Poetry Essay Topics

Judith Beveridge

According to Judith Beveridge, nature is constantly abused and neglected, as a result of industrialisation, a process occurring under the direction of a patriarchal society. This idea is supported by the context of her poetry, a time where power was something that men were supposed to possess. She demonstrates her opinion to her readers through… View Article

Living in Sin by Adrienne Rich: Of Simplicity and Brevity

Poetry has turned off a lot of people Because of its confusing nature and interjection of difficult-to understand symbolisms, poems have been disregarded by many. Yet what most people do not know is that the landscape of poetry has changed tremendously in the past years. Contemporary poets have realized that their works should no longer… View Article

The Use of Image, Allegory, and Voice in Robert Frost’s Poetry

The poetry of Robert Frost was written in the early 1900s and have become a standard in American Poetry. Frost was a prolific author and poet who had the unique ability to effortlessly combined the rich and varied American landscape with modernized transcendental thinking. His poems continue to inspire poets, students, and casual readers. Many… View Article

Universal Human Experience of Choice in Robert Frost’s Poetry

            The poetry of Robert Frost was written in the early 1900s and have become a  standard in American Poetry.  Frost was a prolific author and poet who had the unique ability to effortlessly combined the rich and varied American landscape with modernized transcendental thinking.  His poems continue to inspire poets, students, and casual readers. … View Article

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

We all have different ways of picturing life. However, everyone will agree that we are often faced with series of choices, options and alternatives. Life is a journey and the road we choose to travel determines how we live. For instance, we are faced with career choices which dictates what we become in future. In… View Article

Home of Mercy

Harwood’s ‘Home of Mercy’ focuses on the ideas of oppression, youth and punishment by using an abundance of literary and poetic techniques. All of the above highlight the strict and rigorous nature of the Catholic Church, thus portraying Catholicism in a negative manner. Oppression through the perversion of the Christian doctrine is one of the… View Article

The Pearl Manuscript and medieval visionaries

Pearl texts and their surviving manuscripts are the rich heritage property of Middle English poetry. When a war is won, mention of important soldiers and Generals who contributed to the success of the war, if often mentioned and recorded. Similar is the case about the literature. The scholars who read, analyze, interpret and offer their… View Article

Scansion: The Secretary Chant by Marge Piercy

This poetry is a free verse. The poetic foot of each line will be identified according to syllables or phrases since one line cannot be generalized as “iambic pentameter,” for example, since the lines are irregular. The Secretary chant has no regular pattern like this (Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73): ˇ ´ ˇ ´ ˇ ´ ˇ… View Article

The Value of Poetry

Poetry is an artistic understanding of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Poetry has been recognized to utilize meter and rhyme, though this is by no means necessary. Poetry is an ancient form that has gone through several and drastic reinvention over time. The very… View Article

Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz” (999)

Theodore Roethke (1948) My Papa’s Waltz The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not simple. We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother’s countenance Could not unfrown itself. The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one… View Article

Baudelaire, Keats and Yeats: Fantasy and Real

Charles Pierre Baudelaire was said to be among the precursors of Symbolism – a movement which employed words to separate the imagination from reality, leading to the chastity of the spirit which rejected conformities. It is said to be an offshoot of Romanticism, one of the most prevalent literary movements in the early twentieth-century. In… View Article

Those Winter Sundays: Portrait of Selfless Love

“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden is a man’s memory and realization of his father’s sacrifices when he was just a young boy.  The imagery produced through figurative language and sound devices in the poem creates a hauntingly sad recollection of an unappreciated, selfless love. He remembers how his father used to rise in the… View Article

“Those Winter Days” Poem Analysis

The poem “Those Winter Days” possesses the atmosphere of coldness. The title itself entices the readers to think that it is about a situation of something really cold, without passion and feelings.  Or if the masterpiece would have a feeling that is emitted, that would be hatred and emptiness. The phrases of the poem were… View Article

The Winter Evening Settles Down by T.S Eliot

Eliot has been associated with poignant and dark poems. This poem is composed in typical Eliot style; where  mood is sad and desolate; however unlike Wasteland; it’s the winter in this poem that depicts the melancholy and sadness rather civilization.  Winter evenings are normally long and cold. The day ends “at six o’clock”.  The offices… View Article

The Way in Which Wordsworth Presents Emotion in Strange Fits of Passion

Emotion is a central theme in ‘Strange fits of passion’; even in the title we have “Passion”, shown in the Poet’s feelings for Lucy and in the sudden (seemingly unfounded) idea that “Lucy should be dead” Overseeing the whole scene we also have the moon, used by Wordsworth to counterpoint the Poet’s Journey to “Lucy’s… View Article

The poetry of Wang Wei and Du Fu

The poetry of Wang Wei and Du Fu celebrate the ancient and bucolic life of these Chinese poets. The ideas and images found in these poems are reminiscent of home and their interconnectedness of their lives with nature. The two poets pull ideas from the natural scenes around them and meld these with the feelings… View Article

Male Image in Victorian Poetry

In Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”(1842), “Porphyria’s Love”(1842), and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s verse novel “Aurora Leigh”(1856) we have two contrasting images of male lover and husband. The greed for wealth and power drives the male characters in Robert Browning’s poems to grow from dominating to domineering psychopaths and destroys the object of their affection; in… View Article

Nissim Ezekiel Treatment of Poetry

Nissim Ezekiel’s poem “Enterprise” describes a metaphorical journey toward a specific goal. The travelers on this journey begin in a real physical place, a desert, and argue about how to cross this challenging landscape. One of the members of the group, who writes the most stylish prose, goes his own way. The rest of the… View Article

What is a Metaphysical poem

Metaphysical poetry What is a Metaphysical poem? There are many definitions of Metaphysical poetry. “Metaphysical” when applied to poetry usually involves Love, Science, Geology, Romance, Sensuality and man’s relationship with God. Metaphysical poems are lyrical poems usually containing intense meditations, characterized by striking use of wit, irony, and play on words. Underneath the formal structure… View Article

Ben Jonson Song to Celia

Ben Jonson’s “Song: To Celia” can vary in interpretation depending on the reader. The interpretation of the poem can either be that of a man confessing his love to a woman who rejects him or that of a man in love with a woman who he has had a previous, unsuccessful relationship with. Jonson’s diction,… View Article

The Buck in the Snow

Over a short twelve lines, the speaker in “The Buck in the Snow” mourns then philosophizes over the realism of death, which represents sin, vice, pain, and everything imperfect in the world. The imagery and diction chosen by Edna St. Vincent Millay suggest a sorrowful mood that matches the mournful prayer of the speaker in… View Article

There are Many Enemies in War

World War One poets were normally split into two schools of thought; Pro war and Anti- war. The Pro war poets were often used as recruitments as they told of the glory of war and made it seem like it would be easy and pleasant to fight for the war. Anti war poets told more… View Article

The Poetry of T.S. Eliot

The poetry of T.S. Eliot is of such greatness that it will be read and analyzed by future generations of students and critics as long as there is poetry. Eliot received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 and his work spanned a period of time from 1910 until his death in 1965. The period… View Article

Rabindranadha Tagor, Gitanjali

(Gitanjoli) is a collection of 103 English poems, largely translations, by the Bengali poet Rabindranadha Tagore This volume became very famous in the West, and was widely translated. Gitanjali (Gitanjoli) is also the title of an earlier Bengali volume (1910) of mostly devotional songs. The word gitanjoli is a composed from “git”, song, and “anjoli”,… View Article

Rabindranath Tagore Story & Poem

A Nandalal Bose illustration for “The Hero”, part of the 1913 Macmillan release of The Crescent MoonThe “Sadhana” period, 1891–1895, was among Tagore’s most fecund, yielding more than half the stories contained in the three-volume Galpaguchchha, itself a group of eighty-four stories. [18] They reflect upon Tagore’s surroundings, on modern and fashionable ideas, and on… View Article

Robert Frost And William Stafford

Introduction             The writer chose to compare and contrast the brilliant poems of two of the most famous poets of all time. “Birches” by Robert Frost, and “Traveling Through The Dark” by William Stafford. Both poems cover nature as a theme and through it, expertly laid out their ideas and what they wanted to express…. View Article

Once More, America, Before I Go

The explication of poetry demands close reading of a single short poem or several stanzas of a longer work. Its goal is to unearth the hidden meaning/s of the poem by using the poetic techniques and elements employed by the author. Some of these techniques and elements include “diction, stanza and line structure, meter, rhythm… View Article

The Representation of Helen in Omeros

Derek Walcott’s epic Omerus is a postcolonial re-writing of the classical Greek poems of Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey. The poem is very complex and tackles many themes, but the most important one is that of colonialism and hegemony. The setting is that of the writer’s own native Caribbean island, Saint Lucia, where he… View Article

Sylvia Plath’s Poetry

“You died before I had time…” Sylvia Plath pronounces in the initial part of her poem, expressing seeming regret over her desire but inability to ‘kill’ her father, who was in fact, already dead. Of course, Plath wasn’t speaking of “killing” her father in a literal manner, but instead, was expressing putting an end to… View Article