Some poems about names are "The Name" by Alexander Pushkin and "The Names" by Bill Collins. "The Name" talks about the significance of a person's name, while "The Names" remembers the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Another poem that talks about names is "Indian Names" by Lydia Huntley Sigourney.Continue Reading
"The Name" begins by asking the significance of a person's name. The poem says that despite a person's name, each person eventually dies. The poem compares a person's death to a wave crashing alone on a shore or a cry that sounds lonely in the woods at night.
In "The Name," the author discusses a name on a gravestone in a font that's hard to read. A name stands for a person's past and his crazy dreams. The poem instructs readers to say the person's name if his absence makes others sad because the person's name represents his heart and his memories.
By contrast, "The Names" begins by saying that the writer sat awake during the night, thinking of the names of the September 11 victims. The names of the victims sit on the night's ceiling and sit as thousands of flowers in a meadow. Everywhere the writer goes, the names of the victims come to his mind. The victims are workers, mothers, fathers and citizens. There are so many victims, the poem says, a heart is hardly big enough to hold all of their memories.
"Indian Names" says that even though many American Indians have died, their spirits continue to live on the waters. Their spirits echo throughout North America in Ontario, Niagara, Missouri and Virginia. Despite the suffering of the American Indians, the poem says the souls of the American Indians continue to cry from the earth.Learn more about Poetry