Communication Poems

Winter Stars

by Larry Levis

‘Winter Stars’ by Larry Levis tries to reconcile the estranged relationship between a son and their dying father.

One of the poem's motifs is the severance and inability of its characters to communicate. It's this breakdown that leads to the estrangement between father and son, which is what the speaker hopes to repair (at least for themselves) in finally giving voice to their words.

I died for beauty but was scarce

by Emily Dickinson

‘I died for beauty but was scarce’ by Emily Dickinson reflects her fascination for death and the possible life to follow.

The poem is composed of a coversation between two different people.

At First

by Amanda Gorman

‘At First’ by Amanda Gorman is a poem about language in the COVID-19 pandemic. The poem uses text messages to speak about how the pandemic changed everyone. 

Communication is a topic clearly seen through the poet's use of text boxes. She asks readers to reconsider what communication is normal.

In This Place (An American Lyric)

by Amanda Gorman

‘In This Place (An American Lyric)’ is a moving poem about American life and the tragedies, acts of bravery, and hope that shape the nation. 

Communication is something that Gorman promotes and emphasizes in this poem. She suggests that greater communication and a connection between all different types of people will make the world a better place.

Full Moon and Little Frieda

by Ted Hughes

In ‘Full Moon and Little Frieda,’ Ted Hughes describes his daughter’s observations of the world around her, reflecting on nature and family.

Paradoxes and Oxymorons

by John Ashbery

‘Paradoxes and Oxymorons’ by John Ashbery invites the reader to think about meaning in language through highlighting contradictions.

Sonnet 138

by William Shakespeare

‘Sonnet 138,’ also known as ‘When my love swears that she is made of truth,’ is a poem about the lies at the heart of a relationship. It depicts the necessity of two lovers misleading one another. 

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