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We Wear the Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be … Continue reading

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Adrienne Rich: An Advocate

Adrienne Rich has been nationally recognized for her outstanding poetry, but she does not feel that she should receive such honors. In 1997, Rich refused to accept the National Medal for the Arts, which was granted to her by the … Continue reading

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Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché is an American poet and human rights activist. Besides her work in El Salvador and her travels in Spain, Forché has also traveled to Beirut and wrote about her experiences there in the book The Angel of History, published … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bishop’s Relationship With Nature in Poetry

Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry is full of imagery that can transport the reader to any of the settings she writes about. Her ability to use these settings and the subject of nature in poetry to reflect on other themes such as … Continue reading

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A poet or a traitor?

Countee Cullen is no doubt successful in achieving his goal of “to be read as a poet, not a Negro poet.” He utilizes imagery, understatement, and religious references effectively to achieve such goal. But many critics say that he is too … Continue reading

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What is the Difference Between a Semicolon and a Comma?

This is a great scene from the movie, Wit. Though the scene stands on its own and inspires a re-reading of Donne’s Death Be Not Proud, Holy Sonnet X, you can learn more about the rest of the movie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit_(film) Before … Continue reading

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Extra Credit Opportunity To Establish a Halloween Mood

http://dotsub.com/media/58591756-7128-488c-bfe9-22463d46d907/embedWithTranscript/v/ For extra credit, one can memorize the first six stanzas of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” Do on or before Halloween, and you can earn an A coupon, which can be applied to any fall term time management assessment (vocbulary … Continue reading

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Does a Woman’s Right to Privacy Extend After Death? An interesting idea that I was not able to explore in my paper was the after-death mischief regarding Anne Sexton’s records of therapy and hospitalization. These records, many years later, were … Continue reading

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The Inconsistencies Between the Real Life and the Poetry of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an African-American poet in the 20th century who was incredibly inspirational and influential to a lot of African-Americans, specifically those living in impoverished urban communities such as Harlem in New York.  Hughes was a part of the … Continue reading

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The Change in Tone in the Poetry of Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds is known for her scandalous subject matter and fearless writing style. In a majority of her poems she writes about feelings of love, pain, grief, and self discovery as they pertain to her relationships with her parents and … Continue reading

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