If Thou must love me . . . Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 What Are the Figures of Speech in the Poem "If Thou Must Love Me"?  from: penandthepad.com Emily Valentine Updated July 21, 2017      Metaphor Metaphor is one of the most com mon figures of speech, and Browning uses several in this poem: "'I lover her for her smile ... her look ... her way Of... Continue Reading →


Poetic Inspiration

Some examples of poems which can be used for discussion:      

When I heard the Learn’d astronomer

Walt Whitman Mere numbers, charts, and diagrams cannot sum up the mystery, power, and beauty of the universe. To begin to understand the wonder of the universe, one must view it through the lens of the unaided eye rather than the lens of the calibrated telescope in order see a  When I heard the learn'd ... Continue Reading →


WB YEATS The Song of Wandering Aengus

  THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS   WB YEATS [In labelling it “song”, the lyrical aspect of this poem is emphasised. The  adjective “wandering” has  connotations of someone endlessly search for something.] I WENT out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel wand, And hooked... Continue Reading →


Father of South African poetry – Thomas Pringle

     Cape of Storms- Thomas Pringle O Cape of Storms! although thy front be dark, And bleak thy naked cliffs and cheerless vales, And perilous thy fierce and faithless gales To stanchest mariner and stoutest bark; And though along thy coasts with grief I mark The servile and the slave, and him who wails... Continue Reading →


Ezra Pound

"Either move or be moved." - Ezra Pound Of all the major literary figures of the twentieth century, Ezra Pound has been one of the most controversial.  He has however, also been one of modern poetry's most important contributors. He was born in Hailey, Idaho, on October 30, 1885. T.S. Eliot, said about Pound - "...is more... Continue Reading →


The life and times of Dylan Thomas.

"When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes."                Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas was born in 1914 October 27 in Swansea. His father was an English Literature professor at the local school. Thomas was a  neurotic and sickly child. He of course excelled in English and reading due to the fact that his... Continue Reading →


T S Eliot La Figlia que Piange

La Figlia Che Piange                   T. S. Eliot, 1888 - 1965 O quam te memorem virgo Stand on the highest pavement of the stair— Lean on a garden urn— Weave, weave the sunlight in your hair— Clasp your flowers to you with a pained surprise— Fling them to the ground and... Continue Reading →


POETRY_ Romanticism

Romanticism “In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs, in spite of things silently gone out of mind and things violently destroyed, the Poet binds together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society, as it is spread over the whole earth, and over all... Continue Reading →


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