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…)
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” is one of the most read poems in history. Let’s take a look at a synopsis of this Christmas poem and an analysis of the figurative speech used, and then discuss the differences between various editions of the poem.
Synopsis of “A Vist from St. Nicholas”
This poem, commonly known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas” is attributed to Clement Clarke Moore under the title “A Visit from St. Nicholas”. However, there is some speculation that the poem was actually written by Henry Livingston, Jr. and is an ongoing controversy on who was the real author. The poem was written in 1822 and is now a holiday favorite.
This writing tells the now very well-known and followed tradition of Christmas in America with Santa arriving, leaving presents, and then leaving quickly with his eight reindeer (Rudolph wasn’t brought into common custom until the song “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” almost a hundred years later).
The story happens as follows:
1st Stanza shows children placing stockings near the fireplace.
2nd shows the children in their beds and ready to sleep.
3rd shows the speaker jumping out of bed and opening his curtains to see what was happening outside.
4th shows a sleigh and eight reindeer outside.
5th shows St. Nick for the first time.
6th has Santa shouting out the reindeer in his famous call of their names.
7th displays the sleigh flies to the top of the roof.
8th Santa goes down the chimney.
9th Santa is shown wearing his famous suit (fur at the time of writing) and with a sack of toys.
10th describes his facial features.
11th describes his body.
12th continues describing his body and calls him an “old elf”.
13th shows him do his work without speaking a single word.
14th has him finally say “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”(Continue reading…)
The poem “Touch” is one of Octavio Paz’s most famous writings. In this article, we will take a look at a synopsis of “Touch” and analyze it. Then, we will take a look at some of its figurative language to have a better idea what the poem means.
In the poem “Touch” by Octavio Paz, the speaker states that his hands open the reader’s person dresses the person in more nudity, and uncovers more bodies under the person’s body. His hands then invent a whole new body for the reader’s body.
As always, there are several ways to interpret this poem. However, I am of the belief the author was using “hands” as a figurative word for his words. It is quite possible that the two wrote letters to one another. Using this line of thinking, the author uses his mind, his conscious, his friendship, his love as a way to get to know the other person. The “curtain” then becomes something that is hiding the sunshine of the person’s soul. Inside is the true person. He now sees what is the real emotion, the real personality, the real person.(Continue reading…)
In this article, we will take a look at the literal meaning of “I Never Saw a Moor” written by Emily Dickinson and then discuss the figurative, metaphorical language used in the writing. You can also read the poem at the bottom of the page.
The first stanza of “I Never Saw a Moor” states the speaker hasn’t traveled often but still has an idea of what the places look like.
She hasn’t seen a moor nor the sea but she knows what a heather looks like and she understands what a wave is.
The second stanza says she didn’t talk with God and hasn’t been to heaven but she knows where heaven is and how to get there.(Continue reading…)
Anne Bradstreet was one of the most remarkable English poets in early North American colonial history. She was the first Puritan author in American literature, and her writings continue to give insight into women’s role in Puritan society. Her writing “To My Dear and Loving Husband” is a great example of female Puritan belief. Let’s take a look at a synopsis of the poem along with an analysis of the figurative language she used.
“To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet is a love poem written about her and her husband’s relationship. The poem begins by speaking about how if two people ever became one person, then it was surely them. If a man was every loved by his wife, it would be him. If a wife was ever happy with her husband, then surely it was her and you can compare her to any other woman who feels the same. She goes on to state that she prizes him more than any riches of the world and that her love will never. She says that she can never repay the love of her husband and that she prays he will get his reward in heaven. She ends the poem by stating that even when they are in heaven that they will continue to love each other forever.(Continue reading…)
“The Tyger” by William Blake is often considered as one of the greatest poems ever written. In this article, we will take a look at Blake’s tiger through a brief synopsis of the writing, an analysis of the poem, a look at any figurative language used, and end with a reading of the writing.
“The Tyger” looks at what could create such a creature like a tiger. The poem takes a look at the different parts of the tiger’s body and the thing (God?) who created the subject.
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…)
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…)