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  1. Interpretation of Shadow, Silence and the Sea by A. C. Swinburne

    Image of sea and the peculiar devotion to night were crucial to the Romantic poets. As a person associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, Swinburne would highly value their creativity. The major artistic device used in the poem is alliteration. Swinburne builds it by repeating the sounds s and sh inside words which create an image of a spectacular yet peaceful starry night. It seems strange, as these sounds are usually associated with the ideas of doubt and questioning. However, Swinburne's love for the paradox may make this choice appropriate. On the other hand, it helps us to a fuller understanding of the poem, making the sea peaceful and dangerous at once.

    • Word count: 959
  2. The Emperors Ice Cream

    The speaker says that the only "high mighty" or "emperor" of humans is our desires, like eating ice cream. Ice cream in the poem symbolizes something pleasurable and fun, usually associated with children. The author begins both stanzas with playful language and uses sexual riveting vocabulary until the last couplets. For instance, in the first stanza the poem uses words like "the muscular one," "concupiscent curds," and "wenches" which are all language that might distract a reader into sexual thoughts, from the serious theme of the poem: death(line 2-4). The speaker's choices of words symbolize how easy it is to place the reader into a pleasurable state of mind, just by tossing sexual language at them.

    • Word count: 856
  3. Mending Wall

    He believes that the wall provides a sense of privacy and security. "Mending Wall" is an open form, long one-stanza poem that is written in blank verse and has a narrator. Frost uses the poetic technique of imagery to portray his ideas. Imagery is a device that uses certain words and meanings so that a mental picture is painted. Frost uses imagery to let the reader no what it happening within the poem. In the first part of the poem a description of the wall is given. Over and over, Frost wants the reader to see the poor condition of the wall, and he eventually creates a visual image for the reader.

    • Word count: 908
  4. T. S. Eliot described the use of myth in modern literary works as a way of controlling, of ordering. Do the mythical and classical references in The Waste Land help to give it order and shape, or make it more fragmentary and disordered?

    The various mythical and classical allusions made by Eliot in the Wasteland ? and there are several ? allow the poem to act as a sophisticated metaphor of why Eliot believes that Europe should return to its cultural traditions and a time when people were united, rather than continue to place materialism and superficiality above everything else, as this is what arguably led to the political arguments which caused the World War in the first place. One example of literal fragmentation in Eliot?s poem is the epigraph, which is naturally ?fragmented? from the rest of the poem.

    • Word count: 971

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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