Literature represents much of the very best of humanity's writings, and it is not by any accident that, after bestsellers and sensationalized books have faded from memory, literature continues to thrive and remain intensely relevant to contemporary human conditions. Literature's stories and texts survive the fires of time. This is why for decades and centuries - long after their authors have gone silent - the writings of Dante, Shakespeare, and Austen, among so many other vital voices, will continue to captivate readers and comment upon life. Literature has innumerable qualities and purposes and can open doors to unique situations and worlds which are never wholly removed from our own.
Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
For example, we might imagine a young man choosing between being a carpenter or a banker later seeing great significance in his choice to be a banker, but in fact there was not much in his original decision at all other than a passing fancy.
In this, we see the universality of human beings: It is still about this question. The ending is the most clear and striking part. The striving is reconstituted and complicated here in reflection, but our hero wants to make a difference and so should we.
That is why this is a great poem, from a basic or close reading perspective. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! It also has one of the greatest placements in history. Like the Statue of Liberty, the Colossus of Rhodes was an enormous god-like statue positioned in a harbor.
Although the Colossus of Rhodes no longer stands, it symbolizes the ancient Greek world and the greatness of the ancient Greek and Roman civilization, which was lost for a thousand years to the West, and only fully recovered again during the Renaissance.
The relevance of this poem stretches all the way back to the pilgrims fleeing religious persecution in Europe to the controversies surrounding modern immigrants from Mexico and the Middle East.
While circumstances today have changed drastically, there is no denying that this open door was part of what made America great once upon a time. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. This king is still regarded as the greatest and most powerful Egyptian pharaoh.
The image of a dictator-like king whose kingdom is no more creates a palpable irony. But, beyond that there is a perennial lesson about the inescapable and destructive forces of time, history, and nature. In terms of lost civilizations that show the ephemeralness of human pursuits, there is no better example than the Egyptians—who we associate with such dazzling monuments as the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid at Giza that stands far taller than the Statue of Liberty —yet who completely lost their spectacular language, culture, and civilization.
If all ordinary pursuits, such as power and fame, are but dust, what remains, the poem suggests, are spirituality and morality—embodied by the ancient Hebrew faith. What men or gods are these?
What struggle to escape? What pipes and timbrels? Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare; Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss, Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve; She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!
Ah, happy, happy boughs! Who are these coming to the sacrifice? What little town by river or sea shore, Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel, Is emptied of this folk, this pious morn? The art on the Grecian urn—which is basically a decorative pot from ancient Greece—has survived for thousands of years.
While empires rose and fell, the Grecian urn survived. Musicians, trees, lovers, heifers, and priests all continue dying decade after decade and century after century, but their artistic depictions on the Grecian urn live on for what seems eternity. This realization about the timeless nature of art is not new now nor was it in the s, but Keats has chosen a perfect example since ancient Greek civilization so famously disappeared into the ages, being subsumed by the Romans, and mostly lost until the Renaissance a thousand years later.
Further, what is depicted on the Grecian urn is a variety of life that makes the otherwise cold urn feel alive and vibrant. Indeed, the last two lines can be read as the urn itself talking: Thus, we can escape ignorance, humanness, and certain death and approach another form of life and truth through the beauty of art.
This effectively completes the thought that began in Ozymandias and makes this a great poem one notch up from its predecessor.
In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare seize the fire?By Evan Mantyk. From least greatest (10) to greatest greatest (1), the poems in this list are limited to ones originally written in the English language and which are under 50 lines, excluding poems like Homer’s Iliad and Edgar Allan Poe’s “Raven.” Each poem is followed by some brief analysis.
One of David Madden's Pocketful series (including titles in fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay), this slim volume includes over of the most familiar and most taught poems, arranged alphabetically.
Robert Browning, (born May 7, , London—died Dec. 12, , Venice), major English poet of the Victorian age, noted for his mastery of dramatic monologue and psychological arteensevilla.com most noted work was The Ring and the Book (–69), the story of a Roman murder trial in 12 books.
Randall Jarrell (May 6, – October 14, ) was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, novelist, and the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title Poet Laureate.. Some of the awards that he received during his lifetime included a Guggenheim Fellowship for , a grant from the National Institute of Arts and.
Essay Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener": Introduction of Character In the first three paragraphs of "Bartleby the Scrivener," Melville introduces a character who will be played upon and defined throughout his text.
This introduction is crucial to the story and the fact that the lawyer introduces himself greatly increases its effectiveness. This essay is a sequel of sorts to an earlier blog post essay I wrote a few years ago, introducing Edward Said’s concept of Orientalism for students as well as general readers.
I do not know if this post will prove to be as useful, in part because these concepts are considerably more difficult to explain.