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Poem Analysis Essay

    analysis

  • the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
  • Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation
  • The identification and measurement of the chemical constituents of a substance or specimen
  • an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
  • The process of separating something into its constituent elements
  • a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed

    essay

  • A short piece of writing on a particular subject
  • A trial design of a postage stamp yet to be accepted
  • an analytic or interpretive literary composition
  • try: make an effort or attempt; “He tried to shake off his fears”; “The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps”; “The police attempted to stop the thief”; “He sought to improve himself”; “She always seeks to do good in the world”
  • An attempt or effort
  • a tentative attempt

    poem

  • (poetic) of or relating to poetry; “poetic works”; “a poetic romance”
  • a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
  • (poet) a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
  • A piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure
  • Something that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty

poem analysis essay

poem analysis essay – Henry David

Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America)
Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America)
America’s greatest nature writer and a political thinker of worldwide impact, Henry David Thoreau’s remarkable essays reflect his speculative and probing cast of mind. In his poems, he gave voice to his private sentiments and spiritual aspirations in the plain style of New England speech. Now, The Library of America brings together these indispensable works in one authoritative volume.

Spanning his entire career, the 27 essays gathered here vary in style from the ambling rhythm of “Natural History of Massachusetts” and “A Winter Walk”to the concentrated moral outrage of “Slavery in Massachusetts” and “A Plea for Captain John Brown.” Included are “Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau’s great exploration of the conflict between individual conscience and state power that continues to influence political thinkers and activists; “Walking,” a meditation on wildness and civilization; and “Life Without Principle,”a passionate critique of American materialism and conformity. Also here are literary essays, including pieces on Homer, Chaucer, and Carlyle; the travel essay “A Yankee in Canada”; the three speeches in defense of John Brown; and essays such as “Autumnal Tints,” “Wild Fruits,” and “Huckleberries” that explore natural phenomena around Concord.

Seven poems are published here for the first time, and others are presented in new, previously unpublished versions based on Thoreau’s manuscripts.

My heart's in the highlands. My heart is not here.

My heart's in the highlands. My heart is not here.
Glencoe – From Ballachulish Bridge – Scotland

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a "light" Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt.
He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. A cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world, celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was voted by the Scottish public as being the Greatest Scot, through a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.
As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and Scots Wha Hae served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well-known across the world today include A Red, Red Rose; A Man’s A Man for A’ That; To a Louse; To a Mouse; The Battle of Sherramuir; Tam o’ Shanter, and Ae Fond Kiss.

The style of Burns is marked by spontaneity, directness, and sincerity, and his variety ranges from the tender intensity of some of his lyrics through the rollicking humour and blazing wit of Tam o’ Shanter to the blistering satire of Holy Willie’s Prayer and The Holy Fair.
Burns’ poetry drew upon a substantial familiarity and knowledge of Classical, Biblical, and English literature, as well as the Scottish Makar tradition. Burns was skilled in writing not only in the Scots language but also in the Scottish English dialect of the English language. Some of his works, such as Love and Liberty (also known as The Jolly Beggars), are written in both Scots and English for various effects.
His themes included republicanism (he lived during the French Revolutionary period) and Radicalism which he expressed covertly in Scots Wha Hae, Scottish patriotism, anticlericalism, class inequalities, gender roles, commentary on the Scottish Kirk of his time, Scottish cultural identity, poverty, sexuality, and the beneficial aspects of popular socialising (carousing, Scotch whisky, folk songs, and so forth).
The strong emotional highs and lows associated with many of Burns’ poems have led some, such as Burns biographer Robert Crawford, to suggest that he suffered from manic depression—a hypothesis that has been supported by analysis of various samples of his handwriting. Burns himself referred to suffering from episodes of what he called "blue devilism". However, the National Trust for Scotland has downplayed the suggestion on the grounds that the evidence is not sufficient to support the claim. While Burns’s life was troubled and his character was flawed in many ways, he fought at tremendous odds. As Thomas Carlyle puts it in his Essay: “Granted the ship comes into harbour with shrouds and tackle damaged, the pilot is blameworthy… but to know how blameworthy, tell us first whether his voyage has been round the Globe or only to Ramsgate and the Isle of Dogs."

day 079 (031912). [psalm 34]

day 079 (031912). [psalm 34]
First day back from Spring Break and I’m not at all surprised that I had to finish up homework. That’s not because I didn’t work on any during the break, but it’s because I had so much that I ended up having to save some for when school was back in session.

Anyway, for my english class (Bible as Literature), we had to write an analysis essay on a Psalm. I chose Psalm 34, which is a beautiful Psalm (as all of them are). At the time though I never realized how wonderful of a poem it is. That being said though, I never want to analyze a Psalm like that again. To be frankly honest, this class is far worse compared to Bib Trad! I actually liked Bib Trad too! It’s ok, because I’ve got six more weeks of this class and then it’s all over!

poem analysis essay

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