What Makes a Good Poem

The definition of a ‘good poem’, as well as of the poet’s role and qualities in general, varies among the different commentators. In this short essay, the opinions by James Tate, Robert Bly, Billy Collins, and Matthew Dickman on the constituent features of a ‘good poem’ and its evaluation criteria shall be examined. However, its […]

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Poem and Short Story Exam Questions Review

Question 1 In every stanza of this poem, Donald Justice introduces an image that differentiates men at forty from boys. In the first stanza, Donald uses the image of a door, and he says that men at forty close doors softly, when they do not intend to return. This means that they leave these places […]

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Play vs Essay and Poem

A play is a structured literary form of theatre that is used to highlight various issues in society. An essay is a structured written presentation about an issue, while a poem is a literal presentation of ideas using various styles such as repetition. Reading a play relating to sexual violence against women is immensely different […]

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Derek Mahon`s poem “After the Titanic”

Coursework SECTION A We were under a freezing impression from the cliff we saw – it was a high, intimidating creation of nature, a glacial castle, with an unscalable fortress. The snowy wall seemed a living being – calm and unkindly, it was ready to tear down its heavy icy blocks and bury us under […]

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The poem Keeping Quiet

The poem Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda highlights the necessity to be quiet while pondering about the life we have on earth. I like the poem because it discusses the need for mutual understanding between men in the current environment filled with environmental damages. In our present hectic life cycles, encompassed by fast moving lifestyles, […]

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The Special Voice of Women: An Understanding Garnered from the Poem She Had Horses by Joy Harjo

Women have a very distinctive approach in speech and self expression. Basically, it has been noted through studies that women are driven by their emotions, their feelings towards the situations that they are facing every day. Through the said researches and studies, women were noted to have a good sense of recognition when it comes […]

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How does Ferlingetti convey the idea of social difference in the poem

Ferlingetti his idea of social different ways through the poem, ‘Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes’, ranging from staggering the lines to Double meanings, these I am going to explain over the course of this essay. The first point is the time ‘nine a.m.’, although this is not a lot […]

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Hotel Room Twelth Floor Essay

My essay is based on the poem wrote by Norman MacCaig ‘ Hotel Room Twelth Floor ‘. This stanza is a full visual description of what he sees. At the point he wrote the poem he was in a pessimistic state of mind as his words and description create a negative image inside your head. […]

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Assisi Critical Evaluation

There are not many poems that I have read that have genuinely shocked me however, Norman MacCaig’s “Assisi” is one of them. “Assisi” is a shocking and thought provoking poem in which the poet uses many devices to effectively highlight the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and his anger at the apathy of society. In […]

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What makes a good narrative poem

Narrative manes telling a story, so a narrative poem is a telling a story in the form of a poem. So that I can answer the above question I will look at the following areas and see if the poems that I was concentrating on fit in to these categories. I think that a good […]

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Tam O`Shanter

Robert burns creates a joyous mood in his poem “Tam O`Shanter”. The poem deals with a drunken mans journey to a church, where he finds a dance of witches and warlocks, his emotional involvement with one of the witches and his escape from them. Although the moral of the story deals with the serious effects […]

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Church going Philip Larkin

In the poem ” Church going” Philip Larkin indicates his views on religion, the value of the church and its future in an increasingly secular age through describing a biker’s encounter with a church he often passes. Larkin shows the meaning of christianity and its place in society by contrasting its physical and spiritual aspects. […]

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Compare And Contrast ‘the Charge

These two war poems, although written about the same subject, are very different. The Charge of the Light Brigade is about honouring the brave soldiers that were brave enough to go to war, whereas Exposure almost tells the story of these soldiers that went to war, right through from marching to the battle to the […]

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The Charge of the Light Brigade – the memory of the great British victory

The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson leaves a lasting vivid memory of the great British victory over the Russians at the battle of Balaklava. He makes the charge on the Russians memorable by the use of technical devices, which shows the courage and unquestionable loyalty of the men and […]

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Compare (1968) Of The Same Events

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a dramatic historical event that has inspired many artists to work around these events. Two such examples are the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson written in 1854 and the film of 1968 directed by Tony Harrison. Both these works have similarities and differences, such as attitudes towards the […]

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Eileen McAuley’s ‘The Seduction’ and Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’

I am going to be comparing and contrasting Eileen McAuley’s ‘The Seduction’ and Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’. The reason that I have chosen to compare these two poems is because they both have the theme of passion, love and the lack of respect for women, however they portray the theme from different points […]

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‘In Memory of my Mother’

‘In Memory of My Mother’ is about love, a very strong theme in this poem. The speaker has great love for his mother. She is dead but he still thinks about her wherever he is. He remembers moments they shared together and he replays them in his mind. “I see you walking down a lane” […]

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Ecstasy – 656 words – College Essay

Ecstasy is known as an out of body experience and in this poem Donne strives to incorporate many different scenarios so that the reader can apprehend the out of body experience love gives: “Our eye-beams twisted, and did thread our eyes, upon one double string;” This metaphor presents the concept that the gaze of the […]

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“No, Thank You, John” by Christina Rossetti

The poem ‘”No, Thank You, John”‘ by Christina Rossetti, is about a conflicting love relationship. Throughout this poem she uses catharsis, consonance and a rhythm and rhyming device, to convey her theme. The poem expresses her true feelings towards a friend who wishes to have a deeper relationship with her although she does not have […]

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Immigrants at Central Station

Physical journeys shape our lives in everything we do and think. These journeys often lead to inner journeys as well, which can lead to self-actualisation. These experiences can alter a person’s perspective by providing them with new information and ideas. So, a physical journey basically allows a person to experience new things, while at the […]

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How do male authors portray their female characters

Browning’s application concerning figurative language, emotive language, inferential language, symbolism and punctuation all emphasize the portrayal of, in this case Porphyria, as weak. The appellation Porphyria has significance to the poem, as it is a brain disease. Figurative language.The metaphors, personification, and alliteration set the picture or mood of the poem. There is quite a […]

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An Analysis of a Favourite Grace Nichols Poem

In this essay I will be writing about one of the Grave Nichols poems that I have studied. I will refer to other poems that have the same theme or technique that Grace Nichols uses. I have decided to analyze “Childhood”. Grace Nichols was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1950. She was educated at St. […]

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