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Poetry Essay Examples

A comparison of Philip Larkin's The Explosion and WH Auden's Funereal Blues

Philip Larkin was born in the north of England in 1922. He spent most of his life there, working as a librarian. The poem, The Explosion is a reflection of a disastrous day in a northern mining town. The story unfolds in eight stanzas with three lines and one final stanza of one line. The…

Comparison of the poems Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas and Return to the headland by Tony Curtis

The two poems are both based on the death of the writers’ fathers. Each poet’s experience and view of death is very different however. In examining and comparing both poems I will state the differences and similarities that emerge. Looking first at the titles, Dylan Thomas’s is dynamic and sends a message to his father….

Compare And Contrast - Elegy For Himself by Chidiok Tichborne And Epitaph by Sir Walter Raleigh 

Both these poems were written by men imprisoned in the Tower Of London, destined to have their lives cut short as they awaited their imminent execution. As would be expected of the works of doomed men, an element of sadness and despair can be found in both, however these feelings are expressed more strongly by…



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La Belle Dame Sans Merci Annotations

Title is French – The Language of Love Title translates to: ‘The Beautiful Woman Without Mercy/Pity. ’ The woman in the poem speaks French and that’s why the knight misunderstands her. The poem has a circular structure, repetition of the first knights’ words at the beginning and end of the poem. The first and last…

A Critical Analysis and Comparison 'Between Come, My Celia' and 'To His Coy Mistress'

Ben Jonson was born around June 11, 1572, the posthumous son of a clergyman. He was educated at Westminster School by the great classical scholar William Camden and worked in his stepfather’s trade, bricklaying. The trade did not please him in the least, and he joined the army, serving in Flanders. He returned to England…

Compare and contrast the poetry of seduction through the work of Andrew Marvell and Wendy Cope

‘To His coy mistress’ was written in the 17th century by Marvell (a man). In complete contrast ‘Message’ was written in the 20th century by Cope (a woman). It is not just the viewpoints of the two poems which are hugely different, the purpose of each are equally so. The purpose of Marvell’s poem was…

"Tulips" and Sylvia Plath

The poem “Tulips” written by Sylvia Plath has very much to do with her own experience. In the poem Plath describes a female patient who seeks for peacefulness and loneliness, however the bright and excitable tulips placed in her sickroom disturbed her life. The poem is very powerful and influential, possibly not only because of…

Comparing Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg

The depiction of life choices are seen through the works of Carl Sandburg’s “Choices” and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. Both of Frost’s works exemplify the youthful aspect and experience of life contrasted by the old age, and more importantly, the fear that wearies life. On…

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was born in Cumberland. Wordsworth entered Cambridge University in 1787, the year he completed his first significant poem. Wordsworth is considered to be the most important English romantic poet. Wordsworth has also been praised for his descriptions of nature. But he traditionally claimed that his primary interest was “The Mind Of Man.” His…

Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s The Flea

Name: Course: Lecturer: Date: Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s The Flea Artists and authors have often looked for different ways to represent topics in their work. This includes the use of symbolism and metaphorical language especially when they are discussing taboo topics, or topics that are controversial in their society. John Donne is one…

The Wound Dresser by Walt Whitman

The Wound Dresser is an intimate, graphic and deeply moving expression of the act of nursing the sick and dying. The poem is remarkable for its lack of exaggerated portrayals of pain and suffering. Yet, the attention to detail, the depiction of images, etc. are very sophisticated for a poem written in the nineteenth century….

Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

John Donne’s poem Death Be Not Proud is typical of the religious/metaphysical genre employed by the poet. All human beings have a lurking fear of death. As we get older, this fear increases and ultimately dominates our thoughts. But contrary to the negative connotations attached to the event of death, Donne presents to the readers…

Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats: A Critique

Ode on a Grecian Urn (also titled as Ode to a Grecian Urn) is one among John Keats’ series of Odes (songs) written in contemplation of various subjects. Collectively referred to as the Great Odes of 1819, they include the Ode on Melancholy, Ode on Indolence, Ode to Psyche and Ode to a Nightingale. Keats…

Comparing Percy Bysshe Shelley’s main purpose in ‘Alastor’ with that of William Wordsworth’s ‘Resolution and Independence’

A quest for intimate truths about nature is at the center of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Alastor, first published in 1816. This 720 line long poem has strong allusions to Roman mythology, starting with its title Alastor. The poem is about the adventure in search of truth of a poet, whose actions are inspired by…

The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The poem The Lady of Shalott, arranged in four parts, talks about the inner dilemmas and conflicts that an artist faces constantly. The rewards of resolutely focusing on the artistic world are at times insufficient to compensate for the emptiness experienced in the artist’s personal life. Through the example of the Lady of Shalott and…

Deep contradicting diction

This poem uses a lot of deep contradicting diction and oxymoron to illustrate Bronte’s state of psychological conflict after her lover’s death.’No other Sun has lightened up my heaven’, ‘heaven’ should not be applied to her, as she is still alive, yet it may also be implied as incredibly happy life when her lover was…

We Real Cool poetry analysis

Poets use a wide variety of tactics in order to try to express feelings or meaning in their poetry.A poem’s subject matter and theme often dictate which tactics are used by the poet to help enhance their audience’s experience. We Real Cool? displays the use of a wide variety of poetic devices in order to…

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