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Meeting at Night and Parting at Morning Commentary

In the two poems, “Meeting at Night” and “Parting at Morning”, Robert Browning tells about the meeting of two lovers at night who are in love with each other. In order to meet the woman, the man undergoes a long journey through the sea and land. However, even after all this trouble, he must be…

Is Thomas Hardy Obsessed with the Past?

Many of Thomas Hardy’s poems are centered on the feelings summoned up when reminiscing about the past. On the surface, it seems as though Hardy is ‘obsessed with the past’ as many poems are laced with memories which conjure up feelings of nostalgia. It is important to consider, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean that…

Sergei Yesenin

Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin (21 Septembe1895 – 28 December 1925) was a Russian lyrical poet . He was one of the most popular and well known Russian poet of the 20th century.His first book of poems ,Ritual for the dead( Radunitsa in Russian)was published in 1916 .Together with Anatoly Marienhof, they founded Russian literary movement of…



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Wilfred Owen War Poet

The first Word War which took place mostly in Europe from 1914 to 1918 left millions dead and shaped the modern world. After World War I poets started to write about their experiences. Most of these poets had been soldiers who wrote the poetry to reflect the horror of their experiences in an immediate and…

Olive Senior

Olive Senior is a Jamaican poet of high repute and is the author of Gardening in the Tropics. In this poetry volume Senior seeks to tackle history, moral issues, travel and environmental crises. Senior’s poems are pervaded with irony, humour and sarcasm and her tone is conversational and calm. Senior’s style of writing aids in…

The Solitary Reaper: a Response

William Wordsworth is considered by many to be one of the most efficient, and studied poets of English Literature. With his many talents, and aid by his sister, Dorothy Wordsworth, he had produced many stories and songs during his period. Wordsworth has been compared to the finest author in English Literature, William Shakespeare. Wordsworth’s talent…

“Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen

In the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, by Wilfred Owen, Owen uses imagery and diction to convey the meaning of the poem. Throughout the poem, Owen paints visual pictures in the reader’s mind. His word choice also emphasizes what he is expressing in the poem. Diction and imagery are two literary devices that help the…

The Patriot by Nissim Ezekiel

The poet being living during a time where india was achieving independence from the british is reflected in the poem. hence the growing alienation and dissatisfaction among people liveng in the country is reflected in the poem. The poem is written in a colloquial language is Indian English that is mended to convey a very…

Comparing and Contrasting Sonnet 130 and Ars Poetica

“Change what you see by changing how you see” (Huie). This quote relates to “Sonnet 130,” by William Shakespeare and “Ars Poetica,” by Archibald Mac Leish. Sonnet 130 is about the faults of his mistress, but realizes by the end of the poem, that his love is all that matters. This man did not see…

Analysis of William Blake’s Garden of Love

William Blake was an English poet and painter that lived from 1757 to 1827, but first acknowledged as a great writer after his death. He was fascinated by the bible, but against any organized religion. Some people believe he was homosexual because his poems often referred to that, but he was married and had kids…

A Photograph-Shirley Toulson

What does the word ‘cardboard’ denote in the poem? Why has this word been used? In the poem, the word ‘cardboard’ stands for the frame that supports and borders the photograph. The photograph shows the poet’s mother as a twelve-year-old girl with two of her cousins, Betty and Dolly. The word ‘cardboard’ has been used…

A Commentary on the Geranium by Theodore Roethke

The poem “The Geranium” by Theodore Roethke tells the story of a bachelor, formerly a party animal, now a lonely, aging man, through a sustained metaphor which uses the speaker’s geranium as a symbol for the disregard of his own health. The plant is never well, nor is he, due to the speaker being as…

Woman, Land and Nation

The word “ecocriticism” was probably first used in William Rueckert’s essay “Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism” (1978) and was subsequently accepted in critical vocabulary when Cheryll Glotfelty, at that time a graduate student at Cornell, revived the term in the meeting of the Western Literature Association in Coeur d’Alene in 1989, and recommended…

Analyzing Dickinson’s Poetry

To analyze Dickinson’s poetry, this paper will involve the analysis of three of her works, `Safe in their Alabaster Chambers”, “I Heard a Fly Buzz-when I died”, and “The Brain-is wider than the Sky”. 1. The poems were written in the first person. Since most of her poems tackled the depressing situation of death, the…

The Unknown Citizen Explication

Several conflicts are dramatized in The Unknown Citizen, the most prominent being: conformity of the middle class, government manipulation, and the loss of individualism to the standards of an average citizen. The speaker of this poem is non-traditional as the poem is, in fact, an inscription on a “marble monument erected by the State. ”…

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