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Barter by Sara Teasdale

‘Barter’ by Sara Teasdale describes the many lovely and splendid sights, sounds and experiences life has to sell to someone willing to invest in them.

Mad Song by William Blake

‘Mad Song’ by William Blake describes the intense madness a speaker feels and the frantic pain that accompanies the dawning of a new day.

Retrospect by Rupert Brooke

‘Retrospect’ by Rupert Brooke is a forty line poem in which a speaker describes all he would do to retrieve his deified lover from the depths of her “vast unconsciousness.” 

The Road Goes Ever On by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘The Road Goes Ever On’ by J.R.R. Tolkien consists of only two verses, but the structure and approach within them are sufficient to highlight the epic journey before and after the song surfaces in the book.

Mutability by Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘Mutability’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley is a description of the variable nature of our world and the fleeting lives of human beings.

Life by Charlotte Brontë

‘Life’ by Charlotte Brontë describes the overwhelming true merriment of life and dispels the images of life a dreary and dark dream to be suffered through.

What Is Pink? by Christina Rossetti

‘What Is Pink?’ shows similarity and beauty that can be achieved when granting things deeper considerations than just surface appearances.

Afternoon in February by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘Afternoon in February’ by Longfellow is a poem that explores profound sadness, and, more notable, the way that people can see their sadness in every aspect of life when the feeling is strong enough.

Two Tramps in Mudtime by Robert Frost

‘Two Tramps in Mudtime’ by Robert Frost is a poem about work, wealth, and the purpose of life. It is defined by an interaction between the speaker and two wanderers.

The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

‘The Darkling Thrush’ is typical of Thomas Hardy’s work in that it shows life on Earth, human as well as animal, existing under the iron grip of an unsympathetic force, in this case, Nature.

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