Poetry Essay Topics

Compaison of two poems – ‘Night Over Birkenau’ and ‘Earrings’

This essay will be analysing and contrasting two poems relating to the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII and how it diversely affected Jews. The first poem is ‘Night over Birkenau,’ a first hand experience poem written by Tadeusz Borowski to display the daily lives of Jewish prisoners in concentration camps and ‘Earrings,’ a second generation… View Article

William Blake

‘Songs of Innocence’ and ‘Songs of Experience’ appear to be quite simplistic on first reading. Explain how Blake uses imagery, form and language in these poems, and what their content reveals about the times in which they were written and Blake’s beliefs In many of the poems from his Songs of Innocence and Songs of… View Article

Never offer your heart to someone who eats hearts and the Lie

The simile “tears, copious as spring rain” implies that walkers hiding her emotion and not showing how she feels. Personification is also used when Angelou writes “screams are crowded in a corner”. Personifying this makes it seem like angelou is literally pushing her screams away. In “never offer your heart” the use of an extended… View Article

Kubla Khan

Born in 1772 in Ottery. St., T.S.Coleridge lead a very disquiet life in his early childhood. After his father’s death he was sent to the Christ’s hospital school. There he had felt a great emotional vacuum, which was the beginning of his continuos ill health. Charles Lamb, his schoolmate, gave us an account of this… View Article

The common theme of daffodils

A comparison of two poems which have the common theme of daffodils William Wordsworth’s “The Daffodils” and “Miracle On St David’s Day” by Gillian Clarke have common ground even though they were written two centuries apart-William Wordsworth’s at the end of the eighteenth century and Clarke’s in the last ten years of the 20th. “The… View Article

Romantic Poetry

Romanticism was an artistic movement that originated in the late 18th century. It helped people express strong emotions and rebel against the industrial revolution in Britain. This caused poor living conditions and unhappiness among the people at the time. People therefore, looked to nature for beauty and improvement in society. Another factor that contributed to… View Article

How does Wordsworth portray real people in The Lyrical Ballads?

Lyrical Ballads, and in particular the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, is considered a central work of Romantic literary theory. In it, Wordsworth discusses what he sees as the elements of a new type of poetry, one based on the “real language of men” and the work itself avoids the poetic diction of much eighteenth-century poetry,… View Article

The Daffodils by W.Wordsworth and Miracle on St.David’s Day by G.Clarke

Form and meaning of The Daffodils by W.Wordsworth and Miracle on St.David’s Day by G.Clarke. Pre and Post C20th Poetry Comparison. William Wordsworth wrote the poem “The Daffodils” in 1804, two years later after his experience with the Daffodils. The poem “Miracle on St. David’s Day” was written by Gillian Clarke around 1980. Miracle on… View Article

Wordsworth and Coleridge

Wordsworth and Coleridge saw themselves as “worshippers of nature.” How is this demonstrated in Lyrical Ballads? (an exam-style essay) Themes relating to nature are instrumental in the poetry collection Lyrical Ballads by William Wordworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As part of the Romantic movement, both poets strongly believed in a power and supreme beauty of… View Article

The poem ‘Nutting’ by William Wordsworth

Write an essay of which you analyse the poem ‘Nutting’ by William Wordsworth Throughout ‘Nutting’ Wordsworth uses many different techniques to help with the development of its meaning and effects. Written in the first viewpoint, it is allegorical with its focus being on a young boy going out to collect nuts, dealing with the past… View Article

What part does nature play in ‘Lyrical Ballads’?

Nature and the Romantics have a close, intertwining relationship. In the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth writes, “the passions of men are incorporated with the beautiful and permanent forms of nature”, that “the mind of man [acts as] the mirror of the fairest and most interesting qualities of nature” and this reflects his feelings on… View Article

The solitary Reaper

Wordsworth is depicting a girl at the fields reaping and singing alone, the sound of the girl is magnificient and it makes him to tell people recognise and ‘listen!’ her , it is underpinned that the poet does not even understand the content of the song, yet he is enchanted by it, and lastly it… View Article

Demonstrate the persistence of Wordsworthian ideal of country folk

Demonstrate the persistence of Wordsworthian ideal of country folk, childhood and natural education in the two texts that you have chosen. Critical Essay by Rachel Gowland. Wordsworth, as a poet of the romantic era, had several themes, which contribute to this title. This essay will be looking at these themes and discovering whether they have… View Article