Monthly Archives: February 2013

Feb 28 Lucille Clifton: Winnie Song

Allusion, not illusion, is the use of something outside of the context of the poem. It is often used to bring in another layer to the poem. In the “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, theĀ narratorĀ asks whether something is “to … Continue reading

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Feb 27 John Donne: Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God, For You

Speaking of religion… This poem is the opposite of yesterday’s poem: God as an abusive lover, someone who savages the poet, yet he craves more. I suppose there are all sorts of S and M references I could make, or … Continue reading

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Feb 26 Paul Zimmer: The Day Zimmer Lost Religion

I gave up sugar for Lent. It is now the middle of Lent and, man, do I miss sugar. I’ve lost five pounds – turns out sugar took up too much of my diet (as it does for many). I … Continue reading

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Feb 18 Walt Whitman: O Captain, My Captain!

Today is President’s Day, the day we celebrate both George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays and the fact that we have a democratically elected president and not a king. I always treated it as a time to remember what we … Continue reading

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Feb 14 Elizabeth Barrett Browning: How Do I Love Thee

It’s the day everybody is supposed to rejoice in love – I guess. So, February 14th is the only day to honor your loved one? To celebrate love? Love really is a many splendored thing, but it hardly needs it’s … Continue reading

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Jan 13 Robert Graves: Down, Wanton, Down!

On St. Valentine’s Eve, I thought that I would post a poem expressing a sentiment often confused with love (too often). I just finished reading David Copperfield in which the hero of the story enters into a marriage with a … Continue reading

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Feb 12 William Carlos Williams: This Is Just To Say, Bruce Guernsey: Glove

In the text book I’ve taken to quoting, the Introduction to Poetry, 7ed., Kennedy, I’ve gotten to the chapter titled “Words”. It talks about how words are the essential component of a poem which at first thought seems obvious, but … Continue reading

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