Analytical Essays on English Poetry ( 46 Topics on Miscellaneous Poems)

Analytical Essays on English Poetry ( 46 Topics on Miscellaneous Poems)
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This is a practical guide to the study of Poetry. Each chapter/ Poem of the e-book can be read separately or dipped into for information or guidance. In this first edition I’ve added some relevant topics of Poetry. I’ve also tried to revise the topics according to its exam or teaching demands. I shall be happy if the e-book comes to help the students / teachers and the researchers for whom it is written.
Contents:
1. Title: Critical Appreciation of Philip Larkin’s ‘At Grass’
Sub Topics: ‘At Grass’ is a serene picture of old age.
Key Words: Philip Larkin, Movement Poem, scrutiny of life,
maturity, death, race horses, retirement
2. Title: “Brahma”- Hindu Religious Elements in Emerson’s Writings
Sub Topics: The main ideas embodied in Emerson’s “Brahma”
Key Words: Hindu religious, Maya, illusory world of appearance, Brahma
3. Title: Characteristics of Epic Poetry Invocation, Homeric Similes, ‘Choric’ Nature, High Seriousness, In Medias Res, Athletic Contest etc
Key Words: Invocation, Homeric Similes, ‘Choric’ Nature, High
Seriousness, In Medias Res, Athletic Contest etc
4. Title: Characteristics of Primary (folk) and Secondary (literary) Epic
5. Title: 'Daffodils'- William Wordsworth: Model English Lesson Plan
6. Title: Analysis of Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Sub Topics: A Retrospective of Humble Rustics with the Universal Notes and Sentiments
Key Words: Thomas Gray, Stoke Poges Churchyard, melancholy,
Humanity, retrospective, universal
7. Title: Emily Dickenson’s Lyrical Talent
Sub Topics: Emily Dickenson’s lyrics cover a wide range of subjects - love, pain and suffering, death, Nature
8. Ted Hughes’ “Hawk Roosting” is an Animal Poem Depicting Violence and Brutality
9. How to analyze a poem: Technicality & Ethics

10. Identity of a Poet ANALYSING THROUGH TEXT, TEXTURE, PLATFORM, SOCIETY, UNIVERSALITY
11. Title: Analysis of W. B. Yeats' “No Second Troy”
Sub Topics: W. B. Yeats' “No Second Troy” is framed out into four rhetorical questions as a means of coming to terms with the reality of his unrequited love relationship with Maud Gonne.
Key Words: W. B. Yeats , decadent, new realism, modern age, love, English language, lyric, love poems , Maud Gonne
12. Title: William Blake's “O Rose Thou art Sick” or “The Sick Rose”
Sub Topics: William Blake's “O Rose Thou art Sick” or “The Sick Rose” can store with bits of philosophy on life, which explore darker side of life
Key Words: philosophy on life, Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, Two Contrary States of the Human Soul, Industrial Revolution, religion, education.
13. Analysis of Hell in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Book-I
Key Words: description of Hell, topographical entity, barren desolation

14. Critical Commentary on The Invocation in Paradise Lost Book-I
15. Title: Milton's Use of Epic Simile in “Paradise Lost, Book-I”
Sub Topics: Essential Characteristic of Milton’s Epic Similes
Key Words: Epic simile, complete poetic, dignity to the style, long-tailed similes, narrative
16. Critical Appreciation of Gerard Manley Hopkins's “Pied Beauty”
The Devotional Element--->
Sensuousness and Religiousness -->
The Religious and Spiritual Characteristics ---->
17. Title: Political Poetry of W. B. Yeats: Production of Illuminating Poetic Collections
Sub Topics: Aesthetics and Politics Mixed in W. B. Yeats’s Poetry
Key Words: W. B. Yeats, Keats, Pre- Raphaelites, poetic collections, English literature, poetry, symbol
18. Title: Rabindranath Tagore’s Poetry in English: Evaluation and Controversy in Reading Gitanjali (Song Offerings)
Sub Topics: Tagore's writing is highly imagistic, deeply religious and imbued with his love of nature and his homeland_ Discuss after Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (Song Offerings)
Key Words: Rabindranath Tagore’s English translation, Bengali, Gitanjali (Song Offerings)
19. Title: Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Definition of Imagination
Sub Topics: The evolution of fundamentally new critical principles in literature is the main achievement of Coleridge's Biographia literaria
Key Words: Definition of Primary imagination, Secondary Imagination, Willing suspension of disbelief, Organic wholeness of a poem and Fancy, Criticism, Biographia literaria
20. Title: SONGS AND SONNETS OF ELIZABETHAN PERIOD
Sub Topics: The origin of sonnets in Elizabethan period
Key Words: Sonnet, England, Sir Philip Sidney, Spenser and Shakespeare, Henry constable, Samuel Daniel, Michael Drayton , Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Italy, 16th century
21. Title: Critical Study of “Songs of the Ganga” by A. K. Mehrotra
Sub Topics: Mehrotra`s increasing pre-occupation with personal
and local realities
Key Words: Mehrotra is , surrealistic technique, post-modernist ,
avant-garde style and poetics, , language, sentiments and situations, reminiscences of Allahabad , Indian life and myth, Hindu culture, Gangaism
22. Title: Time Puzzle in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 97 (How like
a winter hath my absence been)
Sub Topics: Shakespeare's poetry- is it a Shakespeare's inner
voice or is it a miniature drama in poetry?
Key Words: poet equal to the Roman Ovid, the devotion of a
character, W. H. or Fair Friend Dark, Lady Shakespeare's inner
voice, miniature drama in poetry
23. Title: THE THEME OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S
SONNET NO. 65 (SINCE BRASS, NOR STONE, NOR
EARTH, NOR BOUNDLESS SEA)
Sub Topics: Addressing the Passage of Time on Earthly
Things but not on Love
Key Words: William Shakespeare, Sonnet No. 65 ,passage of time
,Sonnet No. 64 , Sonnet No. 63
24. Title: Analysis of William Shakespeare's Sonnet No. 130
Sub Topics: Describes William Shakespeare's Dark Beauty in a Practical Way
Key Words: Sonnet, William Shakespeare , Elizabethan readers comparison, Spenser ,metaphorical, story ,universal human themes of time, death, change, love, lust, and beauty
25. Analysis of Robert Frost's poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
26. Attitude to war as Revealed in Wilfred Owen's “Strange Meeting”
27. Title: Characteristics of Romantic Poetry
Sub Topics: What is known as Romantic Movement? Define its chief features.
Key Words: imaginative and subjective approach, emotional intensity, freedom of thought and expression, idealization of nature, dreamlike or visionary quality, Romanticism, Lyricism
28. Title: William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper: A comparative Study From Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
Sub Topics: English poet and artist William Blake’s Songs of
Innocence and Songs of Experience are his best-known works of
poetry
Key Words: English poet, William Blake, Songs of Innocence,
Songs of Experience, children’s literature, songs, God, natural
world, ,“The Chimney Sweeper”
29. Analysis of Thomas Hardy's “The Darkling Thrush” -- A Darkling Hope
30. Title: T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’--a Song of Frustration and Conflict, of Loneliness and Boredom
Sub Topics: Personality of J. Alfred Prufrock
Key Words: Song of Frustration and Conflict, Loneliness and
Boredom, Split Personality, Modern Civilization
31. Title: An Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Sub Topics: Prufrock is an aging romantic entrapped by rotting world of pseudo- gentility
Key Words: central character , neurotic ,tragic figure, modern
society, restlessness of modem city life ,consciousness , narrative
framework , memories ,decisions and doubts , realism ,fantasy,
revisions
32. Title: ‘The Owl’ by Edward Thomas: Has the Owl performed Consistent Symbolism
Sub Topics: although the word ‘Owl’ occurs only once in Edward Thomas’s ‘The Owl’, yet that one word is the key-word
Key Words: Owl’s cry, cuckoo’s note, calamity and suffering,
nocturnal bird of prey, melancholy tone, merry-birds, keyword.

33. Title: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by T. S. Coleridge - Story of Crime & Punishment?
Sub Topics: Coleridge believed that the seeds of destruction and creation are contained each within the other- discuss after T. S. Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Key Words: Christianity, supernatural, Romantics, Coleridge, crime and punishment, Christian soul
34. Title: Wilfred Owen's “The Send-off” as Anti-war Poem
Sub Topics: “ The Send-off” reveals the massacre of precious
human lives that war involves
Key Words: soldier-poet, the pathos and tragedy of war, antiwar,
war poems, the massacre of precious human lives, the battle-field
35. Critical Appreciation of William Wordsworth's “The Solitary Reaper”
36. Title: The Theme of John Donne’s “The Good-Morrow”:
Love, Depth and Devotion, Triumphs over all Earthly Mutability and Morality
Sub Topics: The concentration of thought and compression style marks John Donne’s “The Good- Morrow” as a metaphysical poem
Key Words: metaphysical poem ,true passion of love, oneness in love , concentration of thought , compression style , metaphysical conceits , scholastic , intellectual approach to the subject of love
37. Title: William Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’: The Two Worlds of Nature
Sub Topics: Natural and Supernatural Worlds in William
Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’: A Comparison
Key Words: Natural, Supernatural, Tintern Abbey, Christabel, Lyrical Ballads, Romantic Poetry
38. Title: Satirical Approach in W. H. Auden’s “The Unknown Citizen”
Sub Topics: W. H. Auden’s “The Unknown Citizen” delineates the rise of dictatorship, the exploitation of the poor and under privileged, economic disparity, spiritual bankruptcy, anxiety and boredom of modern life
Key Words: modern period, subject, technique, articulation, spiritual, poetry, history, theology, philosophy, Post-War Europe of 1930’s, economic disparity, spiritual bankruptcy, anxiety, boredom
39. Title: ANALYSIS OF W.B. YEATS’S “THE WILD SWANS AT COOLE”
Sub Topics: POEM’S REFLECTIVE TONE AND MELANCHOLY MOOD
Key Words: reflective tone, melancholy mood, setting, Coole Park, Lady Augusta Gregory, literal, metaphorical, love, permanency, serenity
40. Title: William Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’: The Two Worlds of Nature
Sub Topics: Natural and Supernatural Worlds in William Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’: A Comparison
Key Words: Natural, Supernatural, Tintern Abbey, Christabel, Lyrical Ballads, Romantic Poetry
41. Title: Wordsworth’s attitude to Nature and Man as revealed in Tintern Abbey
Sub Topics: Nature was a necessity of his being and through it he lives and breathes.
Key Words: Wordsworth, attitude to Nature ,Tintern Abbey, passions, receptive powers ,natural phenomena, spiritual development ,poetry, communion with nature, feelings
42. Critical Appreciation Henry Louis Vivian Derozio’s “To the Pupils of Hindu College”
43. Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Philosophy of Life as Reflected in His Poem “Ulysses”
Key Words: Philosophy of Life, Ulysses, Victorian feeling for order and harmony
44. Title: TENNYSON’S “ULYSSES” IS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF VICTORIAN TIMES
Sub Topics: TENNYSON’S “ULYSSES” EMBODIES “THE
MODERN PASSION FOR KNOWLEDGE, FOR THE EXPLORATION OF ITS LIMITLESS FIELD, FOR THE
ANNEXATION OF NEW KINGDOM OF SCIENCE AND
THOUGHT”
Key Words: Tennyson, the representative poet, Victorian Age, industrial, moral life, religious doubts, social problems, corrupt society, Victorian period, England
45. Title: Organic Development and Growth of W. B. Yeats’s Poetry
Sub Topics: W. B.Yeat’s poetic career shows a development which is almost organic
Key Words: poetic career, W. B.Yeats, creative faculty, critics
46. Title: Whitman’s Modernity: American Spokesman for Democratic Literature
Sub Topics: Whitman was the poet of the new-born American democracy
Key Words: prophet of democracy, Whitman, grass
as a symbol, a crusade, establishment of a new
order of society, an American spokesman
Ardhendu De
Assistant Teacher
Patrahati Ramratan High School (Higher Secondary) Makarkole, Onda, Bankura, West Bengal,
India, Pin: 722144
E Mail: ardh.de@gmail.com ; Blog: www.ardhendude.blogspot.com
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