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In this way, the windows could be seen as a conduit of the divine light bathing the congregation within. More complex themes were incorporated for rose windows, including prophets, apostles saints and angels.

Another interesting component of the divine light brought to the citizenry in this way is that the society of the time was largely illiterate. Hence stained glass windows illuminated, so to speak, the message of the bible in visual terms. Not only scholars, therefore, but also children, the simple and the illiterate could access the various legends depicted in this way. The "divine light" takes on a more literal significance in this way, with the windows not only symbolizing, but literally illuminating the bible for those who could not access it by reading.

Both Sample Poem 1 and 2 could be considered examples of biblical poetry, as both Thomas and Hopkins explore themes relating to divinity, spirituality and faith.

Hopkins' poem "God's Grandeur" in particular demonstrates the tenets of biblical poetry. Each of the sample poems contains numerous examples of figurative language, as this is a cornerstone of poetic expression. In Sample Poem 1, for example, Thomas writes that "my youth is bent by the same wintry fever," even though youth cannot be bent and winter cannot be feverish. Figure of speech Structural Elements hyme Beyond this, myriad of differences exist among abstract or genre poems.

In "My Last Duchess," Browning offers readers a personal view of an aristocratic Duchess from the mids. While standing in front of his late wife's portrait, Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara of Italy talks about her failings and imperfections to a member of his fiancee's family.

The ironic twist comes when it is realized that the young wife's faults were simply "a heart too soon made glad, too easily impressed. The poem offers an…… [Read More]. Poetic Analysis Adn Styles Appreciation. The rhyme scheme throughout the four stanzas takes the ABCB scheme and the poet uses this particular rhyme scheme for a particular reason as will be seen herein. From the onset, it is expressed that this is an internal dialogue that the persona is having with self and nature.

He speaks to the internal emotions and feelings as well as the nature around him. The persona in the poem is a sad individual seated motionless by the sea, overwhelmed by emotions of how indifferent the nature and the people around him are to his emotional predicament of losing a person he was close to, most likely a friend or lover. He looks at the ways from the sea, and they repeatedly batter the rocks…… [Read More]. Semantic vs Poetic Meaning in Human Language.

Poetic Meaning in Human Language Rhetorically speaking, semantic i. Poetic meaning, on the other hand, generally has to do with way s in which a word is used artistically, that is, metaphorically, as synecdoche, or in various other symbolically inflected ways. For example, in comparing the two sentences "Earth has five oceans" and "She cried oceans of tears," comparative semantic and poetic meanings of the word "oceans" become clear.

However, the argument exists that semantic and poetic meanings are inherently the same, due to the imbedded "Symbolic Action" "Burke, Kenneth" of words themselves, i. Nature of the Poetic Turn the Structural. What is the purpose of the turn and how is it accomplished? Why is it an important part of a contemporary poem and how does it function particularly in the poem you selected for this week's DB. For many of you, you might begin with the poem and discuss how it sets its reader up for the turn, delivers the turn -- or turns -- and to what effect and use that discussion to allow you to reflect on the questions you've been asked.

Miguel Pinero's poem 'A lower east side' is about his pride in being a citizen of the Lower East Side and his subsequent desire that…… [Read More]. Poetic Comparisons The Death of. Rather than Klein's more stagnant relationship with his father, a man locked, in the past, the subject of the poem "Keine Lazarovitch" is almost as complex as the ebb and flux of Jewish life as a whole, rather than one segment of it, and her hold upon Layton is likewise more stormy, cyclical, and complex than the relationship of old to young detailed in Klein's poem about his father.

In Klein's poem the physicality of the father's books function the touchstone with which the poet accesses his father's memory, rather than his physical, father -- the father in death, much like the father in life is of the book, rather than a loving and guiding force, or even a force to be clashed with, as in Layton's poem. Klein's poem makes reference to the father's pamphlets, prayers, and tomes, as if these are the subjects of the man's life entirely,…… [Read More]. Poetics of Light in Architecture.

It is impossible to have one without the other. The progression of shadows is used to indicate the passage of time in Ando's work. One can watch the progression of shadow across a light piece of concrete and track the passage of time. It can be said that light represents the concept of somethingness and shadow represents the concept of nothingness. It is the nothingness that humans seek to understand in their spiritual endeavors.

The world of somethingness represents the reality that we know in our physical world. Light allows us to see our world and the things in it. Darkness, however, masks these objects. The objects themselves are still there, only we cannot see them until it is light again. Shadow represents the human journey into the nothingness of the soul.

Barstow observes one of Aristotle's fundamental points in her essay, which is that "Aristotle finds the end of human endeavor to be happiness…[which proceeds] from a steady and comprehensive intellectual vision which views life steadily and distinguishes in every action the result to be gained" 2.

Poetry, like Oedipus Rex, helps illustrate Aristotle's point that human happiness is dependent upon one's grasp of reality. Dodds asks, "In what sense, if in any, does the Oedipus Rex attempt to justify the ways of God to man? The fact that Sophocles' work tackles the question is important evidence that drama is worthy of serious study and capable of teaching profound truths. Thus, Dodds' essay validates Aristotle's…… [Read More]. Beatrice was a woman from Dante's social circle who was holy and beautiful in her manner and countenance.

Yet she married another man. Despite this, Dante continued to adore Beatrice from afar, after seeing her and falling in love with her at first sight when both of these poetic protagonists were children.

Even though his passion could only take place from a worshipful distance. Dante continued to love Beatrice as his adored poetic and spiritual muse, even after the poet wed another woman, and Beatrice remained faithfully wedded to another man. The thematic progression of Dante's Vita Nuova is not simply about love. Overall, it tells of the narrator's coming to…… [Read More]. Appalachian Poets and Their Poetic.

The dramatic imagery, heavy with the terrain and her response to it, is most reflected in the poem that won her recognition as the North Carolina Poet Laureate.

And now that a few buds appear On the sycamore, I watch the road Winding down this mountain Not even a mule can clinb Without a struggle. Long daylight Wildwood Flower, ] The connection of the people to their land is the nature of an Appalachian soul; it is the galvanizing hum that motors generations through its tangled thicket and cold ridge. Through careful image choice, she joins the ranks of the southern literary elite. It is not coincidental that the great writers of the South are not known for social commentary, pink fiction, or the juvenile wandering epitomized by Kerouac, Eggers, and Davies; they…… [Read More].

Elizabeth Bishop Artful Poetic Structure. Like the first stanza, in keeping with the villanelle structure of repeated refrains, it ends in the word "disaster. Only in the fourth and fifth stanzas does the poet's personal emotion break into the form of the poem, and the tone become more personalized and confessional: The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Structurally, this sense of the pain of losing is intensified, as more irreplaceable thing are lost by the poet than a hour or keys, like watches and houses as the poem unfolds. The fifth stanza further personalizes…… [Read More].

Women and Men Differing Poetic. Being of nature, a supposedly passive entity does not necessarily stime the female poet, it can also, in Bishop's construcion, empower her as a speaker. Yet, there is one caveat -- for Bishop's poem remains tantalizingly silent about her own gender as a female. Thus, even as late as Bishop, the idea of an openly female speaker within a poem associating herself with nature, and seeing herself reflected in nature remains tenuous.

Thus, although not Byronic in its imposition of meaning upon the natural world, nor Barrett Browning like in its denial of it, Bishop does not comlpetely deny the cultural assumptions of associating women with nature that still haunt female poets today.

Unlike men, women must grapple with this association as authors, of passivitity and feminine voicelessness as mere subjects of the poetic experience -- while men can chose to view nature as neutrals, rather than as conciously gendered…… [Read More].

Rabbis of the Air Poetic. Moving from the humor of matzo balls and used cars, the images of the poem grows darker as Terman recalls: This stanza suggests that Terman is not merely deflating obscure mysticism, but suggesting that too much focus on piety and not enough focus on politics and the real lives and concerns of the Jewish people can have devastating consequences for the community. He is not merely speaking to a poet of the past, but to leaders of the present. Focus on the needs of the here and now, Terman…… [Read More].

Inter-Relations in Manyoshu Poetic Wordplay. However, the ghostly quality of this poem that coincides with the sadness the poet feels is suggested by the connotations of the word "ashes," which is suggestive of cremation and the end of life. There is a definite mortal quality of this poem, which becomes clearer to the reader when analyzing the second and final stanza, which is contained within the following quotation.

The poet emphasizes the fact that a reunion with her husband is largely dependent upon their…… [Read More]. Li-Young Lee Within the Poetic. Lee, , This Room and Everything in it Each work demonstrates how easy it is to become complacent about the mundane character of even the most sincere of emotional expression, that of sensual love and then makes an attempt to etch something that is essential to life into memory, as Lee was taught to do by his father.

Lee, , Persimmons The poignant memory of a young boy offering his father a consoling gift of two now ripened persimmons that he had found in the cellar,…… [Read More]. Billy Collins' poem is a lyric poem because mainly it expresses highly personal emotions and feelings. Many lyric poems involve musical themes or tones, and in fact in Shakespeare's era the word "lyric" meant that the poem was accompanied by a musical instrument a lyre.

But while Collins' poem doesn't give off a musical idea or theme unless the sound of a fork scratching across a granite table is music , it does use metaphor and achieves a dramatic impact. The metaphor has two people, presumably married and in a love partnership who have divorced.

It is known that although un-married couples who have been together for a long time and break up are also involved essentially in a "divorce" of their partnership. The metaphor of "two spoons" shows two people locked together, snuggling would be a good word, in a warm bed. Poetry is a very complex concept, as it can be used to relate to a series of ideas and these respective ideas can be interpreted in numerous ways, depending on each individual's perspective.

Ranging from pure amusement that some poets intended to put across to intense philosophical discussions that others aimed to express, poetry can be used in a multitude of ways and it can make it possible both for individuals creating them and for people interpreting them to experience all sorts of feelings as a consequence of interacting with poems in general.

The sonnet is relatively simple and is written in a loose iambic pentameter. John Donne's poem "Death Be Not Proud" was the poet's attempt to provide the world with a different understanding of the idea of death. Hughes' poem is told in the first person of a hawk while Sandburg's poem is narrated by the grass. Through personification both poets examine the place of humanity in a larger context, highlighting the extent to which what people think is important seems small when seen in relation to the big picture of nature.

Hughes' poem achieves this by showing how in the eyes of an ordinary hawk, the bird is all-powerful because of his predatory capacity. The grass of Sandburg's poem is similarly powerful as it blankets the dead, without any apparent concern for the heroism the soldiers might have shown in battle or in any other facet of their lives.

The hawk's…… [Read More]. Effective Use of the Pantoum. Pantoum in Two Poems The poetic form of the pantoum is prevalent and makes up the structure of the following two poems: My Brother at 3 A. Each poet is able to use the pantoum distinctly and with a certain level of aplomb and effectiveness in order to convey the underlying feeling of the overall poem. The pantoum refers to a literary structure which is able to strongly evoke the past, and memories of the past as a result of its dreamy and enchanting repetitions.

This form of poetic structure originated in France, derived from one which was evoked from Malaysia in the 15th century; the form first became popular within Europe and North America in the 19th and 20th centuries Unst, One of the more riveting aspects of this form of poetic and structural device is that "subtle shifts in…… [Read More]. Tenets Lawrence and Derek Walcott. Although "Midsummer" is a shot work, in keeping with more of the original modernistic style of poetry writing, it is no less poignant in the message it conveys.

Conclusion In many ways, DH Lawrence is a visionary that offers the reader imagery and creativity that engulfs the reader into the world in which he creates with his words. As with Walcott, it was not necessary for Lawrence to achieve cadence in his writing though the use of rhyme. There is a balance that is struck that clearly reads as poetic.

Lawrence's expressive language and use of interesting characters helps to tell the stories of dehumanization that only comes with man's lack of recognition for the power of nature, and moving too fast in directions unknown under the call for modernization. Husband's Message Portrays a Feeling. In "Federigo's Falcon," the female protagonist Monna Giovanna was widowed by her husband who suddenly fell ill and passed away.

Her husband was a very wealthy man, and together they had a son who become the sole beneficiary of his father's estate. From the beginning of the story, female's roles in the Middle Ages become apparent. The story writes, " The wife inherits the money only if the son dies before she does. This notion however, is very reflective of the given time…… [Read More]. Save the Cat Author introduces himself and his history in the world of screenwriting eason for writing the book -- to help readers not make the same mistakes he made and to avoid common screenwriting pitfalls Meaning of 'Save the Cat: A film cannot be 'sold' without a good logline, no matter how strong the picture Importance of 'high concept' movies that are easy to visualize , even today Make sure your story falls into one of the 10 basic genres to enable it to be marketed to a target audience Creating characters A.

Need a hero Use Jungian archetypes that the audience can easily identify with when constructing characters C. Never cast the movie before you write…… [Read More].

British and German Trench Poetry. These young men were not immersed in the high modernist traditions of Virginia Woolf and T. Thus a multifaceted, rather than strictly comparative approach might be the most illuminating way to study this period of history and literature. Cross-cultural, comparative literary analysis is always imperfect, particularly given the linguistic challenges presented by evaluating German poetry in relation to its British counterparts.

Contextualizing the British war poets requires a certain level of understanding how the war was seen by the other side, and by alien eyes. More is likely to be gained than lost by reading the German war poets in translation.

Yet reading the German poets in translation allows the reader to appreciate the influence of symbolism and expressionism in their work that was not present even in the harsh…… [Read More]. American Eulogies to the Old. Nelson's violent images call upon the reader to behold the corpse of Till, forcing the reader into a state of seismic cultural shock, as America has long been eager to forget its racist legacy Harold, , p.

Trethewey's first lines of her book are gentler, but there is always the urge to remember: I wanted to kind of restore some of those narratives, so those things that are less remembered Brown, Her use of the sonnet form over her cycle of poems is not as perfectly consistent as Nelson's, but repetition and remembrance…… [Read More]. Rising of the Moon. He was once loyal to his home country, Ireland. As he grew older, however, the lure of money and good living brought him to his profession of Sergeant and his loyalty to England.

It is with the Sergeant in this position that the play begins. The central conflict then occurs within the Sergeant, who is ultimately transformed to let his former ideals overrule his loyalty to English law. The ragged man, who is the protagonist of the play, makes his appearance as the Sergeant waits alone to make the arrest. According to Saddlemyer 94 the freedom fighter and criminal represents the Sergeant's "antithetical self.

Apparently these ideals are…… [Read More]. Samuel Taylor Coleridge the Cliched Image of. Samuel Taylor Coleridge The cliched image of the Romantic poet is of a solitary tortured genius; it is ironic that the work of the poets collectively regarded as the 'Romantic School' is marked by collective and co-operative effort as much as by individual creativity.

For none of the great figures of Romantic poetry is this so true as it is for Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The first-rate poetic output of this extraordinary, multi-faceted man lasted only a few years, from approximately to , and he has even been regarded by some historians and critics as 'merely a channel for the work and ideas of others' Jasper, 8 rather than as a creative figure in his own right.

It is as if his own creative character has become lost in the extraordinary wide-ranging and complex interplay of relationships between poets, thinkers, writers and critics which swirled around him. It is also…… [Read More]. Wanna Hear a Poem I agree with you that Steve Coleman's piece "I Wanna Hear A Poem" would be an excellent choice of a first poem to study in an introductory poetry class, given the way that it frames all of the many weighty and sometimes contradictory expectations teachers and students bring to poetry.

Questions which inevitably arise in a class when students begin to discuss poetry are: How is it different from prose? What purpose does poetry uniquely fill in the literary landscape? Coleman's ambitious demands for poetry, rendered as a long, searching, compelling drumbeat of a list highlight the 'specialness' we demand of the poetic format. Poetry must mean something that transcends the surface meaning of the poet's words.

I also agree the poem is an excellent jumping-off point for discussing the various functions poetry has fulfilled in societies across the ages. However, as well…… [Read More]. Fall Aristotle on Things Fall. He is very strong and very masculine according to the expectations of his people, and this both helps him to win success amongst his people despite the shame of his family background -- his father was not well respected in the community -- and causes him to be banished from the villages.

This banishment somewhat ironically -- though in a perfect twist for a tragic plot -- weakens the villages and enables the white newcomers' ways to dominate the society, which ultimately leads to Okonkwo's "weak" death at his own hands. The beginning of the change can be seen when Okonkwo convinces himself to take part in the ritual slaying of a kidnapped boy from another village, despite warnings that he should avoid participation: Beowulf as a Hero Lesson.

Your answer should be at least five sentences long. Honor and Loyalty 1. Consider how Arthur's actions and personality agree with or challenge your definition of honor. Write a few sentences comparing your definition from Journal 1. Write a brief paragraph explaining the importance or unimportance of loyalty in being honorable.

Lesson 1 Journal Entry 10 of 16 Journal Exercise 1. Combining Sentences Complete the Practice Activity on page of your text. After completing this activity, read over your Essay Assessment or another journal activity you've completed. Below the practice activity in your journal, write the original passages and the revised sentences you've created. Sick Rose by William Blake. The second aspect is that the subtlety of the sickness keeps it under the surface of an apparently healthy whole. The indication appears to be that the casual observer would not detect the illness.

However, a person who moves closer to the rose will begin to see the signs of the illness that is in the process of consuming the life of the rose from within. The words "bed" and "crimson joy" appear to refer to love that has been consummated by sex. This provides further possibilities for interpretation. It could be that the romance of young love was corrupted by sex -- "crimson" could refer to the loss of virginity.

From a modern point-of-view, however, the disease could be the deception of one of the partners while the other is faithful. This deception then destroys the relationship from within.

This interpretation can be substantiated by the phrase "dark secret…… [Read More]. Shakespeare's Othello Is it a Tragedy According. Is it a tragedy according to Aristotle? Aristotle and tragedy Aristotle defines tragedy as imitation of an action that is serious and has a certain dramatic and complete magnitude. Tragedy to Aristotle is something that is: Its action should be single and complete, presenting a reversal of fortune, involving persons renowned and of superior attainments, and it should be written in poetry embellished with every kind of artistic expression.

Poetics, Part IX Aristotle saw tragedy as a simulation of an event that aroused pity and fear in the individual and, by doing so, served as a form of catharsis in the individual could identify with the plot and feel a certain sort of purging or relief VI.

In fact, it is this sense of purging that most distinguishes the tragedy from the comedy or epic for instance …… [Read More]. Seth's the Golden Gate Liz Donati attracts John by writing him two sonnets, and of course, the use of a personal advertisement as a meeting place provides even more evidence of how individuals still connect, even in the sterile and technical modern world, through prose.

Even the most prosaic individuals such as Liz and John find ways to express their lust and then their love in the form of a verbally astute dance. The other couple that dominates the text is Liz's brother, Ed. Ed is gay and is involved with John's old college roommate, Phil. The conflicts created by homosexuality destroy Ed and Phil's tryst, making their coupling in poetic terms the more traditional of the two that are depicted in the Golden Gate, in terms of the sonnet medium's frequent depiction of unhappy…… [Read More].

His belief that literature is a magical blend of thought and emotion is at the very heart of his greatest works, in which the unreal is often made to seem real. Samuel Taylor Coleridge effectively freed British and other poetry from its 18th century Neo-classical constraints, allowing the poetic and receptive imagination to roam free. In The Portable Coleridge, I. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. A Study of Eighteenth Century Satire. Pope, Alexander, The Rape of the Lock.

Retrieved September 22, , from: Retrieved September 22, , at http: Samuel Taylor…… [Read More]. This land was green, filled with tropical sun And her house was filled with mirth Which also lay etched on their faces Then the fires came The smoke from the Ark And the disintegration of the star Quick, Quick, They left Quick Quick They left Her belongings stuffed In a bag the size of her heart Which beat Faster Faster When the arms of that Statue Embraced her.

This ballad conveys the powerful theme of anti-Semitism and the experience of immigration. The speaker need not be anyone famous, although it seems that the speaker might be referring to an ancestor.

Musing on the immigrant experience from the perspective of generations later conveys a powerful message of freedom and hope. Although the ideas could be developed better, and it has an irregular meter that…… [Read More].

Killing Shot to the Heart of the. The Man He Killed" by Thomas Hardy Often, 'poetry' is narrowly though popularly defined as the use of heightened or self-consciously poetic language to deal with a particular theme that exists outside of the realm of everyday life.

Poetry is seen as impractical, as opposed to an essay, for instance, a written medium that directly engages on an intellectual level with issues of importance. However, Thomas Hardy's poem "The Man He Killed" powerfully punctures such notions of poetry being removed from the language and the issues of real life.

The poem, through the use of colloquial rather than metaphorical language, captures the voice of a soldier who has just killed a member of the opposing army. The soldier expresses an inner humanity that exists beyond the empty rhetoric of national propaganda.

However, Hardy also makes use of irony…… [Read More]. Archetypal Psychology James Hillman's Archetypal. To recognize something as beautiful can be deemed as dirty. If every life and every twist in life has its own beauty, why is there such judgment that comes with each of those lives or twists in lives?

It has been believed that beauty has had to be neglected because it was regressive i. To see something as beautiful can be viewed as base. Beauty has become something that can only be mentioned in certain situations -- at the right place, at the right time because of what we associate beauty with.

Beauty has often been symbolic of the solely aesthetic approach, which produces some sort of embellishment rather than any kind of sincere meaning. By developing the soul -- or the psyche, we discover the beauty of ourselves. Essays on Poetic Theory. Looking to learn about poetry? Essay on Poetic Theory. Some Notes on Organic Form. Showing 1 to 20 of 55 Essays.

Cracks in the Oracle Bone: Teaching Certain Contemporary Poems. By Brenda Hillman By Nathaniel Mackey Female Tradition as Feminist Innovation. By Annie Finch By Barbara Guest The Poetics of Disobedience. By Alice Notley Use This Word in a Sentence: By Ann Lauterbach Someone is Writing a Poem.

By Adrienne Rich The Rejection of Closure. By Lyn Hejinian By Richard Hugo The Flower of Capital. By Michael Palmer By Robin Blaser By Denise Levertov By Langston Hughes By Jack Spicer

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Apr 17,  · Words: Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: poetic is used as a superlative to describe something, it means that whatever that thing is, is evocative of poetry in the best way possible. The true definition of the term poetic, then, relates to the definition of poetry. A poetry analysis essay may seem like a daunting writing assignment at first, but if the topic, outline, and paper are composed following the aforementioned steps, the paper will no doubt, turn out very well. Poetry Analysis Essay Outline. An outline for a poetry analysis essay can be very simple. It simply is a guideline for the writer to build upon.