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"One Solitary Life" is a poem that describes the life of Jesus Christ according to the bible and illustrates the importance of the life of one man who had no credentials by modern standards. Dr. James Allan Francis wrote... More »

The poem that begins with "No man is an island" is Meditation 17 from "Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions," prayers written by John Donne during a difficult time in his life. The words of this meditation were originally w... More »

The central meaning of Langston Hughes' poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" revolves around the importance of roots and the way they provide meaning in life. Even though the specific word "roots" does not appear in this po... More »

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In Naomi Shihab Nye's poem "Making a Fist," making a fist represents life and the potential for life to go on. In the poem, the narrator asks her mother how to know if they are dying. The mother says it is when one can n... More »

In the poem "Life Is Fine" by Langston Hughes, the speaker talks about things he might do if other circumstances did not exist. For one, if the water in the river was not so cold, he would stay in and drown. If his apart... More »

The poem "Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda is primarily about a man's view of life and death. The narrator begins with wanting to escape life before finding a reason to want to live. "Walking Around" is composed of 10 dif... More »

The theme of Rudyard Kipling's poem "If" revolves around the coming of age of his son and the poem lists different virtues that would help his child become a man. The last line of the poem directly refers to the son, whi... More »