Research Papers on Poetry

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  • Moral and Ethical Principles Learned from The Odyssey

    This 3 page paper discusses three moral and ethical ideas we can find in The Odyssey. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Comparison/Contrast

    A 7 page paper which compares and contrasts Maya Angelou’s poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to the life and experiences of a white male teaching in a Black school. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • 'Thanatopsis' by William Cullen Bryant

    In six pages this once influential poem is examined in terms of its celebration of nature's solace triumphing over death fears that appealed to a nation distancing itself from Puritanism's harsh teachings. There are 7 sources cited in the bibliography.

  • Learning as a Theme in Milton's Paradise Lost

    This paper addresses the theme of learning in Milton's Paradise Lost. The author discusses Adam and Eve in particular, both before and after their fall. This five page paper has six sources in the bibliography.

  • Water Symbolism in The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

    In five pages a poetic analysis of what water symbolizes in this poem by T.S. Eliot is presented. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Poems on Sexuality, Blog Posts and Responses

    This paper offers two blog posts. One on "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and the other on "Sex without Love" by Sharon Olds. The writer then offers responses to the posts made by other students. Three pages in length, four sources are cited.

  • Lacking Conviction in Sexual Intimacy in "Sex without Love" by Sharon Olds and "Lust" by Susan Minot

    A comparative analysis of this short story and poem focuses upon the emotional detached ways in which sex is now regarded by young people in a paper consisting of 3 pages. No other bibliographic sources are cited.

  • One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

    A 3 page paper which analyzes One Art by Elizabeth Bishop. No additional sources cited.

  • Three Poets: Dickinson, Frost and Hughes

    This 3 page paper discusses the way three poets, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Langston Hughes, use sound and motion to convey a sense of life and death in three of their poems, “Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers” (Dickinson): “Out, out…” (Frost) and “The Weary Blues” (Hughes). Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nature in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson

    The portrayal of nature in several Emily Dickinson's poems is analyzed in this paper consisting of five pages. The poems are 'They Shut Me Up in Prose' No. 613, 'I Had Been Hungry' No. 579, 'This is My Letter to the World,' No. 441, 'After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes' No. 341, and 'The Soul Selects Her Own Society' No. 303. There are no other sources listed.

  • 2 Poems by Emily Dickinson

    In five pages pain is examined within the context of the metaphors featured in Emily Dickinson's poems 'There is a pain so utter' and 'Pain has an Element of Blank.' There are no other sources listed.

  • Emily Dickinson's Poems 435 and 632 Compared

    In five pages a comparison of these Dickinson poems reveals the same message is being expressed within each. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Emily Dickinson's Poetry and Transcendentalism

    In ten pages this paper analyzes how transcendentalism is featured in Emily Dickinson's poetry. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Emily Dickinson's Poetry Reflects a Lonely Life

    In five pages Emily Dickinson's reclusive and lonely life and how it is reflected in her poetry are analyzed. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Emily Dickinson's Poetry and Themes of Nature and Death

    In a paper consisting of 5 pages the ways in which the poet's views of nature and death are represented in such poems as 'Twas just this time, last year, I died,' 'Some keep the Sabbath going to Church, 'I never felt at Home -- Below,' 'I felt a Funeral in my Brain,' and 'Because I could not stop for Death' are discussed. There are 5 bibliographic sources cited.

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Boundaries and Limitations

    In five pages this paper discusses the limitations and boundaries imposted by symbolism, plot, and characterization of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. One source is cited in the bibliography.

  • Imagination, Emotion, Intuition, and Values of Romanticism

    In five pages this paper discusses Romanticism in a consideration of values, intuition, emotion, and imagination. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Alexie's "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel" - A Post-Colonial Criticism

    In a paper of six pages, the writer looks at Alexie's "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel". The harmful American characterization of Indian culture is examined. Paper uses one source.

  • Dream State Validity and 'Ode to a Nightingale' by John Keats

    In five pages this essay examines the argument this poem by John Keats is an example of his preoccupation with dream state Romanticism, but concludes that this is merely an example of Keats's aestheticism. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • John Forbes and John Keats

    This is a paper that compares and contrasts John Forbes’ Anzac Day and John Keats’ On the Sonnet. There are three sources in this three page paper.

  • John Keats, John Donne, and Robert Browning's Uses of Imagery

    In three pages death imagery and its impact upon figurative language, shaping, and diction are considered within the context of the poems 'La Belle Dame sans Merci,' 'A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,' and 'Porphyria's Lover.' Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar and Phillis Wheatley comparing the Work of the Two Authors

    Although Paul Laurence Dunbar was born nearly a century after Wheatley's death, the two authors share common traits other than their race. Phillis Wheatley is usually considered to be the first black American poet but Dunbar was the first black American poet that was widely read and sold. This paper compares their similarities and differences of the two authors. This paper has ten pages and five sources in the bibliography.

  • Literary Period Known as the Anti Heroic Age

    In four pages this paper examines the anti heroic literary age in a consideration of various works by William Butler Yeats, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and D.H. Lawrence. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Snow Cricket by Mary Oliver

    A 3 page analysis of The Snow Cricket by Mary Oliver. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Langston Hughes' Blues Poetry

    Imagery, metaphor, rhythm and their interplay in Hughes' blues poetry are examined in a consideration of his works "Ballad of the Landlord," "Listen Here Blues," "Dream Boogie," "Young Gal's Blues," and "The Weary Blues." The bibliography cites six sources.

  • Child Neglect Theme in 'The Chimney Sweeper' by William Blake

    In six pages child neglect is examined in a thematic analysis of William Blake's Romantic poem 'The Chimney Sweeper.' Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • 'Daddy' by Sylvia Plath

    In eight pages a poetic analysis of the poem 'Daddy' by Sylvia Plath is presented with textual supporting evidence and critical opinion included. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • 'Daddy' by Sylvia Plath

    In five pages a feminist archetypal analysis of 'Daddy' by Sylvia Plath is presented. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Meaning of 'Daddy' by Sylvia Plath

    In three pages this paper presents a poetic explication of 'Daddy' in order to reveal the poem's true meaning. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Sylvia Plath's Poetry Experience

    In five pages Sylvia Plath's poetry is considered in an analysis of reader experiences and how their tragic elements differ from the poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Wallace Stevens. Plath's 'Lady Lazarus,' 'Daddy,' and 'Morning Song' are discussed.

  • Daddy/Sylvia Plath

    This essay offers a summary and analysis of Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy." Three pages in length, one source is cited.

  • Epic Poem 'Beowulf' and Comparison of the Dragon and Grendel

    The significance symbolized by Beowulf's opponents Grendel and the dragon are contrasted in compared in six pages. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Dream of the Rood

    A 4 page paper which analyzes the Dream of the Rood. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Kathleen Norris and Emily Dickinson

    This essay focuses on the writing of Emily Dickinson and Kathleen Norris and takes the form of a journal entry. One page pertains to Dickinson, one to Norris and the final page describes insights gained from both authors. Three pages in length, two sources are cited.

  • Comparing Poems about War to Beowulf

    A 10 page paper which discusses and compares the classic Beowulf with W.B. Yeats' poem “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” and Rupert Brooke's “The Soldier.” Bibliography lists 5 sources. The writer compares two poems about modern warfare, Rupert Brooke's The Soldier and the W.B. Yeats poem An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, to the classic Old English epic poem Beowulf. The paper is ten pages long and there are five sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Four Poems on Grief

    This essay offers discussion of four poems that deal with grief. These poems are "A Picture of You by Deborah Robinson; "Stairway to Heaven" by Joaquin G. Rubio; "Don't Forget About Me!" by Jenny Gordon; and "My Mother Just Died" by Attila Jozsef. Eight pages in length, only the poems are cited and the bibliography information is incomplete.

  • Two Poems, Childhood Memories of Father

    This essay discusses Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz," and Robert Hayden's poem "Those Winter Sundays." Both poems pertain to childhood memories of the speakers' fathers and the writer contrasts their thematic content. Three pages in length, only the poems are cited.

  • A Review of the Poem As Watchers Hang Upon the East

    A 4 page review and explanation of the poem by Emily Dickinson. 3 sources.

  • Man's Fall in the Works of Amelia Lanyer and John Milton

    In two pages this paper contrasts the depiction of man's fall in Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum by Amelia Lanyer and the ninth book of Paradise Lost by John Milton.

  • Fish Symbolism in Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Fish'

    Fish symbolism in Elizabeth Bishop's poem 'The Fish' is analyzed in five pages. There are no other sources listed.

  • Selfishness in O'Connor and Browning

    My Last Duchess by Robert Browning and Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard To Find both offer studies in selfishness. This report compares and contrasts the main characters and offers the suggestion that the Grandmother in O'Connor is the more selfish.This paper has four pages and only the primary sources were used.

  • Langston Hughes, Identification with America

    This essay analyzes two poems by Hughes, "Theme for English B" and "Let America Be America Again." The writer asserts that "Theme" indicates the foundation that Hughes built upon to create "America." Six pages in length, five sources are cited.

  • Poe/Annabel Lee

    A 3 page explication of Edgar Allan Poe's last poem, Annabel Lee, which was written in 1849. The writer argues that this poem is a haunting tribute by the still grieving Poe for his young wife Virginia who had passed away two years previously from tuberculosis. Examination of this poem's theme, mood and point-of-view demonstrates the depth of emotion that Poe had for his deceased child/bride, as well as how he viewed his own death with equanimity because he saw it as uniting him with his beloved. No additional sources cited.

  • "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

    This essay provides an analysis of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe. Three pages in length, four sources are cited.

  • Classic Poetic Elements of Edgar Allan Poe's Poems

    In six pages this paper analyzes the classic elements of the poems 'Letter to F...,' 'Lenore,' and 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Poetic Works of Emily Dickinson

    In five pages some of Emily Dickinson's poems that celebrate her passion for nature are examined.

  • "One need not be a chamber to be haunted"/Emily Dickinson

    This paper pertains to Emily Dickinson's poem "One need not be a chamber to be haunted." Dickinson presents the multilayered nature of the human mind as the most frightening challenge that human beings must confront. Three pages in length, one source is cited.

  • A Reading of Emily Dickinson's Short Poem #1755

    This paper presents a reading of Emily Dickinson's short poem, #1755. The author asserts that Dickinson's simplicity speaks volumes and provides this specific poem, #1755 as an example. This five page paper has one source listed in the bibliography.

  • 'Barbie Doll' by Marge Piercy

    In three pages this essay examines how women are manufactured as described by Marge Piercy in this powerful poem. One source is cited in the bibliography.

  • Extending the Poem 'Tiger, Tiger' by William Blake

    In three pages this writer extends the poem 'Tiger, Tiger' by 2 verses in order to further enhance the meaning and intent of the author. There are no other sources listed.

  • Death and the Works of Emily Dickinson

    This paper discusses the recurring theme of death in Emily Dickinson's 1775 poems. The author contends that Dickinson believed in an afterlife and welcomed the concept of death. This six page paper has seven sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Religious Influences on Emily Dickinson

    This paper looks at various religious influences on the life and writings of Emily Dickinson. The author focuses on Dickinson's transcendental and anti-Puritan beliefs. This four page paper has five sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Analysis: Monologue for an Onion

    This 3 page paper explicates the poem “Monologue for an Onion” by Suji Kim, with attention to the metaphor of the veil and the heart. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 2 African American Poets/Cullen & Hughes

    A 3 page essay/research paper that discusses and analyzes 2 Harlem Renaissance poets, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. The writer briefly discusses the historical context and background of each poet and analyzes Hughes' "Mother to Son" and Cullen's "Saturday's Child." Bibliography lists 3 sources that were drawn from the Norton Anthology of African American Literature.

  • Theme for English By Langston Hughes

    This essay analyzes the meaning of Langston Hughes' poem "Theme for English B." Three pages n length, two sources are cited.

  • A Poem Comparison, Frost, Hughes

    This essay compres and contrasts "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes and "Design" by Robert Frost.

  • Women and Love According to Kahlil Gibran

    In four pages this essay presents a poetic analysis of 'Children,' 'Love,' and 'Marriage' by Kahlil Gibran. There are no other sources listed.

  • An Examination of Four Love Poems

    An examination of poetic devices used in the expression of love. This four page paper analyzes Bradstreet's To my dear and loving husband, Elizabeth Barret Browning's How do I love thee?, Robert Burns' My Love is like a red, red, rose, Ann and Sir Walter Raleigh's The Nymph's reply to the shepherd. Four sources.

  • Literary and Poetic Examples of True Love

    This 5 page paper gives examples of true love as described in works of literature and poetry. The writer discusses Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare; Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem How Do I Love Thee?; The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud; True Love by Judith Viorst and Love Poem by Linda Pastan. No other sources listed.

  • Maya Angelou/Phenomenal Woman

    A 4 page essay that offers an explication and analysis of this poem. Throughout the course of human history, men haven been primarily admired for their accomplishments, but the focus of admiration for women has been on whether or not their appearance fit with what a particular society considered beautiful. In her poem "Phenomenal Woman," Maya Angelou challenges this pervasive cultural feature and asserts that she is extraordinary and immensely attractive, without fitting within any of society's preconceived notions of how female beauty and attractiveness should be defined and conceptualized. No additional sources cited.

  • Maya Angelou: Her Works and Her Life

    This 5 page paper discusses Maya Angelou’s life and four of her poems, and argues that many of the things that happened to her in her life are expressed through her poetry. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Maya Angelou: Million Man March

    The writer explores Maya Angelou’s poem about the black experience. There are two sources listed in the bibliography of this three page paper.

  • Symbolic Meaning of Grass in 'Song of Myself' by Walt Whitman

    In 5 pages this paper examines metaphor and symbolic uses of grass in an analysis of 'Song of Myself' by Walt Whitman. There are 4 sources cited in the bibliography.

  • Mothers and Daughters in the Works of Dorothy Allison, Sylvia Plath, and Edith Wharton

    Relationships between mothers and daughters are contrasted and compared as they are represented in Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and A Mother's Recompense by Edith Wharton in five pages. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Pablo Nerusa's 'Walking Around'

    This 5 page poetic analysis considers the theme, tone, and use of imagery. There are no additional bibliographic sources used.

  • Michael Ondaatje's 'Elizabeth'

    In five pages Ondaatje's depiction of the Virgin Queen Elizabeth I is examined within the context of his poem. There are no references provided.

  • Thematic Analysis of ' A Red, Red Rose' by Robert Burns

    In five pages a thematic analysis of how imagination, nature, and love are featured in Robert Burns' 'A Red, Red Rose' is presented. There are no other sources listed.

  • Poetic Explication of Robert Burns’ “A Red, Red Rose”

    In three pages, this poetic explication of Robert Burns’ “A Red, Red Rose” includes basic information on the poet and the poem, identifies the speaker, subject, and ideal, and also considers the poetic devices of imagery, simile, and metaphor. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Literary Comparison of Wallace McRae's 'Reincarnation,' Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    In five pages a comparison of these works' point of view is considered in terms of the shaping of character, theme, plot, tone, style, prose, and exposition. There are no other sources.

  • Sonnets and Poems

    This 4 page paper discusses Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice.” Bibliography lists 6 sources

  • Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

    In eight pages this paper presents a description and analysis of this sonnet by William Shakespeare.

  • Snow Poems Compared and Contrasted

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Bly and Djanikian all wrote famous poems dealing with snow. This analysis looks at Snowflakes by Longfellow, Snowfall in the Afternoon by Bly and When I First Saw Snow by Djanikaian. This paper has five pages and no sources are listed.

  • T.S. Eliot Before and After Conversion

    This 3 page paper considers the change in T.S. Eliot's works after his conversion to Anglicanism; his pre-conversion work is represented by "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Hollow Men"; his after-conversion poem is "Little Gidding." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Teaching and Learning in Poetry

    A 6 page paper which examines the theme of teaching and learning in different poems. The poems examined are Langston Hughes’ Theme for English B, Linda Pastan’s Pass/Fail, Paul Zimmer’s Simmer’s Head Thudding Against the Blackboard, Jane Kenyon’s Trouble with Math in a One-Room Country School, and Mark Halliday’s Graded Paper. No additional sources cited.

  • Human Soul's Journey in 'The Waste Land' by T.S. Eliot

    In eight pages this poem is analyzed in terms of how the human soul's journey is thematically portrayed. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • E.M. Forster's Novel A Passage to India and Walt Whitman's Poem 'Passage to India' Analyzed

    In five pages the reactions to Whitman's poetic assertions as featured in E.M. Forster's novel are analyzed. There are no other sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Wordsworth’s Nutting

    A 7 page paper which analyzes William Wordsworth’s poem Nutting. No additional sources cited.

  • Wordsworth & Hardy/Perspectives on Nature

    A 3 page essay that observes that both William Wordsworth, in 1838, and Thomas Hardy, in 1900, wrote poems that were inspired by the beautiful song of the thrush. But while these two poems share a common topic, the Romantic approach and exuberant optimism of Wordsworth is quite different from the dark skepticism that characterized the Victorian worldview exemplified by Hardy. Nevertheless, examination of the two poems shows that each poet took inspiration and encouragement from the thrush, each in his own way. No additional sources cited.

  • Philosophy and Imagination in William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    In eight pages the philosophies and styles of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth are contrasted and compared in terms of Coleridge's vivid imagery in 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and Wordsworth's deeply philosophical 'Ode on the Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.' There are 6 bibliographic sources cited.

  • Analysis: Browning and Wordsworth

    This 5 page paper analyzes two poems by poets of the Romantic Era, Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Strange Fits of Passion I Have Known by William Wordsworth. The writer concentrates on the poets' attitudes to love and argues that Browning's work is more dream-like and Wordsworth's is more romantic.

  • Wordsworth, Frost, and Nature

    In six pages this paper discusses the poetic 'nature' of William Wordsworth and Robert Frost in a consideration of how the theme of nature is featured in Wordsworth's 'Michael,' and Frost's 'After Apple Picking' and 'Birches.' Four sources are cited in the bibliography.


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