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Connie Smith

Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and her MA in English and Creative Writing. In addition, she freelances as a blogger for topics like sewing and running, with a little baking, gift-giving, and gardening having occasionally been thrown in the topic list.

Whatif

‘Whatif’ by Shel Silverstein is a playful presentation of fears, struggles, and uncertainties that haunt Silverstein at “night“.

My Pretty Rose Tree

‘My Pretty Rose Tree’ by William Blake is a poem that represents the harshness that “jealousy” can bring to a relationship.

Morn Show Appearance

‘Morn Show Appearance’ is a poem that mocks the process of daily routine by infusing robotic and theatrical qualities to it.

Partition

‘Partition’ by Sujata Bhatt depicts the simple tale of a woman going to a “railway station” to provide for distressed people, while her niece stays “in her garden” and “wish[es]” “she” could be brave enough to do the same.

The Lily

‘The Lily’ by William Blake uses personification and figurative meaning to describe several concepts of “love”—one being romantic and passionate, another being loyal and submissive, and the final being pure and strong.

Laughing Song

‘Laughing Song’ is about an imagined instance of what will happen “[w]hen” a time comes, but will only happen after a series of impossible obstacles.

A Woman’s Hands

‘A Woman’s Hands’ talks on a wife/mother is proclaiming her distress in the number of tasks she must tend to regarding her family.

Stabat Mater

‘Stabat Mater’ by Sam Hunt is commentary on the complexities of time that can take a person from weak and timid, to strong and capable, and back to weak and timid.

Ingrid Jonker

‘Ingrid Jonker’ by Sally Bryer is a sentiment of praise for Ingrid Jonker herself, a woman who used her words to push for change in South Africa.

After Love

‘After Love’ by Sara Teasdale expresses a relationship situation where, despite the “peace” and “safe[ty]” felt within it, the narrator still feels disappointed.

What Is Pink?

‘What Is Pink?’ shows similarity and beauty that can be achieved when granting things deeper considerations than just surface appearances.

Buried Love

‘Buried Love’ by Sara Teasdale expresses a contrast of emotion within the narrator as she grieves a “Love” that was “bittersweet.”

Ode to Enchanted Light

‘Ode to Enchanted Light’ utilizes alliteration, word choices, and metaphor to express the vast possibilities that come with change.

My Grandmother’s Laughter

‘My Grandmother’s Laughter’ is a poem that utilizes the simple element of a “blanket” to showcase the strength of the human mind.

No Master

‘No Master’ by William H. Davies is a poem that parallels the circumstance of a man leaving behind unwanted employment for the sake of his own happiness to that of a slave gaining “free[dom].”

Snowdrop

‘Snowdrop’ by Ted Hughes is a poem that uses juxtaposition and uncertainty to express the commotion that occurs at the end of life.

Fast Rode the Knight

“Fast Rode the Knight” by Stephen Crane is a story of a zealous “knight” rushing into battle in order to rescue his “lady”.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ by Shel Silverstein speaks on the important theme of growing up. The poet discusses the differences between the adult world and the mind of a child.

Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face

‘Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face’ is a childish tale that provides an example of why being grateful for the current state of things can be a grand thing.

Everybody Is Doing It

‘Everybody Is Doing It’ by Benjamin Zephaniah is a poem that, at first glance, would seem to describe a series of “dance[s]” that occur across the globe.

Search for My Tongue

‘Search for My Tongue’ by Sujata Bhatt describes the speaker’s struggle embracing a new culture and “tongue.” While fearing they’ll forsake the core details of who they are in the process.

A Conceit

The speaker in ‘A Conceit’ by Maya Angelou indicates she is interested in a relationship that is real and tangible. This is not something she’s willing to back down from.

Friesian Bull

‘Friesian Bull’ by Gillian Clarke is a tale of a bull that is angry at his current state of being locked in his “brick and concrete stall”.

Autumn Valentine

‘Autumn Valentine’ by Dorothy Parker reveals two moments in the scope of the narrator’s pain — one when the pain was new and one when it had endured for a time in the shadows.

Lunchtime Lecture

‘Lunchtime Lecture’ depicts the story of a “woman” from ancient history whose remains have been uncovered.

Musician

‘Musician’ by Gillian Clarke is a poem about her son learning to play the piano, where the imagery around the home aids to describe the creativity of music.

Amaze

‘Amaze’ by Adelaide Crapsey explores the poet’s hands and the emotions she experiences when she looks at them she sees her mother’s.

Anecdote of the Jar

‘Anecdote of the Jar’ is a poem that expresses, through the story of “a jar” and “a hill,” the progressive overtaking of industry over nature.

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