How Does Duffy reveal her attitude to war and soldiers? In The Falling Soldier, Duffy takes the opportunity to use the photograph of the man’s ‘last breath’ to try and rewrite history, creating several different pleasant images of what the photo could of been representing, compared to the harsh reality. Duffy in both The Falling Soldier and Last Post shows the same theme of her trying to show what she wished, could have happened to the innocent soldiers. ‘If poetry could truly tell it backwards, then it would’ this is Duffy basically telling us that if she could rewrite history with her poems then she would. In the poem The Falling Soldier, which is in relation to the photograph by Robert Capa, Duffy begins the poem by using colloquial language such as ‘flop’ and ‘kip’ to create a very casual everyday image about how the photo could be interoperated.
Whitman’s influence on Ginsberg is prevalent in the first sentence of “Howl” in which Ginsberg begins his poem with the line “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.” In Whitman’s “Song of Myself” the author begins his poem in a similar fashion stating, “I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume.” Both authors wish to connect with the readers and depict their personal thoughts. The use of the word “I” also emphasized ideas of individuality, drawing attention to the fact that society is made up entirely of individuals. Both poets used descriptive, non-rhyming poems written in streams of thought and broken down into long stanzas; otherwise known as free verse. In both Howl and Song of Myself, Ginsberg and Whitman give insight into the lives they lead by giving descriptions of themselves. Whitman describes himself as “Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart them, No more modest than immodest.” Whereas Ginsberg describes himself as “starving hysterical naked… wandered around and around at midnight in the railroad yard wondering where to go… lounged hungry and lonesome
The aftermath of the war was a complete an utter devastation when it came to casualties. The Civil War was documented as the deadliest in American History it caused about 620,000 soldiers death and an undetermined amount of civilian causalities; it ended slavery, restored the Union, and strengthened the role of the federal government. General Grant and General Lee were both graduates of West Point. General Lee graduated from West Point in 1829 second in his class and General Grant graduated in 1843 twenty-first in his class. While both great generals started, their military careers the same way the rest of their careers were very different.
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.
They advocated a return to the early 15thcentury Italian Renaissance, Rossetti was preferred use classical history and mythological images complete his artwork. Dante Gabriel Rossetti created “Beata Beatrix” in 1871-1872. Rossetti's work inspired a lot by Dante Alighieri. Dante's Vita Nuova is deeply influenced on Rossetti in this artwork. He painted a portrait of Elizabeth Siddall but actually is the character of Beatrice Portinari from a poem La Vita Nuova of Dante Alighieri; she is Dante’s longterm lover.
English 124-Literary Essay October 19, 2011 “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “The Soldier” Although the poems “Dulce et Decorum Est “by Wilfred Owen, and “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke, share the elements of writer passion and subjectivity, they differ with regards to tone, theme and literary devices. The lyrical poem, “The Soldier” was written during the period before the World War, and thus presents an unrealistic viewpoint of war. The speaker is simply regurgitating ideas and concepts about war instilled in him by his country England. The phrases, “England bore, shaped, made aware” and “the thoughts by England given” solidify this theory. It is evident that he has not physically engaged in warfare, nor has he observed the explicit nature of the battlefield because his focus remains on England, rather than the war itself.
The poems “How do I love Thee” and “My mistress’ Eyes are Nothing like the Sun” are beautiful Petrarchan sonnets with a common theme which is love. Both poets talk about his/her love for another person. Though they are Petrarchan sonnets, they both have their differences and similarities in their form, figures of speech and subject matter. ‘How do I love Thee?’ is a poem written by Elizabeth Browning in 1850 in which she explains her intense love for a man. This is a Petrarchan sonnet; made up of fourteen lines, contains an octave, sestet, and volte.
By discussing their lies and deception the poet allows the readers into the hidden truths of the two key characters by the back door. The structure of sonnet 138 and its word choice provide hints that there are more vital truths about its key characters the speaker in the sonnet and his mistress. Richard Levin quite accurately states that Shakespeare’s sonnet 138 is centred on the speaker’s personality by presenting him as an innocent youth to his mistress and a cynic to his readers (28). Without relying on imagery and metaphors, the poem directly describes the unconventional relationship between its speaker and his lover. By playing with words, the poem provides a justification for the flawed relationship thus constructing “mutual deception” as its obvious message.
Charlie Stack Mrs. Polomeni English II 27 October 2011 “Fire & Ice” The poem “Fire and Ice” written by Robert Frost was first published in the 1920s. Robert Frost is considered the bard of New England. He wrote in great depth that appealed simple to readers, but there was deeper meaning if you looked closely. Although poetry has many different interpretations because it is structured on opinion not fact, the poem “Fire and Ice’’ may seem to come off as the geological hell of the world, but if you look closely it portrays the theme of hatred and desire. The poem has a rhyme scheme of A, B, A, A, B, C, B, C, B.
Let not my love be called idolatry, Nor my beloved as an idol show, Since all alike my songs and praises be To one, of one, still such, and ever so. (105. 1-4) Bound by the conventions of the sonnet, Shakespeare used the form to explore the same themes as early Latin, Italian, and French verse. He treated the themes of the transient nature of youth and physical beauty, the fallibility of love, and the nature of friendship. Even the dominating conceit of Shakespeare’s sequence — the poet’s claim that his poems will confer immortality on his subject — is one that goes back to Ovid and Petrarch.