Country

Originally by Carol Ann Duffy

‘Originally’  by Carol Ann Duffy describes a child’s transformation after unwillingly emigrating to a very new, different country.

The Life of Man by Sir Francis Bacon

‘The Life of Man’ by Sir Francis Bacon describes the choices one must make throughout the span of one’s life and how death will always be waiting. 

Untitled by Ishmael Reed

‘Untitled’ by Ishmael Reed is a short, precisely worded poem that connects the sale of the Alaskan territory in 1867 to the British plundering of Jamaica. 

The Patriot by Robert Browning

Robert Browning’s poem ‘The Patriot’ is a tragic tale of a man who fell from being a star citizen to becoming despised so intensely that he was put to death.

Fears in Solitude by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘Fears in Solitude’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a historically significant poem in which the speaker discusses the threats his country is facing. He has no desire to be the enemy of his country, but he does need to stand up for what he believes in.

Directive by Robert Frost

‘Directive’ by Robert Frost is about the relationship between the past and the present. It is a very well regarded poem that has been described as “dismaying” and “gratifying.”

The Gift Outright by Robert Frost

‘The Gift Outright’ by Robert Frost speaks on the poet’s patriotism. It passionately details the history of the United States.

Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats

Yeats’ poems are continually referenced in popular culture, including the poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. Its first line, “That is no country for old men…” was used for the title of Cormac McCarthy’s popular novel, “No Country for Old Men,” later adapted for the big screen.

The Floating Post Office By Agha Shahid Ali

‘The Floating Post Office’ by Agha Shahid Ali describes the terrifying state of Kashmir. It depicts a floating post office that carries terrifying messages of destruction and death.

The Correspondent by Agha Shahid Ali

‘The Correspondent’ by Agha Shahid Ali reveals the terrifying state of two countries – Kashmir and Bosnia. Both countries are facing a terrible situation in which innocents lose their lives.

Backdrop by Agha Shahid Ali

‘Backdrop’ by Agha Shahid Ali is a thoughtful poem that speaks about the Arabic language. It also reflects on the speaker’s connection to his ancestors.

A Pastoral by Agha Shahid Ali

‘A Pastoral’ by Agha Shahid Ali is a moving poem. In it, the poet reflects his love for Kashmir and his affection for his motherland.

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