Students’ Creativity Shines with Poetry Inspired by the Masters

When the pandemic struck, many turned to creative outlets to stay occupied and calm during the long months of quarantine. Some people painted. Others turned to dance or photography or music. 

Some began to write.

Among the latter were students in Professor Gina Negrin’s EN221 "Literary Criticism and Analysis" course during this semester’s May module.

The following free verse poems were written by students who were inspired, moved, and intrigued by three well-known poems:

  • Langston Hughes’ “Let America Be America Again”
  • Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” 
  • Pablo Neruda’s “Tonight I Can Write (the Saddest Lines)” 

The students took the famous works’ themes and made them their own. Very impressive!

Love Is 

by Asucena Velesaca

Love is the warmth coming from a hug

It’s patience

It’s acceptance

It’s the wealth of smiles and laughs

Love is unconditional

Love is endless

Rage Rage

by Asucena Velesaca

Rage, rage against death

Against the empty feeling left behind

Against the countless tears shed

Against the untimely goodbye

Rage, rage against the impossible visiting hours I wish the sky had


by Calesia Russell

What is love is a question asked by many

For me love is a series of feelings that are never ending

Love is when you can sit in silence but your heart still skips a beat

It’s when you feel like you can’t go on without that person

Love is when you think about their happiness not only yours

A feeling of butterflies in your stomach or that blushing moment of hope

Not many get to understand the love that you guys share but it’s okay

Love is pure, rare and unique 

You get the understanding of love when you have your own 

Love isn’t an excuse to escape as many may say but to learn of a feeling so much more…

Rage Rage On 

by Jade Bain

Rage rage on against the feelings of despair

You are worthy of everything your heart desires

Speak positivity into your life for only you hold the key to your future

Rage, rage on against the thought of giving up

The finish line is almost near and you are in first place

Every goal you ever made is attainable you just have to want it badly enough

Rage rage on …it’s already yours and you have won


by Jade Bain

Love is the thing you feel when your heart skips a beat

It fills your soul up like a slab of meat

It’s a simple act that’s hard to conceal

You will be surprised at how such a simple thing can heal

I implore you share love every chance you get

I can guarantee you would feel like you’ve just won a bet.

Let America be America Again 

by Jade Bain

Where is the America we are supposed to know and love?

The place where the American Dream is to be obtained.

This isn’t the place I imagined it would be, filled with greed, hate and animosity.

Let America be America again

How can it be when it never was? God we trust was proclaimed, but in this country religion is last compared to fame.

People shoot first and ask questions later, another life lost with no remorse.

We’ve been wearing masks for a year and every day we rise there is something new to fear

Let America be America again

How can it be when it never was?


by Jennifer Villa

America never was the land of the free

It was ripped from the hands of the natives

Their homes and lands stripped from their grasp

Built on the blood, tears, and sweat of them and the immigrants

We shout that this is the land of the free

That here you can accomplish your dreams

But then don’t shout that America can tear you down

Many will scream that you do not belong but you ask yourself why?

This is the land of the free and equal

Here you will learn the ugly truth

No one is equal, we are all divided

Fighting against each other

For rights that we deserve but not many want to give us

America never has felt like home

Not for years now


by Jennifer Villa

Love is an endless feeling deep within

Almost indescribable, growing endlessly each day

To love someone is so rare

You giving them everything, stripping yourself bare

It can be a fairytale dream or a heartache

Love is all about give and take

Love is finding someone that feels like home

It’s like falling into a deep sleep

Never wanting to wake

It’s like the moon and the sun

They love each other from a distance

One always rising to get a glimpse of one another

Love is wanting to be forever stuck in time

Rage, Rage

by Alicia Murphy

A situation that turns into an outrage

That goes higher and higher

With hate





Breaking down

Justice justice

Moms crying

Everyone please come together

Let America be America 

by Alicia Murphy

Let America be America again

Let people dream a dream no matter what color or race they are

Let everyone have an equal opportunity no matter what salary they make

Let America stand for what’s right and not what’s wrong

Let America be a team rather than have sides and be against everyone

Let America have its opinions on schooling for the younger generation

Let America be a peaceful loving caring land

Let it be strong, independent and a country that has everyone’s back

Amor es 

by Shantell Lee

Amor es Conquistador

Amor es dulce

Es eterno

Es amable

Amor es suave

Amor es madre

es padre, abuelos

Amor es familia

Amor es tu y yo

Let America be America Again

by Shantell Lee

America was never the land of the free

America was filled with hate and tears

I don’t want America to be America again


America has potential

America can shelter us,

Love us, keep us safe

America, I beg you to change

To become better

To provide equality

Our children need you

Our elderly need you

I need you

I don’t want America to be America again

Rage, Rage Against

by Shantell Lee

I know times are tough

I know what your mind says

Those thoughts telling you to give up

Telling you it’s easier to stop

I know it’s difficult

I know you were hurt

It’s easier to keep shut

It’s easier to look the other way

I know what your mind says

Those thoughts telling you it’s ok

Telling you he only did it once

But I say,

Rage, Rage against the hurt

Rage against the negative thoughts