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  • 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

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

    Dystopian Short Stories

    Dystopian Short Stories

    by Howard Allen17

  • 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's short poem I, Too gives a voice to the African American people, for so long treated as second class citizens in their own country. Using metaphor within free verse, Hughes focuses on the individual rights of a first person speaker, denied a seat at the table. From book Weary Blues

    Analysis of Poem "I,Too" by Langston Hughes

    Analysis of Poem "I,Too" by Langston Hughes

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • 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

  • Death of a Naturalist is a blank verse poem that looks back on childhood, contrasting a boy's innocence with that of disillusionment in the perception of nature. The death is metaphorical: the boy loses his love of nature when fear invades his mind because of the menacing frogs 'cocked on sods'.

    Analysis of Poem Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • One of Keats' five odes, Ode On A Grecian Urn explores the idea of beauty as truth through Keats' own 'negative capability' and the strength of the imagination. Pictures on an ancient urn inspire the speaker to question the transient nature of human happiness and love. Art endures but also teases.

    Analysis of the Poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats

    Analysis of the Poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats

    by Andrew Spacey11

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey5

  • Donne's love poem, an aubade, contains a metaphysical conceit, an argument, a figure of speech involving imaginative use of unusual metaphor. The Good-Morrow is about the unity of love, two hemispheres forming one globe, the speaker waking up wondering what the lovers did 'till we loved?'

    Analysis of the Poem "The Good-Morrow" by John Donne

    Analysis of the Poem "The Good-Morrow" by John Donne

    by Andrew Spacey13

  • 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

  • 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 the Poem

    Analysis of the Poem "The Writer" by Richard Wilbur

    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 Spacey5

  • 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

  • Eve Merriam's neat little poem "How to Eat a Poem" is aimed at children but is wholesome enough for adults too. She encourages the reader to open up and taste the poetic experience.

    Analysis of "How to Eat a Poem" by Eve Merriam

    Analysis of "How to Eat a Poem" by Eve Merriam

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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 Schatzie Speaks9

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey4

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

    D. H. Lawrence’s "Afternoon in School: The Last Lesson"

    D. H. Lawrence’s "Afternoon in School: The Last Lesson"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • Sylvia Plath's Morning Song is from her book Ariel and focuses on female reaction to motherhood. Using simile, metaphor and vivid imagery Plath takes the reader through the highs and lows of what it means to have responsibility for a baby. Unsettling, powerful, complex -the reluctant mother Plath.

    Analysis of Poem Morning Song by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem Morning Song by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • One of Robert Lowell's best known confessional poems, Skunk Hour depicts modern life on Nautilus Island, Maine, and reveals the sad secret of one not right in the mind. An influential poem.

    Analysis of Poem "Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

    Analysis of Poem "Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer who produced a lot of poetry books in his lifetime (there are over sixty books currently in publication at the last count). It wasn't easy to choose, but here are what I believe to be the 5 best Charles Bukowski poetry books.

    The 5 Best Charles Bukowski Poetry Books

    The 5 Best Charles Bukowski Poetry Books

    by Paul Goodman15

  • 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 Spacey4

  • Countee Cullen's poem dramatizes an allusion to the Mother Goose nursery rime, "Monday's Child," specifically the line, "Saturday’s child works hard for a living."

    Cullen's "Saturday's Child"

    Cullen's "Saturday's Child"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • In "Alone", the speaker repeats the message that as humans we need each other if we're to make it through life. Nobody can make it alone. The soul needs to share with and care for others.

    Analysis of Poem "Alone" by Maya Angelou

    Analysis of Poem "Alone" by Maya Angelou

    by Andrew Spacey10

  • 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 Spacey3

  • The speaker in Walter de la Mare’s "Silver" dramatizes the silvering of things as they appear without the sunlight. Sunlight is gold; moonlight is silver.

    Walter de la Mare’s "Silver"

    Walter de la Mare’s "Silver"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Pat Mora is a leader in the field of Hispanic poetry. Her poem A Voice tells of a mother who was not allowed to speak English at home yet who overcame her fears to find a voice and new freedom.

    Analysis of Poem "A Voice" by Pat Mora

    Analysis of Poem "A Voice" by Pat Mora

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • If you've just been sorted into your Hogwarts House, it can be difficult what to do next. This article provides a handy explanation of each house, including each house's colours, founder, house ghost, head teacher, main characters, associated traits, strengths and weaknesses.

    Harry Potter: The Four Hogwarts Houses Explained

    Harry Potter: The Four Hogwarts Houses Explained

    by K S Lane4

  • 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 Rafiq51

  • 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

  • Yeats as a 60 year old official Irish senator in a schoolroom full of children has to redefine his outlook on love, labour and life. How to reconcile past and present, love and pain, body and soul. Greek myth, Platonic theory help Yeats in his quest for spiritual unity. Ottava rima form.

    Analysis of Poem Among School Children by W.B.Yeats

    Analysis of Poem Among School Children by W.B.Yeats

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • 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

    by Andrew Spacey9

  • Short poems are easy to read and fun creating. Classical forms of poetry are often short. This article examines and gives examples of specific short poetic forms like the haiku, tanka, nonets and other types of short poems

    15 Types of Short Poetic Forms With Examples

    15 Types of Short Poetic Forms With Examples

    by Centfie8

  • 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 Spacey4

  • 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 Rafiq75

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey6

  • The world of literature is filled with horrid descriptions, and T. S. Eliot has contributed some of the most horrid. The mind of the Eliot observer, however, is most often the locus of the horror.

    T. S. Eliot's "Preludes"

    T. S. Eliot's "Preludes"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • Sound devices are literary techniques that entail the way words sound in a poem. Sound or musical devices exemplify the difference between prose and poetic language. They enhance the meaning of a poem and make it easy to memorize.

    10 Sound Devices in Poetry With Examples

    10 Sound Devices in Poetry With Examples

    by Centfie5

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey16

  • 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

  • A short sharp poem that likens thistles to warriors rooted in the soil where old Vikings lie. In free verse, Hughes' poem uses personification, simile and figurative language to portray thistles as weapons fighting on the battleground that is nature. Blood, violence, regeneration—typical Hughes.

    Analysis of the Poem

    Analysis of the Poem "Thistles" by Ted Hughes

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Shakespeare sonnet #18, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day,” is one of the bard’s most widely anthologized, and most widely misunderstood, sonnets. Hint: there is no person in this poem.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 18

    Shakespeare Sonnet 18

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 Spacey4

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey5

  • One of Shakespeare's most popular love sonnets, sonnet 18 is a tribute to the 'fair youth' with the poet comparing his lover to a summer's day and finding the lover more lovely. Full analysis includes critical look at rhythm, rhyme and syntax.

    Summary and Full Analysis of Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

    Summary and Full Analysis of Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Marika57

  • A poem about cultural identity and the confused feelings of a teenage girl who receives presents from her relatives in Pakistan. Moniza Alvi's poem is full of colour and detail and is a personal exploration of her feelings at that time. Metaphor, simile and contrasting language enliven this poem.

    Analysis of Poem Presents From "My Aunts in Pakistan" by Moniza Alvi

    Analysis of Poem Presents From "My Aunts in Pakistan" by Moniza Alvi

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • The speaker in Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is of two minds—to stay and watch the lovely woods fill with snow, or to keep his promises and move on. What should readers take from this? What poetic devices are used in this quintessential American poem?

    Poem Analysis: Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

    Poem Analysis: Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey5

  • Elinor Wylie's Wild Peaches is a series of four traditional rhyming sonnets that convey the dreamy mind of the speaker as she contemplates escaping an upside down world with her male companion. But is she convinced that a good life can be had out in the wilds? Musical lines carry subtle imagery.

    Analysis of Poem "Wild Peaches" by Elinor Wylie

    Analysis of Poem "Wild Peaches" by Elinor Wylie

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • The Adventure of the Empty House was effectively the return of Sherlock Holmes. Ten years after the Final Problem, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would resurrect Holmes, enabling the solving of more cases.

    Plot Summary of The Adventure of the Empty House

    Plot Summary of The Adventure of the Empty House

    by Colin Quartermain5

  • 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 Spacey6

  • 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 Spacey12

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sunday Morning, a poem in blank verse, focuses on the idea that traditional religious faith in the old gods has gone and needs to be replaced by a fresh new natural paganism. Stevens explores human belief in his own inimitable way. Vivid imagery, exotic language. Where do truth and beauty reside?

    Analysis of Poem Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens

    Analysis of Poem Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Musashi Miyamoto is a Samurai (Ronin) who knows no equal. A master of swordsmanship, weapons, and the Niten Ichi-ryū School and Strategy. Nearing the end of his life Musashi wrote two masterpieces, containing all his wisdom and years. The Dokkodo and Go Rin No Sho. The Dokkodo is an interesting....

    Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkōdō: A Ronin's 21 Laws of Life

    Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkōdō: A Ronin's 21 Laws of Life

    by DogGodFrogLog9

  • Orwell has been criticized for his misogynistic portrayal of women in 1984. However, a careful look at how the female characters impact the male characters, in particular Winston, and the Party suggests that they have great importance in the plot, leading to a different interpretation.

    A Different View of Women in Orwell's 1984

    A Different View of Women in Orwell's 1984

    by Natalie Frank13

  • 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 Spacey4

  • 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 Spacey1

  • 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 Spacey1

  • Marge Piercy's feminist poem belittles the stereotype of the perfect woman, suggesting that the patterns of behavior and body image touted by society cause little girls to kill themselves . . .

    Marge Piercy's "Barbie Doll"

    Marge Piercy's "Barbie Doll"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Discover some emotional, tragic, and touching short stories that will make you sad and, possibly, make you cry. Each selection has a short description and a link for easy reading.

    Sad Short Stories That Might Make You Cry Online

    Sad Short Stories That Might Make You Cry Online

    by Howard Allen0

  • Character analysis is an important part of any college freshman or sophomore literature class. But they aren't always the easiest things to do. Take some advice from an English teacher, and you'll be writing those character analyses in no time!

    How to Analyze Characters in Literature

    How to Analyze Characters in Literature

    by Katherine Sanger14

  • Vladimir Propp created the Proppian Analysis in his study of fairytales, which highlights many similarities within ancient and modern tales. Though complex, it can be simplified to some basic elements

    The Proppian Analysis for Fiction

    The Proppian Analysis for Fiction

    by Nathan Kiehn0

  • The sound of camp gear clanging as the horses thunder along becomes a melancholy image that pulls together this ballad as it sadly concludes in heartache.

    Henry Lawson's

    Henry Lawson's "The Ballad of the Drover"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey2

  • Wendell Berry's short poem "The Peace of Wild Things" sums up the human need for time spent in nature, away from stress, headline news and anxieties about the future. The main theme, that of human nature versus nature, is explored through allusion and simple language relating to stillness and calm.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Pen names, or pseudonyms, have been used throughout history for various reasons. I use the pseudonym Cydro, although I can't cite a reason for source. Check out these authors that were a lot more successful than I am, and the reason they chose their pen names:

    Top 7 Most Famous Names That Are Actually Pen Names

    Top 7 Most Famous Names That Are Actually Pen Names

    by Blake Atkinson16

  • 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

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

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • Countée Cullen's "Incident" dramatizes an event in the life of a young boy that ruined his memory of his visit to the city of Baltimore.

    Countée Cullen's "Incident"

    Countée Cullen's "Incident"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Agatha Christie remains one of the most popular and famous of mystery writers. She often used poison to dispatch her victims. This article covers some of the common, and readily available, poisons she used, plus also the not-so common poisons.

    Poisons Used in Agatha Christie's Books

    Poisons Used in Agatha Christie's Books

    by Anne Harrison12

  • 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

  • Red Riding Hood is one of the classic fairy tales—everybody knows it. Less known, however, is the powerful symbolism behind the story. Let's explore it along with a short summary, a comparison of two different versions, and various theories and interpretations!

    The Little Red Riding Hood: Summary and Symbols Explained

    The Little Red Riding Hood: Summary and Symbols Explained

    by Tolovaj Publishing House93

  • 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 Spacey3

  • 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

  • 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

  • Judith Wright's "Hunting Snake" is a poem that focuses on a snake pursuing its prey and the reaction of the witnesses, two people out walking. With poetic devices, sibilance and enjambment among them, this poem celebrates nature and innocence lost.

    Analysis of the Poem "Hunting Snake" by Judith Wright

    Analysis of the Poem "Hunting Snake" by Judith Wright

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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 Spacey19

  • "Solitude" is Ella Wheeler Wilcox's most widely noted poem; the following often quoted lines are taken from that poem: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; / Weep, and you weep alone." The poem essentially avers that while a negative attitude repulses others, the positive attracts them.

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox's

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox's "Solitude"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 Tawnya18

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Discover some of the best science fiction stories available online, including some very short sci-fi tales. The selections include a brief summary and links for easy reading.

    Very Short Science Fiction Stories Online

    Very Short Science Fiction Stories Online

    by Howard Allen0

  • "I shunned the face of man; all sound of joy or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation--deep, dark, death-like solitude." Aurielle Voices It has often been argued that the definition of a monster is something inhuman,...

    Frankenstein: The True Monster

    Frankenstein: The True Monster

    by Anna Marie14

  • 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 Spacey3

  • A British classic whose success continues, and another of my many favorites. Here are the reasons that make “Pride and Prejudice” a wonderful book to read over and over again.

    Book Review:

    Book Review: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

    by Literarycreature2

  • James K. Baxter's Farmhand is a portrayal of an awkward young farm worker, who lacks social skills yet cannot suppress his instincts. He's only at home when working on the farm, with familiar landscape and machinery. Is he emotionally damaged? Baxter explores individuality, what it is to be human.

    Analysis of Poem Farmhand by James K. Baxter

    Analysis of Poem Farmhand by James K. Baxter

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • When I have fears that I may cease to be is a sonnet by romantic John Keats. The speaker is fearful of the nothingness that awaits him before he's had time to fulfil his potential as a poet and lover and gain fame. Iambic pentameter dominates. Full end rhyme, metaphor and other literary devices.

    Analysis of Sonnet "When I Have Fears" by John Keats

    Analysis of Sonnet "When I Have Fears" by John Keats

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • 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

  • Heathcliff may be painted as a black villain but Bronte, through genius storytelling, shows up the real villains in a Gothic tale teaming with thoughtless and cruel characters.

    Lockwood's Cruelty in Wuthering Heights

    Lockwood's Cruelty in Wuthering Heights

    by Athlyn Green2

  • 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 Rafiq83

  • Derek Walcott's Love After Love focuses on loving the inner self, healing oneself following relationship breakdown. With metaphor, strong imagery and religious allusion the poem's speaker instructs the reader in the art of self-love. What change there can be when we accept the stranger needs love.

    Analysis of Poem "Love After Love" by Derek Walcott

    Analysis of Poem "Love After Love" by Derek Walcott

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • 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

  • Gabriel Okara's Once Upon A Time focuses on culture clash, namely how Western culture changed the old African culture, for the worse. A father tells his son how people once were genuine and honest and how he wants to relearn how to laugh, like his son, still innocent. Nostalgic, heartfelt.

    Analysis of Poem Once Upon A Time by Gabriel Okara

    Analysis of Poem Once Upon A Time by Gabriel Okara

    by Andrew Spacey7

  • Wilfred Owen's powerful poem is all about the horrors of the first world war. Insensibility gives the reader different angles on what it is to die in battle, and how soldiers lose their feelings.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Insensibility" by Wilfred Owen

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Langston Hughes wrote "Goodbye, Christ" in 1931. It was published in a left-leaning publication called The Negro Worker in 1932.

    Langston Hughes'

    Langston Hughes' "Goodbye, Christ"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Dickinson lived a rather reclusive life. She guarded her privacy. In her poetry canon, she often creates little poetic dramas exploring the great joy her solitude created for her.

    Emily Dickinson's "I cannot dance upon my Toes"

    Emily Dickinson's "I cannot dance upon my Toes"

    by Linda Sue Grimes3

  • The first sonnet in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese features a speaker who expresses the fruitlessness of dwelling on death and the melancholy such musing will create.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 1

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 1

    by Linda Sue Grimes14

  • 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 Spacey9

  • 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

  • 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

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning's speaker asks questions of her belovèd, in order to receive assurance of his love as a shelter from her anxiety as she prepares to move from her childhood home.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 35

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 35

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • Spring And All is a poem William Carlos Williams wrote to back up his radical theory of poetics - basically the poem as a field of action - in which the here and now of things is portrayed through the imagination, written in the American grain. Life experience refreshed, impressions being the form.

    Analysis of Poem Spring and All by William Carlos Williams

    Analysis of Poem Spring and All by William Carlos Williams

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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