“The Charge of the Light Brigade”

By Alfred Lord Tennyson I think the meaning and motive for this poem is self-explanatory. The six hundred horsemen were sent on a suicidal charge toward a valley, where they knew they stood no chance, yet they did it anyway. The actual order was a misunderstanding, and the horsemen, not knowing this, went forward anyway, …

“Introduction to Poetry”

By Billy Collins This poem captures the disappointment of a teacher with his obstinate students.  Truly examining something - especially a work of art - includes looking at it from multiple perspectives and discovering different meanings, but the students continually abuse the work in an attempt to discover one true meaning because they are certain that one …