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?
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?
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?
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?
Let’s not confuse the title of this poem with a political slogan, shall we? This is about the poem “I Hear America singing”, written by Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892). It’s an entirely different poem or title than the political slogan “Make America great again.” But, what is the poem of Whitman about?