“Ex-Basketball Player” by John Updike

The main idea of John Updike’s poem, Ex-Basketball Player is that a young man named Flick who was a really good athlete in high school. However, after high school he became nothing more than a gas station attendant. During high school he was an excellent basketball player. He set records that many kids are still trying to surpass today. During and after high school he never learned a trade, so

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“The Flesh and the Spirit” – Analysis

The poem, “The Flesh and the Spirit,” is rich in its metaphors and figurative language, through which its author, Anne Bradstreet, seeks to compare spiritualism and materialism conveyed through the voices of different personas. The flesh is this tangible entity,

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“The Lanyard” by Billy Collins

Dictionary.com defines popularity as “the favor of the general public or of a particular group of people”. From that definition Billy Collins can be considered immensely popular. He is so popular that colleges are using his poetry as summer assignments to not only

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The Poetry of William Carlos Williams

The poetry of William Carlos Williams uses imagery that refers to everyday experiences and concrete images that describe material objects. Goodblatt and Glicksohn propose that comprehending a metaphor is like problem solving, “in its more creative form,” and that this

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Summary of The Ruined Maid

Summary of The Ruined Maid – Poetry Analysis and Summation (200 Level Course)

I think that the poem is about two country women who both are the same, until one of them loses her virginity. The poem shows how that when one woman has sex, her whole attitude to life changes and her friend wonders why. She acts superior to the other woman and talks and dresses more elaborately than she did. Her speech improves and within herself she believes that she is a better person. When the other country girl asks her questions on her new way of life, she always answers with the same statement, ‘…when you’ve been ruined.’

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