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Poetry Essay Examples

Ode to the West Wind

Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” The eighteenth century was a time of revolution in Europe; the French Revolution. It introduced a new era of enlightenment and individual freedom. This revolution led the poets to explore freedom, independent ideas and limitless imaginations on poems. This movement was called Romanticism and it was characterized by stressing…

Analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s Poems

ENGL2010 February 10, 2013 Analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s Poems Anne Bradstreet’s poem In Reference to Her Children, 23 June 1659 is a poem telling of her love, care, and worries for her children. In Reference to her Children” is both metaphorical and symbolic, expressing everything from pathos to love and a hope for her eternal…

Jose Rizal, My Last Farewell Explanation

My Last Farewell by Jose Rizal “Mi ultimo adios” (Spanish for “My Last Farewell”) is a poem written by Philippine national hero Dr Jose Rizal on the eve of his execution on 30 December 1896. This poem was one of the last notes he wrote before his death; another that he had written was found in his shoe but because the text was…

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A Poison Tree: Poem Commentary

POEM COMMENTARY A POISON TREE BY WILLIAM BLAKE A Poison Tree is a poem written by William Blake which is themed around hate, anger and revenge. The poem is basically a metaphor or a piece of pathetic fallacy wherein the speaker has ascribed his feelings and state of mind to the form of a tree….

Comparison Between “London” by William Blake and “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth

Comparison between “London” by William Blake and “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth The city of London has inspired many poets throughout the ages. Two of the most distinctive portrayals are William Blake’s “London” published in Songs of Experience in 1974 and “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802” by William Wordsworth. While both…

Quinceanera by Judith Ortiz Cofer: Freewrite

My response to the title of the poem was a fifteen-year-old Latina girl becoming of age. Quinceanera can be compared to Sweet Sixteen or becoming eighteen-years-old all of which represent the transition into adulthood for a young lady. Traditionally a Quinceanera is celebrated among the Latino culture and catholic community. The poem demonstrates tone well…

Blake's Use of Poetry as an Attack on the Hypocrisy of Church and the Wider Establishment That Maintains Poverty

Romanticism was an early and artistic way of looking at things which ended with the Victorian age. Romantic’s supported freedom of thought, movement and life style and were against oppression of any kind. They saw children as the future and were against child labor and the snatching up of childhood. They also felt that all…

Analysis of to an Athlete Dying Young

Analysis of “To an Athlete Dying Young” In his poem “To an Athlete Dying Young”, A. E. Housman makes a quite different approach on death. People have different perspectives on death, but more often than not, it is viewed as an undesirable event that people wish to avoid. The speaker in the poem, however, praises…

Analysis of the Poem “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats

One of the most resounding names in the discussion of 20th century literature is of the great William Butler Yeats. His works and even his biography are staple study materials for those who endeavor in literature studies. With that being said, it would also be important to study one of his greatest works. One of…

The Choosing by Liz Lochhead Analysis

‘The Choosing’ by Liz Lochhead is a poem which depicts the importance of the choices one makes in early phases of life. In this specific poem the main theme revolves around how wealth, family, different opinions about life and where a girl stood in the 80s influenced one’s choice; hence the title of the poem…

Symbolisms in ‘Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening’

Lots of symbolism has used by Robert Frost in this poem. Although the poem itself is written on a very typical, iambic and rhythmic approach using simple language that can easily be understand, there are lots of hidden messages enclosed on every words, lines, stanzas and even to its title itself which has to be…

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers - Analysis

Emily Dickinson might be called an artisan, since most of her poems have fewer than thirty lines, yet she deals with the most deep topics in poetry: death, love, and humanity’s relations to God and nature. Her poetry not only impresses by its on going freshness but also the animation. Her use of language and…

Does it matter that this poem is set in the spring?

The poem is a narrative of a surprise birthday party being prepared while the speaker (the birthday celebrant) is kept from learning about the preparations by being taken out for a walk, probably by her husband. The poem is set in springtime as can be gleaned by the images of the “tender ferns” and “budding…

The Poetry of Sylvia Plath

Plath’s real-life marriage to the poet Ted Hughes involved, as even a cursory glance of the biographic record indicates, a replication of the “Tyrant” theme associated with her father in her journals and in the poem “Daddy. ” The sordid details of Plath’s marriage to Hughes involved sexual domination and submission, physical fighting, infidelity, poetic…

Poet or artist

Poetry is the rhythm of the soul. The said notion has often been implied or made particularly evident in the variety of voices and themes which emanate from every lyric of ever poem. Like most art, poetry reflects the sentiments, ideology or persuasions of a poet or artist as he or she is experiencing it,…

The Day of Doom

Michael Wigglesworth and his poem “The Day of Doom” was an extremely popular poem in 1662. This poem reflected the puritan belief of life, death, and punishment. The poem is based on the religious theology in which God is responsible for both good and bad things that happen in the universe. However, God punishes the…

Postmodern women poets and their influences

The spread of new ideas after World War II helped shape postmodern poetry that can be differentiated from modernist poetry by its focus on minimalist and conceptualist approaches. In all art, the “postmodern” began with the rise in mass communications and related developments in advertising related to consumerism. Literature was no exception—the poetry of the…

William Wordsworth and Robert Browning

Literature basically has various genres which originate from the rise of different literary geniuses. Poets do not just follow other poet’s method in expressing their thought and their ideas. Poetry is more of a poet’s expression of his feelings towards his observations of the happenings in his environment thus a form of literary expression. It…

Victorian’s Poetry

The Prelude is a long autobiographical poem, and it describes the poet’s love of nature and the world around him. It is an excellent example of the poet’s style, and makes it possible to distinguish Wordsworth’s stylistic approaches from the style which Browning used in his poetry: “Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows…

Edgar Allan Poe Compared to Robert Frost

When comparing Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” to Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” it seems that there are plenty of obvious similarities that are on the surface and there are subtle differences that one can find when they truly look deep into the meanings of things. In both poems the speaker is putting all…

Behind “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In the 1890s Paul Laurence Dunbar composed a literary work named “Sympathy” where the speaker’s attention is on a cage bird. This poem perhaps was the result of Dunbar’s after high school experience operating an elevator cage. That was the only job he could find because he was denied positions in business and journalism because…

How Does Keats Express His Aesthetic Vision in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’?

John Keats once said regarding Lord Byron that “he (Byron) describes what he sees, I describe what I imagine”. Keats is a typically Romantic poet in the way in which he uses the fluid boundaries of imagination within his poem to formulate his aesthetic vision which is projected in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’. Pope…

Poem Analysis: The Little Boy Lost vs. The Little Girl Lost

A belief of envisioning a future to seek your creator is a task many people, young or old, continue to accomplish today. William Blake’s two poems from Songs of Experience: “The Little Boy  Lost” and “The Little Girl Lost” recognizes two children of different genders living through a time of need. The narrator in these…

Significance of travel in Basho's Narrow Road Through the Backcountry

Questing for Connections to the Past Waldo Ralph Emerson said “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ” In Bash?I’s Narrow Road through the Backcountry, exactly this sentiment is realized in the literary capture of North Japan’s natural beauties on his…

Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost PR

Hari Jani 2nd Period 10/29/13 Poetry Response The poem “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost is about a person who feels isolated and depressed in their life but thinks everything is alright. The author discloses the isolation and depression the speaker is facing through the use of figurative language and tone. The title of…

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 1 1, 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born In Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College, Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived together first in…

The Spider and the Fly

In the famous poem “The Spider and the Fly” written in 1829, Mary Howitt writes of a spider who cunningly persuades a fly to visit his parlor through flattery and carefully chosen words. The fly at first resists, but eventually falls prey to vanity, and, when the spider has disappeared, flutters Into the parlor, only…

How Structure Affects Sonnet 73

In William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 73” we are told of a story of everlasting love despite the frigid reality of life coming to an end. Shakespeare uses metaphors throughout the poem to refer back to the speaker gradually reaching the end of his life so we are instantly aware of the speaker’s thoughts. He not only…

Compare and Contrast The Grauballe Man

Both poems are inspired by Heaney’s fascination with ‘bog people’ – age-old corpses preserved naturally by bogs. The Grauballe man concerns a photograph of a “bog man” found by Heaney. Heaney creates a vivid connection between the bog and man throughout the poem. As we see in the first stanza, the man ‘lies on a…

Donne and John Donnes poetry

Religious or not, everyone at some point in time has wondered to themselves, what happens after we die? What can we do in our current life, to be safe from any dangers after we die? John Donne’s poetry has covered and pored over the themes of humanity, salvation and redemption, and it is made obvious…

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