Companion to British and American Poetry

Sonnet 1: From Fairest creatures we desire increase by William Shakespeare: Summary and Analysis

From Fairest creatures we desire increase is a typical Shakespearean English sonnet no. 1 out of 154 with an octet, a quatrain and a couplet. Normally, in a sonnet a problem is shown in the octet and remaining six lines give the solution. Shakespeare ...More

Fear no more the heat o' th' sun by William Shakespeare: Summary

This poem has been taken from Shakespeare's play Cymbeline. This is a death poem having universal appeal. In this poem the poet has expressed his feeling for the rest of the soul of the dead. It is written for the consolation of the dead. The poet wa ...More

Separation by William Stanley Merwin: Summary and Analysis

Separation is a unique three-line modernist, rather a post-modernist, poem. With its typically open-ended nature, the poem demands a careful and tactful explanation of its understated implications. As the title of the poem suggests, it seems that the ...More

The Dead III by Rupert Brooke: Summary and Analysis

As Rupert Brooke is one of the pioneers of war poetry, his The Dead III is a famous war poem written in the form of a sonnet. He has written another poem titled same as The Dead in his collection of five sonnets. This particular sonnet is the third o ...More

Queen-Anne's-Lace by William Carlos Williams: Summary and Analysis

Queen-Anne's-Lace by William Carlos William is unconventional in its theme and subverts the traditional idea of 'female as flower' in the poem. The title comes from the name of a flower that grows in open grassy fields, and being white, which is iden ...More

Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Summary and Analysis

Christabel is an unfinished gothic ballad written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It was finished in two years: first part in 1797 and second part in 1800 which was published in 1816 Christabel; Kubla Khan, A Vision; The Pains of Sleep. The story of Chri ...More

Samson Agonistes by John Milton: Summary and Analysis

The poetic drama Samson Agonistes by John Milton is set in Gaza and is composed of dialogues between the blinded and imprisoned protagonist and different groups and individuals. A chorus of Hebrew friends comments upon what passes.More

Peter Quince at Clavier by Wallace Stevens: Summary and Analysis

The poem 'Peter Quince at Clavier' is a meditative poem based on two allusions: one from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream and the other from the Bible. The Shakespearean character Peter Quince was a rustic actor who clumsily performed a t ...More

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman: Analysis

The poem is based on Whitman’s ideas on the external forward movement of all things, through life, death and rebirth, and his ideas of an interrelationship of all people that transcends time and place. He reaches back to acknowledge the past and lo ...More

Song of Myself Section 52 by Walt Whitman: Summary and Analysis

There are five or six phases the development of ideas in the poem; the speaker (the unenlightened rough American of section 1) passes through these phases of experience and change. In short, the phases are as follows:More

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