Poetry

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a woman dreamingEveryone has a dream they wish would come true.  In this poem, the poet describes the main character as wishing for her to be with her love.   Only with him is she finally home. 

 

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A Tribute to My Father-in-law Anslem

This is a tribute written to my father-in-law Anslem Dcosta, on his First Death Anniversary.  He passed away on May 13, 2016.

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T. S. Eliot

This poetry analysis by Kerry Michael Wood is a close examination of T. S. Eliot’s interior monologue 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and a study of the numerous allusions to Dante, Shakespeare, Andrew Marvell, Hesiod, biblical personages and the metaphsical conceits as they apply to the world of early modernism.

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Greta HeldtMy great aunt, Greta Heldt, passed away on October 22, 2012.  This is a tribute I wrote her for the person she was to me.  

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Robert HaydenRead a poem by Robert Hayden that pays tribute to his foster father and confesses the poet's youthful ingratitude and inability to realize the loving sacrifices made by the undemonstrative man. It is only in Hayden's maturity that he is able to comprehend what parental love and boyish presumptuousness mean.

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Image of a girl (depicting the poet) spending time in prayer

'In Your Presence' is a poem that describes the closeness between the poet and her Creator.  No matter what happens during the day, spending time with the Lord is of utmost importance to her. 

 

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What Makes a Memorable / Quality Tanka? 

SilhouetteMemorable tanka are those that punch you right in the guts and leave your in awe and fascination. Does your tanka have this effect on readers?  Read on to find out what Claire Everett thinks of quality tanka. 

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Theodore RoethkeKerry Michael Wood analyzes 'My Papa's Waltz' which is a modern poem that is a generational litmus test.


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How to Write Tanka Poetry

Tanka barcaTanka is the English variant of the Japanese 'waka', a form of quintain poetry. If you are new to writing tanka, this guide should help you grasp the form, structure and essence of a tanka.  Read on to learn how to write a tanka poem. 

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E. E. CummingsGive yourself over to the poetic perplexities of Edward Estlin Cummings and see what you can come up with.


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