StudentShare solutions
Triangle menu

Poetic Forms and Genres - Book Report/Review Example

Not dowloaded yet

Extract of sample
Poetic Forms and Genres

Historical events during the Victorian Age such as the adoption of the Reform Bill (1832), Chartism (1836-1848) and many others speak for the period itself and we should not waste time on history anyway. Literature in this period is the object of our interest. Needless to say, literature has been strongly influenced by all of those events and the bourgeois lifestyle and society in general. Among all literature genres poetry has been regarded the highest if we are to judge according to the respect it has enjoyed.
Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) is considered "national treasure" for the British. His best works include "Poems by Two Brothers" (1827), "Poems Chiefly Lyrical" (1830), "Poems" (1832), "Poems" (1842), "In Memoriam" (1850), "Maud" (1855), "Idylls of the King" (1859), "Enoch Arden, and Other Poems" (1864), "Works" (so-called 'Imperial Edition' 1872), several plays ("Queen Mary", "Harold" "The Falcon" and others), etc.
"Ulysses" (1842) is one of his best poems. It is a pure monologue in blank verse, more compact in its composition than the rest of his poems, using strong, core and "sober" language, whose richness is beyond any critic. To clarify the meaning of monologue as a poetic form we have to give its definition and say that it is a speech in verse or prose uttered by one speaker as a part of a larger work or as an independent work in itself, and blank verse means unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter often used in long poems and dramatic verse, with a very flexible form and well adaptable to monologues like "Ulysses" (Myers, Jack, & Simms, Michael, "The Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms", 1989, p.33). Tennyson uses many motives from Homer's great epic "Odysseus". In "Ulysses" the speaker (narrator) is Odysseus himself, who is bored with the peaceful life after his return to Ithaca and invites his sailors to join him on this last, big, exploring journey. Ulysses thus praises the spirit of the explorer and discoverer who can not reconcile with the existing things in life.
"Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die"
("Ulysses", lines 56-61)
On the contrary, Telemachus is a personification of a lazy, conservative temperament that lives by the conventions. Odysseus is happy to let Telemachus rule and "leave the scepter and the isle" to him, thinking he will do better. However, Odysseus shows open disdain towards his own son, his "old wife", but most of all towards his people.
A large number of the words Tennyson uses in "Ulysses" carry a potential emotional charge within themselves as they arouse many associations in every reader regardless of one's age. People must never be satisfied with what they have achieved to some point in their life, and spend the rest of it in laziness, and without any further ambitions.
Some of the contemporary critics have tried very hard to prove that Tennyson does not ...Show more

Summary

When we read poetry, it is not our mission to simply discover whether the poet's ideas are new or old, neither is our mission to criticize one's poetry if we have never written a single word in our whole lives. However, it is worth knowing something more about the period the poet belonged to, if we are trying to understand a poem and enjoy it.
Author : jonesashlee
Poetic Forms and Genres essay example
Read Text Preview
Save Your Time for More Important Things
Let us write or edit the book report/review on your topic
"Poetic Forms and Genres"
with a personal 20% discount.
Grab the best paper

Related Essays

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, by William W. Klein
Hubbard Jr. - being added in the book. Dr. William W. Klein is a member of the Denver Seminary which he joined in 1978. He teaches the New Testament, chairs the section of the biblical studies and is a member of several societies related to Biblical Research.
12 pages (3000 words) Book Report/Review
Female Literature
I have chosen five eminent authors: Harriet Jacobs, Audre Lorde, May Sarton, Bharati Mukherjee and Slavenka Drakulic. Before looking into the signatory style, areas of work and thematic characteristics, let's begin with the brief introduction of each of these authors.
12 pages (3000 words) Book Report/Review
Robert Browning The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church
Still for the sake of comparative ease and organization, it seems really handy to approach the English Literature in the context of specific eras and periods. That way, the Victorian era seems to be a comparatively lean season in terms of its gross literary output as compared to the abundance and the bounty of the preceding Romantic age (Long 452).
5 pages (1250 words) Book Report/Review
The comparison of death in literature
Similar in some ways and contrary in many is death in "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Garcia Marquez, where in a world of magic realism it comes in various fanciful forms, cannot turn silent the ones it has claimed, and even returns one of its own back to the world of living in the form of Melquiades.
6 pages (1500 words) Book Report/Review
Sidneys Defence of Poesie
The essay concludes with the statement that the treatise is an appeal to imagination rather than an apology for literature. This essay concentrates on the topic of imagination and provides a conclusion that imagination is the core of poetry. The essay provides a glimpse of Sidney's "Apology of Poetry", and talks about how Sidney stresses the need for imagination in literature, through his treatise.
9 pages (2250 words) Book Report/Review
Modernist Literature
It may also be viewed as a collective term for the remarkable variety of competing groups, movements, and schools in literature, art, and music throughout Europe over the same period: Symbolism, Decadence, Cubism, Expressionism, Imagism, Vorticism, Surrealism and so on.
8 pages (2000 words) Book Report/Review
Postcolonial Melting Pot
But such is the indeterminate subjectivity of both films-the contradictoriness of their characters, their unresolved ethical dilemmas, their wryly tragicomic representation of conflicted histories and divided allegiances-that they end up striking an ironic attitude to their own radicalism.
8 pages (2000 words) Book Report/Review
Victorian Era Poets
The placement of reason-driven social and career pursuits as the arena of men and the home or the domestic as that of women during the Victorian era, resulted in very conflicted notions of sex and sexuality. While the best of what the era's take on the power of love, whether sublime or tragic could be gleaned at least from Elizabeth Barret-Browning's Sonnets (passionate and sublime love of a woman) and Alfred Lord Tennyson's Lady of Shalot (where the poet's tone is all at once, objective, sympathetic and in awe of women's domestic lot) --- the conflict is evident in Aurora Leigh and Locksley Hall.
4 pages (1000 words) Book Report/Review
Brecht and Shakespeare
The thesis statement for this paper is one that revolves around the elements of Shakespeare's writing that have shaped the writings of Brecht. This paper seeks to etch the map along which Shakespeare affected the trends in the modern literary terrain. Apart from being comparative in its approach, this paper will also make use of facts and characters that remain extremely popular in today's world.
14 pages (3500 words) Book Report/Review
William Blake
Sometimes we think of Spinoza when we read this poem. We get the idea of dealing with a pantheist bard in the line of that philosopher, but Blake is not really pantheist. Blake is a Bible believer and as such his poetic vision is rather the position of a universalist in the line of Johannes Scotus Erigena (810-877).
3 pages (750 words) Book Report/Review
Get a custom paper written
by a pro under your requirements!
Win a special DISCOUNT!
Put in your e-mail and click the button with your lucky finger
Your email
YOUR PRIZE:
Apply my DISCOUNT
Comments (0)
Rate this paper:
Thank you! Your comment has been sent and will be posted after moderation