Companion to British and American Poetry

Fra Lippo Lippi by Robert Browning: Summary

'Fra Lippo Lippi' is the one of the most popular of Browning's monologues. The subject, Brother Lippi, was a monk and painter of Renaissance Italy. He was one of the first painters in the naturalist school. He is here made to voice many of Browning's ...More

My Last Duchess by Robert Browning: Analysis

My Last Duchess has been admired for its theme as well as style. Browning's purpose in creating the Duke is to make a statement about the comparative values of sophistication and naturalness. The whole poem is but the visible part of the iceberg, but ...More

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray: Summary and Analysis

Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is composed in quatrains, where the first line rhymes with the third, and the second with the fourth. Elegiac poetry is mostly written in abab form. The last three stanzas of the poem have been written in ...More

Satirical Analysis of Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden

Dryden, who was the greatest literary figure of the Restoration period achieved remarkable success in almost every class of literature, and in his work we have an excellent reflection of the second half of the 17th century. He was a famous dramatist, ...More

Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe as a Mock-heroic Poem

In Mac Flecknoe, Dryden practically invented, as far as English literature is concerned, the mock-heroic poem. Spenser's Muiopotmos and Drayton's Nymphidia are earlier examples, but they are purely and delightful exercises of fancy, and do not have t ...More

Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden: Analysis

The supreme merit of Absalom and Achitophel lies beyond doubt in its superb gallery of satiric portrayal of characters. His portraits shine with carefully detailed descriptions, and all such descriptions do not transgress the limits of moderation and ...More

The day came slow-till Five o'clock by Emily Dickinson: Summary and Analysis

This poem is one of the beautiful and startling descriptions of a sunrise. The beauty, brilliance and freshness of the sunrise is described in terms of the sparkle and glitter of the rubies, topazes and flashing light from the musket. Emily Dickinson ...More

Bring me the sunset in a cup by Emily Dickinson: Summary and Analysis

Bring me the sunset in a cup is one of the finest poems on Nature by Emily Dickinson. It is one of the typical poems of Dickinson displaying her approach to nature and its rich, vibrant and enigmatic sun setting in the evening. She depicts her immens ...More

I like a look of Agony by Emily Dickinson: Summary and Analysis

This small poem tells us about the agonized looks of a sufferer and finally about the agony of death. The look of agony is real because it cannot be imitated. On the contrary, men may simulate a look of cheerfulness. The agony of the dying man and th ...More

To fight aloud, is very brave by Emily Dickinson: Summary and Analysis

Emily Dickinson describes the predicament of man in terms of the fight. The images in the poem are from war. Emily Dickinson's tragic sense is vividly reflected in the poem. The poet celebrates the heroism of unnoticed inner clash.More

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