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Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'On Walden Pond'
This 5 page explication of Ralph Waldo Emerson's On Walden Pond, gives a thorough analysis, pointing out the many similes and metaphors. The use of symbolism is discussed as well as the meaning of the work. No sources, other than the poem itself,...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson / 'Inventors Read Well'
A 4 page essay on the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: 'One must be an inventor to read well.' The paper discusses Emerson's philosophies around this quote, a call to read beyond words to find their intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Pursuit of Happiness
A 6 page essay on the writings and influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The writer reviews some of Emerson's writings, writing style and devices, expresses various interpretations on Emerson's writings, and discusses their effect on the reader in...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essay, 'Experience' (1841) / Analysis of a Paragraph
A 5 page paper which provides a sentence-by-sentence analysis of a specific paragraph from Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Experience,' which was included in his second collection of essays, published in 1841. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Henry David Thoreau's Thoughts On The Current Walden Pond Developments
4 pages in length. What would Henry David Thoreau think about what has happened with his treasured Walden Pond? It can be argued that his reaction to humanity's blatant disregard for its inherent beauty would be less than enthusiastic. The...
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Anti-Semitism In The Poetry Of T.S. Eliot
This 8 page paper examines the premise that renowned U.S. expatriate writer T.S. Eliot was notoriously anti-Semitic. To develop this thesis, several samples of Eliot's poetry are quoted and analyzed. Bibliography lists 8+ sources.
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T.S. Eliot's 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' / Two Views
A 5 page paper discussing two views of the poem by T.S. Eliot, those of Elisabeth Schneider and Michael L. Baumann. Schneider's position is that Eliot himself is Prufrock; Baumann's is also, but with the focus of there being nothing of purpose in...
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T.S. Eliot's 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'/ Indecision's Answer
A 4 page paper arguing that Eliot's poem speaks of metaphysical glimpses into an afterlife. It is spoken in the construct of a night when 'J. Alfred Prufrock' is traveling, though not reveling, on the mundane earth with a companion. During the...
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T.S. Eliot's 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'/ Theme of Alienation
A 4 page paper discussing T.S. Eliot's 1919 poem, and its treatment of emotional alienation in the character of Prufrock himself. The imagery is discussed in great depth. No sources except poem.
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T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' / The Importance Of Time
A 7 page paper discussing the motif of time in T.S. Eliot's most famous and perplexing poem. The paper argues that the poem creates a sense of timelessness, not by ignoring chronology, but by telescoping it all together, thus underscoring humanity's...
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T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' / Symbolism Of Water
A 5 page paper analyzing the symbolism of water in Eliot's landmark poem. It concludes that water, in the world of the Waste Land, stands for sustenance, healing, and faith, and for the orderly and proper progress of the universe; it is only through...
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T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' / Changing Interpretations
A 5 page paper analyzing various critiques of T.S. Eliot's poem. The paper looks at critiques written close to the time of publication and compares them to more recent ones, showing how the way the poem is interpreted has changed in the seventy-six...
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T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' vs. H.D.'s 'The Walls Do Not Fall' / Comparison of Spiritual Quest
A 9 page comparison of the spiritual quest in H.D.'s The Walls Do Not Fall and T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. The writer argues that H.D. succeeds in re-visioning an internal spirituality in terms of a personal quest, while Eliot does not succeed in...
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T.S. Eliot: Four Quartets
5 pages in length. T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets symbolizes a great many things to do with what exists in the here and now, as well as what lives within the concepts of religious mysticism. Indeed, it reflects some of the most compelling of all...
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The Poetry of Donna Masini
A 5 page paper that compares three poems of Donna Masini, with consideration for her themes of family, interpersonal relationships and sexuality. Masini uses free verse as her vehicle for presenting her very current themes. Two sources cited.
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