In “ The waste land “ , Eliot referred to The Bible , myths and works of old literature . “ With its fragmentary images and obscure allusions, the poem is typical of Modernism in requiring the reader to take an active role in interpreting the text “ ( Kuiper , Para 1 ) . The title of the poem is a reference to a myth called “ The fisher king “ which recounts a story about a king who get injured causing his kingdom to become waste ( barren ) . Throughout the text , Eliot referred to the works of Shakespeare , The Tempest ( Line 48 , 191 , 257 ) , Antony and Cleopatra ( line 77 ) , Hamlet ( line 172 ) and Coriolanus ( Line 417 ) . Furthermore , in “ The Burial of the Dead “ ( First section of the poem ) , Eliot referred to Richard Wagner ‘ Tristan und Isolade ( 19th-century composer ) ( Line 31-34, 42 ) , and in “ The fire sermon “ ( third section ) , Eliot referred to a song from his GÖTTERDÄMMERURG opera ( Line 266-291) .
In “London 1892”, William Wordsworth says, "Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:, England hath need of thee" (William Wordsworth). From the poem, “Paradise Lost” to “When I Consider How my Light is Spent” and “On Time”, John Milton proves to be one of the most influential poets in literary history. The variety of subjects, form and literary devices used in “Paradise Lost” to “When I Consider How my Light is Spent” and “On Time”, is case for his overdue nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in London in 1608, John Milton was raised with heavy religious influences; which is evident in his poetic works.
But Lowell is mostly famous for his works of poetry and the movement in which he utilizes. Lowell is famous for complying with the form of Confessional Poetry, a literary term which will later be defined. Some poems demonstrate this movement more than other poems; however most of them contain the ideas of Confessional Poetry. Lowell’s poetry often contains parts of his life experiences as well. He uses what he knows in life to write something alluring.
1. Paradise Lost was written by John Milton and first published in 1667, and has influenced poetry and literature in many ways since then. In fact many of the authors and works that we have read in this class were influenced by Paradise Lost. I think the biggest influence that I have seen was the use of opposition. I’m sure that this was not something the Milton started but he was a master at using the imagery of light and dark to compare good and evil, God and Satan, as well as Heaven and Hell.
He explains where the alliteration comes from and explains how it adds structure to the poem in a subtle way. Though written over a century ago, The Raven is still a well-studied and common poem today. Due to its powerful literary devices, it still portrays the heartbreak and different depressive moods of Poe. “Shall be lifted—nevermore!” (Poe 108). In the last line of the poem, you can feel his intensity through the last repetition of “nevermore”.
William Shakespeare, a famous poet, writer, and playwright, followed in Petrarch’s footsteps and wrote 154 sonnets about men, beauty, love, and sadness. In this essay, the reader will understand how Shakespeare’s sonnets during the renaissance, can be connected to contemporary song lyrics of the twenty first century. His sonnet 147, will be compared and contrasted to singer Beyonce’s Hold Up, and his sonnet 152 will be compared and contrasted to singer Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good. These sonnets and songs, talk about love lost, the evils of love, and how not everyone walking this earth is pure at heart. William Shakespeare sonnet 147, is talking about a man, most likely Shakespeare himself, feeling as if love and everything that is involved with it is revolting and unhealthy.
The concepts of Death and Life in John Donne’s Divine Meditation X John Donne “is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. […] Donne's style is characterized by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations” (poemhunter). In his “Divine Meditation X” (also known as “Holy Sonnet X”), Donne addresses Death and presents an argument against its power. According to the speaker, such power is nothing but an illusion; so the end Death brings to men is just a temporary cessation from tediousness. Death’s power is subjected to other forces; it is a “slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men / And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell…” (lin.
ENG 361 Professor Prescott March 29, 2018 Falling for the Devil John Milton wrote one of the greatest epic poems of all time when he wrote Paradise Lost. The book portrays the story of man’s creation and fall while detailing the characters and plot beyond what the Bible teaches. When reading Milton’s poems, one must determine which character is the hero of the epic poem. One of the most controversial characters within the story is Satan. When thinking of a hero, the reader would normally presume the Messiah as the hero, or Adam, or perhaps even Eve.
In terms of more strictly literary influence, Bunyan’s impact has been surpassed, among English writers, by only Shakespeare and Milton. William Blake, for example, drew extensively on the apocalyptic and visionary nature of Bunyan’s allegorical works. Commissioned to create a series of sketches based on The Pilgrim’s Progress in the early 19th century, he wrote to a friend that he had “fought through a hell of terrors”, which made it possible to “travel on in the strength of the Lord God, as Poor Pilgrim
He continues to explain that in order to create this ‘spontaneous’ overflow of emotion, a poet has to recollect and contemplate emotion in tranquillity. A poet continues doing this until the feeling of tranquillity is disappearing and out of this a powerful emotion linked to the subject –be it a memory of the poet or anything else– will actually be produced in the mind of the poet and successful poetic composition may begin and carry on (Wordsworth 303-4). This resembles in a way the classical tradition of the invocation of a muse, a convention from Greek and Latin poetry which is especially used in epics, where the poet invokes a muse for aid and inspiration to write the poem (Baldrick). However, the force of inspiration to write good poetry is not invoked in Wordsworth’s case, but rather is evoked from the contemplations of the poet himself, inspired by memories, past events, nostalgia. This can be seen with Wordsworth’s poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud”, a poem inspired by an experience two years earlier than the poem was composed described in Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal (Greenblatt 334).