Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard – a poem by Thomas Gray, two main themes of this elegy are transience of life and potential talents wasted because of poverty.

The Deserted Village – a poem by Oliver Goldsmith commenting on negative consequences of Enclosure Acts, it praises rural life.

The Village – a poem by George Crabbe showing a negative picture of rural life as a response to Goldsmith’s The Deserted Village.

To a Mouse – a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns, written in Scottish, two main messages of the poem are that man should respect the Earth and its creatures and that  plans can always go bad.

Reflections – written by Edmund Burke, in it he expresses his conservative attitude against revolutionaries and for aristocracy, considers that French Revolution has bad influence on Britain.

The Rights of Man – Thomas Pane’s response to Burke’s Reflections, he states that two revolutions cannot be compared.

Kubla Khan – a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a typical example of Romanticism.

She Walks in Beauty – a poem by George Gordon Lord Byron, it says that true beauty is a mixture of spiritual and physical beauty and a blending of oppositions.

When We Two Parted – a poem by George Gordon Lord Byron, it talks about departure of lovers who had a forbidden affair.

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty – an ode by Percy Bysshe Shelley inspired by Rousseau’s and Wordsworth’s works.

Ode on a Grecian Urn – a poem by John Keats, it represented a new development of the ode form.

The Subjection of Women is an essay written by John Stuart Mill in 1869, stating an argument in favor of equality between the sexes. At the time it was published, this essay was an affront to European conventional norms of views on the status of men and women.

Hard Times – a novel by Charles Dickens criticizing Utilitarianism and industrial society.

The Lotos-Eaters is a poem by Alfred Tennyson. The poem describes a group of mariners who, upon eating the lotos, are put into an altered state and isolated from the outside world.

Porphyria’s Lover – a poem by Robert Browning, written in dramatic monologue, it talks about abnormal psychology – a man who strangled his lover with her hair in order to preserve the moment in which she loved him.

The Blessed Damozelis the best known poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, it was partially inspired by Poe’s The Raven, with its depiction of a lover grieving over the death of his loved one.

The Renaissance – written by Walter Pater, the author discusses about beauty and claims that beauty is relative, and cannot have universal definition.

The Importance of Being Earnest – a play by Oscar Wilde criticizing Victorian society.

The Soldier – a sonnet by Rupert Broke, it deals with death and accomplishments of a soldier and ironies of war.

The Generalis a poem by Siegfred Sassoon, it talks about the massive loss of life during the war on the Western Front.

Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad. Its most important theme is Imperialism and its consequences.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is a modernist poem by T.S.Eliot. It is a fragmentary poem about loneliness and alienation of a modern man.

The Dead is a short story by James Joyce from the collection Dubliners. It talks about the hypocrisy and spiritual paralysis of Irish society.

Happy Days is a play by Samuel Beckett. It is a typical work of the Theater of the Absurd.

Animal Farm is a political allegory of Russian Revolution written by George Orwell.

The Shield of Achilles is a poem by W. H. Auden first published in 1952. It is also the title poem of a collection of poems by Auden, published in 1955.

Muses des Beaux Art– a poem by W.H. Auden, the theme of the poem is the apathy with which humans view individual suffering. The title refers to the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels.

Church Going – a poem by Philip Larkin, it talks about church and its purpose in contemporary society.

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William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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