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 critical analysis of gender roles in marriage in the poetry of Emily Dickinson. An in depth look at "I gave myself to Him" and "Title Divine is Mine" and the life of Emily Dickinson.
Explanation and analysis of Anna Akhmatova's poem cycle "Requiem," including overviews of the major groupings, trends, and overall themes.
The most common form of poetry is the lyric poem. While narrative poetry, including epics, convey a story, the lyric dramatizes an emotional effusion.
Carol Ann Duffy is the Poet Laureate in the United Kingdom. This is a poetry analysis of Tall from the Feminine Gospels - on the national A Level syllabus 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A detailed analysis and meaning of "The South," a poem written by the famed African American poet Langston Hughes in the 1920s.
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.
I have developed this three-part Poetry Tutorial to assist students and teachers in analyzing poetry. Tutorial 1 will examine structural devices used in poetry.
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.
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?
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.
The anonymous English poem “Weep You No More, Sad Fountains” provides rich imagery, melancholy metaphors, and insight into the Elizabethan period. Poetry lovers are still enjoying the work today.
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.
An analysis of Robert Frost's "Into My Own", as well as an exploration into how it applies to my personal life and the life of other young adults.
Poetry is the highest craft in the English language. Readers will enjoy poetry much better with an understanding of key poetry literature terms.
Paul Laurence Dunbar and James Weldon Johnson, both celebrated African-American poets, wrote poems using “Negro Dialect,” but for different reasons.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Gray's elegy offers a beautiful scene of the country landscape, as the speaker muses upon the life and death of rustic, simple folk in the pastoral setting.
An overview of classical Japanese poetry waka and a short introduction to haiku, senryu, haiga and tanka.
Poetry explication of "How Cruel is the Story of Eve" by Stevie Smith, exploring the themes of suffering, misery, gender roles, and power inequality over the course of history