Tag: English B: Poetry

West Indies, U.S.A by Stewart Brown

Cruising at thirty thousand feet above the endless green the island seems like dice tossed on a casino’s baize, some come up lucky, others not. Puerto Rico takes the pot, the Dallas of the West Indies, silver linings on the clouds as we descend are hall-marked, San Juan glitters like a maverick’s gold ring. All…

Forgive My Guilt by Robert P. Tristram

American Poet, Robert P. Tristram, is known for his many poems, ballads and essays that were often based on New England farm and seafaring life. His works depicted the good in the world. The poem discussed here departs from the cheery narrative and takes on a morose tone as the persona, now an adult,  laments…

Once Upon a Time by Gabriel Okara

Gabriel Okara is a Nigerian poet and novelist. He is well known for his poems, “Piano and Drums” and “You Laughed and Laughed and Laughed”. His poetry is often based on a series of contrasts in which symbols are neatly balanced against each other; and he incorporates African thought religion, folklore and imagery in his…

Analysing Poetry

There are different ways to analyse poetry. The method presented here is broken down into bite sized sections so that it is easier to understand. These sections are in no particular order. When you have a poem before you and you are about to begin your analysis, the first thing you should do is read…

Poetry

In this post we will look at the terms you will need to be comfortable with when discussing poetry. The prescribed poetry for CSEC 2015 is listed here. Elements of Poetry Rhyme The standard rhyme consists of the repetition, in the rhyming words, of the last stressed vowel and of all the speech sounds following…

Common Terms/Concepts in Literature

We will look at some common terms/concepts that may present themselves in literary discussions, and quite possibly on your English Literature exam. Dramatic Significance This refers to the elements of drama, acting in unity to effect the purpose of the play. If something is dramatically significant it may serve to advance the plot, develop a…

A Contemplation Upon Flowers by Henry King

BRAVE flowers–that I could gallant it like you,And be as little vain!You come abroad, and make a harmless show,And to your beds of earth again.You are not proud: you know your birth:For your embroider’d garments are from earth.You do obey your months and times, but IWould have it ever Spring:My fate would know no Winter,…