- After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes--
After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes--
Elements of despair evident from the inner workings of Emily Dickinson are present in her poem, “After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes--.” Emily Dickinson led a difficult life which left her alone. These feelings of sorrow and isolation have produced works by Dickinson which question human existence and thought. Such works include the theme of despair which is inextricably related to spiritual strivings and misgivings. They lead inevitably t...
- More Than Just A Shirt
More Than Just a Shirt
Before reading this poem one doesn't completely realize the details and stories behind an object as basic as a shirt. I had no idea that so much detail could be found in such a simple object, much less an entire poem. This poem presents a very good example of how we can easily overlook terrible things which happen, but choose to ignore. Even though we know bad working conditions exist in small countries which produce products we need, we choose to buy these pro...
- Daddy, Vampires, Black Hearts
Daddy, Vampires, Black Hearts
In the poem "Daddy", Sylvia Plath says that there are women who, due to early conditioning, find themselves without the tools to deal with oppressive and controlling men. They are left feeling helpless and hopeless. For some women, the struggle is never resolved, others take most of a lifetime. For a lucky few, they are granted a reprieve.
The speaker in this poem is Sylvia Plath. The poem describes her feelings of oppression and her battle to come to gri...
- Sikh Pride
"Cut your hair, already", some fifth graders said as they pushed me against the hard brick wall.
I tried to argue with them, but then one of them punched me in the gut. I fell to the ground crying. I remember feeling so confused, trying to figure out what had I done to them. People started crowding around, to see what was happening. Almost all the kids laughed at me, the older kids laughed because they were mean and the smaller ones laughed to fit in. Luckily, the bell r...
- Tenets Of Wordsworth In Resolution And Independence
Tenets of Wordsworth in Resolution and Independence
Romanticism officially began in 1798, when William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge anonymously published Lyrical Ballads. This work marked the official beginning of a literary period which had already begun many years before 1798. A work is defined to be of a certain period by its characteristics, therefore to be considered a Romantic work, the work must contain aspects which are termed "Romantic." A few typical "Romantic" aspe...
- A Place In Different Seasons
A Place in Different Seasons
The place to be described is totally imaginary, although it may bear some resemblance to a childhood memory of yours. The house and surrounding fields and mountains (for it is these I will endeavour to describe in different seasons) are so exquisitely picturesque: The long, wide, oak slatted cabin with the rolling fields stretching far into the distance, and beyond. Behind the house (as I like to call it) is an expanse of some three hundred or so yards ...
- My Magic Mirror
My Magic Mirror
I often wonder who the girl is whose face I examine every morning in the large mirror hanging above my desk. In some ways I do feel as if I know her, but only on a superficial level: the same way we think we know the actors in our favourite soap operas. We may know every explicit detail of the lives of the characters, but the true personality of the actor themselves is a huge mystery which we have little or no hope of ever solving.
A mirror’s sole purpose is to reflect. ...
- A Drunk Bus Driver And A Bad Accident.
A drunk bus driver and a bad accident.
Sometimes, even from the most unsuspecting people wonderful and profound messages can originate. This is the story of one such incident when much could be learned from a person like that.
On the way to school one day, this kid named Patrick went around telling everyone that he had some beer in his lunch box. Now in the 9th grade, this topic of conversation is new and exciting. He was the center of attention, and was enjoying it imme...
- Being A Millionare Isnt For Me
Being A Millionare Isn't For Me
“You have just won a million dollars!” shouted Regis on the most popular show that has ever hit television. A fifty-one year old retired, high school teacher sat on the hot seat in absolute amazement. In seconds his life changed from being an ordinary, retired father of two, and living with his wife in a small Manhattan home to becoming a millionaire. I sat in my living room wishing that it was me who had answered that last question correctly in t...
- Expansion Of Arthurs Battle With The Giant
Expansion Of Arthur's Battle With The Giant
Arthur turned his head in the direction the woman's gaze and there before him stood the giant that he had heard so much about during the past few days. It stood almost 20 feet off the ground and carried a club bigger than Arthur himself. The stench of rotting human corpses emanated from its disgusting body and insects of every sort imaginable crawled freely through its hair and under its skin. Arthur stood motionless, stunned for a moment by ...
- It Was Not Death, For I Stood Up
It Was Not Death, for I Stood Up
In the poem by Emily Dickinson "It Was Not Death, for I Stood Up," the main character has just lost a loved one and feels such devastation that cannot be put into words, but could only be described as "not" something. She feels such loss at her loved one's burial, that his "burial reminded [her] of [hers]". He has been a huge part of her life, so when he dies, that part of her dies also, and is buried with him. She cannot put the feeling of devastatio...
- The Author Of Her Book
The Author of Her book
In “The Author to Her Book,” Bradstreet is awash in indecision and internal conflicts over the merits and shortfalls of her creative abilities and the book that she produced. This elaborate internal struggle between pride and shame is manifested through a painstaking conceit in which she likens her book to her own child.
An essential step in analyzing a poem is to provide a structural outline of the poem. Anne Bradstreet’s poem, “The Author to Her Book,” can be div...
- Drinking And Driving
Drinking and Driving
We just went 'round the corner mum, and then we saw our friends
We thought we would follow mum, just around the bend
Then there was this car mum, it was coming really fast,
As we hit the car mum, I thought it would be my last.
Now Steve and Mike are Dead mum, their blood is everywhere
And Carl is now screaming mum, oh god this isn't fair
I wish I didn't drink mum, it has ruined my whole life,
I can feel sharp pains now mum, pains just like a knife.
I can he...
- What Christmas Means To Me
What Christmas Means to me
Christmas to me is a celebration, which includes spending time with my family, decorating the entire house, inside and out, and shopping, for the people I love. Doing this with the people I love is what means the most to me.
Spending Christmas with my family is very important to me. We usually gather and celebrate at my parent’s house, in East Tennessee. My husband, our three children, and myself travel from California. My two sisters, their husbands, and ch...
- Thinking About Stupidity In Our Scholars
Thinking About Stupidity In Our Scholars
William Mason, Anti-Ph.D.
The stupidity in our scholars, like stupidity and arrogance everywhere, follows a model. The model presented here was developed by Anticommerical University Professor William Mason. It applies in general to stupidity at any level of intensity. It has 5 stages.
1. Mimetic Arrogance
One party identifies themselves as an authority on a subject and other parties imitate that arrogance. Examples of things scholars and professors ...