Poem Samples

Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky

"Be Gad Your Nose is on Your Face" by American poet Jack Prelutsky, named a U.S. Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2006, is yet another of his hilarious poems. Through it, he is spreading the message that we should be grateful for whatever we have without complaining or changing it. Be Glad Your Nose is on Your...

Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio by James Wright

A Pulitzer-winning American poet James Wright had an unhappy childhood and "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio" gives us an insight into the lives of the blue-collar workers there. As the speaker in his own poem, he gives us the visuals of the creeping alienation and the destruction of dreams that became a ritual there for generations. Autumn Begins in...

As Soon as Fred Gets Out of Bed by Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky’s "As soon as Fred gets out of bed" is a witty, humorous poem about a little boy who curiously wears his underwear over his head. Initially, it might seem to be something written for kicks and for laughs, but upon further inspection it becomes an extended metaphor for a child celebrating his freedom. As Soon as Fred Gets...

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

"Annabel Lee" is the very last piece of poetry by the great Edgar Allen Poe. Here Poe gives his own voice to a lamenting narrator who dictates a heart-wrenching story of how the cruel nature had conspired to rob him of his love - Annabel Lee, but has failed as his love for her extends beyond her grave. Annabel Lee...

And the Moon and the Stars and the World

American contemporary poet Charles Bukowski is known for being brutally honest with his use of words. In "And the Moon and the Stars and the World" he uses his signature graphic language to give us an insight into the private lives of the bored American housewifes and their drunken husbands. And The Moon And The Stars And The World BY...

America Analysis

"America", a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1956 speaks of the turbulent times post Second World War, when the prospects of the country looked dismal and bleak. The poem is a statement of those times of political unrest and urges positive change by shedding the veil of national inactivity. America BY ALLEN GINSBERG America I've given you all and...

All the World’s a Stage

"All The World’s a Stage" is an excerpt taken from Shakespeare’s poem ‘As You Like It’ where the speaker Jaques sees the world as a temporary stage where all of mankind plays particular roles in seven different stages of life. All the World's a Stage BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely...

A Word to Husbands

Ogden Nash, a poet famous for his humorous verse, wrote this poem as a word of advice to husbands. The speaker says that silence is the best policy to keep a marriage harmonious. Not only should the husband admit his mistakes, he should also keep quiet even when he is right about something. A Word to Husbands BY OGDEN NASH...

A Pretty a Day

The great American poet E. E. Cummings' is known for writing using a strange, distinguished writing style for which he is considered to be a poetic rebel.  "A Pretty a Day" is a poem where he explores how the womankind deals and comes to terms with their loss of virginity. A pretty a day BY E. E. CUMMINGS A pretty...

A Poison Tree

The original thinker William Blake in his poem "The Poison Tree" talks about how devastating and ruinous the bottled up anger can be. The speaker’s pent up anger grew and became a fruit-bearing full-fledged tree. This poem follows the structure of a nursery rhyme, though it delivers a message that is true for everyone. A Poison Tree BY WILLIAM BLAKE...

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