A combination of contradictions forms the basis of the poem “The world” by Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894). He message is simple: in this world, there is good and bad.
Denise Levertov (1923 – 1997) left us with some interesting and beautiful poems. Denise Levertov’s secret, what’s it all about? Is it about the discoveries in life? The mysteries of life? More importantly, is it possible to discover something important when reading poetry?
Although there is little information about the life of Sappho, we still can read her poems. These poems are translated. The poem in this article, “A girl” was translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It’s safe to conclude that her life is a mystery, but her poems are not.
What heaven could be like. Who’s never thought about that? Emily Dickinson did! She wrote the poem we know as Poem 54 and/or “I went to heaven.”
There is a good chance that the 280th poem by Emily Dickinson is the first work you read. For many of us, this poem is the introduction to Emily Dickinson. There is a good reason for this because the poem is often quoted and recited. People consider this as a scary kind of poem.
It’s one of the 108 sonnets that Philip Sidney (1554 – 1586) wrote during his life. The poem is known as “Come Sleep! O Sleep” or (just) “Sleep.” That is because this poem is officially entitled Sonnet 39. This sonnet is about the effect sleep has on men. This poem is part of another story: the story of Astrophil (star-lover) and Stella (star).
How does a beautiful woman respond to her jealous lover? Read the poem “Before the World Was Made” by William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) and you will have all the answers!
In her poem “The Garden” Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) writes about the wish to be as strong as the rose she sees in her garden. This poem was rediscovered during the Seventies by feminist and LGBTQ-movements. It’s a classic example of Imagism. A classic H.D. poem!
The contrast in the works of Christina Rossetti is impressive. At one side there are the more sexual oriented poems and on the other side there are poems such as “Dream land.” A romantic, devotional poem.
“A daughter of Eve” was written by Christina Rosetti. She wrote this poem when she volunteered at a charity house. Who is the woman, this daughter of Eve, who Rossetti refers to?
A life-changing event can lead to a poem such as the one written by Phillis Wheatley (1753 – 1784). At a very young age, she was sold as a slave. With a ship, she sailed from Africa to America and was bought by a wealthy family from Boston. In her poem “On Being Brought From Africa To America,” she writes about her journey to another world. But in a way, this poem is a paradox. What makes part of this poem produce a bitter aftertaste?
Jane Austen has a certain mythical status. Her six novels are in the lists of most read books across the globe. She also wrote poetry and that too deserves to get the same attention. In the poem “I’ve a pain in my head” it seems that she is into medicine for headaches.
When you read the poem “A Child said, What is the grass?” you may not realise this, but it’s a reflection about a changing world. A world that was more than green fields of grass. Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) wrote the poem as if he was describing the thoughts of a child.
It’s needless to say that the inspiration for the poem “Divinely superfluous beauty” by John Robinson Jeffers might have come from the countryside he lived in. The countryside in Carmel-at-Sea was a great inspiration for Jeffers to write about. There is more to his beauty he describes. What is real beauty?
There are a few rivers in the world that inspire people to write about. The river Nile is one of these rivers. It’s not that strange, since you consider that this is the world’s longest river. The river inspired James Leigh Hunt to write a poem about this river: “A Thought of the Nile.”
When you’re the proud owner of a website, you don’t want any hassle when it comes to posting to social media. There are many solutions to post from your website to social media, but most of them are too limited to use the free versions. Buffer and Later are solutions that let you do more, but which one is the best? Buffer or Later?
In “Sonnet 65” William Shakespeare doesn’t only bring forward the way someone can express love. It also brings forward the love towards a young man. The sexuality of Shakespeare has always been a subject of recurring debate. A poem like “Sonnet 65” is a piece of evidence, some say, about Shakespeare’s sexual orientation.
It can happen: someone is more famous forever written word except poetry. This is true when it concerns the literary works of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894). He is mostly remembered for his books “Treasure Island”and “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.” But he also wrote some beautiful poems, such as “My shadow.”
From time to time, The Ministry of Poetic Affairs translates some Dutch poems into English and analyses these poems. This isn’t any different with the poem by Jan Kal (born 1946) entitled “Mont Ventoux.” This mountain is related to a sporting event that is known all over the world.
Song texts as poetry. It’s possible. Rhyming is poetry (not always necessary). The words of the song by Jim Croce are so beautiful. They can pass off as poetry! The lyrics of your favourite song can be considered as poetry as well. Here’s just an example of a song, that shows us how beautiful words are.
One stanza is all it takes. The poem “A little song” consist of just one stanza. Enough to be a powerful love poem. This poem is written by Amy Lowell (1874 0 1925).
Dark Romanticism. That is a good description of the category in which the work Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) belongs. “The valley of unrest” is a poem with one stanza, that is about a place where you normally wouldn’t find bustle or noise (unrest): a cemetery.
Emily Brontë is considered as one of the greatest British poets ever lived. In times of darkness, you can always turn to her for comfort. Poems such as “Hope” inspire, motivate and do what the title tells us: give hope or just hope.
John Keats (1795 – 1821) seemed to talk about sleep as an answer for both physical and emotional pain. Sleep as a metaphor for death, it’s somewhat cliché. But was this English poet perhaps referring to something else in his poem “Sonnet to sleep” or not?
Is the poem “The fish” about the animal or is there more to this poem? It’s time to dive into this poem written by William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939).
It’s always a pleasure to analyse the work of Walt Whitman. The poem “O Me! O life!” is a perfect Whitman-style poem to analyse. This poem is about self-reflection.
Louisa May Alcott is forever linked with the stories “Little Women” and “Little Men.” She wrote more than these two novels. Poems such as “Fairy song” for instance.
How is it even possible, to taste something that isn’t there? According to Emily Dickinson, it’s possible. Read the analysis of Poem 214 – “I TASTE a liquor never brewed.”
The work of Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894) is mostly religious and many times it’s about having to say goodbye to earthly love. Some of her work is close to the edge of that what once was not to be discussed. In this poem, “Remember”, Rossetti talks about that moment when she is no longer alive.
A mask of burning gold, that’s what the woman wears in the poem “The Mask” by William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939). It tells a story about someone who’s hiding her true self from the rest of the world.
John Keats was one of the leading figures of the Romantic era. He wrote a poem like it was a letter. Since this was Keats, it wasn’t a letter. It was more than a poem either…
This is a translated version of the poem written by Louise Labé.
This is the translation of the poem “En paz” by Amado Nero.
Dante Alighieri is well-known for his “La Divina Commedia.” During his life, he wrote more. This is the poem “Love and the gentle heart.”
There are many reasons to write poetry. Love is one of these reasons. When it concerns a lost love, it can lead to poems such as “Lolotte, who attires my hair,” written by Jessie Redmon Fauset.
“Grotesque” is about the inevitability of death. In the same way, it’s a poem that is sort-off obstinant when it comes to good in life. An interesting poem was written by Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925).
Love can be overwhelming. That’s what Allen Ginsberg stressed out in the poem “Song.” A poem about his deepest feelings on how much weight this can be for the heart.