Emily Dickinson's keen intellect serves her well as she allows her speaker to demonstrate a profound truth that is still today widely and tragically misconstrued.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's "In Goya's Greatest Scenes We Seem to See" employs extended hyperbole to compare the suffering of humanity today with an earlier time.
Emily Dickinson composed several poems that are just pure fun; they work as riddles do, not mentioning their subject that can only be determined by a correct interpretation of the poetic devices.
I see so many things in you. I see you in so many things.
A young girl laments that her mother wants to keep her from having fun.
Invoking the Marxist mystique of the proletarian vs. bourgeoisie struggle, Williams attempts to offer a sympathetic look at a young woman's plight, but the ambiguity of his subject confuses the issue.
“Sarah Brown” reveals an acquaintance with Buddhism as she employs the term “Nirvana” to describe her afterlife experience.
From Spoon River Anthology, Masters' "Cassius Huffier" is written in the American sonnet tradition: reversing the Petrarchan octave and sestet, while revealing the depravity of the speaker.
Dylan Thomas' might have fashioned his "Fern Hill" through influence of Whittier's "The Barefoot Boy"; both dramatize memories of boyhood. Whittier's nostalgic speaker offers a special nod to summer.
Lyric is a very common kind of subjective poetry. It is the most widely used means of self-expression and catharsis. Man has always loved to give catharsis to his pent-up feelings through the means of lyric.