William Barnes

William Barnes was an English poet, mathematician, inventor, and polymath. Throughout his career, he wrote over 800 poems in the Dorset dialect as well as several other literary works. He is remembered for utilizing non-English words in primarily English poetry. Read more about William Barnes.

The Broken Heart

‘The Broken Heart’ by William Barnes describes a kind and selfless Fanny whose heart was broken by a selfish and cruel man. 

The Storm-Wind

‘The Storm-Wind’ by William Barnes contrasts peace and danger with images of home and a terrifying storm. The poem emphasizes how much easier it is to appreciate the safety of home when the conditions outside are so inhospitable.

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