“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver engages with the themes of human existence, the temporality of life, and the inevitability of death.
“Night of the Scorpion” by Nissim Ezekiel is about how the poet’s mother was stung by a scorpion one rainy night and the ensuing events.
“I Remember, I Remember” by Thomas Hood is perhaps one of the finest poems about revisiting and “remembering” nostalgic childhood memories.
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.