Poetry Essay Topics

Industrialized Poets

Edgar Allan Poe, Walter Benjamin, and Arthur Rimbaud all lived in the turbulent 19th Century where the idyllic countryside was giving way to the industrialized world. Their poetry reflects the profound impact industrialization’s onslaught had on the world. Starting from Edgar Allan Poe, to Arthur Rimbaud and finally to Walter Benjamin this paper will discuss… View Article

Poetry Response

I really love this poem by Wendy Copes because of the message that it tells me. For some reason there are those people who wish to pull someone down. Sometimes it is because of jealousy, envy and pride. In reality, no matter how hard you try to be good and to appreciate everyone, you really… View Article

Poetry Questions

In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s work, “Nature”, the speaker forces the reader to analyze their core beliefs and values. The speaker asks, “why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? The sun shines today also”. By asking this simple question, the… View Article

Poetry Discussion

Tone (literary) is a technique used in composition which aims to address the attitudes implied by the author towards the subject and the audience. It is commonly used in poetry to express feeling and emotion (wikipedia.org). It sets the mood and gives life to a literary piece.             The five poems that were assigned to… View Article

Langston Hughes’ “Montage of a Dream Deferred”

Published in 1951, Langston Hughes’ “Montage of a Dream Deferred” is a collection of poetry which explores the theme of racism and utilizes rhythm to make the pieces almost musical. The work “Harlem” quickly became one of the most popular of the anthology. Later the title was changed to “Dream Deferred”, but in analyzing the… View Article

Poetic Devices Used by Seamus Heaney in Blackberry-Picking

Blackberry-picking is a retrospective and recollecting poem by Seamus Heaney. In it he mentions one of his childhood incidents. The poem is sensuous and appeals to the five senses. He uses various poetic devices to depict a memorable picture in our minds. Usage of the five senses is very important to the success of treating… View Article

Portrait of the Poet as Landscape

The basic attribute that cane extracted from the persona of the character is his dilemmas in life. The vivid description of the surrounding community does not really have any sympathy to what a particular individual is going through as long as life goes on for each of people in the background. The terms “death” and… View Article

The Power of Illumination in Poetry

The stunning power of illumination found in poetry is a luxury for readers who love to read verses. Compared to other genres in Literature such as short stories or plays, poems offer insight in just one sitting, in a matter of minutes. In as few as four lines, the reader is offered an illumination about… View Article

Understanding the Strength of Poetry

     Poetry celebrates the senses, and sharpens the mind. These attributes make the genre a favorite among readers who like their literary adventures short; in as few as four brilliantly written lines, a poem reader emerges enlightened, his senses heightened by the verses. Such an experience is rendered by impeccable poets like Emily Dickinson and… View Article

The Parable of the Old Man and the Young

The Parable of the Old Man and the Young is a short poem written by Wilfred Owen in 1920, As the title mentions, the poem is a parable. It is generally accepted that the old man, Abram, represents the European nations or more probably their governments, the first view of the poem is that it… View Article

Poetry & lives

Poetry is already a part of everyone’s lives. In fact this wasn’t created but sprung in our hearts. The four poems, Songs of the Road, of Men and Women, Quiet, To Mother, and Woman Knitting talks about the lives of every human being, the four works of art tackles about life, family, the realities of… View Article

The basic features of Elizabethan Poetry

During the Elizabethan age England felt the complete effect of the Renaissance. There occurred a revival of the old and classical literature of Greece and Rome and this was manifested in the poetry of the age. The Elizabethan age was characterized by an extreme spirit of adventure, aestheticism and materialism which became the characteristic features… View Article

Ronald Stuart Thomas

Ronald Stuart Thomas, born in Cardiff, on the 29th of March 1913-2000, He was a well known poet and a clergyman for the Church of England. Thomas’s ministry took him to a number rural parishes in north Wales, the bleak beauty of the landscape and the hard lives of the peasant farmers became the main… View Article


Poetry is a form of literary art and uses particular forms and conventions to suggest alternative meaning in the words and to evoke some emotional responses. There are sound patterns in poetry which create further meaning, such as assonance, alliteration and onomatopoeia. These sound effects have a particular function in a poem. Poems often make… View Article

Mending Wall Commentary

Robert Frost’s Narrative poem, “Mending Wall” is a light-hearted yet tense depiction of opposing views that brings together two different people. Written in blank verse with simple structure and strewn with images alluding to myths and human history, this poem reveals the men’s customs and furthermore the never ending ritual of man, which guides the… View Article

Poetry & art

Poetry is a form of art. Though I want to be an Economics Major in the University of Penn, I am a young aficionado of poetry and prose at heart. I would love to develop my skills through a disciplined and distinguished writing program and Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences offers to cater my… View Article

Romanticism and Classicism

Both Romanticism and Classicism deal with a certain psychological truth – however, they use different techniques to show this truth, and, consequently, show different sides of a person’s psychology. The Romanticists take a lyrical stance – they explore a person’s emotions and subjectivity. Mostly, this is done in poetry, because poetry generally provides more creative… View Article

The Unlived Life of J. Alfred Prufrock

As people look back to past experiences in their life what do they want to remember? Do they want to remember a wonderful life full of expieriences, or a life where they never really lived? The theme of the unlived life in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock manifests through the narrator as he… View Article

Before You Were Mine by Carol Ann Duffy

“Before you were mine” is a poem written by a daughter about how she imagines her mother’s life ten years before the daughter was born. The author describes the photo of her mother with two of her friends. They “shriek at the pavement” and seem to be sharing a joke, young and lightsome (line 4)…. View Article

Life of Rabindra Nath Tagore

Tagore’s international travels also sharpened his opinion that human divisions were shallow. During a May 1932 visit to a Bedouin encampment in the Iraqi desert, the tribal chief told him that “Our prophet has said that a true Muslim is he by whose words and deeds not the least of his brother-men may ever come… View Article

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

“Twenty Love Poems and a song of Despair” is written by the chilean poet Pablo Neruda. He wrote his collection of poems when he was a twenty-year-old. My main themes are the imbalance of love, the role of the song of Despair and the change of love during one one or more poems of this… View Article

Dante, Plato, Aristotle

The assignment is poetry v. philosophy. Plato speaks of a quarrel b/t poetry and philosophy. He dismisses the arts while Aristotle defends them. DO we see traces of this quarrel in later traditions? If so, where? And how is it played out there? For this essay, in addition to Plato and Aristotle, focus on Dante’s… View Article

Commentary- Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker’s poem describes rain as its blessing to a dry place, as the short direct sentences in the first stanza suggests there was no hope on that land: “There never is enough water.” The line shows the desperateness of rain as it sets a negative tone to start the poem. However, as the poem… View Article

“Good Day Sunshine” Poem Analysis

Journal 1 I think “Good Day Sunshine” is the poem that I can identify most because this is the poem the author shows his happiness and excitement for get a new girlfriend. The meaning I draw from this song is that a man fell in love with his new girlfriend, referred to in the song… View Article

Bruce Dawe

Bruce Dawe, an Australian known poet, born 1930 is still one of the biggest selling and most highly regarded poets of Australia. His ability to write such influential poems has made an impact on a number of people, as each poem can be related to the ordinary living lives of Australians throughout the years. Bruce… View Article

Ballads Case

Ballads are poems that tell a story. These ballads are distinguished by such features as few characters, dramatic plots, and may include dialogue, as well as action because it tells a story. They are considered to be a form of narrative poetry. They are often used in songs and have a very musical quality to… View Article

Hide and Seek by Vernon Scannell: Poem on a Childhood Game

Hide and Seek by Vernon Scannell talks about a child’s exciting experience playing the traditional game hide-and-seek. It conveys a subtle message that over-confidence may lead us into ultimate failure even if success seems just around the corner. Scannell applies a sharp and quick tone throughout with his rapid successions and having the poem be… View Article

Depth Analysis on the protest Songs of Bob Dylan

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the second album released by Dylan in 1963. This album launched his career as a songwriter, and helped him gain notoriety within in the folk community. The album features many songs written by Dylan himself, as opposed to his first album that included many covers. The album covers a wide… View Article

Langston Hughes: Historical Perspective

The two poems that I chose to write about are “The Negro Mother” and “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes. Both of these poems are about a mother speaking to her children and speaking of the hard times that she has been through in the past. If we read these poems it’s very much telling… View Article