“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.


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. (more…)

“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.


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. (more…)

“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.


“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. (more…)

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


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


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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


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. (more…)

“Eating Poetry” by Mark Strand Analysis and Poem

In this article, we will take a look at a poem which many poets hold dear in their heart, “Eating Poetry” by Mark Strand. We will first look at a synopsis of “Eating Poetry” and then move onto an analysis before going into its figurative language.


“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. (more…)

“Deer Hit” by Jon Loomis Analysis and Poem


In this article, we will take a look at the true meaning of “Deer Hit” by Jon Loomis. We will first look at a synopsis of the poem, analyze it, then look at some of its figurative meanings.


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.


“Snow” by David Berman Analysis and Poem

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.


How to Understand Poetry

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. (more…)