Poetry Essay Topics

Black Rook in Rainy Weather

I an infrequently lost for words. I like to think of myself as quite an eloquent and articulate speaker and writer, but there are times when I feel neither. It is ironic that the very subject of this poem, a lack of words, or rather a lack of inspiration, is exactly what is holding me… View Article

Hamlet and His Problems

Eliot offers, as we have seen, what has come to be called an ‘impersonal theory of poetic creation. ’ Eliot would not have denied either that poets have feelings or that poetry inspires certain feelings in the reader. He offers, rather, an account, centered around his notion of the objective correlative, of how such feelings… View Article

Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost

Walking alone at night, for some, can seem like a peaceful thing to do, to help clear a person’s mind and let the day’s troubles disappear into the dark. For others, though, the night is when a person feels the most alone and must face their own demons. Robert Frost makes the night become that… View Article

How Is Conflict Presented in Bayonet Charg

Conflict often has harmful effects, including causing death and destruction, so it is usually viewed negatively. However, conflict can also bring out positive traits in people, and the people involved in it may be respected. “Bayonet Charge” imagines a soldier’s experience in battle. “The Charge of The Light Brigade” recounts the story of the charge… View Article

Seamus Heaney’s poem “Blackberry Picking’

In Seamus Heaney’s poem “Blackberry Picking’ the poet vividly recreates a seemingly unimportant event in which he goes blackberry picking as a child. However by the end of the poem this experience acquires increased significance. Throughout Heaney’s description of this event we are made aware of the theme, Heaney’s childhood hopes and dreams in contrast… View Article

Mirror: Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is the author of the poem “Mirror”, written in the early 1960s. Plath had a history of severe depression due to her father’s death when she was a child and her failed attempts of suicide throughout her life. Many of her poems reflect her emotions, whether they are sad, angry or depressing, and… View Article

Caribbean Literature 1900-1929

In the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica, during the year of 1900-1929 there were two poets whose work truly stood out and made a statement. Those poets were Thomas Redcam (1870-1933) and Claude McKay (1878-1972). Thomas Redcam was a Jamaican poet who came from Irish ancestry. Throughout his life he promoted Jamaican literature and was a notable… View Article

Yeats’ poetry

Yeats’ poetry has survived over a century due to his depiction of various human states both in himself and those in the world around him. A personal and depressive depiction of humans is seen used in “The wild swans at Coole,” where Yeats reflects on the final rejection from Maud Gonne whom he was in… View Article

Those Winter Sundays

Upon first reading the poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, I was an objective reader who assumed Hayden was looking back with nostalgia at his lost childhood. Without researching the poem, as well as Hayden himself, I had no way of knowing his background as an adopted child to unhappy parents in a dysfunctional… View Article

Modern Hebrew Literature

In addition to writing traditional rabbinic literature in Hebrew, modern Jews developed new forms of fiction, poetry, and essay-writing, which are typically called “Modern Hebrew Literature.” Eighteenth Century Moses Hayyim Luzzatto’s allegorical drama “La-Yesharim Tehillah” (1743) may be regarded as the first product of modern Hebrew literature. It has been referred to as “a poem… View Article

Critical Analysis of Convergence of the Twain Thomas Hardy

“ Not even God can sink this ship” –is the infamous line that refers to the Titanic, one of the largest most immaculate man made inventions of its time, and the catastrophic accident that led to its sinking has been a historical bookmark, noted for decades. Thomas Hardy’s perception to this disaster is rather pessimistic;… View Article

Rizal’s Juventud

This may seem like a blatant patronization of Rizal, but I like to say: I love this particular work of his. One can bask in the colorful language that he uses in this one. Also, this particular work presents a lot of allegories from which one can try to decipher and understand. And from these… View Article

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

I remember when we broke up the first time Saying, “This is it, I’ve had enough,” ’cause like We hadn’t seen each other in a month When you said you needed space. (What?) Then you come around again and say “Baby, I miss you and I swear I’m gonna change, trust me.” Remember how that… View Article

The Life and Poetry of Edwin Arlington Robinson

Poetry is the rhythm of every writer’s soul. It varies in distinction from one artist or poet to the next. Poems don’t generally appeal to the greatest number of individuals, and they could hardly be regarded as a popular or esoteric form of ‘entertainment. ‘ But the writer Edwin Arlington Robinson; and the proficient body… View Article

The Brutal Realities of War Expressed in Poetry

The poet’s confronts a very poetic perception of life and death by which he incorporated a very distinct mood in his poetry. He particularly engrosses himself to make a point of comparison between the life of those free animals and the soldiers. The speaker is English soldier, perhaps Isaac Rosenberg himself. The poetry has a… View Article

Analyzing Poetry

Ezra Pound’s poetry is striking in its break from the blank verse which occupied the page during the transcendental period. Taking points from Whitman’s free verse style, Pound gives the reader a subjective look at poetry. The poem A Virginal gives the reader both phantoms and tangible feelings of which the narrator is powerless to… View Article

Emily Dickinson Comparative Poems

Emily Dickinson was a religious person, but she always questioned faith and religion in her poetry. She seems to not take a solid stance in the debate between science and faith. However, Dickinson seemed to particularly struggle with the idea of “faith” and what it really meant. This is evident in most of her poetry,… View Article

Differences Between Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson

Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson’s works have numerous differences. Compared to Dickinson’s short and seemingly simple poems, Whitman’s are long and often complex. Both pioneered their own unique style of writing. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson both have been hailed as original and unique artists. They each have distinctive voices that many have attempted to… View Article

The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop

In my answer I will be talking about my ideas on the themes, styles, and images in the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. Elizabeth Bishop was born on the 8th of February 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father died when she was eight months old and her mother, in shock, was sent to a mental hospital… View Article

Christina Rossetti

• Christina Rossetti was the youngest of four children • Mother- Gabriele Rossetti, an Italian patriot who came to London in 1824. • She had one sister, Maria, and two brothers, Dante Gabriel and William. • Brought up as devout Anglo-Catholics. Christina’s elder sister Maria eventually became an Anglican nun. • In 1848 she became… View Article

I Am Mirror: A Historical Critique

Claribel Alegr? a in Nicaragua in 1924 and a year later her family was exiled to El Salvador because of her father’s support of Nicaraguan guerrilla leader Augusto Cesar Sandino, Alegria’s family was forced into exile by Anastasio Somoza, a Nicaraguan politician who later became commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan army and eventually the nation’s president…. View Article

Compare Plath and Larkin

Compare and contrast the ways in which death is portrayed in Philip Larkin’s poem ‘Days’ and ‘Ambulances’ and Sylvia plath’s ‘Lady Lazarus’ and ‘Death and Co’ The poems i am going to analyse are: •Lady Lazarus •Death and Co •Ambulances •Days It is understatement to say that both Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin have immense… View Article

Two Views of a Cadaver Room by Sylvia Plath

After reading the poem ‘two views in a cadaver room’ by Sylvia Plath, it gives the poem a dark and bright side of love which includes a dark grey area between the two. This poem has an observer who narrates both stanzas of the poem, both of which have different overview of emotions mostly depending… View Article

Wasp’s Nest by James L. Rosenberg

In The Wasp’s Nest, a free verse poem written by James L. Rosenberg, the speaker witnesses two wasps beginning to make a nest in her mailbox. The speaker however chooses not to kill them, not out of fear, but out of a mutual respect for the time and devotion the wasps take to build their… View Article

Gwendolyn Brooks and Edwin Arlington Robinson

Gwendolyn Brooks and Edwin Arlington Robinson are two out of many fine poets that have written inspiration poetry that has had an impact on our country. Gwendolyn Brooks achieved success at an early age. Brooks is best known for her lyrical style of urban poetry, such as the poem “We Real Cool”. Brooks was the… View Article

Me Imperturbe- Walt Whitman

The word imperturbe means care-free. The title of the poem, Me Imperturbe, means I am carefree. The poem starts off with Walt standing out in nature. As Walt stands out in nature he feels as if he is the master of everything and still has confidence even as the world is in turmoil. These things… View Article

The Writings of Shakespeare and Donne

The poems from William Shakespeare and John Donne that interest me are “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” and “The flea”. One of the main reason that I am writing about these two poems are because they are the only ones that I know of because that is what we talked about in… View Article

A Critical Analysis of Wilfred Owen’s Disabled

Wilfred Owen, a Soldier Poet who spent time in several military hospitals after being diagnosed with neurasthenia, wrote the poem “Disabled” while at Craiglockhart Hospital, after meeting Seigfried “Mad Jack” Sassoon. A look at Owen’s work shows that all of his famed war poems came after the meeting with Sassoon in August 1917 (Childs 49)…. View Article

Poetry and Harlem Renaissance

According to this poem, is there an answer to the question asked in the first line: “What happens to a dream deferred?” Explain how the poem does or does not answer the question. This poem was written in 1951, approximately twenty years after the end of the Harlem Renaissance. It is the only poem in… View Article