Daddy by Sylvia Plath

Plath was a poet, short-story writer, and novelist. Best-known for advancing the genre of confessional poetry through her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1982. Plath married the poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived firstly in America then moved to England. The couple had two children before separating in 1962...

Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe

Poe was a writer, editor, and critic, best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre through poetry and short stories. He was a central figure of Romanticism in the USA and one of the earliest practitioners of the short story. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living from writing alone, leading to a financially difficult life and career....

A Moments Indulgence by Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore was a polymath, poet, musician, and artist. He is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1913 he was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature...

Who’s Who by Benjamin Zephania

Born and raised in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, UK, Zephaniah is a writer, dub poet and Rastafarian. He is dyslexic and attended an approved school but left at 13 years old unable to read or write. He was included in The Times list of Britain’s Top 50 post-war writers in 2008...

Curtal Sonnet Notes

Originally created by Gerard Manly Hopkins using his devised meter Sprung Rhythm sonnet purists would argue the Curtal Sonnet is not a true sonnet, nevertheless I shall include it in my notes as a valid sonnet form. The Curtal is a shortened, or curtailed sonnet, specifically referring to a sonnet composed of a sestet and … Continue reading Curtal Sonnet Notes

Clare’s Sonnet Notes

Structure: Quatorzain of coupletsMeter: AnySchema: aabbccddeeffgg Example: Line by Line by Jez Farmer The soft touch of her lover’s lipsOn her skin his tongue slowly skipsHis hunger, her passion as oneDefining love’s erotic funWithout words, with a metered beatTheir verse inscribed in sexual feetA dance, a song, a poem foundShe drags her nails in the … Continue reading Clare’s Sonnet Notes

Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns

Robert Burns, better known as Rabbie Burns, is was a poet and lyricist. Regarded as the national poet of Scotland, he is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language. A pioneer of the Romantic Movement Burns was a source of inspiration to the founders of both socialism and liberalism...