Ernest Hyde likens his mind to a mirror. The mirror becomes scratched. Hyde turns philosopher and elevates his powers to claim he attained wisdom. Another Socrates or just another Spoon River scuzzball?
These two Dickinson poems seem to grow out of a singular event on a certain day, likely in early spring, when nature is waking up bringing its flowered beauty to the eyes and ears. No one is better prepared to report on that beauty than this poet.
Dolley Madison is probably most remembered for saving the portrait of George Washington from the White House burning by the British.
Christianity is the most widely practiced religion of Western culture, while Hinduism holds that position in Eastern culture. Judaism and Islam are the major religions of the Middle East.
In this recipe, honey replaces sugar! Vegans may want to substitute maple syrup for the honey. Either way, this pudding cake still delivers lots of flavor to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Poor Mrs. Wertman must sit and cry, listening to the eloquence of the son she turned over to the Greenes to raise. His eloquence in political speechifying makes her that proud, but she has to keep her trap shut, can't let anyone know she is actually his birth mother.
This is the final installment of these flash pieces, plus I'm adding an after thought regarding what I am up to lately in the literary studies arena.
The Graveyard Whistler offers a fifth installment of flash fiction. He also lets loose with something that is stirring his conscience about whether a career as a university professor will suit his pistol.
Thomas Jefferson became president 19 years after Martha died.
Dreams sometimes seem to offer clues to past incarnations. Beth's recurring dream of passion seemed to be that kind of dream. But how does one square such feelings with here-&-now reality?
This story of hope circles around a young man, caught between ugly racism and parental love.
Stuffing her books into her book bag, then erasing the blackboard, Professor Judith Holland didn't notice that one student remained behind. He had a question that couldn't wait until Monday.
Friends are the laughter of life, until they are not. Why would a self-centered middle-aged newspaper editor bother? Is life too short? Or is it too long, as some wise-ass once opined?
Based on my practice of the yoga techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, this exercise offers a routine for quieting the body and mind, which may be engaged any time of the day that one feels stressed and in need of relaxation.
Philip Freneau, America's first native-born poet, lived from 1752–1832. He was considered the poet of the revolution, and he did write many politically motivated poems, as well as political treatises. This poem to a flower shows off the poet's softer side, as he has his speaker address the...
Belmonte Segwic, aka The Graveyard Whistler, is a persona created by me, Linda Sue Grimes, to tell a story about a unique individual's interaction with the study of the literary arts.
The Graveyard Whistler has become quite enthusiastic about "flash fiction," offering his fourth installment of the little stories. Stay tuned for a brief bio of "Belmonte Segwic" (aka "The Graveyard Whistler") coming soon!
I composed this memoir-essay over twenty years ago. It reminds me of where I had been those two decades ago and allows me to compare the progress I have made in my journey to self-realization. It solidifies my comfort in the power of faith.
The Graveyard Whistler offers five additional very short pieces of "flash fiction."
Suffering the sigma attached to body image presents a challenge that nearly everyone suffers in some way at some time. But the results of the battle can turn out very different for each sufferer. Once she starts down that road, she never knows what waits around the bend.
After meeting Abigail for the first time, John Adams came away with less than a favorable impression of her.
Given the choice of continuing to suffer beatings from a brutal husband and being held safely behind some unemotional bars, which would you choose? Yeah, me too!
The Graveyard Whistler continues with his enthusiasm for his finds in "flash fiction." He is adding ten more brief stories to the mix. Enjoy!
The speaker of Edgar Lee Masters' "Robert Davidson" is confessing to an especially heinous crime against his fellow human beings: he deliberately undermined the vitality of others, something like a gaslighter.
The speaker in Emily Dickinson's "There is a morn by men unseen" is looking at a scene behind the mystic curtain that divides the ordinary world from the extraordinary world, where spirits dwell and have their being.
The Graveyard Whistler's literary journey now finds him delving into the phenomenon known as "flash fiction."
Literary letters have always been a marvelous find in literature. The Graveyard Whistler found this series of letters and although they do not address his main interest in irony, they do offer an interesting take on some of life's most intriguing conflicts.
Torrance's life was a mess, but he had spunk, and he had hope, and he hoped someday to have love.
"I loathed my mother; she was constantly buzzing over petty details." (Please note: This story is fiction and does not depict any real persons living or dead.)
Ulysses S. Grant served as the eighteenth president of the United States; he was the second president to serve as a Republican.
Where does the brown egg come from? Everybody knows eggs come from hens! Samantha Joenes was puzzled, though, about "brown eggs." Why are some eggs brown? Samantha researches the issue and hilarity ensues.
Just as it had done for the civil rights of African Americans, the Republican Party advocated for and supported women's rights, including the politically important right to vote.
As the first First Lady, Martha Washington set the standard for those Ladies who would follow.
As poet, translator, and critic, Rachel Tzvia Back offers insight into the world of modern poetry. An award-winning translator, she contributes to the understanding and appreciation of the important, contemporary Hebrew poets that enrich the world literary canon.
Canada's outstanding poet, David Solway, offers a lush scene of communicating plant and animal residents of a garden in spring in his poem simply titled, "The Garden."
This brief overview of the American Democratic Party offers historical glimpses from the presidency of Andrew Jackson to the party's current move toward socialism, a system that is on record as destroying every nation that has attempted to enforce socialist strictures.
Julio Noboa Polanco's speaker makes an awkward attempt to assert his desire for freedom. While the sentiment is, no doubt, heartfelt, the piece of doggerel betrays a lack of technical and poetic skill.
In 1982, Derek Walcott admitted that he sexually harassed a student. After becoming president-elect, Barack Obama considered allowing this admitted predator to serve as his Inaugural Poet.
Lucille Clifton's poetic lament dramatizes the omission of the mention of slavery during a tour she took of Walnut Grove Plantation in South Carolina in 1989.
The stars-in-his-eyes speaker in Sir Philip Sidney's Sonnet 79 from Astrophil and Stella focuses on the kiss of his beloved. His infatuation leads him to explore the exaggerated euphoria that is holding his imagination in its grip.
The speaker of David Solway's "What Makes a Poem" suggests the making of malt liquor as he associates it with the making of a poem.
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 at high school students who enjoyed his poetry reading.
Wendell Berry's poem features the subtitle, "to remind myself," which alerts the reader that the poem exists primarily for the poet's sake, essentially to jog his memory.
Walt Whitman's American sonnet demonstrates the power of the verb form known as the present participle, as his speaker dramatizes the activity of a severe storm at sea.
In his essay, "Global Warming: The Trials of an Unsettled Science," now an informative book with that title, Canadian poet David Solway tackles the issue, employing a poet's incisive intelligence and wordsmith craftsmanship.
As a literary imaginationist, the speaker in Barghouti's "Without Mercy" creates a dramatic scene from which he attempts to extract values while plying fear with beauty.
Talk radio host Herman Cain declared his intention to seek the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election campaign. Then after his opponents started flinging dirt in his direction, he dropped out.
Karl Shapiro's "Auto Wreck" concentrates on the inability of the human mind to deal logically with the wave of emotion that wells up in contemplating such a catastrophe.
Dara Wier's American (or Innovative) sonnet screeches within a postmodernist scrawl of funk and fury as it attempts to make new out of love and loss.
The speaker of Frost's oft-anthologized "Departmental" observes an ant on his picnic table and imagines a dramatic, little scenario of an ant funeral.
D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love studies the 20th-century issue of the divided nature of the human mind. The flawed characters of Rupert and Ursula reveal an unsolvable problem that continues to plague the conscience of humanity as it struggles for proper behavior.
Former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s 1992 essay, "Reflections on the Quincentenary" gives a useful glimpse of the history of the native and European clash of cultures. He does not put a happy face on the situation, but neither does he try to make it worse than it was.
"… it seemed as if from his youth he had placed his mind, as he has done his house, on an elevated situation, from which he might contemplate the universe." —The Marquis de Chastellux. The above quotation from the French nobleman who visited American from 1780-1782.
The second American president, John Adams, presided over a tumultuous period in the country's history. His goal was to leave his descendants a peaceful world in which the arts could flourish.
George Washington, somewhat like Abraham Lincoln, loved poetry, and the first president even penned a couple of love poems. His love of freedom and wish for his country to become a republic kept him from becoming a king or dictator or even accepting a third terms as president.
This piece is satire. It mocks the disgraced former academic and faux American Indian, Ward Churchill, including his stilted writing style. His falsified and fabricated scholarship resulted in his losing his professorship at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007.
Her eyes would shine as she told me them stories. That big old grin she had with just one tooth hanging on for dear life as she laughed and giggled made me laugh and giggle right back at her. She was so good at telling about it those sugar cookies and those Sunday dinners, it made my mouth water.
The story of Mayella is older than time, flowing more surely than the rapid river of the mind. It is a story of longing and waiting, and then waiting and enduring, and then lingering long enough to reach a cherished Love that beckons from all corners of the heart and mind.
If you believe that a poem "can mean anything you want it to mean," let me show you the fallacy of that notion. While some poems may be open to more than one interpretation, that does not mean that all interpretations are accurate.
In defense of postmodern drivel, philosophers will say things in new and different ways. When a piece of short fiction can sound like a nonsensical treatise, readers will laugh and remain delighted that they encountered such a singular junket into the pit of scientific glory.
Mothers and daughters are special people, but sometimes not to each other. It is a blessing when mothers and daughters have enough in common to love each other, to show that love, and to feel it. That's not what's going on here. It's a little sad, but we all know such stories have to be told.
The speaker in Emily Dickinson's "I had a guinea golden" is expressing melancholy at the loss of a friend whom she describes metaphorically in terms of three dear objects: a guinea, a robin, and a star.
The inspirational presence called the "muse" has been credited with the ability to create by poets, especially, but also by other writers, musicians, painters, dancers, sculptors, actors, and other artists. What is the muse? Is it real? Can an artist create without this force?
The speaker in Holy Sonnet XIX makes a most fervent declaration regarding his spiritual striving for deliverance into the arms of the Ultimate Reality. He offers a confession and sincere statement of continued seeking for the mindset of "fear" or loving respect that his Heavenly Father will accept.
William Butler Yeats served from 1922-1928 in the senate of the newly formed Irish Free State. His narration of a visit to a school in "Among School Children," by today's standards, would likely be enough to have him branded a sexual pervert by his political opposition.
Sexual abuse is personal, whether a woman or a man is under attack. Women must not allow this movement to be usurped by power-grabbing politicians to use as a cudgel against political opponents. Men cannot just, "Shut up!" Men and women must remain allies in this struggle against sexual abuse.
Holy Sonnet XVIII speculates about the church of Christ: how it continues, if it will continue with grace, how it may remain comprehensible to Christ's followers. The teachings of Christ, His church, and body of His followers form a unity represented in this sonnet as the "spouse" of Christ.
Jim Brown has decided that all of humanity can be divided into two groups, and he identifies those groups by what they are "for."
Not growing up with a religious tradition left a void in my life. That void was gloriously filled with the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. This article recounts how I came to find those teachings.
The speaker in Holy Sonnet XVII begins his drama by examining his love for his late wife as the motivation for seeking the will of the Heavenly Father.
Penniwit, the Artist, plays a trick on a judge.
This story narrates the strange events from a summer that left me stunned and confused when I was barely twenty years old. (Please note: This story is fiction and any resemblance to any person living or dead is pure coincidence.)
The speaker employs a legal metaphor to pray that his legacy will ultimately be sufficient to cleanse his soul to allow it eternal rest in the arms of the Divine.
My mother continues to provide me with material for poems, so this tribute to Mommy offers her one of my favorite poems, "Dust of a Baptist," penned several years ago, celebrating my affection and appreciation for her love and guidance.
The speaker celebrates the beauty of wildflowers that has motivated her to create a mystical garden which has the power to exist without seasonal interruption.
The speaker seeks assurance that he understands his own faith. This blessed understanding strengthens the speaker's remembrance of his own creation and helps him to realize that his earlier sins can be forgiven.
The speaker in Edgar Lee Masters' "Ida Chicken" complains about corruption and blames the U.S. Constitution as she blurts out a rather treasonous remark about her nation's governing document.
The speaker is becoming increasingly more intense as he continues to explore the plight which has sent him on his journey from sensuality to spirituality. He implores his Heavenly Father to remake him and thus utterly destroy his old attitude that led him astray.
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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.
In this American (Innovative) Sonnet, the bi-dialectal speaker offers some solid advice regarding the best attitude to assume while communicating with fellow human beings.
In John Donne's Holy Sonnet XII, the speaker explores his displeasure with what seems to constitute an imbalance in nature: humankind's privilege over the lower creatures on the evolutionary scale.
The speaker continues to consider his lot vis-a-vis pain and suffering. He muses on the factors of his faith that strengthen his ability to face his own destiny.
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.
Tennessee Claflin Shope expounds on the successes he felt he achieved that seemed to escape the villagers who deemed him only a laughable clown.
Ralph Waldo Emerson's short poem has attracted much critical attention, in focusing on the ambiguity in the use of the term, "hypocritic."
John Donne's speaker in Holy Sonnet IX employs his reasoning to compare and contrast the behavior and consequences experienced by God's creatures of His creation as he fashions another installment of musings on the nature of sin and punishment into finely crafted pieces of art.
Thomas Rhodes' ego caused him to crave power and lord it over his fellow citizens, carving out for himself a widely hated persona.
My original poem, "Between Broken Poems," touts the efficacy of "broken poems" as receptacles for much of life's vicissitudes including all the trials and tribulations associated with various levels of pride, vanity, and loss.
One of Spoon River's flawed characters, Georgine Sand Miner offers the typical personality that cannot hold herself responsible for her own actions.
Painter van Gogh created this series to decorate the walls of the bedroom of his poet friend, Paul Gaugin. The friendship did not endure the paintings do.
Daniel M'Cumber reveals his miserable life to Mary McNeely, too late to benefit either of them, but dramatizing the typical character flaws that inflect many of the Spoon River epitaphers.
The speaker is addressing his own soul, commanding it through reason to rely solely on his Divine Creator, Who has fashioned him into the very soul he must be.
This short, quirky observation makes a statement about human behavior that has become compulsive.
The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet VII is commanding his beloved Creator to instruct him in true repentance, in order to receive the grace that he so strongly desires and needs.
Poor Mary McNeely spent her life mourning in her father's home for a lout not worth a second thought.
The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet VI now finds himself very close to leaving his body. He speculates about his journey, after death has uncoupled his soul from its physical encasement.
In Emily Dickinson's "Distrustful of the Gentian," the speaker creates a fascinating little drama to explore the melancholy the erupts in her heart at the closing of summer.
The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet V continues to lament his lot while commanding of his Beloved Creator that He use even the strongest methods for cleansing the speaker's heart, mind, and soul.
Washington McNeely's invalid son, Paul, announces his devotion to his nurse, as he reports from the grave in Spoon River.
John Donne's Holy Sonnet IV finds the speaker continuing to lament his sorrowful state of being, but then he admonishes himself about which course of action he must take to mitigate his circumstances. He continues to judge himself harshly but also continues to seek grace and relief.
Emily Dickinson's short poem, "A sepal, petal, and a thorn," consists of only one cinquain, but its five lines pack a prayerful punch into its deceptive shortness.
The speaker continues to lament his lot—that he now must suffer the pain of having transgressed against his higher nature earlier in his lifetime.
The speaker is lamenting his fear that he may not be able to become pure enough for his Beloved Creator to lift him up in divine unity.
Washington McNeely laments the unfortunate lives of his offspring. Although he was wealthy and well-respected in the town, affording his children the best education, they failed to enjoy the comfortable lives he had envisioned for them.
A suffering speaker talks with his Beloved Creator, as he prayerfully contemplates his mortality and immortality.
The speaker metaphorically likens the end of summer to the departure of the soul of a loved one, creating a little funeral drama in a church with a final prayer offering.
The Whistler has found a new story with a complex of irony. He is rethinking his profession as literary sleuth. Captivated by the stories he finds, he remains conflicted about continuing with literature. Maybe he will give up and become a lawyer.
A poem dedicated to my mother, Helen Richardson, for Mother's Day 2018. Dreams can hold more than mere fancy; they can offers solace and comfort and healing.
A. E. Housman's "To an Athlete Dying Young" offers a non-traditional way of looking at death.
Paramahansa Yogananda's poem, "Samadhi," describes the state of consciousness, to which the great guru's teachings lead those who follow those teachings.
The speaker is a highly advanced soul, a great yogic guru, who is helping his immediate devotees adjust to life without his physical presence, as his impending departure from his physical encasement is imminent.
The speaker of this poem is a young man who knows that his soul is leaving its physical encasement. His words to those he leaves behind are given to comfort his loved ones.
A poor Asian lad in the process of converting from his native religion to Christianity meets his fate at the hands of a minister's son.
The speaker in Paramahansa Yogananda's "They Are Thine" dramatizes the unity that exists throughout creation, which eternally remains in possession of the Divine Creator.
The speaker dramatizes the experience of listening to the Om sound. As he move his consciousness up the spine from the coccyx to the Christ center, he reveals the sounds involved in creating the sound of the Om.
The speaker in Paramahansa Yogananda's "I am Here" dramatizes his search for his Divine Belovèd, colorfully attempting to find the Divine Creator first in His Creations.
Paraphrasing sonnet 153, sonnet 154 pairs up with its predecessor to bring down the curtain on this drama of unfulfilled love ("lust") between speaker and mistress.
Sonnet 153 alludes to Roman mythology through the characters of Cupid, god of love, and Diana, goddess of the hunt.
Sonnet 152 is the final sonnet that directly addresses the "dark lady"; it is quite fitting that it closes with the same complaint he has long issued against the woman.
The speaker metaphorically likens falling asleep to coming under the clutches of a "spell."
The speaker dramatizes the contrast between diurnal observation of the Lord's creation and nocturnal one-pointed concentration on the Lord Himself.
This poem is one of Emily Dickinson's most puzzling riddles, and like many of her poems, it begs multiple level interpretations from a flower in her garden to the eruption in her garden mind of a new type of poem.
The flash-fiction fad has yielded up this form of writing: 5-sentence stories. It's a fun activity that I enjoyed as I composed the forty included here.
The speaker studies the nature of "conscience" and "lust" and dramatizes the affect of lust on his other self that rises and falls through conscienceless motivation.
The epigram appended to this poem states that it is, "An experience in samadhi."
The principle of individual freedom drove the classical liberal Founding Fathers of the USA to create the Constitution, which would guarantee rights that they envisioned as natural and in-born with each human being. Modern liberals seek to return the USA to tyranny by demolishing that document.
The speaker of the "dark lady" sonnets has become addicted to this form of poetic rhetoric, employing it often, posing four questions in the quatrains of sonnet 150.
The speaker is creating a drama of adventure, using the ocean as a metaphor for the Divine Beloved.
In sonnet 149, the speaker poses six questions to the "dark lady," trying still to establish her reason for the constant cruelty she metes out to him who adores her so.
The sonneteer has come to end of his ability to explore new themes in his sonnet sequence: he is now rehashing the disparity between what he sees and what is there.
The speaker examines and condemns his unhealthy attachment to the dark lady, bemoaning his loss of reason, the result of allowing his lower nature to rule his conscience.
The speaker in sonnet 146 addresses his soul (his true self), asking it why it bothers to continue to bedeck an aging body, when the soul is so much more important.
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The gates of Hell await the malingerer. Shunning forward-looking counsel brings rough beasts to the unwise brain that pokes around in the lots of evil. Better just to move on.
This sonnet may be the weakest of the entire set of 154. The speaker is reaching here, striving to make clever a rather mundane little scenario that falls flat.
In sonnet 144, the speaker examines his ambiguity: he prefers to be guided by his "better angel" who is "right fair," but he is tempted too often by a "worser spirit."
Paramahansa Yogananda's phrase, "two black eyes," became a symbol of love, prompted by the memory of his earthly mother's eyes as she cared for him, soothing his childhood sorrows.
In an uproariously funny drama, the speaker likens himself to a naughty baby who chases and cries for his mother after she speeds off to fetch a fleeing chicken.
Inspired by Francis Thompson's "The Hound of Heaven," this poem, "The Hart of Heaven," dramatizes the search for God-realization as a hunter chasing a Deer.
The speaker in sonnet 142 employs financial and legal metaphors to denounce the sins of the dark lady, as he accounts for his own sins against his soul.
Emily Dickinson's "I would distal a cup" mimics a toast to a departing friend. It appears in a letter to newspaper editor Samuel Bowles, a family friend.
The speaker taunts the "dark lady" demeaning her looks, decrying her ability to attract him physically, yet insisting that he foolishly remains in her clutches.
The speaker suffers from his conscious denial: he knows the "dark lady" is not true to him, but his infatuation with her causes him to ask her to feign fidelity.
Each poem offers a postmodern sketch of the qualities that have stood the test of time for each man remembered. Some were friends; others were just fiends, although begging for expression.
After his visit to the estate of opera singer, Amelia Galli-Curci, and her husband, Homer Samuels, Paramahansa Yogananda composed this poem as tribute to the Divine beauty.
The speaker desires to grasp the Cosmic Hand that crafts all things and guides all events. He desires no less than unity with his Divine Creator.
In sonnet 139, again addressing the "dark lady," the speaker bemoans and condemns her infidelity, as the tension grows between his desire and his intelligence.
When crows fly over the Rustbelt, doves line the fence posts in neat little rows and scowl at the sky above the figures, waiting for a soothing rain that never comes.
This poem is the result of a vision that the great guru/poet experienced, as he explains in the epigram that opens the poem.
The rhetorical focus of the writer determines what the discourse about a poem addresses.
The speaker in Sonnet 138 makes a mockery of truth in a relationship, even as he offers a feeble defense of indefensible actions and thought.
According to yogic teachings, he Blessèd Creator has become many souls that reside in many hearts and minds. Each heart's highest duty is to realize its own divine nature.
After she had passed through the dark night of death into the gladness of a bright morning, Eugenia Todd found that relief from the trammels of Earth-pain was like a great healing of body and mind.
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.
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The unity of all natural phenomena exists for the self-realized individual, who can then chant that all is "in me."
As with sonnet 135, the speaker continues his word play by punning his pseudonymic nickname, Will, dramatizing his lust for the alluring dark lady.
The nightmares had started attacking Krystal Dickson again, robbing her of sleep, rendering her so listless, so scatter-brained that she had mislaid the files for the divorce proceedings of an important client. . .
This amazing poem, Paramahansa Yogananda's "My Soul Is Marching On," offers a refrain which devotees can chant and be uplifted in times of flagging interest and seeming spiritual dryness.
Sonnets 135 and 136 both focus intensely on punning the word, “Will.” The poet, Edward de Vere, uses the nickname “Will” from his pseudonym, William Shakespeare.
The speaker in Paramahansa Yogananda’s "I Am Lonely no More" celebrates his freedom from the human malady of loneliness.
The two epitaphs, "Albert Schirding" and "Jonas Keene," are companionate pieces, with each mentioning the other to contrast their lot in life.
The speaker in sonnet 134 descends into a vulgar discussion, lamenting the sexual attraction he suffers because of the lustful lady.
In sonnet 133, the speaker bemoans the fact that the cruel lady has not only captured his heart but also his alter ego, that is, his other self who creates his poems.
In sonnet 132, the speaker dramatizes the dark lady’s “pretty ruth,” likening her “mourning” eyes to the sun in the morning and then in the evening.
Dickinson's "The Guest is gold and crimson" dramatizes sunset as a guest who visits every door, every day. This poem functions as a riddle, as the speaker never names the subject she is describing.
Even as he defends her physical beauty, the beguiled speaker in sonnet 131 introduces the notion of the ugly "deeds" of which the dark lady persona proves capable.
The speaker in Sonnet 130 is playing against the Petrarchan tradition of placing the lady friend upon a pedestal to demonstrate affection.
Sonnet 129 dramatizes the pit of promiscuity, where copulation engaged in solely out of lust engenders all manner of evil consequences.
Judge Selah Lively demonstrates that his character remained as small as his physical frame of 5'2". After succeeding at a legal career, he sullies his success by petty behavior.
A no-achievement president confounds the ability of a poet, who tries to celebrate the outgoing leader but can find no achievements to celebrate.
Sonnet 128 is purely for fun; the speaker plies his clever creativity as he dramatizes his feigned jealousy of the keyboard on which his lady is playing music for him.
Jefferson Howard claims he fought a valiant fight. What he fought for, he never reveals. But he claims that he was a courageous and even audacious man, disdaining churched but enjoying bars.
Sonnet 127 begins the "Dark Lady" series of the Shakespeare sonnets. The speaker begins by railing against artificial beauty.
Again addressing his muse, the speaker in sonnet 125 concludes that despite his dedication to poetry creation, all he has to give his muse is his own soul.
The original altar to God is the spine in the human body. By pulling the fallen consciousness from the base of the spine back to the brain, the human soul regains the paradise that it has lost.
In sonnet 124, the speaker dramatizes the nature of his "dear love," the motivating soul-power that guides his craftsmanship and keeps his creative juices flowing.
Emily Dickinson's "One Sister have I in our house" is a tribute to her sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert Dickinson, who married Emily's brother, Austin
The good reverend is miffed that his lifetime of sermons, contained in an old trunk and purchased at auction by a bar-keeper, were burned like a pile of waste paper.
The speaker in sonnet 123 again accosts his adversary, Time, dramatizing his faith that his art can outpace Time’s scythe: Time moves in haste; art evolves with intent.
Thomas Ross, Jr., describes a scene in which natural forces are taking place. However, he leaves his audience with a bizarre remark that only provokes questions that will receive no answers.
In sonnet 122, the speaker addresses the Giver of his gift of poetry, dramatizing the ability of his memory to retain the love and inspiration of the Divine Giver.
These two Dickinson poems contrast mightily with each other: one is a riddle, while the other redefines two common terms employed daily but, to the speaker's mind, remain mischaracterized.
Rev. Lemuel Wiley's account of himself is short and sweet: he had a long career of saving souls and saving the Bliss family shines brightest in his memory. Although Mrs. Bliss would disagree.
In sonnet 121, the speaker soliloquizes about the damage caused by gossiping critics who attempt to destroy what they do not understand.
This Innovative Petrarchan sonnet features the epitaph of a woman who seems to be a very decent human being, even if she has to toot her own horn.
The speaker in Robert Frost poem, "To E. T.," expresses his musings about his friendship with a fellow poet, who died serving as a soldier in World War I.
In sonnet 120, the speaker again confronts the muse for mistreating him, but he has found a way to employ that maltreatment for the better good, as he always does.
While most noted for his American classic, Spoon River Anthology, a sequence of epitaphs, Edgar Lee Masters did write and publish other works, including other poems. "Silence" is one of those poems.
In sonnet 119, the speaker again examines and dramatizes his "wretched errors," and they are errors that his "heart committed" but from which he learns a valuable lesson.
The speaker has made an amazing discovering, and she creates a little drama in which she muses on whether to reveal that discovery.
The irony in the title of Thornburg's "Serving the South" serves the hatred spewed by a Northern bigot on a fancied journey through the South land of the United States.
Addressing his muse in a confrontational tone in sonnet 117, the speaker, half in jest, begs forgiveness for his trespasses of neglect and carousing with unrecognized minds.
The speaker in "My Prisoner" begins with a prison metaphor that transforms into a cloister, wherein the devotee/speaker will retain his Divine Captive.
Mrs. Charles Bliss is lamenting her marriage, but even more strongly she is lamenting the advice offered her and her husband early on by a clergyman and a judge.
In Sonnet 116, the speaker dramatizes the nature of love, not lust or ordinary affection, but the abiding love that he declares is the "marriage of true minds" that time's fickleness cannot destroy.
Addressing his poem, the speaker of sonnet 15 is striving to analyze, through dramatization, the depth of his genuine affection for his art.
Continuing his thought from sonnet 113, the speaker in sonnet 114 again dramatizes an aspect of this struggle between the mind and the senses to determine the genuine.
The speaker’s obsession with creating poetry in the presence of his divine muse is given a thorough examination, as he compares his creative mind and his physical eye.