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. 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.
2. "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.
3. The Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
This article is a close reading and analysis of Maya Angelou's poem The Caged Bird
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. 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.
6. Little Miss Muffet - Background
Nursery rhymes are poems too! And they make interesting reading when one knows all the stories associated with their origin. Little Miss Muffet is one such nursery rhyme that has a history.
7. Invocation of the Muse
Invoking the Muse was common practice among the classical poets to assuage writers block and lend inspiration to every creative endevour.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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