Companion to British and American Poetry

On Her Loving Two Equally by Aphra Behn: Summary and Analysis

On Her Loving Two Equally by Aphra Behn was first formally published in 1682 in 'The False Count' under the title How Strangely does my Passion grow. This poem is about a woman who is divided equally between the love of two lovers and her indecisive ...More

Bogland by Seamus Heaney: Summary and Analysis

The speaker says they have no wide open land to cut a big sun in the evening. Everywhere the eye accepts encroaching horizon unwillingly. The eye surrenders itself to the Cyclops's eye of a small lake in the mountain. Their unfenced country is a bog ...More

To Althea, From Prison by Richard Lovelace: Summary and Analysis

'To Althea, From Prison' is written by Richard Lovelace in 1642. This is his one of the best known romantic poems which is especially famous for its final stanza's first line; 'Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage.'More

Sheep in Fog by Sylvia Plath: Summary and Analysis

The poem 'Sheep in Fog' by Sylvia Plath is a confessional poem about the depression, dissatisfaction, anxiety, and feeling of helplessness of a young lady. 'Sheep in fog' refers to a person who is lost in the mist of confusion, uncertainty and helple ...More

The Pulley by George Herbert: Summary and Analysis

The Pulley by George Herbert is a religious, metaphysical poem which centers on the ‘pulley’ as a prime conceit in the poem. Herbert wants to unveil the truth that why human beings are so restless and unsatisfying despite having all the things he ...More

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick: Summary and Analysis

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time published in 1648 in the verse collections 'Hesperiods' by Robert Herrick is probably the best verse to admire the notion of the theme popularly known as Carpe diem. The motto of the Carpe diem theme is life is ve ...More

Amnesia by Adrienne Rich: Summary and Analysis

The poem 'Amnesia' by Adrienne Rich is a feminist poem with the problem of amnesia that every woman suffers in a patriarchal society. Amnesia is the loss of memory due to certain injury or shock or unpleasant experience. But, in the poem Amnesia refe ...More

Digging by Seamus Heaney: Summary and Analysis

Digging by Seamus Heaney was first published in 1966 in his poetry collection, Death of a Naturalist. He deals with the themes of root consciousness and respect to the ancestors in this poem.More

In Memory of Radio by Amiri Baraka: Summary and Analysis

In Memory of Radio by the most respected and famous African-American poet Amiri Baraka was first published in Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note in 1961. Written in free verse in conversational style, this poem primarily deals with the ideas of ...More

The Thought Fox by Ted Hughes: Summary and Analysis

The Thought Fox was first published in Ted Hughes’s poetry collection The Hawk in the Rain in 1957. This poem is his breakthrough which indicates his turn from metaphysical poetry towards mythmaking. This poem is particularly significant for the in ...More

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