Stephen Dunn was an American poet born in June 1939 in New York City. From early on in his career he worked in writing before publishing several books of poetry. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his collection Different Hours.
In this poem, Stephen Dunn alludes to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave or Plato’s Cave by the same title. This piece raises a number of philosophical questions with respect to the political history of the 20th century.