“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

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

Maya Angelou once again writes about racism and slavery in this poem about rising above hatred. The poem simply speaks about people putting her down for various reasons and her getting back up. Essentially she is saying, “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” She goes on to say that she is proud of the body she was given by her ancestors. Continue Reading

“Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” by Billy Collins – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

“Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” is the title of the poem, but unlike most writings, the phrase isn’t included within. Instead, the title is meant as a way to show the readers his frustrations which may or may not be obvious to the reader from the writing. Continue Reading

“That Sure is My Little Dog” by Eleanor Lehman – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

This poem is written in the voice of the author, speaking about moving on with life and letting the new generation take control. She carries her house on her like a bullet-proof shell and her dog is even wearing hard boots and has sharp jagged steel teeth that she uses to chomp on the “chains of fate”. But she wants to go now. Next, the author speaks about the differences between her generation and others. She mentions the Cuban Missile Crisis and how her generation is different than her parents. But now the world is “yours”. She wishes good luck and to “Have a nice day” sarcastically. Continue Reading

“Eating Poetry” by Mark Strand – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

“Eating Poetry” begins by the author eating poetry books. The ink is still dripping from the author’s mouth. The librarian can’t believe her eyes. The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming towards her. She stamps her feet and cries. The author then gets on his knees and licks her hand and celebrates his new found self. Continue Reading

“Deer Hit” by Jon Loomis – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

The author tells the reader to remember a time when they were seventeen and drunk, driving home in their father’s station wagon at 3:00 AM on a two-lane curvy road in the middle of nowhere. A deer jumps out, you don’t see it. You try to steer clear but still manage to hit the deer as you wind up in the ditch with a busted up car. The deer, however, is still alive, barely. You pick up the deer and put it in the backseat and drive home. Midway through the drive, the deer wakes up and bites you but soon passes out. Once you get home, your dad freaks out, gets a concrete brick, and kills the deer. The poem ends by mentioning how all your life you leave a trail a ruin even though you try to fix the problem you created. Continue Reading

Snow by David Berman – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

This poem follows two brothers who are outside in winter. The two brothers are walking through a field and see snow angels. The younger brother asks who made the snow angels. The older brother tells him that it was a troop of angels whom had been shot and dissolved. The younger brother continues to ask questions about who shot them and why. The older brother says a farmer shot them for trespassing. The narrator then finishes by saying the outdoors is like a room. Continue Reading