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Help Poetry themes
Posted by: Nadine (144.138.77.---)
Date: July 22, 2007 02:22AM

I was wondering if you could tell what is a theme of a poem and how do you work out what the theme of the poem is?

Any information would help a lot

Also could you help me find some poems with the theme of courage and love?

It would help a lot because I need it for an English assignment. Which is due in two weeks.


Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 07/30/2007 05:38AM by Nadine.

Re: Help Poetry themes
Posted by: marian222 (81.151.106.---)
Date: July 26, 2007 12:16PM

The theme of a poem is quite simply what it's about - it might be love, or peace, or death or war or courage or something else. Many poems have more than one theme. Think about the poems you already know and try and decide what they are about. For courage, you could try ballads like The Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight, by Rose Hartwick Thorpe - which has two themes - love and courage - the heroine is in love with a lad who will be executed at the ringing of the curfew bell, so she climbs up the bell tower and jumps onto the clapper of the huge bell to stop it ringing out and save his life. Then there's The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes - a similar love and courage story where the Highwayman's girl is shot because she shouts out to warn him of a trap. There are lots of poems about courage in battle - try Charles Causley's Death of An Aircraft, for example.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2007 12:17PM by marian222.

Re: Help Poetry themes
Posted by: oldeyes (216.50.152.---)
Date: July 26, 2007 11:20PM

Go with 'The Highwayman,' your teacher has had many papers on this poem and
won't have to do any thinking. Teachers, when confronted with a concept that makes them pause and think get annoyed.

Re: Help Poetry themes
Posted by: Nadine (144.138.77.---)
Date: July 30, 2007 05:49AM

Can someone please help me find the poem "The Two Fires" by Judith Wright

It would help a lot


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