W. H. Auden Essays

  • Thomas Hardy's Love: The Themes Of Orpheus And Eurydice

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    Orpheus and Eurydice are portrayed as being a tragic love story. Orpheus is deeply in love with his wife whom dies from a bite of a snake. We view how the death deeply affected him. Within Thomas Hardy’s poem he discusses the emotions he felt during the time that his wife passed away. This can come in comparison with Orpheus since he also lost his wife. They become delusional in terms that Hardy feels as though his wife is talking to him within the wind thus in comparison to Orpheus who is willing

  • Summary Of Ezra Pound's Portrait D Une Femme

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    This essay analyzes Ezra Pound's poem ("Portrait D'un Femme") and T.S. Eliot's poem ("Portrait of a Lady") We will compare and contrast portraits of the different ladies. Firstly, it is necessary to state that these poems do not display a poetic construction of the female subject. We will appreciate several common aspects with respect to form, content and style undertaken by these two different poems. "Portrait D'une Femme" and "Portrait of a Lady" were written in the early period of Pound's and

  • 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

  • Themes Of Death In Horror Literature

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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

  • 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

  • Summary Of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Void In Law

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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

  • Analysis Of Narcissus And Echo

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Day Came Slow Till Five O Clock Analysis

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    A Close Reading of The day came slow, till five o’clock, by Emily Dickinson The poetry of Emily Dickinson is notable for its simplicity of verse, peculiar capitalisation, and unusual, irregular punctuation. The simplicity of her poetic style however does not emulate an unsophisticated treatment of her themes, nor does it shy away from political motifs. Emily Dickinson grew up in the nineteenth-century in the rural parts of New England. Nature is therefore a common scene within her poetry. She had

  • Summary Of Individualism In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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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 Film 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

  • Summary Of Vijay Tenduular's 'Kayadaan'

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    VIJAY TENDULKAR’S ‘KANYADAAN’: A PLAY OF MODERN INDIAN REALITY LIFE/VIJAY TENDULKAR’S ‘KANYADAAN’ IS A PLAY OF DALIT CONSCIOUSNESS/ VIJAY TENDULKAR’S ‘KANYADAAN’ IS A CASTE-Oriented Play Abstract:Vijay Tendulkar is an icon of the avant-garde Indian Theatrical Movement of Modern era. His play “Kanyadaan” depicts the problem of untouchability in the Indian society and the Violence and Disillusionment of the Indian modern youth. It is a two-act five-scene play written tightly with only seven

  • The Importance Of Happiness In Daniel Gilbert's Paradise Glossed

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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

  • 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

  • Analysis Of Cormac Mccarthy's Struggling For Goodness

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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

  • Summary Of Caravaggio's Narcissus In Rome

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    It is “foolish men” who fail to see that acute insightfulness is a vehicle for precise thinking. Nevertheless, the speaker shuns drawing conclusions about whether the creation of art contributes to, or ease madness, by attributing her speculations to theories others have proposed. In the final lines of the poem, however, she endorses the decision to explore dark corners of the mind and expand the limitations of the self by drawing attention to the affective dimension of the work, the beneficent effect