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Alfred, Lord Tennyson is an English poet, one of the great representative figures, of the Victorian Age. His writing encompasses many poetic styles and includes some of the finest poetry in the language.  Tennyson (6 August, 1809 - 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular British Poets.  In 1842 Tennyson won wide acclaim with the publication of his two-volume poems: Locksley Hall and Ulysses . Tennyson's first long poem after gaining literary recognition was The Princess (1847), a romantic treatment in musical blank verse of the question of women's rights. In 1850 appeared one of his greatest poems, In Memoriam, a tribute to the memory of Arthur Hallam. With the composition of Idylls of the king (begun in 1859 and completed in 1855) Tennyson returned to the subject of the Arthurian cycle. He dealt with the ancient legends in the episodic rather than a continuous narrative str


Look at a Teacup   is an essay written by the feminist writer of   America , Patricia Hampl . This essay is written in the narrative style which narrates the history of feminism in   America . The two major themes of this essay are   the relationship between mother and her daughter (the author)   and   the connection between the past and the present . Both of these themes are represented by the teacup. The essay also shows how a simple writing helps in finding out great events. It is about the history of writer’s mother in a delicate teacup. The two major themes of this essay are relationship between a mother and her daughter and a connection between the past generation and present generation. Both these things are represented by a teacup.  In this essay, there are two different stories. The first story is the essayist’s mother’s story. The second story in this essay is the story of the Second World War which also started in 1939. The mother married in 1939 during the beginning


William Wordsworth (1770-1850) William Wordsworth  (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with  Samuel Taylor Coleridge , helped to launch the  Romantic Age  in  English literature  with their joint publication  Lyrical Ballads  (1798). He is regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential of England's romantic poets, whose theories and style created a new tradition in poetry. William Wordsworth was at once the oldest, the greatest, and the most long-lived among the romantic poets. He made himself the leader of the Romantic Movement. The basic traits (attributes) of romanticism such as the love of nature, the belief in humanity, mysticism, revolutionary spirit etc. were early developed in his poetry. As a young man he had high hopes for humanity and he had been nurtured in the Lake District which helped him to think well on man. He also read Rousseau’s view on the innocence of man. Thus, the teaching of Rousseau and his own experien


BLAKE AS A PRE-ROMANTIC POET William Blake is a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrates and printed his own books. William Blake was a 19th century writer and artist who is regarded as a seminal figure of the Romantic Age. His writings have influenced countless writers and artists through the ages, and he has been deemed both a major poet and an original thinker. Born in 1757 in London, England, William Blake began writing at an early age and claimed to have had his first vision, of a tree full of angels, at age 10. He studied engraving and grew to love Gothic art, which he incorporated into his own unique works. A misunderstood poet, artist and visionary throughout much of his life, Blake found admirers late in life and has been vastly influential since his death in 1827. William Blake was born in Soho, London where he spent most of his life. The house of his parents, on the corner of Board Street and Marshall Street, was erected upon an ol

IELTS Writing Task Samples

Some people think that human history has been a journey from ignorance to knowledge. Others argue that this underestimates the achievements of ancient cultures, and overvalues our achievements. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. Write at least 250 words. Some argue that people in the modern world are in possession of much more knowledge than people of ancient cultures. Others believe that this ignores the accomplishments of the past and places too much emphasis on present achievements. While it is undoubtedly true that modern technologies, such as the internet could not have been imagined in ancient cultures, it is a mistake to view these ancient cultures as ignorant. Few would argue that the builders of the Sphinx were mere primitive cavemen, for example. People at the time had the knowledge they needed to understand and deal with their world and in fact one argument that is sometimes put forward is that, even with all we know today, we do not have the t

IELTS 8 Writing Test 2 Answer

In the life of a child, constant learning is not only a must but a natural way of life. This is often split in to learning at school and learning at home. Clearly, both parents and teachers have a role to play in the education of a child, but with the issue of educating a child in how to become a balanced member of society, there has been some debate as to whether teachers or parents should be taking the most responsibility. Firstly, at school, children are effectively members of a community including peers and teachers. In order to succeed in primary and secondary education, they need to be aware of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. As teachers act as mentors and overseers in this environment, it is appropriate that they should be the ones to ensure that their students appreciate and adhere to the expectations of society, both inside and outside school. The experience of being at school ought to enable them to interact as part of a team, while being respectful and appreciativ


Alexander Pope (1688-1744) POPE AND NEOCLASSICAL POETRY ANALYSIS Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot has been described as one of Pope's "most striking achievements, a work of authentic power, both tragic and comic, as well as great formal ingenuity, despite the near-chaos from which it emerged. An epistle is a literary creation in the form of a letter. It is meant to be read by the person to whom it has been addressed as well as by the readers in general. This epistle was written by Pope to Dr. Arbuthnot.  He has presented some varied views in the epistle. However, all the views have been presented to suggest that it was his duty to expose impudence and that he was not afraid of serious opposition if he was performing his duty as a writer. Pope decided to write this epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot as a gratitude for the concern shown by the latter towards him. Arbuthnot had cautioned him about the possible dangers of naming people openly while ridiculing them, particularly the influe


Andrew Marvell Coronet - Crown Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) is an English poet and satirist, one of the metaphysical poets. He was born in Winestead, Yorkshire, and educated at the University of Cambridge. While tutor to the daughter of Lord Thomas Fairfax, he wrote the well-known lyric works The Garden , To His Coy Mistress , The Definition of Love , and Bermudas . Marvell's works often weigh conflicting values, such as introspection (self-examination) versus action, or nature versus society. As assistant to John Milton (who was serving as Latin secretary for the common wealth) from 1657 to 1659, he wrote many poems in praise of the lord protector of England, Oliver Cromwell, notably "Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland”, considered by some to be one of the great political poems. From 1659 until his death, Marvell served in Parliament; his letters to constituents reveal much about his times. Marvell's prose satire, little read today, was once