His growing interest in individuality eventually expands into literature where he expresses his stances on the subjects. Even his style can be drawn to the idea of secluding himself, but he wants others to read his works as he did and make their own conclusions about them. Essentially he creates a cycle in which all life is centered upon, romantic literature. The life of William Blake, his inquisitive nature, and the substance of the poem “The Tyger” all influence his poetry. The influences in Blake’s life are all rooted around his childhood, which he used to focus on his thoughts about religion and family.
Compare how ideas about love are presented in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and Barrett-Browning’s Sonnet 43. In the course of the essay, I will compare and contrast both poems’ idea of love. Both poems generally give a positive overview of love; both poets suggest that love is never ending and can battle through bad situations. Shakespeare’s sonnet takes the form of argument, talking about the unchanging and eternal qualities of love whilst Browning’s sonnet is like a direct poem to her husband discussing the nature of her love for him. Shakespeare starts the poem with the imperative “let me not to the marriage of true minds” which sets the tone and exploration of true love.
William Blake’s writing have been viewed as going against the grain primarily because he wrote about controversial issues, the fall of man, heaven and hell and politics. What enabled Blake to write these poems is the time he and other poets like William Wordsworth and John Keats lived in which according to the British Literature timeline was classified as the Romantic period characterized by the vast amount of freedom of spirit writers expressed which often challenged the church and portrayed Blake as a radical. () Whilst he was not against Christianity he greatly opposed the church and has been seen as a gnostic believing in Jesus and God but not the church or rather the role the church played then in society. This is because the church and politics were greatly linked and thus the church was ignorant of the state of society and its evils that existed and where fueled by industrialization contrary to the bible this is expressed in the poem chimney sweep where children are abandoned by parents to go to church. "They think they have done me no injury, And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King," ironically Jesus says in the bible “let the little children come to me” Mathew19:14.
Life is earnest!” (Longfellow). The third line of this stanza contains an allusion to the book of Genesis, further developing an admonition of the superficial, depraved views of human life occasionally presented in religion (Poetry for Students). Although the mortal body dies, the true source of life, the soul, will always live on. The third stanza moves away from arguing the reality of life and presents the theme of the poem. It reminds the reader that simple emotion such as joy or sorrow pale in comparison to the importance of action in life.
John Donne, a ‘metaphysical’ poet caught in between the ages of the Renaissance and the Romantic era, is a man who displays both great passion and great reservation in his works, wrote a poem by the title of “A Valedictorian: Forbidding Mourning” in which the speaker must part with his love. He calls for her not to mourn but, rather, to accept the reality of their situation and move on. This quite the opposite of a poem by Christopher Marlowe who wrote, in his short poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”, of a farmer, desperate for love who wishes nothing so much as to live together, never part, and flaunt their love everywhere. The two men seem to have differing views on the subject of love. One speaks of loss, the other of gain.
Write about the ways Browning tells the story in lines 191-269 of ‘Fra Lippo Lippi’ ‘Fra Lippo Lippi’ is a poem concerning a young painters life and the social as well as religious views surrounding his work. The painter, who is also a monk, is restricted from painting the realistic perception of the people and Browning uses many structural techniques to portray Lippi’s frustration. Browning tells the story in a blank verse as a dramatic monologue, directly addressing the situation and giving the poem a deeper meaning. The poem’s structure is imperfect with no rhyme and an imbalance of verses to lie in parallel with the central idea that paintings should be imperfect too. Browning’s use of voice portrays Lippo’s point by objectively capturing a character outside of himself.
It is also reflective of his style of love, as he sees it as a stubborn enduring thing ; Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds.’ Here Shakespeare wants to portray that love transcends human behaviour and is one of the purest aspects of human character. The poets write very
By expressing a point of view through the use of a character, Eliot fulfills another requirement of a dramatic monologue. Some scholars argue this as a free verse poem bearing no resemblance to Eliot’s life. Splitting the work into three stanzas, Eliot correlates the poem to his life as follows: unhappy marriage and life, a journey from his troubling beginnings, and in the end finding enlightenment through religion. This reveals that “The Journey of the Magi” is much more than a simple bible story regarding the Three Wise Men. Upon first inspection of reading the poem, the reader might develop a sense that Eliot’s is only writing about the journey of the three Magi trying to reach the baby Jesus.
“Good poets make readers think about their own lives not only by What they say but how they say it” A personal reflection. The value of poetry to me is its power to move my emotion with ideas. Poets depict their experiences using words, creating feelings in me about situations I think about but may never experience. Poems act like art; somehow they bypass the conscious and go straight to the heart. The two poems I wish to discuss are, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, which is about the senseless waste of young lives on the battlefields of World War One, and “Dulce et Decorum Est” which is about how fighting wars for your country isn’t sweet and patriotic, but war is actually a waste of lives.
An Erotic Marriage Argument: A Discussion of John Donne’s “The Flea” A discussion of the John Donne poem “The Flea” in reference to the relation between the erotic and religious language found throughout, finds relevance in almost every line of the poem. The two seemingly opposite ideas exist in a congruent fashion without compromising the positions the entities stand upon. Although Donne’s agenda when composing “The Flea” is not certain, the tone and the subject of his other work give the reader a good impression as to the poetry‘s meaning. However, when examining poetry one’s ultimate interpretation develops from a singular experience, without the aid of other works of the author to use in reference to that which is interpreted. Donne’s use of double meanings in the language of the poem result in a reading where two ideas come together in interpretation Donne, in “The Flea” uses erotic, as well as religious language in order to communicate his thoughts concerning the relationship between marriage and love making.