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Poetry Final – Poems and Authors

Anne Bradstreet
On My Dear Grand-child Simon Bradstreet
(many references to God and that he has a greater purpose, she struggles to believe this but it seems reassuring to her)
Hell-Bound Train
Unknown author (song)
Alexander Pope
True Ease in Writing comes from Art, not Chance (many allusions to Greek and Roman culture, poem about sound and how poems flow)
William Butler Yeats
Who Goes with Fergus?
(“young man” love is a bitter mystery)
William Butler Yeats
Leda and the Swan
William Butler Yeats
The Second Coming
(first stanza: everything is turning around/falling apart, second stanza: merciless monster moving slowly from the desert)
William Butler Yeats
Sailing to Byzantium
(“no country for old men,” first about how young people are naive and life ends, then he feels like an outsider, goes to Byzantium and wishes to be turned into extravagant art about life)
Robert Frost
Acquainted with the Night
(walking alone, emphasized by “I have…”)
Robert Frost
The Road Not Taken
Michael Drayton
Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part
(no stanzas, shift in tone from grateful to desperate & personifies Love, Faith, and Innocence)
Langston Hughes
Theme for English B
(largely about identity and resisting being characterized only by race, “Harlem,”
Langston Huges
The Negro Speaks of *Rivers* (many rivers named, “I” is the speaker)
Gerard Manley Hopkins
God’s Grandeur
(first stanza: taking advantage of the earth & its resources – reference to soil an oil, “trod trod trod” – second stanza: about god’s creations/presence and wonder)
Gwendolyn Brooks
We Real Cool
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
(3 separate stanzas all about natural things coming to an end)
Barneby Googe
Of Money
(gold, money over friends)
Dylan Thomas
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
(rage, “” repeated a lot)
Alecia Elsbeth Stallings
First Love: A Quiz
(formatted like a multiple choice quiz, each answer can be seen as a different speaker with a different story about how misconstrued “first love” can be)
Wallace Stevens
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
(mention of blackbird in every stanza)
Wallace Stevens
Anecdote of the Jar
(nature “rising up”, mention of a jar in every stanza)
Wallace Stevens
Bantams in Pine-Woods
(the rooster and his tale! really short stanzas – fat fat fat!)
Christopher Marlowe
The Passionate Shepherd to his Love
(Pastoral – generally lists of things and romantic activities, no work, no mention of “I love you THIS much!”)
Sir Walter Ralegh
The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
(cynical retort to The Passionate Shepherd to his Love, throws every line back at him and criticizes him for being naive)
Robert Herrick
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
(carpe diem – short 4 line A-B-A-B rhyming stanzas, distinct b/c it doesn’t encourage premarital sex (but encourages marrying soon b/c fertility and sex))
Ben Jonson
On My First Son
(surrounding ideal of his son being his great work, he was 7 yrs old, envy of son’s death)
Ben Jonson
On My First Daughter
(more focus on being father-less and the daughter’s virginity)
Edmund Waller
Go, Lovely Rose
(carpe diem – 5 line stanzas, speaker is talking to a rose about what it should tell the woman – comparing woman to a rose, short lived beauty and needs man to do so)
Andrew Marvell
To His Coy Mistress
(carpe diem – no stanzas, turning point in middle of poem: from what they could do if they had unlimited time, to time literally chasing them on a chariot)
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
The Lover: A Ballad
(response to carpe diem poems from her logic – long stanzas)
John Keats
Ode on a Grecian Urn
John Keats
Ode to a Nightingale
William Carlos Williams
The Dance
(about the painting – circular imagery and lack of form=chaotic)
Thomas Stearns (T.S.) Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
(famously obsolete ending, describes anticlimactic/unfinished situations that leave the audience hanging)
Emily Dickinson
The Lightning is a Yellow Fork
(literal fork used in metaphor, dark vs light contrast)
Thomas Hardy
Neutral Tones
(abut a breakup & losing interest –
imagery describes the winter day and the other person’s face)
Anne Sexton
(“that story” – first section full of other instances/”headlines” – second section is her own cynical Cinderella story)
William Wordsworth
The world is too much with us
(we’re not recognizing the awe of the earth, allusion to Proteus and Triton – meaning it would take something that remarkable to make us understand the wonder of the earth)
Louise Bogan
(nothing “suddenly happened” – it was just frozen one moment, things moving to things being “dead” forever)
Sylvia Plath
Lady Lazarus
(poem about suicide, Holocaust/Nazi imagery and references, negative self image)
Rhina Espaillat
(two lines in each stanza, about growing up speaking Spanish inside the house, English outside because of Father’s preferences/experiences which were different from the speaker’s)
Claude McKay
(addresses America as “her” – a creature sort of out to get him, mix of scared/terror and wonder/excitement for the culture)
Yusef Komunyakaa
Facing It
(PTSD at Vietnam memorial, reflection/stone imagery played with entire poem as we go from the war current day at the memorial)
Adrienne Rich
William Stafford
Traveling Through the Dark
(about a deer, what to do with the fawn, emphasis on danger in the situation, very carefully told)

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Poetry Final - Poems and Authors
Anne Bradstreet
On My Dear Grand-child Simon Bradstreet (many references to God and that he has a greater purpose, she struggles to believe this but it seems reassuring to her)
Hell-Bound Train
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Poetry Final - Poems and Authors
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