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Who or what is 'our God' in Swinburne's 'Ave atque Vale'?

Jerome McGann offers the following interpretation of this line: Swinburne describes his active and passive relation to the noble dead when he speaks of the “opening leaves of holy poets’ pages.” They ...
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Is John Crowe Ransom's 'Vision by Sweetwater' autobiographical?

Here are a few ways in which this poem has been interpreted. I couldn’t find anyone who thought that it might be autobiographical. Poets are free to invent and fictionalize, so a biographical ...
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Which language was the Aziz Isa Elkun poem in the forward to "Uyghur Poems" written in originally?

From the lines you quote, the poem is clearly taken from Roses, a poem that Aziz Isa Elkin wrote in London in October 2021. In it he is sitting in his garden, recalling how he planted his first rose ...
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What does Wordsworth mean by "A pagan suckled in a creed outworn"?

I think what he means is that he'd rather be a pagan than be like modern men. He'd rather be a part of an outdated religion, and have simple beliefs than to be like modern men, so 'advanced' that they ...
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Difficulty understanding the meaning of the word "attitude" in Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

Your argument is that the urn cannot have an “attitude” (in the sense “a posture of the body”), even considered as a figure of personification, because it is “presumably just sitting there, upright, ...
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Are there crossword puzzle clues in Roy Fuller's "News of the World"?

Crossword clues come with letter counts. An example could be Titan maps mountains (5)†. With no letter counts given, the statements in the second stanza are highly unlikely to be intended as crossword ...
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What does the raven symbolize (besides death)?

Ravens, historically, represent two things. One is death because of their association with dead bodies. The other is knowledge, because they are distinctly intelligent birds. (For birds, of course.) ...
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Trouble understanding two lines from John Donne's poem "The Good Morrow"

tl;dr The speaker is saying, "Let it be the case that that sea-discoverers have found new worlds. Let there be maps that have shown many such worlds to others," and implying, "So what?&...
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Meaning of a passage in Milton's Sonnet 21

Milton is asking his friend Cyriack Skinner to take a brief break from studious pursuits. The opening stanza introduces Skinner, whose grandfather was the celebrated jurist Edward Coke, Chief Justice ...
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In Lord Byron's "Don Juan," what was the lead character "half-smother'd" by?

This is a joke, a double entendre. die, v. I.6.e. 1600– intransitive. To experience sexual orgasm. Now somewhat archaic. Oxford English Dictionary. In the plain reading of the stanzas, Juan “nearly ...
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