Jack Limebear Poetry Expert

Jack Limebear

Jack is undertaking a degree in World Literature and joined the Poem Analysis team in 2019. Poetry is the intersection of his greatest passions, languages and literature, with his focus on translation bridging the gap.

Bump by Spike Milligan

‘Bump’ is a limerick poem that dispels fear of “things that go ‘bump’ in the night”. A limerick is a

Teeth by Spike MIlligan

‘Teeth’ is a comic poem in which Milligan pokes fun at the stereotype of English people, commonly considered to have

Feelings by Spike Milligan

Among a cannon of comedy, Spike Milligan’s ‘Feelings’ strikes slightly darker. The first two stanzas of the poem focus on

A Silly Poem by Spike Milligan

‘A Silly Poem’ is exactly that, an almost frustratingly clever quip written by Milligan based on a line from Shakespeare’s

Sunday Dip by John Clare

Sunday Dip is a poem that reflects on the joy of childhood. Clare explores the idyllic period of childhood against

Delay by Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings’ Delay relies on the metaphor of starlight traveling to earth to explore the complexity and mishaps of love.

The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams

Classic to William Carlos Williams’ poetry, ‘The Great Figure’ is written in free verse without any punctuation. This modernist style is reflective of his inclusion in the Imagist movement.

Memory by Christina Rossetti

Rossetti’s Memory is a poem that explores the difficulty she faces in struggling with the connection between earth and heaven.

Nothing To Be Said by Philip Larkin

Larkin’s ‘Nothing To Be Said’ pessimistically explores the slow, steady and inevitable aproach of death. To Larkin, life is meerly a prolonged death.

Myxomatosis by Philip Larkin

‘Myxomatosis’ by Philip Larkin is about a disease of the same name. It was introduced to the wild rabbit population in Britain in the mid-1900s.

Next, Please by Philip Larkin

In classic Philip Larkin style, ‘Next, Please’ is a bleak reflection on life. It explores death and asks the reader to focus on the present while they can.

After the Lunch by Wendy Cope

‘After the Lunch’ is an internal monologue taking place upon Waterloo Bridge after a first date. The poem is broken

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