Poetry Essay Examples

Analyze Donne’s Duplicity as a Lover in His Poems

John Donne is not only the greatest love poet of his time, but also surpasses the limitation of times. Donne’s greatness as a love-poet arises from the fact that his poetry covers a wider range of emotions. He was the first English poet to challenge and break the supremacy of Petrarchan tradition. Though at times… View Article

Analysis of the Poem: The Darkling Thrush

Speaker: The speaker in the first two stanzas is portrayed as pessimistic and dark, but this changed in the two last stanzas. In any case, the speaker is conveyed to have strong feelings for nature. Form: Rhyming scheme is clearly visible giving to poem a rhythm. The 3rd stanza’s rhyming scheme seems to have been… View Article

Modernism in poetry

Modernism. It is a direction of poetry, literature and art in general that uses and describes “new and distinctive features in the subjects, forms, concepts and styles of literature and the other arts in the early decades of the present century, but especially after World War I. ” (Abrams 167) More often than not “Modernism”… View Article

Metaphysical Poetry and John Donne

Define metaphysical poetry, its characteristics and John Donne as a metaphysical poet. The concept metaphysical deals with the philosophical view of the nature of things. Metaphysical poetry is often mentioned as poetry inspired by a philosophical concept of the universe and the role assigned to the human spirit in the great drama of existence. Metaphysical… View Article

Naming of Parts

1. What is the ‘naming of parts’ that the title of the poem refers to? The naming of parts refers to the rifle lesson in the poem, with the soldiers being taught about the parts of the rifle. 2. The first stanza identifies the timeframe of this poem. Explain why ‘yesterday’, ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ might… View Article

Derek Walcott Uses Poetry to Explore Themes of Ethnicity

I agree with the fact that Walcott uses poetry to explore themes of ethnicity, cultural chauvinism and political inequality. However, these aren’t the only themes we find in his poetry. He also makes use of themes such as life and death and religion. Sea Canes is one of the poems which includes the themes mentioned… View Article

Nettles by Vernon Scannell

The poem ‘Nettles’ by Vernon Scannell revolves around a father’s perspective on an accident involving his son, through which the poet explores a father-son relationship, wherein the father tries to protect his son from the various difficulties in life. However, despite his efforts to shield his son from these problems, they will be a constant… View Article

“Spinster” by Sylvia Plath

The word “Spinster” ,which is the title of the poem written by Sylvia Plath, in its literal sense denotes “single, unattached or free”. With this plain interpretation alone, you supposed to spot in an instant what could be the perspective of this poem, you may think that it is all about a person who lives… View Article

Modernist poetry

Modernist poetry tends to break many of the structured rules of poems published previously. Walt Whitman’s “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer,” “buffalo bill” by e. e. cummings, and “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath are definitely very different poems in subject. However, what they share is a “modern” view of poetry. They all “break the mold”… View Article

‘Poetry’ by Marianne Moore Analysis

In the poem, Moore dissects the meaning and understanding of poetry. She tries to make a point of the importance and usefulness of poetry to a person. There is the mention that most people do not take the time to appreciate something of they do not understand it. From research on this poet I have… View Article

Two Gentlemen of Verona and Why Is Sylvia

Both poems are written by William Shakespeare. They originate from two different sources. One is part of a play, Two Gentlemen of Verona. The other is a poem found in a bundle with various other poems written by Shakespeare. The poems have the same theme, as love and infatuation are the main topics. Their purpose… View Article

Meaning of Life and Poem

`Tis he who always tears our books, Who leaves the door ajar, He pulls the buttons from our shirts, And scatters pine afar; That squeaking door will always squeak, For, prithee, don’t you see, We leave the oiling to be done By Mr. Nobody He puts damp wood upon the fire, That kettles cannot boil;… View Article

Figures of Speech

Poets use different figures of speech to convey the message of their works. Some poets use metaphors or similes to baffle the mind and force the body to feel and see the images created while others use paradox, hyperboles, or puns to create the same effect. A good poem should involve all the senses and… View Article

Robert Browning

The dramatic monologue form which is now widely used, allows the author to engage his reader more directly by placing him in the role of listener. Often they are to interpret about a dramatic event or experience they are reading about. This allows the reader to become more intimate with the writer and the characters… View Article