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Lee-James Bovey

Lee-James, a.k.a. LJ, has been a Poem Analysis team member ever since Novemer 2015, providing critical analysis of poems from the past and present. Nowadays, he helps manage the team and the website.

Kid by Simon Armitage

Whilst on the face of it ‘Kid’, by Simon Armitage, is a simple comic poem (I laughed a lot whilst

Harmonium by Simon Armitage

It could be seen that ‘Harmonium’ by Simon Armitage, whilst on the face of it is about a musical instrument,

Homecoming by Simon Armitage

‘Homecoming’ is a clever title for this poem as it references the narrator returning home having got their jacket dirty

A Vision by Simon Armitage

‘A Vision’ is a wonderful poem by Simon Armitage, that featured in Tyrannosaurus Rex versus the Corduroy Kid. It creates

The Manhunt by Simon Armitage

‘The Manhunt’ ostensibly describes a wife and her views on her partner’s experiences in the military. She explores issues with

The Clown Punk by Simon Armitage

‘The Clown Punk’ is about a real event that occurred in Simon Armitage’s life. This poem flashes back and forth between past and present events.

Give by Simon Armitage

The poem ‘Give’ is divided into five unequal stanzas with the length of these being two, three, three, two, and two

Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

‘Valentine’ by Carol Ann Duffy is a memorable poem that talks about an onion that the poet gives her partner as a valentine-gift.

Hour by Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy, poet to ‘Hour’ never reveals the gender of either the narrator of the poem, nor their partner. Could

Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Havisham’ is a response to Charles Dickens’s portrayal of the character Miss Havisham in his famous novel Great Expectations. This poem refers to the character as “Havisham” rather than “Miss Havisham.”

Medusa by Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is Scotland’s most famous contemporary female poet. She is the UK’s poet Laureate and is the first

Vultures by Chinua Achebe

‘Vultures’ is one of the famous poems of the Nigerian poet Chinua Achebe. It is a dark and somber piece that focuses on the Belsen concentration camp and a commandant who works there.

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