were, and their culture. It gives us vital information about Old English social life and about Old English politics and about many things that scholars would like to have much more information on.(Raffel ix) Another characteristic is that t
Chaucer's The House of Fame: The Cultural Nature
Chaucer's The House of Fame: The Cultural Nature
Chaucer\'s The House of Fame: The Cultural Nature of Fame QUESTION 7. DISCUSS THE CULTURAL NATURE OF FAME AND ITS TEXTUAL EXPRESSION WITH REFERENCE TO ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: ORAL HEROIC POETRY, CHAUCER\'S DEPICTION IN THE HOUSE OF FAME AND THE MODERN CONSTRUCTION OF THE CANON OF ENGLISH LITERATURE. YOU SHOULD FOCUS YOUR ANALYSIS ON THE INTERPLAY OF ORAL AND LITERARY TRADITIONS IN THESE CONTEXTS. Many critics have noted the complexities within Chaucer\'s The House of Fame, in particular,
How Does Coleridge in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mar
How Does Coleridge in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mar
How Does Coleridge in \'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner\' and \'Kubla Khan\' Show the Interrelatedness Between Mankind, Nature and the Poetic Experience? Coleridge expresses many thoughtful and rather intense ideas in his poetry, through using either peculiar or common images of all forms of nature ie human, environmental or supernatural. His poetic expression is unique in its use of extraordinary imagery and transition of mood yet he what he creates usually conforms to numerous literary techniq
Comparison and Contrast of William Blake's Poems
Comparison and Contrast of William Blake's Poems
Comparison and Contrast of William Blake\'s Poems Introduction (Innocence) Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: Pipe a song about a lamb! So I piped with merry chear. Piper, pipe that song again; So I piped, he wept to hear. Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe; Sing thy songs of happy chear: So I sung the same again, While he wept with joy to hear. Piper, sit thee down and write In a book, that all may read. So he va
Compare and Contrast: Dead Poets Society and Da
Compare and Contrast: Dead Poets Society and Da
Compare and Contrast: Dead Poets Society and Day of the Last Rock Fight Richard Gust Ms. Fink The two stories “Dead Poets Society” and “Day of the Last Rock Fight” have many similarities and differences as do cows and horses. They both walk on four legs, they are both mammals, and they both live on a farm. They also have differences in appearances, eating habits, and body functions. In this essay you will learn about many similarities and differences between the two stories. The stories “Dea
Contrasting Poets Lawrence and Shapiro in Their Vi
Contrasting Poets Lawrence and Shapiro in Their Vi
Contrasting Poets Lawrence and Shapiro in Their Views of Nature Julie Gibson Throughout the history of literature, poetic views of nature has evolved through time. One of the most differing eras is the twentieth century. With it\'s non-classical views, the twentieth century is one of the most influential eras. While the Victorian era practiced traditional values, the twentieth century influences techniques of love and the loss of the beauty in nature. Poets of the same century have multiple view
Critical Analysis of The Indifferent by John Don
Critical Analysis of The Indifferent by John Don
Critical Analysis of The Indifferent by John Donne The Indifferent by John Donne is a relatively simple love poem in comparison to his other, more complicated works. In this poem, he presents a lover who regards constancy as a \'vice\' and promiscuity as the path of virtue and good sense (Hunt 3). Because of Donne\'s Christian background, this poem was obviously meant to be a comical look at values that were opposite the ones held by Christians. According to Clay Hunt, [\'The Indifferent\
Alex's Analysis of Any Abject Abuse
Alex's Analysis of Any Abject Abuse
Alex\'s Analysis of Any Abject Abuse The destruction of the grand style of the epic is just what Pope was after in his mock epic, The Rape of the Lock. Pope had no such universal goal, or moral pronouncements to make as did Milton. His purpose was merely to expose the life of the nobility of his time. While Milton chose blank verse to express the immensity of the landscape of his epic, Pope chose to utilize the heroic couplet to trivialize this grandeur. Pope\'s quick wit bounces the reader al
Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Descent into Metaphorica
Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Descent into Metaphorica
Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Descent into Metaphorical Hell Abandon all hope, ye who enter here Only through a journey into hell can we hope to attain paradise... His Early Life: Dante Alighieri was born under the sign of Gemini, he was thought to be born on May 29, but this is not certain. He was born in Florence, the son of Alighiero II, his family was one of lower nobility. His mother died when he was a child and his father when he was eighteen. According to him, the most profound event in his
Dickinson vs. Whitman
Dickinson vs. Whitman
Dickinson vs. Whitman After receiving five years of schooling, Walt Whitman spent four years learning the printing trade; Emily Dickinson returned home after receiving schooling to be with her family and never really had a job. Walt Whitman spent most of his time observing people and New York City. Dickinson rarely left her house and she didn\'t associate with many people other than her family. In this essay I will be comparing Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Emily Dickinson\'s life differs gr
Similarities and Variations in the Writings of Dic
Similarities and Variations in the Writings of Dic
Similarities and Variations in the Writings of Dickinson and Lawrence Although Emily Elizabeth Dickinson and David Herbert Lawrence lived and wrote during two different times, and in different parts of the world, their poetry contains many similarities. At the time Dickinson was being laid to rest in Massachusetts, Lawrence was born in Nottingham, England. Also, along with the likenesses, they both have many differences. These affinities and dissimilarities can be seen in poems written by these
Housman's To An Athlete Dying Young
Housman's To An Athlete Dying Young
Housman\'s To An Athlete Dying Young John S. Ward Dr. Larry Brunner A. E. Housman\'s To an Athlete Dying Young, also known as Lyric XIX in A Shropshire Lad, holds as its main theme the premature death of a young athlete as told from the point of view of a friend serving as pall bearer. The poem reveals the concept that those dying at the peak of their glory or youth are really quite lucky. The first few readings of To an Athlete Dying Young provides the reader with an understanding of Hous
Elizabeth Bishop and Her Poem Filling Station
Elizabeth Bishop and Her Poem Filling Station
Elizabeth Bishop and Her Poem Filling Station Elizabeth Bishop\'s skill as a poet can be clearly seen in the thought- provoking poem entitled Filling Station. She paints the different language levels of poetry with the skill of an artist-- she seems to have an eye for detail as she contrasts the dark and dim reference of a filling station to a more homey, pleasant atmosphere. Bishop aptly arranges her words and expressions through the language devices of voice and metaphor. In Filling Station,