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Poets Essays

''La Belle Dame sans Merci'' by John Keats

The poem shows us how powerful a beautiful woman can be, luring men away because of their lust and desire. It tells us of the power of “Amour” against “Armour”, how a knight can be enchanted by the love and beauty of a woman and be made useless. The knight …

Middle Passage: Voyaging on an Irony of Fate

Robert E. Hayden did not want to be known as an African American poet, but rather simply a poet. Because of his desire, Hayden endured much criticism from his own African American community. However, it was through this sort of detachment, that Hayden was able to stretch the boundaries of …

Transitions: Walt Whitman’s “Joy, Shipmate, Joy!”

            Poets and writers throughout the ages have enjoyed a limitless supply of metaphor in using voyages on the great seas to describe the “voyage” of life.  However, it requires someone with the knowledge of the sail and sailor to capture the emotion.  Walt Whitman is able to do so …

Epitaph on a Tyrant

Wyston Hughes Auden, or WH Auden, was a British poet, often considered by critics to be one of the best England has ever produced. Auden’s work is known, not only for its remarkable poetic calibre and craftsmanship but also for his skilful portrayal of myriad themes- ranging from the political, …

The Radical Genius In Pablo Neruda

IN COMMENDATION OF NERUDA:             As intensely acknowledged as he is, Pablo Neruda led a personal, political and literary life in extremely controversial, epic proportions.  Pablo Neruda’s destiny to become a most revered, recognized, reputed literary genuius started to manifest at a very young age of 13.  He had already …

"Upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was a leading figure in the Romantic movement and although many of his poems deal with rural themes Upon Westminster Bridge describes a very urban landscape. The poetWilliam Wordsworth was one of the major poets of the Romantic movement in Britain, and his poetry is generally focused on …

Analysis of "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African American poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who lived through slavery, racism and segregation. So this poem is considered to be an extended metaphor where through out the entire poem Dunbar is comparing himself and all African Americans at that time …

Who is More Persuasive in the Letter Correspondence between Seaver and Herbert?

In 1970, Grove Press used the slogan “it’s the real thing” in an advertisement for Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher by Jim Haskins. The Coca-Cola Company had already been using this slogan and similar slogans for approximately 28 years, and as a result a Coca-Cola Company executive, Mr. Ira C. …

"London, 1802" by William Wordsworth

A short Petrarchan sonnet by William Wordsworth, “London, 1802” is a poem filled with creative symbols that portray Wordsworth’s emphasis on feeling and passion with natural morality and goodness. In the poem, Wordsworth’s ideal vision of life was that he believed anyone could participate in it, if only they placed …

John Keats' "When I have fears that I may cease to be": Analysis of Sonnet

Keats’ poem is a Shakespearean Sonnet with an elevated tone and is divided into three quatrains and rhyming couplet as opposed to octave and sestet. Continuity is gained by the repetition of the word “when” at the beginning of each quatrain. This builds the tension of the poem describing areas …

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