Poetry Essay Topics

“The Sun Rising” by John Donne

In “The Sun Rising,” by John Donne, there are many metaphysical characteristics. These characteristics are made up primarily of paradoxes and conceits. The theme also contributes to these metaphysical characteristics. The paradoxes are spread out thought the entire poem. The first is “Why dost thou thus, / Through windows and through curtains, call on us”… View Article

Metaphysical Poetry

Metaphysical poetry arose as a reaction to the extremes of Petrarchism; one problem with Petrarchan poems is a kind of predictability-the conceit is found, presented, & elaborated, but there are few subsequent surprises. Donne and his followers like to catch us off-guard, change direction, etc., to foil expectations. Metaphysical poetry is, in general, characterized by… View Article

“The Plain Sense of Things” by Wallace Stevens

In Stevens’ poem “The Plain Sense of Things” the first thing the reader notices is that there are five equal stanzas. The poem is neatly constructed so that each stanza contains four lines. This creates an organized, orderly look to the poem, and gives off the idea of being in control because of the form…. View Article

The Long-Suffering and Self-Pitying Odysseus

What would it take to make Odysseus, the renowned warrior and the pride of all Greece, cry uncontrollably? Surely, he must be put through some sort of extreme physical pain that no other mortal could survive or perhaps he is even forced to watch the horrendous slaughtering of his comrades. But more often than not,… View Article

“Helen” by Hilda Doolittle

The first thought I come up with when reading Doolittle’s Helen is the extreme difference between her poem, and Poe’s poem, Helen. Doolittle and Poe both describe Helen using her face, eyes, legs, hands, and knees; however, Doolittle expresses the speaker’s growing hatred of Helen while Poe adores her deeply. Doolittle makes an interesting choice… View Article

Explication of Adrienne Rich’s “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”

Adrienne Rich did a wonderful job portraying the trials of abused and battered women in this poem. These trials could possibly be explained by Rich being the niece of Aunt Jennifer; therefore, personal feelings are exposed throughout the piece. The speaker speaks in an admiring, sincere, tone and her sympathy is apparent because she herself… View Article

Mina Loy’s poem “Lunar Baedeker”

When read top to bottom, Mina Loy’s poem “Lunar Baedeker” may sound like a story of drugs, sex, and desperation. In reality, it is an encrypted biography of part of Loy’s life, as well as symbolic of the cycles of life. Let’s start with the title, shall we? “Lunar Baedeker,” the word ‘lunar’ means moon…. View Article

“In A Time Of War” Poem

The title of Rothenberg’s poem “In a Time of War” seems to encapsulate the poem’s subject-matter, written with uncomplicated words of the English vocabulary makes the poem stand out in a stark manner. This method is used by Rothenberg to illustrate to readers exactly how he sees war, as it is. One outstanding feature of… View Article

“The Bystander” – Rosemary Dobson

“The Bystander” describes the significance of the insignificant characters in paintings. The speaker in the poem is that figure painted behind/beside the subjects of artworks, where he/it speaks out of its existence to us: in the form of a wing, a squire, a distant figure or part of a crowd. This insignificant character reflects upon… View Article

William Wordsworth Poem: “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud”

Wordsworth begins his extended metaphor in the third line of the poem, with his speaker saying, “I saw a crowd, / a host, of golden daffodils” that were “fluttering and dancing in the breeze.” (line 6). The speaker is attributing to these daffodils human qualities: their forming a crowd, and their dancing. That the speaker… View Article

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth

For my second test I choose the poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth because I like the imagery in it of the dancing daffodils. After reading the poem many times I had realized that most of this imagery is produced by the many metaphors and similes. In the first line, Wordsworth… View Article

“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” by John Donne

Throughout the years, humans have rewritten what true love means. The contemporary meaning of true love is the feeling of lightheartedness that one experiences when around another human. True love in Shakespeare and Donne’s time period, was a deep spiritual and emotional connection towards two humans. The connection never fades and grows stronger with separation…. View Article

Stevie Smith essay

Poetry has been described as an “art,” and the poem itself partially defined as having a certain “suggestive power.” Many poets have taken full advantage of this “power” lent to them, and with their pen have set out to master the “art” of poetry in the form of self-expression and honest revelations concerning their very… View Article