W.E.B. Du Bois has contributed greatly to contemporary sociological thinking because he began a conversation of what it means to be “other” in this American Society. In his conversation of what it means to be other he constructed and included three major concepts that continue to resonate till this day. His concepts include “the color-line”, “the veil”, and the “double consciousness” (Appelrouth and Edles, 269). Together, these concepts not only described past experiences of blacks in American society (e.g., slavery) but also continue to remind us that the relation of whites and people of color remains complex. In Du Bois’s own words, “the Nation has not yet found peace from its sins” (273).
American Romanticism became a hit in the 1800. With poets such as Henry wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, James Russell Lowell, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. This poets are the fireside poets that we know today. They was called this because they read their poetry by the fireside. In there time period and for the longest time the was the most popular poets in America. Why they was popular, was because in poems such as Thanatopsis, Psalm of Life: What the Heart of the Young Man said to the Psalmist, and The First Snowfall it describes real life issues we might have. This issue is death. In each poem they have a theme of death ,but each poem has a different perspective of it.
'Hollow, ' written by Elissa Soave is a poem which evokes strong feelings of sympathy in me. The poem describes a girl or woman who is suffering from the mental condition, anorexia nervosa. The theme of this poem is the extreme mental and physical suffering endured by this girl due to this condition. The poet 's successful use of many poetic techniques helps add to the dark mood of the poem which also compels us to feel understanding and sympathy towards her.
Robert Frost and William Shakespeare have been celebrated by many people because of their ability to express themselves through the written word. Here we are years after their deaths analyzing these fascinating poems about life and death. It’s clear they had similar thoughts about this subject at the time of these writings, even though their characters could not have been more opposite. For both poets, life is too
Native Guard is a poem that is built on a lot of passion and precision that makes this entire book of poetry stand out. From the beginning with the elusive imagery and foreshadowing of her childhood and her mother’s life we are easily engulfed in the lifestyle of being born in the south. The imagery continues on in the new memory of the pinnacle time of slavery and the Civil War, which shows the true nature of the south through repetition and metaphoric sentences of many gruesome and remorseful scenes.
“Once upon a time there was a wife and mother one too many times” (Godwin 39). This short story begins with the famous opening, once upon a time, which foreshadows that the story line will be similar to a fairy tale. It raises expectations for the story that all will be magical and end happily. A typical modern-day fairy tale is that of a distressed character who overcomes an obstacle, falls in love with prince charming, and they ride off into the sunset; living happily ever after never to be heard from again. Godwin however, puts an unexpected twist on “A Sorrowful Woman”. This short story is a tale about what can happen when everyday roles take over our identity. Ultimately, this short story challenges societal expectations of marriage
Alex Kershaw and the Bedford boys is a story from a little town of only 3000 in Bedford Virginia. It 's a small town that never recovered from the Great Depression. Effect of this is most of the young men in Bedford joined the towns armory National Guard unit. Alpha company was one of many company 's threw out Virginia numbering around 7500 guardsmen. In the days to come, it would be decided that the 29th infantry division the "Blue and grey" would land on the Normandy beaches to start the invasion. Alpha company and the boys from Bedford would soon be breaking threw the defenses at "Dog one “Omaha beach.
Poets, and the poetry they write, are fundamental to the society in which they exist. The Modern poet is no exception. With words as weapons, the poet often challenges the very beliefs that underpin their civilisation and cause their fellow citizens to reflect on the status quo. It is the effectiveness of the literary devices the poet uses that often means the message is felt at a heart level, not just the head. An essay can give a dissertation on an important topic but it is the poet, using anything from personification to onomatopoeia, metaphor to assonance, that creates such
The first reading in this collection was William Cullen Bryant’s beliefs on death. He talked about how people shouldn’t be afraid of death and how it’s like going to sleep. His poem said that everyone’s going to die eventually, so we should make light of it instead of being afraid of it. The next piece of literature I read was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem call “Paul Revere’s Ride”. Longfellow wrote this poem to romanticized Paul Revere as a hero. The darker side of romanticism came from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Hawthorne wrote “Dr. Heidegger's Experiment” and it was about four old people. Dr. Heidegger found the elixir of life, and he wanted to try it out on his friends. His friends become obsessed with looking young forever. It shows a darkness in human nature that we are all obsessed with being young forever. Poe wrote “The Pit
Emily Dickinson, who lived from 1830 to 1886, also had a large impact in the American Romantic period. However, she would never know of the impact she had due to the fact that her writings were not published until after her death. The subject of her poetry ranged from religion to nature, which both are large influences to this time. One poem that fits in very well with this era is “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.” The poem begins by saying, “Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me; the carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.” This poem deals with human immortality and what occurs after we die. The desire for knowledge and wanting to understand what we currently do not are influences in American Romanticism. Dickinson seemed to be consumed with death and what happens to humans after death, she even wrote to a priest to ask what the state of mind was of a friend she had while he was on his deathbed. Her fascination with death played a major role in many of her
Numerous artists make exceptionally uncertain implications when composing poetry. To some the understandings might be extremely energizing, while others consider them to be dull stories of a creator's life. As uninteresting as it may be to a few, individuals can especially identify with specific focuses being made in many types of poetry. In "The Root Cellar", Roethke examines in distinctive detail about the dim, moist, and rotten basement. The statements made are extremely discouraging and the thought of needing to surrender appears to be real. He depicts how everything stinks of rotting matter and how anything would not have the power to rest in such a place. Despite the fact that all appears to be lost, there
My poem “Not for the soul” is about the social progress within our minds. The media, businesses and phones control our society. The word “blurry” on the first line represents the time that passes us by without us noticing. We are ready to “focus” on to the next big thing but we forget about the things that should matter. The numbers in plastic represent credit cards.
An exceptional poem can move the reader to a new consciousness. It becomes more than words pieced together to make a rhyme, and evokes true emotion that is palpable. One of the most influential authors that contributed to this experience was Edgar Allan Poe. His work is almost immediately recognizable due to his common motif that is both melancholy and mysterious. Much of his writing concerns love and loss, such as in his poem “Annabel Lee.” The essence of this work is endless love and the death of a beautiful young girl. It is thought by many that most of his literature mirrors his actual life, which was riddled with heartbreak and sorrow. It is evident from the mood and setting of his writing that he dealt with a lot of
After reading some of the poems through our anthology and watching the clips of the movie “Dead Poet’s Society” it validates my thought that poetry allows people aboard and express ordinary things, feelings or thoughts in many different dimensions and perspectives. Often tend people to forget to think outside of the box and by the effect of reading or writing poetry, the person doing the action can have a deeper relation about the subject that he or she is writing or reading, as professor Keating said, “sometime most beautiful poetry can be about simple things like a cat, or flower, or rain”.
The end of The Hollow Men can only be the beginning of a deep and long reflection for thoughtful readers. T.S. Eliot, who always believed that in his end is his beginning, died and left his verse full of hidden messages to be understood, and codes to be deciphered. It is this complexity, which is at the heart of modernism as a literary movement, that makes of Eliot’s poetry very typically modernist. As Ezra Pound once famously stated, Eliot truly did “modernize himself”. Although his poetry was subject to important transformations over the course of his