In “The End and the Beginning,” Wislawa Szymborska describes how the end of a war is the beginning of another equally serious war of reconstruction.
Sylvia Plath’s “I am Vertical” echoes a speaker’s “horizontal” thoughts, her wish to feel wanted, and her need to find a purpose in life.
In “I Am!”, John Clare depicts his incarcerated self that helplessly shouts out loud his need for love and human companionship.
“After Death,” a sonnet by Christina Rossetti, is written from the perspective of a dead speaker witnessing a loved one’s unemotional acts.
Galway Kinnell’s free-verse poem “Blackberry Eating” is all about the act of savoring fat, overripe, and icy blackberries in late autumn.
Julio Noboa Polanco is a teacher, essayist, columnist, and poet. He studied the social elements that influence Latino history and identity.
In “Identity,” Latino poet Julio Noboa Polanco shows how one can grow up uniquely by drawing a contrast between a flower and weed.
“Song of Myself, 52” by Walt Whitman spans from being about the concept of independent life to the immortality existing in nature.
“An Introduction,” a purely confessional poem, clearly portrays Kamala Das’ cry to achieve a sense of freedom in her life.
In “One Art,” first published in 1976, Elizabeth Bishop portrays the universality of loss, making it both perpetual and pervasive.