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Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour)

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    Summary and Analysis of Sonnet 4 by William Shakespeare

    20 hours ago

    Shakespeare's sonnet 4 is addressed to the fair youth and clearly implores him not to waste his beauty but share it with others. Ideally through having children. Using the language of commodity and economics, the narrator asks four basic questions related to selfishness, goodness, abuse and fate.

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    Analysis of Poem 'America' by Richard Blanco

    4 months ago

    Richard Blanco's 'America' focuses on cultural identity, family and traditional foods served at the table. Five stanzas in free verse explore the notion of what it is to be an American citizen having been brought up in a Hispanic culture.

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Fly' by William Blake

    4 months ago

    'The Fly' is one of Blake's poems from 'Songs of Innocence and Experience', a book for both adult and child. Simple in structure, the tone is thoughtful and philosophical, the reader having to decide if the fly is alive or dead, the speaker innocent or guilty.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Philemon and Baucis' by Thom Gunn

    4 months ago

    In 'Philemon and Baucis', Gunn explores the loving relationship of two poor peasants who, having shown visiting gods Jupiter and Mercury great hospitality, request to be changed into trees as they die. The rest of the inhospitable township is drowned by flood.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Immigrants in Our Own Land' by Jimmy Santiago Baca

    7 months ago

    'Immigrants in Our Own Land' focuses on identity and the hopes and dreams of chicanos (Americans of Mexican descent) and mestizos (mixed race Mexicans) who are 'living without a soul' in prison and society. Jimmy Santiago Baca based his poem on personal experience—an example of Pinto poetry.

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    Analysis of Poem 'A Mother in a Refugee Camp' by Chinua Achebe

    7 months ago

    Chinua Achebe's 'A Mother in a Refugee Camp' focuses on the sad plight of a mother having to bury her son, carefully combing his hair before letting go of her loved one. Based on personal observations during the civil war between Biafra and Nigeria, the poem is a universal message to humanity.

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    Analysis of Poem 'I think of thee' (Sonnet 29) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    7 months ago

    'I think of thee' is Sonnet 29 in 'Sonnets from the Portuguese', Barrett Browning's groundbreaking sonnets in Petrarchan form which follow her emotional changes in her relationship with Robert Browning. Metaphor and simile combine, as tree and vine, thoughts disappearing as the two become closer.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Remains' by Simon Armitage

    8 months ago

    Armitage's colloquial dramatic monologue highlights the death of a looter, shot by a soldier, the speaker still affected by the incident. 'Remains' takes the reader into the soldier's mind, repeating, altering, questioning the act. It explores PTSD, a stress-induced illness suffered by war veterans.

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Man He Killed' by Thomas Hardy

    8 months ago

    Hardy's 'The Man He Killed' is a short, rhyming poem focusing on an ordinary man returned from war who killed another because 'he was my foe.' Without war, they may have been friends. This monologue raises questions of emotional responses to and moral implications of cold acts of killing in war.

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Pulley' by George Herbert

    8 months ago

    George Herbert's metaphysical poem uses a conceit or extended metaphor, and synecdoche, to explore the relationship between God and humankind. We're drawn back to God eventually because of the burden of living, as one pulley rope lifts our weight. True spiritual rest, a jewel, God does not bestow.

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    Analysis of Poem "Ceasefire" by Michael Longley

    8 months ago

    Ceasefire uses Homer's Iliad to reflect on responses to the Troubles in Northern Ireland (1960s -1998), Longley's birthplace. Hector is killed by Achilles and old king Priam must then retrieve his son's body from the Greek camp. Achilles agrees; the two weep for lost life in war. Theme is grief.

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    Analysis of Poem "Dusting" by Rita Dove

    3 months ago

    "Dusting" is a poem of memory and emotional cleansing. A woman, Beulah, is dusting her furniture and, in the process, tries to recall the name of the boy who first kissed her. Through mixed metaphor and the language of nature, Dove adds depth to what is a personal snapshot of love and family issues.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Naming Myself' by Barbara Kingsolver

    5 months ago

    Barbara Kingsolver's 'Naming Myself' focuses on identity, race, rights and heritage, all tied up in the family name. The poem highlights an incident in her family's history where her grandfather left a privileged home to marry a Cherokee woman. He had to change his name and reinvent himself.

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Horses' by Edwin Muir

    7 months ago

    'The Horses' is Edwin Muir's post-apocalyptic poem where human and horse meet up again to begin life anew. The seven-day war is over, machines defunct, there is work to be done and the horses, symbols of spirit, have come to ignite fresh hope. Free verse narrative, simple language, profound story.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus' by William Carlos Williams

    5 months ago

    Short lines in short stanzas reflect the fall of the son who went too far. Williams based his poem on a 16th-century painting by Brueghel which depicts the mythological Icarus drowning in the sea whilst sailors, a shepherd, fisherman and farmer carry on life as normal. It's an example of ecphrasis.

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    Analysis of Poem "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning

    12 months ago

    Porphyria's Lover is a chilling dramatic monologue detailing the murder of a lover by a heartbroken and unstable partner. Browning's skilfully paced rhyming narrative brings sexual tension and takes the reader into the mind of the murderer who waits for the perfect moment before committing the act.

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    Analysis of "They shut me up in Prose" (F445A) by Emily Dickinson

    5 months ago

    "They shut me up in Prose" is another of Emily Dickinson's 'protest' poems, where in three short stanzas she outlines why it is futile to put her in a closet as if she were a little girl. Her lively brain, like a bird, will continue creating poetry. No prose, no subservience for this genius.

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    Analysis of Poem "i carry your heart with me (i carry it in" by E.E. Cummings

    5 months ago

    Here is a full analysis and summary of "i carry your heart with me (i carry it in, a love sonnet from E.E.Cummings. The theme is full of traditional love and affection, but the syntax, grammar, and form are typical of Cummings: unorthodox, playful, and off the beaten track.

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    Analysis of Poem "The Gift" by Li-Young Lee

    5 months ago

    Li-Young Lee's "The Gift" is an atmospheric poem that focuses on the relationship a child has with his father by contrasting two similar scenarios from his life. He remembers the threat of a metal sliver in his finger, removed by his father; now he must pull out a splinter from his wife's thumb.

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    How To Help Your ESL/EFL Students Become Fluent in English

    5 months ago

    Becoming fluent in English is the goal of many ESL/EFL students. This article is based on the lessons I held in a TEFL class for mature students in Leeds, UK, and one-to-one tutorials I guided in the Netherlands. Useful tips are provided throughout.

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    Analysis of Poem "Directive" by Robert Frost

    5 months ago

    "Directive" is Robert Frost's "grail" poem, a single stanza that invites the reader on a journey into the work and life of the poet. Using metaphor, symbol and allusion, Frost suggests that an individual quest for transformative renewal through poetic inspiration, more than stays confusion.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Kubla Khan' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    5 months ago

    'Kubla Khan' is Coleridge's opium-inspired poem, full of exotic imagery and romantic symbolism. The poem essentially explores human will and poetic imagination; what can be achieved in nature and what can be imagined. Creative dream, remembered song, unusual rhyme scheme and structure.

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    Analysis of Poem "Mock Orange" by Louise Glück

    5 months ago

    "Mock Orange" is Louise Glück's short, intense feminist poem that focuses on the effects of the love act between men and women. The mock orange plant mimics the real orange and becomes a metaphor for the falseness of sex, which the speaker hates because it is linked to the physical power of men.

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    Analysis of Poem "Mont Blanc" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

    5 months ago

    "Mont Blanc" is Shelley's philosophical poem where he explores the idea that the human mind is part of the great flow of things, passive yet imaginatively aware of the awesome teaching power of nature. The atheist romantic uses metaphor and vivid imagery to bring platonic form as a faithful guide.

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes

    5 months ago

    'The Highwayman' is a rhyming ballad telling of the romance, death and ghostly return of a gallant highwayman and a landlord's beautiful daughter Bess, idealised outsiders against the state. Betrayed by Tim, a jealous stableman, Bess sacrifices herself for her outlaw lover; he is shot by soldiers.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Diving into the Wreck' by Adrienne Rich

    5 months ago

    'Diving into the Wreck' is Adrienne Rich's poem on women's rights and self-discovery. Using metaphor and imagery, the poet takes the reader down to the wreck, a symbol of the historical relationship between men and women.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Sonnet 135' by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    'Sonnet 135,' Shakespeare's punning poem, plays on the words Will and will. Addressed to the dark lady, it is a sexually charged plea from a demanding lover, a persistent voice who will be heard? Some women have fantasies but she does not. She has her Will, repeatedly.

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    Analysis of Poem 'West-Running Brook' by Robert Frost

    5 months ago

    'West-Running Brook' takes the form of a dialogue between husband and wife, observing the movement of the brook as it flows west, contrarily. Frost uses metaphor in philosophy, exploring the relationships between individual reality and nature, consciousness and love, within time, truth and process.

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    Analysis of Poem "Love Calls Us to the Things of This World" by Richard Wilbur

    5 months ago

    Whitewashing on a line billowing in the wind becomes a band of angels dancing. Wilbur's poem takes the reader from the mundane to the spiritual, the soul back down into the body, the free verse form allowing the metaphor to take off, the language bringing moments of dark tension and washed beauty.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Half-Past Two' by U.A. Fanthorpe

    5 months ago

    U.A. Fanthorpe's 'Half-Past Two' focuses on a schoolboy's perception of time and routine after being detained by the teacher for doing something wrong. Using personification, poetic devices and compound words, Fanthorpe stretches out the boy's experience of isolation into the realm of fairy tales.

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    Analysis of Poem 'In the Bazaars of Hyderabad' by Sarojini Naidu

    5 months ago

    Sarojini Naidu's 'In the Bazaars of Hyderabad' is a lyrical question-and-answer poem using iambic beat and full rhyme to develop an unusual, exotic atmosphere. This marketplace comes alive as the speaker meets different people, from merchants to flower-girls, all busy selling, creating and weaving.

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    Analysis of "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer

    5 months ago

    Joyce Kilmer's "Trees" is a short, rhyming, romantic, and religious poem. It is one of the most popular, being well known in the English-speaking world since it was published in 1913. Iambic pentameter, personification, full rhyme, and a certain child-like charm bordering on the sentimental.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Wintering' by Sylvia Plath

    5 months ago

    'Wintering' is one of five poems in the Bee Sequence Sylvia Plath wrote shortly before her death. Vivid imagery and unique descriptive language combine as winter sets in and the bees slow down. Plath further explores identity and power, the will to survive, as the spirit wanes and spring inspires.

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Bee Meeting' by Sylvia Plath

    5 months ago

    Written a few months before her tragic death, 'The Bee Meeting' is the first of five Bee Poems Sylvia Plath wrote focusing on mind, body and spirit. It explores the idea of vulnerability, fertility, identity and power.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Easter 1916' by William Butler Yeats

    5 months ago

    'Easter 1916' focuses on the Easter Rising of that year in Dublin, Ireland, when the Proclamation of the Republic was read out by Patrick Pearse. Rebel leaders, some known personally to Yeats, were executed by the British. His rhyming four-stanza poem is contradictory, yet ends up as a memorial.

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    Analysis of Poem 'With Child' by Genevieve Taggard

    5 months ago

    Genevieve Taggard's 'With Child' focuses on pregnancy and the mother's feelings toward her baby growing inside. Based on her experiences, the contrast between the physical challenge and the emotional reaction is handled neatly.

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    Analysis of Poem "That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection" by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    5 months ago

    This poem is an unusual sonnet created by Hopkins to express his Christian faith in the apocalyptic return of Christ. Using the Heraclitean theory of nature, always in flux, ever-changing, as a contrast to the fixed idea of cleansing and an afterlife.

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    Analysis of Poem 'A Hot Noon in Malabar' by Kamala Das

    5 months ago

    'A Hot Noon in Malabar' focuses on alienation, identity and emotional longing. A poem of two halves reflecting the split in the mind of the speaker, far away from her family home, the place of good memories. Her present situation is dark, full of strangers on such a hot noon.

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Universe as Primal Scream' by Tracy K. Smith

    5 months ago

    'The Universe as Primal Scream' explores the emotional reaction we have when we hear children scream and cry. As humans, we're grounded in reality, yet what is our role in the bigger scheme of things? Are we insignificant? Are we helpless victims?

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    Analysis of Poem 'Soonest Mended' by John Ashbery

    5 months ago

    'Soonest Mended' explores alienation, the process of fitting in and adjusting to society. Daily life is one thing, but true identity and self-awareness are perhaps more vital. Ashbery's poem questions, answers and evaluates how to stay true to oneself.

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    An Analysis of "In Your Mind" by Carol Ann Duffy

    5 months ago

    "In Your Mind" is a poem that explores memory and imagination through the speaker's daydream. Someone is either bored at their work desk or consciously escaping their current situation by imagining another country. Using the impersonal pronoun "you," Duffy creates a slightly surreal detached tone.

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    Summary and Analysis of 'Sonnet 59' by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 59' explores the idea that beauty as newly embodied in 'the fair youth' stands the test of time. The speaker wants to know if his new feelings are valid by looking back through 500 courses of the sun. Based on a biblical text, 'there is no new thing under the sun.'

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    Analysis of Poem 'Sonnet 19: When I Consider How My Light Is Spent' by John Milton

    5 months ago

    John Milton's 'On His Blindness'—or Sonnet 19 aka 'When I Consider How My Light Is Spent'—focuses on spiritual and creative strength and man's relationship with God. Milton, totally blind by the spring of 1652, learns of accepted patience. Biblical allusions to parables, faith and salvation abound.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes

    5 months ago

    "Mother to Son" is a short poem, a monologue and extended metaphor. Life is a series of steps you have to keep climbing and never stop. This advice for life is given to a son by his mother. Her life has not been a crystal stair; it's been a broken and dangerous one, yet still she perseveres.

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    Analysis of Poem "The Tyger" by William Blake

    5 months ago

    William Blake's "The Tyger" is a metaphorical poem from his book "Songs of Innocence and Experience," also illustrated with his own inventive etchings. This article will explore a line-by-line explanation and summary of "The Tyger."

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    Analysis of Poem 'Telephone Conversation' by Wole Soyinka

    5 months ago

    Wole Soyinka's 'Telephone Conversation' has racism as its main theme. This article will provide a stanza-by-stanza analysis of the influential poem.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes" by Billy Collins

    5 months ago

    Billy Collins' "Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes" is a controversial poem. It splits opinion, disgusting some, puzzling others and entertaining the rest. A free verse poem and an extended metaphor, it explores the idea of getting to know the deceased poet's work on an intimate level.

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    Analysis of Poem "Bridal Ballad" by Edgar Allan Poe

    5 months ago

    Edgar Allan Poe's 'Bridal Ballad' is a dark romantic poem that focuses on a bride's inner feelings about her new marriage and her dead former lover who was killed in battle. Is she really happy now as each stanza repeats? Or is she still heartbroken? Her dream state seems to be confusing.

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    An Analysis of the Poem "The Layers" by Stanley Kunitz

    5 months ago

    "The Layers" is a poem about change and being positive in life despite losses and setbacks. It is full of imagery and metaphor. The speaker in Stanley Kunitz's poem sets a meditative tone, reflecting on the past and being open to change while keeping a 'principle of being.'

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    A Summary and Analysis of the Poem "Bright Star" by John Keats

    5 months ago

    "Bright Star" is a sonnet written by Keats expressing his wish to remain as constant and 'stedfast' as the north star whilst also being in the company of Fanny Brawne, the love of his short life. The main themes are ideal love and remaining fixed yet in sweet unrest living forever with a lover.

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    Analysis of Poem "Sonnet 3" by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    Shakespeare's "Sonnet 3" focuses on the young man's beauty and the need for him to procreate, to have a child in his own image. This article provides a summary and analysis of Sonnet 3, along with exploring Shakespeare's themes and use of literary devices.

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    Analysis of the Poem "My Grandmother's House" by Kamala Das

    5 months ago

    "My Grandmother's House" is a short poem that focuses on love lost and drastic changes in circumstances. The first-person speaker tells of days past when she was loved in a different time and house, but now she is a beggar for love. It is a free verse poem with simile and internal rhyme.

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    Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poem "Further in Summer than the Birds"

    5 months ago

    Emily Dickinson's "Further in Summer than the Birds" focuses on nature—birds and insects specifically—and relates the latter to religious singing and ritual. She often does this to the natural world, finding a heaven on earth. Using tetrameter and trimeter, her words form a highly symbolic world.

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    'The Bright Lights of Sarajevo' by Tony Harrison Poem Analysis

    5 months ago

    One of Harrison's Bosnian War poems, 'The Bright Lights of Sarajevo' highlights a pair of young lovers in that city under Serb attack. Written from the front line as sniper bullets and bombs killed and maimed. Rhyming couplets, masterful rhythms and poignant themes of love and peace in wartime.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Sleeping Standing Up' by Elizabeth Bishop

    5 months ago

    'Sleeping Standing Up' is one of Elizabeth Bishop's dream poems, where the line between reality and the subconscious is blurred. Using metaphor, strong imagery and regular rhyme, the poet fuses the here and now with fairy tale, showing us the darker side of human nature, loss and future paths ahead.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Night Sweat" by Robert Lowell

    5 months ago

    Lowell's "Night Sweat" is a double sonnet with full rhyme and pentameter. A man faces angst and near anguish as he tries to come to grips with his inner child and get to the bottom of the creeping damp which rises over his white pajamas. Relief comes from his wife and child, love and a tidy room.

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    Analysis of Poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens

    5 months ago

    Wallace Stevens meditates on the blackbird with a 13-part poem that invites the reader to look at the bird in different situations and altered states of mind. Is the world the same if the bird does different things? Stevens's imagination works its magic. It's nature poetry, but not as we know it.

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    Analysis of Poem "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson

    5 months ago

    "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" is one of Emily Dickinson's most popular poems. It's full of vivid, sometimes-surreal imagery and takes the reader into dark and strange places. This is no ordinary funeral but a process of psychic transformation. Is this based on grief, guilt and sacrifice?

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    Analysis of Poem "Lover's Infiniteness" by John Donne

    5 months ago

    "Lover's Infiniteness" explores in three stanzas the idea that as humans, we are capable of giving all our love to another. Is it possible to completely love someone else, to give and receive all, to sacrifice all for love's sake? Donne's arguments bring reason, emotion and the spiritual into play.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Since There's No Help' by Michael Drayton

    5 months ago

    Michael Drayton's Sonnet 61 from 'Idea's Mirror,' 'Since There's No Help,' focuses on the idea that a relationship can be ended with a clean unemotional break, a shake of the hands and a kiss, and hey presto, no more pain and heartbreak.

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    An Analysis of the Poem "Not Waving But Drowning" by Stevie Smith

    5 months ago

    Stevie Smith's best-known poem, "Not Waving But Drowning," focuses on society's conventions and the individual's isolation. Having trouble understanding this poem? Read on for my full poetic analysis of this beautiful work of art.

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    Analysis of the Poem "To The Desert" by Benjamin Alire Saenz

    11 days ago

    "To The Desert" is a short free verse poem using metaphor and allusion to highlight the spiritual quest undertaken by the speaker. Having trouble understanding this work of art? Symbolically, the desert is where demons are fought; you go there to be tested by the truth.

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    Analysis of the Poem "As I Walked Out One Evening" by W.H.Auden

    5 months ago

    "As I Walked Out One Evening "is Auden's rhyming ballad about time, love and mortality. With allusions from a nursery rhyme, song and fairy tale this poem also has vivid and sometimes surreal imagery. It highlights the power of the hour, the hope of love, the denial of reality as the river flows on.

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    Analysis of "Love and Friendship" by Emily Brontë

    5 months ago

    Emily Brontë'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.

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    Analysis and Summary of "Ode on Melancholy" by John Keats

    5 months ago

    "Ode On Melancholy" is the shortest of the five odes Keats wrote. In it, the speaker warns of the dangers of melancholy and advises against going to Lethe (giving in to death or even suicide) but to accept that joy, pleasure and sadness are an integral part of a profound and deep-seated beauty.

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    Analysis of Poem "Ode: Intimations of Immortality From Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth

    5 months ago

    Wordsworth's "Ode Intimations of Immortality" focuses on an ideal childhood in which freshness and celestial light gave all things a blissful quality. The speaker, older and philosophic, explores the changes since the halcyon days, how the glory and the dream have gone, but truths that wake remain.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Friend" by Hone Tuwhare

    5 months ago

    Hone Tuwhare's "Friend" is a free-verse poem that details a memory of a shared friendship between two children. They would play close to a symbolic tree on wild land. But the speaker, an adult, isn't so sure that those times were idyllic. The tree is dead but may come back; there is still hope.

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

    5 months ago

    This full analysis and summary of Cheng's "The Planners" focuses on urban development and planning models. The rapid increase in building has erased history. Nature is on the run because of the anonymous decisions of the planners. Metaphor, personification, and irony add unease.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Wants" by Philip Larkin

    5 months ago

    Larkin's short poem "Wants" is a sort of personal manifesto reflecting the poet's shyness and need to escape from the social scene, physical and sexual intimacy and life itself. There is existential angst in the parallelism as the poet explores individual exclusion versus social inclusion.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Bogland" by Seamus Heaney

    5 months ago

    Heaney's "Bogland" focuses on Irish identity, history and the metaphorical - the peat bog as depository and preserver of the past, including the Giant Irish Elk and butter. With layered tension and textured language, Heaney takes the reader in and down into the quiet, dangerous heart of his country.

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

    5 months ago

    One of Emily Dickinson's many poems about death 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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Meeting at Night' by Robert Browning

    5 months ago

    Browning's 'Meeting at Night' is a short, compact mysterious love poem, a sensual mini-drama full of rhyme and rhythm reflecting the waves of the sea and the relationship between lovers. Contrasts are strong, imagery highly visual, the movement within sensual - autobiographical or dream fiction?

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    Analysis of Poem "Death, be not proud" by John Donne

    5 months ago

    Donne's "Death, be not proud" is written to denounce the power of Death. When we die we live eternally so defeating the idea of Death which is according to the speaker powerless, subject to fate, chance and kings. Death's put-down sonnet.

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    Analysis of "Camouflaging the Chimera" by Yousef Komunyakaa

    5 months ago

    Yousef Komunyakaa's "Camouflaging the Chimera" focuses on the Vietnam War, the poet drawing on his own experiences as a reporter. With powerful imagery, short stanzas and gripping language this poem is about how soldiers blend in with nature as they get set to spring an ambush on the Viet Cong.

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    "Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 31" by Sir Philip Sidney

    5 months ago

    Sir Philip Sidney's "Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 31" employs pathetic fallacy, personification, the moon likened to a sick lover, with sad steps and pale face. Using figurative language and rhetorical questioning Sidney reveals the frustrated inner world of Astrophil, yearning for Stella's love.

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    Analysis of Poem Unknown Girl by Moniza Alvi

    5 months ago

    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?

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    Analysis of Poem 'Once Upon a Time' by Gabriel Okara

    5 months ago

    This article offers a full analysis and summary of Gabriel Okara's 'Once Upon a Time', looking at how Western culture undermined African culture. A father tells his son how people once were genuine and honest and how he wants to relearn how to laugh, like his innocent son.

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    Analysis of Poem 'My Skeleton' by Jane Hirshfield

    5 months ago

    Jane Hirshfield's My Skeleton is an ode to the skeleton, that bony structure we humans cannot do without. A short poem with metaphor and metaphysics wrapped up in simple language. The speaker addresses her bones and likens them to a mother holding a baby.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Home Burial' by Robert Frost

    5 months ago

    Robert Frost's 'Home Burial' is a dramatic poem focusing on the reaction of a mother and father to the death of their young son. The subsequent burial carried out by the father causes friction between the parents and they cannot come to terms with the grief. Based on Frost's real-life loss of a son.

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    Analysis of Poem Mowing by Robert Frost

    2 years ago

    Robert Frost's Mowing, a sonnet, focuses on the simple act of mowing grass with a scythe and how working the land naturally is reward enough. Imagery, metaphor and full rhyme combine to produce a classic Frost poem, full of plain language yet with hidden meaning and his own brand of folk wisdom.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Morning Song' by Sylvia Plath

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Time's Fool' by Ruth Pitter

    5 months ago

    Ruth Pitter's 'Time's Fool is an eloquent rhyming poem that focuses on time and sense of place. The speaker compares the natural world with the domestic, and the material with the spiritual, concluding that happiness is not reliant on excess but a shared sense of home and reasonable need.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Sonnet 154' by William Shakespeare

    3 weeks ago

    Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 154,' the final sonnet in the sequence, repeats the theme of 'Sonnet 153' and explores the erotic intensity set up between the Dark Lady, the fair youth and the poet. An expanded epigram, 'Sonnet 154' uses Latinised mythological Cupid and Diana in a classical scene.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Farmhand' by James K. Baxter

    5 months ago

    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. Is he emotionally damaged? Baxter explores individuality and what it is to be human.

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    Analysis of Poem Waking in the Blue by Robert Lowell

    5 months ago

    Robert Lowell's confessional poem is about his time spent in McLean Hospital being treated for manic attacks. Dark humor, observational detail, and cultural commentary in a conversational style. The tone is edgy and tense as Lowell's speaker searches for meaning in the house for the mentally ill.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Pike' by Ted Hughes

    5 months ago

    '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.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Hunting Snake' by Judith Wright

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'The Waste Land' by T.S. Eliot

    5 weeks ago

    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.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Of Politics, & Art' by Norman Dubie

    5 months ago

    Norman Dubie's 'Of Politics, & Art' focuses on a childhood schoolroom scene from the past, a dying teacher and Herman Melville's book 'Moby Dick'. Dubie creates a dynamic atmosphere with a tragic story and vivid imagery, giving the reader much food for thought.

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    Analysis of the Poem "How We Made a New Art on Old Ground" by Eavan Boland

    5 months ago

    Eavan Boland's "How We Made a New Art On Old Ground" explores the idea that new expressive language (a nature poem) can restore peace to the environment where a historic, violent battle took place. It's a meditation on two histories: human and natural. Art and language can heal and renew.

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

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'A Farewell' by William Wordsworth

    5 months ago

    'A Farewell' is Wordsworth's romantic poem about the garden at Dove Cottage in the English Lake District, the home he shared with his sister, Dorothy. He left it in 1802 to pick up his future wife-to-be. Both returned to the same garden. Nature's beauty and inspiration is the main theme.

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    Analysis of Poem Sonnet 141 by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    William Shakespeare's Sonnet 141 focuses on the struggle between head and heart; being a slave to a lover even if they're not that attractive in your eyes. Eight lines describing the mistress's imperfections, six lines explaining why she is the cause of his sin, his agony, his wretched being.

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    Analysis of Poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy

    5 months ago

    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?

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

    5 months ago

    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 a dream-like narrative.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Legal Alien' by Pat Mora

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of Poem "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    5 months ago

    "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.

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    Analysis of "I Am Waiting" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    4 months ago

    "I Am Waiting" is Ferlinghetti's poem of a hopeful 'rebirth of wonder' for the USA and the world. The speaker, repeatedly in limbo, waits for a different kind of outcome with respect to war, peace, religion, God and a Grecian Urn. A jazzy, comical list, a cry for help, a call to those in power.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Nothing's Changed' by Tatamkhulu Afrika

    5 months ago

    '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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Childhood' by Frances Cornford

    5 months ago

    Frances Cornford's short poem 'Childhood' focuses on the thoughts of an adult looking back on an event which changed things for them as a child. With full rhyme and mostly iambic pentameter, it neatly sums up what it is to learn a life lesson about the old and being young.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Climbing My Grandfather' by Andrew Waterhouse

    5 months ago

    '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, wonder and risk a boy takes getting to know his grandfather.

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    Analysis of Poem "Ruins of a Great House" by Derek Walcott

    5 months ago

    "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.

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    Analysis of Poem "Spring and All" by William Carlos Williams

    5 months ago

    William Carlos Williams wrote "Spring And All" 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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Death of a Naturalist' by Seamus Heaney

    5 months ago

    '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'.

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

    5 months ago

    "Sailing To Byzantium," in ottava rima form, is a symbolic spiritual search for Yeats, who was obsessed with Byzantium art and culture at a later age. It's a mix of the personal and the mythical.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Praise Song for My Mother" by Grace Nichols

    5 months ago

    Grace Nichol's "Praise Song For My Mother" is a traditional African poem, usually spoken, to celebrate the lives of family members and elders. Full of symbolism and vivid imagery, it is a fitting tribute to an impressive mother.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker

    5 months ago

    Imtiaz Dharker's 'Tissue' poem focuses on the fragile life we humans lead, how our lives are stories written down on paper, lived within buildings made of paper- ultimately we live in our skin which is nothing but tissue. With religious allusion, metaphor and ambiguity 'Tissue' alters things.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Fra Lippo Lippi' by Robert Browning

    5 months ago

    Robert Browning's 'Fra Lippo Lippi' is a dramatic monologue in blank verse that focuses on the question of art—should it be realistic or ideal? Of the flesh or of the soul? A dilemma for Florentine painter and monk 'poor brother Lippo' whose down to earth voice brings 15th century Florence to life.

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    Analysis of Poem "Sunday Morning" by Wallace Stevens

    4 months ago

    "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?

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

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of 'Sonnet 27' by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    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, obsession and the passions that emerge despite physical fatigue. The speaker's eyes are closed, yet the mental journey continues.

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

    5 months ago

    W.B. 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.

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    Analysis of Poem "The Shoelace" by Charles Bukowski

    5 months ago

    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, and a weird homage to small tragedies.

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    Analysis of the Poem "The Writer" by Richard Wilbur

    5 months ago

    Wilbur's poem "The Writer" is an extended metaphor neatly combining a trapped bird and boat to figuratively show 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.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Punishment' by Seamus Heaney

    5 months ago

    Heaney's 'Punishment' poem explores the violent nature of human tribal revenge, comparing a young, Iron Age body found in a 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.

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

    5 months ago

    Donne's love poem, an aubade, contains a metaphysical conceit, an argument, and a figure of speech involving the 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?'

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    Analysis of Poem Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of Poem 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen

    5 months ago

    Wilfred Owen's poem 'Exposure' explores the trauma and suffering soldiers experienced 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.

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

    5 months ago

    "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.

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    Analysis of "Valentine" by Carol Ann Duffy

    5 months ago

    "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.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Thistles" by Ted Hughes

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Ode On A Grecian Urn' by John Keats

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Variations on the Word Love' by Margaret Atwood

    5 months ago

    'Variations On The Word Love' is Margaret Atwood's two-stanza poem contrasting impersonal and personal expressions of love. Love has been exploited for commercial gain by the media and business; it has become a mere commodity. Love is wonder and pain. And falling in love still happens. Or does it?

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    Analysis of "Mexicans Begin Jogging" by Gary Soto

    5 months ago

    Gary Soto's "Mexicans Begin Jogging" is an ironic poem that highlights the plight of Mexicans trying to make a living in the United States of America.

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    Analysis of "Storm Fear" by Robert Frost

    5 months ago

    "Storm Fear" is a short poem using metaphor and strong imagery to explore mental isolation and the energy of a natural storm. But Frost's ambiguity means that the storm could represent something else: divine power? The human struggle against depression, fate, inner turmoil. Who is in control?

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

    5 months ago

    Seamus Heaney's "Storm on the Island" is a monologue poem in blank verse. The speaker describes how life is shaped by the storm, and how the architecture withstands such forces. Contains powerful language and imagery.

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

    5 months ago

    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.

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

    5 months ago

    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; he's the mind of winter.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Sonnet 20' by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    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. It's a unique sonnet with 14 lines of feminine endings. Here is the master mistress a woman in a man's body, a transgender?

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    Analysis of the Poem 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Blessing' by Imtiaz Dharker

    5 months ago

    '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.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Journey of the Magi' by T.S. Eliot

    5 months ago

    Full analysis and summary of T.S. Eliot's 'Journey of the Magi', a reflective, dramatic monologue, that utilizes allusions, symbols and metaphors to produce a poem about birth, death, and spiritual and cultural renewal. There is no star, no mention of a Christ child.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'The Death of Allegory' by Billy Collins

    4 weeks ago

    'The Death of Allegory' is a thoughtful free verse poem in which the speaker wonders about Renaissance allegory in the arts. Where has Truth, Chastity, Death gone? Allegory is symbolism sustained in a text or image. Billy Collins uses irony and modern objects and ideas to relate past and present.

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    Analysis of Poem 'I,Too' by Langston Hughes

    5 months ago

    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.

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

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of Poem 'Dust of Snow' by Robert Frost

    5 months ago

    A full analysis of Robert Frost's 'Dust of Snow,' which focuses on 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.

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

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of Robert Pinsky's "Poem About People"

    6 months ago

    Robert Pinsky's "Poem About People" uses allusion and cultural shifts to focus on the self and what it means to be human. It begins simply with people watching, then moves on to societal issues and the idea of love and hate. All of this filtered through the speaker's roaming mind.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Testimonial" by Rita Dove

    5 months ago

    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, the speaker becomes self-aware.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'So This Is Nebraska' by Ted Kooser

    5 months ago

    'So This Is Nebraska' is a finely tuned drive through a familiar home state on a warm summer's day. With keen description, personification and metaphor, the poem takes the reader into desolate farmland where a pickup truck reads clouds, mice and chickens rule, and time stands still.

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    An Analysis of Poem "The Flea" by John Donne

    4 months ago

    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.

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    An Analysis of William Carlos Williams' Poem "Pastoral"

    4 months ago

    "The Little Sparrows" (also titled 'Pastoral') is a short poem set on a local American street. Sparrows, where 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.

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    An Analysis of the Poem 'Immigrant' by Fleur Adcock

    5 months ago

    Fleur Adcock's 'Immigrant' poem is a short, subtle exploration of how it feels to have a double identity. With measured lines of free verse, she uses birds and places as symbols to allow the reader access to her adopted world. The speaker is learning to live like a native, to be accepted.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Considering the Snail' by Thom Gunn

    5 months ago

    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.

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

    5 months ago

    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

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    Analysis of Poem "Patrolling Barnegat" by Walt Whitman

    5 months ago

    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?

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    Analysis of Poem 'What Were They Like?' by Denise Levertov

    5 months ago

    Denise Levertov's protest poem has two parts. The first stanza asks six questions, the second stanza answers them. The theme is war and the loss of a people and culture. When the USA became involved in the Vietnam war, many challenged the tactics and the loss of life.

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    Analysis of Poem My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

    3 months ago

    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?

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    Analysis of the Poem "Island Man" by Grace Nichols

    5 months ago

    Island Man is a poem about cultural identity and explores the mind of a Caribbean man waking up in London. He still dreams 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.

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

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Gathering Leaves' by Robert Frost

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Blackberry-Picking' by Seamus Heaney

    5 months ago

    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 'The Nails' by W.S. Merwin

    5 months ago

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

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

    5 months ago

    '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?

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    Analysis of 'Sonnet 130' by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    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 and her breath reeks. Praise beauty? Not in 'Sonnet 130'. Yet his love for her runs deeper?

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

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Lineation: A Guide to the Line Break in Poetry

    5 months ago

    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.

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

    5 months ago

    '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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Saint Animal' by Chase Twichell

    5 months ago

    This article will provide a full analysis of 'Saint Animal', a poem inspired by Chase Twichell's study of Zen Buddhism. Through her poetry she seeks to understand the inner workings of the natural world and her own place within the greater scheme of things.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Monet Refuses the Operation' by Lisel Mueller

    5 months ago

    A poem about Monet, the French impressionist painter who refused to have surgery on his cataracts when he was older. He argued for imaginative perception as opposed to scientific correction. Lisel Mueller captures the essence of the artist's vision in a free verse single stanza. Powerful imagery.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Cozy Apologia' by Rita Dove

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica' by Judith Ortiz Cofer

    5 months ago

    'The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica' focuses on latino/a American immigrants and the issue of homesickness. Using metaphor and other literary devices, Judith Ortiz Cofer explores the nature of cultural assimilation through the eyes of a shopkeeper. The emphasis is on food and poetical lists of items.

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    Analysis of Poem "Stings" by Sylvia Plath

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem "Filling Station" by Elizabeth Bishop

    5 months ago

    The poem begins with a critical outburst of disgust at the dirty little filling station but ends in relief and love, a sort of redemption being reached. With day to day language, keen observation and an eye for detail, the speaker absorbs the working scene. declaring a sense of wonder.

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    Analysis of Poem 'At the Bomb Testing Site' by William Stafford

    5 months ago

    'At the Bomb Testing Site' is an anti-war poem that has no mention of war or politics. Instead, it focuses on a lizard and builds quiet suspense as this cold-blooded creature prepares for what could be an atomic blast.

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    An Analysis of "Sonnet 15" by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    "Sonnet 15" is one of the procreation sonnets written for the fair youth. Shakespeare uses metaphor alongside personification to create the theme of time versus decay, declaring that time will take youthful looks away but the sonnet will renew them.

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    Analysis of Poem "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    5 months ago

    Ferlinghetti's "Two Scavengers in a Truck" is an immediate snapshot of a scene in San Francisco, where garbage men look down on a wealthy couple in their Mercedes at a red stoplight. Free-verse rules, irony underpins and the speaker questions the democratic system and the social divide.

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    Analysis of Poem 'maggie and milly and molly and may' by E.E. Cummings

    5 months ago

    '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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Wild Peaches' by Elinor Wylie

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Plenty' by Isobel Dixon

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Pretty' by Stevie Smith

    5 months ago

    '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 to think nature pretty.

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    An Analysis of the Poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

    5 months ago

    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?

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    Analysis of Poem "The Trees," by Adrienne Rich

    5 months ago

    "The Trees," by Adrienne Rich is about freedom. Using metaphor, simile, personification, and imagery, Rich creates double worlds, exploring the nature of change.

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    Analysis of Poem 'The Song of the Old Mother' by W.B. Yeats

    5 months ago

    'The Song of the Old Mother' is a short, lyrical poem by Yeats, written during his Celtic Twilight years and is based on his love for Irish culture. With full rhyme and steady beat, it is also full of symbolism- the old mother, a metaphor for Ireland. It's musical and romantic.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Mossbawn: Sunlight' by Seamus Heaney

    5 months ago

    Seamus Heaney's 'Mossbawn: Sunlight' is a dedicatory poem to his aunt Mary who lived with the family on their farm. It evokes Heaney's childhood past and the idyllic relationship he forged with Mary but also highlights the present. Using metaphor, assonance and rich language, the poem oozes love.

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    Analysis of Poem 'This Room' by Imtiaz Dharker

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of Poem 'Forgetfulness' by Billy Collins

    5 months ago

    '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.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Hawk Roosting' by Ted Hughes

    5 months ago

    '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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Love After Love' by Derek Walcott

    5 months ago

    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.

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

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of Poem 'Wild Nights' by Emily Dickinson

    5 months ago

    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? It's ambiguous and metaphorical.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Prayer Before Birth' by Louis MacNiece

    5 months ago

    '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. It's a powerful monologue addressed to God and humanity.

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    Analysis of the Poem "The Blue Bowl" by Jane Kenyon

    5 months ago

    A short, poignant poem from Jane Kenyon, "The Blue Bowl" is about the burial of a cat and the emotional reaction to the world following the loss of a beloved pet. A poem to meditate on in the quiet, away from the bustling restlessness of modern life.

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    Analysis of the Poem 'Litany' by Billy Collins

    5 months ago

    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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    Analysis of the Poem 'The Applicant' by Sylvia Plath

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Follower' by Seamus Heaney

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of the Poem "The Felling of the Banyan Tree" by Dilip Chitre

    5 months ago

    "The Felling of the Banyan Tree" is both autobiographical and symbolic. Dilip Chitre's poem is all about roots and the struggle between masculine and feminine forces in life. Sacred tree? Mere object? Read on for my full analysis of this beautiful poem.

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    Analysis of Poem 'Wind' by Ted Hughes

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of Poem "Visions and Interpretations" by Li-Young Lee

    5 months ago

    Li-Young Lee's poem takes the reader into the process of grief as seen through the eyes of a son on his way to the grave with flowers. Visions and interpretations are dreamlike, a transition of a soul.

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    Analysis of Poem "Ringing The Bells" by Anne Sexton

    5 months ago

    Anne Sexton's poem "Ringing of Bells" is based on her personal experience of being a mental institution patient. Is it a kind of monologue in which the poet tries to make sense of a useless therapy?

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

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of Sonnet 2 by William Shakespeare

    5 months ago

    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.

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    Analysis of the Poem "Mindful" by Mary Oliver

    5 months ago

    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. Read on for my full analysis of this wonderful poem.

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    Analysis of Poem "The Broken Tower" by Hart Crane

    5 months ago

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

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    Analysis of the Poem "Spring Storm" by Jim Wayne Miller

    5 months ago

    "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?

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    Analysis of Poem "The Lovers of the Poor" by Gwendolyn Brooks

    4 months ago

    In the poem "The Lovers of the Poor," well-meaning ladies from the Betterment League can't stand the poor people they give money to. Hypocrites? Brooks uses sarcasm and caricature to show them up.

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    Analysis of Poem "A Mental Hospital Sitting Room" by Elizabeth Jennings

    4 months ago

    When Elizabeth Jennings suffered from mental illness, she still managed to write poems about her experiences. This poem takes the reader into the mind of a speaker, fraught with tensions and doubts.

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    Analysis of Poem "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa

    5 months ago

    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 in a powerful and memorable way.

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