Before his execution for treason in the year 1618, Sir Walter Ralegh was best known in literature for his poems about love and break-ups.   As Ralegh was seen as a romantic, so his works followed the outline of romance.  This poem is no different, as you can tell by the title “Farewell, false love”.  In this poem, Ralegh writes about a time either he or someone else had just been finished …

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Whitman poem

‘The drama of consciousness [in Dickinson] moved to no resolving design. Consequently, where the critic can take a major Whitman poem as symptomatic of the whole work, he must select contradictory fragments from here and there to pose the tensions which are the coherence of Dickinson’s work. ‘ Discuss Albert Gelpi’s account of the crucial …

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Free Verse A poetic form that avoids using fixed patterns of meter. Free verse often also avoids rhymes, but still may make use of other poetic techniques such as imagery and metaphor, as well as sound devices such as assonance and alliteration. Rhyme Having the same sound at the end of two or more words …

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17th Century Poetry

4 characteristics of metaphysical poetry colloquial, erudition, paradox, and metaphysical conceit “turbulent years” 1625-1660 Colloquial everyday “common” language Erudition requires great intellectual effort to understand Paradox apparent self-contradiction that reveals a kind of truth Metaphysical conceit an extended metaphor that makes a surprising or unexpected comparison John Donne The leading writer of the metaphysical poetry …

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Nature What theme links with innocence, religion and purity, especially in the poem the lamb, introduction and the echoing green Religion What theme links with the poems the lamb, the chimney sweeper, Holy Thursday and blake was influenced by this from a young age Childhood A theme throughout a lot of Blakes poetry, something we …

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figurative language language that communicates meanings beyond the literal meanings of words simile a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, using the words like or as. metaphor a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two things that are basically unlike but have something in common. metaphors do not …

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