‘Henry’s Understanding’ by John Berryman is a chilling and image-rich description of Berryman’s state of mind towards the end of his life as he contemplated suicide.
‘i am water’ by Rupi Kaur is a thoughtful poem that uses water as a metaphor. The speaker sees their soft and tough qualities.
‘Meteor Shower’ by Michael Dylan Welch is a three-line haiku that explores a moment on this seashore. The speaker is watching a meteor shower with someone else.
Within ‘Water,’ Emerson personifies the force, depicting it as having its own will and the ability to make choices for itself and for civilization.
‘Sand Between the Toes’ by A.A. Milne is an upbeat poem. It focuses on a perfect day on the beach and uses characters from Milne’s Winnie the Pooh novels.
‘In Her Splendor Islanded’ by Octavio Paz describes a woman through various images of water and land that are separated from the rest of the world.
‘Sea Fevers’ by Agnes Wathall is a thoughtful poem that uses sea-related imagery. With it, the poet depicts her speaker’s seclusion and emotions.
‘The Little Girl Waved Her Hand’ by Riyas Quarana describes a surrealist world in which the speaker reflects on the pond, clouds, and general evening.
‘The Song of the Wreck’ by Charles Dickens describes the outcome of a shipwreck and the fate of an innocent child found amongst the survivors.
‘The Swan’ by John Gould Fletcher describes the movements of a swan within a body of water and a speaker’s desire to escape his life.
‘After Rain’ describes the impact of extreme heat on a townat the end of a rainstorm, and the different ways that people and animal react.
‘Have a Nice Day’ by Spike Milligan is a poem that uses an odd process of wording to depict a bizarre situation that proved fatal for both involved individuals.
‘The World Below the Brine’ is a reverential description of the vast array of plant and animal life beneath the surface of the ocean.
‘The Maldive Shark’ is a poem that describes the relationship between sharks and the pilot-fish that swim along beside them.
‘Blessing’ by Imtiaz Dharker is about the importance of water in people’s lives. It uses imagery to depict how cricital this element is to survival.