A brief history of tanka, along with some of my tanka poems. Tips about poems for kids, photos, and videos are included. Written by a retired literature and writing teacher.
Robert Frost wrote some memorable poems and became one of America's most popular poets. He sought to produce a 'sound of sense' in his work. But what does this phrase mean?
A detailed analysis and meaning of "The South," a poem written by the famed African American poet Langston Hughes in the 1920s.
Paul Laurence Dunbar and James Weldon Johnson, both celebrated African-American poets, wrote poems using “Negro Dialect,” but for different reasons.
Snake, one of D.H.Lawrence's celebrated animal poems, is a personal account of a meeting with a Sicilian viper. This analysis will guide both student and poetry lover through the layers of meaning.
Easy to follow steps to get you through the toughest poetry. Learn the basic method of analysis and gain greater understanding of the poem that lies before you on the page.
Sylvia Plath's The Night Dancers contains some of the most powerful lines of poetry. A line by line analysis and summary of the poem- written only months before her death.
An adolescent love poem that looks back at a first date, with the emphasis on oranges and new potential. Full of images and contrasts, this insightful poem is an extended metaphor of sorts.
A mother deer is knocked over and killed on the road but when another driver stops to investigate he discovers this deer is pregnant, the calf warm inside. What does he do? The poem will reveal all?
Larkin explores the nature of love and human relationships whilst visiting a 14th century cathedral tomb. What will survive of us is love the final line says, but does cynical Larkin believe that?
An early poem of Heaney's that takes the reader back to his childhood and the devastating death of his young brother. In a subtle, controlled form, powerful imagery emerges out of this family scene.
Line by line analysis of this classic poem. If you love ice-cream, mystery and the way language works its magic, then read on to learn how a master poet creates the perfect art form.
Auto Wreck is a poem of vivid imagery written at a time when car crashes were relatively rare. It is a commentary on the actual accident scene but also explores human fragility and death.
April is National Poetry Month, hosted and inspired by the Academy of American Poets. Each year, celebrations and events are used to honor the art form of poetry.
This article provides an alternative way of looking at poetry designed around the way poets think when they are writing it. It provides tools and perspectives that remove the pressure of needing to “understand it” and replaces this with a sense of adventure and creative exploration.