With these events occurring, I believe the happening of another World War could occur. It would only be fitting in this situation if we introduce to you all, a man whose poems portrayed war in a completely different perspective and how his own personal experience of the war has impacted us. With his many famous poems including Dulce Et Decorum Est. and Futility. Won’t you please now welcome … Wilfred Owen!
The most influential and distinctive poets of the American literature are undoubtedly Walt Whitman (1819 -1892) and Emily Dickinson (1830 -1886). When reading the poems of both writers one can realize that there are differences and similarities with respect to their literary style. The similarities that can be found between the poems of both authors are that both are targeted by the literary language and poetic structure which both use in their poems. There are also similarities in the way that both authors write about the same themes such as love, nature, death and religion. Both were as well the founders of their own styles of writing.
The short story is an important genre in American literature. For a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, the rise of the middle class and the expansion westward (which gave most American leisure time and created a perfect atmosphere for this mode of literature to blossom), the short story exploded in popularity in the early stages of American history. One of the preeminent authors of this mode was Edgar Allan Poe. His tales are often gothic, macabre short stories, so it is no surprise that “A Cask of Amontillado” deals with death in some capacity. Robert Frost was an American poet from the early twentieth century.
In American romantic poems, as in all poems, tone plays a big part in the image that Bryant is trying to portray and the emotion he is trying to create in the reader. In the first stanza of the poem, the tone is sad, dark, and depressing. “The breathless darkness, and the narrow house, make thee to shudder, and grow sick at heart” (12-13) shows that by using descriptive words like “breathless” and “narrow,” Bryant successfully creates a gloomy tone to the stanza. The second stanza continues the unpleasant tone, as described in lines 25-30, which say “Thine individual being, shalt thou go to mix forever with the elements, to be a brother to the insensible rock, and to the sluggish clod, which the rude swain turns with his share, and treads upon. The oak shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mold.” The description of being buried with rocks under a plowed farm and being victim to the oak’s invasive roots certainly brings an unpleasant feeling to the reader.
Question: Outline the important ideas in Owen and Sassoon's poetry and how those ideas are conveyed to the responder. In your response make detailed reference to at least two of the poems set for study. Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, both famous war poets of their time and today have recounted the reality and the aftermaths of war through the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. Owen and Sassoon, one an officer and the other a soldier of World War I has expressed, protested and revealed the untold reality of war. Their use of poetic techniques such as free verse and solid imagery has helped society in understanding the harsh veracity of conflicts, as well as the mood and opinions of the men caught up in the war.
Each story is unique in its own way. “A Visit from St. Nick” is a poem that has had an impact on many Americans for years. The author, Clement Clarke Moore, was a poet who was born on July 15, 1779. Clement Clarke Moore was a graduate of Columbia College
Whitman's Contributions to Transcendentalism Transcendentalism was a group of ideas in literature, religion, culture, and philosophy that developed in the 1830s in the United States as a protest against the general state of culture and society (“Transcendentalism - New World Encyclopedia”). Ralph Waldo Emerson was considered to be one of the widest known Transcendental authors (McNamara). Emerson wrote an essay titled "The Poet" in which he asks for a "new voice"; a gentleman named Walt Whitman did everything he could to try to be this voice. Walt Whitman wrote a poem title "Song of Myself" in which he portrayed many of the nature-related traits of a transcendental writer. Transcendentalists believed that a relationship between man and nature, and that the heightened awareness of this relationship would cause a "reformation" of society away from materialism and corruption (“The Movement and Its Characteristics”).
It is purely human nature to be disturbed by the slowest of all runners, Death. Seeing the impermanence of the world about them, humanity is not used to the finality of death, and is therefore confused by it. Walt Whitman also felt this loss of direction when Abraham Lincoln died, and he dealt with it by writing “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.” In this poem, Whitman incorporates Lincoln’s legacy and his won personal feelings through the vivid imagery of lilacs and the symbolism of the hermit thrush. Whitman’s elegy bears many commonalities to Lincoln’s life. At the beginning of both the poem and Lincoln’s life, he was born on a farm, “near an old farmhouse” (Whitman 12).
In this line Clare is claiming that this experience of first love is so dramatic that it overpowers our senses. Here he is touching on a claim often related to true love which gives a more life altering feel to the experience of first love he is portraying. Throughout the second stanza, John Clare is attempting to describe first love as a mind blowing experience leaving him dazed, ‘took my eyesight away’. The most common reference to brain alteration is a drug; Clare may be touching on a very common romantic stereotype that love is a drug in itself. This enables him to present the experience of first love as more intriguing and romantic.
Walt Whitman and Transcendentalism For this paper I have selected Walt Whitman, a 19th century exaggeratedly appreciated American poet, who is considered to be among the pioneers of modern American poetry. Walt Whitman is considered to be the founding father of American tradition of English poetry. In 19th century, no other nation was so crazy about carving its own identity as was American nation. In their craze of new culture and tradition, they made some deliberate changes in their literature. The whole point was to be different from the England’s literary tradition who were their former masters.