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Epigrams in Hellenistic Poetry

The first Hellenistic poets began to rediscover an earlier tradition and adopted the same themes and style of older Greek lyric masters. This 6 page essay examines the use of wit, sarcasm, and so forth in classic Hellenistic poems. The writer discusses the use of epigrams in terms of the various socio-political structures which probably led to their popularity at the time. It should be noted that the emphasis here is more upon the reasons for epigrams than on the poems or poetry itself. Mentioned are : Callimachus, Herodus, Theocritus, and Apollonius of Rhodes. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Life and Poetry of Emily Jane Bronte (1818-1848)

A 10 page (9 pp. + 1 pg. outline) paper which examines the life and poetry of Emily Jane Bronte, considering her background and specifically concentrating on her poetry style. Poems analyzed include "Remembrance" and "The Prisoner. A Fragment." Bibliography lists 6 sources.

THE GIFT OF DIVERSITY IN POETRY AND ESSAY

This 5 page paper examines the works of Jimmie Durham and James Baldwin, especially "Down at the Cross" and "Those Dead Guys for a Hundred Years". The issue of history and race as it pertains to their writing is examined and themes explored. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Criticism and “First Follow Nature”

This 4 page report discusses a section of Pope’s An Essay on Criticism (published in 1711) that is often thought of as a poem in itself and referred to as “First Follow Nature” (lines 68 through 87). Also addressed is the importance and meaning of nature in 18th century English poetry and thinking. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Alexander Pope & His Essay On Man

A 15 page paper showing how this long narrative poem illustrates the eighteenth century's dominant conception of man. The paper looks at each of the poem's four sections individually, and analyzes Pope's contribution to both poetry and philosophy. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Alexander Pope and his “Essay on Criticism”

A ten page paper describing Alexander Pope’s principles of versification and his views on poetry. The paper asserts that while Pope’s versification rules can help polish a crude gem into something that explodes with light, it has to have been a gem to begin with; rules do not substitute for brilliance. Bibliography lists ten sources.

Essay on Man by Alexander Pope

A 3 page paper which examines and discusses elements of poetry and philosophy found in Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man. No additional sources cited.

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