Essay on Poetic Form

What Becomes of Dreams Deferred: “Harlem”

What becomes of deferred dreams: “Harlem” In “Harlem,” by Langston Hughes, the speaker wants the reader to consider the dangers of postponing their dreams. Through similes of imagery, he emphasizes the importance to consider dreams to be as real as flesh and vital as food. “Harlem” is a free verse poem consisting of eleven lines, […]

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Semester Poetry

This unit will attempt to offer an overview of Spender’s well known sonnet sequence, the Alienator sonnets, Slung primarily on formal elements and literary Influences. It will offer analyses of three sonnets boom the Amaretto. The Influence In particular of Italian court poets like Patriarch, and the reworking of the sonnet will be explored. The […]

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Explication of Design

“Design”, by Robert Frost, contemplates fate and the role it plays on the lives of every living thing, regardless of size. By definition, design is the purposeful or inventive arrangement of parts or details ( Webster ). The poem starts with the description of an observation made of a spider that has caught a moth […]

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Duffy and Donne and their portrayal of the loss of identity

Identity and distinctiveness has habitually been subjected to in most of John Donne’s poems, in this case the “Holy Sonnet IV”, as has been questioned in Carol Ann Duffy’s “Originally”. In these poems, which have been written centuries apart, both poets display well the loss of identity suffered by them and the great impact of […]

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An Essay Comparing ‘Medallion’ and ‘Snake’

The title of the poem ‘Medallion’ automatically conjures up the image of a gold medal with a picture on it, usually awarded to commemorate an achievement. The first stanza, comprising of three lines, sets the scene for the rest of the poem. There is a gate with a moon and a star carved into the […]

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Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Earl of Surrey

Before I compare these sonnets I must understand exactly what a sonnet is. A sonnet is a type of poem, which poets often use to express their feelings. The themes of most sonnets are subjects such as war and death or love and happiness. Sonnets are useful because the poet can tell the reader what […]

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Sonnets 18, 116 and 130

The sonnets have fourteen lines and are structured into three quatrains and an ending couplet. The rhyme pattern is abab, cdcd, efef, gg and the rhythm is iambic pentameter.Sonnet 18 is written to the poets loved one. The voice of the poem seems to be Shakespeare himself as in the beginning line he says ‘shall […]

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Comparing ‘ Follower ‘ and ‘ Digging ‘

The title ‘ Follower ‘ intrigues curiosity for what the poem is about, and what is doing the following. This poem, the ‘ Follower ‘, is about the writer looking up to his father whilst he ploughs some land, and how the roles have changed. The title ‘ Digging ‘ is quite plain, and unusual […]

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In what ways is Grace Nichols Using an Individual

The ways in which Grace Nichols using an individual, characteristic poetic voice is very different from other poets such as Ted Hughes or Seamus Heaney. From a first impression of the poem, we can see there is no set poem structure. This is a free verse poem, almost in a conversational style. The fifth and […]

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The solitary reaper

Wordsworth is depicting a girl at the fields reaping and singing alone, the sound of the girl is magnificient and it makes him to tell people recognise and ‘listen! ‘ her , it is underpinned that the poet does not even understand the content of the song, yet he is enchanted by it, and lastly […]

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Authorship of Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Much speculation has been made about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. Some scholars argue that parts of his plays were written by other playwrights, some argue that he did not write any ot his plays, while others believe that he did not exist at all. One passage in particular that raises a few questions is […]

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When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes

William Shakespeare penned down his most touching 29th sonnet, entitled, “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”. This sonnet holds the subject matter of love. More particularly, this poem praises love. In the first quatrain, the author is in a state of melancholy and is treated as an outcast. In the second quatrain, he […]

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Sonnet Eighteen: An Analysis

Sonnet Eighteen is one of the most famous sonnets written by William Shakespeare. The sonnet is about the love that another has for his lover. Many argue that the sonnet is actually written about another man, but either way it is about love. Sonnet eighteen’s theme is that even though the summer and things of […]

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Song of Roland

One of the most famous epic-poems in world history, “The Song of Roland” recounts events during the first Crusade when Charlemagne reigned (approximately 778 A.D.)  and demonstrates the oral tradition in epic poetry. Though myriad versions of the poem have been uncovered, there is no “definitive” version, per se, and ‘The Song of Roland” is […]

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This Be the Verse

This Be the Verse is a lyric poem in three verses of four iambic tetrameter on an alternating rhyme scheme, by the English poet Philip Larkin (1922–1985). It was written around April 1971, first published in the August 1971 issue of New Humanist, and appeared in the 1974 collection High Windows. The title also ironically […]

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A Surprising Read and Analysis of Brueghel’s Two Monkeys

Szymborska’s poem, “Brueghel’s Two Monkeys,” starts in an odd way. The reader is thrust straight into the scene of an exam, which at first seems all too familiar. However, Szymborska surprises the reader when the voice says what she dreams about as she takes the final exam, “two monkeys, chained to the floor. ” This […]

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On His Blindness by John Milton

What is poetry? According to the author Clugston (2010) poetry is everything the poet sees. Also according to Clugston (2010) “poetry is everything the poet senses, feels, experiences, and imagines”. Poems are built around human life experiences but written in concise and expressive figurative language form which could sometimes be difficult to understand. Not only […]

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