Poetry Essay Examples

Commentaries on Catullus’ Poetry (Poems 72 & 42)

There is great nuance and sensitivity in poem 72. We are told very early in the poem that it is addressed to Lesbia, Catullus’ love to whom a moderate number of poems in the collection are addressed (or concern). Earlier “Lesbia poems” had shown Catullus’ simple and insatiable love for “my girl”1 in very romantic… View Article

Commentary on the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy

The poem “Barbie Doll” deals with the life of a girl who had a plastic surgery. It is divided in four paragraphs which describe the life of the girl chronological. Describing the childhood of the girl the first chapter of the poem wants to emphasize how early girls are pushed into the role of motherhood… View Article

Wild Bees by James K. Baxter

The poem Wild Bees by James K. Baxter is a descriptive poem about a place in the southern hemisphere in January when it is summer. Specifically when the speaker and his friends steal honey from by burning a beehive. Baxter presents a speaker who appears to be engaged in observing the bees, and is fascinated… View Article

Sonnet anlysis 116

Sonnet 116 is clearly one of the many poems that take part of Shakespeare’s ‘Quarto’1. From the name, we can therefore not deduce any important information’s that could be useful in analyzing it, as it was simply given a number as a title. Yet through first impressions we can immediately notice that all rhyming and… View Article

Arrival of the Bee Box by Sylvia Plath

Plath’s arrival of the Bee Box is a poem which depicts a box containing bees. In regards to this theme, it is not the only poem that Plath has approached bees as she wrote The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Additionally this poem can also be seen as a classical allusion to Pandora’s box as it concerns a… View Article

After Apple-picking by Robert Frost

The “apple”: In this poem, Robert Frost uses the symbol of picking apples to represent the speaker’s hard work and decisions throughout his life. In the Bible, the apple symbolizes knowledge; this analogy reinforces the knowledge gained from the speaker’s life experiences. “My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree/Toward heaven still” emphasizes that the… View Article

Italian Poetry

‘Glide’ forwards this pertaining uncertainty as ‘glide’ means to move fast without effort. Hence this can be linked to the final chapters where Victor chases his creation that watches and leaves deliberate clues for him. Victor feels his presence but fails to locate him. This creates atmosphere because his paranoia follows him until death, gradually… View Article

“Cousin Kate” and “The Seduction”

Both poems are written by female poets, who express their love by exploring physical and emotional aspects. Both poets imply that men are motivated by the physical side of love while women treasure the emotional side. The female characters in each poem to begin with are naïve, innocent and vulnerable. However each being mistreated left… View Article

Compare how death is presented in three poems in the Anthology

The three poems Remember by Christina Rossetti, Plena Timoris by Thomas Hardy and Refugee Mother and Child by Chinua Achebe all portray death in different ways. Rossetti explores the acceptance of death, whereas, in Refugee Mother and Child we see the unwavering love the mother has for the child. In the poem Plena Timoris the… View Article

The Charge Of The Light Brigade Compared to After Blenheim

‘The charge of the light brigade’ written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1854 and ‘After Blenheim’ written by Robert Southey in 1796 are both poems which deal with the many aspects of war. In this essay I am going to compare and discuss the poet’s use of ideas, attitudes, background, information, structure and language. This… View Article

Thanikama in ‘Running in the Family’

The short passage extracted from the section “”Thanikama”” in the memoir Running in the Family written by Michael Ondaatje depicts a dark scene where the author’s father, Mervyn, is left alone near the end of the book. The scene is described in extreme detail to portray a clear mental picture of the atmosphere and setting,… View Article

Female characters: Coursework

For this coursework I am going to be explaining how writers in my chosen stories have presented their female characters. I will be investigating whether or not the females fit their typical stereotype in the nineteenth Century of being very submissive and gullible. I will also look at what sort of way they fit that… View Article

Literary Lessons in Love

If William Shakespeare’s work can be considered a foundation of literary achievement and theatrical excellence, the theme of love must be one of its fundamental cornerstones. In many Shakespearean plays, love is an effective theme that is carefully sculpted to yield the desired audience reaction or the required moral lesson, and can enhance both comedic… View Article