Without meaning to she eventually broke down the barrier and created their own African American literature. Most of her writing were based on historical Figures that she admired, such as George Washington, and she often wrote about the Revolutionary war and shared her opinions about them. “Wheatley’s poems reflected several influences on her life. For example, the famous poets she studied, such as Alexander Pope and Thomas Gray.” As shown about Phillis wrote about topics that she felt very strongly about and who she had the utmost respect
Wheatley learned how to read the bible from a young age, and her religion greatly affected her poetry; “Phillis Wheatley’s poetic subjects were derived from the Bible, from celebrated public events and from the religion she had absorbed from her pious owners” (McMichael 298). She was very particular when she was
In poems such as “On being brought from Africa to America”, “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty”, and “On the Death of the Rev. Dr. Sewell”, Wheatley follows a rhyme scheme, such as AABBCCDD. Wheatley’s flexibility in form allows for her to reiterate her message that the students are responsible for reconciling their formal undergraduate education with following Jesus’ footsteps in recognizing the significance of moral advancement in a less structured, more conversational tone. Wheatley attempts to elevate herself to meet the wealthy, white undergraduate males in order to advance the notion that the students should study for a greater societal purpose and not simply to acquire more knowledge. Although Wheatley does follow a structure, as the poem is written in iambic pentameter, her deviation from her typical employment of a rhyme scheme highlights her change in tone.
For example, in La Belle Dame Sans Merci, although it is warm season, perhaps spring or summer, when the knight is in love with la belle dame, the reality is in cold and harsh winter. In the first stanza, when the writer finds knight, hence in reality, descriptions such as “sedge has wither’d” and “no birds sing” are seen, which is also repeated at the end of the poem to emphasize the harshness of winter. Meanwhile, in stanzas
In their short stories Fay Weldon,Welty and Jackson use various literary elements to develop the subject of tradition, determination and dark intentions. In “ The Weekend,” Fay Weldon uses tone to develop the subject of
Though the poems discuss very different issues and portray their own distinct imagery, the language that the author uses results in them being similar. Both written by Claude McKay, The Lynching and After the Winter are two very different pieces that show two very different perspectives and moods, yet share
Both Katherine Philips and Isabella Whitney are noteworthy for the fact that they are women; the overwhelmingly majority of writers in Renaissance England were male. Therefore, the two offer a different perspective on love than we see in the majority of love poetry from the time. Whitman, though not very celebrated in her time, is now considered to be one of the first female English poets (The Poetry Foundation). Philips, writing about a century later, was one of the first female English poets to actually gain fame and fortune from her writing. Both published poems which unconventionally addressed romantic love and challenged the usual perception of women in romantic relationships.
A Heaney Commentary Heaney’s collection of poems, North, solidifies the connection between myth, history, and the modern conflict in Northern Ireland. As a native from Ulster, the county where the conflicts spurred, Heaney feels responsible in trying to cease the violence of the ongoing war through paper and pen. The poet delves deeply into the history of his people with hopes to find redemption for his ancestors’ sins, and an epiphany to the violence enclosing him. The Grauballe Man, a literary composition from North, meticulously scrutinizes the iconic ‘bog body’ on display and presents his response towards the violence and chaos revealed in the piece of artifact. Exposure, the final poem from the collection, seeks to answer the fundamental question about the adequacy of his poems as he retires to Wicklow: was his attempt to impact the ‘The Troubles’ enough to hold the line against the violence and brutality of what is happening in Ulster.
Even being the vastly different stories “William Wilson” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” have a few similarities with regards to the theme. For instance, both stories end in a denouement. Correspondingly, the conscience of the men in both stories makes them do something unexpected. William Wilson, at the end of his story, commits suicide. William Wilson meets his tragic end when Poe writes, ”In a large mirror I saw my own image, dabbled in blood...it was Wilson who stood before me in an agony of death.” It is revealed at the end that there was only one William Wilson.
The poems of Phillis Wheatley display a classical quality and restrained emotion while dealing with pietistic Christian sentiments. In many ways Wheatley used classical mythology and ancient history as allusions, including many references to the muses as inspiring her poetry. Many of her work described her attitude towards her condition of enslavement both coming from Africa to America, and the culture that considered her color so negatively. “On Being Brought from Africa to America” analyzed Wheatley’s subtle critique of slavery in her poetry and everyday life. Her change in her belief system and perception of coming to America changed once finding Christianity.