Class Warfare Poetry: “Divide Us, Unite Us” by Gary R. Hess

“Divide Us, Unite Us” is a contemporary slam poem written by Gary R. Hess in hopes to inform the world about the ever-growing class war that’s taking place. Americans and people around the world are being divided by those in power by putting us into groups: skin color and sexual preference being two of the most common divisions. They are doing this as they take billions out of our economies as they put it back into their pocket. No, it does not “trickle down”. It stays there with the elite class as we fight over who has weirder hair and what Miley Cyrus did this weekend. We are being shoved pointless drivel and fighting pointlessly among ourselves instead of focusing on uniting against what our true enemy is: inequality of wealth, healthcare, and social justice.(Continue reading…)

Life Poetry: Justice in Life by Gary R. Hess – A Slam Poem

This poem is about life. It follows a man who grew up poor, was molested, and went through life trying to do the best he can given the opportunities he was given. This poem isn’t a happy poem. It is the reality. It is the reality we all live in and we all choose to ignore. We ignore these sad facets of life because it helps us make it through the day without breaking down into tears and asking God, “Why is life so cruel?” God wouldn’t answer, but if he would he’d say, “Life is cruel because there’s no justice on Earth.”(Continue reading…)

Funny Poetry: “Oh, My Sausage!” by Gary R. Hess

This funny poem is the first of several food-related poems I have been writing lately. There’s something truly American about the love of greasy, oversized hunks of protein. Nonetheless, food doesn’t have to be serious. This, like many of the others I have been writing, includes a bit of humor to go along with it. If you aren’t a total dingleberry, you probably even guessed what the poem might elude by just looking at the title.

Of course, even with the euphemisms throughout, it isn’t meant to be all that sexual. This poem is truly about my love of sausages and how I just can’t get enough of them.(Continue reading…)

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

Have you ever wondered what “I died for Beauty, but was scarce” truly meant? In this article, we will take a look at Emily Dickinson’s famous poem. First, we will go over a simple synopsis of the writing, and then we will take a look at an analysis and any figurative language the poet uses.


“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…)

“Ode to Large Tuna in the Market” by Pablo Neruda Analysis and Poem

Ode to Large Tuna in the Market
Are you looking for information on the poem “Ode to Large Tuna in the Market” by Pablo Nerudo? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will take a look at a summary of the poem, an analysis of the meter, rhyme and idioms, and then we take a look at the poem itself.

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“Ode to Large Tuna in the Market” is about the author walking through the market and seeing a variety of different vegetables but only one fish, and the fish is what catches his eye and admiration the most. He goes on to brag about the greatness of this fish, the tuna.(Continue reading…)

“This Is Just To Say” by William Carlos Williams Analysis and Poem

This is Just to Say

“This is Just To Say” is one of William Carlos Williams most fascinating works. In this article, we will take a look at a synopsis and analysis of the poem and then go into the figurative language the poet uses. Finally, we will take a look at the poem itself.


This poem is written like a note William Carlos Williams would write for his refrigerator in his doctor’s office for one of the nurses or partners. It is simply an apology letter for eating someone’s delicious plums.(Continue reading…)

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou Analysis and Poem

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Maya Angelou is one of the greatest modern poets. In this article, we’ll take a look at her poem titled “Still I Rise”. You’ll find the meaning of the poem along with various discussion topics, metaphors, and other poetry techniques in what is considered one of Angelou’s greatest works.


Maya Angelou once again writes about racism and slavery in this poem about rising above hatred. The “Still I Rise” 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

Let’s take a look at an “Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” by Billy Collins analysis. We will first look at a synopsis of the poem, then move to an explanation of it, and then talk about individual figurative language that occurs within the writing.


“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 in the entire poem. 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…)