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Poetry on the following poems Literature & Language Essay (Essay Sample)


You will write a poetry essay exploring the conflict and ambiguity in the four group of poetry you read in this module. The poetry selection in this module may be interpreted as both positive and negative elements. Analyze each author's purpose and rhetorical stance and develop your own interpretation of the poems. Reference each poem in your own essay.
Part 1: poems by Richard crashaw
Part 2: poem by Robert frost
Part 3: poem by William Blake
Part 4: poem by Thomas hardy
Criteria for this assignment: double spaced, time new roman, 12 point font, work cited page, in- text citations and divide the essay into four parts, each representing one of the four poetry elections.
Analyze the author's purpose and rhetorical stance.
Develop your arguments for your interpretation logically and cohesively.
Address all four parts of this essay.


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Conflict and Ambiguity in Four Groups of Poetry 1. Richard Crashaw: “Upon the Infant Martyrs”
In “Upon the Infant Martyrs” (“Upon the Infant Martyrs”), Crashaw laments loss of infants in a uniquely short eulogy. In contrast to poetic conventions, Crashaw’s short eulogy is striking, powerful and speculative at once. The poem also combines conflict and ambiguity is numerous eloquent ways to convey a sense of irrecoverable loss. Specifically, Crashaw introduces readers/listeners to a conflicting view of milk and blood “blended in one flood.” Typically, milk and blood do not share a mental association in day-to-day life. To see both blended” is, accordingly, unsettling at least. To drive such a powerful image home, Crashaw uses powerful imagery. Then again, Crashaw is initially ambiguous by arousing reader’s/listener’s interest as to what “both” might refer to. The reader/listener is not left, however, for long to guess but has his initial question answered in “mother’s milk” and “children’s blood.” This direct attribution of milk to mothers and blood to children perhaps alerts reader’s/listener’s senses to something extremely shocking. Once more, readers/listeners are not left long to guess. Expressing doubts about faith, Crashaw intensifies conflict rapidly rising among readers/listeners following fate of mothers and children so brutally separated. Predictably, or not, Crashaw perhaps confirm reader’s/listener’s worst fears by expressing his doubts about whether heaven (in small letters) would unite roses and lilies, a metaphor for infant martyrs and nursing mothers.
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