The Answer by Sara Teasdale

‘The Answer’ by Sara Teasdale is a short lyric poem made out of two eight lines stanzas that are mostly written in free verse. Analysis of The Answer First Stanza When I go back to earth And all my joyous body Puts off the red and white That once had been so proud, If men should pass above With false and feeble pity, My dust will find a voice To answer them aloud: The speaker of ‘The Answer’, who is perhaps the poet herself, begins the poem by describing the future state of her body.

Darkness by Lord Byron

‘Darkness’ by Lord Byron serves as a warning against the growing inequality in Byron’s time and a prediction for what will happen to the planet if the human race does not change. 

In the Prison Pen by Herman Melville

‘In the Prison Pen’ by Herman Melville describes the life of a prisoner who is unable to recall his past life and is haunted by his present and future.

The Witch by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

‘The Witch’ poem tells a short story about the life of the speaker, the witch, and the destruction she wrought on one someone who tried to help her.

Swallows Travel To and Fro by Robert Louis Stevenson

‘Swallows Travel To and Fro’ is a three stanza poem written by the author Robert Louis Stevenson, and describes the freedom of human interconnectedness and the beauty in the similarity of our experiences.

The Trees Are Down by Charlotte Mew

‘The Trees Are Down’ by Charlotte Mew is a poem about her reaction to the cutting down of the great plane trees at Euston Square Garden in the 1920s.

The Ghazal ‘By Exiles’ by Agha Shahid Ali

‘The Ghazal ‘By Exiles”’ by Agha Shahid Ali is a painful piece of poetry. In it, the poet reveals how hard it is to leave the place where one spent one’s golden times.

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