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Wilfred Owen Wilfred Owen was a famous British war poet in World War I. The horrible violence of war turned Owen into a poetic genius. In a two-year period during the war, Owen published only four of his poems, and grew from a negligible minor poet into a famous English-language poet. His poems were antiwar poems of his life in trench warfare. Wilfred Owen the son of Tom and Susan Owen was born on March 18, 1893, in Oswetry, England. He was educated at the Birkenhead institute and a

Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939, the eldest member of a family which would eventually contain nine children. His father owned and worked a small farm of some fifty acres in County Derry in Northern Ireland, but the father's real commitment was to cattle-dealing. There was something very congenial to Patrick Heaney about the cattle-dealer's way of life to which he was introduced by the uncles who had cared for him after the early death of his own parents. The poet's mothe

Sense of Humanism in Wordsworth's Poems One might say that the great guiding principle of the Romantic revolt was reinvigorated humanism, which was greater than any since the Renaissance. The principle dealt greatly with individualism. Humanism affected every cycle: politics, philosophy, religion and arts. Generally, Wordworth is considered a poet of nature, and yet we could sense the doctrine of humanism in his works as well. His poems suggest that he thinks highly not only of nat

Marlowe Cut Short Christopher Marlowe, the author of many wonderful poems and plays, was born on February 6, 1564, the same year that the infamous William Shakespeare was born. Marlowe was raised in Canterbury, England and attended King's School in Canterbury in 1579 and 1580 after which he received a scholarship to Corpus Christi College in Cambridge and was expected to take a post in the Anglican Church. Marlowe received his bachelor of arts degree in 1584 and his masters in 1587. The co

Ryan Schmidt English 114 David Upchurch 10/2/96 Words on "To His Coy Mistress" Either you have sex with me or you die. This is a very strong statement which, when said, has to get someone's attention; and that is exactly what Andrew Marvell intends for the reader in this poem. He wants the undivided attention of this mistress so that he can scare her and rush her into making a decision the way he wants and in due time. Filled with time flavored symbolism, this carpe diem poem, "To H

Robert Hunter had his poetic beginnings in the Palo Alto, CA coffeehouse scene in the mid-sixties. It was there that he began writing poetry and found his future song writing partner Jerry Garcia. Although Hunter had been writing poetry for several years, his career did not begin in earnest until 1967, when he mailed the lyrics to "St. Stephen", "Alligator", and "China Cat Sunflower" to his friend Garcia and the Grateful Dead. He was almost immediately taken on as the primary lyricist for t

Early Modern Conceit The Early Modern Period was an era full of self concern. To say it was a selfish period may be going too far, but the people definitely were consumed with their causes. It was during this time that Columbus sailed and conquered the new world. The English were claiming land everywhere. Henry VIII was "Supreme Head on Earth" of the English church, (as if the English church actually existed anywhere else on Earth ), the undisputed religious and political master. Theater

Sylvia Plath was a remarkable twentieth century American poet. Her poetry focused on depression, aspects on suicide, death, savage imagery, self-destruction and painful feelings of women. Plath attempts to exorcise the oppressive male figures that haunted her life served as one of the fundamental themes in her poetry. Her poetry is a good example on how suffering and transformation could be within traditional poetic contexts (Initiation p.142). She also believed that a poem must give an e

Preface No other author we have read so far in this class has grabbed my attention and interest as Tu Fu did. It could be that as a history major I strive to discover what the past holds, and Tu Fu is an excellent primary source. Or it could be that I can relate to the Time of Troubles, since many of my family have perished in civil strife, concentration camps and war. Still, his poems are full of emotion, virtue, sincerity and realism. It is the latter that I will try to emphasize my

On January 10th, 1887, John Robinson Jeffers, most well known as simply Robinson Jeffers, was born outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents were somewhat of an odd fit. His father, Dr. William Hamilton Jeffers, was an extremely intelligent yet “reserved, reclusive person” who married a happy upbeat woman who was 23 years younger than himself (Coffin). Despite their age and personality differences, Dr. Jeffers and Annie Robinson Tuttle had a secure marriage.