“Touch” by Octavio Paz – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

In the poem “Touch” by Octavio Paz, the speaker states that his hands open the reader’s person, dresses the person in more nudity, and uncovers more bodies under the person’s body. His hands then invent a whole new body for the reader’s body.

Analysis

As always, there are several ways to interpret this poem. However, I am of the belief the author was using “hands” as a figurative word for his words. It is quite possible that the two wrote letters to one another. Using this line of thinking, the author uses his mind, his conscious, his friendship, his love as a way to get to know the other person. The “curtain” then becomes something that is hiding the sunshine of the person’s soul. Inside is the true person. He now sees what is the real emotion, the real personality, the real person. Continue Reading

“I Never Saw a Moor” by Emily Dickinson – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

The first stanza of “I Never Saw a Moor” states the speaker hasn’t traveled often but still has an idea of what the places look like.

She hasn’t seen a moor nor the sea but she knows what a heather looks like and she understands what a wave is.

The second stanza says she didn’t talk with God and hasn’t been to heaven but she knows where heaven is and how to get there. Continue Reading

“To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

“To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet is a love poem written about her and her husband’s relationship. The poem begins by speaking about how if two people ever became one person, then it was surely them. If a man was every loved by his wife, it would be him. If a wife was ever happy with her husband, then surely it was her and you can compare her to any other woman who feels the same. She goes on to state that she prizes him more than any riches of the world and that her love will never. She says that she can never repay the love of her husband and that she prays he will get his reward in heaven. She ends the poem by stating that even when they are in heaven that they will continue to love each other forever. Continue Reading

“Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

“Annabel Lee” is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous writings. In this work, Poe looks at his love, Annabel Lee. Long ago, in a kingdom by a sea, lived a maiden named Annabel Lee who lived to love and be loved by the speaker. The two of them were so deeply in love that the “the wingèd seraphs of Heaven” coveted it. He says that this is why the “wind blew out of a cloud, chilling / My beautiful Annabel Lee” causing her “highborn kinsmen” to come and take her away from him and put her in a tomb. The angels, being not so happy in heaven, envied them and that is why they caused her to die. He says that their love is stronger than anyone wiser or older than him and that there isn’t any angel or demon that can take it away. He says that every night he dreams of his wife and sees her beautiful eyes in sky and all night long he lies next to his wife inside her tomb. Continue Reading

“I died for Beauty, but was scarce” by Emily Dickinson – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

“I died for Beauty, but was scarce” is a poem in which the speaker is dead. The speaker says she died for her beauty, but that beauty is not common. The speaker then says a man who died for truth is then laid to rest in a room across the way. The man asks the woman why she failed, she replies “for beauty”. The man says they are family. The two then talk until “moss reached [their] lips, / And covered up [their] names.” Continue Reading