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A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning – Poem Analysis

‘A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning’ by Sue Boyle considers the ageing process through descriptions of a young woman, and a group of older and more experienced women, all at a leisure centre. Boyle lives in Bath… Continue Learning »

Song – Poem Analysis

‘Song’ by George Szirtes is a poem dedicated to Helen Suzman, a famous anti-apartheid campaigner from South Africa. Szirtes is well known for both his poetry and his work translating Hungarian prose into English. He was born in Hungary in… Continue Learning »

You, Shiva and My Mum – Poem Analysis

‘You, Shiva and My Mum’ by Ruth Padel is a poem which is inspired by Padel’s personal experience visiting India with her mother for her brother’s wedding, in which they were immersed in traditional wedding rituals.  Padel was born in… Continue Learning »

Genetics – Poem Analysis

‘Genetics’ is a poem by Sinéad Morrissey which looks at the idea of how even with the breakdown of a marriage or relationship, children act as a permanent union, and an ever-lasting reminder of what once was. Morrissey is a poet from Northern… Continue Learning »

From the Journal of a Disappointed Man – Poem Analysis

‘From the Journal of a Disappointed Man’ is a poem by Andrew Motion which considers the role of men within society, and interactions between men based on their different livelihoods and perspectives. Motion is an English poet, who was previously the… Continue Learning »

Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn – Poem Analysis

‘Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn’ by Tim Turnbull considers modern society through an allusion to, and modern interpretation of, a classic Romantic poem by John Keats. Turnbull is an English ‘performance poet’ meaning that his poetry is designed to be… Continue Learning »

The War Correspondent – Poem Analysis

‘The War Correspondent’ is a series of poems by Ciaran Carson which is based on the Crimean War, split into seven individual poems; two of which, Gallipoli and Balaklava, are included within the Poems of the Decade anthology. Carson was born in Belfast… Continue Learning »

Please Hold – Poem Analysis

‘Please Hold’ is a satirical poem by Ciaran O’Driscoll, taking a critical view of modern life through the form of a conversation with an automated telephone system. O’Driscoll is an Irish poet, whose work includes eight books of poetry, and has… Continue Learning »

Inheritance – Poem Analysis

‘Inheritance’ by Irish poet Eavan Boland explores ideas surrounding inheritance and what is passed on to new generations, whether this be physical items or skills and knowledge. Boland was born in Dublin in 1944, and has found focus in writing having… Continue Learning »