Posts by John Ryan


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John Ryan

John has a Masters in Modern English Literature and is the founder of RyJoLC, an educational consultancy based in Dublin that provides English language and curriculum resources to educational institutions worldwide.

Derek Mahon: Sympathetic Poetry

Sympathetic poetry Grandfather: . As mentioned previously, this poem focuses in part on the detail that Mahon’s grandfather was frequently absent, and was not present when needed, ‘Never there when you call’. It would thus be understandable if Mahon was someway resentful towards his grandfather, yet in this poem Mahon explores… Continue Reading →

Imagery in Derek Mahon’s Poetry

Day Trip to Donegal: Here Mahon examines the relationship between man and nature, using imagery to display how man is harmfully intruding on the natural world. Donegal is initially idealized with imagery of the sublime, with Mahon declaring that its hills are ‘a deeper green/ Than anywhere in the world’,… Continue Reading →

Appeal of Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry – Sample Essay

Write an essay on the appeal of Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry is appealing for a variety of reasons. Her poetry is intertwined with her life, a depressing but interesting one that saw a troubled childhood, many countries and many awards for her poetry. Her celebrations of the ordinary… Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry: Vivid and Detailed Descriptions

Vivid, detailed descriptions of the exotic and familiar The Armadillo: The balloons, while fiery, are familiar; they are objects of the ordinary, known by all audiences and present in all facets of life, such as times of celebration. Bishop enforces their ordinariness by revealing that their appearance is not a surprise;… Continue Reading →