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Poetry Essay Examples

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…

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…

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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…

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….

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