Poetry Study Guides

  • Poetry

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  • Eating Poetry

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  • The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

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  • The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake

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  • The Practice of Poetry

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  • Allen Ginsberg's Poetry

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    Allen Ginsberg's Poetry is a collection of poems in free verse and various other Beat styles. The poems are concerned largely with the concerns of the Beat generation, a moment in art history defined by rebellion, counterculture, drug culture, and travel. Ginsberg ruminates on the state of his fellow writers and on their decay in a culture moving rapidly toward conservatism in the wake of the 1960s. His poems further ruminate on homosexuality, psychedelic experiences, and death.

  • Poe's Poetry

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    Poe's Poetry is most known for its dark and Gothic themes. These poems typically discuss passion and death; the ornate language, high emotion-usually despair-and complex rhyme schemes all contribute to a claustrophobic feeling of horror and bleakness. From a demonic apparition of a raven to a lament for a lost bride-to-be, the exaggerated imagery that the poet uses drives home the themes of mortality and madness.