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Articles focusing on poetry written mid-twentieth century to the present

"The Pomegranate" by Eavan Boland star
Eavan Boland´s poem “The Pomegranate” beautifully represents the complex web of feelings involved in the relationship between mothers and daughters.

Eavan Boland´s star
Eavan Boland´s poem “The Pomegranate” beautifully represents the complex web of feelings involved in the relationship between mothers and daughters.

Four Poems by Sylvia Plath star
Sylvia Plath wrote many fascinating, memorable poems, and each reader/fan will have a favorites list. This article features an overview of four of Plath´s poems that have been widely anthologized and have influenced many Plath fans.

Gwendolyn Brooks’ “a song in the front yard” star
An immature young girl fancies experiencing activities against which her mother has warned her.

How to Read a Poem star
This article focuses on Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Morning Song,” to help readers understand how better to read a poem.

Plath's ‘Morning Song’ - A Handful of Notes star
A mother's love for her new born can become a less than beautiful thing in the mind of troubled woman.

Robert Bly's Folly star
For over fifty years, Robert Bly has been "translating" poetry from Spanish, German, Swedish, Persian, Sanskrit, and other languages. Yet, Bly is not fluent in any of these languages. His so-called translations are merely revisions of other people's translations.

Robert Frost – Poetry for Every Season star
Robert Frost considered himself a lone wolf, because he was writing in a time when vagueness was becoming a poetic virtue in American poetry. Frost is a poet you can always trust to be putting his best words forward.

The Life of Pablo Neruda star
For 16 years, he represented Chile around the world. He was driven out of his homeland. He was denied the Nobel. He won it. He became an ambassador for Salvador Allende. He died days after Allende was deposed. From a life of dramatic highs and lows, Pablo Neruda created beautiful poetry.

The Red Wheelbarrow star
William Carlos Williams´ ode to the simple life, ´The Red Wheelbarrow´ is one of the most celebrated and important poems of the twentieth century. Why?

What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio star
In the poem "What Do Women Want?" Kim Addonizio uses a red dress as a metaphor for answering the question posed by the title.

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