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…)

“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.

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…)

“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.

Synopsis

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…)

“a total stranger one black day…” by E. E. Cummings Analysis and Poem

a total stranger one black day

E.E. Cummings is one of America’s greatest poets. His poem “a total stranger one black day…” is one reason why he is considered one of the best. Let’s take a look at an analysis of the poem and then dig into some figurative language it uses.

Synopsis

“a total stranger one black day” is about a man who does something to anger a “stranger”. The stranger then fights him. The stranger found it hard to forgive the speaker. It is then revealed that the stranger is himself and now they are immortal friends.

Analysis

This poem is about doing something you regret and hating yourself for it but then forgiving (even though it’s difficult) and living with yourself for what you have done. This poem is written in three non-rhyming couplets with eight meters each.(Continue reading…)

“Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas Analysis and Poem

Are you looking for an analysis of “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at a synopsis of the poem, analyze it, and then go over come figurative language it uses.

Synopsis

Dylan Thomas writes about his father going blind and eventual death in this poem about living boldly. Thomas tells the reader to fight death and live life to its fullest before we die.(Continue reading…)

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou Analysis and Poem

Sketch of a sunset

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.

Synopsis

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.

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 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…)

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

Dog poem

“That Sure is My Little Dog” by Eleanor Lerman is seen as one of the greatest contemporary poems ever written. In this article, we will take a look at Lerman’s use of metaphors, vocabulary, and the true meaning of the poem through an inciteful analysis.

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.

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“Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes Analysis and Poem

Mother and son

“Mother to Son” is perhaps Langston Hughes’ most famous poems. In this article, we will take a look at the meaning of the poem, analyze it, and then look at some different metaphors and phrases which may be confusing.

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 it 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.

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

“Fire and Ice” by Robert Lee Frost 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. Let’s take a look at a synopsis of “Fire and Ice” before moving onto an analysis of poem and its figurative language.

Synopsis

The poem begins by saying some people believe the earth will end in a 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…)