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  1. Displacement and Doubt in Post-Colonial Literature. Olive Seniors Gardening in the Tropics is an example of a collection of work that through the use of poetic and literary techniques, effectively displays her ambivalence towards h

    Sushiela Nasta quotes that "the Post-Colonial woman writer is not only involved in making herself heard, in changing the architecture of male-centred ideologies and languages, or in discovering new forms and languages to express her experience. She has also to subvert and demythologise indigenous male writings and traditions which seek to label her1." Language is an important technique utilized by Post-colonial writers to express frustration and grievance. As Sushiela Nasta states in the book, Motherlands: Black women's writing from Africa; Caribbean and South Asia, "language is both a source and womb of creativity, a means of giving birth to new stories, new myths, of telling stories of women that have been previously silenced."

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  2. 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 b****y 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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  3. "Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note Analysis

    The fact that the title tells the reader to expect a "Twenty volume Suicide Note" may imply that the speaker does not truly intend to kill himself; it would take him a lifetime to finish such a project. He is so enthralled by his own despair that the idea of suicide is life sustaining. The poem's first two stanzas reflect feelings of hopelessness in the speaker's daily routine, and the impossibility of emerging from it. The poem describes the speaker's routine as purposeless and empty: "Lately, I've become accustomed to the way / The ground opens up and envelopes me / Each time I go out to walk the dog".

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  4. 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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  5. Super size me by morgan

    Other than that aspect, "Super Size Me" succeeded in it's ratings, and in the minds of the viewers. The people who have watched this movie have had to think harder about what they are eating. Morgan Spurlock told us a lot of secrets about what's really in our food, and it isn't pretty. I personally have decided that I will never eat a chicken nugget from a fast food restaurant ever again, as well as never buy anything from McDonalds. Every one person affected counts as a major success. In what way did it not succeed? "Super Size Me" was a success, so picking out something negative in it is tough.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. In What Way Imagist Poetry Influences Modernists

    The Classical Poetry lost its liveliness in the nineteenth century and deteriorated into rigidness. Hence it was replaced by the Romantic Poetry, which also ceased into being at the twentieth century. What is ironic is that modernists, in a large scale, seeked inspiration from The Classical Poetry. Firstly, they adopted a lot of allusion to mythology. The waste land, written by T. S. Eliot, is one of the most representative works which have bearing on this characteristic. In fact, the Imagist poetry of the early period had already shown this feature.

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  9. 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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  10. Silence and Opression in Discourse on the Logic of Language

    By engaging in the language of science to expose the r****m and sexism embedded in Dr. Broca's work, Phillip is calling into question the legitimacy of the scientific institution's role in objectively observing and describing the world. It also shows how dangerous this detached voice is, since it can justify oppression and brutality against entire groups of people under the guise of logic and objectivity. Unlike the other texts in the poem, this passage occupies an entire page by itself and does not have to compete with other voices and points of view for the reader's attention.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Prufrock and other observations

    American writers were influenced more by a sense of Individualism and Transcendentalism that stemmed from their sacred study of 'the enormity and sublimity of the landscape that God had provided for them' (quoted in Heath and Boreham, p.165). Their attitudes leading up to the start of the Twentieth Century followed more Romantic beliefs than Modernist themes and Cousin Nancy reflects Eliot's frustrations at this insular way of thinking that seemed stuck on reflection rather than progression. The poem focuses on the grand and trivial movements of Cousin Nancy, as she changes and redefines the shape and trends of 'New England'.

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    Cutting A Better Man Out Of The Hedge: a discussion of the relation of land, landscapes and nature to Seamus Heaney's sense of Irishness as laid out in his poetry.

    Yeats, in order to reveal further where the link between land and identity originates and in order to contrast the poets' different approaches. Although it is acknowledged that at times Heaney likes to appropriate and sometimes entirely quote Yeats1 (160), Yeats appears more concerned with martyrdom and the elevation of individuals in order to express Irishness (particularly in 'Easter 1916'), Heaney prefers to project his concern in the direction of the 'ordinary people' - unsurprising given the significance of 'ordinary people', in the context of farming and landowning, to the nation's economy.

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  15. Does the simplicity of Simon Armitage's work detract from the complexity of the social issues he deals with in Kid and Killing Time

    Perhaps Simon Armitage's most well known poem is named just that; 'Poem'. On the page the poem appears to be of a regular pattern; three stanzas consisting of four lines and a final couplet to finish. The obvious anaphora of 'And' at the start of every line of the quatrains make the poem appear to flow on the page, that is, without looking at the subject matter. The lines end in a half rhyme throughout the stanzas, 'nurse', 'church', 'worse' and 'purse' (Kid 29 : 9,10,11,12)1.

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  16. "Representation makes dummies of us all" - How is this sentiment reflected in Carol Ann Duffy's poetry?

    Yet, if each reader interprets a poem in their own way, how can it be "it exactly", when each understanding will be slightly different? Is it possible that Duffy writes in such a way that every reader will be able to identify with the majority of her poems? If so, then surely the subject matter, the language and the representation of ideas must be so broad so as to encompass all possible readers? It could be argued, then, that Duffy's poems are less personal as a result and are somewhat undermined by the fact that concepts and characters cannot be fully and accurately represented, so as to leave leeway for each reader to be able to relate to the poem.

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  17. 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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  18. 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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    and G.V. Desani?s ?All about H. Hatterr? (1948) showed. If we accept is never really of the soil until it flowers into poetry, then Ezekiel?s ?A Time to Change? (1952) and ?Sixty Poems? (1953) must be invested with even greater significance than we might ordinarily be inclined to ascribe to most works of poetry. It is perhaps no accident either that the first blossoms of the birth and growth of modern Indian poetry should have come from the pen of a poet who, while very much and Indian, belongs to a community that in India was very small to begin with, and has in recent years become almost negligible, a veritable (absolute)

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  20. The Death of Marilyn Monroe, by Sharon Olds, on the surface speaks about the events that occur after the death of Marilyn Monroe

    The poem interestingly revolves around the men, the ?ambulance men? (1) who carried Monroe?s body ?down the steps? (10). The ambulance men tried and continued with their daily routine ?as they always did? (12), but found themselves traumatized such that they could not even meet each others? eyes because one had nightmares, the second one looked different at his wife/kids and the last one stood there in the doorway listening to a women breathing. The next stanza is double spaced before it is continued, giving the impression that the third stanza takes place sometime after the incident. The second stanza begins with ?Their lives took a turn?(15), showing that even after some time, the death of Monroe still had a significant impact on their lives??nightmares, strange/ pains, impotence, depression?(16-17).

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  21. 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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  22. 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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