‘The Hollow Men’ by T.S. Eliot is rich in symbols and meaningful images. The men are depicted as living dry, barren, and broken lives.
‘The Naming of Cats’ by T.S. Eliot describes the names of cats and how they receive them. It is addressed to humans, with the speaker trying to teach the reader more about feline life.
‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ is today considered one of T.S. Eliot’s most important contributions to modernism.
Ai’s poem ‘The Kid’ presents a haunting tale of a fourteen-year-old boy who kills his mother, sister, and grandfather, and then runs away. It appears in her award-winning poetry collection Vice: New and Selected Poems (1999).
‘Boots’ by Rudyard Kipling is a memorable poem. In it, Kipling uses repetition to emphasize the struggle of soldiers on a forced march.
Mark Doty’s ‘Bill’s Story’ appears in his best-known poetry collection My Alexandria (1993). This poem is about the death of a speaker’s sister suffering from dementia and AIDS.
‘Love of My Flesh, Living Death’ is written by one of the greatest Chicano poets, Lorna Dee Cervantes. This piece is addressed to a symbolic bird that a speaker is fond of.