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Stephen Spender

Give a critical analysis of the poem "The Express" by Stephen Spender.

"The Express" by Stephen Spender is a semi-meter free verse poem of 27 lines with a presence of iambs in lines that can be scanned according to pentameter. Examples of places where the traces of...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 5:03 am UTC

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What does the "salt coarse pointing" mean? Explain in details. "My Parents kept me from children who were rough" by...

Salt can also be a reference to tears - and salt is highly irritant to eyes. So in the poem ' My parents kept me from children who were rough' the poet Stephen Spender is talking about the idea of...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2009 5:50 am UTC

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Write summary for the poem "My Parents kept me from children who were rough" by Stephen spender

In everyday language, the poem 'My parents kept me from children who were rough' by Stephen Spender might go something like this (as a modern day summary:) Title 'My parents controlled who I could...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2009 11:27 pm UTC

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How are the boys describe in stanza one in the poem "My Parents Kept Me from Children Who Were Rough"?

In the first stanza, the boys are described as neglected and troubled. The “rough” children do not seem to choose to be mean. They are clearly living in poverty, and have nearly no one to take...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013 1:01 am UTC

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What is the theme of the poem?How might the lack of rhyme and rhythme be releated to the theme? IS the poem a verse...

One of the themes of the poem 'My parents kept me from children who were rough' by Stephen Spender is isolation - another is lack of control. There is a certain lack of rhyme and rhythm in that...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2009 1:45 am UTC

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How do the last two lines in the poem "My Parents" by Stephen Spender help bring out the theme?

In "My Parents," Spender explores the theme of the isolation and alienation he felt from the other boys his age in his neighborhood. They were poor, rough boys dressed in torn, ragged clothing who...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019 5:09 pm UTC

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In the poem 'My Parents' by Stephen Spender, how is the theme of social inequality conveyed?

There is no hiding the fact that there is a noticeable break between who Spender's parents wanted him playing with and who they did not (in the poem "My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011 2:23 am UTC

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Comment closely on the ways in which the writer presents the childhood experience in the poem "My parents kept me...

We could argue that there are two disparate types of childhood experience presented in Spender's poem, but the perspective of the speaker only allows us full understanding of one of those. The...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2018 7:57 am UTC

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Discuss the poem "Seascape" by Stephen Spender.

In the poem " Seascape: In Memoriam, M.A.S.," Stephen Spender conveys characteristic aspects of the sea. The poet emphasizes the power and deceptive nature of the sea over mankind. The author...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2012 4:40 am UTC

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"The Shapes of Death" by Stephen Spender; what is the meaning of the poem.

The meaning of the poem "The Shapes of Death" by Stephen Spender is that knowledge of our mortality is something that hangs over our lives and often influences our thoughts and behaviors,...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2013 2:17 pm UTC

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How might one interpret the poem "Seascape" by Stephen Spender?

This poem is about the "ritual sacrifice" of death as part of the natural order of living, particularly as seen against the backdrop of the ocean, which although beautiful on the surface,...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2012 2:17 am UTC

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What is the theme of the poem "The Shapes Of Death" by Stephen Spender?

The key theme of this poem by Stephen Spender is death, particularly the way that "shapes of death haunt life." Spender's concern is that the darker parts of the human character, such as greed and...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 3:47 pm UTC

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