“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

“Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

“Mother to Son” is a poem written from the point of view of a mother talking to her son. She begins by telling the son that life is not a crystal stair, that it has tacks and splinters and all the boards are torn up and doesn’t even have carpet in some places. The mother states that she has been climbing up the stairs and turning corners and how sometimes it goes dark but do not turn back. She says to keep climbing the stairs and that she is still climbing them herself. Continue Reading

“Fire and Ice” by Robert Lee Frost – Analysis and Poem

“Fire and Ice” is a popular poem among high school teachers. Its ability to create debate and discussion is like no other. Yet, it is actually quite easy to understand.

Synopsis

The poem begins by saying some people believe the earth will end in fire while others believe it will end in ice. Since the author has felt his own desire, he feels the world will end in fire. Yet, he states, if the world could end twice, he has known enough hate in this world that it could also end in ice. 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