‘Exile’ by Julia Alvarez is a narrative depiction of the poet’s childhood memories of leaving the Dominican Republic for the United States.
‘Air Raid’ by Chinua Achebe is a poem that provides a glimpse into the Nigerian/Biafran Civil War using symbolism and dark humor.
‘Mother to Son’ by Langston Hughes uses the metaphor of a staircase to depict the difficulties and dangers one will face in life.
‘To a Mouse’ by Robert Burns describes the unfortunate situation of a mouse whose home was destroyed by the winter winds.
‘The Glove and the Lions’ by Leigh Hunt describes the dangerous games of love played in the royal court of the king and the consequences of going too far.
‘George’ by Hilaire Belloc describes one day in the life of a young boy and the consequences of what should have been a benign action.