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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

O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done. The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; But O heart! Heart! Heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bell; Rise up-for you the

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

Since his first major poem, Howl, Allen Ginsberg has been a center of controversy. His poems talked about homosexuality before it was considered acceptable to discuss, and openly admitted his use of marijuana. He was an advocate of making it legal for adults to have sex with those under 18 years or age. Because of the views that Ginsberg had, his poems all have some common themes. One of the most prevalent themes however, especially in his more recent poetry, is anti-industrialism. In Gi

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