Andrew Marvell’s Representation of Tone and Symbolism as Explained in His Poem, To His Coy Mistress

Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell wrote “To His Coy Mistress” to persuade the speaker’s mistress to quicken their relationship, while Annie Finch wrote “Coy Mistress” as a rebuttal to his persuasions. These poems contained contrasting ideas due mostly to the tone and imagery Marvell and Finch used. The ideas included satire, lust, bitterness, aggravation, passion, and … Read more

The Gender Roles and Their Portrayal

Gender in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is caged within a static binary composed of the masculine and the feminine; relative opposites within which individuals are expected to conform to a certain quota of behaviors – for to fit into neither category would seemingly render a character useless to the plot: a celebration of … Read more

“Home “by Warsan Shire

Home The poem “Home “by Warsan Shire focuses on the importance of home and demonstrates how the connotation of home is experienced by refugees. The poem urges the west host countries to show modest receiving attitude to welcome the refugees and understand their suffering and pain. The speaker uses powerful imagery and metaphor to evoke … Read more

The Purpose of Lyric Poetry as Illustrated in William Meredith’s poem “The Illiterate”

Rhetoric in The Illiterate Gregerson’s article “Rhetorical Contract in the Lyric Poem” expounds upon the purpose of lyric poetry. She posits that there is a relationship between the reader and the speaker that extends beyond utilitarian or surface purposes, claiming that a contract forms between these two parties. Throughout the article, Gregerson applies the notions … Read more

The Use of Imagery and Alliteration to Present the Idea of Irony in Ozymandias, a Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Analysis of “Ozymandias” The poem “Ozymandias” is a wonderful example of irony. Percy Bysshe Shelley use the elements of imagery and alliteration to first give the reader the sense of a “vast” ruin in the desert. Shelley then uses alliteration to describe the character of the person the ruin represents. Finally, Shelley introduces a wonderfully … Read more

On Penelope’s Grief

In Act IV, Scene II of William Shakespeare’s King Richard II, King Richard II states, “my grief lies all within; / And these external manners of laments / Are merely shadows to the unseen grief / That swells with silence in the tortured soul; / There lies the substance.” In these lines, he explains that … Read more

Cunning as a Defining Characteristic

At its core, The Odyssey is a story that centers around the cunning of its main characters. Throughout the epic poem, both Odysseus and his wife, Penelope, are known for their mental capabilities. Odysseus is constantly referred to as “godlike,” and Penelope is called “circumspect.” Circumspect, as defined by Dictionary.com, means “heedful of circumstances and … Read more

"The Odyssey" Analysis

An epic poem over 400 pages long. Yep a poem. The plot line details the return journey of Odysseus, a Greek warrior, and his encounters with civilizations and Greek Gods through his travels.Composed in 700BC, it is one of the earliest poems to ever exist. So why would this text be worthy of appropriation? Well … Read more

Breaking Down the Comic in the Canterbury Tales: Satire

From corrupt politicians to Real Housewives of Orange County, symbols of hypocrisy in modern day society exude personas that are ripe for criticism. These symbols also exist in Geoffrey Chaucer’s prominent anthropological work The Canterbury Tales, attesting to the endurance of class structure and its affect on human behavior throughout history. To depict his interpretation … Read more

Odysseus and Athena: Friends

The characters in Homer’s The Odyssey are forever at the mercy of the Gods, those immortals who live in the heights of Mount Olympus, and who, on occasion, walk the lands of earth. Throughout the epic poem the main characters are visited quite often at pivotal times in the storyline. No god visits these characters … Read more

“Home “by Warsan Shire

Home The poem “Home “by Warsan Shire focuses on the importance of home and demonstrates how the connotation of home is experienced by refugees. The poem urges the west host countries to show modest receiving attitude to welcome the refugees and understand their suffering and pain. The speaker uses powerful imagery and metaphor to evoke … Read more

Main Ideas in "The Song of Roland"

In Song of Rowland, the author tells the story of Charlemagne’s attempted takeover of Saragossa, a land controlled by the Muslim king, Marsilla. The poem covers the feud between Rowland and his stepfather Ganelon, as well as the disastrous consequences that come from that feud, including the betrayal of their lord and kinsman, Charlemagne. Through … Read more

An Analysis of Tone in The Road Not Taken, a Poem by Robert Frost

Robert Frost’s work The Road Not Taken conveys a very simplistic, yet introspective theme. The poem describes the dilemmas and choices one must make in life, and how those specific decisions affect that person. Frost establishes this theme with an allegorical illustration of two paths in the woods. Later in the poem, the author reveals … Read more

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Controversial Concept of Courtesy

The medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight depicts two different medieval models of courtesy – courtesy towards men and courtesy towards women. Defined by different members of the community, the two types of courtesy also necessitate different, sometimes contradictory conducts. The incompatibility of the two models of courtesy displayed in Sir Gawain and … Read more

The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale’: How Masculine Characters Should Look Like

The Wife of Bath, with the energy of her vernacular and the voraciousness of her sexual appetite, is one of the most vividly developed characters of ‘The Canterbury Tales’. At 856 lines her prologue, or ‘preambulacioun’ as the Summoner calls it, is the longest of any of the pilgrims, and matches the General Prologue but … Read more

Equality and Power: Marriage in The Franklin’s Tale and The Wife of Bath’s Tale

In Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Franklin’s Tale and the Wife of Bath’s Tale represent marriage in different ways. The most striking contrast is the role of power in relationships in the two stories, and for the two tellers. The Franklin believes in mutuality, and equality. His wedding ideal is a binding, officious contract rendering … Read more

Classical Cannibalism: Personified Vice in Homer and Dante

Have you eaten today? If not, then perhaps it is best that you do, before continuing with this essay. The reason for caution lies in the overlying theme discussed from here on. Both Dante’s Divine Comedy and Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey are similar in that they concern themselves with the virtues and vices of … Read more

The Alliteration and Its Significance in the Poem

In explanation of Anglo-Saxon alliterative verse, J.R.R. Tolkien said “They depend on a balance and a weight and emotional content. They are more like masonry than music” (59). The original manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is written in alliterative verse and follows the use of strict and near-constant alliteration throughout the entirety … Read more

The Subtle Temptation of Nausikaa

The character of Nausikaa is somewhat of an anomaly within The Odyssey. Among women, she is a wholly developed character. Though such depth initially engages Odysseus, it becomes the force that propels him to his ultimate homecoming. A remarkable aspect of Nausikaa is the completeness of her character. She leaves the impression of a young … Read more

Comparing the Similarities of the Role of Women Between Eve’s Apology Poem by Amelia Lanyer and the Stereotypes of Women in Today’s Society

Comparison of Eve’s Apology Poem by Amelia Lanyer to Today’s Stereotypes of Women Lanyer takes a bold step with her work as she turns societal notions about women upside down by using them in her argument about the role of women. Using irony and sarcasm in her poem, she addresses the issue of women inequality … Read more

The secrets behind Seamus Heaney’s poem -Blackberry Picking

According to Gustave Flaubert, “poetry is as precise a thing as geometry,” and thus the meticulous usage of morbid motifs, keen imagery, and phonetic diction can unravel a darker, more complex interpretation in a seemingly innocent poem about reminiscent childhood memories. “Blackberry-Picking” by Seamus Heaney utilizes such elements in order to reveal a hidden meaning … Read more

The Gratitude to Nature in the Poems Burial, Weeping, and Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude in Ross Gay’s Book Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude

The Ross Gay’s book Catalogue of unabashed gratitude consists of several poems with rich content. The report analysis herein will cover three poems from the book such as “Burial,” “Weeping,” and “Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude.” The poems coverage insists on the real world we live, its goodness, things people take for granted, declaration of the … Read more