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Poetry analysis: “The Man with the Saxophone”

During each thought-provoking encounter in literary pieces, the narrators confront a mirror that reflects a piece of themselves back into their eyes—whether it is their internal struggles or peace. During the interesting encounter between the speaker and the saxophone player, the narrator in the poem sees through the saxophone player voices in his head thatContinue reading “Poetry analysis: “The Man with the Saxophone””


Poetry analysis: “The Myth of Music”

Music can mean many things: from the carrier of creativity to the expression of anger, sadness, and other complex human emotions, the melody conveys special meanings to the listeners. To the narrator of the poem, music represents home, comfort, childhood memories, and a sense of pride and identity of the narrator. Using extensive literary devicesContinue reading “Poetry analysis: “The Myth of Music””

Poetry explication: Olive Senior’s 2005 poem “Plants”

While transcendentalist poets like Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself often portray a friendly and collaborative relationship between humans and nature—including plants, Olive Senior’s 2005 poem “Plants” tells a very different story that entails a more complex relationship between humans and plants. Using deliberately designed syntax and the use of enjambment, figurative language and vivid imagery,Continue reading “Poetry explication: Olive Senior’s 2005 poem “Plants””

Poetry explication: Landlady by P.K. Page (1943)

Famous philosopher Foucault analyzed the social relationship that panopticon entails—a system with the “watcher” and the “watched”; the “observer” and the “observed”; the “powerful and the “powerless.” In P.K. Page’s 1943 poem “The Landlady”, the relationship between the tenants and the landlady can also be characterized by panopticism, where the landlady watches her tenants withoutContinue reading “Poetry explication: Landlady by P.K. Page (1943)”