‘When I Die’ is an incredible Rumi poem about eternal life after death. The poet proposes not to grieve his death as it’s just a means to a new beginning, not an end.
Duffy’s ‘Stafford Afternoons’ is all about a child losing her way in the adult world and coming across an offensive scene that would leave its dark imprints in her mind.
‘Air Raid’ by Chinua Achebe is a poem that provides a glimpse into the Nigerian/Biafran Civil War using symbolism and dark humor.
‘A Day’ by Emily Dickinson is a lyrical poem describing sunrise and sunset. In a metaphysical sense, it also portrays the beauty of life and the uncertainty of death.
The poet of ‘White Apples’ Donald Hall uses plain language and a simple style to describe the effect of a loved one’s death in a speaker’s mind. The way he misses his father is described in this poem.
In the beautiful poem, ‘There is another sky,’ Dickinson addresses themes that are common to Shakespearean sonnets. These include writing as a way of preserving experience and beauty.
‘I Am Offering this Poem’ by Jimmy Santiago Baca taps into what most lovers of poetry probably already know, that poetry supplies spiritual and emotional sustenance to humankind. It was published in 1979 in “Immigrants in Our Own Land.”
‘Animal Crackers’ by Richard de Zoysa describes the political situation in Sir Lanka through the drawing of symbolic animals.
‘Last Hope’ by Paul Verlaine describes the love which exists between two people and how that love might be a way for the speaker to survive.
‘Dark August’ by Derek Walcott describes the dark life a speaker is forced to live when someone he depends on abandons him.
‘Rosalind’s Madrigal’ by Thomas Lodge describes the intense love the speaker, Rosalind, feels, and how it moves within her like a bee.
‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ is a beautiful, image-rich poem. In it, Teasdale describes the impact, or lack thereof, that humanity really has on the natural world.
‘Dust of Snow’ by Robert Frost is a simple tale of how a speaker’s mood was changed by a snowfall. A love of nature is enough to elevate the speaker into a happier state of mind.
“Fast Rode the Knight” by Stephen Crane is a story of a zealous “knight” rushing into battle in order to rescue his “lady”.
‘Anecdote of the Jar’ is a poem that expresses, through the story of “a jar” and “a hill,” the progressive overtaking of industry over nature.
In ‘The Story Of The Cat That Drank The Sea’ Riyas Qurana has used a very simple analogy to uncover the identity crisis an addict faces.
‘Author Never Dies’, by Riyas Qurana, is a poem that utilizes the metaphor of “the bird” to express how elusive writing and wording can be.
‘Warming Her Pearls’ by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem in which a servant girl reveals her love for her mistress, as she describes wearing her pearls throughout the day.
‘Punishment’ is featured in North, a poetry collection published in 1975. North seeks for images and symbols to convey violence and political conflicts.
In Stephen Spender’s Poem ‘The Truly Great’, he discusses the traits of heroes who have passed away before us.
‘On Living and Leaving’, by Sums Paguia, is a depressing poem which argues that those who have died are better off than those who are living.
‘Historic Evening’ is the poem number 32 or 36 in Les Illuminations, depending on the edition and is a prose poem consisting of paragraphs.