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Poetry Essay Examples

Annabel Lee Analysis

No one can get in between your feelings of love. Love can be described as one of the strongest forces known to man, and it is said to be capable of overcoming almost any obstacles. In the ballad style poem “Enable Lee” in which was both written and published by Edgar Allan Poe on October…

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…

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…

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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…

Ode On Melancholy

The differences highlighted between ‘Ode to a nightingale’ and ‘To Autumn’ is, their way of accepting is based on different concepts. ‘To Autumn’ does so in a positive way whilst ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ does not. ‘To Autumn’ can be related to ‘Ode on Melancholy’; their ideas on life are similar. ‘Ode on Melancholy’s’ theme…

The Last Night She Lived

Emily Dickinson The Last Night She Lived The speaker’s attitude towards the woman’s death can be divided into two sections in “The Last Night that She Lived” by Emily Dickinson. In the beginning (lines 1-20), the reader sees the speaker feeling pain and being aware of the woman’s death. In lines 21- 28 the speaker…

How Is “the Lamb” Similar To “the Tyger”?

‘The Tyger’ and ‘The Lamb’ Poem I chose to do the comparison between ‘The Tyger’ and ‘The Lamb’ because they both have similar themes but are concerned with very different aspects of life. ‘The Tyger’ concentrates on the dangers to be faced in life and nature while ‘The Lamb’ celebrates nature as seen through the…

Maya Angelou On The Pulse Of Morning Analysis

Essay on “On The Pulse Of Morning” Analysis The poem that Maya Angelou chose the read at President Clinton’s inaugural in 1993, delivers a message of hope. It uses the metaphor of morning or dawn to show that people can create their dreams and bring them to life. Maya Angelou has been a national celebrity…

We Real Cool Tone

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…

If By Rudyard Kipling Essay

‘ If’ is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling. The poem is aimed at advicing his son or any male on how to be a man, how to succed in life and in other owrds how to be the ‘ perfect man’ which is unattainable. Kipling himself knew that these tasks will be immpossible to…

Brevity Of Human Life

‘Many of the writers in this anthology use poetry to examine the idea of the brevity of human life, but they treat this idea in very different ways. ‘ The brevity of life is a theme often explored, not only through poetry, but in day to day life. For many years people have been engaging…

Wizard Of Oz Poem

“‘All the same’ said the Scarecrow, ‘I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one. ’ ‘I shall take the heart’ returned the Tin Woodman; ‘for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in…

David By Earle Birney Summary

“David,” written by Earle Birney is a very emotional piece. The poem is narrative as told through the eyes of Bob, David’s friend. One of the themes that follow throughout this poem is the onset of maturity and all the barriers that must be over come. The tone is a cynical one, when Bob is…

Ballad Of Birmingham

“Ballad of Birmingham” No, baby, no you may not go. We’ve all probably heard this once in our life times. Our moms always think they know best and they always say the decisions they make are for our own good. In some cases that’s true but in others it isn’t. In the “Ballad of Birmingham”…

Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

“Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” is a coming-full-circle of kinds for the poet William Wordsworth. By composing the verse form. he had taken stock of all the experiences he experienced over the old ages. every bit good as all the alterations he had gone through. In this twenty-four hours and age. it…

Carol Ann Duffy Stealing

“Show how the poet explores the themes of Isolation and loneliness, and to what extent your appreciation of the theme was deepened by the poet’s treatment? ” Stealing is one of the many Carol Ann Duffy poems in which the themes of isolation and loneliness are explored. The poem is about a person who has…

To My Mother George Barker

“To my mother” a poem written by George Barker is about a boy encouraging his mother to come out of her sorrows. The persona of this poem is encouraging his mother to fight her sorrows and overcome them because he has a lot of “faith” in her and also “loves” her. The message George Barker…

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!…

Comparative Analysis Example

0906 Writing May 30, 2011 Comparative Analysis The poem “Against Idleness and Mischief” written by Isaac Watts and the poem “How Doth the Little Crocodile” written by Lewis Carroll are two pieces of work that are always being compared and contrasted. The two poems are written by different poets in different times, however, they are…

The Little Girl Lost Analysis

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…

A Divine Image Analysis

A Divine Image in Songs of Innocence is a very idealistic form of the more realistic poem in Songs of Experience. In an ideal world the four traditionally Christian virtues ‘Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love’ would be found in the human heart. During the industrial revolution, Flake’s time, these virtues were replaced with the less…

Walt Whitman Research Paper

A song of myself , he tells the audience that he sees things that most people don’t see every day, and Isn’t afraid to say what he thinks about some things. Like when he takes In the runaway slave, he Is not afraid of the slave, and Is willing to protect him from any potential…

Who's For The Game Analysis

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…

Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds

Basically, this poem is about love, but here shakespeare has discussed the love which is in his mind. you may disagree with him if you like. The first stanza in this poem is a quatrain and its rhyme scheme is abab. Shakespeare uses alliteration, assonance, consonance, and repetition to develop this stanza, which, as a…

The Hero Siegfried Sassoon

Both poems are during the period of war. Each of these two poems is talking about a certain person during the war time, whether he was seen as great man or an ignorant abandoner, both poems relate to a significant person. From the beginning of the story, we can already separate which one is seen…

Poems About Happy Childhood Memories

Carol Ann Duffy was a Scottish poet who wrote ‘In Mrs Tilschers Class’. This poem reminds me of my last days in the last year of primary school which is interesting and makes me have a positive effect to it. Seamus Heaney was a Northern Irish poet who wrote ‘Mid Term Break’ however this title…

The Dolphins By Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is a poet who characterizes her written poetry through carefully channelled dramatic monologues. Through her work, many themes and issues are explored, including that of loss, love, adolescence, change and being misplaced. Her propositions in this poetry are not to create a mystique or confusion, but to communicate through the usage of…

The Convict Poem

Compare and contrast the attitude to prison conditions in the 19th century between ”The Convict” by William Wordsworth and ‘The Dungeon’ by Samuel Coleridge. In this essay I will compare the two poems’ The Convict’ by William Wordsworth and ‘The Dungeon’ by Samuel Coleridge. I will be talking about the background between these two poems…

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge And London Comparison

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…

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