Songs, Poetry, and Miscellany

In this section of the blog, I analyze poetry, songs, ads, and PSAs – and perhaps other things as well. If you’re interested in discussions on meter, rhyme scheme, the oddities of public service ads, or music videos, this part of my blog is for you.

(If some of you come here for help on a school assignment, I hope you get the not-too-suspicious B+ that you deserve.)

+ Take On Me

Anheuser-Busch: Whassup Ad (1999)

Anti-drug PSA (1987)

Arbor Day PSA

Bacon, Francis
+ Help Lord

Barbasol Ad

Barber, Samuel
+ Adagio for Strings

Blake, William
+ A Divine Image
+ A Poison Tree

Boberg, Carl
+ How Great Thou Art

Brooks, Garth
+ The River

Brooks, Gwendolyn
+ We Real Cool

Campbell’s Soup Advert (1993)

Charles, Ray
+ Seven Spanish Angels (w/ Willie Nelson)

Chesterton, G.K.
+ Elegy In a Country Churchyard
+ The Donkey

Crane, Stephen
+ Behold, the grave of a wicked man

Crossman, Samuel
+ My Song Is Love Unknown

Cummings, E.E.
+ l(a

Denver, John
+ Take Me Home, Country Roads

Dickinson, Emily
+ “Hope” is the thing with feathers
+ I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
+ I had no time to Hate —

Donne, John
+ No Man is an Island
+ Holy Sonnet 10: Death, be not proud

Dunbar, Paul Laurence
+ We Wear the Mask

Emerson, Ralph Waldo
+ Concord Hymn

Frost, Robert
+ Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
+ The Road Not Taken
+ Dust of Snow
+ Nothing Gold Can Stay
+ Fire and Ice

Hayden, Robert
+ Those Winter Sundays

Hemingway, Ernest
+ Ultimately

Henley, William Ernest
+ Invictus

Hood, Thomas
+ Silence

Hughes, Langston
+ I, Too
+ Quiet Girl
+ Dreams
+ Still Here
+ So Tired Blues

Keats, John
+ Bright Star

Kipling, Rudyard
+ IF—

Lewis, C.S.
+ The Country of the Blind

Lindeman, Edith (with Carl Stutz)
+ Red Headed Stranger

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
+ The Arrow and the Song
+ The Rainy Day

Macintosh Advertisement

Matsuo Bashō
+ The Old Pond

McDonald’s Advertisement

Mentos Advertisement

Milton, John
+ When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

Nash, Ogden
+ The Duck
+ The Firefly
+ A Word to Husbands

Natsume Sōseki
+ Over the Wintry

Pace Picante Sauce Ad (1992)

Parr, John
+ St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)

Poe, Edgar Allen
+ TO —

+ Another One Bites the Dust

Rosetti, Christina
+ In the Bleak Midwinter
+ Up-Hill
+ Remember

Sandburg, Carl
+ Fog

Saved by the Bell PSA

Shakespeare, William
+ Sonnet 18
+ Sonnet 130

Shakur, Tupac
+ The Rose that Grew from Concrete

Shelley, Percy Bysshe
+ Ozymandias

Silverstein, Shel
+ Put Something In
+ Snowball

Spafford, Horatio AND Philip Bliss
+ It Is Well With My Soul

Stevens, Wallace
+ The Plot Against the Giant

Stevenson, Robert Louis
+ The Land of Nod
+ Autumn Fires

Strait, George
+ Ace in the Hole

Tennyson, Lord Alfred
+ The Charge of the Light Brigade
+ The Eagle

the Alan Parsons Project
+ Eye in the Sky

Thomas, Dylan
+ Do not go gentle into that good night

Tolkien, J.R.R.
+ Song of Aragorn
+ The Road Goes Ever On

Tozzi, Umberto
+ Gloria

Twain, Mark
+ Warm Summer Sun

+ Where the Streets Have No Name

Whitman, Walt
+ A Noiseless Patient Spider

Whittier, John Greenleaf
+ Ichabod!

Wordsworth, William
+ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Your Brain on Drugs PSA (1987)