‘Boots’ by Rudyard Kipling is a memorable poem. In it, Kipling uses repetition to emphasize the struggle of soldiers on a forced march.
Mark Doty’s ‘Bill’s Story’ appears in his best-known poetry collection My Alexandria (1993). This poem is about the death of a speaker’s sister suffering from dementia and AIDS.
‘Love of My Flesh, Living Death’ is written by one of the greatest Chicano poets, Lorna Dee Cervantes. This piece is addressed to a symbolic bird that a speaker is fond of.
In literature, the term avant-garde refers to poetry or prose that pushes the boundaries and is experimental.
The Edwardian Period, which officially lasted from 1901 to 1910, includes the reign of King Edward VII. However, the period is often stretched to include the start of World War One.
‘Icarus’ by Edward Field places the Icarus of Greek mythology in a modern context to explore themes of alienation and displacement.
‘Middle Passage’ by Robert Hayden is a narrative poem written in the 1940s. It describes the happenings of the Atlantic Slave Trade, as told from the perspective of several white narrators.
Wendy Cope’s ‘Lonely Hearts’ appears in her poetry collection “Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis”. This ironic piece talks about a speaker’s desperation over finding a perfect match in a lonely heart’s column.
In Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Syntax,’ surprising language of love lands like a lover’s warm touch and scribbles on your skin, right off the page. The Rumpus, in praise of Duffy’s poetry collection “Rapture” (2005) remarked so, that aptly applies to this poem.
Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Name’ is a beautiful love poem from her poetry collection “Rapture”. It centers on a speaker’s adoration of her beloved and how she thinks of her name.
A Jew waiting to fall apart into pieces, German soldiers waiting to kill more; this theme is featured in many holocaust poems of the 20th century and Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Shooting Stars’ is one of them. This piece tells the story of a Jewish girl who speaks of the sufferings she endured.
Aleatory refers to art that’s created through random chance. This kind of writing involves the author making random choices in regard to style, content, and characters.
‘Lullaby’ by John Fuller is a sweet and beautiful cradle song. This poem features a baby’s innocent image by contrasting it with the external ambiance.
Solecism is refers to a phrase, sentence, or longer written work that deviates from the grammatical norm in some way.
National Poetry Month takes place each year in April. It was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase the appreciation of poetry in the United States.
Polyptoton is a figure of a speech. It occurs when words with the same root are repeated, for example, “run” and “ran.”
Periphrasis occurs when the writer chooses to use more words than necessary to talk about a subject. It occurs in a variety of situations.
‘Tell Me a Story’ by Robert Penn Warren is the last section of Warren’s book-length poem “Audubon: A Vision” (1969). This poem reveals the hollowness of modernity and the ravages of time.
To look back at a nation’s history from a poet’s perspective is an enriching exercise that enlightens modern readers regarding the follies and foibles of the age. Samuel Johnson’s ‘London’ is one such piece that throws light on the condition of 18th century England, especially London.
An innuendo is an indirect observation of an event, person, thing, or idea. It is not stated clearly or obviously.
Litotes is a figure of speech that includes a phrase in which a negative word is used in order to express something positive.
‘September’ by Ted Hughes is a moving poem that touches on a troubled and important relationship.
Synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a “part” of something is used to represent its “whole.”
Scholars, writers, and lovers of poetry have all asked the same question at some point in their lives, what makes a poet great?
The famous Chinese poet, Li Bai, also known as Li Po, wrote this beautiful poem, ‘A Poem of Changgan’. It is a coming-of-age poem that deals with the development of a girl into early womanhood.
The New Apocalypse or New Apocalyptics grouping was a selection of poets from the United Kingdom during the 1940s.
Realism is a literary movement that portrays everyday life exactly how it is.
The poems on this list approach God and religion in twelve different, inspiring ways.
‘Leisure’ is one of the best-known poems written by the Welsh poet W. H. Davies. In this poem, Davies highlights how modernity alienated us from simplicity.