How relevant are the English Romantic poets in today's world? They help us keep a sense of proportion and rootedness. They help us see the wonder of nature with clearer eyes
The boat with furled sail chiseled on his tombstone prompts George Gray to speculate about his stalled life.
One of Edgar Lee Masters’ more vague speakers from the grave, Zenas Witt does make it clear that he suffered a miserable existence from age sixteen.
In June 2012, Natasha Trethewey was appointed U. S. Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress, James Billington. She served two terms in that position.
Your favorite popular music probably contains lyrical poetry.
Jacob Goodpasture is lamenting the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861-8165). He considers the war not justified, and he also has lost his son who served as a soldier in the war.
Justice Arnett is featured in his own poem where he demonstrates weakness and confusion, commensurate with many other fellow citizens of Spoon River.
The speaker in Walter de la Mare’s "Silver" dramatizes the silvering of things as they appear without the sunlight. Sunlight is gold; moonlight is silver.
Mary Oliver's "Reckless Poem" features the theme of self-awareness, dramatizing the act of intuitive knowledge superseding supposedly empirical evidence.
James Weldon Johnson's speaker dramatizes his amazement that slaves could have produced a music that would uplift of a entire race from debasement to spiritual attunement.