Albatross and Rimm of the Ancient Mariner

One act changes a mans life forever. What is it about an albatross that is so powerful it could affect the lives of people? It’s only a bird, a large bird, an aquatic bird with coloring of white and dark brown or black. In the poem “Rimm of the Ancient Mariner”, life changes for over 200 men with the single act of a man with his bow. Only if you believe there is a link between nature and the spiritual world would you be affected. But what is it about the life of a bird, an albatross that could change lives. Sailors for centuries have considered the albatross an omen of good luck or in some cases a curse.

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Writing an Essay vs. a Paragraph

In my opinion, writing an essay is less difficult as writing a paragraph because, a paragraph is simply centered on one idea only and is generally much shorter than an essay, which usually consists of many paragraphs but, In an essay, you could explore many ideas while talking about one general topic. In a paragraph, you would write about only one topic, because paragraphs are shorter, and if you change topics, you would start a new paragraph… part of the nature of the concept.

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Watch the child speechless but speaking;
Only a toddler of seven but speaking,
The eyes shrunken, the face shrivelled,
Doesn’t her silence speak, nor her quietness sleeping;

Watch the turquoise sky shimmering in the heat’s shimmer

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‘The Horses’ by Edwin Muir

‘The Horses’ by Edwin Muir is a poem that explores the subject of war and destruction of the environment due to technology. Muir uses negative and unpleasant descriptions of the world after war in the first stanza and highly contrasts this to the new beginnings with the horses in the second stanza. This contrast is a key aspect of the novel that contributes to its effectiveness of the poem as a whole.

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Langston Hughes vs. Claude McKay in the Harlem Renaissance

The first three decades of the 1900’s were the first time that the African American culture was taken seriously by the Caucasian community. Several factors, including the Plessy vs. Ferguson case which allowed racial segregation in 1896, led to what is known as the Great Migration. Job opportunities and far less amounts of racism were significant reasons for more than seven million African Americans moving to northern states. The concentration area of the Great Migration was Harlem in New York City. This district of New York was originally intended for white laborers who preferred to commute to the city rather than live there. The housing developers were over ambitious and had created far too much living space that white middle-class Americans were not interested in and as a result, the properties were sold to African American real estate agents who, in turn, rented the apartments out to black tenants. Between 1900 and 1920 the black population in Harlem had doubled and became known as “the Black Mecca” (

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“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

The poem, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, consists of four stanzas. In the first stanza, the speaker describes his position. He has been out walking the woods and comes to two roads, and he stands looking as far down each one as he can see. He would like to try out both, but doubts he could to that, so therefore he continues to look down the roads for a long time trying to make his decision about which road to take.

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Life’s Right Turns on the Wrong Roads; Robert Frost and “The Road Not Taken”

The skill to sustain a metaphor requires the crafting of words and complete control and command of a poem. Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” shows how Frost has the ability to say one thing and mean another making him one of America’s leading twentieth century poets and four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Robert Frost, through “The Road Not Taken”, will examine to decipher and interpret the nature’s message in regards to life’s choices. Frost uses such a natural setting that revels the symbolic significance of two roads almost life-like, helping the reader visualize the different paths one may or not take in life. The reader is drawn in such a way, actually feeling like he or she is at the cross roads looking down the two paths. With great skill and craftiness possessed only by a poet, Frost is able to write one thing and mean another with brilliant beauty leaving the reader in a totally different world. Beginning with the physical structure of “The Road Not Taken,” it is clear that Frost is attempting to relay a sense of structure that is often associated with rational decision-making. Once again Frost utilizes structure an underlying technique to capture the theme of the poem. It is undeniably true that Frost employs a number of techniques in “The Road Not Taken” to create such a subtle metaphor. In essence this poetic study will examine the symbolic choices offered by life in nature, but also within the choices made in regards to what path may best suit one’s own spiritual progress. In “The Road Not Taken,” one can see two paths that appear before Frost as he travels in the woods.

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Paradise Lost – “Satan VS God”

“The mind itself can make a heaven out of hell, a hell of heaven” (Milton, line? Vs?)

In the poem, “Paradise Lost” Satan was thrown out of heaven for rebelling against God and all that is good. He was the archangel and is the most beautiful and perfect angel, but he was not so perfect because he had flaws. Some of the flaws he had were pride that led to ambition and jealousy that led deception. The flaw that led him to destruction was pride, because since he was the most beautiful angel, he believed he was the greatest in heaven. He questioned why should he serve God, and evidently led a rebellion against God in a chance to overthrow Him. This was a very pathetic thing to do, because God created him and gave him all his beauty. Lucifer fought God in a holy war, lost, and was cast out of heaven and into hell. Since then Lucifer has sworn to do the opposite of God. “And out of good still to find means of evil” (line 165) this sentence shows how much hatred Lucifer had, towards God after being thrown out of heaven. His first offense towards God was to overthrow Him. Since that plan failed, his next plan is to disrupt whatever good God does. This is Satan’s plan opposed to God’s plan to turn everything that Satan does badly into good.

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Mr Stephen Bagley

Compare the ways in which the poems “blessing” and “What were they like?” present culture.

The poets of “blessing” and “What were they like” use a variety of mediums to portray culture. “WWTL” depicts a Vietnamese peasant culture; and “Blessing” a dry African village.

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