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A Short Analysis of Sir Philip Sidney’s Sonnet 71: ‘Who will in fairest book of nature know’

A summary of a classic Sidney poem

Astrophil and Stella is one of Elizabethan poetry’s finest achievements. In 108 sonnets and a handful of songs, Sir Philip Sidney produced the first sustained sonnet sequence in English (though… 734 more words


A Short Analysis of Henry Howard’s ‘In Cyprus Springs’

A summary of an early English sonnet

Although he gets the credit for it, William Shakespeare didn’t invent the Shakespearean sonnet. That specific poetic form – also… 732 more words


A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 21: ‘So is it not with me’

A reading of a Shakespeare sonnet

Sonnet 21 in Shakespeare’s Sonnets takes us further into the Bard’s world of personal feeling – specifically, his feelings for the Fair Youth. 718 more words


Real vs. Fake News

Tonight I’m joining with Margaret Simon and the #digilit community to consider real vs. fake news and how we can educate our children to decipher the difference. 508 more words


A Short Analysis of W. H. Auden’s ‘Epitaph on a Tyrant’

A reading of a short political poem

‘Epitaph on a Tyrant’ is one of Auden’s short masterpieces. In just six lines, W. H. Auden (1907-63) manages to say so much about the nature of tyranny. 670 more words


A Short Analysis of W. B. Yeats’s ‘Sailing to Byzantium’

A summary of a classic poem

Growing older, feeling out of touch with the new generation superseding you, feeling surplus to requirements, waiting for death. These are, perhaps, inevitable thoughts once we reach a certain age: they certainly came to Yeats in his later years, and he frequently wrote about growing old. 1,193 more words


A Short Analysis of Philip Larkin's 'Toads Revisited'

A summary of Larkin’s amphibious sequel

‘Toads’, Philip Larkin’s celebrated analysis of the realities of everyday workaday drudgery versus a life of freedom and unemployment, appeared in his 1955 collection… 837 more words