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A Light Exists in Spring by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a famous American poet who lived during the 1800s. In addition to writing, she also studied botany, which could have been an influence in her poems about nature. This poem is about the light that illuminates all that’s around it during spring. While this poem is about nature, it has a strong religious undertone, showing there are things science is unable to fully explain. Continue reading

A Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

“The Darkling Thrush” is a poem by Thomas Hardy and was published in the 1900’s. For The Darkling Thrush, Thomas Hardy chose a word with tremendous history in poetry. ‘Darkling’ means in darkness, or becoming dark, for Hardy can still see the landscape, and the sun is ‘weakening’ but not completely set. The word itself goes back to the mid fifteenth century. Keats famously uses the word in his ‘Ode to a Nightingale’: ‘Darkling, I listen’. This title gives the poem a resonance of past poets and their thoughts and feelings on a similar subject. Continue reading
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