Monthly Archives: May 2015

Coleridge

The frost in Frost at Midnight concerns me.  It is a very cold poem and, within it, there is a vulnerable child.  The poem stressed how weak and fragile the child is.  The author has dreams for this child, and always … Continue reading

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Eve of St. Agnes

This poem is another that deals with a woman’s sexual exploration.  The portion that describes Madeline as a mermaid stood out to me.  Mermaids can be associated with sirens, who have this evil, bewitching quality to them.  It made me think … Continue reading

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To a Mouse

I enjoyed the simplicity and complexity of Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse.  The basic action of the poem can be summed up easily.  A farmer turns over a mouse’s nest with his plough, and then he talks to it, apologizes … Continue reading

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Robert Southey

Among the multiple poems related to abolition and the slave trade, I found Southey’s The Sailor Who Served in the Slave Trade unique.  In other areas, poets speak of how the slave trade is shameful for Christians and spoke generally on … Continue reading

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William Blake

I did not like Blake’s poem A Little Black Boy.  It annoyed me that his soul must be considered white to be pure.  Even with the ending in which it suggests that the speaker “will be like [the white boy]” it … Continue reading

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Phillis Wheatley

A Hymn to Morning contains elements of the sublime.  The sun cannot just rise.  It needs music when it appears.  And all greenery acknowledge its appearance with song.  I looked at A Hymn to the Evening as well and found it exceedingly … Continue reading

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William Jones

Of the Hymns to Hindu Gods and Goddesses the Hymn to Surya stood out to me.  I noticed in the introduction to the hymn that Surya is associated with the sun.  The introduction also points out that most main gods are … Continue reading

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