Eng 2 Midterm – poems with themes

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From “The Introduction to Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley
inventor is Frankenstein, Shelly still sad from husbands death, gothic

From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, by George Gordon, Lord Byron
byronic hero, the anti-hero, ocean powerful, humans weak

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“She Walks in Beauty,” by George Gordon, Lord Byron
author compares a woman to a starry night; the woman is gentle, pleasant, calm, thoughtful, and innocent. The speaker’s feels admiration, pure love, and protectiveness.

“Ozymandias,” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
traveler describes the ruins of an ancient statue, power is fleeting

“Ode to the West Wind,” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
West Wind is all powerful and the speaker relates to it bc he is seeking freedom from his emotional pain

“To a Skylark,” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
skylark is compared to all these beautiful things, creativity and art are divinely inspired and the purest art is based on the imitation of nature

“La Belle Dame sans Merci,” by John Keats
knight is sad, meets a beautiful lady, she is evil, knight is naive

“When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be,” by John Keats
speaker fears that he will die before he can fulfill his literary potential, speaker compares the poems gathered in books to grain in storehouses revealing Keats’s belief that he had many poetic ideas

“Ode on a Grecian Urn,” by John Keats
truth and beauty are the only things about which we can be certain or that truth and beauty are the only things that last– what does this imply about what Keats sees as the role of art in human life.

“To Autumn,” by John Keats,
the theme is a reflection on the relationship between truth and beauty.

The speaker both celebrates and meditates

“A Poison Tree,” by William Blake
Revealing his feelings to a friend releases his anger; hiding his feelings from a foe deepens it. The speaker may trust his friend but not his foe; theme= forgiving brings healing, whereas harboring anger leads to destruction

“The Lamb,” by William Blake
The speaker asks the lamb who created it. God created the lamb. The speaker is the poet. Blake believes in the Christian tradition.

“The Tyger,” by William Blake,
The speaker compares the Tyger’s creator to a blacksmith. The speaker might be questioning the mysteries of his faith.

“John Anderson, My Jo,” by Robert Burns
John Anderson seems to be the speaker’s husband or sweetheart.

The speaker is caring, wise and faithful

“To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns
The speaker has accidentally destroyed the mouse’s nest. He regrets it, because his action broke “Nature’s social union,” The speaker believes that there is a bond between humans and animals. Each must struggle to survive, and both are mortal.

“The World Is Too Much with Us,” by William Wordsworth
People are preoccupied with “getting and spending.” People waste their powers and lose touch with nature. The speaker disapproves.

“It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free,” by William Wordsworth
The speaker compares the evening to a nun in silent prayer. The speaker hears thunder. He believes that God is making the sound, which may suggest that the speaker is a religious person

“My Heart Leaps Up,” by William Wordsworth
The speaker admires a rainbow. The speaker refers to childhood, the prime of life, and old age.

The speaker hopes joy at the sight of a rainbow will be a shared characteristic of all three stages.

“Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey,” by William Wordsworth
The setting is a wooded hillside above the ruins of an abbey surrounded by cottages. The speaker hears rolling waters.

Five years have passed.He no longer flees a world he dreads. He now has a deeper appreciation of the bond between nature and humanity. The maturity and wisdom he has gained are adequate compensation for the lost ardor of youth.

“Kubla Khan,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
vision is fantastic and unreal as opposed to natural and realistic. It is a place of sharp contrasts. He wishes to hear the music again. It suggests that he wants to write a great poem.He craves admiration. They would be in awe of his poetic powers.

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Mariner addresses the Wedding Guest. The Mariner killed the albatross.

Life-in-Death wins the Mariner from Death in a dice game. All onboard, except the Mariner, die. The Mariner suffers extreme agony.The Mariner sees the dead men as beautiful, the Mariner sees the water snakes as strangely beautiful and God’s creatures. The Mariner is responsible since his action is the reason the spirits respond as they do.

The Mariner is not truly evil, because has a new respect for life, and he has learned the importance of love. Coleridge believes that a person can repent for his or her sins.

“Sonnet 43,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The speaker describes her love in abstract terms that indicate it is measureless.

Her love pervades her life and encompasses every action and ideal.The speaker may mean that her love has become the focal point of all her experiences. Love like this represents total commitment.

“My Last Duchess,” by Robert Browning
The speaker is a sixteenth-century Italian duke who is showing the visitor a portrait of his last wife. He felt superior, jealous, or resentful toward her.

The listener is the envoy who has come to discuss an arranged marriage with a count’s daughter

“Porphyria’s Lover,” by Robert Browning
Porphyria builds a fire, takes off her wet outer garments, and attempts to assure the speaker of her love. Her behavior suggests that she has a loving, nurturing, warm, and seductive nature.He strangles her, motivated by extreme jealousy and the impetus of a deeply disturbed mentality.The last line implies that the speaker knows he has done wrong and expects punishment, yet he is congratulating himself that he has successfully avoided recrimination.

“Crossing the Bar,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Dying is compared to a sea voyage.

Images and phrases include “evening star” and “my Pilot.”The speaker is expressing a wish to see God, symbolizing the transition from life to the afterlife.

“Tears, Idle Tears,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The beauty of autumn might inspire happy feelings. Associations with the coming of winter might evoke sad thoughts.Neither past nor imagined experiences have substance; they exist only in the mind. As such, they are like a form of death in life.

“Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
As king, Ulysses arbitrates petty disputes between his subjects, who don’t appreciate him. He misses foreign adventures, new ideas, and the feeling of living life to the fullest.Ulysses feels his life at home is dull and unfulfilling. His feelings are evident from his words and his intentions. Ulysses believes that people should strive to achieve despite age.Possible descriptions of Ulysses’s tone may include bold, defiant, yearning, or eager.

“Dover Beach,” by Matthew Arnold
addresses social and religious changes of the time Written after he was first married and wants to believe that the two of them can make it, but also believes that the path is dark and nothing is certain

“The Darkling Thrush,” by Thomas Hardy
The mood is lonely, even hopeless.

The speaker is despairing. Then the speaker is filled with hope for the future, because the bird’s song is joyful and beautiful despite its bleak surroundings.

“The Man He Killed,” by Thomas Hardy
He and the man might have enjoyed drinking together. He wonders whether both of them joined the army for casual reasons. The comparison underscores the shared humanity of the two soldiers.

Poem conveys an antiwar message.

“Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?” by Thomas Hardy
The woman thinks that her lover, her relatives, or her enemy might be digging on her grave. These people are all resigned to her death. They are quickly putting her memory behind them and getting on with their lives.Even the dog’s response has gone on with its life.

“To an Athlete Dying Young,” by A. E. Housman
The young runner is honored by the townsfolk.

Then he is dead,Glory does not last; it passes away. The speaker thinks youth and fame are valuable but ephemeral things, and that living to see them fade has its negative side.

“When I Was One-and-Twenty,” by A. E. Housman
The wise man urges him to keep his heart, while he may give away money and jewels.

The speaker ignores the advice because he is young and comes to regret giving his heart away because his love treated him cruelly.

“Miss Youghal’s Sais,” by Rudyard Kipling
Strickland poses as a native and solved a murder. Strickland is an adventure-seeker with great imagination and zeal for life.Dressed as a native, Strickland works as Miss Youghal’s sais so he can see her despite her parents’ disapproval. He is ill treated, nearly poisoned, and tormented by jealousy as other men flirt with Miss Youghal. The reward is seeing Miss Youghal and learning more about India.The main conflict of the story is that Strickland wants to marry Miss Youghal, but her family forbids it, forcing Strickland to go undercover as her sais.

The general flirts with Miss Youghal, so Strickland threatens the general, in the process revealing himself. The general then agrees to help the couple gain permission to marry.At the end of the story, Strickland promises to stop going native so that he may marry Miss Youghal, but he misses his wanderings.This is an example of a farce because the characters are exaggerations

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