The two stories Black Swan Green by David Mitchell and Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke are similar because both are about mentors and mentees in poetry. Both mentors have a young poet seeking help from them. The young poets both learn valuable lessons from the mentors on their writing. The mentors tell them to write what they think and about what they know and love. They tell the poets only to write if they need to write to live and want to dedicate their lives to it.
She also uses Ovid’s stories in order to depict morals throughout her fables. Throughout Marie de France’s Poetry, she adopts the work of Homer, the Bible, and Ovid through her detailed writing style, her devotion to family and God, and her use of morals. One aspect of Homer’s work that Marie de France adapts is the concept of one’s devotion to family. Throughout their
Walt Whitman: An American Poet Walt Whitman is held as one of the most influential and inspirational poets to ever grace American literature. His writings effected various ideologies about sexual expression, self-realization, and national identity, while also impacting civil and social movements of his time. Scholars today still attribute to his works many contemporary ideas about politics, gender roles, and economic/class disparities. Whitman’s poetry is believed to have been influenced by personal experiences, characterized by symbolism and his own personal technique. The writer’s life experiences provide a better understanding of his work, and an analysis of various poems by Whitman will be compared to a modern take on literature.
"Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins and "How to Read Poetry" by Gail Hemmeter both convey their viewpoint of understanding poetry. However, Gail Hemmeter's "How to Read Poetry" is more effective at conveying his viewpoint of understanding poetry. This is because he give a list of things to do in order to help understand poetry and he explains the different aspects of poetry and what they mean. In this essay I will be arguing why Gail Hemmeter's "How to Read Poetry" better conveys his viewpoint of understanding poetry. In Gail Hemmerter's "How to Read Poetry" he writes many questions to ask when trying to understanding poetry.
Claude McKay was a skilled poet known to most for his significance in the Harlem Renaissance. He began writing poetry in his late teen years to express his feelings toward the world around him- his views on racism, loss, love, and beauty. His poetry is known for its simplicity yet deep meaning, and his works were a key factor to the shaping of the Harlem Renaissance. Two specific poems by Claude McKay revealed to me his ability to capture two different ideas written in similar language: The Lynching and After the Winter. Though the poems discuss very different issues and portray their own distinct imagery, the language that the author uses results in them being similar.
The meaning of a poem can be expressed through literary devices such as a metaphor or symbolism. When we look at the poem “My Papa’s Waltz,” Symbolism and metaphor are used strategically by the author to express the meaning of a poem. A metaphor is comparing two unlike things without using like or as and symbolism is to give more meaning and life to a certain thing. The poem highlights the experience of a child who was living with an abusive, drunk father and a mother who could not stand up for herself or her child. The following lines exemplify the author’s use of symbolism and metaphor.
Chris Semansky’s critical essay on “Theme for English B” unravels what the poem Langston Hughes composed is about. Semansky gives many arguments as to what each part of the poem signified. For example, he explained that Langston’s poem could have been an act of rebellion to educate the teacher by the student. Also, it was to illustrate the student’s intellectual power and infinite identities. The “Theme for English B” was not only about who the student was in Semansky’s outlook, but also schooling the teacher about something much deeper than the surface.
The poet 's’ background influences their writing. “A Red, Red, Rose” by Robert Burns, “Ode to My Socks” by Pablo Neruda, and “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes are three examples of poems which use similes to help develop their theme. Langston Hughes is a famous Scottish poet and lyricist. He is seen as the national poet of Scotland.
“Your every grief like a blade shining and unsheathed....my sorrow must be laid on your head like a crown” (Cullen, 25-27 & 30-31).The author is trying to say that others can cause grief and sorrow and the connection of one another. In conclusion, both poems are about human connections, but the differences are the topic of the poems, one being about race and the other is about grief and sorrow. The significance of these themes are that both connections of others during the Harlem Renaissance. Both poems expresses the theme of human connections by using words to describe the connections between the author and the community, like the diversity between White Americans and African Americans. But the topic of both are different, Hughe’s is purely based on race, but Cullen’s is the connection of
Twelfth Night Research Project: The Letter Trick Part One: Suzanne Penuel described a great underlying influence of Shakespeare’s text, Twelfth Night by drawing multiple connections between various conversation and overlapping themes in her essay, “Missing Fathers: Twelfth Night and the Reformation of Mourning.” Many implications tied to the role of fatherhood were explored including rank (social status), procreation and a necessity for a man to be included for life to be physically reproduced, morality and its biological relationship to genetic implications of such a trait to be inherited, maturing and developing relationally (both when and how), the connection between paternal figures in a familial aspect and religious (specifically in regards to mournig), and the influence on various relationships as a father’s role (or absence) is a determining factor of developing a worldview. The main argument was Shakespeare’s
Langston Hughes had a short range of word choice. Many words were repeated in the poem like shadow, walls, sun, rose, and dark. As I Grew Older, by Langston Hughes, is a great poem that can capture a reader’s attention with imagery, syntax, and diction that is used throughout the poem. Langston Hughes used Imagery, syntax and diction in his poem to explain the challenge of overcoming many obstacles in order to reach his dream. This poem, although it was sad and depressing, became very uplifting towards the end as he found a way to break through the darkness and reach his dream in the
“Our sense of self is influenced by our interactions with our environment” The interactions a person encounters are an essential part in the formation of identity. In Peter Skrzynecki’s poem, Feliks Skrzynecki, a linguistic barrier between the father and son is present due to persona, Peter’s lack of cultural identity. The poem examines the relationship with his father explores how he has a constantly changing identity as he encounters his surroundings. Similarly, in Postcard, the persona’s identity is altered through the interactions he has with the environment around him. Using his poems, the poet attempts to establish that one’s identity is shaped from the difficulties they go through.