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A 5 page paper which examines what many consider to be the definitive account of America’s most popular female poet. No additional sources are used.

This 7 page paper gives a brief biography of physician/poet Peter Pereira and discusses his poem “Nursemaid’s Elbow.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 3 page research paper on Kinnell and his poetry. The writer details a brief synopsis of his biography, his literary place, and an exposition of a poem, "When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone." Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 3 page essay that describes Rector's biography and then offers explication of his poem. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 3 page overview that addresses the career of Robert Frost. The writer briefly touches on Frost's biography, and then uses three poems: "The Oven Bird," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and "The Road Not Taken," to discuss the principal themes and orientation of Frost's work. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 3 page essay that, first of all, offers a brief biography and discussion of the work of Vergil, the ancient Roman poet. Then, the writer offers a brief synopsis of two readings from Vergil's Aeneid, which are taken from Book I and Book VI. The paper closes with a brief reaction and discussion to ...

A 4 page essay, which includes a very brief outline, offers a brief overview of Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. The writer includes a brief biography of Milton, a short summary of the plot and discusses several of the major themes. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 3 page research paper that looks at the new use of poetry within the business world. Historically, business has been perceived as purely rational, which defines it as antithetical to the creative side of human endeavor, that is, the abstract side, which is epitomized in poetry, which deals with ideas and emotions, not profit. ...

A four page paper comparing a love poem by e.e. cummings to the classic Tennessee Williams play. The paper traces the theme of the fragile beloved through both works, and shows how fragility exerts its own power. Bibliography lists four sources.

A five page paper comparing and contrasting the way Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Wordsworth regard nature. The paper argues that Wordsworth thinks God and nature are essentially the same thing, while Hopkins sees God's power reflected in nature's beauty. Specific poems discussed are Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," and Hopkins' "God's Grandeur." ...

A 5 page paper that examines which of these three women has the most power over Sir Gawain. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

(5 pp) When the Swedish academy released the Award of Literature in 1907 to Rudyard Kipling, they did so with the commendation, "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration. which characterize the creations of this world-famous author." Kipling responded, "Words are, ...

A seven page paper looking at these two works in terms of the way their respective authors, William Blake and Percy Bysshe Shelley, define love. The paper concludes that although their approaches are very different, both poets seem to feel that love is a great healer, and that seeming opposites can be reconciled through its ...

A ten page paper examining the degree to which Geoffrey Chaucer's poem reflects the code of courtly love. The paper concludes that the false ideals of courtly love prohibit Troilus from really reaching a personal level with the woman he loves; and this leaves him without any bargaining power when he needs to win her ...

A 6 page paper arguing that struggle and its resulting helplessness has value for both the observer and the participant as seen from the viewpoint of Dylan Thomas in 'Do not go..,' Roethke in 'My Papa's Waltz,' and Rich in '...Woman Mourned....' The paper discusses death, the dance of struggle, will(power), and helplessness as ...

A 4 page paper which examines the theme of religion in the poetry of Robert Browning. The poems discussed are “The Boy and the Angel,” “Life in Love,” and “Love in Life.” Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 4 page paper which examines the poetry of John Donne as it pertains to religion, love and women. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 6 page report discusses the English poet, writer, and clergyman, John Donne (1572-1631), who is best known for his religious and metaphysical poetry, his sermons and meditations. Donne demonstrates that he knows a great deal about love but he also makes it clear that the spiritual component of love is a quintessential characteristic of the deepest love. Romance and ...

A 6 page paper which considers connections between the Medieval poem and Thomas’s consideration of “Astrology: Its Practices and Its Extent.” Bibliography lists three sources.

A 4 page essay that discusses the information can be inferred from Homer's Odyssey concerning the relationship of humanity with the gods. The writer argues that religion gave ancient peoples not only an explanation of natural phenomenon that would otherwise be inexplicable, but also a feeling of control towards fate. Examination of this epic ...

It may be argued that the two 'passions' (physical and spiritual) in Emily Dickinson's life were the primary motivation for the way in which she lived that life. This 10 page paper notes that the themes upon which her poetry dwells includes love, separation, death, pain, faith, religion, science and the soul. She is often ambiguous concerning how ...

This 5 page paper discusses the shift in perspectives of the Victorian poets toward religion. Exampled poets include: Emily Dickinson, Keats, Tennyson, and Rossetti. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 6 page discussion regarding three poems written in the early part of the nineteenth century: Shelley’s “Mutibility” and “Mont Blanc” and Wordsworth’s “Mutibility”. Contrasts Wordsworth faith in religion and Shelley’s faith in self and nature. No additional sources are listed.

A 5 page paper which examines and analyzes Anne Bradstreet’s poetry as it informs the reader of history. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 6 page paper critiques the last scene of two classic works, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Great Expectations."

A 7 page essay that examines the theme of gift giving and hospitality in Homer's ancient epic poem the Odyssey. In ancient Greek culture, hospitality addresses the relations that exist between a guest and host, and involves the mutual exchange not only of wealth, but also of knowledge. The conventions surrounding Greek notions of hospitality ...

A 6 page paper discussing the symbolism of birds in John Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale,' and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's, in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.' The paper concludes that both Coleridge's and Keats' birds represent an opportunity for inner transformation. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This 6 page report discusses the ways in which “The Epic of Gilgamesh” serves to offer some measure of understanding into a culture’s ideals, philosophies, and belief systems. Gilgamesh is the oldest written epic known to exist in world history. It should be seen as both a great poetic creation, as well as a documentation of ancient humanity. Modern ...

A 4 page paper which examines the imagery in Derek Walcott’s poem The Sea Is History. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 3 page paper discusses the historical discoveries Plunkett makes in the poem "Omeros," and how they relate to a sense of homecoming. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

5 pages in length. T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets symbolizes a great many things to do with what exists in the here and now, as well as what lives within the concepts of religious mysticism. Indeed, it reflects some of the most compelling of all written representations in literary history. The writer discusses ...

A 5 page paper looking at the way this nineteenth century British poet expressed the ideology of the Romantic movement. Following an extensive definition and history of Romanticism, the paper looks at two of his poems -- 'The Little Black Boy', and 'The Chimney Sweeper', both from Songs of Innocence -- in terms of their ...

A ten page paper describing Alexander Pope’s principles of versification and his views on poetry. The paper asserts that while Pope’s versification rules can help polish a crude gem into something that explodes with light, it has to have been a gem to begin with; rules do not substitute for brilliance. Bibliography lists ten sources. ...

A 5 page research paper that offers a brief survey of the history of English versification, beginning with the Old English of Beowulf to the modern English of the eighteenth century. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page paper on the mother-daughter relationship as developed in Edith Wharton's A Mother's Recompense, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out Of Carolina. The paper analyzes what happens when a woman's expectations for her child or parent becomes hopelessly entangled with her own sense of identity. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

This 6 page paper examines how the life of author Thomas Hardy influenced his poetry. Illustrative examples from several of Hardy's poems are provided to support the writer's thesis. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 10 page explication of O. Henry's [William Sydney Porter] 'The Last Leaf.' The writer discusses Henry's depiction of the artist. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page paper outlining the use of these literary devices in Donne's Holy Sonnet No. 14, which appeals to God to intervene directly and assist the author to overcome sin. Refers to Donne's imagery of God as a conquering warlord and the central paradox that 'freedom is slavery.' No additional sources cited.

A fifteen page paper looking at this Irish poet's views of the thin veil between life and death, as depicted in his works. The paper asserts that Heaney views the dead and the living, the past and the present, as occupying the same space. Bibliography lists fifteen sources, including seven poems of Heaney's.

A 5 page paper which illustrates how Edgar Allen Poe's work was often a reflection of his life and his personal thoughts and struggles. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper which provides a sentence-by-sentence analysis of a specific paragraph from Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Experience,' which was included in his second collection of essays, published in 1841. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 3 page paper which examines and discusses elements of poetry and philosophy found in Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man. No additional sources cited.

A 6 page report that consists of two separate essays. The first is a 4 page essay on the role of transcendental or mystical experience in poetry as shown in William Blake's "Marriage of Heaven and Hell," Samuel T. Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and selections from "The Prelude" by William Wordsworth. The second ...

British Romantic Poets

  • 14 page paper

A 14 page research paper that offers 2 separate essays, each essay is 7 pages in length. The first essay "What is Romanticism?," first all off, discusses and defines romanticism and then applies this definition to 2 poems each by Byron , Keats, and Shelley. Bibliography for this essay lists 9 sources. The second essay, ...

A 4 page overview of the technological changes that characterized World War II. The author points out that just as interesting as the technological changes is the ideology surrounding this war. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 6 page essay on the writings and influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The writer reviews some of Emerson's writings, writing style and devices, expresses various interpretations on Emerson's writings, and discusses their effect on the reader in transcendental and realistic terms. The writer agrees with those who posit that Emerson was correct ...

5 pages. The focus of this paper is the historical context in which Emily Dickinson was writing her poems. What was happening in Emily's real world that was perhaps influencing the way she wrote? This interesting paper gives some insight to the reasons Emily Dickinson wrote what she did. Bibliography lists 4 ...

Carpe Diem Poetry

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page essay that examines three poems written on the carpe diem theme – Herrick's To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time; Wilbur's A Late Aubade; and cummings' since feeing is first. The author demonstrates that the way that these poets have handled the carpe diem theme is not only dependent on ...

A 5 page paper which looks at Walt Whitman’s changes of expression as seen in his preface to Leaves of Grass, written in 1855, and his later work Democratic Vistas which was written after the Civil War. No additional sources cited.

A 1 page analysis of the role that negritude plays in the poem 'Black Woman' by Leopold Sedar Senghor, who, as a writer, embodied the philosophy of negritude into everything that he wrote‹his writing, particularly his poetry, speaks from the heart of a black man, giving a black perspective that comes from black experience. Bibliography ...

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