The famous poem “Invictus” was written in 1875 by the English poet William Ernest Henley who wrote the poem without a title. It wasn’t until 1900 that Arthur Quiller-Couch included it in The Oxford Book of English Verse with the title “Invictus”. In this article, we will take a look at a summary and analysis of “Invictus”.(Continue reading…)
“Ode to the Tomato” is a poem written by Pablo Neruda. The original Spanish title is “Oda al Tomate”. Let’s take a look at a summary and analysis of the poem and then read a translation written by Gary R. Hess.(Continue reading…)
Edgar Allan Poe is a favorite among many authors. The poem “Annabel Lee” is seen as one of Poe’s greatest works. But what does the poem really mean and why did he write it? Let’s take a look at a synopsis of the poem and then analyze it.
“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 the sky and all night long he lies next to his wife inside her tomb.(Continue reading…)
In this article, we are going to take a look at the poem “Snow” by David Berman and analyze the literal and figurative meanings it conveys. “Snow” first appeared in Actual Air by David Berman in 1999 and was considered an instant classic. The poem was then published by Billy Collins published in his A Poem a Day for American High Schools.
“Snow” 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 who 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.