The Ant and the Cricket – Summary, Analysis and Questions and Answers

The Ant and the Cricket Introduction The poem ‘The Ant and the Cricket’ is a fable. A fable is a traditional story that teaches us moral lessons. Animals are usually the characters of fables. This poem also teaches us an important moral lesson about being diligent like an ant. It also teaches us not to … Read more

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman – Summary, Analysis and Solved Questions

Summary Song of Myself The poem “Song of Myself” was originally published in 1855 as part of “Leaves of Grass” and was later republished in 1891-1892 with fifty-two sections. “Song of Myself” is comparable to a journey that takes readers from the human body to the soul and then to the highest regard for the … Read more

Taking One for the Team by Sara Holbrook – Summary and Analysis

Taking One for the Team by Sara Holbrook Introduction Sara Holbrook’s poem Taking One for the Team is a masterful use of juxtaposition, metaphors, similes, alliteration, and repetition to create an experience through language. The title chosen by Holbrook may lead readers to infer that the poem carries a negative connotation. Generally, the phrase “taking … Read more

As I Walked Out One Evening by W.H. Auden – Summary and Analysis

“As I Walked Out One Evening” Study Guide Summary of the Poem “As I Walked Out One Evening” by W.H. Auden is a love poem—an ode, in which the modern and the natural collide violently. It depicts the combination of modern and pastoral elements, as well as the sublime. Set in the cosmopolitan city of … Read more

Snow by Louis MacNeice – Summary and Analysis

Snow by Louis MacNeice Introduction to the poet Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and attended Oxford University. Under the “Macspanday” umbrella, he has always been associated with Auden, Day-Lewis, and Spender (the contemptuous collective name given to them by Roy Campbell). But he does not deserve the narrow label of a … Read more

Strange Meeting by Wilfred Owen – Summary & Analysis

Strange Meeting by Wilfred Owen Study Guide Introduction The poem “Strange Meeting” was written by Wilfred Owen. It is about the horrors committed during World War I. The poem was written in 1918 and was published following Owen’s death in 1919. The poem is narrated by a soldier who goes to the underworld to escape … Read more

Alexander’s Feast Or, The Power of Music – Summary and Analysis

Alexander’s Feast Or, The Power of Music Study Guide Summary of “Alexander’s Feast” “Alexander’s Feast, or the Power of Music” was composed in November 1697 for the London Musical Society on the feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Similar to the poem Dryden penned ten years earlier on the same day, … Read more

Poem in October by Dylan Thomas – Summary, Analysis and Themes

Poem in October by Dylan Thomas Study Guide Introduction of the Poem Dylan Thomas’ ‘Poem in October’ is a seven-stanza poem divided into ten-line sets. Thomas, as was his custom, did not adopt a specific rhyme pattern. However, there are a few instances where end sounds are unified by the use of half rhyme. In … Read more

Next, Please by  Philip Larkin – Summary & Analysis

Next, Please by  Philip Larkin Study Guide About the Author  Philip Larkin is widely considered as one of the greatest English poets of the second part of the twentieth century. He was born on August 9, 1922, in Coventry, England, to Sydney Larkin (1884-1948) and his wife, Eva Emily Day (1886-1977). His sister Catherine, also … Read more