Robert Frost's "The Freedom" muses on the nature of the free will possessed by humankind.
Mary Oliver's "Reckless Poem" features the theme of self-awareness, dramatizing the act of intuitive knowledge superseding supposedly empirical evidence.
Darkness sometimes yields a supernatural light whose power can modify the night's blackness, causing the soul to transcend all earthly anguish.
Justice Arnett is featured in his own poem where he demonstrates weakness and confusion, commensurate with many other fellow citizens of Spoon River.
Reuben Pantier's colorful character helps dramatize the power of spiritual love for healing the mind, heart, and soul, even through the distance of miles and decades.
These four characters of Spoon River—Serepta, Amanda, Constance, and Chase Henry— offer very specific complaints against others in the town who affected their lives in deleterious ways.
Ann Stanford's "The Beating" dramatizes a severe beating.
The playwright Tennessee Williams is known to have penned some poems. Luckily, he could tuck them into successful plays and not suffer the reputation of a poetaster.
The speaker in Rita Dove's "My Mother Enters the Work Force" dramatizes the irony of all the "work" her mother did before she actually "entered the work force."
Countee Cullen's poem dramatizes an allusion to the Mother Goose nursery rime, "Monday's Child," specifically the line, "Saturday’s child works hard for a living."