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  • 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

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

    Dystopian Short Stories

    Dystopian Short Stories

    by Howard Allen15

  • A librarian's reviews of the best new children’s narrative nonfiction books for grades K-6. These are books which convey factual information in a story format and use the techniques of storytelling. These nonfiction books are emphasized in the curriculum of the common core.

    A Review of the 21 Best New Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids

    A Review of the 21 Best New Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids

    by Adele Jeunette1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The poet's baby son gets a wild-eyed stare that can look “through the ceiling of the room, and beyond,” leading the father to suspect that he might have a budding poet to contend with.

    James Weldon Johnson's "A Poet to His Baby Son"

    James Weldon Johnson's "A Poet to His Baby Son"

    by Linda Sue Grimes6

  • Heaney's Punishment poem explores the violent nature of human tribal revenge, comparing a young, Iron Age body found in peat bog with that of the 'betraying sisters' of the modern era in Northern Ireland. Heaney uses history and the methods of punishment; his rich language is sharp and personal

    Analysis of the Poem "Punishment" by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of the Poem "Punishment" by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The 17th century marked a shift from an age of faith to an age of reason. Literature represents the turbulence in society, religion, and the monarchy of this period. Life for the English people changed as religious controversy and civil war shook the nation. These issues reformulated the role of individuals in society, perspectives of faith, and social structures in England. Writers of this period offer their own philosophies as proof of the issues and influenced the masses. Specific examples of

    English Literature's Reflection of 17th Century Society

    English Literature's Reflection of 17th Century Society

    by Nancy Snyder10

  • 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 speaker in Holy Sonnet XIX makes a most fervent declaration regarding his spiritual striving for deliverance into the arms of the Ultimate Reality. He offers a confession and sincere statement of continued seeking for the mindset of "fear" or loving respect that his Heavenly Father will accept.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIX

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIX

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey3

  • 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 Spacey8

  • This is a fantastic memoir of Frank McCourt who grew up as an Irish child in extreme poverty. Despite its serious nature there is humor and this is a true story of survival.

    Book Review of Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

    Book Review of Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

    by Peggy Woods62

  • The speaker in Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is of two minds; stay and watch the lovely woods fill with snow, or 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

  • A suffering speaker talks with his Beloved Creator, as he prayerfully contemplates his mortality and immortality.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet I

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet I

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey14

  • 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

  • Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem is a simple yet profound plea to a young female for a kiss, for physical union. To persuade her the speaker turns to Nature, where things mix and mingle naturally. Using personification, metaphor and pulsing rhythm, Shelley puts forward his dubious argument

    Analysis of Poem "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Analysis of Poem "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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

  • 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 Centfie6

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Poor Mrs. Wertman must sit and cry, listening to the eloquence of the son she turned over to the Greenes to raise. His eloquence in political speechifying makes her that proud, but she has to keep her trap shut, can't let anyone know she is actually his birth mother.

    Edgar Lee Masters'

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Elsa Wertman" / "Hamilton Greene"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • When Marie Howe's young brother died of AIDS complications, she wrote What the Living Do as a life-affirming poem. Despite the trivial day-to-day things we do, wanting more life, remembrance is vital.

    Analysis of Poem "What The Living Do" by Marie Howe

    Analysis of Poem "What The Living Do" by Marie Howe

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey3

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey2

  • 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

  • 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

  • This is an analysis of the play, The Black Hermit, written by Ngugi wa Thiong'o. It includes a summary of the acts or chapters and the issues or themes, both major and minor, highlighted by the playwright in this play.

    Analysis of the Play: "The Black Hermit"

    Analysis of the Play: "The Black Hermit"

    by Benny Alianess8

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey9

  • Shakespeare's Sonnet 1. The first sonnet concentrates on beauty and the need to keep procreating by those who are blessed with good looks. Aimed at the Fair Youth, it entreats him to marry and have children before he dies.

    Analysis of Sonnet 1 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 1 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • This article will compare John Donne's Holy Sonnet 14 (Batter My Heart) and John Milton's Sonnet 18 (On the Late Massacher in Piedmont) in terms of sonnet conventions, structure, form, themes, and effectivity.

    Sonnets, Sex, and the Sacred

    Sonnets, Sex, and the Sacred

    by Molly Stroud0

  • Anaphora is an incredibly simple, yet powerful literary tool. It's used to generate an emotional response from the listener and to create memorable and thought provoking ideas in the user's audience whether in the media of political speeches, literature, theatre or music.

    Anaphora as a Literary Device: Usage and Meaning

    Anaphora as a Literary Device: Usage and Meaning

    by Ben Reed2

  • 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 Spacey2

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sylvia Plath's poem The Arrival of the Bee Box is one of five bee poems she wrote focusing on identity, creativity and control. Plath searches for her true poetic self and her womanhood using metaphor and powerful imagery. Reality fuses with dream-like narrative.

    Analysis of Poem "The Arrival of the Bee Box" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem "The Arrival of the Bee Box" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey7

  • Holy Sonnet XVIII speculates about the church of Christ: how it continues, if it will continue with grace, how it may remain comprehensible to Christ's followers. The teachings of Christ, His church, and body of His followers form a unity represented in this sonnet as the "spouse" of Christ.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XVIII

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XVIII

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • Rita Dove's "Testimonial" is a free verse poem about learning, innocence, discovery and responsibility. "The world called, and I answered" is a famous line that suggests there is a need for a positive response by all of us. By becoming conscious of the world around, the speaker becomes self-aware.

    Analysis of the Poem "Testimonial" by Rita Dove

    Analysis of the Poem "Testimonial" by Rita Dove

    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 Ellen42

  • 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

  • Carol Ann Duffy's War Photographer is a poem that takes you into the mind of a person paid to take images of human suffering, the result of violence. It provokes and in the end questions what it is to witness war and to feel helpless in the process. Yet where would we be without images of war?

    Analysis of Poem War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

    Analysis of Poem War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • In Pride and Prejudice, Austen uses both situational and verbal ironies as a strategy to narrate one of the most popular stories of Victorian England, that of Elizabeth and Darcy. The article examines how irony becomes a potent device of such a narrative exploration of characters and society.

    Irony in Pride and Prejudice

    Irony in Pride and Prejudice

    by Monami0

  • When closely analyzed, many characters in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland exhibit mental illnesses. Was this a conscious decision? If so, why did Carroll do this? Continue reading to find out!

    Mental Illness in Alice in Wonderland

    Mental Illness in Alice in Wonderland

    by Molly Stroud1

  • 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

  • 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 House92

  • 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

  • Shakespeare's Sonnet 27 focuses on the mental anguish of the speaker who wants to sleep but cannot stop thinking of his lover. This sonnet concentrates on restlessness and obsession, the passions that emerge despite physical fatigue. The speaker's eyes are closed yet the mental journey continues.

    Analysis of Sonnet 27 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 27 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Forgetfulness, from Billy Collins, focuses on the gradual loss of memory all humans experience from time to time but especially in old age. Using personification and metaphor amongst other figurative devices, this poem builds up examples of forgetfulness with wit and charm and a comic element.

    Analysis of Poem "Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins

    Analysis of Poem "Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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

  • 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

  • An adolescent love poem that looks back at a first date, with the emphasis on oranges and new potential. Full of images and contrasts, this insightful poem is an extended metaphor of sorts.

    Analysis of "Oranges" by Gary Soto

    Analysis of "Oranges" by Gary Soto

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The 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

  • The speaker in Hayden's "Monet's Waterlilies" finds solace while viewing the artistry of the French Impressionist, Claude Monet.

    Robert Hayden's "Monet's Waterlilies"

    Robert Hayden's "Monet's Waterlilies"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • The Night Circus is a popular novel that is about an on-going competition between two magicians in a traveling circus that only runs at night. On a deeper level the book draws inspiration from The Tempest and the character Prospero. Using Shakespeare's influence we see that The Night Circus is about what it takes to tell a great story.

    The Art and Importance of Telling A Story: The Night Circus Analysis

    The Art and Importance of Telling A Story: The Night Circus Analysis

    by Music-and-Art-450

  • 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 Spacey5

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Spacey10

  • 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

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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 Spacey7

  • 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

  • Carol Rumens' "The Emigree" is a thoughtful poem about displacement and being forced to leave the country that is home for foreign shores because of conflict. The first-person speaker looks back with fond memories of her country despite the reality of tyrants and war.

    Analysis of the Poem "The Emigree" by Carol Rumens

    Analysis of the Poem "The Emigree" by Carol Rumens

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

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    Sad Short Stories That Might Make You Cry Online

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • The speaker in Langston Hughes' "Cross" laments his having been born of a mixed racial couple, a white father and a black mother.

    Langston Hughes'

    Langston Hughes' "Cross"

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  • 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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  • American author Annie Dillard's 1974 book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Chapter 2: "Seeing" is all about the way people see the world. This essay offers a unique interpretation of Dillard's ideas about vision and reality. Sometimes imagination can be the opposition to happiness when reality becomes blurred by perceptual values of the extreme: light and dark. This essay is how I explain Dillard views how the mind and the sense of sight interact, therefore what that means to us.

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  • Full analysis of Robert Frost's fascinating poem.There is a decision to be made. Which road to travel down, which path to take in life? Frost's thoughtful poem on free will and the choices it allows.

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson's short poem has attracted much critical attention, in focusing on the ambiguity in the use of the term, "hypocritic."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Days"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Days"

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  • 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

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  • In "The Unknown Citizen," possibly one of his most memorable poems, Auden uses irony to perfection: what the speaker asserts on the surface is not what he really means at all--a masterful deception.

    Irony in W. H. Auden's Poem “The Unknown Citizen”

    Irony in W. H. Auden's Poem “The Unknown Citizen”

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • A classic fairy tale takes on a whole new perspective in Anne Sexton’s poem, Cinderella. Sexton’s perspective on the acclaimed childhood story is fairly different than what popular culture and the media wishes to present.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    Analysis of Poem Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

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  • 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.

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  • The speaker is becoming increasingly more intense as he continues to explore the plight which has sent him on his journey from sensuality to spirituality. He implores his Heavenly Father to remake him and thus utterly destroy his old attitude that led him astray.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIV

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIV

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  • 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

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  • "Still I Rise" is one of Maya Angelou's best poems. It's a defiant, hopeful, and uplifting lyrical poem that stirs the heart, prepares the soul for struggle, and gives us food for thought.

    Analysis of the Poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

    Analysis of the Poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

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  • Frost's blank verse poem explores the nature of reality and idealism using the symbolism of birch trees, a boy and an ice-storm. Acute observation, memory and imaginative thinking under tight control.

    Analysis of Poem Birches by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem Birches by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Read some of the greatest, most anthologized short stories ever. These selections have held up through the years as standards of the form. Each story has a short summary and a link for easy reading.

    The Best Short Stories of All Time Online

    The Best Short Stories of All Time Online

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  • 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

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  • 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"

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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