Varpness poetry: famous poets ; poems studied in class

Maya Angelou
poet who was raped, went mute, and recovered marvelously. Wrote “why the caged bird sings,” poems, and civil rights pieces.

Ezra Pound
fascist connections; married to dorthy shakespear; misstriss named Olga; sister-wives

Emily Dickenson
She had a fear of new places and human contact(agoraphobia); poems focused on themes of death and immortality; died of kidney disease

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Addicted to pain killers; married Robert Browning because he admired her success as a woman; he dad did not want her to marry out of the money she was born into; last word : BEAUTIFUL

Shel Siverstein
Multi-talented; wrote plays, movies, songs, cartoons, and poetry; nominated for an Oscar and won a Grammy for “A Boy Named Sue”

Robert Frost
He was extremely gifted in poetry, won 4 Pulitzer prizes for poetry over his lifetime; recited a poem at President Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961; died in 1963 of heart failure

Sylvia Plath
Confessional Poet- wrote about her own life…often regarding suicide attempts. Stuck her head in an oven and died of CO poisoning. Her husband Ted Hughes left her for another women.

Sharon Olds
Uses raw language in her poetry; often writes on taboo subjects like abuse; she was 37 when she published her first poems and currently teaches at NYU

E. E. Cummings
Wrote in avant-garde, an unconventional style of poetry. Also expressed anti-american views( similar to Pound) in WWI.

William Butler Yeats
Born in Ireland; proposed to Maude Gonne and her daughter Iseult at least 4 times each. he won a Pulitzer prize in 1923 for literature.

Lord Byron
Horrible with money and paying his debts; explored his sexuality; described as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” by Lady Caroline Lamb. INCEST with his half-sister

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Throughout lifetime was addicted to opium; wrote that one long poem that started a SHIFT IN MODERN POETRY; credited for “water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” His other famous poem is “kubla kahn.” He died in 1834 of congestive heart failure.

Maya Angelou
This person wrote “phenomenal woman.” Self confident tone, the woman in the poem has an inner mystery which you have to get to her to find out what it is.

Ezra Pound
This person wrote “a girl” which is about a girl growing in experience, knowledge and love; The girl is either a daughter or romantic partner.

Emily Dickinson
This person wrote: “I’m nobody! Who are you?” This poem pokes fun at attention-seeking people. The narrorator would rather be nobody/real than somebody/fake.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
This person wrote: “Sonnet 43- How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” The poem discusses a girl’s eternal love and affection for someone.

Emily Dickenson
This person wrote: “Because I could not stop death.” Personification is used often here: “he[death] kindly stopped” This poem discusses how death cannot be stopped and ends up buried at the end of the poem.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
This person wrote: “Sonnet 14- If thou must love me, let it be for naught.” This poem discusses how she wants him to love her for herself and that only.

Shel Silverstein
This person wrote: “messy room.” It uses rhyme in a playful tone. At the end, you find it was the author’s own room being described.

Robert Frost
This person wrote: “nothing gold can stay.” It compares the fall of eden to loss in general; we must embrace life before it corrodes, like gold does not.

Sylvia Plath
This person wrote “Lady Lazarus.” Lazarus is a figure in the bible who was resurrected. She tells of her struggles and attempts at death and how she is raised back to life. The poem is semi-controversial since she mentions Nazi concentration camps in comparison to her own suffering.

Maya Angelou
This person wrote: “why the caged bird sings.” The free bird spends its time flying and the caged bird spends its time singing. This poem provokes the thought that the being caged actually gives you more passion. When you are free, you take many things for granted. Could represent black people and white people.

Maya Angelou
This person wrote: “touched by an angel.” she states that “love liberates us into life,” “love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls,” and “costs all we are and will ever be.”

Sharan Olds
This person wrote: “One year.” It discusses a women who returns to her father’s grave one year after he dies and longs to be close to him so much that she kisses the grave stone. She mentions ants in this poem and their inordinate amount of strength.

Sharan Olds
This person wrote: “the clasp.” This poem tells a story of a mother who pushes her daughter in a moment of anger and sees her realize that her mother can cause her pain in life… love can be a source of pain.

Sharon Olds
This person wrote: “a week later.” The main character in this poem both knows and doesn’t know her ex-husband, she knows his heart but does not know the every-day things that now go on in his life. The title refers to the time the poem was written: one week after she had the “luxury” of watching someone die.

Robert Frost
This person wrote: “the road not taken.” THe narrator decides to take the road less travelled upon when he reaches a fork, and it made all of the difference in his life. Moral is to forge your own path in life.

Robert Frost
This person wrote: “stopping by woods on a snowy evening.” He stops his horse amid a journey to admire nature, wants to stay, but knows he has to finish his journey to meet obligations.

Robert Frost
This person wrote: “the lockless door.” death is at a lockless door( one cannot escape death).

E. E. Cummings
This person wrote: “snow.” The mesh of words that are supposedly written in an avant-garde style of poetry.

E. E. Cummings
This person wrote: “dying is fine)” He describes both dying and death. Moral is that you die a little bit every day.

Dying: perfectly natural
Death: evil, legal, scientific and artificial

William Butler Yeats
This person wrote: “brown penny.” The person must debate whether or not to throw the penny into the fountain, he wants his wish to be legitimate but does not know if he is too old or too young yet for romantic love; love seems easy in the moment but is also complicated.

Lord Byron
This person wrote: “when we two parted.” It is about separation from a lover for years. He still hears her name around their friends and has strong emotions.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
This person wrote: “rime of the ancient mariner.” study packet.