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…)
“Christ’s Life to Us” is a short Christian poem written by Gary R. Hess for Good Friday and Easter, but it is still a great religious poem for all times of the year. This poem is directed to all those who seek Jesus‘s help during the rough times and look for his guidance as well as his assurance that things will get better tomorrow.(Continue reading…)
Are you looking for Valentine’s Day poems to give your girlfriend? Then you’ve come to the right spot! In this article, we will take a look at some of the best love poems ever created to help you give your girl the romantic day she craves.
[Tip: Handwrite one of these poems on a card or stationary paper, draw some hearts, and wrap a bow around it]
Keep reading to find these fantastic poems to make your girlfriend cry from joy.(Continue reading…)
“Growth” is a poem written for Valentine’s Day during the year 2018. Time has come and gone so quickly, and everything changes. There’s not much which can be said about the poem in terms of overall meaning. It speaks for itself. It is written in unrhymed meter.
Want to be romantic? Feel free to share this with your loved one. Write it on a card, print it out, or remember it and recite it during the perfect moment. Whatever you do, you can’t go wrong.(Continue reading…)
Did you know Abraham Lincoln was a poet? He may be best known for his Gettysburg Address and winning the Civil War, but he should be also remembered as an avid reader and amateur poet. Reading these poems is a fantastic way to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday on February 12.
Like many of us, Lincoln began writing poetry as a teenager. This is one of his first poems:
his hand and pen
he will be good but
god knows When
It was written sometime between 15 and 17.(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…)
“Christmas Imagined” is a poem by Gary R. Hess that was written to signify what the author truly wants for Christmas. It’s difficult, however, when the author lives in a different country, especially when there’s not even snow! But what can a man do except imagine what it would be like–like what it was before. Nonetheless, the time of youthful American Christmas spirit has passed and now he must look to the future for what he hopes will come again.
This poem is to show hope, splendor, and even amiss in our imagination throughout these glorious holidays.(Continue reading…)
Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. Coming together as a family, talking about all the great things you are proud of or lucky to have, eating delicious food, and who can’t forget the beginning of Christmas season. This day is truly glorious.
I wrote this poem is a celebration of this great day and everything it stands for. I hope you enjoy it!(Continue reading…)
“Without You” is a poem that was written the day I heard of Gary R. Hess’ grandmother’s death. The author describes the poem as follows, “It definitely isn’t the best poem I have ever written, but it encapsulates my mind on that day. It says exactly what I felt and what I still feel now. My grandmother was a wonderful woman, although she did have her faults.”
Anna Mae Weilert-Works
September 11, 1919 – July 12, 2017(Continue reading…)