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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Analysis Of Living Ancients By Matthew Shenoda

According to an online article, “Matthew Shenoda is an Egyptian poet and former assistant provost for equity and diversity and faculty member in the School of Critical Studies at the Califonia Institute of the Arts.

How To Understand Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

Detailed Background
What experience led to Shakespeare’s creation of this poem? What reality is in Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare? How does the poem’s background and setting reflect our present environment?
William Shakespeare wrote many sonnets during his lifetime and Sonnet 18 is one among the popular which might be as a result of the varying circumstances surrounded the poem. Almost his sonnets held similar subjects such as love, life, death, beauty, etc. 

This could result from the fact that those subjects were very much in vogue among writers and artist of his era considering the poem of Christopher Marlowe “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” also reflected love. Sonnet 18 is a poem directed towards the poet’s heart of love to someone else (a feminine). The works of William Shakespeare sent a vivid message to the readers showing that the poet was a very emotional person. This reminds me of a movie about the poet titled “Shakespeare In Love” where the poet who acted as a playwright in the movie and was seen busy writing a love poem to impress her newly found lover named Viola de Lesseps; the movie “Shakespeare in Love” was released in the year 1998.

Shakespeare married at the age of 18 as recorded by many articles about the poet and his wife name Anne Hathaway who had three children for the poet. To answer the question of what led Shakespeare to writing Sonnet 18, many research has viewed the sonnet as a poem directed to another lover different from the poet’s wife since Shakespeare was a very famous poet of his time and having a secret lover might not totally be a false assumption. What reality is in the message of the poem? The reality in the poem can be linked to the common nature of human attractions which are mostly propelled by outward beauty and material possessions. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Poetry Prizes You Must Not Miss


  • The National Poetry Competition

This is awarded annually to any single poem written in English Language. The poet receives an award of £5000. This is open to any poet age 17 and above with a single poem worthy of competition. For detail on WHEN TO SEND, HOW TO SEND, then follow HERE>>>

  • The 2017 Book Prize

This is awarded annually for poetry collections. The winner receives $1000 and a free publication by National Poetry Review Press. This prize is open to any poet with a poetry collection numbering up to 45 pages and written in English language. For detail on WHEN TO SEND, HOW TO SEND, then follow HERE>>>

  • The Omnidawn First/Second Book Poetry Contest

This prize is open to any first/second book of poetry in English language. The poet receives an award of $3000, a publication of the book by Omnidawn Publishing, 100 free copies of the published book and extensive displayed advertising and publicity. For detail on WHEN TO SEND, HOW TO SEND, then follow HERE>>>

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Analysis Of Love III by George Herbert

Love III by George Herbert is an eighteen line love poem with a static rhythm plus end rhyme pattern of ABABCCDEDEFFGHGHII. The message of the poem is about the unconditional love of Christ and the unrighteous nature of human.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Analysis of The Opening Minutes of A Film by Gabeba Baderoon

“The Opening Minutes of a Film” is a poem written by an award-winning South African poet with the name Gabeba Baderoon. She was born 21st of February of 1969 and her literary contribution has won the Daimler Chrysler Award in 2005. Based on personal perspective, the eight stanza poem speaks of the unwavering companionship of human shadow (I hope I’m correct on this one). The poet expressed the thoughts of the abstract shadow from a first person point of view with the reoccurring “I” in the poem and the use of “we” proved the shadow’s spirit of unity.  

At first, the innocence expressed in stanza one and six made me feel the poet is referring to a baby but further lines in the poem showed otherwise. It is a general believe that wherever we go, whatever we do, our shadow is our witness; The poem “The Opening Minutes of a Film” by Gabeba Baderoon restated the believe. In the first stanza, we see the person’s standing position, then in the second stanza when the person was walking to the station “against the adverts in the subway” and how deep the trust of the shadow in stanza 4 “I want you to look at me/ You look back, maybe to see/ if we’re going in the same direction” The second last stanza seems complex “We both know something is about to happen/ I don’t want to talk” then she ended the poem with “Keep walking, but look back/ So we know we are together”. 

The messages from the poem are of trust, innocence, companionship, while the setting is a place where ray of light does cast shadow namely the subway. The free verse opened with simile “like the opening minutes of a film” and proceeded with other poetic devices such as assonance “against the adverts in the subway” alliteration “slow down so much” metaphor “your hair seems liquid” and repetition of “slow” “want” “walking”.

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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