‘The Complaints of Poverty’ by Nicholas James uses rhetorical devices and rhyme to give the rich a good look at how unpleasant it is to be poor. James indirectly challenges the stigmas associated with both wealth and poverty, inviting the rich to treat poor people with compassion, sympathy, and generosity.
The poor people in 'Complaints of Poverty' are truly trapped in a system that denies them free will. Oppression from work, wives, children, living conditions, the weather, illness, education, death, and fate meet the poor man at every corner of his life, keeping him stuck in absolute destitution.
‘an afternoon nap’ by Arthur Yap explores the lacunae in the modern education system and how it results in anxiety and stress in students.
In this poem, the conventional attributes of motherhood are set aside in order to showcase how a strict mother's ever-watchful behavior makes a son feel oppressed and suffocated.
‘The Hands that Signed the Paper’ is a war protest poem that derides the appalling apathy and ruthlessness of the rulers toward ordinary citizens.
Poem throughout talks about the oppression of down-trodden by their kings or political leaders. They have been ordered to pay more taxes even when they don't have enough to eat and at times when many of their near and dear ones died in war. Poet has very successfully shown the real face of selfish and oppressive rulers.
‘Lincoln, Man of the People’ by Edwin Markham is a unique poem about Abraham Lincoln that paints him, and his legacy, in idealized, universal terms. The speaker spends the poem describing Lincoln the perfect leader.
Lincoln is best remembered today for signing the Emancipation Proclamation and freeing enslaved Black Americans. Liberation from oppression is a very important topic in this poem.
‘Oh Do Not Wanton with Those Eyes’ by Ben Jonson is a short, interesting poem in which one person describes the effect another person’s eyes have on them. They suggest this person should avoid showing certain emotions, so they aren’t impacted.
Oppression, or control, is another important topic in this poem. The speaker uses the entire poem, all twelve lines, to tell the listener what he wants her to do. He tells her she shouldn't show certain emotions and behave in specific ways.
‘Ducks’ by F.W. Harvey is a charming and interesting poem about the movements and lives of ducks. It looks at their humorous and calming features.
The ducks serve as an uplifting source of entertainment for the speaker and others trapped within a German prisoner-of-war camp during WWI.
‘Lady Lazarus’ is one of the best poems of Sylvia Plath and an ideal example of Plath’s diction. This poem contains Plath’s poetic expression of her suicidal thoughts.
Plath draws parallels between the persecution of Jews in the Holocaust and the oppression of women in society, highlighting the power dynamics at play in both situations.
‘The Flag Goes By’ by Henry Holcomb Bennett is a patriotic American poem that focuses on the symbolism of the American flag. It encourages those reading to respect the flag as a symbol.
Freedom from oppression is another important meaning the American flag holds, the speaker says. It represents equality, justice, and law.