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  1. Contrasts and Unity in Lycidas

    may well be deliberate. Take, for example, the case of the first line. The sentiment expressed is as out of place as the bachelor rhyme. Milton had at that time written verses on certain insignificant individuals but no one deserving 'Laurels' and therefore the 'once more' is inexplicable. This particular eccentricity can easily be rectified. Firstly the first line could be deleted. Then in the second line delete the words 'brown with' and replace with 'Laurels'. The first stanza is now balanced in rhyme and metre. Bearing this in mind, Milton's eccentricities seem premeditated.

    • Essay length: 1530 words
  2. Kubla Khan and its Relation to Romanticism

    This also introduces an idea of the lack of human understanding that recurs at the end of the poem, one of the common elements that tie the poem's seemingly two-part separate structure together. Xanadu's walls enclosed 'gardens bright with sinuous rills.' These gardens represent the Garden of Eden, or a natural paradise on Earth. The degree of nature in this paradise is such that, although it is a biblical reference, it is still connected to pagan and romantic ideals. The 'sinuous rills' flowing through this garden can be taken as two different metaphors.

    • Essay length: 3943 words
  3. Jean-Baptiste Molire's Don Juan has all the outward appearances of seventeenth-century French farce - the stage settings are surreal, the costumes are ludicrous, and the wordplay is witty.

    The full French title of the play is Dom Juan, ou le Festin de Pierre, the latter phrase of which may be variously translated as "the stone banquet" or "the stone guest." (Perhaps Molière has various permutations of meaning in mind.) Regardless, the inclusive title points to the end of the play in which an enlivened statue, a sepulchral golem-having been invited to a feast at the house of the protagonist-warns him of his impending doom. As the denouement of the play, perhaps this is the point that Moliére is trying to make: there is a connectedness in the universe; disrupting that continuum can lead to destruction.

    • Essay length: 1436 words
  4. In order to be able to discover the relevance Milton and Paradise Lost still have today in a post-modernist society, I believe that it is imperative to first be able to understand and appreciate Milton in the context and times in which this epic, Paradise

    Thus it is not surprising that the text of Paradise Lost is liberally sprinkled with references to the colonisation of America, (p.11) such references are interesting still to today's reader of Paradise Lost. This is due to the fact that the world is still reeling from the effects of colonisation. Although such events took place so many years ago, ripples still have an effect on today's society. One instance where we can se the detrimental effects of colonisation still taking place today is in Ireland.

    • Essay length: 2583 words
  5. John Milton's "Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce" argued that the most valid reason for divorce was that of incompatibility and his prophetic vision of this

    The current Alberta Divorce Act allows divorce on the basis of marriage breakdown due to incompatibility. Incompatibility, at it applies to the divorce act, is not as simple as a couple simply declaring that they are no longer compatible and therefore should be divorced. Before incompatibility causing marriage break down can be established at least one of three criteria must be met: "(a) the spouses have lived separate and apart for at least one year immediately before the divorce judgment (b) one spouse has committed adultery or (c) one spouse has committed physical or mental cruelty".

    • Essay length: 1938 words
  6. Professor: Arnie Kantrowitz

    Her aunt's later breakdown and hospitalization also traumatized her Anne disliked school. Her inability to concentrate and occasional disobedience prompted teachers to urge her parents to seek counseling for her--advice her parents did not take. In 1945 they sent her to Rogers Hall, a boarding school in Lowell, Massachusetts, where she began to write poetry and to act. After graduation she briefly attended what she called a "finishing" school. Anne's beauty and sense of daring attracted many men, and at nineteen she eloped with Alfred "Kayo" Sexton II, even though she was engaged to someone else at the time.

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  7. By means of what textual strategies does Milton seek to 'justify the ways of God to man' in Paradise Lost

    Paradise lost, in asserting 'Eternal Providence', attempts to uncover the hidden pattern of history in the context of a universe under God's control. So why did Milton feel a poem of this type was necessary? Upon returning from a fifteen-month long tour of the continent, spent mainly in Italy, Milton set about defending the liberties of the English people, 'God's chosen race', as he put it, from the tyranny of Charles I. Between 1641 and 1651 the poet published a number of political pamphlets arguing in favour of parliament and against a hierarchical Church government.

    • Essay length: 2351 words
  8. Humanism in Dante and MiltonHumanism had a profound impact on European society during the Renaissance

    Humanism, literally "the study of man", can be defined as an awakening of the self. Humanism emphasized both the study of the classics and the "liberating arts", arts that liberate the mind. The study of moral philosophy, history, grammar, rhetoric, and poetry allowed humanists to broaden their minds, become worldlier, and more individualized. Whereas before the Renaissance, Europeans had defined themselves as part of the collective, humanists began to define themselves as individuals. Whereas the Medieval thinkers had embraced the teachings of the Church, humanists distanced themselves from the Church by their intense study of the classics and the liberal arts.

    • Essay length: 1469 words
  9. A Voice of Internal Conflict.

    Phrases such as "Corpses are scattered through a paradise" (4) and "his wars dance.."(19) combine the presence of violence with positive concepts. The speaker is mocking the brutality by describing it using the words "paradise" and "dance", that are normally associated with celebration and bliss. He refuses to accept the motives of the white men and the attacks of the Africans. At one point, the speaker addresses the colonial policy and how it is justified and accepted. He points out that any validation of the colony's actions is not worth anything to the people who are suffering from the ongoing battles.

    • Essay length: 997 words
  10. A Study of Traherne's Metaphysical Poetry

    This new search for God through truth and good, a quest to find an inner spiritual Paradise, is an important feature of Traherne's poetry. One of the methods by which Traherne conveys the notion of an inner Paradise is through the innocence of infancy. In `Wonder'2 Traherne returns to the naive state of childhood in which he perceives all he sees around him as beautiful: `How like an angel I came down! / How bright are all things here!' .

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  11. Fate and freedom in Marvell and Milton.

    They have overcome the immediate circumstances of the universe and uncovered a richer 'divine' existence within themselves, not dependent on the 'vain' and 'jealous' motions of Fate. The position that the confident speaker of 'The Definition of Love' expounds is similar to that reached by Adam and Eve at the end of Paradise Lost. At the end of Book IX the agony of their fall appeared irremediable: Thus they in mutual accusation spent The fruitless hours, but neither self-condemning, And of their vain contést appear'd no end.

    • Essay length: 2084 words
  12. In 1664 John Milton wrote what is now one of his most famous works, the Areopagitica.

    (Milton, 3). Milton felt that Catholicism does not tolerate ideas or beliefs outside of its own and implemented these laws in order to avoid defamation of the church. The law that Milton speaks of is that of censorship before the fact; banning books before they even get printed or published. This law angered Milton as he saw it as unjust. He explained it in a nutshell: "...by judging over again that order which ye have ordained to regulate printing:--that no book, pamphlet, or paper shall be henceforth printed, unless the same be first approved and licensed by such, or at least one of such, as shall be thereto appointed."

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  13. How does Milton use generic systems in Paradise Lost?

    The references to past works not only called to mind in the learned reader the tradition inherited by Paradise Lost, it furthered the poem's own status as epic, thereby doubling its position as such. At the heart of the poem's claim to epic status are its interest in individual heroism, its cross-references to other major texts and its use of varied literary forms. Each of these relates in some way to classical or Renaissance systems of genre. Barbara Lewalski (1999)

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  14. The Influences of Latin

    Latin provided an example of excellent grammatical structure and an oratory contrast that English eventually adopted. Latin has probably impacted legal English the most, as it shares with science a concern for precision. The language used in the legal system is simple, universal and rhetoric. The word have made the statements to be phrased in such a way that we can see its applicability yet specific enough individual circumstances. The law has to remain constant so the language has to be precise enough so cases will be treated consistently and fairly. This is the reason why it has adopted such a complex grammatical structure.

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  15. On The Morning of Christ's Nativity: An Application of The Bible to the Work of John Milton.

    In "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity" Milton sees both Christmas and Easter as the same thing since it is impossible to have one without the other. The baby in the cradle is the man on the cross. John Milton's "On The Morning of Christ's Nativity" uses the idea of the Jesus of history and the Christ of fact to relay his ideas of the creation of the world and the synonymous events. Comparison can be drawn between John Gospel and "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity" for it is an intensely symbolic book.

    • Essay length: 913 words
  16. Milton: A republican and a christian - Discuss

    This was the general wish of the majority of the Presbyterian members of Parliament but the more radical Army wanted to execute Charles to ensure they retained the increased power they had recently gained and to prevent a return to the past. Milton had to quickly decide which side he supported and defend his position. He made it clear he was behind the Army in the strongest possible terms and condemned the hypocrisy of the Presbyterians who were now backing out by repeated allusions to a speech in Shakespeare's Macbeth: And be these juggling fiends no more believ'd, That palter

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  17. There are many indications within the poetry of Tony Harrison that he considers his work within the context of the canon.

    The continual allusions to the opposition his poetry has faced, and his subsequent under confidence, can have said to have led to a need for the reassurance of the canon: using the models of other poets to validate the worth of his own poetry. Alternatively, Harrison may feel that the only way to express the voice he wishes to project, that of a working class northern man with authority is by using the "enemy's weapons"2, and establishing a scholastic side to his work, in order to be taken seriously by the 'cultural elite'.

    • Essay length: 2057 words
  18. Kubla Khan and its Relation to Romanticism

    This also introduces an idea of the lack of human understanding that recurs at the end of the poem, one of the common elements that tie the poem's seemingly two-part separate structure together. Xanadu's walls enclosed 'gardens bright with sinuous rills.' These gardens represent the Garden of Eden, or a natural paradise on Earth. The degree of nature in this paradise is such that, although it is a biblical reference, it is still connected to pagan and romantic ideals. The 'sinuous rills' flowing through this garden can be taken as two different metaphors.

    • Essay length: 2636 words
  19. Paradise Lost Books IX and X "Discuss the development of the characters of Adam and Eve and their relationship" The major theme of 'Paradise Lost' is the development of the relationship between Adam and Eve

    Milton lures us into a false sense of security and then shows us the other side to the pair in the quite heated discussion they have about working alone. This development and change from Adam and Eve actually happens very quickly. Eve wants to have a break from Adam and believes that if they work separately they will get more things done. In hindsight this was a grave error in Eve's judgement and pre-empts the fate of the couple during the rest of the poem.

    • Essay length: 1727 words
  20. Milton's Paradise Lost - Political Satire? How does this help to understand the poem?

    Milton believe that the proper end to all activities should be in God or goodness, based on this central belief of good and evil and its association with the Augustine concept of the 'chain of being'. Milton beliefs in a heaven, chaos and hell, as clearly defined entities, are more consistent with poetic myth rather a rational, scientific belief although Milton had visited Galileo, and the concept of physical space and the Universe clearly influenced his thoughts. Milton's blindness prevents him from seeing any light, except in strong symbolic terms, as the light of God illuminates and inspires the mind.

    • Essay length: 625 words
  21. The Dualistic Genesis of Paradise Lost

    ." (ibid.), and further comments on his "insistence . . . on seeing the external world permeated with value and meaning" (ibid., p. 147). The second would hold particularly correct for actions mentioned in the Old Testament, as Milton was the progeny of a long standing practice of interpreting these stories as allegoria in factis, having a dual reality both as factual historical events and as messages sent to civilization by God (Eco 1990:11-17). Further, O'Keefe comments on how; "The imagery of sound and music in Milton's poem possesses ethical nuances when depicting places, characters, and situations; thus Chaos, hell, Satan, the battle in heaven, Adam and Eve immediately after the Fall .

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  22. Paradise Lost - What Do We Learn About Satan's Character from Line 84 To Line 191?

    - something one sees significantly for the first and last time throughout the poem. Satan's great yearning for heaven is brief, and when finally suppressed, Milton offers a fine and revealing example of Satan's rhetoric and quick-moving contradictions, as he instantly expresses excuses for his failure. Firstly, he declares that 'Till then who knew, the force of those dire arms?' explaining how they were unaware of Gods powers before testing him. This is supportive evidence, backing up the suggestion that Satan is the supposed 'Father Of Lies', as he is seen to be directly manipulating the truth.

    • Essay length: 1094 words
  23. Discuss the presentation of Hell in Book One of ParadiseLost.

    The narrator characterizes the angels' physical appearance as full of light, and the devils' as shadowy and dark. Milton also uses light to symbolize God and God's grace. The absence of light in Hell and in Satan himself represents the absence of God and his grace. The opening scenes reveal Hell as a fiery, glittering place that reflects the corrupt souls of the devils. Milton establishes two opposing poles of evil and good, dark and light, and the action shifts to Earth, a region blessed by Heaven but vulnerable to the forces of Hell. Milton's first description of Hell is full of negative emotive words, 'obdurate pride' and 'steadfast hate' are adjectives used by Milton to describe Hell and the emotive words appeal to the readers emotions 'dismal', 'waste'.

    • Essay length: 712 words
  24. How well does Milton create the image of Hell for the reader between the lines 61 and 77?

    This is also significant in showing us the path to hell and the sins to avoid. This leads on to the introduction of the fallen angels and Satan himself. Milton succeeds in portraying these fallen angels as terribly evil, deceitful and rebellious, the exact opposite to God's highly respected greatness and power over these fallen angels. Milton emphasises the clear difference between heaven and hell. Between the lines 61-77 Milton's portrayal of Hell emphasises how much the fallen angels have been punished for their behaviour and how that kind of evil behaviour will not be tolerated by God in heaven.

    • Essay length: 638 words
  25. Show how Ngugi uses his narrative to contrast the inner emotional qualities in his characters- (chapter 7 pages 99-107)

    This is not surprising to the reader, since we see Kihika's strong passion, for the cause, formed at a young age where even his 'heart hardened towards' the white people before he even saw them. However, what is unanticipated is the reaction of his father who does not seem to understand his son. Being the father of such a hero would certainly suggest that Mbugua would be proud and support Kihika. Nevertheless Mbugua does not even join the fight and wonders 'what has come into his head', suggesting that he does not identify with his son.

    • Essay length: 1651 words

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