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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)”