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George Herbert Poems Essays

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War Poetry

‘Into the stuff of his thought and utterance, whether he be on active service or not, the poet-interpreter of war weaves these intentions, and cooperates with his fellows in building up a little higher and better, from time to time, that edifice of truth for whose completion can be spared no human experience, no human…

George Herbert

Herbert’s is visibly devout and requires very little in-depth reading to realise this. He’s so focused on the deliverance of a religious message that he even structures the poem’s shape according to the context to the poem, which is obviously indicative of his piousness, but what appears in his poetry is also that despite this…

AP English – John Donne ~ John Milton

Metaphysical Poetry (History/Coined) a collection of different poets… *not a genre or a group that interacted!!. • Coined by Samuel Johnson (after the fact) Metaphysical Poetry (Definition) “meta” – after “physical” – world Questions that go beyond science I.e. religion, predestination? free choice? God(s)? Chief techniques used in Metaphysical Poetry (2) *Conceits* – extended metaphors…

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Renaissance Period and 17th Century Poetry

estate satire Estates satire praised the glories and purity of each class in its ideal form, but was also used as a window to show how society had gotten out of hand. Frame Narrative a story that allows other stories inside of it The Renaissance • The rebirth of classical learning • Philosophy of the…

Literature of Poetry

Old English Period … What is Old English? name given to the earliest recorded stage of the English language, up to approximately 1150AD (when the Middle English period is generally taken to have begun). More information on Old English It refers to the language as it was used in the long period of time from…

WW1 Poetry

Break of Day in the Trenches- Isaac Rosenburg Rat is superior to man as they can travel between lines, not loyal to either side. Humanity foisted by rules and fixed ideas. Personifies time “Druid” “Inwardly grin” sardonic humour. “Haughty athletes” “whim” death by chance. “Sprawled in the bowels of the earth” hell, motherland damaged and…

AP Lit Vocab

Accentual Verse Verse whose meter is determined by the number of stressed (accented) syllables—regardless of the total number of syllables—in each line. Many Old English poems, including Beowulf, are accentual; see Ezra Pound’s modern translation of “The Seafarer.” More recently, Richard Wilbur employed this same Anglo-Saxon meter in his poem “Junk.” Traditional nursery rhymes, such…

Poetry: Forms and Types

Acrostic A poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, name, or phrase when read vertically. See Lewis Carroll’s “A Boat beneath a Sunny Sky.” Alexandrine In English, a 12-syllable iambic line adapted from French heroic verse. The last line of each stanza in Thomas Hardy’s “The Convergence of the…

Early Seventeenth Century Poetry: the Jacobean Era, the Caroline Era, and the Civil War

Metaphysical poetry A term coined by an 18th century critic, Samuel Johnson, to describe a loose group of English lyric poets of the early 17th century whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits to speculate about topics such as desire, fidelity, or religious devotion. These poets were willing to use strange or…

English 201 Exam 2 Poetry

The dream in lines 11-20 is a miniature allegory that has several analogies to the world in which the boys live. The “green plain” (line 15) represents. Heaven The dream in lines 11-20 is a miniature allegory that has several analogies to the world in which the boys live. The “Angel who had a bright…

British Literature: Part 2

Neoclassical Period (1660-1790) also called the Enlightenment Period; was based on the concept that people could find perfection and happiness through reason and knowledge; essentially humanist vision was characterized by a resistance to religious authority John Dryden (1631-1700) was an English poet and dramatist; some famous poems include “Astrea Redux”, “Absalom and Achitophel”, and “The…

Major Literature Time Periods (British)/Authors & Works

800 – 400 BC Period CHARACTERISTICS: Dominated by Homer and other Greek tragedians. MAJOR WRITERS/WORKS: “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” by Homer “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles “Medea” by Euripedes 250 BC – AD 150 Period CHARACTERISTICS: Dominated by Roman Empire writers. MAJOR WRITERS/WORKS: Famous authors from this period: Virgil, Horace, and Ovid (poets of…

An analysis

An Analysis of Metaphysical Religious Poetry In this essay the metaphysical religious poetry of the seventeenth century is explored. This essay argues that the imagery in the poems of John Done, George Herbert and Andrew Marvel contributes to themes of struggle and acceptance. Initially, this essay discusses the religious context their poems were written in,…

English History Notes No Rulers

The Modern Age 1900-1945 -Modernism was a reaction against pre-WWI literary traditions. -It was a movement away from sentimentality and materialism toward an emphasis on characters’ inner, psychological experience. -The motto was “make it new.” -The purpose of art was to startle and even to shock. -In Modernist works no single voice could be identified…

English Literature: Timeline Events

Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Period Express religious faith and give moral instruction through literature; Early English epic poems such as Beowulf, The Wanderer and The Seafarer Elizabethan Age Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, “Much Ado about Nothing” and “Richard III” Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine the Great”, “Dr. Faustus”, “The Jew of Malta”, and “edward II” Spencer’s “The Faerie Queene” Jacobean…

The Norton Anthology literary terms

accent (synonym “stress”): a term of rhythm. The special force devoted to the voicing of one syllable in a word over others. In the noun “accent,” for example, the accent, or stress, is on the first syllable. act The major subdivision of a play, usually divided into scenes. aesthetics (from Greek, “to feel, apprehend by…

World Lit Authors

Yasunari Kawabata ( 1899-1972) -The silver fifty sen pieces -concern with loneliness may be a result of childhood -at 3 yrs old he lost his father, a year later he lost his mother, 5 years later he lost is sister and grandmother -1968 first japanese to be awarded nobel peace prize -acceptance speech: remarked an…

Literary Groups

Graveyard School 18th century poets who wrote about death and morality. The poetry was related to early stages of the English Romantic Movement. Members include Thomas Parnell, Gray, Robert Blair, and Edward Young. The lasting effect of there poetry has been one element in the Gothic aspect of romanticism. Kailyard School “cabbage garden.” Scottish writers…

Chapter 27: AP Euro

The First World War 1) Brought intense cultural and intellectual experimentation – Changes in the fields of philosophy, science, and literature 2) Western society began to question and even abandon many of the cherished values and beliefs that had guided it since the eighteenth century Enlightenment and the nineteenth-century triumph of industrial development and scientific…

ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE TIMELINE

The period between 1485 and 1603 in England and Wales. It coincides with the rule of the Tudor dynasty in England whose first monarch was Henry VII (1457-1509). Tudor Period He wrote the literary work “An Elegy on Henry, fourth Earl of Northumberland”, in 1489 John Skelton Earl of Surrey, (1516/1517 – 19 January 1547),…

Aesthetic Aspects of Literature

Aesthetics greek meaning to perceive/feel/sense – philosophy that is appreciative of, responsive to, or zealous about the beautiful; responsive to or appreciative of what is pleasurable to the senses Aristotle explained aesthetics through pleasure, understanding and emotion — used the term fictional rather than false Beauty Roger Scruton: 1. real and universal value, encouraged in…

US Lit – Sectional Independence and Local Color Literature (1865-1930) Literary Elements

Context and Literary elements Sectional Independence and Local Color Literature -Gilded age eradicated institutions that were centuries old, changed the social life in the country, and influenced literature and life in general. -Themes included conformity, self-discipline, and dreams of material comfort. -Moral tales and tales of rags to riches were popular. The voice of the…

Genres and Dates and Authors

Renaissance Europe was in one sense an awakening from the long slumber of the Dark Ages. What had been a stagnant, even backsliding kind of society re-invested in the promise of material and spiritual gain. There was the sincerely held belief that humanity was making progress towards a noble summit of perfect existence. How this…

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