Hawk Roosting

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. ” – Lord Acton. This is often true, especially when some of the most powerful rulers such as Hitler and Mussolini were bloodthirsty and merciless dictators. To many, Stalin was the epitome of a sadistic, power-hungry tyrant, in complete Read More

‘Mother of the Groom’

‘Mother of the Groom’ is a poem about the feelings, thoughts and memories that the groom’s mother feels on her son’s wedding day. The mother thinks back to the days when her son was a baby. The poem is written by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Heaney uses a third person technique to describe the Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Love and Relationships

The poem we have been given to study is called ‘First Ice’. The author of this poem is unknown to us. Through this essay, my main focus will be on love and relationships, what emotions are discovered, what atmospheres this creates, and what effect this all has on the audience. The poem at first did Read More


“Jaguar” is a poem which shows the similarities between living things and material objects. In this case this poem compares the animal feline and the car brand Jaguar. It is a very peculiar poem, because the poet doesn’t tell us when he is talking about one or the other, and almost always talks about both Read More

No Escape

The proceeding poem is called “No Escape”. It was inspired by a news story I saw at the end of the summer holidays. It was about children of around my age committing suicide because of people bullying them and they were too frightened to tell a teacher or parent. I can sympathise with people who Read More

What I find interesting about Ballad

“Ballad” is a poem about a young woman who is seduced by a Shepard and falls pregnant, and then is left to raise her child alone, a child that brings her shame and everyday reminds her of her regrets. “Cousin Kate” by Christina Georgina Rossetti is relatively similar in the sense that it also portrays Read More


Wilfred Owen was an officer who fought throughout the war and achieved admirable accomplishments. He was not a man who was unpatriotic and he believed in the war as a whole as he thought that this was necessary to overcome the pure evil demonstrated by the opposition and achieve a greater good for the rest Read More