In Whitman’s poem we stare out of an ordinary barnyard door and the view is breathtaking and sublime.
This poem describes a Stendahl moment: a moment of incandescent beauty that overwhelms, dazes, and transfigures the viewer.
In the poem, we see the speaker descend from noble thoughts to absolute self-abasement.
In this poem, Robert Burns looks on in rapture as a woman “leads the dance.”
If we allow ourselves to experience solitude, then we let mystery, surprise, and enchantment into our lives. That is the promise of this poem.
Inspired by Chesterton’s poem, it is up to us to imagine his plain voice of wonder and his humble voice of truth.
The war drum is pounding. Does it ever stop? The drum pounded for John Scott and it pounds for us today.
Have you ever acted on a dream and found that it turned to ashes? If so, Tennyson's ballad The Lady of Shalott will speak directly to you.
If we have ever known defeat, we should come to know this beautifully sad and beautifully mysterious poem.
Isolation is one of our greatest fears, solitude one of our greatest pleasures. Yet the difference between them is perilously small. It is on this threshold that Poe stands in [...]