|The Two Cities in Dante's The Inferno|
|4.5P,3S.MLA - This paper argues that Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno is an allegorical poem that illustrates the theological goals of Mark and Augustine and their concepts of the two cities|
|Comparing Theme for English B & The Lesson|
3.5P - Incidences that Bring About Awareness in "Theme for English B" and "The Lesson" - This paper argues that in both "Theme for English B," by Langston Hughes and "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara, the main characters discover something important about their lives that cause them to see the world differently and want to change.
|Idealization of Rural Living in "We Are Seven"|
|3.25P - This paper argues that in "We Are Seven" William Wordsworth uses rural life to represent the beauty of nature and the idea that death is not a fearful experience among rural dwellers.|
|Parental Responsibility in "Lycidas"|
|3P - Diffuse Role of the Male/Father Figure and Female/Mother Figure in "Lycidas" - This paper argues that Milton uses the speaker in this poem to explore the tragic consequences of the diffuse role of the male/father figure and female/mother figure.|
|Meaning of the Song in "The Solitary Reaper"|
|2.25P - The goal of this essay is to prove that the speaker in William Wadsworth's "The Solitary Reaper" achieves self-discovery by thinking about the possible meanings of the lone reaper’s song and how they apply to his own experience as a solitary traveler.|
|Racial Harmony in Theme for English B|
|3.25P - This paper argues that Hughes wants to show in "Theme for English B" that whites should not feel themselves better than blacks because they are both Americans and can learn from one another instead of whites thinking that they are superior to blacks.|
|I Knew a Woman, For My Love... & Adultery|
|4.25P - This paper uses Theodore Roethke’s "I Knew a Woman," Anne Sexton’s "For My Lover, Returning to His Wife," and James Dickey’s "Adultery," to show that men cheat on their significant other because they are always looking for new and exciting sexual encounters and because women are viewed as the sum of all of men’s sexual desires.|
|The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock|
|2.5P - The Overwhelming Question in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" - This paper explores the "overwhelming question" in T.S. Eliot’s "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I argue that the question the speaker means to ask is whether he is really getting old, which is a symbol of his unimportance and uselessness in the world.|
|4P - This paper argues that Kristine Batey’s "Lot’s Wife" and Stevie Smith’s "Lot’s Wife" demonstrate that man is rebuked by God for doing that which is naturally human.|
|There Was a Child Went Forth|
|4P - This paper argues that Walt Whitman's "There Was a Child Went Forth" essentially demonstrates Whitman’s view that an individual’s identity is made up of everything he or she experiences, and that this identity is not completely good or evil|
|Let me not to the marriage of true minds|
|1P - This paper argues that the speaker in William Shakespeare's "Let me not to the marriage of true minds" is a woman who evidently feels that man is incapable of loving.|
|On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City|
|4.5P,3S,MLA - This paper argues that Sherman Alexie's "On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City" suggests that whites have a flawed version of history since they often ignore the fact that American history is incomplete without looking at the foundations laid by the Native Americans who first occupied this country.|
|The Relation of Langston Hughes and His Poems|
|6P,10S,MLA - This paper argues that Langston Hughes' "Mother to Son," "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," and "Theme of English B" show how Hughes uses his poems to capture his own experiences growing up as well as the problems that blacks in general face with racism.|
|She Walks in Beauty|
|2.5P - This paper shows that in George Gordon, Lord Byron’s "She Walks in Beauty," the night is described as something calming or soothing, or as a moment in time that is conducive to mental relaxation and insight.|
|Do No Go Gentle int That Good Night & An Irish Air|
|4P - This paper argues that the speakers in Dylan Thomas’ "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" and William Butler Yeats’ "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death," express their views on death through effective symbols and images.|
|Tichborne's Elegy & Do Not Go Gentle into That Goo|
|3P - This paper agues that while both speakers in Chidiock Tichborne’s "Tichborne’s Elegy" and Dylan Thomas’ "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" regard death as an inevitable part of life, they differ in their views about how one should prepare for death.|
|Irony in Emily Dickinson's Bee Poems|
|3p - "The Irony of the Drone's LIfe in Emily Dickinson's Bee Poems" |
Using J19, J17, J2, J6 and J4, this paper argues that Emily Dickinson's Bee Poems explore the irony of the drone’s life in that though it lives for a sexual encounter with the queen, it is this encounter that destroys it.
|Peace of Wild Things [Berry]|
|2p - "Letting Go So That We Can Experience the 'Piece of Wild Things'" |
This paper argues that Wendel Berry's "The Peace of Wild Things" represents her coming to terms with her anxieties and fears about her future and the future of her children
|Poetic Style of Street Musicians|
2p - "Analyzing the Structure of 'Street Musicians'"
This paper shows that the author of the poem "Street Musicians" uses a free-flow poetic style.
|Ambivalent Parental Relationship in "Daddy"|
|2p - "Ambivalent Parental Relationship in 'Daddy'" |
The goal of this paper is to show that Sylvia Plath uses symbolisms and imageries to reexamine her ambivalent relationship with her father.
|The Unknown Citizen is Neither Free Nor Happy|
|2.25p - "The Conformist is Neither Free Nor Happy" - |
This paper aims to prove that the speaker in W.H. Auden's "The Unknown Citizen" is neither freen nor happy because he has no control over his destiny.
|Imagery in Fog & Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock|
|3.25p - The Imagery of the Fog in Carl Sandburg’s 'Fog' and T.S. Eliot’s 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'" |
This paper examines the symbolic function of the fog in both poems. It is argued that the fog is uses as a symbol of human sexual encounters.
|Old Age/Death: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock|
|6p,6s,MLA - "The Implications of Old Age and Death in 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" |
This paper shows that the T.S. Elliot's poem expresses a fear of the impermanency of life, as expressed by old age or aging, which takes him closer to death.
|Edgar Allan Poe's Use of Tone in The Raven|
|7p,2s,MLA - "Poe's Use of Tone in 'The Raven'" |
This paper argues that the tone in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is the most important literary element used in the poem because it captures the climaxing of the speaker's most haunting emotions as they relate to his lost lover, Lenore.
|Negro Speaks Rivers, Mother to Son, Weary Blues|
|3p,1s,MLA - "Hughes is a Representative Black American Writer" |
This paper argues the Langston Hughes is a representative Black American writier because his poems are often directed to blacks as expressed in "Negro Speaks Rivers," "Mother to Son," and "The Weary Blues."
|Robert Frost's Philosophy in The Road Not Taken|
1.5p - "Frost's Philosophy about Taking the Road Less Travelled"
This paper argues that the central meaning of this poem is that one should not make a decision simply because it reflects popular opinion.
|Being Oustanding on "The Road Not Taken"|
|2.5p - "How to be Outstanding, According to Frost" |
This paper argues that the central meaning of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is that in order to be truly outstanding, one must not follow in the footsteps of conformity and that one should be willing to make decisions contrary to the norm.
|Overwhelming Question in Love Song of J. Alfred Pr|
|5p,4s,MLA - "The Overwhelming Question in 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'" - |
This paper argues that the question the speaker in T.S. Eliot’s "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" means to ask is whether he is really getting old, which is a symbol of his irrelevance in the world.
|Post-War Anxiety: Mrs. Dalloway & Dulce et Decorum|
|6p,2s,MLA - "Post World War I Impact in London: A Critical Analysis of Mrs. Dalloway and 'Dulce et Decorum Et'" |
In Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Wilfred Owen’s "Dulce et Decorum Et," the authors challenge the concept of war’s glory. Both Woolf and Owen reveal the lingering impact of World War I on London which includes a general distrust in the motives and benefits of war.
|A Dream within a Dream & Dover Beach: Love Crisis|
|3.5p - "The Fickleness of Love: The Crisis of Love Lost" |
This paper shows that Edgar Allan Poe's "A Dream within a Dream" and Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" utiliize powerful imageries to capture the impermanence of love and the feeling of agony that results from love lost.
|Symbols & Images: "A Description of a City Shower"|
|5p - "Swift's Use of Symbolisms and Imageries in 'A Description of a City Shower'" |
This paper proves that Jonathan Swift'ss "A Descritpion of a City Shower" uses literary tools such as similes, imageries and symbols to highlight the complexities of city life.
|Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop & The Flea|
3p - "The Theme of Virginity in Yeats' 'Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop' and Donne's 'The Flea'"
This paper argues that William Butler Yeats’ "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop" and John Donne’s "The Flea" suggest that sexual intimacy is the full expression of life.
|Death, Be Not Proud, I Hear a Fly Buzz. . Because|
4p - "Portraying Death in a Desirable Manner"
This paper shows that the speakers in John Donne’s "Death, be not proud," Emily Dickinson’s "I hear a Fly buzz—when I died" and "Because I could not stop for Death" portray death as a less than frightening experience in order to reduce the fear associated with it.
|Innocence/Experience in "The Lamb" & "The Tyger"|
|3.25p - "Innocence and Experience and the Dual Nature of Man in 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'" |
This paper shows that Blake's "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" reflect the opposite sides of human nature: innocence and experience.
|The Lamb & Easter-Wing: Religion in|
|4p - "The Use of Religion to Explain the Relationship between Man and God in the Renaissance and Romantic Period" |
This paper argues that William Blake's "The Lamb" and George Herbert's "Easter-Wing" reveal that people use religion in the Renaissance and Romantic periods to explain the relationship between man and God.
|Senghor's Portrayal of Women in His Poems|
|5p,8s,MLA - POET - "Senghor's Portrayal of Women in His Poems" |
This paper shows that Leopard Senghor's poems are largely stereotypical because they analyze women's importance through the lense of patriarchal concepts of womanhood. Poems analyzed include "Be Not Amazed," "Blues," I Will Pronounce Your Name," Luxembourg 1939," "New York," "Night of Sine," and "Prayer to Masks."
|Blake's The Chimney Sweeper|
|5.5p,2s,MLA - "Mankind's Heritage of Sin and Suffering" |
This paper argues that while both versions of William Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper" address a common theme, the author uses different imagery, characterization and structure to deliver the message.
|Young Love in Gary Soto's "Oranges"|
|2p - "Analysis of 'Oranges'" |
This paper shows that Gary Soto's "Oranges" is about a young man who is faced with the conflict of not being able to pay for a gift his date chooses, but finding a tactful way to disguise his inability to pay.