About Poem Analysis

Why we are the Home of Poetry

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity

William Wordsworth

With an incredibly talented team of poetry experts, Poem Analysis was created to be the home of poetry online.

Origins of Poem Analysis

Poem Analysis was created in 2016 to become the largest website on poetry. After looking at how poetry was studied and explored, it was clear there were simply insufficient resources and appreciation for poetry online.

  1. Lots of people seem to struggle to fully understand poetry
  2. There was an intrinsic scarcity of poetry online, especially with diving deep into appreciating poetry

Poem Analysis was born. We want to share our love and appreciation of poetry with you as much as we can! This has helped contribute to a database of poetry with 4,172 poems analyzed from 1055 different poets and 880 literary terms explained!

Why we are the best at what we do

Poetry is something that can benefit everyone: from education to pleasure to even entertainment. Poem Analysis is a website that aims at analyzing, summarizing, and diving into every poem that has ever been made, from the past and present.

This is a huge undertaking as a mission statement – Poem Analysis, for this reason, has an incredible team of talented, qualified poetry experts that love doing just this, genuinely, especially when we know you are benefitting from this one way or another! We love poetry, and we certainly love analyzing poetry. Meet some of the amazing experts that have contributed and continually contribute to Poem Analysis:

  • William Green: Graduated with a Masters in Automotive Engineering with Motorsport and worked for the likes of McLaren, testing supercars. Will maintain the code of the website and keeps things ticking over to make sure everything is running and working.
  • Emma Baldwin: Graduated from East Carolina University with a BA in English, minor in Creative Writing, BFA in Fine Art, and BA in Art Histories.
  • Kristy Nelson: Award-winning writing candidate with four degrees: MA English, MA History, MS Psychology, and a doctorate in Educational Technology with 16 years of experience in her degree fields.
  • Andrew Walker: Honours in the Bachelor of Arts, consisting of a Major in Communication, Culture and Information Technology, a Major in Professional Writing, and a Minor in Historical Studies.
  • Connie Smith: Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History and a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing.
  • Lee-James Bovey: English teacher, poetry expert, and an invaluable team member answering all questions from the community.
  • Lara Gilmour: Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 with a First Class degree in French and Spanish literature with a special focus on poetry.
  • Helen McClements: Teacher of English and French in a Grammar School in Belfast.
  • Alexandra Brandt: Bachelor’s degree in Writing at Messiah College in the United States.
  • Allisa Corfman: Degree in Secondary Education and English and taught World Literature and Composition at the high school level.
  • Jack Limebear: Degree in World Literature.
  • Huw Thomas: English Literature, Creative Writing, and Film up to a post-graduate level.
  • Ariana Medina: Teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida.
  • Courtney Jones: Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
  • Maha Rehman: BSc Honors from the University of Toronto and is an Author and Writer by profession.
  • Marguerite Helmers: Teacher for various courses, such as writing and literature, until she decided to pursue a career in researching, writing, editing, and community engagement, with two published research papers, including one on examining text-image relationships in poetry.
  • Nicole Harvin: Degree in Communication and Culture from Howard University.
  • Noor Rehman: Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English Literature and History, and teaches elementary and high school English.
  • Steven Swope: Degrees in Creative Writing and English Education
  • Dharmender Kumar: Degree in English literature from Delhi University and Mass Communication from Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, Delhi, as well as holding a law degree.
  • Sudip Das Gupta: Graduated with a first-class B.A. Honors Degree in English Literature.
  • Julieta Abella: Major in Literature.

Why we love what we do

We don’t just want to help you understand and appreciate poetry in an easy-to-read way. We also love helping you find poems that we think you can enjoy too. This could be from exploring the best poems and best poets, or even subscribing to our email newsletter to get the best secrets behind poetry (but shh, don’t tell anybody)!

We love what we do because we know we are helping poetry have a positive impact on your life. Comments like the following encapsulate the raw beauty of poetry on people:

When I was young and in the USAF during Vietnam I worked in the area of Aeromedical Evacuation. I worked long hours under extreme conditions but when it was time for takeoff or landing I was in my crew seat. I spent that time in different ways. Sometimes I would try to calculate in my head the speed of the plane by watching the runway markers every thousand feet and time on my watch. One day when I was not working but on crew rest, I found a book in the Salvation Army Store. That was the best dime I ever spent. The book was entitled “Old English Poets” and became my focus during takeoffs and landings. My favorite poem was this one. I had two other favorites, “Oh Margaret” also by Hopkins and “When I was one and twenty” by A.E. Housman.

I memorized those poems and managed to keep my book with me for reference over the next 30 years or so before it became lost because of life and time. Now, this morning I was trying to recite it to myself and I had lost a line or two. That led me to the computer and this site, for which I am grateful. Well done.

Life is so short and at times can be brutal. I find at my age, state of health and state of loneliness that remembering those old poems and the old friends who wrote them improves my spirit. Thank you so much.

Michael Butt MD., Ret.

4:30pm 18 April 2018
(read poem here)

It’s incredible knowing that poetry can have such a strong impact. Understanding poetry could be for school/university and education or simply for yourself. It could even be for others to show how you feel or to help cope with emotions, life events, relationships, and much much more. Whatever it is, we are glad we were able to help.

You’re helping us help others

We also want you to feel proud for browsing Poem Analysis. This is why we have teamed up with Alzheimer’s Research to contribute to the efforts to help defeat dementiaEvery single person that visits Poem Analysis makes this achievable, so thank you.

From members of the team experiencing the heartfelt consequences of dementia first-hand within their families, we felt it was only right that we try to help defeat the disease that sadly contributes to the deterioration of memories and livelihoods.

We have contributed to other charities too, such as:

What you should do next – Enjoy Poem Analysis

So, where does this leave you? Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter and browse the site. We are always adding poetry to our database, so you are sure to find something that you will enjoy or find extremely useful reading! Here are some good starters for you to explore:

Lastly, if you’ve made it this far, here’s a great quote from Rita Dove to conclude your mini-journey into Poem Analysis.

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful

from the team at Poem Analysis

Business information:

  • Name: Poem Solutions Limited
  • Address: International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2BN, United Kingdom
  • Email: support@poemanlalysis.com

54 thoughts on “About Poem Analysis – Why we are the Home of Poetry”

  1. A very good site for both teachers and students. A lot could happen if this site is used more and more.

  2. Hi
    can you pls let me know what is the relevance of the Greek legend associated with the Endymion to the poem A Thing of Beauty?

    • I would suggest as Keats is extolling the beauty of nature that this links with how Endymion falls in love with the moon (sometimes “mother nature” is literally thought to be symbolised by the moon.)

        • I’d say I was more of an agnostic. I’m open to the idea there’s a higher power but I believe in science and not the bible. I actually think the bible has long outlived its purpose as a tool to keep people from savagery. We have laws for that stuff now.

  3. I am delighted to know there is something like you. I am a beginning sculptor and in the middle of creating a piece to place in the small garden of a pottery instructor. I will do a head, painted in light green…to place in the garden of this instructor with just a line or two of the Mary Mary poem…However it will say Gary Gary, How does your garden grow? Because we are (of course) blossoms in His garden. Thanks to you…for this simple, but effective spin-off on that simple poem. He will love it, I am sure. This garden is tiny and right at the entrance of his studio as you enter or exit. Thanks again…I am sure to be a new fan of your web page.

  4. Hi
    Can you change POVs in the middle of a poem?
    Can you point me towards some examples of this,
    regardless of if it is correct or not?

    • Do you mean switching between a third and first-person perspective? If so I don’t know of any poems that do this off the top of my head. It could be done, especially if you want to present to opposing viewpoints. If it were me writing a poem like that I would alternate stanzas and possibly put every other stanza in italics to denote the different voice.

  5. I too gave thought to how Native Americans were treated and in the poet’s own words “westward, but still unstoried, artless…”
    I just finished a great book about Celtic art and Roman attitudes towards it. Are we repeating history?

  6. I want to give full credit to Emma who provided the analysis for Richard Wright’s “A Blessing.” Could you please email me her last name, so I can footnote my article for school properly? Thank you!

  7. I have question “How is the poetic device imagery used in the poem the land of storybooks?”

  8. Hello… Just wanted to say thanks for your efforts. Really! I’m a novelist, but retired from a public utility career, completely unrelated to writing poems (but once was a reporter while in college eons ago). I’m currently working on a second novel; the research on certain aspects of the Haitian Revolution caused me to stumble across your analysis of William Wordsworth’s ‘tribute’ to Toussaint L’Ouverture. I’m grateful; it reminded me of the power of poetry and writing I’ve long since abandoned. Wordsworth is still breathtaking. Thank you…

    • Thank you for taking time out to give us feedback. As a fellow writer, I feel that you are probably procrastinating! Don’t worry I have been there when the hour I have set myself to do some editing turns into 5 minutes of editing and 55 minutes of researching if dogs can actually look upwards. Spoiler alert, they can! Good luck with the book my friend and don’t be a stranger.

  9. This is mind blowing, Mr. Will. I really love to understand poems, reading down was satisfying to my longing for poems. Thanks

    • Your best bet is to ask your teacher/lecturer. If you are unsure always err on the side of caution.

  10. I love this website! I’m not obliged to “study” any poem as a coursework material. I’m just an Asian-American high school graduate preparing for college and trying to read more poetry in free time. I never formally studied English poetry but enjoy reading the untangled hidden meanings behind beautiful poems. I really appreciate your team’s efforts and I encourage you to spread the love of poetry by analyzing more poems.

  11. With sites like these. The good spirit of the internet carries on! Thank-you for your dedication and hard-work.

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