Author Archives: Zhiyuan Meng

Shirt by Robert Pinsky

I really enjoyed reading poems written by Robert Pinsky; therefore, I did some research on this poet, and came across a poem that evoked a strong image in me – Shirt. The pome can be found through this link: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15479 … Continue reading

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Sharon Olds and the Engagement of Poetry

When I first encountered September, 2011, I think it’s a classic Olds poem that features a confessional style. The first line of the poem “A week later, I said to a friend: I don’t/ think I could ever write about … Continue reading

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A Poem by Larry Levis

During the interview with Austin Smith, he mentioned that one of his favorite poets is Larry Levis. Therefore, I did some research on the poet, and found this particular poem that seems very interesting to me. The Oldest Living Thing … Continue reading

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Interview Question

In this interview with the poet Judith Nicholls, the interviewer asked the question “what makes your poems different from other people’s.” I think this is a good question to ask. In the interview of Austin Smith with Kirstin Hotelling Zona, … Continue reading

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Pearls: The Voice of a Child

As I was preparing for the exam, I re-encountered the poem “Pearls”, and was once again astounded by the beautiful use of language of the poet. In the poem Pearls, the poet Lee Ann Roripaugh illustrates a strong voice of … Continue reading

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Analysis of Poetry 180

This is my essay for Project 1. It mainly assesses the purposes, benefits, limitations, and suggestions for the Poetry 180 by Billy Collins. My idea for presenting poems is to let students use apps such as Instagram or Vine to … Continue reading

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A profound place – reflecting on the Cemetery Reef

Of all the poems I have read for this week, I think Cemetery Reef is the most profound one. Spires describes a scene in which the protagonist remembers the last memories with his or her beloved one. They have a … Continue reading

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Thoughts about “Onset” by Kim Addonizio

Of all the poems written by Addonizio, Onset is my favorite. In this poem, the author describes the unique viewpoint of hers toward the spring. Contrary to the orthodox opinion, which thinks of spring as an invigorating and refreshing force, … Continue reading

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More on Confessional Poetry

I really like the discussion on confessional poetry in class, and the poems of Sharon Olds make me feel strongly empathized. Hence, I searched for more confessional poets, and learned that Sylvia Plath is also one poet famous for her … Continue reading

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Opinions about a poetry performance

When I was preparing for Wednesday’s class, I found this video in which a poetry group performed A History of Weather by Billy Collins. The performer, I think,  failed to deliver a vivd performance. As learned in Monday’s lecture, a … Continue reading

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