Meter Essays

Understanding Poetry

Teachers have been speaking about the lack of critical material on some of the literature set pieces (particularly the poems) selected for study at the Caribbean O’Level. Diverse interpretations make an exploration of literary material interesting and expansive. This guide to the study of ‘set’ poems is a response to those who wish to be expansive in their analysis and appreciation. It is not intended to be a model commentary but an analysis or interpretation that will stimulate further discussion…

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_poetry_ by Marianne Moore

“Poetry” by Marianne Moore: the craft for the Sisyphus in all of us Slate poetry editor Robert Pinsky gives readers Marianne Moore’s widely anthologized”Poetry” as a topic discussion a few months ago. It was a a joy to read again/It shouldn’t be a mystery as to why this poem among the hundreds she wrote is the one that an otherwise indifferent audience remembers: it’s a poem about poetry. She rather handily summarizes an array of cliches, stereotypes and received misgivings about…

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How Does Wilfred Owen Create Sympathy in His Poem _disabled_

Wilfred Owen uses a variety of poetic devices to make the reader feel sympathetic for the disabled person portrayed in the poem. Many of Owens ideas of sympathy are not easy to find and the reader picks them up more subliminally unless he were to study the poem. Firstly, the most important point to convey sympathy is the theme of retrospect and tense in this piece and it runs clearly throughout. Owen starts the first stanza in the present tense…

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Poetic Form Meter

Exploring how Allen Curnow portrays the search for inspiration in Continuum In the poem ‘Continuum’ by Allen Curnow, he tells us about his lack of inspiration. The theme of the poem revolves around poetic inspiration, and how he is unable to get inspiration. Allen Curnow uses a variety of stylistic devices to portray this. The title, “Continuum”, shows us that the problem Allen Curnow talks about, his lack of inspiration, is never ending and is continuing all the time, i.e.,…

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Fireworks Poem

Fireworks – a device containing chemicals that create a splendid explosion when lighted. That’s the first definition that comes to mind when the word ‘fireworks’ is mentioned. However, in the dictionary, it states that there is also a figurative meaning for fireworks, which is ‘an outburst of anger or other emotions’. In Amy Lowell’s poem, “Fireworks”, she uses the noun definition of fireworks to express the figurative meaning of fireworks. Throughout the poem, Amy reveals how much she hates this…

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Convergence of the Twain Analysis

The Convergence of the Twain Rewrite Intimated in Hardy’s pindaric ode entitled “The Convergence of the Twain” is an attitude of melancholy. While this poem is sad, it appears that Hardy also employs his work to revisit a common theme in his works and a strong belief in his life: marriage. The poem seems to carry the metaphor of marriage and the metonymy of the Titanic. Then later demonstrating the sundering of this idea. It is no secret that Hardy…

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