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” 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
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” 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” 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.
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” 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
The author tells the reader to remember a time when they were seventeen and drunk, driving home in their father’s station wagon at 3:00 AM on a two-lane curvy road in the middle of nowhere. A deer jumps out, you don’t see it. You try to steer clear but still manage to hit the deer as you wind up in the ditch with a busted up car. The deer, however, is still alive, barely. You pick up the deer and put it in the backseat and drive home. Midway through the drive, the deer wakes up and bites you but soon passes out. Once you get home, your dad freaks out, gets a concrete brick, and kills the deer. The poem ends by mentioning how all your life you leave a trail a ruin even though you try to fix the problem you created. Continue Reading
This poem 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 whom 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. Continue Reading
Understanding poetry is sometimes a difficult task, especially when you are new to the genre. Not to mention that when you are dealing with older poetry the more difficult it can be to uncover the true meaning of the writing. Nonetheless, the more we understand poetic elements, figures of speech, vocabulary, and sometimes the life or culture of the author, the better we will comprehend the poem.
Poetic elements are an extremely important part of poetry since poets use these elements to dictate the rhythm, structure, and meaning of the writing. Elements of poetry also serve as a tool for descriptions. Meter, cadence, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, repetition, and others are used quite often and are important to the emotions and interpretation of the reader. Readers should be able to identify an element and its purpose in that particular poem. Continue Reading
Writing a poetry explication may sound like a difficult job, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you explain the poem, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about. But how do we go about doing that?
An analysis is an important part to understanding all writings. Luckily, there are many ways to explicate a poem. But I’ll go ahead and go through some basic steps to help you out.
Step 1: Read a short biography about the author. This is so you can have a feel for what a poem may be referring to when you attempt to interpret it. Of course, this isn’t always a must. It depends on you or your teacher.