Whitman’s “I understand the large hearts of heroes” is about the deeds of forgotten heroes with whom the first-person poet-speaker associates himself.
“Who Understands Me but Me” is about the imprisonment experience that brought about the personal transformation of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca.
“Persimmons” by Li-Young Lee is an autobiographical poem revolving around the poet’s childhood memories concerning the titular fruit.
“A Story” by Li-Young Lee is a poem about a father, unable to recall one new story at his five-year-old son’s request.
“What Work Is” (1991) by Philip Levine is a poem about the frustration of blue-collar workers standing in a long queue to get a job.
Here are 10 of the best poems of Mary Oliver that every poetry lover must read, gathered from both her earlier and recent poetry collections.
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“Penelope” by Dorothy Parker alludes to the sad story of Penelope, Odysseus wife. This poem shows how society ignores women’s struggles.
Millay’s “What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why” is about the mellowing memories of past love and the piercing pain of fading youth.
Millay’s “Love Is Not All” is about love’s futility in some specific circumstances and how the speaker is unwilling to sell love for peace.