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  • Walt Whitman's Patrolling Barnegat uses long, driven lines to conjure up the spirit of a storm on the beach at Barnegat. A poem full of repeated, disturbing energy, the dynamic language takes the reader along headfirst into the elements. Someone else is out there; a patrol? Whitman's complex past?

    Analysis of Poem Patroling Barnegat by Walt Whitman

    Analysis of Poem Patroling Barnegat by Walt Whitman

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Through varied forms of the idiom, "give the lie to," the speaker's refrain emphasizes the disingenuousness that is being decried throughout the poem.

    Sir Walter Ralegh's

    Sir Walter Ralegh's "The Lie"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Pretty is Stevie Smith's ironic poem on the use of the word pretty. Nature may be pretty to some but what does this really mean? Is nature always pretty? Pretty much. Using strong imagery, unusual syntax and repeated language the poem questions what it means for humans who think nature pretty.

    Analysis of Poem Pretty by Stevie Smith

    Analysis of Poem Pretty by Stevie Smith

    by Andrew Spacey2

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

    An Analysis of William Carlos Williams' Poem "Pastoral"

    An Analysis of William Carlos Williams' Poem "Pastoral"

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • An in-depth analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet # 73, focusing on the tone, imagery, diction, and poetic merits of the beautiful poem "That Time of the Year..."

    Analysing William Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

    Analysing William Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

    by Monami1

  • 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

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

    Analysis of Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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 Bakula29

  • 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 Jakd4

  • The speaker in Sonnet 13 muses on the idea of composing a verse about her newly found emotion of love, but she hesitates for she fears touching the grief that still molests her.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 13

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 13

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIII continues his search for consolation that he will be forgiven his earlier sins of the flesh.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIII

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIII

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • Emily Bronte's Love and Friendship uses metaphor and simile to compare and contrast romantic love, the rose, and steady friendship, the holly. Love is something passionate and exciting but can fade, whereas friendship is more stable and evergreen, able to withstand seasonal changes.

    Analysis of Poem Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte

    Analysis of Poem Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • Despite being a late starter, Charles Bukowski had many lovers in middle life. He wrote about his women extensively in his poems and fiction, often with humor. This article takes a look at the wives and girlfriends of Charles Bukowski.

    The Wives and Girlfriends of Charles Bukowski

    The Wives and Girlfriends of Charles Bukowski

    by Paul Goodman6

  • In Sonnet 137, the speaker is musing, basically through questions, on the evil consequences from acting upon what the eye sees instead of what the heart believes.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 137

    Shakespeare Sonnet 137

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Dante's Beatrice attraction was not based on unrequited love or adulterous lust. The poet's feelings for Beatrice were motivated by pure spiritual bliss.

    Dante's Beatrice

    Dante's Beatrice

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • This short poem from Naomi Shihab Nye relies on personification to carry the main message. Written in free verse, it is a clever take on loneliness and how different people relate to being alone.

    Analysis of Poem "The Rider" by Naomi Shihab Nye

    Analysis of Poem "The Rider" by Naomi Shihab Nye

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • "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

  • 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

  • This article looks at the meaning in Katherine Mansfield's short story "Miss Brill". It includes a summary, and a look at themes, foreshadowing, symbolizing and other elements.

    Analysis of "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield

    Analysis of "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield

    by Howard Allen0

  • 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

  • Ruins of a Great House is Walcott's poem on colonialism, power and decay. History, Slavery and the English language combine to reveal a complex, ambivalent relationship between the speaker and the system that brought both cruelty and culture into the lives of once free people of the Caribbean.

    Analysis of Poem Ruins of a Great House by Derek Walcott

    Analysis of Poem Ruins of a Great House by Derek Walcott

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • 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

  • Discover the masterful story telling in Jules Verne's classic, The Mysterious Island. This review also covers the parallels and differences between the book and the hit television series, LOST.

    Book Review: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

    Book Review: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

    by MacPharlain24

  • 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

  • William Shakespeare's Sonnet #2 has a procreation theme, the speaker urging the mysterious 'fair youth' to have children, thus sustaining his beauty, before he gets too old and tattered.

    Analysis of Sonnet 2 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 2 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • The Oven Bird, an unusual sonnet, is more than a mere song from a bird - it is a poem about the world of words the poet himself creates, despite the diminished state of language,time and life itself.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "The Oven Bird" by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • "The Illegal" is a novel written by Lawrence Hill that explores important topics like immigration, disability, corruption, and other typical elements of a novel including romance. This book discussion answers some questions that help summarize and analyze the books plot, themes, and structure.

    Book Discussion:

    Book Discussion: "The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill

    by Nicholas Weissman0

  • (Spoiler Free) A review for the perfect "who done it" novel. "And Then There Were None" is for anyone looking for a quick, easy, and engaging read.

    "And Then There Were None" Book Review

    by Victoria Cook0

  • 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

  • The speaker in "Two Tramps in Mud Time" dramatizes his encounter with two unemployed lumberjacks who covet the speaker's wood-splitting task.

    Robert Frost's "Two Tramps in Mud Time"

    Robert Frost's "Two Tramps in Mud Time"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • 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

  • Robert Frost's "A Girl's Garden" dramatizes a little story often told by the speaker's neighbor, who enjoys telling her little tale about growing and nurturing a garden when she was just a girl.

    Robert Frost's "A Girl's Garden"

    Robert Frost's "A Girl's Garden"

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Deserted Farm is a short poem full of imagery and atmosphere. The speaker is looking at the remains of the farm and contrasting the demise of the farmer's family with the hope growing lilacs hold.

    Analysis of Poem "Deserted Farm" by Mark Vinz

    Analysis of Poem "Deserted Farm" by Mark Vinz

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Pike is one of Ted Hughes's best known animal poems. Brilliant imagery and keen insightful language make this a powerful tribute to what is according to some, the freshwater shark. Fishing was crucial for Hughes, he re-connected deep to nature when out with rod and line. Summary and full analysis.

    Analysis of Poem Pike by Ted Hughes

    Analysis of Poem Pike by Ted Hughes

    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

  • 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 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

  • The speaker in Langston Hughes' "Night Funeral in Harlem" wonders how this poor dead boy's friends and relatives are able to afford such a lavish funeral.

    Langston Hughes'

    Langston Hughes' "Night Funeral in Harlem"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Dylan Thomas'

    Dylan Thomas' "And Death Shall Have No Dominion"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Robert Frost employs an extended allusion to the Garden of Eden myth from the Judeo-Christian tradition.

    Robert Frost's "God's Garden"

    Robert Frost's "God's Garden"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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. This poem demolishes that perverse sentiment.

    William Wordsworth's "Ode to Duty"

    William Wordsworth's "Ode to Duty"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • Jacksonville, Florida, native James Weldon Johnson composed his tribute to his adopted New York City in a surprising Petrarchan sonnet.

    James Weldon Johnson's "My City"

    James Weldon Johnson's "My City"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

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

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    by Holle Abee33

  • Brooks' poems, "The Boy Died in MyAlley," portrays the theme of evil and the accountability each individual faces in opposing it. The speaker, of course, cannot resolve the issue.

    Gwendolyn Brooks' "The Boy Died in My Alley"

    Gwendolyn Brooks' "The Boy Died in My Alley"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Spring" celebrates the Resurrection of the Lamb of God, along with the greening of the landscape and the new birth of foliage, flowers, and fowl.

    Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Spring"

    Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Spring"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 Ellen43

  • In Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time," the speaker's carpe diem agenda is to command young unmarried women to hurry up and marry before they become old and haggard, and thus so undesirable that they are unable to attract a mate.

    Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"

    Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • This Room is an extended metaphor in free verse and also contains personification, onomatopeia and alliteration. The basic theme is of personal growth within change, reaching for the light and the positives when life may be dark and unpredictable.

    Analysis of Poem This Room by Imtiaz Dharker

    Analysis of Poem This Room by Imtiaz Dharker

    by Andrew Spacey5

  • Kim Addonizio's poem is sharp and provocative and concentrates on a red dress, a metaphor for independence and feminine expression. In simple, direct language What Do Women Want? conveys a hard truth.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • Thom Gunn's Considering the Snail is a close-up study of a determined snail as it moves through wet grass. The form of the poem mirrors the movement of the snail; enjambment and fluid rhythms take the reader along at a slow, sensual pace. A short exploration of willpower and progress.

    Analysis of Poem Considering the Snail by Thom Gunn

    Analysis of Poem Considering the Snail by Thom Gunn

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Isobel Dixon's Plenty is a poem that contrasts childhood past and adult present; relative poverty with that of comfort and plenty. Central to the theme is the mother, struggling to cope. Simile, hyperbole, assonance and other devices all help make this a moving poem about family memories and love.

    Analysis of Poem "Plenty" by Isobel Dixon

    Analysis of Poem "Plenty" by Isobel Dixon

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Noted primarily for his novels, Richard Wright also did some dabbling in poetry. He seemed especially drawn to haiku.

    Richard Wright's Five Haikus

    Richard Wright's Five Haikus

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hart Crane's last poem, The Broken Tower, written in Mexico, is full of symbolism, metaphor and vivid imagery in a musical lyric. The poet imagines the struggle between inner turmoil and creativity.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "The Broken Tower" by Hart Crane

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sophie experiences many losses of innocence throughout the novel at the hands of the Nazis, her family, her lovers, and herself. These losses are too much for her to bear in the end.

    Loss of Innocence in Sophie's Choice

    Loss of Innocence in Sophie's Choice

    by Jennifer Wilber0

  • 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

  • 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 Chloe51

  • Rudyard Kipling's poem dramatizes the notion that females in all species, often thought to be demure and soft, are actually more iron-willed than their counterpart.

    Rudyard Kipling's

    Rudyard Kipling's "The Female of the Species"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • 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 Spacey8

  • Cheng's The Planners focuses on urban development and planning models. The rapid increase in building has erased history and turned landscape into a grid. Nature is on the run because of the anonymous decisions of the planners. Metaphor, personification and irony add to the unease of the speaker.

    Analysis of the Poem "The Planners" by Boey Kim Cheng

    Analysis of the Poem "The Planners" by Boey Kim Cheng

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • The Robert Frost poem, "A Soldier," expresses an insightful view regarding the meaning of a soldier's duty; it is a fascinating blending of the English and Italian sonnet.

    Robert Frost's "A Soldier"

    Robert Frost's "A Soldier"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The case of the Red Headed League is the second short story to feature Sherlock Holmes. In this case Holmes investigates when Jebez Wilson loses his part-time job.

    Plot Summary of the Red Headed League

    Plot Summary of the Red Headed League

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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

  • Thom Gunn's The Man With Night Sweats is a powerful poem about a gay man dying of AIDS, which hit the gay community in a big way in the 1980s. Thom Gunn lost many friends. One of 17 elegies this poem is a sensitive and carefully handled exploration of what it is to face pain and inevitable demise.

    Analysis of the Poem "The Man With Night Sweats" by Thom Gunn

    Analysis of the Poem "The Man With Night Sweats" by Thom Gunn

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • Discover some exceptional short stories that have been recognized with a major award. The selections include a brief introduction and a link for easy online reading.

    Award Winning Short Stories

    Award Winning Short Stories

    by Howard Allen0

  • There is something odd about Nate's new apartment. Weird neighbors, doors with no handles, padlocks closing off areas...When Nate and his new neighbors decide to investigate the strangeness of their building they get more supernatural oddity than bargained for when they find out the grizzly truth.

    Book Summary: 14 By Peter Clines

    Book Summary: 14 By Peter Clines

    by Jennifer B0

  • India has a number of novelists who write in English.The celebrated contemporary authors are Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, Aravind Adiga, Anita Nair, Chetan Bagat, and Jeet Thayyil.

    Top 10 Famous Indian English Novelists

    Top 10 Famous Indian English Novelists

    by Kumar Paral12

  • This article explores a unique reading of Moby Dick and through it argues that Melville creates sympathy for the animal and condemns the brutality of man.

    Moby Dick and the Brutality of Man

    Moby Dick and the Brutality of Man

    by Molly Stroud1

  • 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

  • The Boscombe Valley Mystery is one of the early stories about Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a tale of murder where the police arrest the wrong person.

    Plot Summary of The Boscombe Valley Mystery

    Plot Summary of The Boscombe Valley Mystery

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • If thinking requires understanding, then many postmodernist poets are guilty of thinking without thought, exemplified by this Atwoodian loose-mused atrocity.

    Margaret Atwood's "In the Secular Night"

    Margaret Atwood's "In the Secular Night"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Poetic Form can be understood as the physical structure of the poem: the length of lines, their rhythms, their system of rhymes and repetition.

    Poetic Forms in English Literature

    Poetic Forms in English Literature

    by Devendri Gore18

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

    The Death of Beowulf: Why and How Did Beowulf Die

    The Death of Beowulf: Why and How Did Beowulf Die

    by Ryan Buda3

  • 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

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

    Analysis of Poem " To Autumn " by John Keats

    Analysis of Poem " To Autumn " by John Keats

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • Mary Oliver's poem Mindful has inspired many readers to pay more attention to the everyday delights of nature. The natural world is her life classroom where profound lessons can be learned.

    Analysis of Poem "Mindful" by Mary Oliver

    Analysis of Poem "Mindful" by Mary Oliver

    by Andrew Spacey1

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

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

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

    by GlenR3

  • Roethke's villanelle is full of mystery and explores the nature of human identity. We think by feeling.What is there to know? Life is for living so learn by going where to go. A philosophical message.

    Analysis of Poem "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke

    Analysis of Poem "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Spring Storm is full of figurative language which is why it is popular as a common core study poem. In it, an angry young man bursts out of the house; there's a storm brewing but who knows why?

    Analysis of Poem "Spring Storm" by Jim Wayne Miller

    Analysis of Poem "Spring Storm" by Jim Wayne Miller

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • John Donne's Holy Sonnet X, "Death, be not proud," remains one of the most anthologized poems of the Holy Sonnet sequence. The speaker addresses the conceptual force of death in order to rebuke it and relieve it of its power over human thinking.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet X

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet X

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • At winter solstice near a weathered pub beside the Thames river, a man washes up, banged-up and nearly dead, with a very young girl, as lifeless as a mannequin. Until she wakes up. Full of town secrets, and old legends, Once Upon a River is about a place where miracles and myth follow the river.

    "Once Upon a River" Book Discussion and Easy Cinnamon Apple "Buns" Recipe

    "Once Upon a River" Book Discussion and Easy Cinnamon Apple "Buns" Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch1

  • Moniza Alvi's An Unknown Girl focuses on identity. A girl in an Indian bazaar draws a henna peacock on the hand of the speaker. For a few rupees the speaker can gain new brown veins, as if she had a fresh identity, a new way of being. But soon the design fades and with it her identity. Who is she?

    Analysis of Poem Unknown Girl by Moniza Alvi

    Analysis of Poem Unknown Girl by Moniza Alvi

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • One of Emily Dickinson's many poems about death that takes the reader into the mind of someone dying or already dead yet able to communicate, somehow. Unusual syntax, short breathless phrasing, dashes galore and that suspension of reality Dickinson is so good at evoking. Ambiguous, rhyming, lyrical.

    Analysis of the Poem "I Heard a Fly Buzz" by Emily Dickinson

    Analysis of the Poem "I Heard a Fly Buzz" by Emily Dickinson

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Nothing's Changed is a poem that burns with frustration and anger. A man goes back to District 6 in Cape Town, South Africa, and concludes that the blacks are still oppressed and poor, despite the end of apartheid, a brutal system segregating white and black.

    Analysis of Poem Nothing's Changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika

    Analysis of Poem Nothing's Changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • D. C. Berry's "On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High" employs an extended metaphor of fish, first frozen in a package and then swimming in an aquarium, to express the speaker's surprise that high school students actually enjoyed his poetry reading.

    D. C. Berry's

    D. C. Berry's "On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Climbing My Grandfather is an extended metaphor focusing on a young boy who 'climbs' his grandfather, a mountain of a man. Autobiographical, full of detail and climbing language, this poem, a single stanza, reflects the awe and wonder and risk a boy takes getting to know his grandfather.

    Analysis of Poem Climbing My Grandfather by Andrew Waterhouse

    Analysis of Poem Climbing My Grandfather by Andrew Waterhouse

    by Andrew Spacey0

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