Puget Sound English Department

April 17, 2009

A Few Political Poems

Filed under: Creative Writing,Literature,Writing & Rhetoric — O. @ 10:33 pm

Sometimes readers of literature reflexively—and negatively– associate “political” poetry with “propaganda,” but to some degree poetry has always been rooted in politics. The Iliad and The Odyssey, for example, have their political dimensions. With regard to a lyric poetry, a few political poems come to mind; the cover a wide variety of subjects and highlight a spectrum of viewpoints:

Alexie, Sherman, “Inside Dachau”

Bly, Robert, “[President] Johnson’s Cabinet Watched by Ants”

Cavafy, C.P. “Waiting for the Barbarians”

Doty, Mark, “Homo Will Not Inherit”

Dove, Rita, “Parsley”

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, “Concord Hymn”

Falkoff, Marc, Flagg Miller, and Ariel Dorfman, editors, Poems From Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak

Forche, Carolyn, “The Colonel”

Hughes, Langston, “Let America Be America Again” ; “Dear Mr. President”

Inada, Lawson, “On Being Asian American”

Jeffers, Robinson, “Shine, Perishing Republic”

Juvenal, Satires.

Miranda-Maloney, Ninfa, “American Me”

Neruda, Pablo, Canto General

Owen, Wilfred, “Dulce Et Decorum Est”

Rich, Adrienne, “Rape”

Shelley, Percy Bysshe, The Mask of Anarchy

Viereck, Peter, “Gate Talk for Brodsky” (Veireck was associated with the New Conservative movement in the U.S., affiliated with The National Review & William F. Buckley)



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