Companion to British and American Poetry

Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes: Summary and Critical Analysis

Ted Hughes' poem 'Hawk Roosting' on its literal level of meaning is an expression of a bird of prey, the hawk, which is sitting on a tree and meditating about its power of destruction, its ability to suppress change, and its conceited arrogance and s ...More

Stylistic Qualities of Hughes' Poetry

Ted Hughes' poetic style is original and he is influenced by Hopkins, Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. His usual tendency is to use tough vocabulary and put words together in an unusual combination.More

Pike by Ted Hughes: Structure Analysis

Ted Hughes in his poem 'Pike' strikingly depicts the violence of human world by simply projecting the natural world of pike. The overall structure of the poem is simple, but with that simplicity he powerfully shows the complex relation of natural and ...More

Pike by Ted Hughes: Summary

Pike is a poem depicting violence which is recurring theme in Hughes’ poetry. Pike is just three inches long fish. Its color is a blending of green and yellow. Pike is a killer of its own species from its very birth onwards. Even a newly-born pike ...More

The New World by Amiri Baraka: Summary

This beginning of the poem suggests that its setting is one of an evening. The speaker can see the cars stopped beyond the window. He seems to be an inhabitant of the place, an outsider who looks at things with a detachment and a critical attitude.More

The New World by Amiri Baraka: Introduction

Amiri Baraka forward his radical view in the poem The New World by saying that he wants to dream with purpose the new world as a only real world for Black. Baraka is sure to get victory in making the new world which, according to him is inevitable in ...More

Victorian Consciousness in Tennyson's The Lotos Eaters

The Lotos-Eaters, which describes a scene from the Odyssey (c. 800 b.c.e.) in which Odysseus and his men, after a terrible storm, arrive on the shores of the land of the lotos-eaters, is a poem typical of the Victorian age. It typifies Victorian cons ...More

The Lotos Eaters by Alfred Lord Tennyson: Summary

Ulysses asked his crew (while returning home from the Trojan War) to be courageous because the land was now in sight. He told his men that the next rising wave would carry them to the seashore in no time. All of them reached the land of the Lotos-Eat ...More

Break Break Break by Alfred Lord Tennyson: Literary Analysis

Break, Break, Break provides almost a perfect example of a masterly lyric. It has somber music, vivid pictures, and profound feeling, expressed in a style marked by simplicity, economy, and directness of appeal.More

Break Break Break by Alfred Lord Tennyson: Summary

The first stanza of the poem Break, Break, Break, by Alfred Lord Tennyson presents the picture of the poet sitting near his friend's grave on the sea-beach as he says “Break Break, Break, On thy cold gray stones, O Sea! And I would that my tongue c ...More