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 not enough 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 [sbs_posts] poems analyzed from 976 different poets, and 817 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 the amazing team:


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, 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.


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


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  • 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?

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      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.

  • Is the poem Night on The Mountain by George Sterling an organic or traditional form of poetry?

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      I’d say it was traditional. It appears to be a sonnet.

  • How do we write explication of poetry?

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      I’m not sure I understand thee question.

  • 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?

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      In what sense?

  • Sara Walker says:

    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!

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      Do you mean James Wright? If so that is the amazing Emma Baldwin!

  • Mirrudhula Krishna Kumar says:

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

  • Could you add me to he newsletter? I haven’t been messaged the confirmation answer

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      Have you checked your spam folder? If it isn’t in there, please get back to us.

  • William "Duke" Smither says:

    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…

    • Lee-James Bovey says:

      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.

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

    • William Green says:

      Glad you enjoy!

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