Have you ever been the cactus in this situation? It is super annoying. But either side is pretty sucky. Petrarch was a fourteenth century Italian poet who established this thing called the Petrarchan lover. The Petrarchan lover chastely pines away for an unobtainable, perfect woman and writes a lot of poetry about her in the […]
Category: Pictures of Poems
Pictures of Poems: “The Nurse’s Song,” William Blake, 1764. Also, the Kitty Planet.
One day my daughter had some new kitty stickers. She stuck them all over a piece of paper and said: “This is the Kitty Planet. Kitties live here. They all have houses with their bowls of water. The kitty planet has three moons. There is a monster there that doesn’t like kitties. He comes out […]
Pictures of Poems: “The Sensitive Plant, Part First,” Percy Bysshe Shelley
This week’s poem is by Percy Bysshe Shelley. He was a Romantic poet. Do you have a favorite Romantic poet? Sometimes I find myself asking people this at parties. Then I immediately think, ooooh that was a really stupid thing to ask someone at a party. This is why I am not very good at […]
Pictures of Poems: “Ah, Are You Digging at my Grave,” Thomas Hardy
The news this week is very, very bad. I don’t think I need to recap it here, but I guess basically we are looking at a lot more poverty, pollution, guns, and tanks over the next four years, thanks to that skinny budget. No good, no good at all. Poetry is a balm for the soul, or […]