Architecture in the Odyssey: A Map of Circe

In the Odyssey, Homer uses architecture and landscape as metaphors for the personalities of the people to which each respective architectural description relates. For this reason, a strong emphasis is placed on explicit details when depictions of homes, land, and interior design are mentioned. To further explore this notion, I will discuss the way in … Read more

Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ against Romanticized Depiction of War

In Dulce et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen uses a variety of literary devices to highlight the monstrous disjuncture between the gruesome reality of the battlefield and the romanticised image of war that circulated through poetry, newspapers, and magazines at the start of the World War I. Owen’s manipulation of traditional rhyming forms and metre, combined … Read more

Light and Music in The Glass Menagerie and Master Harold…And the Boys

Light and music are two elements of drama that can become significant in developing the plot and characters. Certain playwrights may further incorporate stage lighting including directional lighting and setting lighting in order to not only divert attention to the critical area of the stage, but as well to adequately present their ideas. Correspondingly, music … Read more

A juxtaposition of Emily Dickinson’s poem Hope Is a Thing with Features and Walt Whitman poem, O Captain! My Captain!

America experienced profound changes during the mid 1800s. New technologies and ideas helped the nation grow, while the Civil War ripped the nation apart. During this tumultuous period, two great American writers captured their ideas in poetry. Their poems give us insight into the time period, as well as universal insight about life. Although polar … Read more

Logical Inconsistencies in the Wife of Bath’s Tale: A Feminist Approach

In her Prologue and Tale, the Wife of Bath attempts to undermine the current misogynistic conceptions of women. Her struggle against the denigration of women has led to many feminist interpretations of her Tale, most portraying the Wife of Bath as something of a feminist icon. However, through contradictions in action and speech, the Wife … Read more

Literary Style Of The Raven

“The Raven” Tone v.s. Mood Essay The tone and mood of a poem or piece of literature has a very great impact on the elements of a story. The tone is the author’s attitude toward the subject, while the mood is the emotion aroused in the reader which the author creates. Word choice affects the … Read more

Main Themes In A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning Poem

A Valediction: forbidding Mourning “A Valediction: forbidding Mourning” is recognised as one of Donne’s most famous yet simplest poems. It is his most direct statement of his ideal of spiritual love. Unlike, “The Flea,” in “A Valediction: forbidding Mourning” Donne professes a devotion to spiritual love that transcends merely the physical. In this poem, the … Read more

Coleridge’s Use of Precise Observations of the Natural World to Convey Wider Thematic Ideas in His Poetry

Coleridge, in common with other romantic artists such as Wordsworth and Keats revolted against the artificial eighteenth century philosophy of a dislocation between man and nature. Coleridge developed an extremely analytical, passionate and spiritual interest in nature and the idea of ‘the one life’. His belief that nature is “the eternal language which… God utters” … Read more

An Analysis of the Moral of Two Tales from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales: The Pardoner’s Tale and The Wife of Bath

The Pardoner’s Tale’s Lesson The moral of this tale is that “greed is the root of all evil” as shown with the three rioters. They demand to know where they can find Death, a mysterious figure who killed one of their friends. An old man directed them to a tree, where they should find Death. … Read more

The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

This passage is The Road by Cormac Mccarthy and the main theme of the text and novel in a whole is survival and relicense. It starts with the father and son who are living on the road and are really poor also have nothing but a shopping cart full of supplies as well as one … Read more

An Analysis of the Moral of Two Tales from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales: The Pardoner’s Tale and The Wife of Bath

The Pardoner’s Tale’s Lesson The moral of this tale is that “greed is the root of all evil” as shown with the three rioters. They demand to know where they can find Death, a mysterious figure who killed one of their friends. An old man directed them to a tree, where they should find Death. … Read more

Supernaturalism in Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Poets in the Romantic period were not preoccupied with reason, unlike most of the intellectuals in the Eighteenth Century. Rather, they were able recognize the importance of non-rational processes in the mind. S.T. Coleridge was particularly interested in the supernatural. As a result, the supernatural is a common theme in many of Coleridge’s poems. Scholar … Read more

Identity crisis, cultural confusion and fear put in children by the first generation of immigrant parents as depicted in the poems Fishbone and Hell’s pig

Mothers and daughters, generally, clash in the adolescent and teenage years; imagine going through those years trying understand who one is and being a second generation immigrant. Aimee Nezhukumatathil gives a glance into what it would look like to grow up with first generation parents in America. She shares stories that stem from the truth … Read more

A Critical Analysis Of The ‘Sonnet Reversed’

Handsome, charming and highly intellectual, Rupert Brooke was one of the first soldier- poets of First World War. His poems are cemented to the ideals and fears of generation at the time of cultural transitions. His literary pieces are extremely influenced of social, cultural and political matters. The rural imagery and the classical tradition of … Read more

Birds of Prey in the Odyssey

The eagle’s eyes roam the landscape from its perch, searching for its quarry from above. Suddenly a rustle of movement captures its full attention: a dove, perching lightly on the branch of an olive tree. Immediately, the eagle rises from its own branch and dives below, wings folded back as it soars toward the oblivious … Read more

The Religious Purpose in The Road Not Taken, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, and Mending Wall by Robert Frost

Frost’s Religious Purpose Robert Frost is a famous American poet who writes about nature in most of his pieces. His work every now and again using settings from rural life in New England in the mid twentieth century, utilizing them to inspect complex social and philosophical topics. Frost went through rough times with the lose … Read more

Effective Irony: The Sirens in Homer’s and Atwood’s Writings

Homer’s Odyssey and Margaret Atwood’s “Siren Song” each depict the great power of the Sirens of Greek mythology; on a deeper level, the two works explore the destructiveness of women through the archetype of the femme fatale. Both Homer and Atwood highlight the influence women have over men through the irresistible temptations of the Sirens. … Read more

The Complicated Case of Chivalry, Christianity, and Ethical Dualism

An exemplary knight of King Arthur’s renowned court, Sir Gawain is guided by a complex set of ethos, a collection of principles symbolized by the mystical pentangle. A five-pointed star consisting of five interlocking lines, the figure represents a variety of guiding tenets, comprising both religious and knightly ideals. It also emblemizes the interdependent nature … Read more

The Importance of Three in the Poem

Our lives are seemingly centered around numbers. We count the years we have been alive, recall events based on the numerical dates they occurred on, and organize our finances with the help of simple numbers. Life itself appears to be a quantifiable thing – easily arranged and manipulated by mere numbers. But what does this … Read more

The Specific Style of Writing in On the Road

Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road is a hallmark story of the Beat Generation, a movement defined by its rejection of conformity in favor of a search for deeper meaning. It is this search that serves as a catalyst for the majority of the action of the narrative, as the protagonist Sal Paradise travels across … Read more

Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelous

Maya Angelou is regarded as one of the most famous poet who she is a black woman. Maya Angelou is a women’s activist essayist and her work enveloped the battles and triumphs of a dark lady in America. She is one of the artists who utilize poetry as a media to express her separation from … Read more

Personal Accounts of Lady Gaga, Peter, and the Narrator of the “Incident” Poem by Countee Cullen, on the Topic of Intimidation

When people experience bullying, it causes them to think negatively, and it affects their daily life. In the excerpt from “Nineteen Minutes,” Peter, the protagonist, experiences bullying because he wears glasses. The article “Born to Not Get Bullied,” explains Lady Gaga’s bullying experience and how she solves the problem to prevent others from experiencing bullying. … Read more

Review Of Book The Odyssey By Homer

In book 6, in the evening, Nausicaa, the Phaeacian princess is visited by Athena in a dream and obliges her to clean her dress. Once Nausiacaa wakes up, she takes her maids and a mule-pushcart, and the maids clean her attire in the ponds by the river. They then clean themselves and performance a game … Read more

The Impact of Christianity on Women’s Acceptable Behaviour in Canterbury Tales

Fifteenth-century England, in which Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, was ruled by a Christian morality that had definite precepts regarding the ideal character and behavior of women. Modesty and chastity in both manner and speech were praiseworthy attributes in any Godfearing, obedient, wifely woman. “The General Prologue” introduces the Prioress Madame Eglantine as an … Read more

Comparative analysis of the poems Ozymandias by Percy Shelly and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

“ The poem Ozymandias by Percy Shelly and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning are very different. However, they do have something in common, both poems represent power. Ozymandias represents power as poem shows that human life is insignificant compared to the passing of time, even for egotistical kings such as Ozymandias, time is very … Read more

The Epic of Gilgamesh

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh goes between his conscious and unconscious in order to uncover and solve his problems and figure out his own fear of death. Gilgamesh is a king who has negative impact on his kingdom. He forces people to build walls and oppresses and wrongs the people. Throughout the epic, he … Read more

Rudyard Kipling’s Description of the Slaves Suffering and the Philippines Colonization as Illustrated in His Poem, White Man’s Burden

Decolonizing the North The White Man’s Burden became popular because of the chaos between the north vs. the south. From the past 500 years of history, everytime that there will be a colonization established between them, people always assume the notion of superiority. Superiority means that people want to civilize the third world country to … Read more

Literary Analysis of the Poem Strange Meeting

Wilfred Owen’s “Strange Meeting” explores an extraordinary meeting between two enemy combatants in the midst of battle. Owen forgoes the familiar poetics of glory and honor associated with war and, instead, constructs a balance of graphic reality with compassion for the entrenched soldier. In fact, the poetic appeal of the text comes from pity and … Read more