The theme dramatized in Thomas Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush" is the contrast between the joyous notes of a bird and the despair of the human listener.
This is an analysis on Sylvia Plath's poem Daddy. It explores a deeper meaning found between the lines of this poem. Is the vampire in this poem her mother? Continue reading and decide for yourself.
The speaker in Wilfred Owen's Italian sonnet dramatizes hatred of war by creating a deeply bitter irony, pitting religious ceremony against reality of the battlefield.
Emily Dickinson's poem, "The Brain - is wider than the Sky," compares and contrasts the human brain with the sky, the sea, and God.
Addressing his Muse, the speaker professes that his art will continue to be infused with the permanent beauty and spiritual strength that the heavenly Muse provides.
The speaker in Galway Kinnell's "Blackberry Eating" compares the experience of eating blackberries to that of pronouncing his favorite words.
What happens when we dream? Are they sometimes prophetic or are they just nonsense and mean nothing?
Addressing his Muse, the speaker/poet again professes that he will not argue with the one who ultimately steadies his hand and focuses his spirit on his art.
Virtually nothing is known about Simon of Cyrene. He is mentioned in three of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke yet omitted by John.
Edgar Allan Poe opined, "the death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world."
This is a poem I wrote about how easy it is to get so caught up in the holiday frenzy that we miss the real meaning of Christmas.
The world of literature is filled with horrid descriptions, and T. S. Eliot has contributed some of the most horrid. The mind of the Eliot observer, however, is most often the locus of the horror.
The speaker in sonnet 91 addresses his own soul, which is the repository of his considerable talent for creating the kind of poetry he uses to express truth.
W. H. Auden's "The Unknown Citizen" portrays a pathetic character whose life has been stifled by "the State," yet who, ironically, does not seem to realize his lot in life.
Amy Lowell's Petrarchan sonnet offers an octave dramatizing the agony of a constantly recurring thought; yet the sestet bemoans the loss of freedom to a beloved.
Sonnet 20 from Sonnets from the Portuguese finds the speaker in a pensive mood, dramatizing her awe at the difference a year has made in her life.
In his poem, "Lapis Lazuli," W. B. Yeats has his speaker explore the issue of peace and tranquility despite a chaotic environment.
An analysis of patterns and connections between the Old English elegy tradition and the early 20th century poetry of TS Eliot, Robert Frost, and Edna St Vincent Millay (featuring my own translations.)
Wordsworth stated that his daughter suggested this poem to him "after her death." The poem's mystic musing reveals the speaker's soul yearning.
The speaker in sonnet 90 commands his Muse to leave him, if she intends to, while he is suffering other defeats, which will be made light in comparison to losing her.
Have a cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm, while you enjoy Whittier’s description of all that snow.
A paraphrase of Bly's "The Cat in the Kitchen" might be, "A man falling into a pond is like the night wind which is like an old woman in the kitchen cooking for her cat."
This is a short story, written poetically, about a meaningful romance that quickly grew and quickly ended, and the reasons why.
Being an Oompa Loompa was an inborn passion of mine that my parents put into good use by honing in on my natural Oompa Loompa skills at the tender age of 15. Thus, my career took off at the factory!
“Frank Drummer” had high aspirations for himself, but died young at age twenty-five; “Hare Drummer” portrays beautiful memories of pastoral scenery.
The sound of camp gear clanging as the horses thunder along becomes a melancholy image that pulls together this ballad as it sadly concludes in heartache.
Masters’ character, Johnnie Sayre, speaks to the Divine Belovèd, remembering the excruciating pain that resulted in his death, finding grace in his early demise.
Did you ever have a hero that wasn't so heroic after all? Read this narrative poem about my misguided adoration.
Simic's "My Shoes" is a festering piece of drivel sounding like a workshop reject. We will look at the poem using the medium of that oh-so-serious postmodern poetry workshop where trivia and nonsense.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's speaker revisits her former sorrow to contrast her earlier "heavy heart" with the light heartedness she now enjoys because of her belovèd.
Although Cummings' "somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond" has been thought to be addressed to woman/lover, it reads better if the addressee is interpreted as a new born infant.
The speaker in Frost's "Mending Wall" is a provocateur, questioning the wall's purpose, chiding his neighbor about it, yet he seems to be the one more concerned about its repair.
The ten versagraphs of Adrienne Rich's "Diving into the Wreck" dramatize the speaker/reader's metaphorical journey to explore the nature of a non-existent catastrophe.
The first clue that Stevens' subject is not the fat, round object that children build out in the yard on a snowy day is in the title: it is "snow man," not "snowman."
The late Rod McKuen's musical and entertainment accomplishments are undermined by his claim to the title of "poet"; his so-called "poems" exemplify the work of a poetaster—not a poet.
"Knowlt Hoheimer" and "Lydia Puckett" feature two 10-line poems with two movements in each. These two epitaphs are companion pieces.
Colum's little drama features a tired old woman who dreams of owning her own little house where she can spend her days quietly caring for a few simple possessions.
In A. E. Housman's "When I was one-and-twenty," the speaker at age twenty-two reports the truth of sage advice he received at age twenty-one about falling in love.
It is a short story on a girl who dreamed of a prince but a big storm came and she broke into pieces.
The subject of this article is poetry about being knocked down by life and having to get back up again. It is writing about rising again after having a setback (or many) in life.
Wallace Stevens did see a man in his hometown dump one day and used this image to kick-start a poem that deals with trash, the imagination and renewal.
One might well argue that anyone who writes is "constantly risking absurdity." But Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem dramatizes how especially true it is of the poet.
Whitman was deeply affected by the assassination of President Lincoln on April 14, 1865. The poet's admiration is dramatized in his elegy as it emphasizes three symbols: a lilac, a star, and a bird.
Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Spring" celebrates the Resurrection of the Lamb of God, along with the greening of the landscape and the new birth of foliage, flowers, and fowl.
The nuclear industry makes billions from building and maintaining nuclear power stations. It is not in their financial interest to broadcast just how dangerous they are.
The "Lucius Atherton" epitaph reveals a truly depraved and delusional man who decries his aging body simply because it no longer attracts women.
Emily Dickinson famously referred to her and her family's vision as "seeing New Englandly." For her speaker in this poem, that kind of vision has no negative nuance of provinciality.
Paramahansa Yogananda’s poem, “Life’s Dream,” celebrates Mount Washington as a spiritual oasis in the middle of the large city of Los Angeles.
Langston Hughes wrote "Goodbye, Christ" in 1931. It was published in a left-leaning publication called The Negro Worker in 1932.
The description of the state of consciousness portrayed in Rossetti's "Dream Land" lends itself remarkably to a close yogic interpretation, as do many of her poems.
A scholarly study of 15th century author Michael Drayton's platonic philosophy and its relationship to the English sonnet.
W. H. Davies's speaker laments the paucity of leisure time spent by society. He muses on the notion that leisure time be employed to watch as natural events unfold around the observer.
Philosophical differences had a profound effect on the relationship between these two famous Romantic Poets
The speaker in Robert Frost's "The Oven Bird" muses on the mystery not unlike the same mystery explored in his eight-line, "Nothing Gold Can Stay."
A poem this author wrote back in her 'dark ages' of the late 1980s, describing the feelings of feeling friendless and alone.
Alluding to the Genesis concept of the image of God, the speaker parallels the Eastern spiritual tradition of pantheism to dramatize the full truth of that venerable concept.
Charles Bukowski saw poetry in the most unexpected places. "Moon and the Stars, and the World" is a prime example. Although considered unique, there's still a familiar tone that's distinctively his.
A self-talk, a moment of reflection on the time`s mood, and every other impression emanating from the society.
America's beloved poet Robert Frost penned many of the most admired poems in American poetry, and his poetic range was extraordinary, including the versanelle.
How she took in a deep breath the fresh air shadowed her way but she sensed something that changed She left her breath out in such a whoosh and how did the time get so confusing like she was floating
In Sonnet 19, the speaker personifies and challenges Time to devastate his art as he does all living creatures as they age; then he declares that Time cannot do so.
Definitely, one of the more pleasant accounts, "Andy the Night-Watch" reports his simple duties as a Spoon River security guard.
When you pass homeless persons on the street, see them through the eyes of poetry. Remove the lenses that distort your perceptions. You will clearly see images of humanity and dignity in the homeless.
Sara Teasdale became a favorite poet of young woman who were suffering a lost love. Her hauntingly beautiful pieces comfort the heart and soul.
In the second poem of the “Minerva” series, the poetess’ father, “Indignation” Jones, fulminates against Spoon River society.
This article covers events and relationships that led to the short marriage and scandalous separation from his wife of Lord Byron which led to his consequent self-imposed exile from England
The speaker in this Robert Frost poem muses on the connection between the natural world and the human world, as Frost's speakers often do.
Sexton's sarcastic tone relies on the use of simile, symbolism, and hyperbole to relate the anonymous narrator's feelings through constant interjections within the context. The subject, Cinderella, is represented as a, naïve, out of touch; spoiled brat. In the poem, the speaker relates that Cinderella sleeps on a "sooty hearth," and "walked around looking like Al Jolson" (32). At first, the reader might feel sorry for her, but the reality is that she made her bed by choosing to believe in fairyt
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In "I measure every Grief I meet," the speaker examines the nature of human suffering. The poem is long by Dickinson standards, filling out a whopping ten quatrains.
A poem for those who have lost their Mom and still want to talk about her. Beautiful words and paintings designed to inspire and comfort.
The speaker in Whittier's "Barbara Frietchie" offers a tribute to the patriotism of an elderly woman.
The speaker in "Two Tramps in Mud Time" dramatizes his encounter with two unemployed lumberjacks who covet the speaker's wood-splitting task.
This hub is actually inspired by a song like several of my other poems and hubs have been. However, this song I relate to in my own life. It is about having a darkside that also has brought a light.
This poem is addressed to a blood stain, and the poet asks it various questions which reveal the brutality, inhumanity and absurdity of war.
A short, powerful poem, "a total stranger one black day," is all about trauma, shock and the human condition. We humans may be violent, we may be complex but we can learn to live in harmony and peace.
Walt Whitman's sprawling eight-line poem showcases the poet's freewheeling style while dramatizing the wildly romantic world view portrayed in almost all of his poems.
The first sonnet concentrates on beauty and the need to keep procreating by those who are blessed with good looks. Aimed at the Fair Youth, it entreaties him to marry and have children before he dies.
In sonnet 92, the speaker avows his unity with the soul force yet still holds back with an agnostic possibility that he might be mistaken, though he is certain he is not.
Robert Bly's 5-line piece is a fascinating conglomeration of images that results in a facile display of redundancy and an unfortunately missed opportunity.
The Earth is dying by the hand of man. This is a poem from my heart, breaking for the earth. Are we going to sit and look how the Earth is being raped to death, or are we going to stand up?
Grammar is a clever poem that uses metaphor and simile to explore the notion of attraction and sexuality. It is about the natural mystery of intimacy and how people react to beauty.
The speaker in sonnet 95 dramatizes the Muse’s power to appoint beauty despite decay as he again celebrates his own innate talent to remain focused on his creativity.
The similar ideas of dark and night appear in works by both Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, but the meaning of the two concepts in context of the literary works differ greatly. In Emily Dickinson’s “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” and Robert...
Shakespeare's love sonnets have delighted and puzzled readers for centuries but there are unanswered questions. Who did he write them for? Who is the so called Dark Lady? This guide will help you.
Former U. S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser offers one of his fascinating observations, as he allows his speaker to speculate on the character of an aging, tattooed biker-type.
The speaker claims that it is easy to lose things. Through heavy irony, though, she demonstrates that some things are easier to lose than others.
For Emily Dickinson the seasons offered ample opportunities for verse creation, and her love for all of the seasons is quite evident in her poems.
In Emily Dickinson's "I know a place where Summer strives," the speaker personifies summer as a woman who struggles to overcome the coldness of late spring.
Charles Harpur is considered Australia's first significant poet. Largely neglected, he wrote the first sonnet sequence ever published in Australia in the 19th century.
I was recently introduced to a poem by William Henry Davies titled "Leisure". This poem "No More Unicorns" was inspired by reading that poem.
The speaker of poet/physician William Carlos Williams' delightful sonnet dramatizes the transforming power of poetry in this innovative, Petrarchan (Italian) sonnet.
Millay's "Renascence" dramatizes a mystical experience that results in the speaker's new birth, realizing the depth of love and the power of the soul.
The poetry of presidents fascinates readers by giving them a glimpse into the very personal side of the politician.
The speaker in Sara Teasdale's Petrarchan sonnet, "To E," dramatizes her memories of beauty that she treasures, with a special memory of a treasured soul.
The speaker is becoming habituated to listening to her beloved tell her," I love you." Thus she is instructing him to tell her repeatedly those beautiful words.
Of Many Worlds in this World uses an abundance of metaphors to reflect its meaning. The idea behind the poem is that every world contains many smaller worlds within it, and those worlds further contain even smaller worlds in them, and so on.
In marriage sonnet 15, the speaker employs the Time metaphor again to persuade the young man that his only hope for deliverance from decrepitude is to produce offspring.
This poem was written to express the way one might feel when they are put in a tense situation based on a call
James Wright's "A Blessing" paints a portrait of the human heart warmed and inspired by an encounter with nature-two Indian ponies in a pasture.
Any writer can relate to Anne Bradstreet's trepidation as she releases her writings (as dear to her as her children) to the world. This close reading of "The Author to Her Book" examines the poetic devices Bradstreet uses to develop her extended metaphor.
This poem is a painful recollection of carnage against innocent children, children who have become the silent victims of oppression, terrorism and political hegemony.
The speaker in Bryant's "The Yellow Violet" celebrates the beginning of spring as he closely observes a yellow violet. He also appends his philosophical observation regarding modesty and humility.
This is about the amazing, undeniable bond between a mother and her son that will never be forgotten and cannot be driven away by any force or by any distance. Because of this bond, they hear each other's agonies and feel each other's pains, with no effort at all.
Doing analysis of poetry is not as easy as some might think. Just because it is usually shorter than books, doesn't mean it takes less effort to do a proper literary analysis.
T. S. Eliot is really a very funny poet. His works are taken much too seriously. A reader needs to think irony, satire, and enjoy a few belly laughs when reading Eliot.
A grateful heart is a joyful heart and has an overflowing desire to share its gifts of Divine Truths, love and happiness with others!
A look at offering Light or Love, through lipped ink or words; not focusing on the laughter that pleases the mind, but the Joy that permeates the Heart.
John Greenleaf Whittier's "Maud Muller" dramatizes the melancholy caused by the human heart's proclivity for suffering over the thought of "what might have been."
Poets all over the world I perceive to have common task though they are different people. What is this task? Find out from my poem, "In Poets Fervid Sublimes"
Heaney's speaker in "Storm on the Island" is philosophizing about the quality of his island's homes and the quality of the residents' inner lives.
My brief analysis and personal reaction to Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B". The focus includes diversity, perspective, and truth.
The theme of “The Canonization” by John Donne revolves around the canonization process of a man into sainthood with the nature of his romantic relationship being justification of his right to this status. It is my understanding, however, that...
Just for a second what a flicker like she was the feather tickler she saw something in his eyes so hot like a mating passionate give or take being overenthusiastic the sounds come out more intense
Junkyards is a short poem that focuses on things we humans throw away, perfectly good things that end up in rust and decay because we think they're of no further use. It's kind of sad and so wasteful?
Tonight's poetry comes from inspiration caught while driving, a first line or two echoing over and over so hard and loud in my mind that I briefly think about pulling over to the side of the road...
This poem/story is an introduction to a character I created for a series of children's books. I hope you enjoy The Adventures of Ashley Petunia.
In William Stafford's "Traveling through the Dark," the speaker creates a dramatic retelling of an event that happened to him one dark night traveling down a treacherous road.
The poem depicts how I was stalked as a teenager! The experience was very traumatic and sadly, it still haunts me.
Countée Cullen's "Incident" dramatizes an event in the life of a young boy that ruined his memory of his visit to the city of Baltimore.
In Whitman's "Miracles," the speaker catalogues all the miracles he finds as he goes through life, concluding that he has encountered nothing but miracles.
The rough beast in Yeats' widely noted poem is an aberration of imagination, not a viable symbol for what Yeats' speaker thought he was achieving in his critique of culture.
This article features a poem about beaches and being “Shipwrecked.” The author also offers ideas about reading poetry.
The theme of Countee Cullen's "The Wise" ironically dramatizes the notion that in death one becomes immune to the trammels of earthly duality.
Sonnets 18-126 are often misidentified as being addressed to a "young man." Actually, the speaker is exploring the many aspects of his writing talent.
Emily Dickinson possessed the gift of mystic vision, and that vision is displayed brilliantly in this fantabulous little poem that offers a little drama of two butterflies on a mystical flight.
It hurts when I look at you You chin raised so high So full of self-virtue You don’t hear my cry Your eyes full of judgement As you survey around Your lips spill your disappointment As my confidence you pound Your...
This hub features information about different types of capitalism and a poem about that economic system.
A look at the various criticisms of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner throughout history.
Sonnet 87 begins a sequence in which the speaker/poet addresses his Muse, again bemoaning the fact that she sometimes seems to abandon him.
Through varied forms of the idiom, "give the lie to," the speaker's refrain emphasizes the disingenuousness that is being decried throughout the poem.
Emily Dickinson's "I heard a Fly buzz — when I died —" dramatizes the speaker's act of dying, as well as Dickinson's mystical vision, which corresponds to yogic philosophy.
When reading The Silken Tent by Robert Frost, a warm, fuzzy feeling known as love penetrates the senses through not only the diction the narrator uses, but also the figures of speech, tone, metaphors (whether or not implied), symbolism , and the...
Shelley's "On Death" consists of five sestet stanzas that offer the speaker's response to a quotation from Ecclesiastes.
A discussion based on the 2014 Leaving Certificate English Paper, outlining how W. B. Yeats uses evocative language to create poetry that includes both personal reflection and public commentary.
The Dirge by Christina Rossetti is a poem about grief and regret following the death of someone who has led a life too short. It compares the human life cycle with the cycle of the seasons.
From overwhelming despair to one true love, join and voyage along with me as we peruse the renowned love sonnet, Sonnet 29, of William Shakespeare.
I think most operating room nurses and techs will connect with this poem. It is what we do most days of the week.
Mothers, motherhood, and mothering are perfect subjects for poetry because of the deep emotional ties between mother and child.
Possibly the most famous dramatic monologue in the English language, "My Last Duchess" features a character based roughly on a real Duke, Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara.
This poem is a commentary of what I have observed from interactions in online chat rooms and dating sites. Sometimes these encounters lead to true love but more often than not situations like this.
Tate's ode features a dazzling stretch of stark imagery and frenzied musing that confounds even the speaker as he speaks.
A story in poetry of a love that lasted more than fifty years but lost to circumstance in a cruel twist of fate.
The speaker in Barrett Browning's Sonnet 14 insists that her paramour love her only for the sake of love and not for any qualities that she possesses, such as her smile or the way she speaks.
John Keats' widely anthologized sonnet is based on the Shakepeare or English style. It dramatizes the speaker's consternation about dying before he can fulfill his writing ambitions.
In sonnet 94, the speaker argues a philosophical point that despite a pleasing appearance and personality, an individual’s behavior might still stink.
One of the most cheerful poems ever written, "The Gladness of Nature," paints smiles on the faces of fruit and flowers and allows the sunshine to chase away all gloom.
This beautiful poem is perfect for a funeral service that aims to celebrate the life of the loved one who has passed. It emphasises hope and comfort for the bereaved.
Former poet laureate Rita Dove offers a unique three-pronged expression of the mind and vision of an adolescent girl in her "Adolescence" poems.
A great Eastern yogi and a great Western scientist find they have much in common in their pursuit of truth.
A Poem about the hardships that come with old age that I have observed having been in the company in recent times, of people who are advanced in years.
This became a "Hot Potato" game with Vampires dark but had a delicious blood flow only if you were in the Hub sitting and passing this Hot Potato it was so deep in her mind. Don't look behind
Richard Wilbur's poem concentrates on the nature of change and the changes in nature. But is it the beauty that is transformed or the changes themselves that are beautiful? Read on for full analysis.
The speaker in Amy Lowell's poem, "Fireworks," creates a drama featuring rage. This rage is displayed in images that resemble a fireworks display on the Fourth of July in the United States.
February is Black History Month, a good time to look at some of the African American poets whose works lit up the American literary scene in early and middle 20th century.