The meaning of the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar is that, as an African American man, the poet empathizes with the bird locked in a cage and the lack of freedom he feels as he views the outside world. The poet ... More »

Some inspirational sympathy poems include "If I Could Catch a Rainbow" by Sandra Lewis Pringle and "The Stars" by Deborah Chandra. "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" by Mary Elizabeth Frye is another inspirational sympa... More » Art & Literature Literature Poetry

"A Pet Memorial Poem for a Cat," written by Constance Jenkins, is a sympathy poem for the death of a cat. The deceased cat is the speaker of the poem, assuring its owner that it had a good life and is now at peace. More » Art & Literature Literature Poetry

The poem "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar is about the physical and emotional oppression of African slaves in America. Dunbar, who was himself an African-American descendant of slaves, first published the poem ... More »

"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar delineates the suffering of black people in America. It is widely regarded as one of his finest poems on their plight in the United States. The poem also expresses condemnation ... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics

The poem "Desiderata" focuses on the idea that people should see the world, with both its joys and its troubles, with hope and placidity. The title translates from Latin to "Desired Things." More »

Famous poet Shel Silverstein's long-form poem "A Perfect High" is an example of anti-drug poetry. Other anti-drug poems include "Among School Children" by William Butler Yeats and "Adolescence" by Claude McKay. More »