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Here are the top ten articles for the Poetry Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. The Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
This article is a close reading and analysis of Maya Angelou's poem The Caged Bird
2. What is Poetry to Me?
This is an introductory article on the nature of poetry and why it is important. It covers ideas why poetry touches us all and how it is found everywhere in advertising, popular music and movies.
3. Who is the Speaker of a Poem?
Just because a poem uses the word “I” doesn’t mean that it’s the poet herself speaking. Learn why it makes a difference.
4. "The Pomegranate" by Eavan Boland
Eavan Boland's poem “The Pomegranate” beautifully represents the complex web of feelings involved in the relationship between mothers and daughters.
5. Choosing a Title for your Poem
The first thing any reader sees of your poem is the title. Make sure it's a good one!
6. Figures of Speech - Metonymy and Synecdoche
Two of the most troublesome figures of speech to keep straight - metonymy and synecdoche - and how to differentiate successfully between the two.
7. Cats as Metaphors
Cats can be useful metaphors in poetry.
8. What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio
In the poem "What Do Women Want?" Kim Addonizio uses a red dress as a metaphor for answering the question posed by the title.
9. Death and Poetry
Death is a common theme in poetry. John Donne and Adelaide Crapsey deliver poems of rebellion against death.
10. Bed In Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, offers a simple summer poem perfect for children just learning to read and recite poetry.
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