By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) Missing someone can take many forms: we might miss an absent loved one, or miss someone we’re close to but who will never love us; we can miss someone we loved and lost to someone else, or someone we loved and mourned when they passed away. The following poems … Read more
Selected by Dr Oliver Tearle What are the most beautiful poems in English verse? There are many mellifluous, melodic, and pleasingly arranged poems in English literature, so picking ten was always going to be a tough call.
A reading of a classic Shakespeare sonnet ‘Full many a glorious morning have I seen’: Sonnet 33 is, without doubt, one of the more famous of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. It also introduces the first real note of heartbreak into the sequence: Shakespeare, it would appear, has been dumped by the Fair Youth. The imagery of Sonnet … Read more
Selected by Dr Oliver Tearle Over the last five years or so, we’ve been compiling lists of ‘best poems’ by various poets, and on numerous topics. In this post, we gather together 33 of the very best short poems in the English language. All of the following poems qualify as ‘short poems’ because they’re (for … Read more
The top ten greatest sonnets by William Shakespeare, selected by Dr Oliver Tearle Previously, we’ve analysed a good number of Shakespeare’s sonnets here at Interesting Literature, offering a brief summary and analysis of the sonnet in question and exploring its most significant points of interest. But we gave up analysing every single sonnet by the time … Read more