The Following Poems Are Both Concerned With Eros Essay

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Eros Poetry Presentation By: Adam Stebbing, Christine Ellenburg, and Kevin Ellenburg Compare/Contrast Eros Biography By: Robert Bridges Eros By: Anne Stevenson Analysis October 23, 1844: Born in Kent, England
1853: Father died
1854: Mother remarried, moved to Rochdale, started attending Eton college
1863: Graduated Eton, started attending Corpus Christi College
1869: Began working at St. Bartholomew's Hospital
1874: Recieved degree from Corpus Christi
1882: Retired from medicine to focus on literature, moved in with mother in Yattendon, Berkshire
1902: Moved to Chilswell House overlooking Oxford University
1913: Appointed to office of Poet Laureate
1929: Published "The Testament of Beauty"
April 21, 1930: Died at Chilswell House Biography Analysis January 3, 1933: Born in Cambridge, England
1954: Graduated University of Michigan with honors
1961: Returned to Michigan and earned Masters degree in English
1989: Published "Bitter Fame," a biography on Sylvia Plath
2002: Earned Northern Rock Writers Foundation Award
2007: Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award Why hast thou nothing in thy face?
Thou idol of the human race,
Thou tyrant of the human heart,
The flower of lovely youth that art;
Yea, and that standest in thy youth
An image of eternal Truth,
With thy exuberant flesh so fair,
That only Pheidias might compare,
Ere from his chaste marmoreal form
Time had decayed the colours warm;
Like to his gods in thy proud dress,
Thy starry sheen of nakedness.

Surely thy body is thy mind,
For in thy face is nought to find,
Only thy soft unchristen’d smile,
That shadows neither love nor guile,
But shameless will and power immense,
In secret sensuous innocence.

O king of joy, what is thy thought?
I dream thou knowest it is nought,
And wouldst in darkness come, but thou
Makest the light where’er thou go.
Ah yet no victim of thy grace,
None who e’er long’d for thy embrace,
Hath cared to look upon thy face. I call for love
But help me, who arrives?
This thug with broken nose
And squinty eyes.
'Eros, my bully boy,
Can this be you,
With boxer lips
And patchy wings askew?'

'Madam,' cries Eros,
'Know the brute you see
is what long overuse
Has made of me.
My face that so offends you
Is the sum
Of blows your lust delivered
One by one.

We slaves who are
Gloss your fate
And are the archtypes
That you create.
Better my battered visage,
Bruised but hot,
Than love dissolved in loss
Or left to rot Works Cited "Robert Bridges." : The Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013. <>
"Robert Bridges." : Poem Hunter. Web. 05 Mar. 2013.>
"Anne Stevenson." : The Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013. <>
"Anne Stevenson." Anne Stevenson - Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013. <> Thesis Thesis In the poem, “Eros,” by Anne Stevenson, the speaker addresses Eros' affect on people. Read the poem carefully. Then, write a well-developed essay in which you convey the speaker’s attitude toward Eros' affect on people. In Robert Bridge's poem, Eros, the speaker addresses Eros as a beautiful being with nothing in his face. Write a well developed essay in which you analyze how the poet utilizes literary devices to convey the speaker's complex view of Eros. Robert Bridges Anne Stevenson Apostrophe
Archaic Diction
AABB Rhyme Scheme
Iambic Quadrameter
Beautifies Eros
Repetition Dialogue
Modern Diction
ABCB Rhyme Schem
Inconsistent Meter
Uglifies Eros
Enjambment Steady Rhyme Scheme
Same Subject - Eros
Rhetorical Question
Underappreciation of Eros In her modern short poem, “Eros”, Anne
Stevenson shifts from an ironic tone to one of
accusation, utilizing cacophony, imagery and
juxtaposition proving that the desire for lust
makes a "battered visage" of love. In his romantic apostrophe poem, “Eros,” Robert
Bridges shifts from a complimentary tone to one of pity, utilizing rhyme scheme, apostrophe, and paradox, proving that "starry beauty" may bring lust, but having "something in thy face" is essential to finding true love. Cupid's Matchmaking Game Match the picture with the poem!

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Annotation/Description: The following poems are both concerned with Eros, the god of love in Greek mythology. ead the poems caref!lly. Then write an essay in which yo! compare and contrast the two concepts of Eros and analy"e the techni#!es !sed to create them. eflective $aragraph: This poem, like the other poem % have annotated in the portfolio, s!ffered from poor time management. % was c!t off by the bell before % co!ld even finish my first body  paragraph, and r!shing to try and get something passable down infl!enced the #!ality of my work beforehand. % was going to separate the body paragraphs by literary device, disc!ssing howeach poem e&ploited it to characteri"e the god of love, and if % had the chance to rewrite it, % wo!ld make s!re to act!ally save eno!gh time to ade#!ately do so in my paper. 'elf(evision: Eros The two poems


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, by Anne 'tevenson, attempt to characteri"e love thro!gh the embodiment of Eros, the Greek god of love. )!t while both portrayan overall negative connotation of love, they both have very different interpretations of it, and characteri"e love thro!gh diction and symbolism. %n )ridges* interpretation of love, Eros is characteri"ed in a more traditional sense. %t reflects the traditional Greek archetype of the ancient god, going so far as to !se the Greek spelling for the word +E$-. The poem*s choice of diction helps mirror this interpretation, !sing elo#!ent archaic lang!age, +ea, and that standest in thy yo!th and !sing references to Greek c!lt!re, like, +0ith thy e&!brent flesh so fair,/ That only $heidias might compare 1)ridges2. This choice in diction establishes this ancient image )ridges is going for, and helps solidify his ne&t point in his symbolic !se of Eros in the poem. The a!thor portrays Eros 3!st as he is: as a god. 4e characteri"es him as an immortal personification of love that is beyond empathy and responsibility. +5nly thy soft !nchristn*d smile,/that shadows neither love nor g!ile,/)!t shameless will and power immense,/%n secret sens!o!s innocence 1)ridges2. %n this interpretation, men are merely the playthings of an !nreasoning, omniscient force that has no rhyme or reason in afflicting mankind with meaningless passion. 6orrected Essay: Eros Thro!gho!t history, poets have strived time and time again to #!antify love, either by adoring its bea!ty or abhorring its power over individ!als. The two poems


, by obert )ridges, and


, by Anne 'tevenson, attempt to do so thro!gh the personification of Eros, the Greek god of love. )!t while both portray an overall negative connotation of love, they both have very different interpretations of love itself, and characteri"e love thro!gh both diction and symbolism.

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