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“And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy” (“Edgar Allan Poe Quotes”). This quote by Edgar Allan Poe hints at the estranged life he lived. Edgar Allan Poe was a poet who suffered a life of hardships and whose only solace came from writing poetry (“Edgar Allan Poe”). Poe died at the age of forty in Baltimore, Maryland with the words, “Lord help my poor soul” (Loveday). The poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, which...
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‘A Dream Within a Dream’ by Edgar Allan Poe is a poem about the loss of love, the heartbreaking sadness that one faces, and the short nature of time. The poem is well known due to Poe’s various poetic devices that have been used to represent the intense context that Poe expresses in this poem. One can easily notice that Poe wrote this poem after he had lost someone he loved. Poe wrote the poem as a reflection of his...
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The first thing that needs to be emphasized here is that the Mariner is commonly not considered as a vampire. For centuries he has been considered more a figure of prophetic warning or the Wondering Jew. (USTE VAKVI LIKOVI One of the reasons could be his parallel with the Wandering Jew figure (explain the characteristics of the WJ from Bryan Fulmer and compare them to (some) the vampiric pointed out by Twitchell) The reason why the Mariner has escaped the...
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Born on January 19, 1809, writer, poet, and dramatist, Edgar Allan Poe, appeared to be fascinated with the notions of insanity and surrealism. These concepts laid the foundation for his writings, resulting in his work sticking out substantially among his 19th-century transcendentalist contemporaries. Poe was among the first writers to create works that embraced the then-emerging literary movement that is Dark Romanticism. Inverse to Transcendentalists, Dark Romantic poets concentrated on the inherent evil present throughout nature and society, causing their...
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Edgar Allan Poe is known as a major figure in literature and gothic poems and stories. He is one of the most consequential writers with a dark and miserable life. He was born on January 19, 1809, and most of his writing was reflected in his own reality of life. He was one of the first writers to try to make a professional living as an author. Edgar Allan Poe’s past life mirrors themes such as Loneliness and Grief, which...
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I picked the poems “Because I Could not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson and “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. Both these poems were narrative confessional. The subject matter chosen by both these poems to discuss was similar, but their perspective towards the idea differs significantly. In ‘Because I could not Stop for Death’, the speaker describes death as her fiance` and she can’t resist herself for the day of her wedding. It seems the speaker is waiting excitedly...
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The Odyssey is a poem written in ancient Greece by poet, Homer. In this poem, we are captivated by the series of obstacles that happen during the main character’s lengthy and dangerous journey home. We are introduced to Odysseus who is the King of Ithaca as he prepares to lead his army as a general in the Trojan War. The war in Troy proves to be a long and difficult one. However, it is brought to an end. Odysseus and...
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In their poetry, Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon all express very different perspectives towards war. Wilfred Owen in his poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” expresses the brutality of war and a sense of deception at being lied to by the propaganda and the government. However, in Rupert Brooke's poetry, he conveys a sense of patriotism towards the war. Siegfried Sassoon, on the other hand, portrays how war changes soldiers, turning them into human savages and highly affecting them...
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Emily Dickinson and Death Throughout Emily Dickinson’s 1,800 poems, about one quarter feature the subject of death. Although Dickinson penned a great many poems featuring death, there are no two which have precisely the same perception of it, and these perceptions can appear contradictory at times - Dickinson portrays death as alternatively tender, ominous, or simply inevitable. There is an ambiguity to the ways in which she gives shape to death and what follows it. Her poems focusing on death...
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Beneath's Identity and Independence in A Raisin in the Sun As adolescents and young adults, we all seek, sooner or later, to forge our own identities and become independent. In A Raisin in the Sun, a play written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1958, we follow Beneatha, an ambitious college student who dreams of becoming a doctor, as she explores her African roots while balancing her aspirations for freedom and agency. In Act I Scene 2, the conversation between Beneatha and...
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In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry an African American family, the Youngers, are presented with a great amount of money, from the husband’s life insurance. The family is faced with the difficult decision of how to spend the money, which leads to each family member wanting to use the money for different things. The wants of each character result in them acting in a different way in response to the presence of money. In Lorraine...
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In literature, a foil is a character that shows qualities that are in contrast with the qualities of another character. The importance of this is to shed light on the qualities of the other character. Foil characters may, but not always, be antagonists. Sometimes, alongside the protagonist, foils are even other characters. When an author uses a foil, they want to ensure that the reader picks up on important differences between the character’s traits and characteristics. Therefore, it is important...
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The Theme and Character Development in A Raisin in the Sun In Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”, the American Dream is explored through each character among the different generations during the 1950s. At the beginning of the play, we are introduced to the Youngers that live in Chicago’s Southside in a cramped apartment. We are introduced to Mama, Travis, Beneatha, Ruth, and Walter. However, Mama and Walter undergo major character development. The Youngers have different jobs but also...
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In the story, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the dichotomy of African American life is explored within the roles of Joseph Asagai and George Murchison; Boyfriends of Beneatha Younger. Asagai and Murchison represent this conflict. Despite both characters being attracted to Beneatha, George is Joseph’s polar opposite. George is a wealthy pedant, who values material success and embraces Western civilization. He is depicted as a rather callous man with a superiority complex, and he does not support...
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The film” Raisin in the Sun” by Lamaine Hansberry “ have problems throughout. It started off great with the whole family. Ruth started acting angry and funny with the whole family, but nobody knew what the matter was. Walter did a lot of things without his wife knowing . Everyone was staying together in one big house. Beneatha didn’t agree with several things that Walter was doing behind her back. Beneatha always acts differently from the other ones in the...
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A Raisin In The Sun is a drama that follows a poor family named The Youngsters. The family is mourning the death of the father of the family. Since he had insurance his family would receive a $10,000 insurance policy. Everybody wants a piece of the money, the movie shows how the battle for the money unfolds. The battle of the money started when the son Walter Lee decided that with the money he would purchase a liquor store so...
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Becoming A Man in A Patriarchy Society A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is a great fictional example of some of the struggles that African-Americans faced in the 1950s. Hansberry’s play is ultimately having a family as its center, where Mama, is trying to fight for the Younger family’s future under difficult circumstances during a time when discrimination was a major issue in the US. Throughout the entire play, Hansberry displays Walter Lee’s struggles in becoming a man...
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Category A, Overall Theatrical Experience The play, A Raisin in the Sun is fundamentally about dreams, as the main characters struggle to deal with the oppressive circumstances ruling their lives. The play further speaks on the issues affecting society then and today, such as unemployment, identity theft, racism, inflation, and corrupt mortgage brokers, all things that shatter people's dreams. Walter, for example, dreams about having money for him to afford to buy something for his family. Beneatha wants to go...
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“A Raisin in the Sun” is a playwright written by Lorraine Hansberry, an African American woman, in 1959. The film takes place in Hanberry’s birthplace, Chicago. The cast includes Claudia McNeil as Lena Younger, the mother of Beneatha Younger (Diana Sands) and Walter Younger (Sidney Poitier), and Stephen Perry as Travis Younger, the son of Walter Lee Younger and Ruth Younger (Ruby Dee). “A Raisin in the Sun” is a great family drama that teaches you about the value of...
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The biggest symbol in the story, Mama’s plant represents both Mama’s care, the dream for her family, and wanting success. In the beginning, momma is helping the plant to take care of it. She says that the plant never gets enough light or water, but she takes pride in how it nevertheless flourishes under her care. Her care for her plant is like her care for her children, despite a less-than-perfect environment for growth. The plant also symbolizes her dream...
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“A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry. A drama film created in 1959. The setting took place in Chicago. The main characters are viewed in my opinion as Ruth, Walter Lee, and Betty. Ruth is a caring person. Walter Lee is a selfish character. Betty is a mean character. The development of the movie was when the family got that 10,000-dollar insurance check. Then it changed when Walter Lee lost the money trying to invest. Overall, the movie was...
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For several of Hansberry’s characters, money is a promise of salvation, a gift to be stored up and fought for whenever possible. But as the story unfolds, the Younger family must repeatedly weigh their wish for material wealth against their wish for freedom. Beneatha, Walter, and the others ultimately choose abstract ideals-education, dignity, love-over easy alternatives that hold out the promise of more money. By dramatizing the crises they face before they arrive at these decisions, Hansberry shows that wealth...
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Mr. Lindner represents the racial people in society. He defines himself as the one in charge of Clybourne Park's development and welfare. During this introductory part, he seems polite and has visited with good intentions; he even tries to reason with the Youngers the reason as to why they should not move to Clybourne. But this is not well received by the Youngers, who genuinely understand his racial reasons and the true meaning of the 'welcoming committee' (Hansberry p.94). He...
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Poetic and lyrical compositions often employ the use of a variety of techniques to communicate their core themes and messages to the audience. In this case, the pastoral poem of ‘The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ by Christopher Marlowe holds a close correlation to a contemporary song by Billy Joel named ‘Only the Good Die Young’, where both of the pieces revolve around love and affection in which the authors profess romantic ideals to their beloved. In particular, the song...
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Texts are able to represent and explore the human experiences that shape our society and world. Have you ever felt like time was running past you? That the world kept spinning, while you just stood still? Time is a central theme in many of Kenneth Slessor’s poems, however it is primarily explored through ‘Out of time’ and ‘Wild Grapes’. Slessor has made it obvious that he is aware that time continues, whether we want it to or not, and this...
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Poetry is a type of literature that expresses emotions or an idea through poetic devices about a genre. Through powerful devices such as imagery, metaphors and similes, the reader deciphers the poem from the literal meaning to what the poet is actually trying to say. ‘The Loom of Time’, written anonymously, and ‘Package for the Distant Future’, written by Sylvia Kantaris, express emotions about time. ‘The Loom of Time’ explores time as a significant part of each individual’s journey through...
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Rime of the Ancient Mariner rests firmly on the philosophical mindset of the Romantics. Coleridge's lines in this poem are steeped in Romantic philosophy, the importance of love, love for humans, birds, and animals, and the dangers of rational thinking. Coleridge was one of the founders of the Romantic movement, a literary movement that developed in response to the Enlightenment in the early 19th century. Enlightened philosophy honors reason above all, and appears to have developed in the eighteenth century,...
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Both 'America' by Allen Ginsburg and 'I Am Waiting' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti respond to their American mainstream societies through the use of anaphora, form, and allusions. To begin, both poems effectively use anaphoras found in their titles that greatly emphasize their sentiments and opinions towards the society they lived in. For example, Ginsberg uses the term 'America' at the beginning of multiple verses to personify America as the receiving end of his demands and remarks concerning the actions and behavior...
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The poem is divided into an octave, the first eight lines of the poem, and a sestet, the last six lines. Between the octave and the sestet is the volta which is signified by the word “But” in the first line of the sestet. This turning point in the poem represents the speaker’s return to the present. The octave is different from the sestet in that the speaker is describing the arrival of Judgement Day but in the sestet, the...
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In this essay, I will analyze two poems. I will aim to discuss the main themes that are evident throughout the poems, as well as how the writers show these themes through the structures of the poems. The two poems which I will analyze are The Soldier and In Flanders Fields. The first poem which I will look at is The Soldier, written by Rupert Brooke in 1914. The poem is still used today in remembrance ceremonies when remembering the...
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