Ode to a Nightingale – Poem Analysis

‘Ode to a Nightingale’ is a poem by John Keats in which emotions such as sadness and despair are explored, along with ideas related to transience and the passage of time. Keats is an extremely well known and highly regarded… Continue Learning »

Talking in Bed – Poem Analysis

‘Talking in Bed’ is a poem by Philip Larkin, which was published in 1964. The poem takes the everyday occurrence of two people lying in bed together, and then explores a whole range of thoughts and emotions associated with relationships. Larkin… Continue Learning »

What is a Caesura?

A Caesura is a break in the normal flow of a sentence, phrase or metrical line.  It is normally as a result of a piece of punctuation such as a comma or full stop. Types of Caesura There are a… Continue Learning »

What is a Semantic Field?

Semantic Field is a term used to describe a group of words, all of which share a similar concept, theme or subject. Terminology associated with Semantic Fields Semantics This is the study of meaning in language, both in a philosophical… Continue Learning »

What is Alliteration?

Alliteration is the repetition of the same or similar sounds at the beginning of words. Most cases will have a series of words directly following each other, but even if there are occasional breaks in the pattern it is still… Continue Learning »

What is Enjambment?

Enjambment is the continuation of a sentence from one line of a poem to the next, without any specific pause, despite the break in the line, and can even run over multiple lines or stanzas. The term originates from the… Continue Learning »

What is a Metaphor?

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a description is applied to something, typically in a way that would not be expected, or by switching a standard description with something more unusual. This technique is usually achieved by saying… Continue Learning »

What is a Simile?

A simile is a figure of speech in which two things are compared, normally in a way that is unexpected or unusual. Most commonly this technique is achieved by saying something is like another thing. Similes are often confused with metaphors…. Continue Learning »

One Flesh – Poem Analysis

‘One Flesh’ is a poem by Elizabeth Jennings, in which an individual’s intrigue towards the passionless marriage of their parents is explored with a sad and nostalgic tone. The narrator observes the physical and emotional separation or their parents. Jennings was… Continue Learning »

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