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11 of the Best Synonyms for ‘Poetic’

By Dr Oliver Tearle Sometimes we might wish to describe something as ‘poetic’: we might speak or write of an author’s or speechmaker’s ‘poetic turn of phrase’ or describe the style of a novel as ‘almost, at times, poetic’, or something similar. We all know what ‘poetic’ means: having the […]


10 of the Best Examples of Similes in Poems

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) A simile is a literary device whereby you liken one thing to another, using the word like or as. Sometimes we use similes in everyday language: describing someone as being as sick as a parrot, for instance. This can be contrasted with metaphor, which […]


The Themes of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, beginning ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ is one of the best-known and most widely studied poems in all of Renaissance literature. The poem is often viewed as a love lyric, but can alternatively be interpreted as a poem […]