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Poetry Essay Examples

The Convict by William Wordsworth

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…

Shakespeare – Sonnet 116 Analysis and Interpretation Essay

Sonnet 116 was written by William Shakespeare and published in 1609. William Shakespeare was an English author and poet. and has written a batch of celebrated dramas. amongst them Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare lived in the Elizabethan epoch. At that clip. the literature and art was in bloom. and his plants are clearly…

The theme of betrayal

These two poems are written about very different subjects but they both explore the theme of betrayal. In the first poem ‘Havisham’, the poet Carol Anne Duffy uses Mrs. Havisham, a fictional character from the well know novel ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens, as her extended metaphor for betrayal. In the second poem ‘Kid’ by…

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Astrophil and Stella

Breaking Free of Convention: Sir Philip Sidney In his sonnet, “Strophic and Stella”, Sir Phillip Sidney attempts to break free of the conventional displays of love while still maintaining a conventional sonnet form to represent that love does not follow any “rules”. The poem itself is a metaphor of love, infused with drama and passion…

The Lady Of Shalott and Morte d 'Arthur by Lord Tennyson

In both poems Tennyson uses a number of different devices to portray a strong atmosphere-landscape, loneliness, pathos and colour are all used. As both poems end in tragedy pathos appears very prominently to create atmosphere. Mystery, weather and sounds all contribute to providing The Lady of Shalott and Morte d ‘Arthur with the atmosphere appropriate…

What Do You Find Interesting About The Work Of Grace Nichols

Grace Nichols was born in Guyana in 1950. She lived there until 1977 when she came to live with her partner, another poet. She writes many poems and anthologies. Her poems are mainly about black people and their sense of culture. She writes about the pride they have to be themselves and not to feel…

An Analysis of a favourite Grace Nichols Poem - Fear

As the essay title states I am going to analyse a Poem written by Grace Nichols. Grace was born in Georgetown, Guyana, when finished school she went to university and then had several jobs before moving to England in 1977. Nichols then wrote poems mainly about racially sensitive topics, motherhood and sexuality. The poem, which…

Storm on The Island by Seamus Heaney

Hurricane Hits England by Grace Nichols and Storm on The Island by Seamus Heaney “Hurricane Hits England” and “Storm on the Island” are poems addressing a similar event, that of a violent storm. However due to the contrast in the poets’ backgrounds, style and perception they present the event in different ways. The poets have…

The Hunter Trials

‘Hunter Trials’ is a humorous poem written by renowned author John Betjemen. The poem captures the thoughts and feelings of a young girl who is competing in a gymkhana. The overall structure and vocabulary of the poem is uncomplicated and therefore adds interest and comedy to the text. The poem contains eight verses, each of…

Compare and contrast the poems The Lady of Shalott and The Highway Man

In this essay, I’m going to compare and contrast the two poems “The Lady of Shalott” and “The Highway Man”. I will be looking at their points of similarity and difference. “The Lady of Shalott” “The Lady of Shalott” is set in the fairy land of Shalott. She is a prisoner in an isolated castle…

Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon and Green Beret by Ho Thien

Both these poems are based around the theme of war, however they are set in different periods of time. ‘Suicide in the Trenches’ deals with the stresses that war can inflict and how tragic it can sometimes be. It focuses on the life and death of a soldier boy. Throughout the poem the poet emphasises…

Cousin Kate and The Choosing - poetry comparison

The poem ‘Cousin Kate’ is written by Christina Rossetti in the 19th century. ‘The Choosing’ was written in the 20th century by Liz Lochhead. Both poems are about two girls who are equal, and how with the interference of a man and a decision they go in different directions of life. In ‘Cousin Kate’ betrayal…

How is the Theme of Relationships explored in Gillian Clarkes Catrin, another Clarke Poem and Two Heaney Poems

Relationships can be portrayed through biological links, friendships and bonds between subjects of connotations and meaning. The intention of both poets is mainly to portray the strengths and weaknesses behind all bonds and the effect they encompass on the reader. Poets have the power to create, transform and enlighten upon a subject that may seem…

A Comparison of how To His Coy Mistress and The Flea Present and Develop the Poets Arguments

The poems “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell and “The Flea” by John Donne are both written with the same idea in mind, for the authors to get their ‘women’ or mistresses to be less shy with them. This was a common idea of which poems were based in Marvell’s and Donne’s time due…

A comparison and contrast of To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and Ending by Gavin Ewart

‘To His Coy Mistress’ was written by a poet called Andrew Marvell who was born on the 31st March 1621. He was a Cambridge-educated priest, poet and a Member of Parliament. The poem was written in the year 1652. The theme of the poem is love and its passionate beginnings. The genre of the poem…

Comparing To his Coy Mistress and Sonnet 130

Sonnet 130 is a love poem in sonnet form by William Shakespeare that controversially goes against the standard love clichi?? s of a traditional love poem by describing his love honestly and very realistically. The tone of the poem appears negative but in fact he is actually showing his realisation that love has imperfections but…

The Pit and the Pendulum Essay

There are some narratives. where the objects that are described or portrayed play a more of import portion of the narrative than what we believed. In The Pit and the Pendulum. a short narrative written by Edgar Allan Poe there is certain symbolism that adds intending to the narrative. The storyteller is stating the narrative…

John Donne, Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare

The poets John Donne, Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare all use numerous different devices to seduce their audiences. Some of the techniques employed are similar between the poets, but there are also differences. The poem ‘The Flea’ is a metaphysical poem, using metaphysical conceit to persuade the audience. In the poem the ‘flea’ could be…

Compare and contrast London by William Blake with Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

This essay will look at the two poems “London” by William Blake and “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth. It will compare and look at the differences between the mood and general message given by the two poems. Both poems are set in London and describe a day in the life of London. Reading…

Back in the Playground Blues

The poem “Back in the Playground Blues” written by Adrian Mitchell is about a boy remembering about the time that he was at the playground. The poem is written in first person, and the “I” of the poem is completely scared of the playground. He remembered the time which he was there and of how…

Sonnet CXXX by William Shakespeare and To his coy mistress by Andrew Marvell

Firstly I will be analysing “Sonnet CXXX” by William Shakespeare. The poem has been written to send a message to poets, telling them that sonnets do not have to be unrealistic; Shakespeare also mocks traditional Elizabethan sonnets. The occasion is that Shakespeare believes in real love not falsely comparing women to god-like creatures. The sonnet…

Compare And Contrast The Depiction Of London In Upon Westminster Bridge and From A London Drawing Room

Upon Westminster Bridge sets the scene with the title. The view from Westminster Bridge is what the inspired the poet. From a London Drawing Room gives us the location but also an insight into the poet’s lifestyle, as only the wealthy had drawing rooms so it shows the poet is quite well off. The location…

Compare the ways in which London is Portrayed by William Wordsworth and William Blake

The poets William Wordsworth, 1770 – 1850, and William Blake, who lived from 1757 to 1827, are both vividly known for their portrayals of London through their poems. William Wordsworth is known partly for his views on London, which are shown through his poem: “Composed upon Westminster Bridge”; Blake, however, lived a much less orthodox…

Analyse the ways in which different pre - 1914 poets

In this essay, I will be writing about how the relationships between the men and the women are. My main focus is on the relationships of love in all the poems from the pre – 1914 poem clusters. All five poems comprises of including love and the mutual relationship between both the sexes. The themes…

London and Composed upon Westminster Bridge

The two poems, ‘London’ and ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’, show two different perspectives of the city and its inhabitants. Both poems illustrate the poets’ views on London which are quite diverse yet still have similarities in their respective outlooks. ‘London’ portrays Blake’s views about the city and the people that inhabit it as a direct…

Rupert Brooke & Wilfred Owen War poetry Comparison

Rupert Brooke’s “The Soldier” was written with the purpose of convincing young men to join the army or “Fall In” He shows the glorious side of war and how it is honourable. Wilfred Owens “Dulce et Decorum Est” was written with the purpose of showing a realistic view of war and how many young men…

Compare and contrast at least three poems from the Love and Loss anthology

I have studied a range of poems on love and loss, the five poems I have chosen are; “First Love” by John Clare, “How Do I Love Thee? ” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning “A Birthday” and “Remember” by Christina Rosetti and finally “When We Two Parted” by George Gordon. All of these poems were written…

Comparing The Deserter by Winifred M Letts and The Hero by 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…

A Comparison of Limbo with Nothing's Changed

The poems “Limbo” and “Nothing’s Changed” have a lot in common if you look past the actual words into the meaning of the poems, you will see they both originate from the same theme; racism. “Limbo” tells the story of the Limbo dance and the joy of performing it. The poem is telling the story…

How is theme of racism explored in the two poems that you have studied

In this essay I will be exploring, comparing and analysing two poems that explore the theme of racism. The poems that I have been studying are “Half-Caste” by John Agard and “Nothing’s Changed” by Tatamkhulu Afrika. John Agard was born on 21 June 1949 in British Guiana (now Guyana). He moved to England in 1977…

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