John Donne’s ‘The Canonization’.

Hi all, welcome to my post on John Donne’s ‘The Canonization’. In ‘The Canonization’, the metaphysical poet, John Donne employs the secular notion that human love can be a solely transfiguring grace, worthy of sainthood. The poem’s title, defined as ‘the official admission of a dead person into sainthood’, shapes the poetic structure of five, …

Peter Howes’s ‘The Sleeping Clipper’.

Hi all, this post is my analysis of Peter Howes’s ‘The Sleeping Clipper’. The Cutty Sark is the world’s only surviving British clipper ship. Built in 1869, the trader ship historically made eight trips to China for tea and, at present, attracts 2.6 million visitors per year from across the globe. The Australian poet, Peter Howes, is an …

Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Hey, welcome to my post. Here, I will analyse the Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”. Overview: Published in 1609 in Shakespeare’s collection of 154 sonnets, Sonnet 18 is, arguably, the best known and most well-loved of all. The opening line, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” (1), …

An Overview of ‘The Good Morrow’ by John Donne.

Hi all, In this post, I will be exploring the ways in which ‘The Good Morrow’ by John Donne may be clearly defined as a metaphysical poem. Below is the video that inspired this post.  I wanted to share it here as I found it particularly beautiful as an audible version of Donne’s ‘Good Morrow’. …

Structure of Homer’s THE ODYSSEY.

The twenty-four books that constitute Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, were orally passed down for hundreds of years being recorded and written down. The chiastic structure used within the epic poem is likely to have acted as an oral mnemonic device which allowed the poem to be easier to compose, remember and pass down to generations. To successfully …

UPDATED: Chiasmus in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Hi all, this post is an updated version of the post I wrote during summer 2018. What is chiasmus? Chiasmus is a rhetorical figure in which the words, structure or concept of a text are repeated in reverse order to form a pattern similar to ABBA or ABCBA. Why does Milton use a chiastic structure …

How To Define Metaphysical Poetry.

What is metaphysical poetry? Before completely defining metaphysical poetry, let’s deconstruct the word ‘metaphysical’. Meta is a prefix meaning ‘beyond’ in Greek and physical is more commonly known as relating to the body, as opposed to the mind, in a tangible and concrete manner. When considering metaphysical poetry as a whole, we can understand it …

‘The Tyger’ by William Blake.

The Tyger was published in 1794 by William Blake and is often considered as being Blake’s most successful poem. The ultimate meaning behind The Tyger is Blake’s questioning on why, if God is omnibenevolent, did he create such fearsome and dangerous animals. The poem is below: ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake Structure The poem consists …

‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ by Dylan Thomas.

Hi everyone, This is a poem that I have read and enjoyed recently. I thought I would share it- along with a few of my thoughts- for you to read too ☺️ Do not go gentle into that good night Dylan Thomas What is this poem about? This poem is ultimately a son’s plea to …

My Top 5 Favourite Rupi Kaur Poems

Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet famous for her modern approach to poetry and controversial comments on the themes of love, sex and race. In her self published anthology titled ‘Milk and Honey’, Kaur writes in the style of confessional poetry by relating to her own thoughts and experiences of abuse, trauma and hurt. I …

Poetry Recommendations!

Hi all, I have noticed that many people have conflicting opinions over poetry. Some enjoy the creative expression of emotion, whereas others repel against its intricate and ambiguous nature. For me, poetry is an important means of escape and an opportunity to observe the world from a multitude of perspectives. Recently, I have been meaning to …

Poetry Analysis: The Large Cool Store by Philip Larkin.

Recently, in my English Literature class, I have been studying the poetry of Philip Larkin. I am extremely fond of Larkin’s work. One poem in particular is The Large Cool Store which comments on the themes of class, women and illusions. Below, I have written an overview, analysis and have included a copy of the …