"What Poetic Devices Are Used In The Poem When You Are Old By Yeats" Essays and Research Papers

What Poetic Devices Are Used In The Poem When You Are Old By Yeats

In the poem "Oranges", the author uses certain literary devices to get the poems point across better. One of these literary devices is free verse. A free verse poem is a poem that does not have a fixed line length, stanza form, rhyme scheme, or meter. For example in verses one through four, the first time I walked with a girl, I was twelve, cold, and weighted down with two oranges in my pocket, there is no fixed line length, stanza form, rhyme scheme, or meter. The poet used a free verse in this...

Alliteration, Meter, Poetic form 870  Words | 3  Pages

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Growing Old - a Poem by Matthew Arnold

Growing Old - a poem by Matthew Arnold What is it to grow old? Is it to lose the glory of the form, The lustre of the eye? Is it for beauty to forego her wreath? Yes, but not for this alone. Is it to feel our strength  Not our bloom only, but our strength decay? Is it to feel each limb Grow stiffer, every function less exact, Each nerve more weakly strung? Yes, this, and more! but not, Ah, 'tis not what in youth we dreamed 'twould be! 'Tis not to have our life Mellowed and softened...

Ageing, Elderly care, Gerontology 929  Words | 3  Pages

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When You Are Old

English 1118-54 Online 19 October 2014 Explication of “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, 5 And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face; And...

Ezra Pound, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Iseult Gonne 1290  Words | 4  Pages

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The Style and Content of William Butler Yeats

The Style and Content of William Butler Yeats William Butler Yeats was a man who is known for his extraordinary writings of the nineteenth century, and is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the English language. Yeats was a poet with extensive knowledge and was thought to have been born ahead of his time. Throughout his poetry and literary works he uses a combination of technique and style to express his meaningful ideas. Yeats became a pioneering poet who had a revolutionary type of...

Ezra Pound, Greek mythology, Modernism 2187  Words | 6  Pages

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Yeats 2014

Yeats 2014 “Yeats uses evocative language to create poetry that includes both personal reflection and public commentary.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to both themes and language found in the poetry of W B Yeats on your course. “Easter 1916” is a prime example of how Yeats uses striking language to create poetry that has both personal reflection and public commentary. I was impressed by the clever structure of the poem. It has four stanzas, two containing sixteen...

Alliteration, Assonance, Easter Rising 1445  Words | 3  Pages

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Poetic Devices Used To Convey The Theme Of Shakespeare's Sonnet 30

variety of poetic devices to help communicate the theme of the poem. The major theme that I feel the author is trying to convey is one of remembrance, mourning for a lost loved one. One of the more obvious devices used is the Metrical Pattern of the Iambic Pentameter. This is a major staple of the Shakespeare Sonnet, and commonly found in nearly every sonnet that he has written. In this essay we will focus on only two major devices that were used, and how they tie into the overall theme of the poem. The...

Feeling, Iambic pentameter, Meter 998  Words | 3  Pages

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Personal Response William Butler Yeats

“William Butler Yeats deals with an interesting variety of subjects and his poetry is full of powerful images and impressive descriptions. Discuss.” Submitted by Hollie McLaughlin. I very much enjoy reading the poetry of William Butler Yeats. What I like about the poetry is the multi-faceted man who emerges. In Inisfree he is the searching, restless 25 year old, looking to nature as a kind of redemptive force. In ‘September 1913’ he is the ardent political critic of the soul-destroying materialism...

Ezra Pound, Modernism, Mysticism 1243  Words | 3  Pages

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Changes: Creative Writing Project Writing a Poem In this project, you'll be writing a poem which deals with any aspect of family discussed in the readings from the Changes unit. It could be a poem about your favorite family member (or your least favorite family member); it could be a poem about changes occurring in your family; it could be a poem about losing or gaining family members; it could be a poem about cultural traditions in your family. Writing a poem is a creative project, so be sure to use...

Linguistics, Literature, Narrative poetry 637  Words | 3  Pages

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Yeats and Symbolism

Yeats and Symbolism Born in 1865, William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright and one of the twentieth century’s foremost literary masters. Yeats is partly credited with the Irish Literary Revival and was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. Even though he rejected Christianity, Yeats was spiritual; he developed a unique, philosophical belief system that emphasized fate, historical determinism, and the notion that history is cyclical; Yeats eventually began using the image of a gyre to...

Celtic Revival, Ezra Pound, Modernism 1067  Words | 3  Pages

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Poetic Devices in the Dream of the Rood

Steve McKnight 20 June 2014 Persuasive Poetic Devices in “The Dream of the Rood” In the Anglo-Saxon poem, “The Dream of the Rood,” the author’s purpose is to impress upon his audience the power of salvation offered by Christianity, as represented by the crucifix. For the author, the crucifix, or Rood, is no mere symbol, but a literal embodiment of salvation. At the time it is believed to have been written, the poet’s audience consisted of a spectrum of Christian followers and pagans who retained...

Beowulf, Christianity, Germanic peoples 982  Words | 4  Pages

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Poetic Sound Devices

 Poetic Sound Devices Practice “Poetry is old, ancient, goes back far. It is among the oldest of living things. So old it is that no man knows how and why the first poems came.”  Confound the cats! All cats--away— Cats of all colors, black, white, gray;       By night a nuisance and by day— Confound the cats! All cats, always.  I dreamed a dream next Tuesday week, Beneath the apple-trees;       I thought my eyes were big pork-pies, And my nose was Stilton cheese. Big Balloons Bounce into...

Death, Hawaiian language, International Phonetic Alphabet 756  Words | 4  Pages

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Commenatry/ Analysis on the Poem “the Pike” by Ted Hughes

Death (Analysis of “When You are Old” and “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” by W.B.Yeats) Ⅰ. Love In William Butler Yeats poem "When You Are Old," an anonymous narrator requests of a former lover to remember her youth and his love for her, creating a surreal sense of mystery that only reveals some shadows of his own past love life. Yeats' diction changes as the poem progresses from stanza to stanza. In the first stanza, I believe the narrator is a man, who wrote this poem for his beloved to...

Ezra Pound, Meter, Poetic form 976  Words | 3  Pages

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T. S. Eliot's Poetic Devices

T.S. Eliot's Poetical Devices T.S. Eliot was one of the great early 20th Century poets. He wrote many poems throughout his career including "The Waste Land"(1922), "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"(1917), and "Ash Wednesday"(1930). Throughout his poems, he uses the same poetic devices to express emotion and give an added depth to his poetry and act like a trademark in his works. One of the devices used throughout is his personification of nature. The second device he often uses is allusions...

Greek mythology, Life, Oedipus 1051  Words | 3  Pages

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comprise the fundamental structures of his various paradigms and theories. It is this tension between the real world and Yeats’s ideal world that constitutes the basal elements of his various poetic masterpieces and is perhaps his main undertaking as a poet. This factor of Yeatsian theosophy is evident in each poem I have studied, including Sailing to Byzantium, The Lake Isle of Inisfree, The Second Coming, September 1913, Easter 1916 and The Wild Swans of Coole. Yeats’s interest in mysticism, the occult...

Easter Rising, Ireland, Poetry 1747  Words | 3  Pages

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its used-by date.’ Consider your prescribed text’s ideas, language and form, and its reception in different contexts. Through the study of the works of William Butler Yeats in the current year, we can grow in an understanding of his poetry and its ability to transcend time, like the artwork of Byzantium and the beauty of nature depicted in many of his poems including ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, ‘Byzantium’ and ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’. Evidently, the statement “That every text has its used-by date”...

Ezra Pound, Modernism, Percy Bysshe Shelley 1911  Words | 6  Pages

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Irony of Fate in W.B.Yeats Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?

Should Not Old Men Be Mad? The poem “Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?” by William Butler Yeats is a poem that brings insight into Yeats is life and his perception of life. In this poem, Yeats transmits to the reader how life can be unpredictable. This poem portrays the true reality of life, which is bitter and harsh. Yeats is focus in this poem is turned towards life and he uses many people close to him in this poem to demonstrate examples of how life can be a game of fate. Yeats in this poem tries...

Ezra Pound, Good and evil, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn 1480  Words | 4  Pages

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Discuss Ways In Which Yeats Presents Memories In Broken Dreams

 Discuss ways in which Yeats presents memories in ‘Broken Dreams’ Main 3 themes= memory-old growing memory- associated with negetivity memory-beautiful- Maud Maud Gonne= pinnacle of his memory ‘you are more beautiful than anyone’ ‘And yet your body had a flaw / Your small hands were not beautiful’ – her flaw were what separated her from the angelic persona of an angel but it was this very flaw that made her perfect- hence the reason she was such an overpowering part of his memory- unforgettable...

Gerontology, Iseult Gonne, Maud Gonne 1539  Words | 3  Pages

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Yeats Essay

W.B Yeats Essay Write an essay in which you give your reasons for liking/not liking the poetry of W.B Yeats. Support your points by reference to or quotation from, the poems that are on your course. In my opinion and from the sample of his poetry which I have studied, I would say that the poetry of W.B Yeats is very enjoyable to read. The themes of his poems are often easily identified with and his simple style of writing makes his poetry easy to interpret and understand. Although easily engaging...

Ageing, Easter Rising, Gerontology 2598  Words | 7  Pages

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Easter 1916- Yeats

Easter 1916 Background information: * This poem is a elegy for those that died in the Easter rebellion in Dublin * 24th April 1916- Easter uprising * British soldiers executed some of the rebels (Yeats knew many of them) * Fought for the independence of Ireland Themes: * Irish nationalism * Nature * Remembrance * Change * Independence * Sacrifice * Politics Structure: * 4 stanzas, first stanza has 16 lines, second has 24 lines third has 16 lines...

Dublin, Easter Rising, Ireland 845  Words | 3  Pages

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Yeats Poem

Summary of the Poem Stanza 1 .......Old men feel out of place in a land where everything heralds new life: young men with their nubile women, singing and cooing birds, spawning salmon and mackerel. Throughout the summer, animals and fish bring forth new generations. When life is busy reproducing itself, it neglects old men, whose bodies are nothing but monuments of what used to be--although their intellects do not age. Stanza 2 .......An old man is little more than wrinkled, drooping skin hanging...

Dublin, Easter Rising, Ireland 1662  Words | 5  Pages

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Literary Devices and Their Use in Poetry

LITERARY DEVICES AND THEIR USE IN POETRY The task set out in this essay is to examine the listed devices (accentuation, creation of hierarchies, shifts of accent, ambiguity, semanticisation and creation of relationship) of syntactic foregrounding, using examples from poems as illustration. The word ‘foregrounding’ when used in a literary context means to ‘make strange’. In other words poets use various literary and poetic devices in order to highlight a particular unit within a poem, in order...

Alliteration, Dependent clause, Grammar 1889  Words | 5  Pages

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Yeats- Byzantium

William Butler Yeats deals with a variety of different themes from the political and historical to the magical and mystical. Whilst his patriotic poems are a call to arms for those like him who desired a return to the age of revolutionary heroes, it is Yeatspoems that deal with myth, magic and symbolism that reveal the deeper side of his poetic imagination. This essay will deal with the related poems Sailing to Byzantium and its sequel of sorts Byzantium. Sailing to Byzantium is a poem that symbolises...

Ezra Pound, Modernism, Poetry 1330  Words | 4  Pages

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Poetic Devices

Poetic Devices The Sounds of Poetry Objectives: C: Identify and define figures of speech and other poetic devices A: Express appreciation in the use of figurative language as an instrument in expressing ones thoughts and feelings P: Present a song with figures of speech I. Onomatopoeia When a word’s pronunciation imitates its sound. Examples Buzz, Fizz, Woof, Hiss, Clink, Boom, Beep, Vroom, Zip II. Repetition Repeating a word or words for effect. Example Nobody No, nobody Can make...

Figure of speech, Idiom, Language 928  Words | 3  Pages

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Poetic Devices Paper

Inez Lee Corbin Lockmiller English 1302 14 July, 2013 Poetic Devices Paper “From the Diary of An Almost-Four-Year-Old” In life we experience many things. Most of the things we experience we experience them as children. We see things for the first time that we have obviously never seen before. We see things that bring us joy, sadness, anger, and excitement, a variety of emotions. We might see things that should not be seen, things that we cannot take back and we might also see good things...

2000 singles, Childhood, English-language films 1022  Words | 3  Pages

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Yeats Essay

endure the test of time is their representation of what is to be human Yeats’ poetry has survived over a century due to his depiction of various human states both in himself and those in the world around him. A personal and depressive depiction of humans is seen used in “The wild swans at Coole,” where Yeats reflects on the final rejection from Maud Gonne whom he was in love with. A juxtaposed human state is seen in “The Second Coming,” where Yeats depicts the chaotic and destructive nature of humans...

Hominidae, Human, Humans 1286  Words | 4  Pages

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Poetry analysis of "When You're Old" by W.B. Yeats

W.B. Yeats has created rhythm in his poem "When You Are Old" by using a familiar meter, simple rhyme scheme and by enhancing these forms with effective poetic devices and substitutions. Almost everyone who has studied English has read a play written by William Shakespeare. Yeats uses the same form, iambic pentameter, to create a steady rhythm that is familiar to many readers. He uses substitution feet to deviate from the regular meter and emphasize the parts of the poem he feels are important. For...

Alliteration, Iambic pentameter, Poetic form 425  Words | 2  Pages

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World's Best Poem Essay

shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st: So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. Adam Shefsky ENG 4UZ Ms. Eldridge Thursday, March 11, 2010 The Real Shakespeare Essay / Analysis…okay maybe not an essay… Poetry is a great way for a person to express what they are feeling, or what they feel about a certain subject through words. Following simple guidelines poets are able to create poetry that affects the way you may think...

Alliteration, Emotion, Iambic pentameter 912  Words | 3  Pages

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Hsc English - Module B - Yeats' Poems

Yeats Conflict Essay Conflict is the basis of all human interaction and hence is an integral part of human life. Through ambiguous yet comprehensive treatment of conflict W. B. Yeats has ensured that his works stand the test of time and hence have remained ‘classics’ today. Through my critical study I have recognised that Yeatspoems Easter 1916 and The Second Coming are no exception. Yeatspoetic form, language and use of poetic techniques; such as juxtaposition, allusion, and extended metaphors...

Audience, Easter Rising, John MacBride 1089  Words | 3  Pages

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The Bird Image in Yeats' Poems

20100110003 陈桂芳 英国诗歌 Jan. 30, 2011 The Symbol of Soul —The bird image in Yeats’ poetry The poetry of William Butler Yeats is permeated by symbolism and mysticism which are attributed to his manipulation of various images. The image of birds crowns among the imageries of his poetry and is endowed with the poets’ profound philosophies. The bird...

Ezra Pound, Maud Gonne, Modernism 2049  Words | 6  Pages

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yeats poems

September 1913: - Expresses Yeats’ frustration over how violence is not the way forward, however peaceful Ireland is ‘with O’Leary in the grave’ and all that is left is violence. - Significant date, general strike where workers were shut out of factories as their employers did not want to acquiesce to better working conditions / wages - Materialism infected merchant’s minds Form: - Ballad, has a clear chorus - Popular form in Irish Culture - One of Yeats’ most sarcastic poems, he chooses this form...

Dublin, Easter Rising, Ireland 1261  Words | 4  Pages

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William Butler Yeats - Stolen Child Faery World analysis

ways in which Yeats presents the faery world in ‘The Stolen Child’. In the poem ‘The Stolen Child’ Yeats presents the faery world as an idyllic place surrounded by ‘rocky highland’ where you can escape the outside world that is ‘full of weeping’. However, as the poem progresses we discover that there may be something more sinister lurking in the shadows of this ‘leafy island’ that leaves the child ‘solemn eyed’. We also learn that maybe the real world isn’t that bad after all. This poem has themes...

Earth, Irish mythology, Poetry 1177  Words | 3  Pages

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Features of Literary Communication in When You Are Old

and dramatist, praised as “one of the foremost figures in the 20th century”. When You Are Old When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face; And bending down beside the...

Fiction, Linguistics, Literary criticism 843  Words | 3  Pages

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with the likes of Shakespeare and Dickens, William Butler Yeats stands among the few writers whose work has been engraved permanently onto the walls of English literature. It is through Yeats’ exploration of themes such as the passing of time, fragility of human life and the inevitability of death teemed with the exploration of the idea of destruction and its relevance in all societies have enraptured readers of the modern century. Yeats’ writings have immortalised him, so he may never be forgotten...

Easter Rising, Ezra Pound, The Reader 1459  Words | 4  Pages

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Figure of Cuchulainn in Yeats' Work

national identity. W.B. Yeats was one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. It is well known that he had a great passion for Irish mythology. He infused his love of Irish legends into many of his works. He was a vital figure in the Irish Literary Revival. He believed he could instigate enthusiasm in people by bringing back old Celtic myths, and portraying them in his poetry. The ancient Irish hero, Cuchulain, appeared in a number of his early works. Yeats inclusion of Cuchulain and other...

Celtic mythology, Ireland, Irish mythology 1398  Words | 4  Pages

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Poem Conm

representation of what he has grown into. The poem opens up with the sense of a lost love. At first glance, the structure appears to be regular with six stanzas, each stanza consisting of four lines. However, on closer reading the structure seemed a bit unique as the first letter in every line is capitalized. This makes each line significant and becomes worthy of greater attention, so that the audience could understand each line clearly. One of the main stylistic aspect that is used by the poet is...

Alliteration, Great Depression, Poetry 981  Words | 3  Pages

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yeats a great irish poet

"YEATS CAN CERTAINLY BE CALLED A GREAT IRISH POET." DISCUSS. Introduction I certainly agree with this statement. (Tip: state broadly your attitude to the subject of the question).The work of W.B. Yeats is saturated with evocative, descriptive imagery, deeply explored personal feelings, universal, but profound, subject matter and strong political opinions. He isn't just a great figure in world literature but he is a very patriotic poet who truly loved Ireland. I would like to further explore this...

Easter Rising, Ireland, John MacBride 1175  Words | 4  Pages

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Yeats explores the tension between the real world and the ideal world in many of his poems. The natural world, rich with the peaceful sounds of honey-bees and ‘linnet’s wings’, is compared to the greyness of city life. He contrasts the heroic idealism of the patriots who died for Ireland with the drab merchant class who ‘add the halfpence to the pence.’ Elsewhere his poetry is alive with the tension between the feverish mortal life of ‘fish, flesh and foul’ and the desire for immortality. In his...

Idealism, Life, Merchant 1040  Words | 3  Pages

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The Tension Displayed in W.B Yeats' Poetry

The Tension Displayed in W.B Yeats’ Poetry When one hears the name ‘Yeats’, one most likely thinks of the man many consider to be Ireland’s greatest ever poet. However, if you were to ask these poets to discuss their favourite aspects of his poetry, I am sure that the response would amount to little more than some ‘umming’ and ‘errring’ and the occasional ‘his alliteration’ from those who remember their days at school. I must admit, I was the same before I began studying his work. Now, however...

Abbey Theatre, Augusta, Lady Gregory, Gort 2053  Words | 5  Pages

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Yeats Context

W.B. Yeats Familial background: William Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865 - January 28, 1939), often referred to as W.B. Yeats, was an Irish poet, dramatist and mystic. He served as an Irish Senator in the 1920s. Born in Dublin, in 1865, the firstborn of John Butler Yeats and Susan Mary Yeats. In 1877, W.B. entered Godolphin school, which he attended for four years, after which he continued his education at Erasmus Smith High School, in Dublin. For a time (from 1884 - 1886), he attended the Metropolitan...

Abbey Theatre, Easter Rising, Ireland 1690  Words | 5  Pages

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Speaker for the Dead Poems

life which I blindly took from them Poetic Devices: Simile, Imagery, Line break, Stanza break Context: Ender has to leave his home, Trondheim, in order to help the hive queen start a new life. Before this novel ender unknowingly wiped out the bugger race and promised to give the hive queen life again. When Ender leaves, he is leaving not only his home, but all the memories he has built here along with his loving sister Valentine. Analyzation: In this poem I tried to portray the sadness Ender...

Death, Ender Wiggin, Life 1281  Words | 6  Pages

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A personal response to the poetry of W.B Yeats

personal response to the poetry of W.B Yeats In my opinion W.B Yeats is one of Ireland’s greatest poets. His work is saturated with descriptive imagery, deep personal feelings and political opinions. This patriotic poet also gives us an insight into life during the 1900’s as well as his own personal life. The poetry of W.B Yeats contains powerful metaphors and imagery that have a very memorable quality to them. There are also dynamic contrasts in every poem which makes him stand out amongst other...

Death, John MacBride, Maud Gonne 1244  Words | 3  Pages

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analysis of poem

analyze a poem stylistically, we can analyze the poetic device, which is usually deviation and foregrounding, that the poet used in the poem. The term foregrounding refers to an effect brought about in the reader by linguistic or other forms of deviation in the literary text (Leech, 1985).In poem, devices of foregrounding and deviation are always used to draw reader’s attention and impress the readers. In the aspect of deviation and foregrounding, there are some perspectives on the nature of poetic language...

Alliteration, Assonance, Linguistics 1355  Words | 4  Pages

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The Lamentation of a Old Pensioner

Summary W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) is an Irish poet and dramatist. He was a leader of the Irish Renaissance and one of the foremost writers of the 20th century. Yeats is the greatest versatile poet of the century. Yeats was at heart a dreamer, a visionary fascinated by folk-lore, and the superstitions of the Irish peasantry. He was a symbolist poet. His best known collections from the latter period are: ‘The Tower’ (1928), including the poems ‘Sailing to Byzantium ’and ‘Leda and Swan’ and ‘The Winding...

Ageing, Ezra Pound, Gerontology 843  Words | 3  Pages

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6 Poems

Compare how strong human emotion is conveyed in three poems from Section C of the Anthology and three other poems you have studied. Poetry engages readers with different forms of emotion; these emotions can be conveyed through stylish and subtle use of extraordinary language, form, structure and context, all of which provide an additional dimension to the literature. Emotion is defined as a “strong feeling” and this will be explored in the paired poems: ‘Havisham’ and ‘Remember’; ‘A Mother In A Refugee...

Emotion, Feeling, Love 1923  Words | 4  Pages

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You have been asked to choose at least 3 poems of Adrienne Rich's for an anthology. What poems would you choose and why?

 You have been asked to choose at least 3 poems of Adrienne Rich's for an anthology. What poems would you choose and why? I've studied Rich's poetry for my Leaving Certificate and have really enjoyed learning them. In my opinion, Rich is fine poet and I strongly recommend 'Aunt Jennifer's Tigers', 'Living in Sin' and 'Diving into the Wreck' to be included for this anthology. I chose these poems since they are personally my favourites. However...

Anthology, Family, Feminism 1079  Words | 3  Pages

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Poem Analysis : Spelling by Margaret Atwood

Jeffrey Chen Mrs. Mekhala MYP Year 5 Language Arts April 3, 2013 Poem Analysis on “Spelling” Margaret Atwood’s Spelling is a sophisticated and emotional poem. Like much of Atwood’s poetry, it has one central objective deeply rooted in her feminist beliefs. She aims firstly at the women in history by expressing the horrors of the low social status of women and how they were tortured in war; then she explains that education is what gives women the power to stand up for themselves and fight for freedom...

Feminism, Gender, Margaret Atwood 964  Words | 3  Pages

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When You Are Old and Gray

When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead, And hid...

Ezra Pound, Interpersonal attraction, Love 458  Words | 2  Pages

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Carefully Read the Poem Simon Lee by William Wordsworth (Romantic Writings: an Anthology Pp.60-63). Write an Essay of Not More Than 1,500 Words in Which You Analyse the Poem and Comment on the Poetic Form and Language

Simon Lee the Old Huntsman is a poem which occurs in Lyrical Ballads and was written in 1798, belonging, thus, temporally to the Romantic period (1780-1830). Romantic writing is commonly identified with some key elements, which concern imagination, nature, symbolism and myth (although there have been writers of this period who were not as ‘mainstream’). William Wordsworth has been characterised as a canonical author of Romantic Poetry in that his work is highly attached to the notion of Nature and...

Poetic form, Poetry, Rhyme 1547  Words | 4  Pages

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poem analysis

In the poems “ A Time Past” by Denise Levertov and “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats both emphasize the memory of formal lovers. Levertov chooses to reminisce about the beautiful moments of the ended relationship and Yeats creates an anonymous speaker that requests of a former lover to remember her youth and his love for her, creating a surreal sense of mystery that only reveals some shadows of his own past love life. In the poems “A Time Past” and “When You Are Old” both use powerful imagery...

Ezra Pound, Love, Modernism 1071  Words | 3  Pages

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When We Two Parted

good morning and welcome. Before we delve into the beautiful world that is poetry, may I please ask you to close your eyes? Close your eyes, clear your mind and picture a plain white room, free of all opinion and emotion. Place your most cherished love in this room; whether it is the boy or girl you eternally adore, the best friend who you have shared and bared your soul to or the family member you have the utmost admiration towards. Envision the one smile that they effortlessly flash in your direction...

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, Hector Berlioz, John Keats 1428  Words | 4  Pages

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Sky Scraper Poem Analysis

2012 “Sky Scraper” a poem or just a song? What exactly identifies a poem? How can we classify a song as a poem and another not? There is debate over how a poem should be defined, but there is absolutely no doubt about its ability to set a mood. In general, poetry is art by means of words, an arrangement of words containing meaning and musicality. A poem is identifiable by its literary and musical elements such as its poetic devices. Another characteristic of a poem is its ability to say...

Anaphora, Poetry, Reader 1008  Words | 3  Pages

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Poetic analysis of To a Sad Daughter written by Michael Ondaatje

Professor D English 1001 February 1st, 2010 Poetic analysis of To a Sad Daughter The poem, "To a Sad Daughter" written by Michael Ondaatje, sends a powerful message regarding a father's love, and his hockey idolizing daughter. Through analysis it is clear that Ondaatje does not use many overt poetic devices, but his subtle figurative language and specific word choice makes for an extremely effective poem. His decision to use common language and keep it simple helps to relate and understand his...

Alliteration, Assonance, Michael Ondaatje 950  Words | 3  Pages

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Wb yeats

WB YEATS A PERSONAL RESPONSE I thoroughly enjoyed studying the work of WB Yeats. He presents key themes and messages in the form of artistic and beautiful imagery. He deals with many important issues facing Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century, the search for oneself and death. A key theme in his work is the need to escape, to create a sanctuary where one can think clearly minus the materialism and grayness of the modern world, looking back and reflecting on the past. ‘The Lake Isle...

Ezra Pound, Ireland, Man 2571  Words | 7  Pages

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Research Paper on William B Yeats

William Blake’s use of fiction influenced William Butler Yeats to write “The Curse of the Fire and the Shadows”. Yeats is a huge part of 20th century English and Irish literature and one of the most important writers that started the “Irish Literary Revival” and was responsible for starting a his own literary club called “The Rhymers Club”. In addition to being a great poet Yeats was always prominent in writing short stories and plays. One of Yeats’ individual characteristics is his split sense of certain...

Abbey Theatre, Emanuel Swedenborg, Ireland 2403  Words | 6  Pages

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“How Do the Poets Create Distinct Poetic Voices in If…, Do Not Go Gentle…, Remember or My Last Duchess & Three Other Poems.”

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Poem Templates

Poetic Forms Template…. You should approach this assignment from the perspective that you are teaching someone how to write the type of poem that you have selected. That means, defining and providing the characteristics of the type of poetry that you have selected as well as an approach to composing. TYPE: English SonnetThe English Sonnet, also known as a Shakespearian Sonnet, can be written about any subject. This type of poem is written in iambic pentameter (10 syllables or 5 feet in a...

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Robert Gray Poem- Old House and Late Ferry

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The Sound Devices Used Within the Tyger by William Blake

Where the Sleeping Tyger Lies: An Analysis of the Sound Devices Used in The Tyger by William Blake The Tyger, written in 1974, is one of both simplicity and mystery. Within this poem written by old English William Blake, there are 13 full questions within this short 24 line work. Though many literary analysts have attempted to forge a meaning from this work, not one theme has a more correct stance than any of the others. One clear symbol within the piece is the Tyger, who represents some form...

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Dana Gioria Money Poem

him Chairman of the National Endowment for Arts in 2003. Money is a poem that is included in Dana Gioia’s book”The God’s of Winter.” This poem talks about something that everyone is very familiar with in their own way, money. No matter who you are, you know what money is and what money can do or cannot do for you. Dana Gioia illustrates in continuous metaphors that money can be earned, saved, shared, wasted, abused, and used, and that spending money is the prime objective of mankind.   Dana...

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