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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. Johnson‘s "A Poet to His Baby Son"
The baby seems to get a wild-eyed stare that can look “through the ceiling of the room, and beyond.” This uncanny expression leads the father to suspect that he might have a budding poet on his hands.
2. S. Omar Barker‘s "Shepherds of the Range"
Cowboy poetry at Christmas time offers a colorful view of how these hard-working, hard-playing characters enjoy their celebration, yet all the while recognizing the reason for the season.
3. "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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Alliteration and Assonance
The uses and meanings of alliteration and assonance in poetry.
7. Principles of Analyzing Sound in Poetry
Poets choose words carefully for their sounds. Learn how to identify and interpret the role of sound in poetry.
8. Plath's ‘Morning Song’ - A Handful of Notes
A mother's love for her new born can become a less than beautiful thing in the mind of troubled woman.
9. Poetry – Subjective or Objective?
Can poetry ever not be subjective? can it be objective too? Are objective poems truly poems?
10. Four Poems by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath wrote many fascinating, memorable poems, and each reader/fan will have a favorites list. This article features an overview of four of Plath's poems that have been widely anthologized and have influenced many Plath fans.
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