“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.
Explore the best poems of Adrienne Rich featuring her political views, feminist and queer sensibilities, and enduring craft of versification.
Explore some of the best poems by legendary Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, which showcase her versatility and merit as a poet.
Anne Sexton, one of the important 20th-century American poets, is famous for her confessional poetry. Explore some of her best poetry.
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.