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  • 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

  • Robert Browning's dramatic monologue is all about power and the psychology of possession. The curiously disturbing Duke of Ferrara, who is telling lies, or truths, to an emissary of the next family he will marry into, comments on his last duchess, now a painting on the wall. A satire on the elite?

    Analysis of Poem My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

    Analysis of Poem My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

    by Andrew Spacey8

  • A writer's notebook or inspiration journal is a great way to inspire yourself through quotes, writing prompts, poems, pictures, or really anything else you find interesting.

    How to Start a Writer's Notebook

    How to Start a Writer's Notebook

    by Chloe40

  • 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

  • The Trees is a poem that reflects Larkin's love of spring and his fascination with natural cycles of renewal. Subtle rhythm and rhyme capture the mysterious growth of leaves, mortality, a tree's age.

    Analysis of Poem "The Trees" by Philip Larkin

    Analysis of Poem "The Trees" by Philip Larkin

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • The ditzy character, known only as "Russian Sonia," would have her listeners think she actually muses on the "thing called life."

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Russian Sonia"

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Russian Sonia"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 Frank20

  • 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

  • In Dorothy Sayer's Gaudy Night, Latin quotations carry important subtexts that are inaccessible to modern readers. Here are my translations and interpretations of these phrases, to help you discover nuances which dictionaries and online translators cannot give you.

    Translations of Latin in Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night

    Translations of Latin in Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night

    by Ellen38

  • Should we read the Jack Reacher books in order? And what is the reading order anyway for Lee Child's books?

    Jack Reacher Books in Order

    Jack Reacher Books in Order

    by Marika52

  • A Vietnam veteran, Yusef Komunyakaa faces his past whilst visiting the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. With strong images and figurative language this poem explores reality versus memory.

    Analysis of Poem "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa

    Analysis of Poem "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey2

  • Sidney Sheldon is the 7th best selling author of all time. He has written over 200 scripts for TV series, but it is his 18 novels for which he is best known. I'd like to introduce you to five of my favourite Sidney Sheldon novels.

    Top 5 Sidney Sheldon Books

    Top 5 Sidney Sheldon Books

    by Melanie Chisnall42

  • In her work, "A New England Nun," Mary E. Wilkins Freeman illustrates a woman's struggle with the commitment of marriage. This essay examines how Freeman illustrates the feminine struggle to be independent while being dedicated to a man.

    A New England Nun by Mary E. Wilkins: Analysis and Summary

    A New England Nun by Mary E. Wilkins: Analysis and Summary

    by Brittany Kennedy5

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 14

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 14

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • Countee Cullen's poem deals with God and the awesome power he wields, over humans and the mole. Still, a black poet can sing. It is a traditional 14 line sonnet in iambic pentameter with full rhyme.

    Analysis of Poem "Yet Do I Marvel" by Countee Cullen

    Analysis of Poem "Yet Do I Marvel" by Countee Cullen

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • How to Understand Shakespeare gives tips on getting to grips with the language, style and form of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

    How to Understand Shakespeare

    How to Understand Shakespeare

    by alliemacb17

  • Yusef Kommunyakaa's Emotional Response Surrounding the Vietnam Memorial Yusef Komunyakaa emphasizes his ethnicity at the very beginning of his poem "Facing It" in the first lines: "My black face fades,/hiding inside the black granite." In these...

    Analysis of Yusef Komunyakaa's "Facing It"

    Analysis of Yusef Komunyakaa's "Facing It"

    by Pilar Floyd36

  • 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 Spacey0

  • The poetry of the early modern period into the age of enlightenment forged the way for romantic literature. William Shakespeare’s sonnets of the 17th century as well as William Blake’s and William Wordsworth’s poetry of 18th century follow the romantic formula of expressing emotion through the delightful language, rhythm, and meter of the written word. An emotional tie that these three writers of romanticism have is the idea of memories, and the wistful, happy, and sometimes sorrowful connecti

    Emotion in Romantic Modern Literature

    Emotion in Romantic Modern Literature

    by Nancy Snyder2

  • Aphrodite is a woman who changes herself to be whatever her current man wants her to be. She may not realize that she does this. She is the muse who inspires men to write poems and songs.

    Aphrodite: Archetype of Love and Beauty

    Aphrodite: Archetype of Love and Beauty

    by Jean Bakula26

  • This is a brief overview of the 16 major archetypes for reference if anyone is looking. These are not to be confused with the Jungian motives or character roles in a story.

    The 16 Character Archetypes

    The 16 Character Archetypes

    by Jakd3

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Tawnya16

  • One Art is a traditional villanelle, a form which contrasts nicely with Bishop's casual language and her observations on the art of losing. Ever lost your keys, a watch, a house, a country?

    Analysis of Poem "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop

    Analysis of Poem "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The character of Macbeth has seven different soliloquies within the play. Four of them are exceptionally well known. The other three soliloquies are not quoted as frequently, but they are essential to Macbeth’s character development.

    Macbeth's Soliloquies Listed and Explained

    Macbeth's Soliloquies Listed and Explained

    by Jule Romans0

  • James Wright's popular poem is both real experience and found love. Two men stop to visit two ponies just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota. For the speaker this simple meeting is transcendent.

    Analysis of Poem "A Blessing" by James Wright

    Analysis of Poem "A Blessing" by James Wright

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Two lovers meet by a pond in winter but there is little to warm them. Even the sun seems cold and indifferent. Love has been cruel and the memory of that meeting is still painful. Classic Hardy.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Neutral Tones" by Thomas Hardy

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • She Walks In Beauty is a lyric poem by the archetypal romantic, Lord Byron. With full rhyme, alliteration and simile, written in iambic tetrameter, it explores the feelings of a speaker inspired by female beauty. Is beauty based on inner purity and goodness alone, or a mix of light and dark?

    Analysis of Poem She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon, Lord Byron

    Analysis of Poem She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon, Lord Byron

    by Andrew Spacey12

  • A deer is hit by a car driven by a teenage drunk who reacts by taking the severely injured animal back home. Big mistake? An angry father puts an end to the agony of the deer but what about the teen?

    Analysis of Poem "Deer Hit" by Jon Loomis

    Analysis of Poem "Deer Hit" by Jon Loomis

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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 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

  • Since the 1960s, in Western culture, "duty" has been a dirty word. It smacks of kowtowing to authority, not being allowed to "do your own thing"; it cramps your style.

    William Wordsworth's "Ode to Duty"

    William Wordsworth's "Ode to Duty"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a classical work of fiction which everyone should read. If you enjoy a conflict between conscience and passion, you will certainly enjoy my Jane Eyre book review.

    Jane Eyre Book Review

    Jane Eyre Book Review

    by Paul Richard Kuehn35

  • An elegy to the jazz singer Billie Holiday, The Day Lady Died is full of New York buzz, time schedules and cultural associations. Life in the here and now, until a headline sparks a memory.

    Analysis of Poem The Day Lady Died by Frank O'Hara

    Analysis of Poem The Day Lady Died by Frank O'Hara

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Women’s literature presents a unique view into the female American experience. America experienced many changes following the Civil War. The country was in a period of transformation, including political, economic, social, and literary shifts. As the country emerged into the Industrial Revolution female authors were forging a place for themselves in literary cannon. The feminist movement called into question the role of women in society and female authors responded by creating works presenting

    Women's Contribution to Early American Literature

    Women's Contribution to Early American Literature

    by Nancy Snyder10

  • A sonnet that combines Greek mythology and world events, resulting in a powerful poem, a metaphor for the violence inherent in the cyclic nature of human history, as seen by the mystic Yeats.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Leda And The Swan" By W.B.Yeats

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Soseki's "Kokoro" and Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" both explore Western imperialism, although the stories that each author has to tell differ due to time period and location. Each novel shows how the author struggles with American and European influence in their native land.

    Imperialism Viewed Through

    Imperialism Viewed Through "Kokoro" and "Things Fall Apart"

    by Nicholas Weissman0

  • 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

  • Two brothers are walking through a field of snow. An innocent walk turns into a serious question and answer session when they notice snow angels. Have the angels been shot? Were they trespassing?

    Analysis of Poem "Snow" by David Berman

    Analysis of Poem "Snow" by David Berman

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Annabel Lee is one of Poe's best known poems. The theme is loss of love based on the death of a beautiful maiden, narrated in first person by the speaker. Haunting, dark and gothic.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Emily Dickinson's American (innovative) sonnet reveals an attitude dramatized in the Shakespeare sonnets: the poet's confidence in her creation of a world of beauty that will last forever.

    Emily Dickinson's "There is another sky"

    Emily Dickinson's "There is another sky"

    by Linda Sue Grimes6

  • The "rags to riches" stories that Horatio Alger Jr. wrote in the late nineteenth century helped the population of the United States believe the myth that anyone could work hard and become rich, a "self made man". His readers ignored the moral...

    Horatio Alger: The Myth of the American Dream

    Horatio Alger: The Myth of the American Dream

    by ChemKnitsBlog25

  • With a title taken from Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Frost's poem Out, Out is about life and death on a rural farm. In an idyllic setting a young boy is working a buzz saw but a fateful accident brings about his sad demise. Is his death insignificant? Who is responsible? Blank verse, deep imagery.

    Analysis of Poem "Out, Out -" by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem "Out, Out -" by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • 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 Spacey2

  • There is a difference between genre and form in literature. Genre and form are not the same? Is fiction a genre or a form? How about poetry, romance or fantasy. Here are one writer's thoughts about genre and form. Read and I believe you will have greater insight into these categories of literature.

    The Meaning of Genre in Literature

    The Meaning of Genre in Literature

    by Chris Mills25

  • Emily Dickinson's As Imperceptibly As Grief is a subtle and melancholic study of summer passing, as metaphor for life fading away. With varied meter, personification, full rhyme and slant rhyme the language reflects the day ending. Seasons pass, life transitions. Sad but beautiful.

    Analysis of the Poem "As Imperceptibly As Grief" by Emily Dickinson

    Analysis of the Poem "As Imperceptibly As Grief" by Emily Dickinson

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    A. E. Housman's

    A. E. Housman's "When I was one-and-twenty"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • 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 29 focuses on the depressed state of the speaker who is full of envy, self-pity and hopelessness. He despises those better looking and more talented. He's down, until he thinks about his lover.

    Analysis of Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare

    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

  • 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

  • What if you're a poet in love? A look at some of the more unusual love poems by famous and unknown poets. Here is passion, sex and romance, with some weird twists.

    Weird, Strange, and Funny Love Poems

    Weird, Strange, and Funny Love Poems

    by Andrew Spacey9

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet VI now finds himself very close to leaving his body. He speculates about his journey, after death has uncoupled his soul from its physical encasement.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet VI

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet VI

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The speaker in Emily Dickinson's "A Light exists in Spring" is striving to portray a certain kind of light that "exists [only] in Spring" or very near spring.

    Emily Dickinson's "A Light exists in Spring"

    Emily Dickinson's "A Light exists in Spring"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • 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 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

  • Line breaks are a fundamental aspect of poetry and can play a part in meaning, sound, rhythm and syntax. Knowing where and why a line has to be short or long can help both reader and poet. This guide to lineation gives many examples and explains the basics of enjambment, caesura and end stops.

    Lineation - A Guide to the Line Break in Poetry

    Lineation - A Guide to the Line Break in Poetry

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • The word epic has been derived a Greek word epikos, which means a word, song or speech. An epic is well-defined as a long story in verse dwelling upon an important theme in a most elegant style and language.

    The Epic: Definition, Types & Characteristics

    The Epic: Definition, Types & Characteristics

    by Muhammad Rafiq31

  • 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

  • This article explores the origin of drama. It also shows us the development of drama through various stages. The origin of drama is deeply rooted in the Church.

    Origin of Drama in English Literature

    Origin of Drama in English Literature

    by Muhammad Rafiq57

  • A man sits eating poetry in a library. He's never been happier. The librarian is concerned. Why is that man consuming verse? And much worse, he's now turning into a dog and licking her hand. Surreal.

    Analysis of Poem "Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand

    Analysis of Poem "Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand

    by Andrew Spacey0

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

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    by Holle Abee30

  • The famous poet Virgil Wikimedia Commons Dido, the Phoenician Queen in Virgil's The Aeneid, is a tragic character who is a victim of the will of the gods. Enchanted by the god Amor, Dido becomes hopelessly enamored with Aeneas and abandons all else...

    An Analysis of Queen Dido in Virgil's "The Aeneid"

    An Analysis of Queen Dido in Virgil's "The Aeneid"

    by Pilar Floyd8

  • 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 Dubinsky12

  • 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 Rafiq66

  • Her Kind is an early poem by Anne Sexton, published in her first book To Bedlam and Part Way Back. It is full of dark imagery, written as the poet was battling against depression and inner demons.

    Analysis of Poem "Her Kind" by Anne Sexton

    Analysis of Poem "Her Kind" by Anne Sexton

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Auto Wreck" by Karl Shapiro

    Analysis of Poem "Auto Wreck" by Karl Shapiro

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • maggie and milly and molly and may is a short poem from e.e.cummings that is greater than the sum of its parts. Full of varied rhythm and rhyme, it tells the story of four girls who go down to the beach, each one relating to an object or creature they discover. Experimental and entertaining.

    Analysis of Poem "maggie and milly and molly and may" by e.e.cummings

    Analysis of Poem "maggie and milly and molly and may" by e.e.cummings

    by Andrew Spacey2

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

    Dystopian Short Stories

    Dystopian Short Stories

    by Howard Allen10

  • The Adventure of the Final Problem was penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the the final problem faced by Sherlock Holmes. Taking down the gang of Professor Moriarty could have some deadly results.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Final Problem

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Final Problem

    by Colin Quartermain2

  • "Puss in Boots" is a famous fairytale, but its moral is pretty questionable. The title character achieves everything through trickery and his masters become rich doing nothing.

    Puss in Boots: A Story With a Questionable Moral

    Puss in Boots: A Story With a Questionable Moral

    by Tolovaj Publishing House52

  • Cozy Apologia is Rita Dove's ironic take on a romantic relationship with husband Fred. The speaker waits for a hurricane to hit and starts to daydream about her love and past acquaintances. Lyrical, fun and touching, this poem is a monologue on intimacy and time well spent.

    Analysis of Poem "Cozy Apologia" by Rita Dove

    Analysis of Poem "Cozy Apologia" by Rita Dove

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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 Spacey7

  • A poem full of drama, powerful language and poetic device, Wind is typical Ted Hughes in that here is described a struggle with nature, a battle with the elements. Six stanzas of tense physicality.

    Analysis of Poem "Wind" by Ted Hughes

    Analysis of Poem "Wind" by Ted Hughes

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Seamus Heaney wrote this poem whilst watching his father digging in the garden. It is his most popular poem, using the metaphors of pen and spade to explore time and family commitments.

    Analysis of Poem Digging by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem Digging by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • An in-depth analysis of "Daddy," a dark and powerful poem by Sylvia Plath, written a year or so before her tragic death. Plath's 16-stanza song of a tortured daughter is full of symbolism and allusion.

    Analysis of Poem "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey15

  • M.C. Escher created artworks of great beauty and rich, illusive design. These poems are inspired by his graphic, highly unusual masterpieces.

    Poems Inspired by M.C. Escher

    Poems Inspired by M.C. Escher

    by Andrew Spacey20

  • Island Man is a poem about cultural identity and explores the mind of a Caribbean man waking up in London but still dreaming of his life on the island of his birth. Grace Nichols uses metaphor, enjambment and other poetic devices to juxtapose dull city life with ideal island life.

    Analysis of Poem Island Man by Grace Nichols

    Analysis of Poem Island Man by Grace Nichols

    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 Spacey6

  • Young is Anne Sexton's early look back to her own adolescence, a time when her relationship with parents and the wider world was changing. Between childhood and adulthood; figuratively imagined.

    Analysis of Poem "Young" by Anne Sexton

    Analysis of Poem "Young" by Anne Sexton

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • An all-encompassing list of 101 (plus a few) books set in France, to read if you're planning a holiday, remembering one, or just because you want to. All tastes provided for!

    The Best Books Set in France

    The Best Books Set in France

    by SheilaMilne7

  • Full analysis of Byzantium, Yeats's great mystical poem. This poem's theme is that of the creative human soul and the spiritual struggle for purification. Eternity lies in perfecting Art. Based in Yeats's dream city Byzantium, where divine art, golden imagery and symbols create a unity of being.

    Analysis of the Poem Byzantium by W.B.Yeats

    Analysis of the Poem Byzantium by W.B.Yeats

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • 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

  • Blessing is Imtiaz Dharker's short poem on the theme of water and poverty. It is a snapshot of life in the city slum, where children gather round a burst pipe as if it's a god. Simile, metaphor, personification and vivid imagery combine to produce a sensual poem highlighting how crucial water is.

    Analysis of the Poem Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

    Analysis of the Poem Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

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