"Lamia" is another narrative poem that is an intentional attempt to repair some of Endymion's technical flaws. Like "Endymion", it uses a first-person point of view, but there are many more names in it: Amaryllis, Arabella, etc. The poem also contains many allusions to other works by Keats and is highly derivative of them.
Lamia is the name of a beautiful woman who appears in Ovid's Metamorphoses. She was turned into a lark because she refused to marry; instead, she loved another man. Lamia's father, Apollo, used his powers to make her forget her love for him. When she tries to commit suicide, he stops her with an illness that causes her to cry out in pain every four hours forever after.
Keats wrote this poem in 1816 when he was only nineteen years old. He had just come across Ovid's work about ten months earlier and was very impressed by it. In fact, he based Lamia on Ovid's story even though he changed some things around to suit his own style better. For example, in Ovid's story, Lamia dies at the end, but Keats has his character survive.
The governing notion of a poem is represented by the poem's core subject. This concept is built and developed throughout the poem, and it may be discovered by examining the poem's rhythm, setting, tone, mood, diction, and, on occasion, title. A poem's core subject can be a person, place, thing, or idea, depending on what kind of poem it is.
Poems often convey messages about reality and how we perceive it, as well as fantasies that allow us to express ourselves freely. Many poems are also jokes or anecdotes told in verse. Finally, some poems are just pleas for help from people in trouble.
In general, poems with similar themes or styles are considered part of the same collection. The term "poetry anthology" describes a collection of poems written by different authors, which usually have something in common other than being poems. For example, they might be all sonnets or limericks or villanelles. An "anthology editor" is someone who selects the poems for such a collection.
A "critical essay" is written by scholars who study poetry in order to explain what kinds of thoughts and feelings inspire poets to write what they do. Critical essays use facts and theories to discuss poems from different times periods or places. They try to understand what makes some poems successful while others fail.
1. a stanza-length narrative poem, usually of folk origin and designed to be sung rather than spoken.
2. a short dramatic poem in regular iambic pentameter, often describing some incident from mythology or history.
3. a long narrative poem in verse, typically based on real events but lacking rhyme or meter.
4. a long poem written in free verse, containing descriptions of places and people.
5. a long poem that is told by an unnamed narrator who takes the form of a diary, with each day beginning with the word "dawn" or its equivalent.
6. a long narrative poem in iambic pentameter about ancient Rome.
7. a long narrative poem in iambic pentameter about the Trojan War.
8. a long narrative poem in iambic pentameter about the lives of Greek heroes.
9. a long narrative poem in iambic pentameter about the adventures of two English knights.
Summary of Obituaries In this poem, the speaker (who might be the poet himself or an invented character) recounts events surrounding his father's death. The poem begins with a brief description of the scene at his father's funeral: "The plow is brought to a halt in the furrowed field / And down the hill we go, into the valley low." Then the speaker reports that he is going to explain "What my dead father meant to me." Among other things, he will discuss "how one man's greatness can make another man's life meaningless."
Here are the complete poems called "Obituaries":
"The Death of My Father" (1840)
My father died yesterday morning betwixt six and seven;
He was cut down in his sixty-third year,
And I hope you will believe there is no doubt
His life had been full of care but not of sin;
He rose up early and went to bed late,
Worked on the farm from five in the morning till eight,
It alludes to the poet's and her mother's losses: the poet's mother lost her childhood, while the poet lost her mother. Both recall their pasts with a sad-sounding laugh. The poet is referring to her mother's death in the conditions she describes. She is also referring to herself because she was only a child when it happened.
Laughter is the best medicine after all! Or is it? Maybe there are times when you need something stronger. Like pain medication. If you have ever suffered from chronic pain you know how important it is to find ways to manage that pain effectively but not take it away completely.
People often think of laughter as a way to heal, but what if your wound was too deep or has caused you too much pain? In those cases, medical experts recommend serious treatments such as surgery or medications. Laughter does not cure diseases, but it can help you cope with them. A study conducted at Duke University showed that people who struggle with depression may benefit from social interaction activities like going to parties or visiting museums. It also found that these participants experienced reduced symptoms of depression after engaging in some form of humor.
So next time you are feeling down, forget drugs or therapy. Just laugh! You'll feel better afterwards anyway.