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Rhythm, Meter & Action in Pope's The Rape of the Lock  Liana R. Prieto (February 1998)  Pope uses paces and rhythm to emphasize the climax of the poem. Caesuras and variations in the pattern serve to quicken or slow down the action and elicit an emotional reaction from the reader. The Rape of the Lock is a strongly structured poem with five foot iambic base feet, medial caesuras, and couplets with end-rhyme. Substitute feet, which contain variations in the iambic meter, and

"A Lecture Upon the Shadow": The faults of a metaphor Liana R. Prieto (March 1998)   "A Lecture upon the Shadow" seems to be a poem signaling the inevitable decline of love, but it is not. John Donne metaphorically equates the rising and setting of the sun with a love affair. The metaphor says that love grows, reaches a peak, and then quickly declines, as does the sun in its daily course. The metaphor applies if the poem were meant to be a subtle way for the narrator to inform hi

Thomas Hardy's crude war Many war poems do not glamorize war. They show an honest look at the battlefield showing the irony, crudeness, and cruelty of war. Thomas Hardy communicates these ideas in his poems, "Channel Firing," Drummer Hodge," and "The Man he Killed." In all of these, he shows how war is crude, not glamorous. In "The Man he Killed," Hardy shows the reader the irony of war. In this poem, the reader is shown irony of situation, where there is a discrepancy between actual

John Keats was an amazing poet during England's Romantic Movement. He produced extraordinary work in his short 25 year life span. "...Had he lived it is possible that he would have taken his place among the 'big three' of English Literature - Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton" ("Before You Read" par.1). Keats achieved such a remarkable accolade despite a less than desirable childhood. Born on October 31, 1795, he was raised in Moorsfields, London where he was the eldest of four children.

When Faced With the Raven Of all works of poetry, few are as well known as Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." It's narrative nature and a gothic, gloomy ambient appeal to the human's appetite for entertainment, and this makes "The Raven" very popular among all kinds of readers. This, along with a romantic, tragic theme helped "The Raven" to become Poe's best poem. Yet there is more to this masterpiece then just an intriguing story. "The Raven" explores the coherence of a man who

An Old Man
In William Shakespeare's play King Lear, three of Lear's extended speeches relate
to the play as a whole and are significant in revealing his character. In Lear's extended
speech beginning with "Peace Kent," (I, i, 123) Lear rages over Cordelia's lack of servility
towards him. Later, Lear denounces both of his evil daughters, Goneril and Regan, in an
extended speech beginning with "O reason not the need." (II, iv, 263) Finally, in act 4,
scene 6, Lear

Best known for his poems and short fiction. Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous American poets. He deserves most credit for short suspenseful mysteries and he perfected the area of horror stories. He wrote many famous poems like "The Raven" and "The Bells". Poe was a genius and very meticulous in his stories every clue had to fit and that's why he didn't make a lot of short stories but a small collection of great short stories. He was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. Both of his par

Bowen 1 Musical and Religious Influences on Sidney Lanier's Poetry Arguably, a writer's works reflects many influences. After all, a writer is a product of his background, his times, and his geographical location, among other factors. Sidney Lanier was no exception. Like all other writers, he inevitably drew from his own experiences to create his works. An outstanding Southern poet, he wrote poetry widely recognized for its musical quality and religious feeling. Sidn

Indians Of Early America Long before Columbus discovered America their were a lot of people living here. Their tribes lived in many different regions. Each region had a different environment that helped explain the cultures of the tribes that lived in each region. I am going to describe these cultures and show how they had differences and similarities. The first region is Eastern Woodlands. The people in the Eastern Woodlands got their food in many ways. They got it by hunting, farmi

Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 3, 1926. His father, Louis Ginsberg, was a published poet and a high school teacher. His mother, Naomi, was a radical Communist, paranoid, psychotic, and died in a mental institution in 1956. Ginsberg also had a brother who became a lawyer in Paterson, New Jersey. Ginsberg's childhood was very complicated. Ginsberg's mother only trusted him and thought that the rest of the family and the world was plotting ag