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The structure of the poem

The structure of the poem is as important in poems to help convey the idea and feeling to the reader, as the words are at times. ‘Tall Nettles’ and ‘Thistles’ are structured completely different from each other, therefore the urgency or climax of the poem is placed at a differentRead More

Critical Essays on Keats poems

Language is used effectively in both odes to create mood. In the opening stanza of ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, there is a sense of sluggishness, suggested by the heavy alliterative ‘d’, ‘p’ and ‘m’ sounds when Keats describes his heartache at hearing the song of the nightingale, ambivalently experiencing bothRead More

The poem Miniver Cheevy by Edwin A. Robinson

The poem “Miniver Cheevy” by Edwin A. Robinson paints an interesting picture of a man so completely obsessed with celebrated historical accounts that he despises the present day. It seems as though Miniver Cheevy’s romantic idealism ends up becoming his downfall when stating, “Miniver coughed, and called it fate,/ AndRead More

Larkin’s poems

What makes an effective poem? As this is a rather ambiguous question, I think it is important to first clarify what I think makes an effective poem. The most obvious aspect of a poem that makes it effective is language, imagery and some sort of rhythm. However, this does notRead More

Does it matter that this poem is set in the spring?

The poem is a narrative of a surprise birthday party being prepared while the speaker (the birthday celebrant) is kept from learning about the preparations by being taken out for a walk, probably by her husband. The poem is set in springtime as can be gleaned by the images ofRead More

The Immortality of a Poem

What makes a poem memorable or forgettable may hinge on just a few words: distinctive, innovative, or vivid on one hand; trite, cliched, and flat on the other. But what makes a poem immortal – or fleeting – cannot be defined by simple or narrow poetic variables. Just as oneRead More