By Dr Oliver Tearle Previously, we chose some of the greatest war poems; now, it’s the turn of peace. Have poets written as well about peace as they have about war?
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10 of the Best Poems about Castles and Ruins
It was the Romantics who really showed us the strange, haunting power of a ruined castle or abbey, although images of ruin and desolation, castles and palaces laid waste, and other such symbols of decay are as old as poetry itself. Below, we introduce ten of the most evocative poems […]
10 of the Best Poems about Eternity, Infinity and Immortality
‘Eternity’s a terrible thought’, as Tom Stoppard famously said. ‘I mean, where’s it all going to end?’ Poets have often dealt with the vast and limitless, the boundless and infinite – whether it’s the concept of the eternal (in time) or the idea of the infinite universe. Or, indeed, the […]
10 of the Best Poems about Thinking and Meditation
By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) Thinking and thought loom large in poetry, whether it’s the intellectual exercises of the metaphysical poets, the deep, personal introspection of the Romantics, or the modernists’ interest in subjectivity and interiority. Below, we introduce ten of the greatest introspective poems about thoughts, thinking, and […]
10 of the Most Accessible Poets in English Literature
Selected by Dr Oliver Tearle How many times have you heard someone say, ‘I don’t read poetry. I just don’t get it.’ Or perhaps, ‘Why can’t poets just come out and say what they want to say? Why say something in such a way?’ For many people, poetry is ‘difficult’.