With Power Comes Responsibility In the greek mythology play, The Three Theban Plays, Sophocles entails the story of Antigone, a daughter who rebels against Creon and his rules of the city in order to bring justice and glory to her brother. But through this journey, King Creon’s character develops from a cold hearted figure of authority, to a humbled and remorseful king. He finally stands down under the Gods and their power, that soon, the entirety of Thebes comes to...
John Keats’s writing style is consistent of vivid, life-like imagery embodying many literal devices. But, what stands out is his theory of negative capability which plays a vital role in his odes. The crucial part of negative capability is not about being doubtful, hesitant, or about making confusing arguments. It is about encouraging compassion, understanding, and most importantly thinking outside of the box, outside their comfort zone. To begin with, in his ode, “Ode to a Nightingale”, Keats uses the...
In examining the ways in which odes and biographies challenge established concepts of authority, with reference to Phillis Wheatley’s ode ‘On Being Brought from Africa to America’ and Alice Walker’s ‘In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens’, context must be explored. The eighteenth-century was a time of societal interest in European colonial practice and Enlightenment imperialism. The long history of racial prejudice in Anglo-American society influenced oppression within the black community, which encouraged their exclusion from the established western literary tradition...
Alexander Pope’s ‘The Rape Of the Lock’ and Keats’ poems ‘Ode To Psyche, Ode on Melancholy, Ode On A Grecian Urn. I will be looking into how the subject and theme of beauty is represented within each text and presented in each piece of text. Although each poet discusses beauty they both show two different perceptions and views of beauty, that are shown through their writing techniques. My essay will analyse this and explore how Pope and Keats show this...
The political representation in genre in both Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ and Rankine’s Citizen collection are vastly different, with Rankine’s poetry aiming to convey specific political messages to her readership on cultural issues such as sexism and racism. Keats’ ode – and, indeed, the majority of his own poetry – is based on the Romantic poetic movement which has strongly influenced his work and his own style of writing. Nevertheless, the topic of gender and the role of...
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The conflict between life and art mimics that of a double-edged sword. Art is made to imitate life, simultaneously enhancing it while being elevated by it. In contrast, art inspires life, and life is ameliorated through the performance of art. The binary contrasts of life and art are broadly explored within the literature of the nineteenth century – particularly in poetry. Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”, and John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, though two vastly different...
An ode can be defined as a ‘ceremonious lyric poem on an occasion of dignity in which personal emotion and universal themes are united’ (Ode, 2012). Although hiphop music is usually known for it’s violent, and often, masculine lyrics, ‘Dear Mama’ the first single from Tupac Shakur’s album, “Me Against the World” produced in 1995, can be considered to be a modern ode. Tupac Shakur, popularly known as 2Pac is one of hip-hop’s most influential rappers. He wrote this song...
The speaker opens with a declaration of his own heartache. He feels numb, as though he had taken a drug only a moment ago. He is addressing a nightingale he hears singing somewhere in the forest and says that his “drowsy numbness” is not from envy of the nightingale’s happiness, but rather from sharing it too completely; he is “too happy” that the nightingale sings the music of summer from amid some unseen plot of green trees and shadows. In...