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Analyzing Imagery in Poetry

Using all that you have learned thus far, analyze how the imagery used in the following poems advances the themes of the poets and convey meaning: - "The Times They Are a-Changin" by Bob Dylan - "Bonny Barbara Allen " by Anonymous - "Ex-Basketball Player" by John Updike - "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes - "Ballad

Performance Aspect of Drama and Poetry

All literature involves some kind of performance which is intended for an audience. Sometimes, however, the performative quality of a work (i.e., the fact that it is being presented to an audience) is more obvious than through others. Drama and poetry, for example, tend to emphasize overt performance more than short stories, whi

The Experience of Listening to Poetry

Reading Response: Poetry and Performance Listen to "We Real Cool" and "My Papa's Waltz". These clips demonstrate the importance of performance, rhythm, and musicality in the poetic form. Describe your listening experience of one or more of the poems. How did hearing the text(s) recited aloud compare to a silent reading of

Short Story and Poem: A Comparison of Literary Forms

The Short Story and Poem: A Comparison of Literary Forms Reflecting on this week's literary readings, as well as your own reading experiences, identify at least one major similarity and one major difference between the forms of the short story and the poem. How do the differences between these literary forms affect how you read

Assessing Four Poems

Please briefly illustrate the meaning behind these selections from the poems. 300 words. La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats "I saw their starved lips in the gloam / With horrid warning wide, / And I awoke, and found me here /On the cold hill's side." Tintern Abbey - Wordsworth, William. These plots of cottage-gr

Poetry and the Work Environment

This solution describes perspectives of diversity, personal integrity, or social justice in the workplace that you think are present in the reading "The Suicidal Freezer Unit" by Tom Wolfe.

Poetry and the Work Environment

In reference to the poem: Morrisons's 1968 by Rick Campbell In the Riviera Beach black morning where the secret cold is hidden from tourists, where only workers and fishermen on an early mackerel tide know freezing is a South Florida word, a 17 year old boy walks to the back door of Morrison's Cafeteria. Rats scat

Asian American Poetry

How is Asian American poetry different from "traditional" American poetry? When reading American Literature, does it change your insight as a whole into American literature, or did it change any persepction of how you see things now?

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 1. Can you tell what is the importance of the wheelbarrow, rain, and chicken to a farmer? 2. What further importance can you infer from the references to color, shape, texture, and the juxtaposition of object? Does the poem itself have a shape? What two ways of observing and

"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"

An explication of approximately 500 words on "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun." This does not require outside sources, but do cite the text as your source for the poem. You are analyzing each line of the poem, noting the specific words the author uses. Why did he use those particular words? What special meaning might

Topics in Cultural Studies

Sayre posits that the vocabulary associated with romantic love, as it is known today, came into being during the Medieval Period. The troubadour or trobairitz, accompanied by lyre or lute, would recite poems about the feelings associated with this type of love. Discuss the common characteristics of these poems. What are your

Until the twelfth century, Latin was the language used among the educated and within literature. Research and report on the origins of vernacular language, and its spread. Assess and evaluate the impacts the spread of vernacular languages on cultures during this period.

The trouble with Latin was that it was primarily used for religious texts, and most whom were scribing were religious people. Vernacular language was the common spoken language, and the spread of this was the way that people told their tales and passed along important information about day to day culture. Latin, Greek and p

Greek/Roman Mythology

1. Visit via the internet a museum anywhere in the world and discuss one specific work in the collection that relates to Greek and Roman mythology. 2. Literature abounds with brief references to classical mythology. Find one quotable source, copy the text, cite the work and author, and identify the mythological reference.

Poems about the Theme of Sorrow

The Carousel" by Gloria C. Oden "My November Guest" by Robert Frost "the Noise of Waters" by James Joyce "Break, Break, Break" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson "A Dirge" by Percy Bysshe Shelley "After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes" by Emily Dickinson "The Woodspurge" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti "Sonnet XXX" by William Shakespea

Reaction to teaching British and German trench poetry

Title: Teaching World War I poetry--comparatively Author(s): Margot Norris Source: College Literature. 32.3 (Summer 2005): p136. From Literature Resource Center. Document Type: Article In his magisterial book, A War Imagined: The First World War and English Culture, Samuel Hynes describes the challenge that World War I p

Poem Comparison

Compare the two soldiers' poems: â?¢ Issac Rosenberg's (British) poem: â?¢ August Stramm's (German) poem in translation:

Summarize Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."

Summarize the meaning of the poem below focusing on the concluding stanza. The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5 Then took the other, as just as fair An

An interpretation of Frost's poem, "Out, Out,"

1) Interpreting the poem and understanding the implications of the lines. 2) annotating, such as the words and phrases that are significant and why they are. 3) Which words convey a lot of meaning in the poem? Such as the connotations? How can I recognize these? 4) What re the key images in the poem that provide sensor

life themes in poems

"When Death Comes," "Dover Beach," and "Fire and Ice" Qhat do these three poems say about the fundamental nature of human condition? In other words, what do the poems say about what it means to be human in the world? How do you want to live your life? You've heard the expression, "Life is not a rehearsal;" how do you want t

The impact of war poems

How does the graphic horror of Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Moriâ" compare with the descriptions of war in "The Things They Carried"? How do either or both compare with the ironic, almost detached, musings of the soldier in Hardy's "The Man He Killed"? What do the poems in this unit say about glory or heroism in war

Frederick Douglass' parallels with Harper's poems are presented.

When I read Douglassâ??sâ?? descriptions of the violence toward slaves my stomach literally churned and I was sickened. Prior to this book I had never read anything as graphically repulsive as when Douglass described the whipping of Aunt Hester. In the past when I would reflect on slavery, my focus would mostly be on the lac

Analyze the writer

Choose one: Lee, "My Father, in Heaven, Is Reading Aloud" Hemphill, "Commitments" Spiegelman, "Prisoner From Hell Planet" and images from Maus Silko, "Yellow Woman" O'Brien, "The Things They Carried" Forche, "The Colonel" Vonnegut, "Harrison Bergeron" Szymborska, "On Death, Without Exaggeration" (1569) Petry,

Frost's poetry explication

Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" Frost, "The Road Not Taken" Frost, "Acquainted with the Night" 1. Read all three of Robert Frost's poems in the text. 2. Read William H. Pritchard's analysis and appreciation of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" on the Modern American Poetry website. Click on the link and

Poetry help

Read six poems on love Shakespeare, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds" Anne Bradstreet, "To my Dear and Loving Husband" e.e. cummings, "somewhere i have never travelled" Wislawa Szymborska, "True Love" Sharon Olds, "True Love" Susan Minot, "My Husband's Back" As you read these poems be thinking about which

"My Papa's Waltz" by Roethke

-Read "My Papa's Waltz" of Roethke at least twice and underline at least five of the most vivid words--nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. If you're not sure what a word means--like countenance--then define it in order to discover its denotations. Then list all of the connotations you can think of for each word. What images, moods, a

Roethke's poem analysis is briefly achieved.

1) Which poetic devices has Roethke used in his poem? 2) How has Roethke's use of these devices affected the meaning or feeling of the poem? 3) How does Roethke's use of these devices contribute to the understanding of the poem? 4) How important is rhythm in the poem to convey meaning or feeling? 5) How important is

Writing about Poetry gives specific examples of how to write a response paper to a piece of poetry. In this case, the poem is "The Future," by Billy Collins. Besides offering assistance in analyzing the poem, information is also provided in how to provide documentation using the MLA format, including the construction of a Works Cited page.

Poem: "The Future," by Billy Collins Assignment: Write a response to the poem noticing as many details, emotions, and themes as possible. Quote from the poem in your response paper. Your analysis should include evidence from the text to support your views. All references and quotations must be clearly cited using the MLA pa