Boots by Rudyard Kipling

‘Boots’ by Rudyard Kipling is a memorable poem. In it, Kipling uses repetition to emphasize the struggle of soldiers on a forced march. 

Boots by Rudyard Kipling

Bill’s Story by Mark Doty

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.

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Avant-garde 

In literature, the term avant-garde refers to poetry or prose that pushes the boundaries and is experimental.

Edwardian Period

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

‘Icarus’ by Edward Field places the Icarus of Greek mythology in a modern context to explore themes of alienation and displacement.

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Middle Passage by Robert Hayden

‘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.

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Lonely Hearts by Wendy Cope

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.

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Syntax by Carol Ann Duffy

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.

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Name by Carol Ann Duffy

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.

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Shooting Stars by Carol Ann Duffy

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.

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Aleatory

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

‘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.

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Solecism

Solecism is refers to a phrase, sentence, or longer written work that deviates from the grammatical norm in some way.

National Poetry Month

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.

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Polyptoton

Polyptoton is a figure of a speech. It occurs when words with the same root are repeated, for example, “run” and “ran.”

Periphrasis

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

‘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.

London by Samuel Johnson

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.

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Innuendo

An innuendo is an indirect observation of an event, person, thing, or idea. It is not stated clearly or obviously.

Litotes

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

‘September’ by Ted Hughes is a moving poem that touches on a troubled and important relationship.

Synecdoche

Synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a “part” of something is used to represent its “whole.”

What Makes a Poet Great?

Scholars, writers, and lovers of poetry have all asked the same question at some point in their lives, what makes a poet great?

A Poem of Changgan by Li Bai

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.

New Apocalypse

The New Apocalypse or New Apocalyptics grouping was a selection of poets from the United Kingdom during the 1940s.

Realism

Realism is a literary movement that portrays everyday life exactly how it is.

Leisure by William Henry Davies

‘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.

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