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18450. Ten Poems of Robert Frost.

This paper describes and analyzes the tone, meaning, emotion, strengths and weaknesses of ten poems of Robert Frost. The poems under analysis are: In Hardwood Groves, Now Close the Windows, Two Tramps in Mud Time, The Road Not Taken, Fire and Ice, Home Burial, The Black Cottage, Mending Wall, After Apple Picking, and My Butterfly. 11 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic references (poems are quoted). 2,637 words.

17630. Emerson & Austin on Love and Friendship.

This paper discusses how Ralph Waldo Emerson’s views in the essays “Love” and “Friendship” relate to the character Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. Argues that Elizabeth Bennet fails to show a strong sense of Emerson’s concept of “love in friendship” in the way she deals with Charolotte although she does succeed in this through her relationship with Darcy. KEYWORDS: jane austen Ralph waldo emerson love friendship. MLA Style. 7 pages, 19 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,671 words. 14c, 14e

17492. William Wordsworth and “the Prelude”.

This paper profiles the poet through an examination and analysis of his epic narrative poem. Considers “The Prelude’s” presentation of the natural and supernatural worlds and what impact they have upon the development of the poetic voice. Argues that Wordsworth’s work is an effort to analyze the physical and philosophical characteristics of nature. Concludes that “The Prelude” functions not only as an autobiographical account of Wordsworth’s development as a poet, but a treatise on the philosophy behind poetry itself. KEYWORDS: poetry biography wordsworth nature supernatural. MLA Style. 18 pages, 66 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 4,259 words.

17489. “Ruins of a Great House” by Derek Walcott.

This paper provides a review and critique of Walcott’s poem which considers the colonial experience, including the problems of exploitation and slavery. Considers how Walcott’s West Indian background contributes to his poem. KEYWORDS: poetry blacks African American slavery West Indies colonialism. Chicago/Turabian Parenthetical Style. 5 pages, 14 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,236 words.

17313. The Poetry of Langston Hughes.

This paper provides an overview of the poems of Langston Hughes. (1902-1967). In general, the subject matter and themes of Hughes’s poems are concerned with the life of African Americans during the period from the 1920s through the 1960s. Providing examples from many of Hughes’ best-known poems (e.g., “Harlem”, “Song for a Dark Girl,” “Uncle Tom,” etc.), the paper discusses the poet’s use of the black vernacular and other techniques and considers some of the recurring themes in his work. KEYWORDS: black poetry African American poems Langston Hughes. 7 pages, 11 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,816 words.

17273. Profile of the Life & Work of Poet Audre Lourde.

This paper provides a profile of the life and work of black lesbian poet Audre Lourde. Argues that Lorde’s treatment of the theme of difference shows that being “different” is a condition that is shared by all human beings. In her poems, prose writings, and speeches, Lorde expressed the view that we are all unique in our individuality. Lorde’s message is that identities of difference should be accepted and celebrated, and that they should not be regarded as problematic or as a cause for separatism. KEYWORDS: black feminist lesbian poet. 6 pages, 16 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. 1,611 words.

15784. Theories of Poetry.

This essay explores the nature and meaning of poetry and of human aesthetic expression in general. Following an overview of existing theories of poetry (looking at the ideas of Wordsworth and Coleridge), the foundation for the analysis is an examination of Justus Buchler's theoretical perspective and critical writings of Martha Nussbaum and then an application of these ideas to Matthew Lipman's Suki. 21 pages, 31 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.

15773. The Poetry of Maya Angelou.

Compares the poet's works of the 1970's with those of the 1990's, noting that the earlier works are filled with urgency and anger, while the later works have a wider, more global vision. 5 pages, 16 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

15707. The Influence of Emerson on the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

This paper discusses how both poets were influenced by the views of the transcendentalist philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson. However, each poet also had their own unique style; these differences were due in part to the different gender of the two poets. 6 pages; 20 footnotes; 7 bibliographic sources.

15539. Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of Morning."

Analysis of this free-verse poem, written for President Clinton's inauguration in 1993, with its themes of diverse people living in unity and equality, and hope for the future. Includes a discussion of how Angelou uses figurative language and other poetic elements to create tone and mood. 8 pages, 7 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

15208. "There's Been a Death in the Opposite House" (Dickinson).

Explication and critique of poem, including a discussion of the use of poetic elements (such as rhythm and imagery), and how the poem provides an example of Dickinson's use of the theme of death. 9 pages, 25 footnotes, 6 bibliographic references.

14056. "Out, Out -" (Robert Frost).

Analysis of the poem and its use of poetic devices to increase emotional power. Topics covered include theme, imagery, metonymy, personification, irony and allusion. 6 pages, 25 footnotes, 5 bibliographic references.

13926. Formative Influences on the Poetry of Walt Whitman.

Considers some of the key factors in Whitman's childhood, adolescent and young manhood which contributed to his late-blooming development as one of America's best-loved poets and philosophers. Specifically examines the pivotal 1855 Leaves of Grass in an effort to ascertain important early influences. 7 pages, 17 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

13122. Internal [Soul] Dialogue of Five Poets.

Looks at short works by five poets -- Frank OHara, Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Wright -- comparing their modes of internal dialogue, poetic reflection and personal voice. 5 pages, 9 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

13017. Four American Poets Compared.

Poetic style, setting and themes are compared in poems by Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. 8 pages, 10 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

12357. Analysis of Three Poems by Langston Hughes.

A discussion of how "Negro," "Island," and "Dream Deferred" reflect the poet's vision of African-American pride and the dream of racial equality. Also notes how the poet's attitude changed over time, showing an increased sense of urgency in his later works. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

12277. "Home Burial" by Robert Frost.

Critical analysis of Frost's poem about a man and a woman struggling with grief for the death of their first-born child. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

12222. Maya Angelou: A Comparison of Her Early and Later Works.

Compares and contrasts Angelou's poems from the 1970s with her more recent work in the 1990s. Argues that while the themes remained centered on racism and the African-American struggle for justice, her tone has softened and matured as she moves away from a narrow focus on Black anger to a wider concern for reconciliation. 5 pages, 15 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

12221. Robert Frost.

A brief look at the life and work of the New England poet; presents a critical evaluation of his work and compares two poems, "Mending Wall" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Poems included for reference. 6 pages, 11 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

12220. "Pictures From Brueghel" by William Carlos Williams.

Review and critique of Williams' ten short poems describing various paintings by the Flemish painter. Considers theme, tone, and style of each of the 10 poems. 5 pages, 2 footnotes, 1 bibliographic reference.

12130. Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

Examines Whitman's exploration of the self in his poetry and his use of the word "I." Argues that Whitman was not being egotistic, but was referring to a "universal self" that connects all people to each other and to nature. Also looks at how Whitman's life influenced his views on equality, democracy and individuality. 6 pages, 20 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

11879. The Poem "Design" by Robert Frost.

A close textual reading of the poem. Special attention is given to Frost's choice of form and themes in his imagery. 9 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

11422. Structure and Approach in Dickinson and Poe.

This paper compares the structure and approach of a literary work to "houses" and "addresses" the reader can visit. Dickinson's "Poem #288" and Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" serve as examples of structures that are never internalized by the reader; Dickinson's "Poem #169" and Poe's "The Man of the Crowd" are examples of works that create more mysteries than they solve. KEYWORDS: emily dickinson poetry edgar allen poe poetic structure. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

10614. The Dead Poet's Society.

Looks at the theme of Whitman's "O' Captain My Captain" as it is used in a film about a prep school teacher who tries to teach his students to live life to the fullest. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

08038. "This Amber Sunstream."

An explication which examines the uses of imagery in Mark Van Doren's poem. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

07814. Portrait of a Lady.

A summary review of the Henry James novel. 5p. 1b. Notes in text.

07544. Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken".

Detailed, almost philosophical critique of this short yet weighty poem. Detailed analysis of imagery and emotions evoked; finds Frost's power comes from being aware of regret yet not succumbing to it. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources. Notes in text.

05775. "Skins on the Earth". Poems by Primus St. John.

A review of an anthology of this black American poet's work and some of its themes: love, time and religion most notably. 6p. 1b. 13 f. in text.

05757. "Sunday Morning" - a Poem by Wallace Stevens.

A stanza by stanza dissection of this poem dealing with man's consciousness of death and the meaninglessness of life. Imagery is closely examined. 10 pages, 0 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

05751. The Work of Robert Bly.

Themes of solitude, grief and death are examined through three of Bly's poems: "Return to Solitude", "The Hermit", and "Thinking of 'The Autumn Fields'." Nature is shown to be a motif in all of them. Wonderful use of quotes throughout. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

05745. w.c. Williams and w.h. Auden: A Comparison of "The Dance" and "Musee Des Beaux Arts.

William Carlos Williams’ “The Dance” and W.H. Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” are examined. Both treat the paintings by Breughel. Enormous differences in the emotional impact and stylistic nature of each are demonstrated. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

05740. "The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens.

A detailed stanza by stanza analysis of this poem, paying particular attention to language and style. 8 pages, 2 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

05739. "Spring and All." w.c. Williams.

Williams's technique of abandoning traditional poetic forms and traditional sense perception is the basis of this analysis. 7 pages, 3 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.

05735. "Man on the Dump." Wallace Stevens.

Stanza by stanza examination of Stevens poem with emphasis on its imagery and the theme of man's jaded imaginative faculties. 7p. 4b.

05734. "A Primitive Like an Orb." W. Stevens.

A paper analyzing the use of paradox and allusive imagery in this poem. 6 pages, 3 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

05729. Cable Television and f.c.c. Regulation.

An indepth study of the history, technology, and programming content and control of the cable television industry. The conclusion is that the current conditions of CATV are more or less defined by F.C.C. regulations, although the possibilities and prospects of the systems seem to outweigh its problems. 15 pages, 12 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

05059. W. H. Auden's "Musee Des Beaux Arts".

A rhetorical analysis of the short poem by Auden, with a stanzaic commentary and a critique of Auden's poetic method. 4 pages, footnotes in text, 1 bibliographic source.

04930. Emily Dickinson's God.

The existential relationship of the poet to her personal God is examined in this study of Emily Dickinson's religious poetry. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic source.

04787. "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" a Poem by Wallace Stevens.

The descriptive imagery of Stevens' poem is analyzed in a stanza-by-stanza study. The themes of death and nothingness, and the masterful use of metaphor and movement are commented on as the indication of a larger poetic design. 9 pages, 4 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

04780. "Peter Quince at the Clavier" by Wallace Stevens.

A thorough exploration of the levels of meaning and imagery in Stevens' poem about the search of the poet for beauty. The themes of music, beauty, and pleasure are seen as a sacrament of art. 8 pages, 8 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.

04617. Fever 103 Slyvia Plath.

An analysis of Plath's poem in terms of its imagery from Dante and its bridge between classic modes and modern themes. The imagery and descriptions of the author's idea of hell as described in detail. 5p., Of., Ob.

04275. Mama and Daughter by Langston Hughes, and Mother by Nikkie Gioverni.

Two short works by black poets on the theme of the relationship of mother and daughter are compared. 3 pages, 0 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources. 834 words.

04164. Robert Frost's Poem "Reluctance".

Frost's poem is analyzed as an effort to reconcile the dictates of the head and the heart through the contemplation of nature after a long journey. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

04018. A Stylistic Comparison of Plath, Atwood and Angeleo.

Three women writers are compared in terms of their use of emotional language; Sylvia Plath is seen as apparently casual but calculated, Margaret Atwood is seen as spare and reserved, and Maya Angelou is seen as warm and rich. The psychology of the female heroine is reviewed in each writer's work. lOp., Of., Ob.

04012. The Poetry of Dickinson and Plath.

A cogent analysis of the poetry of Emily Dickinson in terms of her originality of style and clarity of presentation, with a comparison to a more recent woman poet, Sylvia Plath; economy of expression and striking metaphorical vision are noted in each llp., Of., 6b.

03946. The Social Vision of Walt Whitman.

An interesting study of Walt Whitman's social theories and political ideas. The poet is seen as a social prophet caught between his larger vision of humanity and his insistent individualism. Poems and essays on democracy and the American dream are cited. 14 pages, 47 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

03746. The Growth and Function of the Colloquial Voice in the Poetry of Robert Frost.

A comprehensive analysis of Frost's use of colloquial speech patterns in his poetry; the cadences of common speech are seen as aiding Frost in his search for a language capable of attunement with nature. Conversational modes are examined in terms of their rhythm and sense, and Frost's lyricism and rhetoric are seen as natural tools. Wonderful use of quotes throughout. 18 pages, 16 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.

03558. The Poetry of Gwen Macewan and Margaret Atwood.

Two contemporary women poets from Canada are discussed in terms of themes, images, nature symbolism and feminine perspective. A good psychological analysis of the spirtual and poetic outlook of women poets. 15 pages, 38 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

03030. Symbolic Values in the Poetry of Frost and Eliot.

A general discussion of Frost's natural symbolism as opposed to the self-conscious symbolism implicit in Eliot' s idea of the "objective Correlative". 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

02575. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

A look at the themes of Adamic innocence in Whitman's Poetry. 2p., Of., 5b.

02515. The Implications of Social Engineering.

Interesting discussion of the problems involved in social planning, including difficulty of exact knowledge and prediction in sociology, problems of moral authority and responsibility for such policies. 10 pages, 0 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources. (notes in text.)

02496. Robinson Jeffers' the Women at Point Sur.

The philosophical questions raised in Jeffers' poem, such as the existence of God, the immortality of man, and the proper life, arc treated briefly. 4p., Of., Ob.

02479. Analysis of the Detroit Riot of 1967.

Interesting analysis of the Detroit riots in terms of Smelser's theory of determinants of collective behavior. Most of the discussion is concerned with establishing that Detroit ghetto was structurally conducive to mass frustration. 11p., Of., Ob.

02457. The Method of Creation.

Christian view of the conflicts between the ideas of evolution and creation, arguing that they are compatible if Genesis is viewed figuratively. 7 pages, 25 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.

02223. The Poem and the Poetic Process.

A philosophical consideration of the poetic process. The poem as a unique form of discourse is broken down into image, diction and structure. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

02221. The Pastoral Motif in Emerson, Frost and Lewis.

Nature poems by Emerson and Frost are compared with the pastoral yearnings of Lewis' Babbitt, and Frost's attitude seen as the most appreciative of nature. 6p., Of., Ob.

02217. William Carlos Willlams' "The Locust Tree in Flower."

An early poem by Williams is viewed for its observations of nature; the themes of timelessness, commonness, American rhythm, optimism and the scientific perspective are considered. 9p., Of., Ob.

02193. A Report on the Later New Critics.

A comprehensive discussion of the concerns and attitudes of six studies by modern adherents of the "New Criticism" of literature; works by Blackmur, Warren, Brooks, Krieger and Foster are examined for their definitions of the role of the writer, the function of criticism and the meaning of literature in our society. A good study of the basic tenets of the New Criticism. 17 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

01996. The Fall of the House of Usher and Ligeia.

The tone and theme of two of Poe's short stories are looked out; the feeling for the fantastic and morbid are emphasized. 3 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

01940. The Poet's View of God: Bradstreet's Puritanism v. Romanticism.

Anne Bradstreet's Puritanism is contrasted with the religious feeling of the romantic poets, and their views of nature and God reconsidered. 4 pages, 5 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources. Also notes in text.

01889. Two Poems on Spring - E. E.

Cummings "In Just-Spring" is compared with "Spring and All" for its treatment of the spirit of the season. 4p., Of., Ob.

01762. The Poetry of Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson.

A comparison of the work of two of the most important women poets ever to write in America. The importance of religious symbolism and metaphor of death is discussed in terms of its psychological implications. 10 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

01715. Daddy and Lady Lazarus.

Images of death in two poems from Sylvia Plath's collection "Ariel" are analyzed; the symbolic imagery and rhythmic contours of the poems are also discussed. 9p., llf., 3b.

01202. Richard Wilbur's the Grasshopper.

A brief look at a modern nature poem, with the emphasis on the poet's search for the harmony and pattern of wildlife in his art. 4p., Of., lb.

01019. Wakowski, Wright and Hughes.

The work of three contemporary poets - Diane Wakowski, James Wright, and Ted Hughes, is given a thorough analysis of imagery and thematic content. Wakowski emerges as a surrealist, Wright as a delicate and isolated humanist, and Hughes as a rebellious absurdist. 15p., Of., Ob.

01002. Inside the Blood Factory by Diane Wakoski.

A book of poems by a new American poet is criticized and treated as the work of an imaginative artist. 3p., Of., Ob.

00952. The Quality of Love in the Poetry of Robert Bridges.

The work of the modern poet is analyzed in depth; various criticisms of his art and thought are projected, and the treatment of the theme of Love as the perfection of beauty is handled in all its aspects. A comprehensive and searching study of a major American poet. 26 pages, 37 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.

00751. Conceits in the Love Poetry of E. E. Cummings.

Cummings' use of the Elizabethan conceit and the parallel of love and the chase are examined in four poems. 7p.. Of.. Ob.

00743. E. E. Cummings - Self-Transcendence Through His Poetry.

The modern American poet is viewed as an heir to the transcendentalists; contains a good analysis of Cummings' style and technique in selected poems. 8p., Of., Ob.

00658. The Poetry of Allen Ginsberg.

The life and work of the American Beat poet is discussed, and elements of his personal style and beliefs discussed; Ginsberg's transformation from a man to holyman is examined and commented on in relation to the Beat movement. 8p., Of., Ob.

00462. Homosexuality in Whitman's Song of Myself.

Whitman's poem is seen as a justification of his homosexuality, with commentary on the poet as non-conformist and social outcast. 5p., Of., Ob.

53843. Emily Dickinson.

A general discussion of the viewpoint of the l9th Century poet, Emily Dickinson, as a woman and recluse. Her philosophy, conversation style of prose, letter-writing and love of nature are all considered. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic source.

53427. Leroi Jones as Political Writer.

9 pages, 26 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources. See American Fiction since 1900, Section 14B.

53006. Walt Whitman.

Aspects of Whitman's style and the broad range of his sources of inspiration are considered; general themes of a number of his poems are described, and Whitmans philosophy of celebration of the flesh viewed. KEYWORDS: poets whitman poetry style. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

52397. Modern American Poetry.

A look at innovations in poetry by Eliot, Cummings, Williams and Stevens, contrasted with the more traditional work of Frost and Robinson. 6p., lOf., 6b.

52055. Roan Stallion by Robert Jeffers.

The long narrative poem depicting a tragedy among the people who inhabit the California coast near Carmel is described and given a mildly unfavorable review. 6p., Of., 6b.

16094. Moodie's Roughing It in the Bush and Atwood's the Journals of Susanna Moddie.

A comparative analysis of a pioneerwoman's diary and the poetic treatment of it by a modern Canadian poet; Margaret Atwood is criticized for distorting the original spirit of the Journals. 6 pages, 16 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

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