Gabriela Mistral’s “Fear” is about a mother’s fear of her child’s future. The speaker broods over the power of society on her child’s life.
Theodore Roethke’s “Root Cellar” is a short “greenhouse poem” about a dark, dank cellar where all the shoots are drooping, roots are ripe, and manure is piled against the planks.
In “One’s Self I Sing,” Whitman sings about the individuality of a person. His song celebrates the human body as a whole, the soul included.
Hyllus Maris’s poem “Spiritual Song of the Aborigine” explores the identity of the indigenous people of Australia and how they are spiritually connected to their land.
Emily Dickinson’s poem “In a Library” is about “an antique book” from a library. The speaker compares the book to a wise old man with whom she spends some quality moments.
Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Under a Certain Little Star” or “Under One Small Star” can be regarded as a testament to the poet’s vision.
James Reeves’ “The Wind” is about the immense power of the wind. It taps on the theme of nature, a destroyer, and a preserver.
Margaret Atwood’s “They are hostile nations” is about the aftermath of the Cold War. The speaker describes a world where people are suffering.
Published in Branches Green (1934), Rachel Field’s poem “Something Told the Wild Geese” is about the autumn season, which reminds the wild geese of the approaching winter.
Richard Wilbur’s “The Writer” is about the poet’s daughter (Ellen Wilbur), who faces challenges while writing a short story.