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After Blenheim by Robert Southey and Drummer Hodge by Thomas Hardy

‘After Blenheim’ is a poem written by Robert Southey in 1798. It is about an old man named Kasper. Kasper is telling his grandchildren, Peterkin and Wilhelmine, about the Battle of Blenheim (1704) during the Franco Prussian War. It was written to give an anti-war message because of the situation between England and France. Hardy…

Thomas Hardy – analysis of three poems

An epitaph is an inscription upon a tomb, in few verses for the casual observer to read carefully. It is usually carved in stone and is very synthetic. The Elegy is much more lengthy than an epitaph. The two genres differ not only in lengths, but also in subject matter, since the epitaph is a…

Poetry Presentation

Robert Browning Thought of as the most important Victorian poet after Tennyson; an adventurous/experimental poet; barely 5 yrs old when he wrote his first poem Dramatic Monologue Imagines speakers utter thoughts to implied listeners (what they say is not necessarily what they mean) My Last Duchess Based on life of Alfonso II, duke of Ferrara,…

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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…

English 4B

publication of Jane Austen’s novels Which event did not occur between 1750 and 1800? gentility In order to be socially acceptable, a family needed? increased because of lowered mortality rates from diseases Between 1760 and 1815, England’s population? first public railways opened in England What was an important improvement in transportation during this time period?…

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…

Eng 4B Final Review

Which event did not occur between 1750 and 1800? publication of Jane Austin novels In order to be socially acceptable, a family needed gentility Between 1760 and 1815, England’s population increased due to lowered mortality rates What was an important improvement in transportation during this time period? first public railways in england How does Romanticism…

Poetry: Rhythm and Metre

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…

Literary Studies Vocabulary Unit 2: Poetry

stanza a section of a poem, marked by extra line spacing, that often has a single pattern and/or rhyme Example: Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem “Richard Coy” has four stanzas. auditor an imaginary listener within a literary work as opposed to the actual reader or audience outside the work Example: The auditor of Lydia Davis’s “Head,…

Poems – Love and Relationships

When We Two Parted – Summary About a betrayal from a passed lover, however, their relationship was a secret When We Two Parted – Context *Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)* > Romantic poet > Thought to be about his affair with Lady Webster – doesn’t mention her name > Broke off affair to save her…

Channel Firing Poem Analysis

Essay on Channel Firing by Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy’s “Channel Firing” is a poem written in 1914, four months prior to the start of World War 1. This historical context is crucial to understanding the poem as it expresses the dark and sorrowful foreshadowing of the months before the war, creating feelings of tension, turmoil…

Literature

This work contains a simile comparing the builders of a city to bees, and one character in this work is thrown across a river while tied to a spear; that character is Camilla. Aeneid This work describes how Sinon convinces the Greeks to accept the Trojan Horse. This work opens “I sing of arms and…

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…

How Shakespeare Changed the English Language

How Shakespeare Changed the English Language BY taylor021 How William Shakespeare changed the English language William Shakespeare was born/baptized on April 26th 1564 and died on April 23rd 1616. He was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called…

Comparison of pre 1914 poetry

In the selection of pre 1914 poems I have studied, I have noticed many similarities. They share common themes and structures; the use of language is similar in that the descriptions are very full and often indirect. For example the poet will often use metaphors and similes rather than direct language.One such common theme is…

The war begins

The First World War began on 4th August 1914, after much anticipation it was going to take place. Before the war started people presumed that it would all be over by Christmas, and that Britain would ambush the Germans and teach them a lesson. When war was declared, people gathered in Trafalgar Square cheering and…

How is imagery portrayed in one peom by armitage and one other poem

The poem ‘Kid’ by Simon Armitage is written in quite a humorous fashion. The rhyme used in the poem is a double rhyme, which most of the rhymes ending with ‘er’, which suggests to a reader that the poem is supposed to be a light load and entertaining piece of writing hence it shouldn’t be…

Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy’s attitude to the rustics has been variously interpreted, for some his view seems idealised as he portrays them in an overly romanticised light, for others, they are simply depicted as the rustics of Hardy’s childhood rescued from the ravages of the industrial revolution rapidly changing the traditional ways of life within Hardy’s own…

Compare and contrast the views of marriage expressed in ‘The Voice’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘Marrysong’ by Dennis Scott

The writers of both poems use different techniques and tones to convey the idea of marriage in ‘The Voice’ and ‘Marrysong’. The main theme of ‘Marrysong’ is the idea of Scott trying to make sense of his wife and her sudden changes of mood, and he uses metaphorical references to nature and landscape to indicate…

Explore the ways in which death overshadows the works of both Thomas Hardy and Christina Rossetti 

Christina Rossetti and Thomas Hardy produced poetry that elicits specific emotional, moral, intellectual, and aesthetic responses from the reader. Similar themes are shared in their works. The different aspects of love are explored, be it from a loved one or as unrequited love. Rossetti’s love poetry was influenced by medieval French love poetry, such as…

Thom Gunn Research Paper

Introduction Thom Gunn is one of the most outstanding English poets living in the 20th century whose creative work was quite original and unique. He obviously was among the most significant poets of his time, but he did not strive for world acclaim, popularity and recognition, instead he rather attempted to convey to the wide…

English Literature Test #2 Review (Romantic-modern literature)

French Revolution The ideals of this revolution inspired many of England’s finest romantic writers. William Blake entitled a poem after this specific revolution. George III Ruled England during the years of the French Revolution. Described as an “old, blind, despised king”, many blamed him for the loss of colonies in America. He was declared mentally…

English Literature Love Through The Ages Quote Bank

Family Love Prose “All these young souls were passengers in the Durbeyfield Ship- entirely dependent on the judgement of those two adults for their existence”-Tess, 19th “Tomorrow I will do something that will damage and scar them” “Our last evening as an innocent, complete, ideal family”- Intimacy, Hanish Kureishi, PM “I’m not going to have…

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…

British Literary History

The Old English Period c.450-1068 The Old English Period Begins with the invasion of Celtic England by Germanic tribes (Angles, Saxons, and Jutes) c.450 and lasts until William the Conquerer in 1066. // Writing in this time was primarily religious verse or prose The Old English Period Poetry: (Beowulf) (The Wanderer) (The Seafarer) Prose: (Writings…

British Literature – Victorian Era

The literary era that began with Sir Walter Scott’s death and ended with Queen Victoria’s death the Victorian Era Why is Victorian England often compared to Elizabethan England? for its EXPANSION of knowledge, geographical dominion, and high cultural achievement The three periods the Victorian Era can be divided into Early Period Mid-Victorian Period Late Period…

GRE Literature Supplement 2

The Castle of Otranto Horace Walpole, 1765 (Enlightenment) C LIST A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792 (Early Romantic) D LIST The Monk M.G. Lewis, 1796 (Early Romantic) C LIST Gothic Novel. Songs of Innocence William Blake, 1789 (Enlightenment) C LIST Songs of Experience William Blake, 1789 (Enlightenment) C LIST “Marriage of…

A Farewell to Arms A Modest Proposal and Other Stories A New England Nun A Raisin in the Sun A White Heron A. E. Housman Poems Absalom Absalom All Quiet On the Western Front Andrew Marvell Poems Animal Dreams Autobiography of My Mother Bartleby the Scrivener Beauty and the Beast and Other Tales Best Worst American Stories Bound Feet and Western Dress Burial Rites Charlotte Perkins Gilman Poems Charlotte Temple Christina Rossetti Poems Chronicle Of a Death foretold Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Cry the Beloved Country Dead Souls Death Of a Salesman Donne Poems Doubt a Parable Dracula East Of Eden Empire Falls Equus Ezra Pound Poems Fanny Hill Fear Of Flying Girl in Translation Heart Of Darkness House Of Mirth I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In Love and Trouble Stories of Black Women Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Inferno Jonathan Swift Poems Jorge Borges Short Stories Jorge Luis Borges Poetry Keats Poems and Letters Last Of the Mohicans Leaves Of Grass Letters From an american Farmer Literature Lolita Mark Twain Mary Oliver Poetry Maya Angelou Poems Metamorphoses Moby Dick Mrs Dalloway On Liberty Parable Of the Sower Paradise Lost Prometheus Rear Window Rebuttal Second Treatise of Government Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald Short Stories Of William Faulkner Short Tales of Joseph Conrad Song of Solomon The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn The adventures Of Tom Sawyer The Aeneid The Awakening The Bean Eaters The Book Of the City Of Ladies The Catcher in the Rye The Complete Poems of William Blake The Epic of Gilgamesh The Faerie Queene The Fault in Our Stars The House Of the Seven Gables The Love Song Of J alfred Prufrock The Most Dangerous Game The Poems Of Billy Collins The Poems of Ted Hughes The Poetry of Li Young Lee The Poetry Of Robert Penn Warren The School for Scandal The Souls of Black Folk The Sound and the Fury The Stranger The Sun also Rises The Yellow Wallpaper Thomas Gray Poems To His Mistress Going To Bed Elegy 19 Ts Eliot Poems Twelve Years a Slave Uncle Toms Children Utilitarianism W H auden Poems Wallace Stevens Poems Walt Whitman Poems William Carlos Williams Poems William Dean Howells Short Stories Woman of Colour Novel Wuthering Heights
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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