Maya Angelou said, “I believe that every person was born with a talent”. Her exquisite poems are filled with literary devices such as extended metaphors, similes, rhyming words, and vivid imagery. The modern day poet, Maya Angelou is comparable to William Shakespeare, who is considered as one of the most inspiring poets in history, having written 37 plays and 154 sonnets (Holt Elements of Literature). Today, Shakespeare is renowned because of his accomplishment of creating or popularizing the iambic pentameter style of 10 syllables per line. His writing is recognized as being rich, eloquent, and varied.
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, and commonly known as the greatest writer in the English language. Shakespeare's work has made a lifelong impression on later theatre and literature. In particular, he expanded the dramatic potential of plot, language, and genre. Until Romeo and Juliet, for example, romance had not been viewed as a worthy topic for tragedy. His work also influenced later poetry, and inspired many painters.
Edgar Allan Poe was known to be a widely influential being. But what most people don’t know is that Poe was also influenced by other people. He mostly influenced by Lord Byron. He was a great supporter of Lord Byron, who was also known as George Gordon. Byron was an English poet and leading figure of Romanticism.
Many authors who write plays include several different types of figurative languages to emphasize meaning within the play itself. Shakespeare, a famous English poet, often called the master of figurative writing has embedded many figurative languages within his plays including Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare's eloquence has inspired many authors to have figurative languages within their plays. Many of Shakespeare's figurative languages can be found in his soliloquies to express further meaning of what the character is saying. In a soliloquy said by Juliet herself, Shakespeare has included figurative writing such as: Allusion to give the reader an understanding of Juliet's impatience to see Romeo, foreshadowing to provide insight of a tragedy bound to happen later on, and a metaphor to help the reader understand Juliet's comparison between Romeo's lightness and the worlds darkness.
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Literary Analysis Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” This means that time may fly by but what you leave behind stays. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American romantic novelist and short story writer during the nineteenth century. Although Hawthorne lived in a time before awards, he was highly regarded and he and his works are still idolized and taught today. His most famous works are The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter being the most famous. Hawthorne wrote works influenced by what he experienced throughout the period of his life.
Robert Frost and John Frederick Nims are astounding poets from the 1900s. One of the many reasons why Robert Frost’s “Road Not Taken” and John Frederick Nim’s “Love Poem” are considered great pieces of literature is because of their brilliant use of literary devices throughout the poems. Their works have impacted not just the literature side of society, but every side of society through their sense of strong literary devices like point of view, metaphors, imagery, hyperbole, personification, and tone. In The Road Not Taken, Frost uses first person point of view in order to connect with his audience. In many lines, he uses “I” to show us it is his personal experience.
The Roaring Colors The timeless American classic, The Great Gatsby, written by literary genius F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered the most important work of literature in American history as it is masterfully crafted with themes and ideals that were way ahead of its time and set the tone for future authors. In the story, Fitzgerald uses colors to give meaning and depth to an already complex story. These colors are used to describe characters and give them intangible qualities and adds more variations in the settings of the story. One character in particular who is described vividly with colors is the man protagonist and rival of Gatsby Tom Buchanan. Tom is often associated with the color red as it reflects his personality being both violent
William Shakespeare was the master of figurative language, his use of words in his works were so skillful. He wrote literature with so much fluidity and thought but people of all ages are able to read his work. Just by using the right combination of words, Shakespeare's numerous plays and works were so humorous, plaintive, compelling at the same time. Shakespeare's use of metaphors are easily found in his most famous work, Romeo & Juliet. During the prominent balcony scene, Romeo begins to compliment Juliet in the most memorable way possible and says:
They would draw from him when writing a speech or settling a debate. Shakespeare inspired many people, like artists, poets, musicians, ballets, operas, and many, many more. The famous Lin-Manuel Miranda pays homage to Shakespeare in his 11 Tony award winning musical “Hamilton.” He references Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” speaking of Birnam Wood and Dunsinane. Shakespeare inspired people now and was inspired by people during and before the Renaissance. William Shakespeare changed modern English, writing, and theatre by writing plays during the Renaissance.