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  1. Charles Simics Butcher Shop is a poem of four-line stanzas that shows how the poet and subsequently all humans are caught in a solitary existence. However, through a poets perspective, people can reach across the distance of solitude toward co

    Also, only two lines have four syllables or less ("Where I am fed" and "To be healed"). Generally, the lines are neither overly long nor too short. Overall, Simic seems to reach for a kind of transparency in his language, where the things named will become what they signify when read. Other aspects of the poem are manipulated to stress the objects at hand. Each object described-the light, apron, knives, and wooden block-receives a full sentence. Repetition, as perhaps the only explicit poetical device, appears halfway through the poem and again at the end, serving to emphasize the bloody patterns on the apron ("great continents of blood,/ The great rivers and oceans of blood" and "Where I am fed,/ Where deep in the night I hear a voice").

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  2. This essay is mainly focused on Elizabeth Bishops poem One Art, and the recurrent theme of losing, depicted as an art, or as the poet might say: the art of losing. This paper will also focus on the poems form and the way in which the usa

    It seems as she is trying to state something different to what is being expressed. Chief among these conceptions there is a powerful sense of loss. She is able to achieve all this throughout the manipulation of language and form. Even the tone of the poem seems to avoid the real intended argument that the form of the poem tries to put forward (which will be discussed throughout this essay). As mentioned before in the introduction, most of the poem is filled with irony. The first and most important indication of such irony is depicted in the refrain line: "the art of losing isn't hard to master" (line 1).

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  3. The Pomegranate by Eaven Boland

    During these four months, when Persephone is sitting on the throne of the Underworld next to her husband Hades, her mother Demeter mourns and no longer gives fertility to the earth. This became an ancient Greek explanation for the seasons. Persephone represented the revival of nature in spring, and the Eleusinian Mysteries1 honored her and Demeter. Ceres, in Roman mythology, is the goddess of agriculture. She and her daughter Proserpine were the counterparts of the Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone.

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  4. Ted Hughes's Examination at the Womb Door

    2. What effect is created by the repetition of the word "Death"? There is a lot of emphasis on the word Death. This emphasis is brought out by putting the word in italics, placing it a few spaces away from the normal sentence and by making it the only answer that the Crow gives throughout the poem. It is repeated sixteen times by the Crow emphasizing that Death is indeed the ultimate reality of life. The time and place of our death is decided even before we are born and that, in a way, makes death a stronger aspect than life itself.

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  5. Dylan Thomas' The Hand that Signed the Paper

    The content of this poem is of a much greater depth than the form. The poem is organized simply: four sentences as stanzas, each with four lines. The poem follows a timeline of war; through: battle, treaty, effect and history. This organization serves to be a "formally watertight compartment of words, preferably with a main moving (narrative)." 5 Thomas strived for this kind of formal structure for most of his poems, although sometimes he dismissed with a rhyme. Thomas' word choice, historiography play and powerful imagery cooperate to produce an insightful poem that touches on war responsibility, government politics and the abilities of men.

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  6. Discuss the importance of the ideas of roots and rootlessness in post-colonial writing by comparing at least two different texts you have studied.

    Walcott opens the poem with a short line of 'There's nothing here', showing emptiness with bitter feelings. Although he's describing the Caribbean, the readers feel uneasy about whether Walcott has positive attitude towards his homeland or not. One of the effects of the colonialism was because of the change of tradition thus the cultural identity was lost. This is similarly explored in Wide Sargasso Sea when Rochester renames Antoinette as 'Bertha'. This can be seen as a microscopic picture of the wider events during colonialism. Anglicised name given to Antoinette gave Rochester to be more in control as Antoinette felt her lost.

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  7. Compare and contrast different ways of presenting dominance and oppression in post-colonial societies by reference to Walcott's poetry and at least one other work you have studied.

    Both Walcott and Rhys present dominance and oppression as their main concern although they present it in different ways due to the different types of genres, which in effect allows the writers to take different approach. In 'Ruins of a Great House', Walcott presents dominance and oppression as the unnatural, artificial placement in the Caribbean society and they can not co-exists. He uses stream of conscious to depict his own feelings and opinions about slavery, which in some ways are similar techniques used by Rhys.

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  8. Critical Essay of 'In the Snack Bar

    This is followed with a detailed description of the old man for whom every movement is a momentous effort; the poem conveys a sense of exclusion and horror. The simile of a "monstrous animal" with his "face not seen" highlights the man's outsider status. The horror of his predicament is conveyed by the words used to describe him: Long blind, hunchback born, half paralysed. The description is given in a mundane and list-like fashion, emphasising the multiple physical disabilities this man has to contend with.

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  9. Ithaca: A Journey-Not a Destination

    Thus, the influence of this movement is seen in Cavafy's poem "Ithaca." The city of Alexandria is where Cavafy wrote "Ithaca" and is probably one of the unnamed Egyptian cities in the poem. Cavafy's "Ithaca," offers its reader advice about life through its clever use of metaphor, repetition, and its allusion to Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. On a literal level, the poem talks about the importance of the journey of life, not just the destination. The poem begins by the speaker addressing the reader of the poem as if offering a piece of advice.

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  10. In the following essay I intend to compare and contrast Listen Mr Oxford Don by John Agard and No rights Red an Half Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah.

    Agard?s poem ?Listen Mr Oxford Don? uses irregular rhyme structured in fairly short verses. ?Me not no Oxford Don, Me a simple immigrant, From Clapham Common, I didn?t graduate, I immigrate?. Just reading the first verse I could almost hear the poem also being sang as a song which contributes to the rhythm of the poem also. In the lines ?I don?t need no axe, to split / up yu syntax, I don?t need no hammer, to mash up/ yu grammar?, Agard draws attention to the words ?axe?, ?syntax?, ? hammer? and ?grammar?, he is comparing the words syntax and

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  11. An Analysis of The Piano has been Drinking by Tom Waits.

    The scenario described in the poem took place late at night in one of the bars where the addresser is playing a piano. The whole poem was written in a second person tone, describing various elements of the place and it?s not until the last line we get the idea that it?s being told by the pianist: ?The piano has been drinking, not me?. This also invites the readers to equate the narrator with the writer. The poem has a tone of irony and it was consistent throughout the poem.

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