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Poetry Essay Examples

The Lotus Eaters

Compare the first (“‘Courage! ‘ he said, and pointed towards the land”) and last line (“Oh rest ye, brother mariners, we will not wander more. “) and decide which attitude typified imperial England in 1833. Is the poem forward or backward looking? The first line of the poem “‘Courage! ‘ he said, and pointed towards…

How does Tennyson create the mood in Marianna

The mood in Tennyson’s poem is reflective of the state of mind of Mariana. Mariana, taken from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, is despondently isolated as she waits and waits for her lover, Angelo, to arrive. But he never does, hence the abandoned and derelict tone. In Marianna, Tennyson represents Mariana’s state of mind through using…

Carol Ann Duffy - Psychopath and Poet

Carol Ann Duffy presents to the reader through her poetry many views she has on society. Her recent poetry portrays her views on the treatment of females and how in the past they have not been given true status in society. Duffy is a strong feminist and I think that the fact that she was…

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Antony and Cleopatra and the poetry of John Donne

Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra presents a variety of representations of love, including transcendent and forbidden love. Throughout, Shakespeare expresses an unsurpassed love between them. However through both of their actions, the dramatist creates doubt in the audience’s mind as to whether this love is genuine. Similarly to Shakespeare, John Donne’s poem ‘A Valediction Forbidding Mourning’,…

Lord Alfred Tennyson

“Ulysses” by Lord Alfred Tennyson “I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’ Gleams that untravell’d world, whose margin fades For ever and for ever when I move. How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!…

Symbolism in The Joy Luck Club

Symbolism is defined by the dictionary as “the practice of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships,” which means creating an importance and special meaning in objects that normally would not be important. In The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, a story of four Chinese immigrant women and their four American-born…

The Darkling Thrush

In the poem The Darkling Thrush, nature has a predominantly negative effect on the poet. It makes him feel depressed and isolated. Towards the end of the poem the poet’s mood lifts when he sees an “aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,” chirping. In the poem Neutral Tones nature is portrayed in a negative way,…

The Boy Without a Name by Allan Ahlberg and Back in the Playground Blues by Adrian Mitchell

From the poems that I have studied I feel that the feelings conveyed by the poets show a mixed view of school days. In both ‘The Boy Without a Name’ by Allan Ahlberg and ‘Back in the Playground Blues’ by Adrian Mitchell, a negative outlook on school is shown but in the poem ‘In Mrs…

My analysis of Duffy's Rapture

Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Rapture’ is a collection of poems, which express different views of love. Each of the poems have different meanings and are carefully constructed by the poet. She uses different themes in her poetry such as tea and grief, to illustrate Carol Ann Duffy’s point that many objects can be linked with love….

Love and Morning: From the Perspective of John Donne and Sylvia Plath Essay

John Donne’s The Good-Morrow and Sylvia Plath’s Morning Song at first glimpse. seem to speak about two different things. However. if one were to analyse the deepness of these two verse forms. it will finally uncover its shared positions about love and its distinguishable relation to forenoon. Both poems reveal an overpowering feeling of love…

On the Idle Hill and The Drum

War, in any shape or form, affects people in many different ways. Many people choose to express their feelings and experiences of war in poems. The two poems I have chosen all have different moods, structures and rhythms but their meaning is all the same- war is ruthless, terrifying and pointless. The poem ‘On the…

Compare and Contrast Poems by Sassoon and by Owen, how they bring out their treatment of war

The horror of war influenced these two great poets to express their disgust in poems. They both, however use contrasting styles: Owen chooses to express his disgust and anger through poems that give the reader a precise picture of what the war was really like; whereas Sassoon was an officer who protested against the way…

Asleep

In the poem “Asleep”, Wilfred Owen links sleep to death. The one word title of the poem depicts a scene of soldiers dying quietly and slowly, It is ironic that the word has only two short syllables and is pronounced lightly without stressing any of them, actually suggests such a heavy, serious theme-death. The poem…

Anthem of doomed Youth and Dulce Et Decorum Est

Anthem of doomed Youth is one of Owen’s most famous poems and one over, which he took great pains. The poem is written in sonnet form. The poem is a long comparison between the elaborate ceremonial of a Victorian-style funeral and the way in which men go to death in the Western Front. The poem…

War Poetry

‘Into the stuff of his thought and utterance, whether he be on active service or not, the poet-interpreter of war weaves these intentions, and cooperates with his fellows in building up a little higher and better, from time to time, that edifice of truth for whose completion can be spared no human experience, no human…

La Belle Dame sans Merci and The Eve of St Agnes

The poet John Keats, inspired by the sentimental nature of his unrequited love for Fanny and the depression he felt due to the death of his mother and his brother, wrote both ballads using the key theme of time, to engage the listener. The use of tenses links succinctly in with Keats’ use of time….

Wilfred Owen's War Poetry

An author’s context always has a substantial influence on the text’s they write. We will also find this holds true for poetry, if not more so. Poetry is often considered a collection of emotions generated from its writer and we can see this by not only analysing a poem, but by taking into consideration the…

Jessie Pope's poem "Who's for the game?"

Although both of these poems deal with the subject of war, the poets’ attitude towards war differs dramatically. Jessie Pope’s poem “Who’s for the game?” supports war and encourages young men to go off and fight. The whole poem plays heavily on the young men’s guilt and promotes the so-called glory of war. Wilfred Owen’s…

Charge of the light brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Conquerors by Henry Treece

Charge of the light brigade’ is a poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The queen appointed him Poet Laureate and so therefore this poem is very patriotic and describes the soldiers as heroes and doesn’t go into detail about how they died and doesn’t use gruesome details because he’s trying to keep the moral up….

After Blenheim by Robert Southey and Drummer Hodge by Thomas Hardy

‘After Blenheim’ is a poem written by Robert Southey in 1798. It is about an old man named Kasper. Kasper is telling his grandchildren, Peterkin and Wilhelmine, about the Battle of Blenheim (1704) during the Franco Prussian War. It was written to give an anti-war message because of the situation between England and France. Hardy…

Comparing and contrasting Anthem for doomed youth and Attack

We have been studying two poems, the “Anthem For Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen, and “Attack” by Seigfried Sassoon. These poems are both anti war poems and were written during the time of the First World War. Owen’s poem is about the lack of appropriate burials and respect to the dead soldiers. The other poem,…

Who's for the Game

The Great War was the most horrific and blood thirsty war in history. It was started by the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. The battlefields were endless stretches of trenches, this was known as the Western Front. The trenches were an awful place to live, they were made out of sandbags, duckboards, and…

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae is a poem that has helped me to appreciate the unpleasant side of life. It is a poem that deals with the reality that soldiers sacrificed their lives for the living, telling them to finish what they started. It also contains a message from the poet John McCrae that…

Who's for the game and Dulce et Decorum Est

“Who’s for the game? ” is a recruitment poem that was written by Jessie Pope to persuade men to enlist for the First World War. She composed ‘crude war verses’ for the Daily Mail, and was particularly detested by wartime poet, Wilfred Owen. In one of his poems, “Dulce et Decorum Est,” Owen uses direct…

Analysis of John Berryman's Dream Song

In his poem, Berryman presents the reader with the image of a deeply troubled, sad and lonely man and the half life that he is living. The voice of the poem is that of an outside narrator looking in on the life of Henry, most likely the persona that Berryman created in his ‘Dream Songs’….

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…

Composed upon Westminster Bridge

William Wordsworth was part of the Romantic movement. This usually involved using plain language, unlike most poetry at the time, and addressing liberal political issues to do with the suffering of poor agricultural workers. He often celebrated nature, and wrote about landscapes. He believed in the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings being expressed in poetry….

The sonnet structure

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “I will put Chaos into 14 lines” sonnet is very vague on the surface. If you dig deeper, there could be a variety of interpretations. One interpretation is that this sonnet could be about a man. ‘Him’ is referred to constantly throughout the sonnet. If you go with that theory, then…

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…

In the park

Gwen Harwood’s “In the park” is a poem about a lonely woman sitting in a park with her children, while a man she once loved passes by. The poem is set in Petrarchan sonnet form, with the first eight lines showing us the woman’s trouble and problem. However in the last six lines we see…

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