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Through the allegory in "The Cockroach" Kevin Halligan reflects upon the value of life and the many challenges we face. Structure, tone and language techniques draw attention to the amount of detail and lessons that can be observed through an usually overlooked insect. The hyperbole of "a giant cockroach" conveys the closeness with which the persona is observing it, showing the reader the irony in his fascination and interest with this seemingly insignificant pest. The repetition of the insect here and in the title reinforces its importance, suggesting that this is also a device allowing one to reflect upon life. The unusual image of a lone cockroach that the persona empathises with highlights his feeling of loneliness; that they are considered an annoyance draws parallels with his despondency and identity crisis. The cockroach is separated and alone just as he feels from humanity; the real irony is the similarities that are apparent both to the persona and us. Furthermore, the personal pronoun "he" reinforces the connection felt by the persona; his personification of the cockroach allows a clear description while reinforcing this. The sibilance of "seemed quite satisfied" slows the attention upon this moment; the persona recognises a universal issue where humans are quite complacent with simply moving about, their destination unknown. The "path between..the door"
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What methods does Browning use to tell the poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin in verse 7
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The poem Chimney Sweep is William Blakes response to the condition of the children who swept the dark, polluted chimneys for a living.
The poem Chimney Sweep is William Blake's response to the condition of the children who swept the dark, polluted chimneys for a living. He expounds on the horrible conditions these children face and he writes that the only solace the children will get is through death, "...he open'd the coffins and set them all free." The child who is telling the story narrates that before he finished his tender years, he had to leave the house to clean chimneys. Blake's second line says "Could scarcely cry "weep, weep, weep, and weep," is actually supposed to say sweep, sweep, sweep and sweep. However, his choice of diction, which is clever a play on words say, "weep" because these children were crying because they were still babies and the work was too hard and it entwines misery with the work they are doing. The inability of the child to pronounce the word sweep evokes pity in the reader as it shows the injustice of putting such young children in such a dangerous line of work. Blake sets the heartbreaking mood of the poem with concrete images such "thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned & Jack, were all of them lock'd up in coffins of black" sets a perturbed forecast of what awaits them. The image of blackness is darkness that is enveloping the children literally and metaphorically because the soot makes them black and the pollution will eventually kill them all. He also employs sarcasm
A Marxist Criticism of Goblin Market
A Marxist Criticism of Rosetti's Goblin Market Oliver Latham 'Goblin Market', an early work considered to be one of Rosetti's masterpieces, was supposedly intended simply as a fairy story. Despite assertions that Rosetti meant nothing profound by the tale, its rich, complex, and suggestive language has caused the poem to be practically ignored as children's literature and instead regarded variously as an erotic exploration of sexual fantasy, a feminist glorification of 'sisterhood', or a Christian allegory about temptation and redemption, among other readings. Marxism, however, is a 'materialist philosophy': that is it tries to explain things 'without assuming the exisistence of a world or of forces beyond the natural world around us...' and, more importantly 'the society we live in.' Marxist literary criticism maintains that writer's social class, and its prevaling 'ideology' (outlook, values, assumptions etc.) have a major bearing on what is written. Writers, Marxism proposes, are not simply autonomous 'inspired' individuals, whose creative genius enables them to bring forth great works of literature, but rather they are constantly and subconsciously formed by their social and economic contexts.1 In Goblin Market, for instance, Rosetti takes a rather conservative stance on the issue of female sexual exploration which reflects her
Personal response to Praise Song For My Mother by the poet Grace Nichols.
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Wagan Watsons poetry is often read as a representation of race and racial tensions, however, his texts are richer than this. Discuss the way in which you could read the poem/s for other representations. Possibilities include: childhood/matur
Wagan Watson's poetry is often read as a representation of race and racial tensions, however, his texts are richer than this. Discuss the way in which you could read the poem/s for other representations. Possibilities include: childhood/maturation, teenagers, Australia, Identity, Nature and Suburbia. Samuel Wagan Watson's poetry can be described as extremely complex through both the way in which he expresses his ideas and the representations and symbols he creates from this writing. Through this, particularly in the writing of his anthology, Smoke Encrypted Whispers, Wagan Watson conveys ideas such as that of race and racial tensions, maturation, teenager-hood, Australia and Australian identity, and nature and its importance - however, one idea that standAs out is his strong, negative opinion of the city and its opportunities exhausting country towns and destroying the small societies created there. Two of his poems published in Smoke Encrypted Whispers, 'Night Racing' and 'Cold Storage' can be read to reflect these ideals and challenge the new-found importance of the city. Therefore, Wagan Watson's 'Cold Storage' can be read in conjunction with his poem 'Night Racing,' along with other poems in his anthology, to demonstrate specific ideas about the city's takeover of the country and more traditional lifestyles, such as the idea that the city and its industries, which act as
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An Expression of Love Spanning just twelve lines and two stanzas, Eavan Boland's poem "Ceres Looks at the Morning" offers a rich amount of analogies to Greek mythology. She vividly shows her ideas and her life by linking them to myths such as the myth of Ceres and Persephone. In "Ceres Looks at the Morning," Eavan Boland also expresses her experiences as a mother by superimposing herself onto a reminiscing Ceres. Plotted on the time-line of life, dawn represents new life, twilight represents senility, and darkness represents death. The lines "Already / my body is a twilight: Solid. Cold" symbolizes how the ordeal of Persephone and Hades had worn out Ceres. It also represents Boland's view of herself as worn out and exhausted from taking care of a daughter. In lines 8-12, the poet speaker compares her daughter to a beautiful morning. Just as the morning rose from the darkness, so had Boland's daughter come from the darkness of Boland's womb. As morning ultimately become day, her daughter will anticipate adulthood. Boland utilizes several things from Greek mythology. Nyx, the goddess of darkness, plays an important, though mostly oblivious role in several myths. In the myth of Ceres and Persephone, Ceres, while looking for her daughter, carried torches during the day as she did during night, which showed that for her, day is as dark as night. In line 2, Nyx plays a similar
love song of j. alfred prufrock
"The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on." -Carl Sandburg In the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot has created a persona who can see the possibilities of life but is unable to give such ideas a spirit. The poem revolves around how he feels inadequate, how his hesitancy results in inaction which he then tries to rationalize. On one level the poem is a very personal one, about a sad and tormented man with his 'love song' for all to hear; wanting someone to see and understand his plight. On another level it is a criticism of modern society where meaningless social rituals prevail, and where individuals are repressed and alienated, and no longer in contact with a meaningful existence. Prufrock wasn't as much a persona of the poet but an "observation." The poem begins with an invitation by Prufrock to join him in his travels through a city that is growing increasingly modern, while Prufrock himself is afraid, or unable, to change with it. His description of the way he sees his environment can elucidate much about the character himself. He describes "cheap hotels," restaurants with sawdust on the floor, and frightening streets "that follow like a tedious argument / Of insidious intent". The fog creeps up on the street as if it were a cat. The yellow lamplight obscures more than it illuminates. If he is