Is Poem 657 – “I dwell in Possibility” a matter of ‘more than meets the eye?’ This poem by Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) may seem as if it’s about death or the after life. But take a closer look!
Do not confuse William Blake’s poem (1757-1827) with the poem taken from William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Yet there are many similarities between both poems.
Sometimes the one who inspires you can do the same as you do. In this case, Honoré de Balzac’s inspiration was also active as a poet himself. Marceline Desbordes-Valmore was a creditable poet who left the world many beautiful (French) poems. She also wrote poetry herself, something that must not be forgotten.
Originally Langston Hughes (1901 – 1967) named his poem “Harlem.” He would later change the name to “Dream deferred.” A poem in which procrastination seems to be central. But how do you postpone dreams?
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.
The poem “The map” is part of Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry collection “North and South.” Let’s take a moment to analyse this poem written by Bishop. In other words: Elizabeth Bishop’s Map.
The law to abolish slavery was passed the same year she passed away. She was Hannah More, the religious poet and philanthropist who wrote an indictment against slavery. Has this poem been overtaken by history?
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).
The poem “Preludes” by T.S. Eliot (1888 – 1965) is one of the most prominent poems written by this American-British poet, playwright, cultural philosopher and critic. In this poem, written in an impressionistic style, he shares his thoughts about spirituality set in the modern city.
In her poem “I am not yours” Sara Teasdale dives into love. Her poem speaks about what she is not, but one can’t help to think: was this really what she wanted?
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!
“Sonnet 30” written by Edmund Spenser (1552 – 1599) is often titled “Fire and Ice” or “My love is like to ice.” What were the thoughts of Spenser behind this 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.
Dreaming is a state of mind when you can truly be free. This is what “The hours rise” by E.E. Cummings is all about. This poem is also known as “The hours rise up” or “Sonnet IX” (the official title). It was written in 1922.
“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.”
Did you know two famous engravings of the eighteenth century come with poems? These two artistic creations by William Hogarth would eventually lead to the Gin Act of 1751. Let’s take a moment to talk about “Beer Street” and “Gin Lane.”
There are many ways to describe true love or the things about this love that makes you want to fly. Lord Byron (1788-1824) did it like no other in the poem “She walks in beauty.”
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.
“Jabberwocky” is a nonsense poem written by Lewis Caroll (1832 – 1898). This poem was included in the book “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” The poem is one of the nonsense poems ever written.
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.”
She was considered to be one of a kind, during the time she lived. She was able to write and publish in a time when women weren’t supposed to do so. She was the first African-American poetess whose work got published. This is the poem “An hymn to the morning” by Phillis Wheatley.
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.
Music is of all ages. It’s true, music did change since the moment Lord Byron wrote down his poem “Stanzas for music”, during the Romantic Era. Stanzas for music doesn’t seem to handle music, find out why.
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.
The poem “The House Was Just Twinkling In The Moon Light” is a perfect example of Modernism, written by Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946). This poem may well be written about any house in the French countryside. The other option that it is about the house she grew up in Pennsylvania.
According to today’s categorisation the poem written by Edgar Allan Poe entitled “The Raven” is a gothic novel. This poem is indeed more like a short story. Let’s dive into this dark poem where a raven has a conversation with a man, about his lost love.
Whoever fights injustice and prejudice should take a look at Maya Angelou’s poem “Stil I rise.” In this poem, she showed us there is always something that needs to be fought for. This is one of her most popular poems.
When no one else can be prosecuted, who is left? Why didn’t he speak out before? Eventually, he did and he wrote a poem about it. This is “First they came for the Jews” by Martin Niemöller. There is a side note to this poem though.
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).
Many poets wrote about geographic locations. Christian Johann Heinrich Heine is no exception. He wrote a poem about rock Lorelei in Germany. His poem, “Lorelei” is all about this famous geographic location.
This poem is inspired by horrific events. The poem that the Dutch historian, professor, writer and poet wrote in March 1943 was inspired by the arrest of his wife by the Germans. His wife would not live to see the and of the war. She died in the Sobibor death camp.
There are so many ways to describe the feeling of love. What about the need to express how much ways there are to show your love? Or what about the need to know how to love the other one? This is what the poem Sonnet 43, also known as: “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barret Browning is about.
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.
As not everyone in this world can understand the Dutch language, it was a good idea to translate some of the work written by the Belgian poet Paul van Ostaijen. This makes the work of this abstract poet more accessible.
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?