Robert Graves

Robert Graves is remembered as a poet, historian, literary critic, and classicist. He wrote poems, biographies, and anthologies. Read more about Robert Graves.

A Frosty Night

by Robert Graves

Robert Graves presents a compelling duologue in his poetic ballad, ‘A Frosty Night.’ He uses simple ideas and complex language to create a meaningful poem.

Down, Wanton, Down!

by Robert Graves

‘Down, Wanton, Down!’ is a direct address to “wanton” or the urge to have unrestrained sexual relationships. The speaker rebukes the desire/person by describing the value of “Love” and “Beauty.”

Goliath and David

by Robert Graves

Goliath and David by Robert Graves retells the story of ‘David and Goliath’ in a darker, more realistic manner in which David loses the fight.

Symptoms of Love

by Robert Graves

‘Symptoms of Love’ is a fascinating mediation on the agony that can arise from being in love and whether that suffering is ever worthwhile.

The Beach

by Robert Graves

‘The Beach’ by Robert Graves is a poem about the contrast between childhood innocence and an adult mindset. The poem depicts this dichotomy by demonstrating the difference between how a boatman and a group of children interact with the ocean.

The God Called Poetry

by Robert Graves

‘The God Called Poetry’ by Robert Graves talks about the nature of poetry and how one can master this art to be a better poet in the future.

Triolet

by Robert Graves

‘Triolet’ by Robert Bridges is a short love poem that takes a specific poetic form. It acknowledges that love is a painful experience and personifies the force as a “hard master.” 

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