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Poetry Stack #2

CP English 12 and English 12 Poetry Selections

Sonnet 43 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning "How do I love thee..." Italian sonnet, from a collection called Sonnets from the Portuguese (too personal, women writers not respected) says she loves in both simple and complex ways
My Last Duchess - Robert Browning A Dramatic Monologue where the speaker (Alfonso d'Este) discusses a portrait of his deceased ex-wife, mentions her not being appropriately appreciative
Porphyria's Lover - Robert Browning A Dramatic Monologue - Porphyria comes in from the cold and tells the speaker she loves him. He feels he has her fully in this moment and strangles her. He places her head on his shoulder and sits with her commenting that God has not said a word
Ozymandias - Percy Shelley Sonnet that discusses the remains of a statue of King Ramses II - his appearance and quote on the statue show his vanity and arrogance
To an Athlete Dying Young - A.E. Houseman Uses image of being held shoulder high - claims it may be a benefit to die while one is still in their glory days
Ex-Basketball Player - John Updike Uses basketball language to describe town and gas pumps at Berth's garage - Flick Webb was a basketball star who now works in the garage and reflects on his playing career
When I was one-and-twenty - A.E. Houseman Speaker receives advice to spend his money but protect his heart - wishes he would have heeded that advice
The Soldier - Rupert Brooke The speaker represents England wherever he goes - nationalistic and patriotic
Dulce et decorum est - Wilfred Owen Gas, GAS! Disagrees that "It is sweet and honorable to die for one's country"
Naming of Parts - Henry Reed Two distinct voices - one going through the details of the their firearm at basic training, the other contemplating nature
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