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  • Phillis Wheatley was influenced by Greek and Roman classical literature, as well as by early 18th century British poets, who were also influenced by that same literature.

    Phillis Wheatley's "An Hymn to the Morning"

    Phillis Wheatley's "An Hymn to the Morning"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Valentine is an alternative love poem that explores the idea of love through metaphor and structure. No sugar coated valentine's gift from this speaker; an onion is preferred. An onion repels but is like the moon and has many layers. It also makes you cry. A poem of truth and pain.

    Analysis of Poem Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

    Analysis of Poem Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • Robert Frost's Gathering Leaves is more than just an innocent poem about fallen autumn leaves. It questions the cycle of life and our role within it. Short quatrains with rhyme add up to an intriguing poem.

    Analysis of Poem "Gathering Leaves" by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem "Gathering Leaves" by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • Humans suffer every day somewhere, somehow. But normal life goes on as if tragedy and pain did not exist? Through a study of the paintings of the Old Masters, this poem explores the consequences.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Musee des Beaux Arts" by W.H.Auden

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Lizzie thinks she is a good judge of character, but her friend's choices and a few newcomers to town will prove how proud and even prejudiced she can be. A story about romance, pride, class, and wealth, filled with delightful drama.

    "Pride and Prejudice" Book Discussion and Peach Cupcake Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch4

  • A review of a masterpiece of British Literature and one of the most celebrated books of all times. Here are the reasons why Miss Jane Eyre keeps readers and will continue to win new readers all over the world.

    Book Review: "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

    Book Review: "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

    by Literarycreature0

  • Prayer Before Birth is a poem Louis MacNeice wrote during World War Two. He was living in London and German rocket bombs were landing. The speaker in the poem is an unborn child, destined to be born into a violent, disturbed world. A powerful monologue addressed to God and humanity.

    Analysis of Poem Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNiece

    Analysis of Poem Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNiece

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Maya Angelou's poem is a clear, strong message to all who think a woman has to be a fashion model to be phenomenal. You don't have to fit other people's ideas of beauty, you just have to be yourself.

    Analysis of Poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

    Analysis of Poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Such keen observation, such vivid imagery together with simile and figurative language make this apparently simple poem so much more than the catching of a big fish. Elizabeth Bishop's poem, with short terse lines and evocative description, is a neat summing up of the human versus nature issue.

    Analysis of Poem "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop

    Analysis of Poem "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • We find the speaker in bed with his lover, having a go at the sun for rudely intruding through windows and curtains. Donne's aubade has all the classic elements - wit, wordplay and warmth.

    Analysis of Poem "The Sun Rising" by John Donne

    Analysis of Poem "The Sun Rising" by John Donne

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • We Real Cool packs quite a punch despite being a lean poem. Written from experience of teenagers in a pool hall, Gwendolyn Brooks combines slick diction with an unusual poetic form, creating rebels.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • One of the most influential poems of modern times, T.S.Eliot's dramatic monologue takes us into the mind of an ageing J. Alfred Prufrock. Do I disturb the universe or eat a peach? Vivid imagery combines with personal angst and existential crisis. Full analysis.

    Analysis of Poem: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot

    Analysis of Poem: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Sonnet 55 focuses on time, immortality and the power of poetry. The essence of his lover will be preserved forever, in the poem. It will outlast fine monuments, wars, death and unclean time.

    Analysis of Sonnet 55 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 55 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Design is a traditional sonnet, with a twist, that explores the nature of intelligent design and questions whether or not that design is malevolent. A spider, a moth's wings and a flower are involved

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Design" by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • Allen Ginsberg's Howl is an evocative poem in three parts. A counter-cultural work full of emotional, sexual, religious and social themes. Explicit language and image create a raw, surreal world, drug fueled, full of pain and glory. Howl inspired Dylan, broke the rules, began the 'Beat' revolution.

    Analysis of Poem Howl by Allen Ginsberg

    Analysis of Poem Howl by Allen Ginsberg

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • This poem, from Songs Of Experience, is about the suppression of anger in our relationships. Is it wise to bottle it up until it bursts out uncontrollably? Or is it better to let it out?

    Analysis of Poem "A Poison Tree" by William Blake

    Analysis of Poem "A Poison Tree" by William Blake

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Wallace Stevens's The Snow Man is a short poem that delights and puzzles, and 'resists the intelligence'. The setting is a bleak landscape of snow and evergreens; it's January, the speaker is thinking about the way ice and snow form on trees. He himself is nothing, that is, he's the mind of winter

    Analysis of the Poem "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens

    Analysis of the Poem "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • Anne Sexton's poetry is unique in that it confronts mental illness head on, gives direct access to the heart and soul of a troubled mother, artist and poet. 'I hold back nothing,' she wrote. So true.

    Anne Sexton and the Poetry of Mental Illness

    Anne Sexton and the Poetry of Mental Illness

    by Andrew Spacey19

  • Seamus Heaney's Storm On The Island is a monologue poem in blank verse. The speaker describes how life is shaped by the storm, how the architecture withstands such forces. With powerful language and imagery.Some think the poem a metaphor for the historical troubles on the island of Ireland.

    Analysis of the Poem

    Analysis of the Poem "Storm on the Island" by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • W.H. Auden's The Unknown Citizen is an ironic take on the Unknown Soldier, whose monument represents all those anonymous victims of war. It praises and mocks a model citizen. Who is free and happy?

    Analysis of Poem "The Unknown Citizen" by W.H. Auden

    Analysis of Poem "The Unknown Citizen" by W.H. Auden

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • Descriptions of the Canterbury Tales characters, provided by a retired British Literature teacher.

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    by Holle Abee32

  • John Donne's "The Flea" is an erotic metaphysical poem employing a conceit, or extended argument. The male speaker wants to make love to a woman, who resists. The lead role is the humble flea, which sucks the speaker first then the woman. Their blood is mingled in the flea, a symbol of sexual union.

    An Analysis of Poem "The Flea" by John Donne

    An Analysis of Poem "The Flea" by John Donne

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • Emily Dickinson's keen intellect serves her well as she allows her speaker to demonstrate a profound truth that is still today widely and tragically misconstrued.

    Emily Dickinson's "Color-Caste-Denomination"

    Emily Dickinson's "Color-Caste-Denomination"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Sylvia Plath's free verse poem Stings is one of five in her Bee Sequence, written during her break up with fellow poet Ted Hughes. Using powerful imagery focused on the hive, a metaphor for society, the poet explores her own identity in relation to the fated Queen Bee.

    Analysis of Poem "Stings" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem "Stings" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • John Donne's speaker in Holy Sonnet IX employs his reasoning to compare and contrast the behavior and consequences experienced by God's creatures of His creation as he fashions another installment of musings on the nature of sin and punishment into finely crafted pieces of art.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet IX

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet IX

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    William Cullen Bryant's "The Yellow Violet"

    William Cullen Bryant's "The Yellow Violet"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Horace Walpole introduced the world to Gothic fiction, employing elements of the supernatural as well as the everyday, the first time for the purpose of terrifying its audience.

    Dare to Scare: The Origins of Gothic Literature

    Dare to Scare: The Origins of Gothic Literature

    by Kristen Willms0

  • The word ballad has been taken from Latin word ballare, which means dancing song. Ballad is a shorter narrative poem, which comprises of short stanzas. Ballad is a poem, which is meant for singing.

    The Ballad: Definition, Types, and Characteristics

    The Ballad: Definition, Types, and Characteristics

    by Muhammad Rafiq43

  • Seamus Heaney's Follower is a poem about his father, a man who worked the land. With full and slant rhyme, assonance and alliteration, it works its magic on the reader as the horses plough the furrow.

    Analysis of Poem "Follower" by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem "Follower" by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The Trees by Adrienne Rich has a basic theme of freedom - for the trees as they leave their indoor life and move out into the forest, and for the speaker who is witness to this exodus. Using metaphor, simile, personification and imagery, Rich creates double worlds, exploring the nature of change.

    Analysis of Poem "The Trees" by Adrienne Rich

    Analysis of Poem "The Trees" by Adrienne Rich

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • A short Victorian poem which Henley wrote whilst in hospital. Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill have all used the poem for inspiration and guidance. Invictus means unconquerable.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Invictus" by W.E.Henley

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Robert Frost's dialogue poem features a country man mulling over whether to sell some of his fir trees to a city merchant looking for Christmas trees to sell in the city.

    Robert Frost's "Christmas Trees"

    Robert Frost's "Christmas Trees"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • A summary and full analysis line by line of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, one of the most influential modern poems. Inspired by the Grail legend it is full of religion, occult symbolism and mythology. Multiple voices, shifts in time and space, street dialogue and foreign languages combine in new form

    Analysis of the Poem

    Analysis of the Poem "The Waste Land" by T.S.Eliot

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • In depth analysis of Elizabeth Bishop's timeless Sestina, a complex unrhymed poem about a grandmother and a child in the kitchen of a house. A repetitive, magical and mysterious poem.

    Analysis of Sestina by Elizabeth Bishop

    Analysis of Sestina by Elizabeth Bishop

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • William Shakespeare's sonnet 144 brings together two loves: a man right fair and a woman coloured ill, making this a sonnet of the triangular love affair. Agony in ecstasy, heaven in hell, doubt.

    Analysis of Sonnet 144 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 144 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Dylan Thomas created a speaker to beg his father to rail against death in "Do Not Go Gentle"; in this poem, the poet's speaker dramatizes the truth that death cannot conquer the soul.

    Dylan Thomas'

    Dylan Thomas' "And Death Shall Have No Dominion"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Seamus Heaney's Blackberry-Picking is all about childhood ideals versus adult realities and the passage of time. The first stanza outlines the joy of picking, that lust for the juicy fruit, whilst the second stanza contrasts the fate of the berries, their inevitable decay and loss of goodness.

    Analysis of Poem Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • Wilfred Owen's poem Exposure explores the trauma and suffering soldiers experience on a WW1 battlefield within 24 hours. Using personification, metaphor and pararhyme within a cyclic, repetitive structure, Owen creates a powerful atmosphere that challenges war propaganda and civilian ignorance.

    Analysis of Poem Exposure by Wilfred Owen

    Analysis of Poem Exposure by Wilfred Owen

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • Wilfred Owen's WW1 poem is about reconciliation. Two soldiers meet in Hell, one having killed the other in battle, and their dialogue is a powerful and moving creation full of truth about humanity.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Strange Meeting" by Wilfred Owen

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Carl Sandburg, inspired by a book of Japanese haiku, wrote this little poem whilst passing near Chicago harbor. Fog is one of his best-known short poems. It captures the silent mystery of the cat.

    Analysis of "Fog" by Carl Sandburg

    Analysis of "Fog" by Carl Sandburg

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • The speaker of Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy" metaphorically elucidates the stifling condition of a human soul locked in a human body through the employment of a "caged bird."

    Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy"

    Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Hawk Roosting is a powerful poem that focuses on a hawk as it sits overlooking its domain. Ted Hughes gives the hawk a human mind, personifies it, and explores the raptor's reason for existence. Contains raw and savage language. Some think the theme is political dominance, the hawk being a fascist.

    Analysis of the Poem

    Analysis of the Poem "Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • To A Skylark is a poem praising the song and spirit of the lark as it rises from the ground and soars heavenward. The poet aspires to sing like the bird, and be taught by it, a symbol of the Ideal, full of joy and flood of rapture. Fine romantic lyrics explore the gap between human and nature.

    Analysis of the Poem "To a Skylark" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Analysis of the Poem "To a Skylark" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • The speaker in Frost's "A Prayer in Spring" is saying an uncomplicated prayer focusing on love and gratitude that is traditionally on display during the season of Thanksgiving.

    Robert Frost's "A Prayer in Spring"

    Robert Frost's "A Prayer in Spring"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic created by Charles Dickens. He wished to strike a blow on behalf of the children abused in factories. The story will forever haunt our homes.

    Inspiration for A Christmas Carol

    Inspiration for A Christmas Carol

    by Deborah Minter0

  • An analysis of ‘Silver’ (1913) by Walter de la Mare. Exquisite visual imagery sparks the senses of the reader by evoking the effect created by the phenomenon of a silver moon in a slumbering rural environment. Particularly noteworthy is the skilful use of alliteration and repetition.

    An Analysis of the Poem 'Silver' (1913) by Walter De La Mare

    An Analysis of the Poem 'Silver' (1913) by Walter De La Mare

    by GlenR3

  • 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

  • Sonnet 73 is a beautiful and unusual love poem. An extended metaphor featuring trees, birds, the sun - and how, as humans age, they reflect the passing of seasonal time.

    Analysis of Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • D. H. Lawrence's "Last Lesson of the Afternoon" features a teacher, who dramatizes the uninspired performance of his/her lackluster students. S/he has become weary from vain attempts to instruct them as they refuse to learn.

    D. H. Lawrence’s "Last Lesson of the Afternoon"

    D. H. Lawrence’s "Last Lesson of the Afternoon"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • An in-depth article on the question regarding who is the hero of Milton's "Paradise Lost." The article takes into account multiple critical approaches to reach a final verdict.

    Who Is the Hero of

    Who Is the Hero of "Paradise Lost"?

    by Monami4

  • Shakespeare's radical sonnet 20 explores the sexuality of the fair youth, real or imagined, who has strong feminine characteristics but was made for women's pleasure. A unique sonnet, 14 lines of feminine endings. Here is the master mistress, a woman in a man's body, a transgender?

    Analysis of Poem Sonnet 20 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Poem Sonnet 20 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 21

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 21

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • the epic of Beowulf cannot be complete without analyzing Beowulf's Death. this page will examine Beowulf's death. Its purpose is to answer the questions: How did Beowulf die? Why did Beowulf die?

    The Death of Beowulf: Why and How Did Beowulf Die

    The Death of Beowulf: Why and How Did Beowulf Die

    by Ryan Buda3

  • Louise Erdrich's poem is based on the experiences of many Indian children who were taken from their tribal homes and 'educated' in boarding schools. They were not allowed to speak their native language, grow long hair or make contact with family. A poem about identity, roots and state oppression.

    Analysis of Poem "Indian Boarding School: The Runaways" by Louise Erdrich

    Analysis of Poem "Indian Boarding School: The Runaways" by Louise Erdrich

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • The little sparrows is a short poem set on a local American street. Sparrows, an old man, dog dirt, a minister and a pulpit are all compared. It's a thought provoking study that deals with the tensions between real life and ideal thoughts. Short lines rule.

    An Analysis of William Carlos Williams' Poem "Pastoral"

    An Analysis of William Carlos Williams' Poem "Pastoral"

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Neoclassical Poetry is a type of poetry, which follows the pattern of poetry authored by the poets of ancient time i.e., Greek and Rome. Pope and Dryden were the leading writers of neoclassicism.

    Definition and Characteristics of Neoclassical Poetry

    Definition and Characteristics of Neoclassical Poetry

    by Muhammad Rafiq76

  • Robert Frost's "The Fear" is a dramatic, narrative poem featuring a narrator and four characters—a husband, the only named character, a wife, a man, and the man’s son who does not speak.

    Robert Frost's "The Fear"

    Robert Frost's "The Fear"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Dystopian stories with short summaries and links for easy reading. For all fans of dystopian fiction.

    Dystopian Short Stories

    Dystopian Short Stories

    by Howard Allen13

  • We've all heard quotes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, but have you ever stopped to wonder what they mean? Here are 10 life lessons from Alice in Wonderland.

    10 Life Lessons From Alice in Wonderland

    10 Life Lessons From Alice in Wonderland

    by Tawnya17

  • the shoelace is Bukowski's real life take on what can drive a man into the madhouse. Forget God, death, suicide and love, a mere shoelace snapping can do it. Tongue-in-cheek, packed with trivia, sharp, comic and crude observation, this poem is a rant, a riot, weird homage to small tragedies.

    Analysis of Poem "The Shoelace" by Charles Bukowski

    Analysis of Poem "The Shoelace" by Charles Bukowski

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • Larkin's 'atheist poem' in which he explores the spiritual significance of the church, despite the decline of religious ritual in the western world. Contains dry wit and keen perception.

    Analysis of Poem "Church Going" by Philip Larkin

    Analysis of Poem "Church Going" by Philip Larkin

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Sylvia Plath's satirical and sharp take on the social conventions that condition people to the 'market' that is marriage. Women are viewed as a product, objectified by men in stiff black suits.

    Analysis of the Poem "The Applicant" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of the Poem "The Applicant" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Using a structured approach to compare and contrast two or more poems gives you a better chance of gaining top grades. This article will help you understand the meaning of comparison and show you how to shape an essay effectively.

    Comparing Two or More Poems for a Literature Essay

    Comparing Two or More Poems for a Literature Essay

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • The apple harvest is complete, the apple picker exhausted. Will he sleep a natural sleep or remain troubled as he dreams? Frost's metaphorical, strange poem has a complex rhyme scheme, a core mystery.

    Analysis of Poem After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Sailing To Byzantium, in ottava rima form, is a symbolic spiritual search for Yeats, who was obsessed with Byzantium art and culture in later age. A mix of the personal and the mythical, this poem with its famous opening line, That is no country for old men...ends with the song of a golden bird.

    Analysis of the Poem

    Analysis of the Poem "Sailing to Byzantium" by W.B.Yeats

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Lady Lazarus, Plath's regeneration poem, is an intense dramatic monologue that creates a myth out of suicide, the need to die in order to be reborn. Beyond confessional, it is self-parody, art exhibition, a naked tease. Here is art posing as a revengeful woman. Provocative and painful.

    Analysis of Poem Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case deals with the missing bride of Lord St Simon, one of England's most prominent nobles.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • How a book is printed and distributed can affect its sales, marketability and usability. Discover the most common types of book binding, as well as pros and cons of each for self publishing.

    Types of Book Binding

    Types of Book Binding

    by Heidi Thorne15

  • A poem written to flatter a loved one, a list of 'you are' lines that stretches to metaphorical overload. Litany is tongue in cheek work from Billy Collins, an exercise in and parody of, anaphora.

    Analysis of the Poem "Litany" by Billy Collins

    Analysis of the Poem "Litany" by Billy Collins

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirror" is a reflection on what it means to be a woman uncertain of the future, haunted by the past. When we look into the mirror, is what we see what we get?

    Analysis of Poem "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Wilbur's poem The Writer is an extended metaphor neatly combining a trapped bird and a boat to figuratively create the writer's journey. The writer happens to be his daughter who is busily tapping away on a typewriter as he listens knowingly. The struggle to create can be a life or death situation.

    Analysis of Poem The Writer by Richard Wilbur

    Analysis of Poem The Writer by Richard Wilbur

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Frost's Fire and Ice could have been inspired by Dante's Inferno, Canto 32, where in a fiery hell sinners are up to their necks in a lake of ice. Conversely, a chat with astronomer Harlow Shapley about the end of the world may have spurred Frost to write this compact rhyming classic. Desire or hate?

    Analysis of Poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey9

  • Sonnet 130 is an anomaly. Shakespeare breaks with convention and creates a parody of tired Petrarchan ideals. His lover has wires for hairs, her lips are not red as coral, her breasts are dingy brown not white and her breath reeks. Praise beauty? Not in sonnet 130. Yet his love for her runs deeper?

    Analysis of Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey9

  • Langston Hughes is writing a poem of someone who feels that America does not live up to what it should be. The tone and symbolism is angry and resentful.

    Let America Be America Again Summary

    Let America Be America Again Summary

    by romper2038

  • Romanticism is one of the most influential movements in art, philosophy and literature. Discover who the Romantic Poets and Philosophers were and why they had such an impact on the world we know today.

    Characteristics of Romanticism in English Literature

    Characteristics of Romanticism in English Literature

    by Lisa McKnight12

  • Jack and Jill is an evergreen delight for children. The rhyme dates back many centuries. There is so much speculation on it's origins and history. These range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

    Curious Origins of Nursery Rhymes: Jack and Jill

    Curious Origins of Nursery Rhymes: Jack and Jill

    by Mohan Kumar24

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Robert Frost's Dust of Snow focuses on the most trivial event - a crow in a tree sending snow particles down onto an unhappy speaker. What is special is the way the bird does it, completely changing the mood. Frost uses ambiguous stressed keywords, rhyme, enjambment and symbolism. Nature helping man

    Analysis of Poem Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • 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.

    An Analysis of the Poem Snake by D.H.Lawrence

    An Analysis of the Poem Snake by D.H.Lawrence

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • A curious poem full of metaphors and strong imagery, written for comic and disturbing effect when Sylvia Plath mistakenly thought she was pregnant. Nine lines, one for each month of pregnancy.

    Analysis of Poem "Metaphors" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem "Metaphors" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Emily Dickinson's The Soul selects Her Own Society is a short poem that focuses on selective inner needs and spiritual isolation. One of several poems featuring the soul - the poet's search for understanding and identity. With short lines, dashes, slant rhyme and mixed metaphor.

    Analysis of Poem "The Soul Selects Her Own Society" by Emily Dickinson

    Analysis of Poem "The Soul Selects Her Own Society" by Emily Dickinson

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • Romantic poet John Keats wrote this sensuous, pastoral ode knowing he was closer to death than at any time in his young life. To Autumn is bursting with rich natural imagery - full analysis.

    Analysis of Poem " To Autumn " by John Keats

    Analysis of Poem " To Autumn " by John Keats

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • Despite being written in 1948, many parts of George Orwell's fictional dystopian society have become reality. The prevalence of surveillance and loss of privacy, the state of perpetual war with shifting landscapes and changing enemies, the truncation of language and fake news are the new norm.

    How Has George Orwell's Novel 1984 Come True Today?

    How Has George Orwell's Novel 1984 Come True Today?

    by Natalie Frank21

  • Erotic fantasy or religious experience? Emily Dickinson was known as the virgin recluse but Wild Nights suggests that her passions ran deep and her yearnings for release were genuine enough. A poem about a liaison with God or a relationship with someone she knew? Ambiguous and metaphorical.

    Analysis of Poem Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson

    Analysis of Poem Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Ulysses, a blank verse dramatic monologue, is Tennyson's poem of hope, positivity and inspiration. After losing his best friend Arthur Hallam, who died suddenly whilst travelling, Tennyson wrote Ulysses in an attempt to regain his own life. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    Analysis of Poem Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    Analysis of Poem Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • The Journey is a metaphorical poem about the need to challenge and move on and upwards. How to ignore those negative voices, leave the dark house behind and progress into the light.

    Analysis of Poem "The Journey" by Mary Oliver

    Analysis of Poem "The Journey" by Mary Oliver

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Shakespeare's sonnet 60 is all about cruel Time and its effect on beauty. Full text with summary and in depth analysis - rhyme, meter (metre), metaphor, symbol, biblical and mythological allusions.

    Analysis of Sonnet 60 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 60 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • R. S. Gwynn's conflation of several sources—the Snow White story, the seven deadlies, biblical allusion, along with a tortured take on Catholicism—purports to portray dysfunctional marriage.

    R. S. Gwynn's

    R. S. Gwynn's "Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Pat Mora's Legal Alien explores the tensions that exist for many Mexican Americans legally living in the USA but not American citizens. They are caught between the two cultures but are also judged bilaterally. Speaking and writing both English and Spanish their true identity is in question.

    Analysis of Poem Legal Alien by Pat Mora

    Analysis of Poem Legal Alien by Pat Mora

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • W.S. Merwin's break up poem combines vivid imagery, metaphor and unusual simile. The speaker seems caught between confusion and mental anguish and is attempting to work out just what went wrong. The repeated line It isn't as simple as that reflects the complex workings of the heart.

    Analysis of Poem The Nails by W.S.Merwin

    Analysis of Poem The Nails by W.S.Merwin

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • Margaret Atwood's ironic take on the classic Greek myth of the sirens and their irresistible song. A feminist poem with a subtle twist, Siren Song lures the reader into a false sense of understanding.

    Analysis of Poem Siren Song by Margaret Atwood

    Analysis of Poem Siren Song by Margaret Atwood

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