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.
Read 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.
Memorable 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.
Kerry Michael Wood analyzes 'My Papa's Waltz' which is a modern poem that is a generational litmus test.
Tanka 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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