Interpretations and Responses to Literature

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Essay #: 057156
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Interpretations and Responses to Literature
Marvell
Though every explanation and response of Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” was interested and worthwhile in its own way, I think my favorite and the one that enhanced the meaning most for me was A.D. Hope’s witty response. I think that this poem was most successful at explaining the meaning because it directly addressed and refuted lines from “To His Coy Mistress,” and in these refutations came an understanding of what the lines originally meant. The language was simpler, too, and the recording was clear, which becomes an issue when listening to these poems. I liked this one the most, and it gave me a much stronger understanding of Marvell’s poem.
Blake
I think
Tyger
is about the...
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.....Bill as a historical figure, and made me see all the profound meaning and intrigue Cummings had with Buffalo Bill.
Hughes and Brooks
I think the modern interpretations of Langston Hughes’ “Harlem” and Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool” are absolutely as valid as the original works themselves. Both poems are snapshots of a time, with voices pertinent to a time. I think that the modern interpretations of these poems piggyback on the original meanings but bring them into a modern context. The quote “standing on the shoulders of giants” comes to mind when arguing this- every version of these two poems stands on the shoulders of the originals, be it in inspiration, social action, voice or addressing specific elements (Harlem, coolness) themselves.