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  1. Adventure
  2. Animals
  3. Beauty
  4. Bereavement
  5. Birds
  6. Carpe Diem
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  10. Descriptions
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  32. Mystery
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  34. Parodies
  35. Parting
  36. Patriotism
  37. People
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  39. Poetry
  40. Protest
  41. Rhyme & Rhythm
  42. Satire
  43. School
  44. Sea & Sailing
  45. Seasons
  46. Song
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  48. Stages of Life
  49. Story Telling
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Subject Index - Descriptions

Painting by Georgia O Keeffe

So how to describe descriptions? Simply said, most poetry is descriptive in nature. Poets often elaborate on one or more essential qualities of something that, in their eyes, makes it unique, or dear to them, or a great metaphor for something else.

Sometimes the poet is trying to describe something more ephemeral - not something concrete or easy to grasp: an impression, the feel of a place, a sense of wonder - or a sense of forebodeing. The poem is generally designed to accentuate that impression, through its sounds (consonance and assonance) its rhythm, an its rhyme scheme.

There are quite a few examples here - I was surprised how many Jon collected - so if you want a quick, representative sampling, try these: To a Locomotive in Winter by Whitman, Wild Peaches by Wylie, and Pan in Wall Street by Stedman. Imagine readng the first one aloud in the voice of King Lear (that's how I imagine it). The second one describes an escapist proposal, and the third one is one of those things that have no grounding in reality - but are very entertaining nonetheless.

  1. Meadowsweet by William Allingham

  2. Sonnet on a Wet Summer by John Codrington Bampfylde

  3. The rain was ending, and light by Laurence Binyon

  4. A Locomotive in Winter
  5. The Evening Darkens Over by Robert Bridges
    A storm over the ocean at sunset.

  6. The Fish by Rupert Brooke

  7. After a Tempest by William Cullen Bryant

  8. The Haunted House by Madison Cawein

  9. Rain Music by Joseph Seamans Cotter, Jr.

  10. In August by Babette Deutsch

  11. Morning at the Window by T. S. Eliot

  12. Irradiations by John Fletcher

  13. The Stars are Glittering by Charles Heavysege

  14. The Snowing of the Pines by Mary Thacher Higginson

  15. Japanese Panel Painting
  16. My Strawberry by Helen Hunt Jackson

  17. Keen, Fitful Gusts by John Keats

  18. The Taj by H.G. Keene

  19. Among the Orchards by Archibald Lampman

  20. A Rainy Day in April by Francis Ledwidge

  21. A Japanese Wood-Carving by Amy Lowell

  22. Cargoes by John Masefield

  23. The Night Fire by Claude McKay

  24. City Street
  25. The Berg by Herman Melville
    An indifferent iceberg.

  26. The Coral Grove by James Gates Percival

  27. Nightfall by Alexander Lawrence Posey

  28. Moonlight by Victoria Sackville-West

  29. The Bayadere by Francis S. Saltus

  30. The Sea-Breeze at Matanzas by Epes Sargent

  31. Base Details by Siegfried Sassoon

  32. The Spell of the Yukon by Robert W. Service
    A desolate place made beautiful

  33. Pan In Wall Street by Edmund Clarence Stedman

  34. Emmy by Arthur Symons

  35. Dew by Sara Teasdale

  36. The Path by Edward Thomas

  37. To a Snowflake by Francis Thompson

  38. Mist by Henry David Thoreau

  39. April by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman

  40. WilD Peaches
  41. The Half-Rainbow by Charles Turner

  42. The Naturalist's Summer-Evening Walk by Gilbert White

  43. To a Locomotive in Winter by Walt Whitman

  44. Sights and Sounds of the Night by Carlos Wilcox

  45. Impression du Matin by Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) Wilde

  46. Wild Peaches by Elinor Wylie

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