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  • 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.

    Analysis of "Oranges" by Gary Soto

    Analysis of "Oranges" by Gary Soto

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The most common form of poetry is the lyric poem. While narrative poetry, including epics, convey a story, the lyric dramatizes an emotional effusion.

    Lyric Poetry: A Brief Introduction

    Lyric Poetry: A Brief Introduction

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Aphra Behn’s “The Disappointment” represents the female role in a patriarchal society. The poem offers a scandalous tale presented in a charming and traditionally poetic way. Behn’s ideal of improved status of women is clearly reflected in this poem of love, sex, and power. Behn uses traditional poetic language and form to capture the modern hope of equality for women.

    Poetic Feminism in Aphra Behn's 17th Century Poem “The Disappointment”

    Poetic Feminism in Aphra Behn's 17th Century Poem “The Disappointment”

    by Nancy Snyder1

  • 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.

    Celebrate National Poetry Month in April

    Celebrate National Poetry Month in April

    by Kimbally Torres4

  • An analysis of poems published in Anne Sextons' book "Transformations", which is a book of poetry centered around The Brothers Grimm Fairy-Tales. In these poems she retells the fairy-tale stories.

    The Transformation of Anne Sexton: The Grimm Complex

    The Transformation of Anne Sexton: The Grimm Complex

    by Brittany Kussman4

  • The English Romantic poets are artists of a movement that spread out from England, across Europe and to America. Influenced by radical ideas and revolutions, their lives are as poetic as their words.

    English Poets of the Romantic Movement

    English Poets of the Romantic Movement

    by Tina Dubinsky11

  • An analysis of the poetry of Irish Nationalist William Butler Yeats in the context of the Decadent Movement of art and literature in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

    William Butler Yeats and the Decadent Movement

    William Butler Yeats and the Decadent Movement

    by Nicole Quaste10

  • 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.

    How to Analyse a Poem for Exams or Pleasure

    How to Analyse a Poem for Exams or Pleasure

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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.

    How to Read Poetry and Analyze a Poem

    How to Read Poetry and Analyze a Poem

    by wayseeker23

  • 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?

    Analysis of Poem "An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin

    Analysis of Poem "An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Should every poem form designed remain in use forever? Take the example of the French Pastourelle poem as it existed in the Middle Ages -- would it work for poets today? Would modern readers be able to relate to pastoral scenes and themes?

    Types of Poem Forms - The French Pastourelle Poem

    Types of Poem Forms - The French Pastourelle Poem

    by Jerilee Wei45

  • 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.

    Tanka: Poems for Kids - and adults

    Tanka: Poems for Kids - and adults

    by Holle Abee15