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Poetry Stack #2

CP English 12 and English 12 Poetry Selections

TermDefinition
Romantic Period Used simple everyday language, focused on personal experience, considered nature and man's response to it
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
The Tyger - William Blake Intense poem that discusses the image of the tyger and questions whether its creator is divine or demonic - rhythmic pattern used in "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
The World is too Much With us - William Wordsworth Sonnet that claims we are out of tune with nature
Kubla Khan - William Taylor Coleridge Author claims the piece was inspired through a vision revealed to him in his sleep - Discusses the beautiful natural surroundings and the pleasure dome built by the mongols, 2nd stanza addresses ominous signs - demon lover, impending war
She Walks in Beauty - Lord Byron Author compares a woman's beauty to the night sky - compliments her dark features (woman was dressed in mourning clothes)
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
When I have fears - John Keats Sonnet - the author fears he may not be able to write all of his thoughts or capture nature in writing, fears not seeing his love again - ponders whether love and fame are important
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
He wishes for the cloths of heaven - William Butler Yeats I being poor have only my dreams, I spread them under your feet, tread softly
Musee de Beaux Arts - W.H. Auden The old masters got suffering right - discusses Bruegel's Landscape and the Fall of Icarus
Now Waving but Drowning - Stevie Smith Misinterpretation and loneliness
From Twenty love poems and a song of despair - Pablo Neruda tonight I can write the saddest lines... the final hurt and the final verses written to his love
Created by: kenmoser