Comparative Poetry Analysis

Alison Kuehn 5th hour


"We never noticed the beauty of nature, because we were too busy trying to create it." I will be comparing two poems about the beauty and destructive side of nature; "Sleeping in the Forest" by Mary Oliver, and "Problems with Hurricanes" by Victor Hernandez Cruz. I will be comparing them on tone and word choice, figurative language, and structure and form.


Each author has their own distinct style, like using similes, metaphors, and personification. They also have their own tone and word choice, like using the rhyme and rhythm. Each poem has its own meaning. I think that the poem "Sleeping in the Forest" has a meaning of sleeping and waking. In lines 16-18, the author talks about vanishing into something better. I think that this means that she kept waking up and the vanishing meant that she was falling asleep again and dreaming. I think that the author thinks that her dreams are better than her current life. "Problems with Hurricanes" has a completely different meaning. I think that it means that the little things in life that seem innocent, like bananas and mangoes, can be very destructive and harmful. In conclusion, these two poems have different meanings, figurative language, tone and word choice, and a different structure and form.