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Poetry Essay Examples

Analysis of Elizabeth Barrett Browning'

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote the poem ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese XLIII’ shortly after she eloped with Robert Browning and married him. ’ Sonnets from the Portuguese’ was a sequence of poems that readers thought must have been translations from Portuguese but were actually all Brownings’ own work and were given this name, as her husband’s…

Sonnet 138 by William Shakespeare

I will be looking at the ‘Sonnet’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and ‘Sonnet 138’ by William Shakespeare, I will be comparing and contrasting these two poems, looking specifically looking at Imagery, the Poet’s message as well as the use of sonnet form. Elizabeth Barrett was born at Coxhoe Hall, Durham, England. Elizabeth was educated at…

Immortality in Shakespeare's Sonnets

The idea of immortality will either fascinate or scare you; fascinate you in the way that something could stay the same forever or scare you because nothing lives forever. Shakespeare felt true love was eternal despite anything and beauty was everlasting through his words. He believed Time was the taker of all things, but if…

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Robert Browning, Fra Lippo Lippi

What methods does Browning use to tell the poem Fra Lippo Lippi Line 1-39? Fra Lippo Lippi was written by Robert Browning in 1855. It is about a monk who called Lippi. When he sneaks out of the church he has been stopped by the watchmen’s in a drunken state also getting caught going into…

Critical appreciation

Since There’s No Help’ is a typical example of Drayton’s work, yet it has been solely responsible for plucking Drayton from the general obscurity of Elizabethan sonneteers. It was his one and only “excellent” sonnet, reaching the “highest level of poetic feeling and expression”1 considered to be the “the one sonnet by a contemporary which…

I Am Not that Women, Poem by Kishwar Naheed: Summary

Summary of ‘I Am Not that Women’ (Essay) The poem’s ‘I am not that women’ by Kishwar Naheed and ‘women work’ by Mayo Angelou show the struggles of two black women from different cultures. Compare and contrast the two women’s experiences. The two poems ‘I am not that women’ by Kishwar Naheed and ‘Women Work’…

Critical Essays on Keats poems

Language is used effectively in both odes to create mood. In the opening stanza of ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, there is a sense of sluggishness, suggested by the heavy alliterative ‘d’, ‘p’ and ‘m’ sounds when Keats describes his heartache at hearing the song of the nightingale, ambivalently experiencing both joy and pain. Compared with…

The soldier, In Flanders Field, Disabled and Dulce Et Decorum Est

To show how attitudes to the war changed as the Great War progressed I have chosen four poems. “The soldier” by Rupert Brooke, “In Flanders Field” by John McCare and ” Disabled” and “Dulce Et Decorum Est.” both by Wilfred Owen. Both John McCare and Rupert Brookes poems were written early on in the war,…

The Charge Of The Light Brigade

Alfred Tennyson and Siegfried Sassoon approach the subject of war in different ways. While Tennyson gives the impression that the soldiers who are mentioned in his poem are heroes, Sassoon does not try to glorify war and shows us the bloody realism of conflict. An important point to note is the date when Tennyson wrote…

Comparison of the Poems Mental Cases and Disabled By Wilfred Owen

I will compare the poems ‘Disabled’ and ‘Mental Cases’ for my essay. I will look at the language that Wilfred Owen uses to convey the pain and hurt that war causes. I will also endeavour to examine how the poet expresses his outrage at the effect of the war in both poems. I will make…

Compare And Contrast Two 1900 War Poems

People write poetry for many reasons. War poetry is written mainly to express feelings. War poems can achieve catharsis and are sometimes written in remembrance. They express deep emotional states such as love, hate, suffering and joy. War can amplify all of these feelings so it is likely that poetry would be written about it….

Rizal Poems

You bid me now to strike the lyre. That deaf-and-dumb person and torn so long has lain: And yet I can non wake the strain. Nor will the Muse one note inspire! Coldly it shakes in accenta dire. As if my psyche itself to contorting. And when its sound seems but to fling A joke…

Comparing Two War Poems By Wilfred Owen and Maurice Hewlett

During the first and second world war many young men were forced into the army and the services many leaving their young families or mother’s and sisters. This was a very difficult time for both the men who were leaving to fight and risk their lives and for the women and children they left behind….

Does the Poetry of the First World War reflect the changing attitudes to War

Poems in the early part of the First World War were ‘pro war’ which means that they were saying that the war was good fun with women and uniforms. The main aims of the poems were to get men to join the army and fight the Germans. After two years of the war in July…

Barriers to love

The poetry collection provides us with a myriad of examples of how many have to face barriers to love – some of our speakers struggle, whilst many prove love to be an indestructible force, mainly seen by writers during the earlier periods who followed more traditional values, believing in a more courtly style love such…

Composed upon Westminster Bridge

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) wrote the poem entitled “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” on 3rd September 1802 after his first visit to London in July of the same year. Along with his sister Dorothy he passed through London on his way to France to visit his former lover (and mother to his daughter Caroline) Annette Vallon, prior…

Compare and contrast the poems

PCompare and contrast the poems ‘Blackberrying’ by Sylvia Plath and ‘Blackberry Picking’ by Seamus Heaney I am comparing and contrasting the poems ‘Blackberrying’ by Sylvia Plath and ‘Blackberry Picking’ by Seamus Heaney. Both poems are about blackberries and the totally different situations in which people pick them. Both poets write in an autobiographical way and the…

Eternal Love Through Death

Love, being one of the most debated topics in literature, often serves as a source of inspirations for many of writers and poets, including John Keats. Throughout his life, he wrote countless love poems and letters, addressing his lover – Fanny Brawne. The star, apart from being the symbol of steadfastness and constancy, it is…

The poem the City Planners

In the poem the ‘City Planners’ and ‘Where I come from’ by Margaret Atwood and Elizabeth Brewster respectively, the poets use metaphors, imagery and use of negative as well as positive diction to describe the influence of the People over nature and animal kingdom. Atwood uses furious and resented tone and diction to describe the…

Langston Hughes Poetry Essay

The illustration of social class between White and Black Society, portrayed through Langston Hughes’ poems Theme for English B, Democracy and I Too Sing America African American poet, Langston Hughes, exposes the history of the segregation of white and black society in America through his various collections of poetry. More specifically, he portrays the illustration…

Thomas Hardy - analysis of three poems

An epitaph is an inscription upon a tomb, in few verses for the casual observer to read carefully. It is usually carved in stone and is very synthetic. The Elegy is much more lengthy than an epitaph. The two genres differ not only in lengths, but also in subject matter, since the epitaph is a…

Critical Lens Essay on Rime of the Ancient Mariner Essay

The Romantic period. which lasted from 1780 to 1837. was a clip of invention and imaginativeness. particularly in the field of literature ( hearts-ease. org ) . Not merely was literature changing. but so was the whole universe. There was a strong sense of patriotism. self-expression. inquiries were asked. and people were more concerned with…

Sonnet and No Second Troy

In this essay I’m going to be comparing two love poems. The two poems I will be comparing are “Sonnet” be Edna St Vincent Millay and “No Second Troy” composed by Irelands most famous writer, William Butler Yeats. I hope to look in detail at both poems and to be able to compare and contrast…

Cynddylan and Lore

In Cynddylan, Thomas contrasts a farmer’s personality to farming after he has started using a tractor on everyday work on his land with before when all his farming was done by hand and tool. Cynddylans’ attitude towards nature has now been changed by this machine that helps him but masks the beauty of his surroundings….

Out, out

Robert Frost effectively reveals the fragility of life in his poem “Out, out-“. Through a cold detached tone he explores the consequences of a young boy’s misfortune, as he has a horrific accident with a buzz saw. Strong, vivid imagery is used to picture the scene and conjure images of the horrific accident. He teaches…

One Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster, Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Then practice losing farther, losing faster: places,…

I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou and Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni

I am going to compare two poems called ” I know why the caged bird sings” By Maya Angelou and ” Ego Tripping” By Nikki Giovanni. Both of these poems are about wanting to be free and what they went through their life, however each of the poems has its own perspective, “I know why…

Jessie Pope Poetry

Studying war poetry from around the 1914 period has given me an insight into the variety of feeling and emotion going on during the war, from writing strictly in propaganda to obscenely crude it seems incredible what the soldiers were tricked into, and went through. Both poems, ‘Who’s for the game? ‘ and ‘Dulce et…

Example of a Ballad Poem

Ballads are old poems or songs, which narrate stories. It is a rhythmic tale of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or ironic, almost inevitably catastrophic. We do not know where the word ‘Ballad’ originated from, however it is thought to come from the French ‘Ballade’; which means song with a dance. Ballads…

Stealing, Education for Leisure and Originally

This essay analyses and evaluates the underlying theme of alienation in these three poems. It compares and contrasts the ways in which the different poems present alienation to the reader and how effectively this has been portrayed. Alienation is when a person is socially withdrawn or isolated from others, causing aggression or loss of friendliness….

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