W. H. Auden Essays

  • W. H. Auden's 'Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus'

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    crossed W. H. Auden’s mind when he first saw Pieter Brueghel 's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.” In the painting it depicts a beautiful landscape on the seashore. Everybody is carrying about their business and chores; however, in the lower left hand corner there is a man 's legs coming out of the water. These are the legs of Icarus, who has recently fallen from the sky. William Carlos Williams writes in his poem Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, “The edge of the sea concerned with itself.” W. H.

  • Diction In The Unknown Citizen

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    Away from Omelas and The Unknown Citizen, Ursula Le Guin and W. H. Auden respectively convey an overarching theme: that perfect societies always have major kinks. They convey this theme by carefully choosing their diction, using vivid

  • Loss Of Grief Literary Analysis

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    Grief is so painful and enduring that different people will deal with it through unique and individual means. In the book, Hey Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland, the movie Three Colors: Blue by Krzysztof Kieslowski, and the poem Funeral Blues” by W. H. Auden, people suffer from the loss of their beloved ones and they are overwhelmed with grief. The characters in each of these works use various methods such as self-isolation,

  • Richard Cory Apathy

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    the subject in “Musée des Beaux Arts”. When the shipmen and plowman ignore the innocent boy falling from the sky, he continues to drown, much like Richard Cory’s situation. The speaker says “The plowman may have heard the splash, the forsaken cry” (Auden 16), representing the plowman and shipmen to society’s unwillingness to help because the “forsaken cry” was avoided. The ignorance of the “innocent” plowman and shipmen create an outcome of a young boy falling out of the sky—drowning—and Icarus burning

  • Emotional Pain In The Kite Runner

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    Make it Stop Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, explores deeply the topics of pain and punishment. He shows how the the pain characters receive affect their lives. Most characters suffer from physical pain, but what really haunts them is their emotional pain. Through his novel, Hosseini demonstrates how people often seek physical punishment in order to escape their emotional pain, but are not able to. Physical punishment is preferable due to the fact that emotional pain is much stronger than physical

  • Summary Of Louise Glück's 'Terminal Resemblance'

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    In Louise Glück’s poem “Terminal Resemblance,” the speaker tells about her relationship, or lack thereof, with her father. The speaker explains a relationship with their father, saying it is not existent. They have a conversation that is supposed to be meaningful, considering he is dying, but it seems to have no meaning to her at all. The speaker wishes her father the best and leaves him and her mother at the door, with the same relationship she had with him before. The poem seems to be about how

  • Death In Gothic Literature Essay

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    Life, war, death, and love are the main themes that touch the human soul and very often in literature, especially in masterpieces, we find them combined. Such kaleidoscopic pieces of literature, although fictional, empower ourselves to see life with different eyes and they plant in our brains the seeds of new attitudes and perspectives on life itself. In many cultures, mythologies and writings, death, far from being only an aspect or stage of life, is also a very important symbol. Death is illustrated

  • The Theme Of Love In Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

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    Introduction Sonnet 130 is considered to be in the group of poems addressing the so called ‘Dark Lady’, who the speaker hates, loves and lusts for simultaneously. In the Sonnet Shakespeare characterizes the Dark Lady’s appearance with metaphors, which are extraordinarily out of character for the Petrarchan traditions. Instead of lauding the unavailable mistress in the highest terms, as the Petrarchan tradition dictates, Sonnet 130 humorously mocks those traditions by ‘placing innovative pressure

  • See You Again Analysis

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    “See you soon” is a common phrase used by people as a form of saying goodbye; some use this phrase to make a goodbye less sad. Saying goodbye to a person is difficult, especially when he or she is a loved one. In the story of Destino by Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, a loved one is lost and the story is told in a way of flashbacks. In the song “See You Again” by Charlie Puth, a loved one is lost, but the story is told as a way to say “thank you for all of the good times” waiting for the day where

  • A Rose For Emily Modernism Analysis

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    AE 221.04 FINAL PAPER ARINÇ SAYIL 2015502231 Traces of Modernism in A Rose For Emily Through the lines of this work a short story “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner will be analyzed with a thematical approach in term of modernism. It is acknowledged by some authorities that modernist movement had taken place first in France. It ruled the world of literature roughly between 1884-1914. Basically modernism can be defined as philosophical movement which tries to innovate the ideas and rejects

  • Summary Of Anthem By Ayn Rand

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    True Purpose Ayn Rand’s novel, Anthem, is a glorified story about an individual trapped in a damned society. Prometheus is regulated by tacky and cruel laws and rules, but he is trying to find who he is and what his real reason in life is; not just what his city tells him to be. I believe these rules and laws exist because Ayn Rand wants to show the evils of collectivism. The Council controlling the city wants to create a world where everyone is treated exactly the same, in every way. The true

  • Anime And Manga Analysis

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    Anime and Manga are extremely unique forms of artistic expression which arose from years of cultural collaboration and blending between eastern and western cultures. Their creation is unique because never before in history has it been so easy to share ideas between cultures across the Pacific Ocean. Technological and communication advancements in the past 65 years have allowed for Anime and Manga to flourish as dynamic art forms unlike any other. Anime and Manga’s main theme is challenging current

  • Disorganized Syntax In Joyce Carol Oates's We Were The Muulvaneys

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    In an excerpt from her novel We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates uses disorganized syntax, detailed imagery, and repetition to characterize the speaker, Judd Mulvaney, as a young, curious boy, coming-of-age and suddenly aware of his maturity and of the realities of life. In the excerpt, Oates uses disorganized and unusual syntax to display the enormity of Judd’s revelation, thus alluding to his sudden awareness and depicting him as a young boy shocked by the brevity of life. As Judd comes to

  • Narcissus Ovid Analysis

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    Narcissus Forced to Face a Brutal Reality Was there ever a moment in your childhood when your dreams were shattered and you were forced to come to terms with a harsh reality of the world? In “Narcissus and Echo,” a section of Ovid's epic poem, Metamorphosis, Ovid details a particularly brutal coming-of-age narrative: that of Narcissus. Narcissus is a gorgeous-looking adolescent who attracts the love of men and women alike, but the love of all of his suitors is unrequited because Narcissus turns

  • Void In Law Poem Analysis

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    Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Void in Law” is a very powerful and emotional love sonnet, about a lady who had been deceived by the court and a man who she thought was her husband. Another powerful sonnet, is Robert Browning’s “Porphyria’s Lover” which is about a man who kills his lover to keep her from leaving him. This is a chilling and haunting sonnet which leaves the reader with an eerie feeling. These two poem’s have many similarities such as their main theme, and the fact that they are both

  • The Illusion Of Love In La Belle Dame Sans Merci

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    In “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” a knight has been put under the spell of some woman that he met in the forest. In “A Mother in a Refugee Camp” there is a mother who cares for her child. In “Remember” it is about the last wish of a dying lover. In these three poems they all represent love and they can all represent the illusion of love. But they are all very different when you look at the reasons of love and the reasons for the illusion of love. But in “A Mother in a Refugee Camp” there is the maternal

  • Julio Noboa Polanco Analysis

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    Living in a society today makes it hard for many teens and kids our age. We all struggle and stress about this one thing, standing out. This is such a huge thing now because they’re are so much people out there who are doing everything to stand out, We all struggle with this one problem but yet no one really cares talks about it. In this essay I will be talking about the poet Julio Noboa Polanco with his poem “identity”, how different he is to other poets, and lastly how he used his poetic elements

  • Struggling For Goodness In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

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    Struggling for Goodness Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 best selling dystopian novel, The Road, tells the story of a young boy and his father trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world. As they journey to reach the shore, they experience things they never dreamed of. To survive, the father is forced to make choices based on survival rather than kindness or decency. With each day and each violent encounter, the father’s actions become more animalistic and cruel. The Road demonstrates the further people

  • The Meaning Of War In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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    Hamlet Paper- Meaning of War War is a constant presence on our planet. Ever since the fall of man there have been personal disputes, conflicts between tribes and groups of people, and full-blown wars between nations or alliances. Although the United States may be in peacetime and the prospect of war is relatively far off, there are wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and many other countries that have claimed the lives of thousands of soldiers, as well as innocent civilians. When confronted

  • Comparing Matthieu's 'The Alchemy Of Suffering'

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    The average brain goes through multiple experiences each and every day that impact your emotions in various ways that one cannot control. The most enjoyable and complex emotion would have to be happiness. Happiness is ultimately subjective to the individual themselves based on the experiences they’ve had. According to author Daniel Gilbert who wrote Paradise Glossed explains that actions are also based upon emotions and that it drives the individual to do certain things. On the other hand, Author