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Geoffrey Chaucer was a well-known writer of the fourteenth century. He lived and wrote in a time when England was in a transformation. Medievalism still was a dominant influence in the lives of Englishmen, but the renaissance had assumed definite form and the country stood on the threshold of the modern world. This century was filled with social, political, literary, and religious ferment. In these times this man of the people began to write The Canterbury Tales. The Canterbury Tales w

Essay on "The Centaur" May Swenson's poem "The Centaur," reveals the endless bounds of a child's fancy. It radiates a feeling of adventure and discovery typical of youth. Such elements as language, imagery, structure, and point of view serve to spotlight the girl's imagination. The language in this poem is characteristic of the innocence of a young girl. In selecting " . . . a fresh horse from [her] stable . . . which was a willow grove" (ll. 6-7), the girl instantly enters her dream

Emily Dickinson spent a large portion of he life in isolation. While others concerned themselves with "normal" daily activities, Emily was content to confine herself to her house, her garden, and her poetry. Due to her uncommon lifestyle, she was considered odd and was never respected as the great poet she is now recognized as. Living life as an outsider, her poems are written from a perspective we are not used to seeing in our popular culture. Even so, her works contain such themes as human

A Comparision Between Poe and Fisher Poetry is unique among forms of literature in that it is a portal of expression governed not by rules of prose or grammar, but only by the fluidity of motion involved with preserving and crystallizing chemical and electrical impulses on paper in the form of awesome, omnipotent, language. One of the most common themes expressed in poetry is love--love's joys, love's luminescence, love's treasured, pleasurable pain, loves fulfillment, love's repudiation,

Arthur Brouthers English 102-018 Instructor: S. J. Glassberg 6/17/97 "Society's Mindless Assumptions in "Nikki Rosa" and "Richard Cory" Nikki Giovanni's " Nikki Rosa " and Edwin Arlington Robinson's " Richard Cory " both reveal that monetary wealth does not bring forth happiness . Each poem embodies unexpected conclusions which lead the reader to realize that the true lives of the speaker are misconceived by society's narrow minded use of assumption and face values . Richard Cory, a

When I first looked at this piece, it reminded me of Bill Watterson's poems from the front of Calvin & Hobbes anthologies, like "The Yukon Song" from page three of Yukon Ho! ("We'll never have to go to school,/Forced into submission,/By monstrous, crabby teachers who'll/Make us learn addition."). This was primarily because the outward subject of the poem is immediately apparent: a woman complaining about her baby son. It is not hidden behind a shroud of metaphors and images, re

Money: An Introductory Lecture by Howard Nemerov This piece is, on the surface, an analysis of the symbols on an Indian head nickel. However, these analyzations can themselves be analyzed for further meaning which subtly attacks the very foundations of America. The nickel itself is a symbol of American modernization and industrialization, representing greed, power, ambition, and expansion. Nemerov starts with the back. He notices first how oppressed and burdened the bison, whi

Next Day by Randall Jarrell I think, generally, people wish they were somewhere or someone else, no matter where they are or how objectively good their situations are. They're not really complaining; consciously they know things are going relatively well for them, but there is always that nostalgia for more romantic times past, or that nagging what if in the back of the mind. These feelings, which more or less everyone has more or less all of the time, are what Randall Jarrel

Roads "Do not follow where the path may lead... Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Robert Frost Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey, life. There is never a straight path that leaves one with but a sole direction in which to head. Regardless of the original message that Robert Frost had intended to convey, his poem, "The Road Not Taken", has left its readers with many different interpretation

Porpheria's Lover vs. My Last Duchess by Daniel Vila The similarities between Robert Browning's two poems, My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover, are uncanny, as they can be compared in theme, plot, style, language, perspective and various other ways. The two poems make the same statement concerning men and love and men and their relationship with women. In both poems, the male narrator looks like a jelous, overbearing tyrant, and the woman a passive victim of circumstance. Neither poem