Poem Essay Topics

English Poem Analysis

In this poem, Pablo Neruda is talking about life, and how he feels that it is an insignificant business. He talks about life after death, saying that nobody keeps what they have and says that life is nothing but a ‘borrowing of bones’. The best thing he claims to have learnt from life is that… View Article

An analysis of The Flea written by John Donne

The flea, written by John Donne is another poem containing love, sex and religion. One of John Donne’s characteristics is to always include these three main subjects in his poems. The Flea represents lust, but a lust with respect for women. The subject of this poem is about a couple of lovers lying in bed…. View Article

Bei Dao’s Poem ‘An End or a Beginning’

Bei Dao’s Poem ‘An End or a Beginning’ depicts the endless protestors ‘murdered’ by the cruelty of the Cultural Revolution and the continuity of life in search of hope after many lives taken away. The loss of hope looked for “In every dream” after every day, reinforces the everlastingly hunt of freedom and end of… View Article

Commentary on ‘Testing the Reality’

This short but powerfully descriptive poem tells the story of a young man who comes to discover just how fragile the boundary between life and death really is. Written in the form of a dramatic lyric, the poem highlights the moment of revelation and reflection as the man realizes his mother hadn’t died; instead she… View Article

“Work without Hope” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The title Nectar in a Sieve is taken from the final lines of a famous poem “Work without Hope” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). This poem mainly focuses about humankind’s relationship with the natural world, which I believe is one of the main themes in this novel. This novel unravels the bonds between family traditions… View Article

Commentary on Sonnet Bright Star by John Keats

“Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art” is a sonnet by John Keats. Although this poem has the structure of a Shakespearean sonnet, it is also thematically divided into an octave followed by a sestet, like an Italian sonnet. In the first octave, imagery and figurative language are used to depict the persona’s… View Article

Reading the poem

In his poem ‘Slough’ Betjeman uses a number of ways to put across his views. The title itself suggests he feels that ‘Slough’ is an appropriate title, that a poem on the place deserves no better or imaginative title than just its name because the place is dull and unimaginative also, or that ‘Slough’ says… View Article

Commentary: “Two Hands”

There are various familial relationships that most of us would often take for granted. Jon Stallworthy, for example, highlights that of a father and son in his poem, “Two Hands”. Throughout his depiction of these two characters, he emphasizes how two people who seem so similar, and are supposed to be intimate or close by… View Article

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

Question: Explore the ways in which the poets in the following poems use imagery to vivid effect. Use examples from both the poems. Caged Bird by Maya Angelou Before the Sun by Charles Mungoshi The poem, Caged Bird by Maya Angelou, dramatizes the discrimination between the blacks and the whites. As this issue relates to… View Article

TS Eliot’s “The Burial of the Dead”

Poets are quite fond of using nature imagery to enhance different aspects of character, and this is no different in TS Eliot’s “The Burial of the Dead”. The poem deals with the people of the Wasteland, a place where nothing grows and spiritual decay is abundant all around. The people of the Wasteland let materialistic… View Article

“You’re” by Slyvia Plath

The poem “You’re”, written by Slyvia Plath, is seemingly titled to address an unborn child, the embryo. The poem depicts the pregnancy and anticipation of the child’s birth. The poem is rather short. With two stanzas and nine lines, it is as though each line represents different months in the pregnancy. Sylvia Plath’s writing style… View Article

‘Lady Lazarus’ by Sylvia Plath.

The poem ‘Lady Lazarus’ gives us an insight into the troubled life of the poet Sylvia Plath. She lost her father at an early age. Supported solely by her mother she went through a very rough childhood. In fact, Sylvia Plath escaped a near fatal accident in her childhood and went on to attempt suicide… View Article

Perfectly balanced poem

“Essential Beauty” by Philip Larkin is a perfectly balanced poem of two 16-line stanzas. In the poem Larkin explores the subject of advertising in the early 60s. He begins by describing the subjects on huge billboards on the sides and ends of buildings. He suggests that these enormous images are placed in slum areas and… View Article