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What are the characteristics of poetry? 

The “characteristics” of poetry are what separate it as a medium of writing from other forms. Specifically, what does poetry use as part of its forms and functions that different types of writing...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 4:46 am UTC

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Could someone explain to me the ballad "Get Up and Bar the Door"?

"Get up and Bar the Door" is an anonymous ballad, written in English with some Scots dialect, that appears to date from the seventeenth century. The poet recounts an argument between husband and...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2020 11:11 am UTC

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What are the characteristics of modern poetry?

The words "modern" and "modernist" are both disputed descriptions of poetry and several other arts. Matters for dispute include the period covered and the characteristics of modernity and...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2020 11:23 am UTC

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What Makes A Poem A Poem

In short, what makes a poem a poem is the ability to make the reader feel something. I know that can happen with prose, as well, but it seems to me it must happen with a poem. As has already been...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2010 6:58 am UTC

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What is the meaning of "style" in poetry?

To examine a poem's style, let's first consider two poems with quite different styles. First, these are the opening lines of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven": Once upon a midnight dreary, while I...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020 11:10 am UTC

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Critical Appreciation Of A Poem

The best starting point when writing a critical appreciation of a poem is to determine what the author's message or theme is. Once you determine this key point, the rest of the paper falls into...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 4:30 pm UTC

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Analyze the poem "The Sea" by James Reeves.

James Reeves's poem "The Sea" uses an extended metaphor to describe the sea as a dog. In the first stanza, the choppy gray sea is characterized as a hungry dog with "clashing teeth and shaggy...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 5:44 am UTC

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What are three features of a lyric poem?

Lyric poetry is relatively short, especially compared to epic poetry, and it makes use of one speaker who presents his or her emotions or state of mind. The sonnet is one of the quintessential...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2016 11:22 pm UTC

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Do you underline or put quotes around a title of a poem?

In general, the titles of long works are italicized or underlined; italicize them when you are typing and underline them when you are writing them out by hand. Likewise, in general, we place the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017 1:43 pm UTC

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This Is The Dark Time My Love

Let's begin by taking the poem piece by piece in order to figure out what it means: "This is the Dark Time, My Love" --we can learn a lot by looking at the titles to poems. "Dark Time" has the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2009 1:10 pm UTC

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What are the lines in a poem called?

Nowadays, a line of poetry is most commonly called just that, a line. A line can be identified as the string of words before a break, even if a sentence is not complete before the break occurs. A...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 11:23 pm UTC

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What is Poetic Language?

The term "poetic language" is used to highlight the differences between poetry and other forms of speech. The specific nature of what is considered poetic varies over period and culture. In those...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 11:25 am UTC

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An Old Woman Poem Summary

Arun Kolatkar, an Indian poet, wrote in both Marathi and English. An exceptional graphic artist, he is considered as the premiere Indian poet. Kaolatkar's poem "An Old Woman" follows a formal...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2012 1:13 pm UTC

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What is the tone of the poem "Africa" by David Diop?

This intriguingly unique poem has an overall tone and a secondary, middle tone along with a tertiary (third) tone. The overall tone is heard in the first six and last two lines. In between are the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2013 5:25 pm UTC

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How can I explain the meaning of "Song of a Dream" by Sarojini Naidu?

"Song of a Dream" by Naidu expresses the speaker's vision of a land of truth, love, and peace in a magical wood. Though this place is a dreamscape, not reality, the speaker feels a deep "longing"...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020 1:55 pm UTC

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What are the general characteristics of Elizabethan poetry?

The Elizabethan age ushered in a period of literary freedom and provided grounds for experimentation for the poets. The age was a break away from the tumultuous socioeconomic events of the previous...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 4:38 am UTC

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Homecoming Bruce Dawe Analysis

Bruce Dawe wrote his poem “Homecoming” in 1968 during the Viet Nam war. The poem is an anti-war poem giving the author’s negative view of his home country Australia’s involvement in the...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2013 5:19 pm UTC

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What are some similarities and differences between haiku and free verse? I need at least three points for each.

First, neither haiku or free verse rely on end rhymes or a set meter for their effect. Second, both are often used to convey emotion. Third, both often have longing or a love of nature as themes. A...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 1:41 pm UTC

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What are the similarities and differences between lyric and epic poetry?

The main similarity between lyric and epic poetry is that they're both primarily concerned with telling stories of one kind or another. Lyric poetry is poetry of the emotions; more often than not,...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2019 6:18 am UTC

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How does the poem the bangle sellers throw light on Sarojini Naidu's conception of Indian women?

Naidu’s “The Bangle Sellers” can be seen as a celebration of Indian womanhood. Naidu celebrates both the women who sell bangles—which are used here as a symbol of the successive stages of Indian...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2020 7:25 am UTC

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Metrical Romance

Popular among the nobility and upper crust during the Renaissance, metrical romances are non-rhyming prose poems that tell a story, usually concluding with a happy ending. Metrical romances do not...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 6:10 pm UTC

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Please give a summary and critical appriciation of "The Lotus" by Toru Dutt.

"The Lotus" by Toru Dutt is a beautiful example of a Petrarchan sonnet. In the opening lines, we see a conflict between the rose and the lily flower. The mythological goddess of Love, Aphrodite,...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019 6:56 pm UTC

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How do you answer questions about poems in exams?

The first thing I encourage my students to do when reading a new poem for the first time is to read it once to get a sense of the entire text and where it is leading, and then to read it one more...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017 8:42 pm UTC

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Can I have a critical appreciation of the poem "On Killing a Tree" by Gieve Patel?

Gieve Patel's poem "On Killing a Tree" is deeper than the title would leave one to believe. While the depiction of a tree being killed is provided, it is justifiable that Patel is speaking about...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011 7:36 am UTC

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What is the central message of 'No Men are Foreign?"

The central message of the poem is that war is a mistaken notion because all people on earth are connected through their common humanity. The poet describes a number of similarities that we share...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2017 12:40 am UTC

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What is Stewart Brown's poem "West Indies, USA" about?

The ultimate meaning of "West Indies USA" is in the last three lines, however the entire poem contains the meanings that lead up to the final one. In other words, in "West Indies, USA," the...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011 3:58 pm UTC

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What are examples of three kennings and three caesuras in the poem "The Wife's Lament"?

All of "The Wife's Lament," a heartfelt elegy for a lost loved one, is written with caesuras. These are wide breaks or pauses in the middle of a line. Along with alliteration, they add a sense of...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2020 1:18 pm UTC

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What is a critical analysis of "Homecoming" by Lenrie Peters?

Lenrie Peters's poem "Homecoming" is about nostalgia and the inevitability of change. In the opening stanza of the poem, the speaker says that "The present reigned supreme / Like the shallow floods...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 4:42 pm UTC

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What are the metaphors used in the poem "Night of the Scorpion"? Please identify all of them and include a detailed...

As another reviewer stated, "Night of the Scorpion" is not heavy on metaphors. There is more imagery and descriptive detail in the way Nissim Ezekiel presents the anecdote of a scorpion stinging...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 3:40 am UTC

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What is the theme and the subject matter in a poem?

It is very common- and easy- to confuse a subject and theme of a literary work, particularly poetry. However, these literary terms have universal meanings across different genres and types of...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 2:51 am UTC

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Mr Nobody Poem Questions And Answers

"Mr. Nobody" was published in 1947 in The Golden Book of Poetry, a collection of works for children. The poem observes that household responsibilities left undone (oiling the door hinges, closing...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2017 9:36 am UTC

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How to analyze "Usage" by Hayan Charara?

There are many possibilities for analysis in Hayan Charara's poem “Usage.” Let's look at a few examples. First, we might talk about the poem's themes. The most obvious theme is language usage (and...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020 5:16 pm UTC

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What is a summary of the poem "Night of the Scorpion" by Nissim Ezekiel?

"Night of the Scorpion" is a poem written in 1965. The poem's speaker uses first person to relate a memory of his mother being bitten on the toe by a scorpion on a rainy night in India. In the...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 8:09 pm UTC

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What is the line-by-line meaning of the poem "The Lost Dances of Cranes" by Juliet Wilson?

Juliet Wilson's poem "The Lost Dances of Cranes" reflects on the changeover from endangered species to the development of cities via construction cranes. In this poetic analysis, lines from the...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of the poem "Self-Portrait," by A.K. Ramanujan?

The speaker seems to be experiencing a loss or absence of personal identity. He feels that he can only see the similarities that he shares with other people, and, despite the fact that his...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2017 4:50 pm UTC

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What is the difference between "closed form" poetry and "open form" poetry? Please explain.

In terms of poetry, there are two kinds or forms, based upon the "structure or pattern of organization" that a poet adopts when writing his verse. These are called "open" or "closed" forms. When...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 3:45 pm UTC

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How might one analyze the poem "Postcard from Kashmir," by Agha Shahid Ali?

In Agha Shahid Ali’s poem titled “Postcard from Kashmir,” the speaker describes receiving a postcard from his native land, “Kashmir,” a region of the Indian subcontinent. Parts of Kashmir are...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2012 12:57 pm UTC

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An Abandoned Bundle Poem Questions And Answers

The tone of an author roughly means the same thing as the mood. When examining the tone of a poet, it normally refers to the author's feelings towards the subject. In regards to poetry, on the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2012 6:02 pm UTC

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What is poetry all about? What is poetry all about?

Let's see, I think I'll defer to Mr. Keating here from Dead Poet's Society: We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race....

Latest answer posted August 9, 2011 12:12 pm UTC

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What do you believe to be the message of julio noboa polanco's poem 'Identity' Not everything is about how others...

Polanco’s poem draws a dichotomy between “flowers” which have exchanged their freedom for human care and love (“watered, fed, guarded, admired / but harnessed to a pot of dirt”) with the wild...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2016 6:40 pm UTC

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What is the purpose of imagery in poetry? What is the purpose of imagery in odes, elegies, haikus, sonnets and...

The purpose of imagery in poetry is to help get the poet's message across in language that is strong, vivid and very visual. The poet will use words to create images in our heads that help us to...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2010 11:20 pm UTC

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What is the summary of "The Pedlar's Caravan" by William Brighty Rands?

W. B. Rands, who originated the long-running Boy's Own Paper, was a Victorian author of children's literature and poetry who contributed much to the canon, although little of it has survived to be...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 10:13 pm UTC

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How do I do formalist criticism of "Spring and All" by William Carlos Williams, and how can it be related to subject...

In formalist literary criticism, the important thing is the process by which the work is created. Formalism doesn't engage in evaluating the work in terms of truth or morality. On the other hand,...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2010 6:20 am UTC

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What is a metaphor about the sunset?

A metaphor is a comparison of two unalike things where one thing is said to be another thing. It is usually meant to emphasize some quality of the literal thing that actually exists in a new or...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2018 1:53 am UTC

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Discuss the customs and traditions of the poem "Obituary" by A.K. Ramanujan.

The poem “Obituary” was written by A.K. Ramanujan. An obituary is usually a tribute to the person who has passed away, featuring the high points of his life. Such is not the case in this poem....

Latest answer posted September 7, 2012 9:57 pm UTC

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What are some examples of figurative language in the poem "Casey at the Bat"?

The famous poem "Casey at the Bat" is full of figurative language, as the other educator has pointed out. Let's take a look at a few more examples: Personification is the attribution of human-like...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2017 6:14 am UTC

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What is a detailed analysis of the poem "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann?

A literary analysis of a poem asks the reader to examine the title, mood, and writing within a specific poem. The title of Max Ehrmann's poem "Desiderata" originates from the Latin for "something...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 5:50 pm UTC

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What is a summary/analysis of "An Old Woman" by Arun Kolatkar?

In Arun Kolatkar's poem, "An Old Woman," the main theme is about keeping what is important in perspective—in this case, an old woman and her heritage—the land from which she comes. Someone may be...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2011 1:25 pm UTC

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What is an analysis of the poem "Da Same, Da Same" by Sipho Sepamla?

Sipho Sepamla is a South African poet born in 1932. He wrote during Apartheid and had some of his work banned by the Apartheid regime. Apartheid was a strict and violently enforced system of racial...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 4:12 pm UTC

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Identify and discuss the effective use of voice on “ode to american english" by Barbara Hamby.

Various elements make up the unique voice of a poet or poem, including grammar, syntax and diction, as well as more elusive elements, like outlook and the cadence of the words. In Barbara Hamby's...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2020 10:52 pm UTC

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